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Hands On with the 13-Inch MacBook Pro: Half the Update We Wanted

Earlier this week, Apple released the latest iteration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And while the update came with some very welcome additions, many felt that it was a half-step: a refresh rather than a redesign, like we saw with the 16-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year. Now that we have one in hand, we tend to agree.

Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Hands On: The Ideal Fast Zoom For Sony?

After teasing an “in development” announcement late last year, Tamron’s all new 70-180mm f/2.8 for Sony E-mount is finally about to hit store shelves. With the release of this lens, Tamron will complete their “holy trinity” for Sony mirrorless.

The Fuji X100V: Falling In Love All Over Again

Every time Fuji releases a new camera I feel like this is the generation that will let me leave Canon behind. I had the same hopes and eventual disappointments with the XT2 and the XT3. Inevitably, I would realize full frame always beats out crop frame, that high ISOs and battery life can’t be matched, that Fuji was just not good enough to beat my Canons.

First Impressions: The Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 OIS is a Solid Performer

Though it might seem less popular than other systems (probably due to marketing), the L Mount Alliance is producing some of the best full-frame lenses currently available. In this case, Panasonic Lumix worked in tandem with their buddies at Leica to release their second 70-200mm lens for full-frame systems: the Panasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 OIS.

Hands On with the Fuji X-T4: Trying the IBIS, 240fps Slow Motion, and More

I didn't have a terribly long time with Fujifilm’s latest hybrid shooter before it was released—it was only about a week for what you see shot below—but thankfully, not too much has changed since the previous X-T3, and what has is obvious and easy to evaluate.

As Expected, the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G Looks Really Good

These days, it's probably more likely that you win the lottery than for Sony to make a bad lens. Their process over the last few years has been really dialed in, to the point where making a technically good piece of optics is their bread and butter.

3 Weeks with the New Fujifilm X100V

Over three years ago, I tested out the Fuji X100F and was introduced to the pleasantries of carrying around a capable point and shoot. Today’s agenda is the fifth installment of Fujifilm’s X100 line of cameras: the Fuji X100V.

First Impressions: Using the Canon 1D X Mark III for Family Photography

It’s a brilliant start to the year for Canon with the full announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. Updating their flagship DSLR in time for the Olympics, it’s an announcement eagerly awaited by photographers across different genres who are looking for the best camera on the market.

An Olympic Sports Photographer Tries the New 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Last Wednesday, Apple announced the new MacBook Pro with a 16-inch Retina display. I have been testing this new laptop computer (locked behind closed doors) for the last couple of weeks and am excited to share my findings with all of you.

Photography Newbies Try Using the $52,000 150MP Phase One XF IQ4

What happens when you put a $52,000, 150MP medium format monster of a camera into the hands of complete newbies? The folks at Gear Patrol wanted to find out. So they got some of the non-photographers on their staff to come in and try out the Phase One XF IQ4 before telling them just how expensive the camera really is.

Three Months with the Panasonic S1R

If you’re wondering why someone who loves Sigma cameras and gets called the ‘Foveon Wizard’ by his peers is writing about the Panasonic Lumix S1R, I need to take you back to 2007.

Sony a7R IV: First Impressions and Real-World Photos

A few weeks ago, Sony asked me if I wanted to do a quick test run with the (at that time) unannounced Sony a7R IV. I was pleasantly surprised as I (and I am sure many others) expected the a7S III to come out first. I agreed and was excited to be one of the first in the world to test the new camera.

Shooting Portraits with Sony’s $12,000 400mm f/2.8 G Master Lens

Photographer Miguel Quiles recently got his hands on one of the few Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses currently in existence (the $12,000 lens won't hit store shelves until late September). In the 6-minute video above, Quiles shares about his tests in using the super-telephoto lens for portraits.

Hands-On with the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art ‘No Distortion’ Lens

For Canon and Nikon shooters looking to get a fast ultrawide, the choices in the past have been the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC. Or, go with an f/4 lens and get the Canon 11-24mm or Sigma 12-24mm. Sigma has now joined the mix with its own 14-24mm f/2.8, and we got a chance to use it for a few days to see how it performed.

Bokehlicious: This is What the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Lens Can Do

Talk about luck. Before teaching a workshop, “Aperture In Action”, recently, I was handed a pre-release copy of the eagerly awaited Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Series lens. What was already going to be a great class instantly got a lot better!

Fujifilm Medium Format GFX 50S First Impressions

Wow.

I typically have more to say in my first paragraph, but this camera blew me away and “wow” is one of the best ways to portray my first reactions.

First Impressions: My First Week with the Canon M5

It’s been a week now since I first got my Canon M5 and I can honestly say I’m in love. From its first announcement, I was intrigued by it, but I had the M3 and it seemed too soon to upgrade.

First Impressions of the Fujifilm X-T2

The launch of the Fujifilm X-T2 had many photographers excited, with the successor to the wildly popular X-T1 promising higher image quality, 4K video recording and faster autofocus. With its new release, Fujifilm hopes to convert more photographers to the X-system with the DSLR-like handling of the X-T2.

We had the privilege of interviewing wedding photographer Benny Ang on his first impressions of the new X-T2, which Fujifilm provided him prior to the launch.

Field Testing the Canon 5DS R in Botswana, Africa

Abraham Joffe of Untitled Film Works released this 3-minute video showing photographer Denis Glennon field testing the new Canon 5DS R by capturing wild animals in Botswana, Africa (he was likely using the first 5DS R to hit African soil).

A First Review of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 ‘Nifty Fifty’ Clone

I will be the first to admit that I am not a street photographer, not a wedding photographer, and don’t generally shoot in low light, but I wanted to get a review out since I just received my two copies of Yongnuo's $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.

Hands On with the Samsung NX1: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All

Samsung is making a statement with the recently announced NX1, and that statement is, "pros, we're ready for you." Up till now, any pros who wanted to use Samsung gear -- and there are some that do -- have had to settle for prosumer bodies designed more for the first time buyer than the seasoned pro.

With the introduction of the NX1, that status quo is no more, and a little bit of time with this incredibly powerful new body drives that point home splendidly.

First Look: Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Sample Photos and First Impressions by David Hobby

While in Dubai for GPP 2014, David Hobby (aka. Strobist) got a chance to play around with the yet-unreleased Fuji 10-24mm f/4 lens. He was kind enough to send us a link to his final images along with permission to share them, but we'll warn you: if you're a Fuji lover who isn't looking to spend money, you'll want to look away... she's a beauty.