Review: The Profoto A1 is a Simple and Naturally Beautiful Flash

We all know and love the legendary lighting manufacturer that is Profoto. For decades, they have produced and supported the most durable, powerful, and consistent lighting equipment for professional photographers around the world. In recent years, they have pushed the lighting industry forward with the introduction of the B1 and B2 and their OCF system. These new lights have changed the way photographers work by allowing for unheard of flexibility and mobility. Ever the innovator, Profoto just gave us something we’ve always wanted, but never thought to ask for. Profoto just announced the A1, an on-camera flash, with full
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Fstoppers Reviews the Sigma Art 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Ultrawide Zoom Lens

Fstoppers Reviews the Sigma Art 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Ultrawide Zoom Lens Sigma has been killing it lately with their Art series of lenses, and this entry doesn't stray far from the pack. With a great build, low distortion, and a very competitive price, it’s a contender for the best ultrawide lens available in its class. I had one for a few weeks and got to see if it lived up to the hype and high bar set by its fellow Sigma Art lenses. [ Read More ]

Why Can’t My DSLR Shoot 4K 60P, But The iPhone Can?

Why Can't My DSLR Shoot 4K 60P, But The iPhone Can? In the last decade, cell phones have made huge leaps forward in technology and capability. It's simply incredible what they are capable of these days, and the amount of processing power and features they have would have been unimaginable not so long ago. The latest iPhones are capable of shooting beautiful images and video up to 4K at 60P. Further, still, the iPhone 8 and X are capable of filming at 240fps when shot at 1080P, which is very impressive indeed. Both of these features are currently not available in any other similarly priced phone, DSLR, or even most mirrorless Continue reading "Why Can’t My DSLR Shoot 4K 60P, But The iPhone Can?"

First Look at the New Profoto A1 Flash

First Look at the New Profoto A1 Flash I’ve been a Profoto user for quite a while now, loving my B1s and B2s for wedding photography, and my D1s for studio photography. I’m a huge fan of off-camera flash, especially when it can be easily manipulated into looking like natural light when I need it to. After all, that’s what 99 percent of my wedding clients want: natural light and a golden-hour glow regardless if it’s raining or we’re shooting in noon-day sun. What I’ve been missing, however, is the portability of a small flash, and being able to use it on camera. [ Read More ]

Is The Nikon D850 The Best Wildlife Camera Too?

Is The Nikon D850 The Best Wildlife Camera Too? When it comes to wildlife photography, high megapixel cameras aren't normally the first kind of cameras that most people tend to think of. Cameras such as the Canon 1DX Mark II, the Nikon D5, and the Sony A9 come to mind, due to their incredible burst rates, rugged build quality, and amazing autofocus systems. Tony Northrup, an avid wildlife photographer believes the Nikon D850 to be the best camera for wildlife photography. In his latest video, Tony describes in detail why he believes this to be true and based on the information he presents, it's difficult to Continue reading "Is The Nikon D850 The Best Wildlife Camera Too?"

Zero Distortion: A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/2 Lens

Zero Distortion: A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/2 Lens In the last few years, Laowa, a Chinese company, released some very interesting lenses. Several of their wide-angle lenses have been praised for excellent performance and can be bought at relatively reasonable prices. The Laowa 15mm f/2 is one of these lenses and is currently the fastest 15mm lens that you can buy. Of course, there is the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art, and although that lens is almost double the price, Sigma's Art lenses have developed quite the following due to their incredible performance. But can the Laowa beat it? Kaiman "Kai" Wong helps us find out in Continue reading "Zero Distortion: A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/2 Lens"

Fstoppers Reviews Polar Pro Filters for Drones

Fstoppers Reviews Polar Pro Filters for Drones Designed for DJI photographers and cinematographers alike, PolarPro's Cinema Series for the Phantom 4 Pro/Advanced includes six incredibly useful filters: three neutral density filters and three polarizing and neutral density filters. I had been looking at filters for quite some time and wasn't sure where to begin so this set was the perfect place to start. Available for a wide array of quadcopters well beyond the Phantom 4 Pro tested, if you are looking to improve your quadcopter's image quality by adding filters, check out this review of PolarPro's Cinema Series. [ Read More ]

Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Tested and Compared

Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Tested and Compared It would seem that the Nikon D850 can do no wrong and with this latest test and comparison from Tony Northrup, the results seem even more positive. The dynamic range was something a lot of photographers were concerned about, especially due to the higher megapixel count. At ISO 64, it's safe to say that the dynamic range of the D850 is a solid improvement over the Nikon D810. As Northrup demonstrates in his video, the D810 suffered from a heavy magenta cast in recovered shadows whereas the D850 has a more neutral and pleasing look to it. At higher Continue reading "Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Tested and Compared"

Fstoppers Reviews Kittyhawk Flight App for UAV Drones

Fstoppers Reviews Kittyhawk Flight App for UAV Drones Since obtaining my FAA Part 107 certification and flying with the Phantom 4 Quadcopter, I have been pouring over flight apps like crazy. Kittyhawk, available for iOS and Android, has become my go-to app for every flight I make that provides a comprehensive flight workflow all in one location. With enhanced telemetry data, airspace maps, fleet management, and weather reports, here’s my review of the app that could replace the entire drone folder on your mobile device. [ Read More ]

ShareGrid Just Released the Greatest and Last Anamorphic Lens Test You’ll Ever Need

ShareGrid Just Released the Greatest and Last Anamorphic Lens Test You'll Ever Need While the technology we use every day swiftly marches towards the pursuit of perfection, cinematographers everywhere have found a friend in lenses with character. Few looks allow cinematographers to express that pursuit of unique character more than anamorphic lenses. With the array of accessible anamorphic lenses growing and no comprehensive comparisons, renting a lens was often based on budget, and not on personality — that is until ShareGrid released their Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test. [ Read More ]

Hands On With The New Nikon D850! Will I Switch?

The Nikon D850 was announced last week while I was in Phoenix for a business trip and I apologize for not providing coverage. But, that also gives me time to catch up and tho there are a ton of blog posts with the exciting specs, I decided to go after some of the folks who had hands on and can provide some concrete usage info. I'd love to be able to get my hands on the Nikon D850 for a while as it seems to be a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV killer in many ways – except for the Dual Pixel
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Sigma Cine Zoom Lens Review: 18-35mm and 50-100mm

Is there a better subject for a shooter than their own three-month-old baby? During these early months of fatherhood, Sigma sent me their 18-35mm and 50-100mm Cine Zoom Lenses to try out for a little bit. My home movies haven’t been better. Technical details first, Sigma sent me their E-mount versions of their Cine Zooms. I shot on Contrast Visuals and Consulting’s Sony FS7 and I use LiteGear’s LiteMate 4 and 2L hybrid LEDs to light the bedroom. I enjoyed these lights just as much as I enjoyed the lenses. Check out the video below.

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Hands-On With Hasselblad X1D-50c’s New Firmware, Adds Electronic Shutter and Multiple Focus Points

Hands-On With Hasselblad X1D-50c's New Firmware, Adds Electronic Shutter and Multiple Focus Points The Hasselblad X1D-50c is the company's most affordable medium-format camera and represents a major shift as the world's only mirrorless medium-format camera. Hasselblad released a new firmware update that brings two new features users have long asked for: electronic shutter capture and multiple, user-selectable focus points. How well do these features work? I'll tell you, firsthand. While you can look out for a full review of the X1D-50c in a bit, I took the liberty of loading the new firmware update onto the camera and took it for a quick test drive. [ Read More ]

Everyone Says the Canon EOS 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is Crap… But Is It?

Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic rangeDoes the Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic range suck? There's a lot of chatter about the dynamic range on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II but I thought I'd go do a bit of research and see what some of the folks I respect who do camera reviews have had to say about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic range. And surprisingly (or maybe not), in real world usage, there's not a lot to complain about. What you're free to complain about is that we're even talking about it and that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II doesn't have
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A Hands-On First Look at the Nikon D850

A Hands-On First Look at the Nikon D850 The Nikon D850 has more people excited about its release than any other camera for quite some time. With a plethora of features and a wickedly competitive price point, it looks to be quite possibly the most complete all-around camera ever released. This hands-on first look examines if that translates well in real-world usage. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Portabrace BK-1HDV Backpack, Currently $99 From B&H

Fstoppers Reviews the Portabrace BK-1HDV Backpack, Currently $99 From B&H After enough time in the broadcast industry, it's hard not to have a soft spot for Portabrace. They are incredibly well made. However, outside of generic television and news gathering, I would say that Think Tank, Lowepro, and Pelican are the top dogs. I never found a Portabrace bag suiting my needs entirely, nevermind that they can cost a small fortune — until now. I managed to pick up an amazing backpack for just $99 after instant savings from B&H. [ Read More ]