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Sony was careful this year when it came to lens releases—fewer than in past years, but with much more precision and a larger impact on the mirrorless lineups. Just three were announced and each was special in its own way. Very early in the year was the compact E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS for...
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Macro photographs enable you to capture in-your-face close-ups of flowers, bugs, peeling paint, and—depending on your personal aesthetics—anything encrusted in rust. The following are 10 gift ideas designed to help you with tight close-ups of objects, rusty or otherwise. 1. Macro Lenses ...
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Take a trip around New York City with photographer David Flores as he gives us a good look at the Nikon Z6. Flores runs through the various functions and capabilities of the 24.5MP full-frame mirrorless camera, including UHD 4K video performance, autofocus, adapted lenses, and plenty of...
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Nikon dazzled this year with huge announcement after huge announcement. Clearly focusing on the high-end market for 2018, Nikon impressed photographers with a pair of sophisticated telephoto lenses for its F-mount SLR system, along with a solid foundation for the company’s exciting new mirrorless system. Nikon F Lenses Clearly not letting its SLR cameras wane in the light of mirrorless cameras,...
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It has been an eventful year for Canon’s lens department. Now catering to three separate systems, Canon spent 2018 building the foundation of a brand-new lens mount, filling in an important gap in its existing mirrorless system, and updating some of the most popular and prized lenses for the standby Canon SLR system. Canon RF Lenses Canon’s big surprise at the 2018 edition of photokina was the...
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SeaLife, a worldwide leader in underwater cameras and lighting solutions, has announced several new and updated products designed specifically for underwater photography and video imaging. Starting with the new Sea Dragon 2000F and 3000F COB LED lights: Both lights offer a CRI of 80 and color temperature of 5000K, which will simulate...
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Joby, makers of the popular and innovative Gorillapod, have released a much more traditional-looking tabletop tripod system that is much more than a tabletop tripod. The Joby TelePod Pro,...
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So, you’re on a dive and a beautiful sea turtle or shark comes swimming by. Your dive light will give you a good look at it, and you’ll have a memory to enjoy. Of course, if your dive light was fitted with a camera, you’d have an image or video to share with the world. That’s the advantage of the...
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Prolific and precise, Sigma had a fruitful 2018, with several lens releases that continued to round out its Global Vision series, as well as expand the company’s scope in terms of supported lens mounts. For the past five years, since the debut of the three-pronged approach to lens development, Sigma has been making enticing and unique optics for a variety of camera systems and shooting situations...
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Even while the development and production of DSLRs themselves has slowed down considerably in 2018, DSLR lens development continues to be strong. This year saw a great number of exciting and unique releases alongside a host of positive upgrades to existing focal lengths. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR If not the most impressive lens of the year, at least it has the longest name....
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Landscape photographers are a contradictory bunch. Always on the quest for gear that is simultaneously lightweight and substantial, landscape photographers, as well as travel and nature photographers, are always in search of equipment that can get them a new look, serve a distinct purpose, or be flexible enough to handle a variety of conditions. If there’s a landscape photographer in your life to...
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Leica has announced the Leica V-Lux Explorer Kit, which consists of a Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) camera, an exclusive ONA "Bowery for Leica" system bag, and a bright red COOPH Leica Rope Strap, which contrasts nicely against the earth-tone canvas ONA bag. Lush, touchy-feely accessories aside, the...
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The year 2018 has been a banner one for mirrorless cameras, and there has been no shortage of lenses to go along with them. The following is a bevy of new mirrorless lenses introduced over the past year to complement the cameras in this growing category. For the sake of brevity, unless noted otherwise, all the following lenses feature 9-bladed diaphragms for “natural-looking out-of-focus...
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It’s gift-giving season again! While many of us will be excited for any potential gifts that will be received, the idea of tracking down gifts for some of our more difficult friends makes many dread holiday shopping. I can’t help you with most of your friends but, if you have a photographer in the bunch, I think I can make some recommendations that will make life easier. All the items below won’t...
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What films should I use? It’s a simple but crucial question faced by all analog photographers, and their answers will have a profound influence on the character of the images they create. Unlike memory cards, essentially a “neutral” recording medium, films have distinctive personalities—unique ways of rendering the subject and capturing its tonal ranges. In general, the inherent “graininess” of a...
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