Traveling with the MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Tripod

The MeFOTO GlobeTrotter series of tripods are the heavyweights in the MeFOTO lineup, coming in aluminum or carbon fiber versions and a range of funky colors. Although the tripods are designed to hold heavyweight DSLR setups, they are still compact travel tripods. The one reviewed here is a carbon fiber version and just like the

More Insights from New Galaxy S10 Prototype Leak 6

More Insights from New Galaxy S10 Prototype Leak

The excitement in the air about what some people say could become the best camera phone has lead to a series of intriguing leaks. We are getting so many leaks of Samsung’s Galaxy S10, which continues to fuel the growing speculations around the phone. New leaks are providing additional insights into the device. Samsung Galaxy

Nikon Z and Canon R Get First 3rd-Party Full-Frame Lenses From KIPON 9

Nikon Z and Canon R Get First 3rd-Party Full-Frame Lenses From KIPON

The Chinese company KIPON has announced its new series of ELEGANT lenses specially designed for the Canon R and Nikon Z mounts. The lens and lens adapter brand says its new set of lenses are the first third-party full-frame mirrorless mounts in the world.  Up until now, there have been numerous third-party lenses for the Canon

DJI Inspire 2: A Drone for Professional Film Makers 16

DJI Inspire 2: A Drone for Professional Film Makers

The DJI Inspire got people’s attention when it was first introduced. It offered a raft of cutting-edge features and the ability to switch different camera lenses depending on your shooting goals. It’s still one of the finest drones around, but the market is growing – and that’s where the Inspire 2 comes in. While it

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Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L Lens Disassembly Reveals New Tech

I have to admit that the slightest thought of taking one of my lenses apart, even un-doing one of the screws, fills me with dread. In that regard, you have to give respect to the guys at LensRentals, especially Roger Cicala who pulls apart a Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L lens for our insight and enjoyment.

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DJI Mavic Air: Is This DJI’s Best Drone Yet?

DJI’s Mavic Pro became popular for its portability. It was the first drone of its kind to have arms that folded against its body, making it super-tight. Since it was unveiled by the DJI, many others have fielded knockoffs with the same design, but it seems like only DJI can knock the Mavic Pro off its

Nikon D850: The Most-Awaited Autofocus DSLR 20

Nikon D850: The Most-Awaited Autofocus DSLR

The much-awaited Nikon D850 has been released. The D850 was the subject of rumors within the community for a while. Nikon also teased an announcement of the camera’s developments back in July which brought further hysteria among fans. The camera is finally here, and we have picked it up and tested it to see if

Canon to Release Next EOS R with 5-Axis In-Body IS 23

Canon to Release Next EOS R with 5-Axis In-Body IS

Information reaching Canon Rumors from a pretty reliable source is that the next batch of Canon’s EOS R may come with 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). Canon officially claimed its spot in the full-frame mirrorless camera space with the release of its latest EOS R series back in September. However, the release was harshly criticized


Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH BeFree Tripod: Compact and Sturdy

The mechanics of a camera tripod may seem very simple on the surface, but just like a great meal all the elements need to be exactly right to work. A decent tripod needs to be rock solid, work every time, ideally lightweight, quick to set up and take the rigors of everyday shooting. Manfrotto has

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Fujifilm X100T Review: How Does It Compare to the X100S?

The Fujifilm X100T is part of a series that has seized the imagination of professional photographers and enthusiasts like no other. These are fixed-lens cameras with APS-C sensors and a clearly old-school approach to design and handling, but enclosing some truly modern features. In spite of some issues, the original Fujifilm X100 was a camera


2018 Affordable Holiday Gifts for the Photographer

Buying a gift for the photographer in your life – whether that’s you or somebody else – can be a harrowing task and if you’re not prepared, very costly. Ask them directly what they want and you will probably get a response like, “a new 400mm lens, please with IS” or “don’t spend much on me,

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Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Review: Ultimate Quality?

When it comes to third-party lenses which boasts the best in quality, Zeiss is usually a name that tops the list. One such lens is the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 which had quite a bit of hype on its initial release and understandably. Zeiss has the reputation for top quality, but this is an expensive

GoPro Hero 4 Session Review — A Thorough Analysis 31

GoPro Hero 4 Session Review — A Thorough Analysis

With the Christmas season coming up, it seems to be the ideal time to get a camera if you already don’t have one. The GoPro Hero 4 Session, which is the successor of the GoPro Hero 3 Session, is in great demand these days because of its unique size coupled with its professional quality. Therefore,

Sony Warns of Possible a7R III and a7 III Data Loss Bug 34

Sony Warns of Possible a7R III and a7 III Data Loss Bug

Sony has recently shared a post on its website to warn users of a possible file loss when using either its a7 III or a7R III. The notice on its website says that under some conditions, the a7R III and a7 III could corrupt the image database or completely stop functioning. This development is coming barely two months after

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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF: A Solid Performer

The 50mm is a standard focal length for any type of camera body and as such has been in the lens lineup for Nikon for many years. The 50mm f/1.8 has been around since the mid-1980s and in manual focus form since 1978. As such, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF lens is a very solid


Sony’s Autofocus System: Does It Meet the Hype?

With the advent of Sony’s mirrorless cameras, the company now offers one of the most advanced autofocusing systems on the market, with lots of different AF options depending on your subject and scenario. Multitudes of options alone won’t cut it these days, as a focusing system must be fast and accurate, and ideally be able

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Lightroom and Camera Raw to Have New Features & Updates

In response to users’ requests for additional features, Adobe has released numerous updates on their photography products including all versions of Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, and Camera Raw. Various interfaces have also been improved and support for new cameras and lenses is now available. The December update, which was announced on the company’s blog,

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Review: Samsung Expands the Galaxy Collection with Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note collection never fails to impress its consumers. Starting back to when the collection began, it was a trendsetter where it was the first smartphone to have such a large display screen, have a multi-window software where two apps run at the same time, and the first to have a curved-edge screen.

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DJI Phantom 4 Review: For Beginners and Pros

The DJI Phantom 4 is a true “everyman” drone. Or at least it is an apt option for “every man” that is willing to pay DJI’s consistently steep prices. The price of this unit may be restrictive but the performance certainly is not. It handles well enough for pilots of every skill level to enjoy.

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Ricoh GR III: Best Point and Shoot Camera for Street Photography

The Ricoh GR III belongs to a species of endangered gadgets we know as the point-and-shoot cameras. The camera is lightweight and compact (easily fits into pockets) with a focal length of 28mm, and sports an f/2.8 lens and 24-megapixel APS-C sensor. It features a sensor-shift shake reduction system that can be used to bring

32-minute iPhone Film Wins Britain's Prestigious Turner Prize 40

32-minute iPhone Film Wins Britain’s Prestigious Turner Prize

BRIDGIT, a 33-minute film by Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger won the 2018 Turner Prize in Britain. Since its establishment in 1984, the £25,000 ($31,700) prize has been given to British visual artists in an annual event. The jury at this year’s award reception held on Tuesday at the Tate Museum in London was really impressed

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Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Wonder

The Nikon Z7 ushers in the mirrorless age of camera bodies with a lot going for it. You’re getting high resolution, full frame, 4K video and a new Nikon Z-mount all in a very lightweight package. In essence, all the high-end quality of a top Nikon DSLR without feeling like you’ve done a bicep workout

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Canon EOS 1D X Review: 18MP of Quality

The Canon EOS 1D X has had numerous firmware updates since its initial release has been superseded, but is still an absolute solid performer. With a top-flight model you’d expect everything thrown into the tin and this is exactly what you get with the 1D X. Traditional Canon users can think of this as an

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III: A True Superstar Camera

Canon unveiled its EOS 650 to the world in 1987, which was the first 35mm auto-focus SLR and the start of the EOS system. With its fully-electronic lens mount, reliance on the electronic button and dial operation, in-lens aperture and focus motors, Canon’s EOS system initiated a blueprint that all successive camera systems have followed.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: Still a Contender

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens is a very popular and solid lens, being a great introduction to prime lenses, cheap enough to be in anybody’s kitbag and a nice ‘standard’ lens, especially on a full frame sensor. In many ways, the 50mm is one of the first lenses people opt for excluding zooms when

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Apple Watch Comparison – A History from Start to Now

Wearable technology is the current Next Big Thing. Fitness tracking and other health-related monitoring is one of the primary reasons for the current popularity of smartwatches. In September 2018, Apple Inc. released the latest version in the line of Apple Watches, the Apple Watch Series 4. What Does an Apple Watch Do? Apple Watch Series

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The Unique Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is a very unique lens, firstly for having image stabilized in a wide-angle zoom, f/2.8 wide-open and specifically for full frame camera bodies. This is a top of the range wide-angle zoom, which is set up to go against the likes of the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G lens,

Magnum to Launch Its First Online Photography Course 42

Magnum to Launch Its First Online Photography Course

In a major move, Magnum, one of the most prestigious international photographing agencies in the world, has recently announced that they are planning to launch their first ever online photography course. With offices in London, New York City, Paris and Tokyo, the company is a reputed name in the photography industry and provides photographs to advertising,

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Review: Does the Google Pixel 3 Have the Best Smartphone Camera?

2018 has been the year of the smartphone and the competition is at an all-time high. There is the iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and many more. Right before the year ends, Google decided to come out with their new and improved smartphone, the Google Pixel 3. Before its release, the smartphone

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A Match for a Heavyweight?

A classic may be a strong statement for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, but just like the 5D, the original 7D had pro-level features, with the 7D all wrapped around an APS-C sensor. However, time and technology move on and those who loved the all-around abilities of the 7D needed an upgrade to build

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The Small, Light & Fast Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED

Nikkor lenses have had a stellar reputation for several decades. For good reason, too. Nikon optics are sharp and very well made. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED is among the best lens of its type. The Basics In full-frame 35mm format, 35mm is one of the most useful focal lengths. Apart from the

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Canon EF 135mm f/2L: An Oldie But a Goodie

The Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens is now an oldie, but it’s still a goodie. The lens is still sharp and fast and allows lots of light in, ideally for indoor sports, low light conditions and portraits. It’s a prime lens that has been serving Canon uses for many years, so we’ll see if it

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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced: A Nearly-Perfect Drone

The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone is a no joke product with a no joke price tag. This isn’t for messing around with your friends on a hike. This is for taking quality photos and videos, and for enjoying a sophisticated survey of the world from the sky above. It is quick, it has a

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Review: Stepping Into Another World With the DJI Osmo Camera

DJI is notorious for their drone collection, the Phantoms, that are popular within the industry. Back in 2015, the company decided to take another route and experiment with a different type of gear – a handheld gimbal and camera mount, the DJI Osmo. It definitely turned heads as it was something out of the ordinary

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Phase One Releases Capture One 12 with Lots of New Features

Phase One has recently released the latest version of their top-flight photo editing software, Capture One 12. The latest version isn’t just a minor upgrade – it features a rebound user interface, revamped menu system, new masking features from the Parametric Masking Engine, along with luminosity masking, more standardization between Macs and Windows versions and

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The Best Canon Lenses for DSLR Models

If you own a DSLR then you’ll eventually own a bunch of lenses. Which lenses you choose will come down to the subjects you shoot most often and your budget. The initial choices come down to if you own a crop sensor/APS-C or full-frame camera. The recent introduction of the EOS R range of mirrorless

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DJI Phantom 3 Pro: A High-End Drone at a Moderate Price

The DJI Phantom 3 Pro provides buyers with the unique opportunity to get high-end technology at a fairly moderate price. This drone has received a sequel since it first debuted, but still stands tall against many of the other products that currently occupy the market. The relatively reduced price tag may mean that the Phantom

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DJI Phantom 3 Standard: The Best Drone for Beginners

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard was initially released in April 2015 as the next platform in the Phantom line. Building on the hugely successful Phantom 2, the Phantom 3 Standard shook things up a bit. The first Phantom to come standard with an integrated camera, this drone was designed from the start to be a

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon Is as Good as It Gets

Sigma has established themselves as not just a second choice lens, but a provider of different lens types to fit all occasions. The three main categories of Sigma lenses include ‘Contemporary’ for standard zooms, ‘Sports’ for telephoto lenses, and ‘Art’ for the top end of optics covering fast prime lenses, macros, and wide angles. The

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ZEROTECH Dobby: A Novelty Product with Surprisingly Strong Features

ZEROTECH Dobby offers buyers a moderately-priced drone option in a market that is quite saturated with big price tags. This micro-sized unit does not stand tall against the high-end drones that are currently available for purchase, nor was it necessarily meant to. The ZEROTECH Dobby is better considered as a toy, rather than a piece

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Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless: A Good Starting Point

The Canon EOS R brings a mirrorless design along with the functionality of the new RF mount to the Canon line up. The ‘R’ label may have thrown Canon traditionalists a curveball, but it essentially means the same sensor as found in the 5D Mark IV, with the ability to take the new lineup of