I am a photographer, in particular since 1993 a full time photographer. I have specialized in landscapes and city skylines.
It has been an interesting journey that has taken me all around our great country. I have visited many historic sites and most of our magnificent cities. One thing that has struck me has been the kindness and helpful spirit of the many people I’ve met along the way.
It has been an opportunity to learn a great deal about many remarkable locations and people. I was able to travel a remote portion of the Oregon Trail in Idaho. I visited the source of the Missouri River in Montana, and reached down to taste the cold, crystal clear water, as Meriwether Lewis had done 200 years earlier. A few months later I found his final resting place along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
There have been many moving moments during this long journey. However, the wonderful and kind people of America have been the greatest source of inspiration throughout my travels.
GearComments Off on Insta360 EVO is a Folding Camera That Shoots Both 360° and 180° 3D
Insta360 has announced the EVO, a groundbreaking new camera that features a folding design and two cameras. Folded up, the camera can shoot 360° spherical imagery, capturing every angle at once. Unfolded, the camera can shoot 180° 3D content.
In its unfolded form, the EVO’s two wide-angle fisheye lenses can work together to capture 180-megapixel 180° 3D photos and 5.7K 180° 3D video.
Inside the magnesium alloy Leica Q2 is a new 47.3-megapixel
full-frame sensor that offers the highest resolution for any camera in
this class. Backed by a Maestro II image processor, the Q2 has an ISO
range of 50-50000 and can shoot up to 10 frames per second.
On the front of the camera is a Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens that has “optimum picture quality” and “exquisite bokeh characteristics.”
If 28mm seems a little wide for an all-purpose compact camera, you’ll be happy to know that the camera features a built-in crop function that allows you to shoot with the equivalent focal lengths of 35m, 50mm, and 75mm. And when shooting cropped raw (DNG) photos, the Q2 still captures the full uncropped view, allowing photographers to under or change the crop they shot with.
Fujifilm has become quite well known for
it’s excellent APS-C lens lineup and now has enough lenses that several
of them overlap significantly. One pair of lenses that bare
consideration for many getting into the Fujifilm X system are the “kit”
XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS and the “professional” XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM
WR. Let’s take a look at the differences between them.
The XF 18-55mm is a renowned lens among the kit lenses of the world. It is known for being fast, silent, and having excellent image quality. But, just how good is it? How does it compare to the “professional” XF 16-55mm f/2.8? Could you potentially save yourself a lot of size, money, and weight if you don’t need f/2.8 at the long end of the zoom? Let’s find out.
Now that Canon has recently announced the EOS RP, is the next Nikon Z
camera on its way? And if it is, where will it fall in the Nikon Z
lineup of cameras? If rumors are correct, the next Nikon Z camera will
most likely be aimed at an entry-level full-frame user. Perhaps called
the Nikon Z5?
Numerous sites are reporting that a Nikon executive has confirmed that a new Z series camera is being developed for the entry level user. It appears that Nikon is going to follow Canon’s lead of offering a mirrorless full-frame camera to the entry-level community. With the vast majority of the photography community panning the Canon EOS RP, will this be an opening for Nikon to grab a share of the entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera market? Or will Nikon succumb to the same reviews as the Canon EOS RP?
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 Introduced, Pocket 4K Gets Blackmagic RAW, No More DNG
Blackmagic Design just announced the URSA Mini Pro G2, the second generation of its flagship shoulder camera, plus the long sought-after Blackmagic RAW update to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.
To get an extensive run-down of all the new products and features that Blackmagic Design introduced today, watch CEO Grant Petty in this 35 minute video below:
But if you want to save some time, you can also read my summary here:
Cinematography, GearComments Off on New Budget Portrait Lens for Sony Shooters: Meike 85mm f/1.8 Announced
Today, Meike announced their latest full-frame E-mount lens with the 85mm f/1.8.
The Meike 85mm f/1.8 is a manual focus lens constructed of nine
elements in six groups. It has a minimum focusing distance of 2.78 feet
(0.85 meters) and accepts 67mm filters on the front. It measures 3.93
inches (100 millimeters) long and has a diameter of 3.14 inches (80
millimeters). Product photos supplied by Meike show it with a lens hood,
so it is possible that it will come with one although I haven’t seen
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Fstoppers Takes a Hands-On First Look at the Fujifilm X-T30: Best Camera Under $1000?
They say the third time’s the charm, and that’s certainly the case with Fujifilm’s new X-T30. I got a chance to take a hands-on look at a pre-production X-T30 and put it through its paces recently. How did it do?
As some background, I’ve been an X-series user for the past few years with an X100T and later an X-T1. I’ve been a big fan of the X-T1 for journalism as a second camera to a DSLR or a primary camera for certain events. I also carry it along to weddings for the gorgeous color and sharp Fuji lenses, such as the 56mm f/1.2 R. The X-T30 is technically two generations newer than the X-T1, though it sits below the single digit T-series model (X-T3) in the lineup. That said, my X-T1 has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride in my shoots, always being a second camera to my battle-tested full-frame DSLRs.
Panasonic releases two new LUMIX consumer cameras – the LUMIX FZ1000 II and the LUMIX TZ95. The FZ1000 II is a 1-inch sensor bridge camera with a 16x telephoto zoom lens and a flip-out touchscreen. The LUMIX TZ95 is a new compact travel zoom camera with a very small body, 1/2.3-inch sensor, 30x zoom telephoto lens and a tilting LCD. Both cameras record 4K UHD video at up to 30fps. Ready for pre-order now.
Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II
The first generation FZ1000 was introduced already five years ago.
Now the time has come to release its successor – the FZ1000 II. It is a
bridge camera, meaning it has a rather bulky form with an ergonomic grip
and a built-in long range lens. In other words – it is a fixed lens
ultrazoom camera that looks like a DSLR.
The camera incorporates a 1-inch 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ (optical image stabilizer). The sensor should have improved lowlight capabilities, thanks to its high signal-to-noise ratio. Video recording is possible in 4K UHD (3840×2160) resolution at 30/25/24p. In the official press release, there was no information about 1080p modes, codec or bitrate. There is a 4K photo function, which can help users choose the best photo (frame) from a 30fps burst. Other 4K photo functions include Post Focus, Focus Stacking and the ability to combine multiple images for a “stromotion” effect.
GearComments Off on Nikon Unveils the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S
Nikon has announced the new NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras.
The lens is the first to feature Nikon’s new ARNEO coating, which
complements Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce flare and
“While Nano Crystal Coat suppresses ghosting and flare coming from backlight at diagonal angles, the ARNEO coat compensates for light entering the lens from vertical angles,” Nikon says. “This expanded field enables the lens to capture exceptional contrast and sharpness even when the light source is visible inside the frame.”
The lens is also the first NIKKOR Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focus ring (that’s present in addition to the customizable control ring), a Function (L-Fn) button, and an info display.
The Organic EL Lens Information Panel on the side of the lens displays key settings such as focus distance, depth-of-field, aperture, and focal length.
GearComments Off on Canon EOS RP Released – A Few Less Features for Way Less Money
Today Canon has unveiled their latest addition to their new EOS R lineup of full frame mirrorless cameras: The Canon EOS RP sits below the already available EOS R in regards of both, features and pricing. This aggressive pricing might be a good thing, though: As a bottom line we get plenty of features for less money. Update: There are six new RF lenses in development, too.
Canon’s transition from the legacy EOS D line of DSLRs to the EOS R line of full frame mirrorless cameras seems to be in full swing. Next up: The new EOS RP. It’s not the flagship R camera many of us are eagerly waiting for, though. If the EOS R is the middle class body, the RP is the entry level model.
It’s less expensive and it has fewer features but it is based on the same robust platform. So what is the news with the new Canon EOS RP? Well, in terms of cost-performance ratio it might get the nod instead of its bigger brother, the EOR R (read our coverage here and here plus our full review here).
Today FUJIFILM released their new X-T30 mirrorless camera with APS-C sized sensor. While housed in a more compact and more lightweight body than its bigger brother, the X-T30 sport the same sensor, the same processor and the same film simulations from the X-T3. Even F-log is on board!
This new model isn’t part of FUJIFILM’s premier league of mirrorless
cameras. Its two-digit name puts it in the second devision, yet the pure
specs speak another language: 4K 25p/30p, F-log, 4:2:2 10-bit output,
FullHD 100p/120p @ 200Mpbs. Not bad! There’s a downside though as the
recording times are pretty limited:
C4K (4096×2160) // 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 10min
4K UHD (3840×2160) // 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 10min
Full HD (2048 ×1080) // 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 15min.
Full HD (1920×1080) // 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 15min.
Full HD (1920×1080) // 120p／100p // 200Mbps // up to approx. 6min.
GearComments Off on Hands-On Preview With the Panasonic S1R
In a world where it feels like there is a
new camera every month, finding an identity in the market is becoming
increasing difficult. Where do Panasonic’s new cameras fit and will they be successful?
In this first look from DPReview you
won’t get their entire in-depth review quite yet but you will learn
about some of the real-world features and issues. One of the main
features that caught my attention when first learning about this camera
was its capability to produce 187-megapixel images; yes, you read that
correctly. The sensor is rated at 47.3 megapixels but using its pixel
shift technology, you can essentially quadruple the effective
resolution. While this technology isn’t anything new, it has become
something I am personally keeping a close eye on within the market as a
GearComments Off on Lifetime Review: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
I purchased this lens a very long time ago, it may be around a decade ago, I am not really sure. What I am sure of though is that it has paid for itself many times over. This is perhaps the best return on investment that a single piece of equipment has ever given me. I vividly remember walking to my local camera shop in Leicester during a lunch break to purchase a copy of this lens, with very little thought, research, or general clue as to what I was doing. I assume I had heard of a pro photographer who liked an 85mm lens and assumed I needed one. Back then I would have probably only had a crop-sensor camera so it was a little on the tight side for my taste, but I seem to remember buying my first full-frame body shortly after to remedy this, also with very little research and forethought.
For those of us that like shooting on a
mirrorless camera, we’ve probably become accustomed to the lightweight
and easy to manage cameras. So are the S1 and S1R a step too far on the
Now that Panasonic are entering the full-frame mirrorless market, they’ve created the heaviest camera of the bunch. The S1 weighs 2.25 pounds, with the S1R weighing basically the same at 2.24 pounds. Out of the competition, it’s only the Sony a9 that comes close with 1.48 pounds. All of this is with the battery inside the camera. Here’s a breakdown:
UncategorizedComments Off on Fujifilm X-T3 Versus X-T2: Which Camera Should You Buy?
When a new camera comes out, one of the
most common questions I see is whether it’s worth upgrading to or not.
This I think is a very reasonable and fair question because in many
cases now, new cameras tend to be minor updates as opposed full on
upgrades. Based on that, how does the Fujifilm X-T3 compare to the X-T2 and is it worth paying slightly more for the upgrade?
Personally, I feel that Fujifilm make some of the best APS-C cameras currently available. This is precisely why I’m such a fan of their cameras. The X-T2 was such a fantastic camera and currently its price point makes it a fantastic value for the money. It offers incredible image quality with some very useful video features. Fuji did such a good job with that camera that it’s going to take something pretty special to beat it.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Canon EOS RP Revealed in Leaked Photos and Specs
Canon is gearing up to announce its second full-frame mirrorless camera following the EOS R.
It you can’t wait for the official announcement just around the corner,
today’s your lucky day: the upcoming Canon EOS RP has been revealed in
leaked photos and specs.
From the photos, we see that the RP isn’t just the same R body with modified specs and features. We can see that the design and form factor are noticeably different (and the RP is smaller):
Nokishita, which first published the photos, reports that the Canon EOS RP will feature a 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a DIGIC 8 image processor.
With the introduction of the Sony a6400, I had a chance to take the new camera for a short spin and after playing with it for a bit, I made up my mind. Sony’s latest offering is very different and interesting, BUT, is it worth the upgrade from its a6300 and a6500 siblings? (Same sensor but enhanced image processing engine). Is it really a Vlogger’s camera? What is its strongest selling point and last but not least, what is the real reason for Sony to introduce this camera in my personal opinion? Interested? Keep reading.
It is the middle of January. My short (and yet to be disclosed) assignment in Japan is almost over but before going back home, I’m lucky enough to put my hands on the new Sony a6400 to take it for a short spin. At first, my plan was to shoot a short documentary with it and by doing so, explore its video capabilities, but after noticing that most features and even technical specifications are very similar to the Sony a6300 and a6500 (which I reviewed and tested before), I decided to scrap my original plan and concentrate on testing a single feature, the one that captured my attention most.