Equipment

Photographers use all kinds of equipment to craft their art, from cameras and lenses to lights and accessories. We cover the latest news and information on the tools of the trade in the photography industry.
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New iPad Pro Features Breakthrough OLED, New Chip, and Thinner Chassis

After much anticipation and rumors, Apple has finally unveiled its redesigned iPad Pro tablets. These tablets feature the largest OLED display Apple has ever used, the company's newest silicon chips, and a sleek new form factor. There's a lot to like here for photographers and videographers on the go.

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Hasselblad XCD 25mm f/2.5 V Review: Bright and Wide

Hasselblad has introduced a new 25mm prime lens to add to its already crowded wide-angle assortment. I've reviewed the 30mm f/3.5, and Hasselblad also has 28mm f/4 and 21mm f/4 lenses. However, this new wide prime splits the difference and has an even brighter f/2.5 aperture.

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See Portraits Shot With Leica’s $2 Million 1600mm f/5.6 Lens

Leica is no stranger to expensive cameras and lenses. For example, last October, a Leica 0-series camera from 1923 sold at auction for about $3.7 million. However, not all Leica equipment worth millions is anywhere near that old. Enter the Leica Apo-Telyt-R 1600mm f/5.6 super-telephoto (or super-super-telephoto) prime lens worth $2 million.

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The Best Tripod Heads for Photos and Videos in 2024

A tripod head is one of the most important pieces of equipment a photographer can own. Most photographers start with cheap, shoddily built tripods with integrated heads, sometimes bought as part of a kit. While they don’t know it, these tripods aren’t worth their weight in plastic, which is a fancy way of saying they’re worthless.

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Vivo V30 Pro Review: Among the Best Affordable Phones for Photography

The Vivo V30 Pro may be a mid-range smartphone, but with Zeiss in the mix, the camera takes a decisive step forward compared to its predecessors. Until now, Vivo reserved its collaboration with Zeiss for its X Series, but no longer. The Zeiss tech makes the more affordable V Series more interesting to photographers.

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Shure MV7+ Review: The Best Studio Mic for Most People

I've used a lot of different microphones over the past few years, but recent experience with Shure on The PetaPixel Podcast put its SM7db at the top of my tier list. Shure's new MV7+ doesn't quite unseat my number one favorite mic, but it comes darn close.

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Venus Optics Brings Two Wide-Angle Laowa Lenses to DJI Drones

While many of DJI's most popular and affordable drones have built-in camera modules, some of the company's higher-end offerings have interchangeable camera systems and lens mounts. Zenmuse, Ronin, and Inspire series products, including gimbals and Inspire drones, accept DL lenses -- a proprietary DJI mount system.

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Honor Magic 6 Pro Review: A Strong and Emerging Smartphone Contender

The Honor Magic 6 Pro is a quality smartphone with a camera array built to make the case that it has the goods to be among the best. Honor is a spinoff of Huawei, which let the brand go in 2021 in a bid to evade U.S. sanctions. Since then, Honor has carved out its own purpose and identity, including a current attempt to go public with an IPO.

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BenQ’s New Monitor is Photo-Friendly and Under $500

A good computer monitor is one of the most important aspects of a robust photo editing workflow. However, color-accurate, high-quality displays are often quite pricey, sometimes prohibitively so. BenQ aims to change that with its new SW242Q monitor.

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Why I Shoot Medium Format Film

Back in the day, 35mm film was called “miniature” format; its itty bitty negatives were considered only good for snapshots and maybe street photography (sorry, Leica shooter Henri Cartier-Bresson). Serious photography—landscape, portraiture, documentary, commercial—was dominated by medium format film, a platform that produced images with fine detail and luscious tonality, even when blown up to make billboard-size prints.

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The Very Least You Need to Be a Pro Portrait Photographer

We always want our YouTube videos to both educate and entertain but sometimes, we also want to push ourselves beyond standard reviews and try something different. For our latest photo challenge, we wanted to see just how minimal we could go with our gear and still be able to pull off professional-grade images.