Sony a7R III Named a Top 10 Gadget of 2017 by TIME

Sony sparked a great deal of excitement when it announced its blazing fast full-frame a9 camera in April, but somehow it managed to make an even bigger splash with its a7R III unveiling in October. In addition to fantastic reviews coming out about it, the a7R III just got another solid vote of approval: TIME just selected it as one of the top 10 gadgets of 2017. The a7R III is the only camera that made it onto TIME’s list, coming in at #10. “With notable improvements over its predecessor and a cheaper price than Sony’s A9 Alpha, the recently
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A Nikon D850 Review for Nature Photographers

It’s finally here! My Nikon D850 review is finally finished! It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! This is a true field test loaded with real-world examples, advice, and tons of tips for getting the most from all the new features. Yes, it’s a bit of a long review, but I didn’t want to simply tell you about the new features — I wanted to show you how to use them as well. Nothing more frustrating than a review that tells you about some amazing new feature
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Yashica’s Faux Film Y35 Camera Raises $1.28 Million on Kickstarter

It seems that a lot of photography enthusiasts want to shoot a stripped down digital camera with pretend film rolls. The Kickstarter campaign for Yashica’s new Y35 “DigiFilm” camera is now over, and it managed to raise a staggering HK$10,035,296 (~$1,284,559) from 6,935 supporters to bring the camera to market. Yashica, a Japanese camera brand with a storied history, began teasing a comeback to the camera market in mid-September. Days later, it announced that it would be announcing an “unprecedented camera”, sparking speculation that the company might announce a serious mirrorless camera. When the Y35 was announced on
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DxOMark’s Pentax 645Z Review is Out After 2 Year Delay, Scores 101

Last month, we reported that DxOMark had reviewed the Pentax 645Z back in 2015 and given it a highest-ever score of 101 before pausing its medium format camera reviews prior to publishing any. That Pentax 645Z review is finally out, and DxOMark still has glowing things to say about the camera. DxOMark says the 51.4-megapixel camera has extremely good image quality scores, and the large pixels on the sensor gives the camera the best low-light ISO scores ever recorded up to this point among all cameras. “It’s clear from our testing that the Pentax 645Z’s sensor is extremely
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Train your eyes to see color, the easy way

Color awareness is a learned skill. All you really need is a car. The human brain is a funny thing. For the longest time I was aware of color in only the broadest sense. I wasn’t very good at formulating color combinations, or recognizing subtle hues, or evaluating variations in hues. Fortunately I had one key experience that put me on the right path. I took a beginners class in color at an interior design school, just for fun. In the class they ran a video from the late 1980s starring a designer by the name of Carlton Wagner. He
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Sony Tech Tip Video Series: Getting To Know Your LMD Monitor

Until the end of December, Sony Professional will roll out all new tech tip videos offering quick tech tips related to monitors and production. Just like the first installments, these videos feature Sony’s own Joseph Schimizzi, an engineer with Sony, as the host and tech maven who will help production staffs navigate their way to using Sony equipment, which can be a little complicated. Any help is very much appreciated. These Sony Tech Tip videos will be released weekly and the first two for fall 2017 are already on Sony Professional Solutions American’s YouTube page. So far topics range from LMD Monitor metadata to
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Hasselblad Launches Its Own ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ Service

Hasselblad has just launched its own in-house ‘Rent a Hasselblad‘ service, allowing photographers to shoot with the brand’s medium-format cameras for much, much less than the thousands it costs to actually own it. The service has been designed to make life a little easier for those on the fence about investing in a Hasselblad camera kit. By being able to rent the camera and accompanying lenses for a shoot, Hasselblad is offering users a chance to “try before they buy” at “reasonable rates.” Should you rent a camera and then decide you wish to purchase one (provided it
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Blackmagic Design Announces Updates to Micro Studio Camera 4K And More

Blackmagic seems to have a firmware update for just about everything they make. Well, in all seriousness, Blackmagic has updated a handful of items. The headliners for this mass update are the Micro Studio Camera 4K, Micro Cinema Camera, and the new 8K DeckLink Pro. Check it out below. Updates

Camera 4.7 Updates Micro Studio Camera 4K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design’s Firmware 4.7 update for both the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera adds quite a bit to each of the cameras. The Micro Studio Camera 4K gains new video formats, dramatically improved
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Sony a7R III: The Star Eater is No More

Sony’s latest mirrorless cameras have incredible specs and glowing reviews, but astrophotographers have been complaining about a “star eater” issue in which stars are mistaken for noise and removed from long exposure photos. There’s some good news, though: it looks like the new Sony a7R III doesn’t have the “star eater” problem. In case you haven’t been following along with the “star eater” fiasco, here’s the gist: in August 2016, firmware updates released for the a7R II and a7S II included a spacial filtering feature that removes noise for exposures longer than a few seconds. But photographers discovered that the
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A Hands-On Review of the Fujilfilm GFX 50S Medium Format DSLR

Here’s a 9-minute hands-on field test of the Fujifilm GFX 50S by photographer Kai W. This $6,500 medium-format camera boasts a 51-megapixel sensor and may be an option landscape photographers may want to look into. The first thing Kai noticed was the lightweight body. At just 800 grams with the battery included, this is not a camera that will weigh you down on your travels. Kai was also particularly impressed by the 3.69-million-dot EVF and described it as “like having TV strapped to your eye.” In fact, he said that it was “so large you might fall in.
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Panasonic Lumix G9: 80MP High-Res Mode and 6.5-Stop Stabilization

Despite numerous reports in the past several months, Panasonic’s camera business isn’t dead after all. The company just announced the Lumix G9, a serious Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with high-end features. “The LUMIX G9 achieves the highest-ever image quality in photo shooting by elevating resolution, gradation and color reproduction,” Panasonic says. At its core is a 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor that omits a low-pass filter for increased sharpness. In addition to shooting 20MP photos, the camera also has a High Resolution mode that combines 8 separate sensor-shifted exposures in-camera into an ultra-high-res 80-megapixel JPEG or
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Reflex is the First New 35mm Manual SLR Camera Design in 25 Years

Say hello to Reflex, a new 35mm SLR camera that just launched on Kickstarter. It’s the first newly designed manual SLR system camera in over 25 years. “Reflex is a modern update of the timeless manual SLR 35mm film camera,” the startup says. “Distinctive in its modular design, it combines contemporary mechanical and electrical engineering with the classic design of an analogue camera…” The Reflex combines old, time-tested designs with exciting new ideas to create a brand new concept of what a manual film SLR can be for the modern generation of photographers. First, the magnesium alloy camera is modular:
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Reflex is the First New 35mm Manual SLR Camera Design in 25 Years

Say hello to Reflex, a new 35mm SLR camera that just launched on Kickstarter. It’s the first newly designed manual SLR system camera in over 25 years. “Reflex is a modern update of the timeless manual SLR 35mm film camera,” the startup says. “Distinctive in its modular design, it combines contemporary mechanical and electrical engineering with the classic design of an analogue camera…” The Reflex combines old, time-tested designs with exciting new ideas to create a brand new concept of what a manual film SLR can be for the modern generation of photographers. First, the magnesium alloy camera is modular:
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Reflex is the First New 35mm Manual SLR Camera Design in 25 Years

Say hello to Reflex, a new 35mm SLR camera that just launched on Kickstarter. It’s the first newly designed manual SLR system camera in over 25 years. “Reflex is a modern update of the timeless manual SLR 35mm film camera,” the startup says. “Distinctive in its modular design, it combines contemporary mechanical and electrical engineering with the classic design of an analogue camera…” The Reflex combines old, time-tested designs with exciting new ideas to create a brand new concept of what a manual film SLR can be for the modern generation of photographers. First, the magnesium alloy camera is modular:
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Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

I’ve worked on episodic television. I know how fast it moves. That’s why I’m amazed at how good recent TV shows tend to look. Not only are the stories and acting better than what I see in features, but the cinematography is on par as well. It’s not always as complex as one will see on a feature, but it’s amazing what television cinematographers are able to do quickly and simply. The following are three shows that I’ve watched and enjoyed over the last year or two that tend to be pretty obscure, at least in the U.S. Each
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Focos Brings Custom Bokeh and Focus-After-You-Shoot to Dual Cam iPhones

Want to take your iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus beyond Portrait mode? Focos is an app that takes bokeh to the next level while also giving you the ability to choose your focus point after your shoot your photos. Focos was created by Xiaodong Wang, the developer behind two top apps in the iTunes App Store in 2015 and 2016, Colorburn and MaxCurve. “As a beginner having no prior photo shooting experience, you can take professional-grade pictures with this app at a go without expert skills,” Wang writes. “As a professional, you’ll be amazed at professional options available in
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Is the GH5 the best camera under US$10k? Jordan Drake believes it is. Learn why.

Jordan Drake and his co-host Chris Niccolls from Calgary, Alberta, Canada consider the under US$2k Panasonic Lumix GH5 to be the best current overall camera under US$10,000, especially after the recent free firmware update. Jordan Drake has extensive experience shooting with the US$7499 Sony FS7 and now he has 6-months using the GH5 too. He has many reasons to justify that statement in the embedded video you’ll see and hear ahead (almost 35 minutes, both entertaining and educational). Beyond all of the various reasons cited by the Canadian team, there is one additional detail I love about the GH5 (not
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Blackmagic Updates its Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Design has updated their Video Assist 4K LCD monitor/recorder. This time they have improved the color reading Vectorscope by adding the much needed 2x and 4x zoom capability within the scope. Blackmagic also updated general performance and stability to both the Video Assist and the Video Assist 4K as well. Now, the Vectorscope along with the other useful exposure tools like Waveform, RGB Parade, and full-screen Histogram are only available with the 7″ LCD screen Video Assist 4K and not in the smaller 5″ LCD screen Video Assist. Video Assist

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This is What Photos From a $63,000 Camera Look Like

What kind of images does a $63,000 stills camera produce? Here’s a 19-minute video by Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography in which he uses a Phase One XF medium format DSLR to show the bang for your buck that you get when you spend 63 grand on a camera kit. The Phase One XF is a medium-format camera built with a modular design. That means you can interchange not only the lenses but also the backs of the camera. In this particular setup, the new $50,000 Phase One IQ3 monochrome back is being tested. The monochrome back means
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