First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera – Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps

First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera - Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps Last week Sony unveiled their most ambitious Alpha camera to date with the a9. The 24.2-megapixel mirrorless camera takes on the general form factor of previous a7 II bodies and packs in their latest photo technology with a strong emphasis on autofocus, speed, and removing distractions such as shutter noise and screen blackout in continuous shooting. This all adds up to a product that has the potential to make a large impact on the sports photography scene. Today I'm excited to share a number of images I shot with the Sony a9 of a range of track and field Continue reading "First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera – Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps"

Hasselblad X1D Review: An Expensive Gadget or a Worthy Performer?

Of all the cameras that sit in my camera bag, the Hasselblad X1D is the one camera that I never expected to purchase. But, after my Hasselblad H5 went in for repairs with no return date in sight (more on that later) and I faced an expensive rental bill to procure a replacement for a month-long photo project, I did some math and figured that I could buy the X1D, sell the H5 and put the money I’d have spent renting a camera into this sleek sports car of a camera. After a couple of phone calls and a few
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Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Tripod and BHQ2XPRO Ball Head Kit

Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Tripod and BHQ2XPRO Ball Head Kit Manfrotto has renewed its product lineup recently, and the new tripod models come with new features and improved designs. I have been using Manfrotto products for years due to their affordable prices, but unfortunately, every time I ended up with severe problems. Now, the long-known tripod series 055 also has a new version. For the last time, I decided to give this brand one more chance, and I've been testing this tripod with the new XPRO (BHQ2) ball head for the last couple of weeks. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD200 Portable Flash

Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD200 Portable Flash A while back I reviewed the Godox AD600 which I thought was going to be the all-in-one solution I was after. Even after comparing it to the Profoto B1, I was more impressed with the AD600, especially at its price point. It had a few construction issues, but overall was a flash to compete with the big boys. As I said, I thought it was going to be the solution I was looking for. Then Godox dropped the bomb: the Wistro AD200. This little flash promised to be less than half the weight and powerful enough for most of Continue reading "Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD200 Portable Flash"

SwellPro’s Waterproof Drones Don’t Just Fly, They Float to Film Underwater

SwellPro’s waterproof “splash drones” were designed primarily for fishermen, but ambitious filmmakers and at least a few clumsy photographers could all benefit from a drone that can shoot above and below the waves. The SwellPro splash drones come in two different versions: Fisherman and Auto. The entry-level Fisherman was designed for “long fishing line delivery and bait dropping,” and comes equipped with an SAR fishing line release mechanism, waterproof camera, video transmitter, and FPV monitor. The more expensive Auto version is a bit more filmmaker friendly, and includes a waterproof GoPro gimbal, a fishing line release rig, a
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The Sony a9 Opinions: DSLR Killer? Best Sports/Wildlife Camera Ever Made?

Of course there is a LOT of attention on the Sony A9 announcement from yesterday (see our announcement post with all the videos etc)… but what are the prevailing opinions? (Note, “DSLR killer” is not my phrase of choice here, but it is being thrown around – I still hate that there's really some “war” going on between DSLR and Mirrorless – they're both still essentially the same thing.) Frankly, based on what I'm reading/seeing/hearing, this is a freaking cool camera that launches Sony to the front of the overall camera market. The good news is that tho the
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Bokehlicious: This is What the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Lens Can Do

Talk about luck. Before teaching a workshop, “Aperture In Action”, recently, I was handed a pre-release copy of the eagerly awaited Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Series lens. What was already going to be a great class instantly got a lot better!
The Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens.
Sigma already has a significant presence in the full-frame, prime lens market, and this lens certainly underscores their commitment to the segment. As far back as I can remember, the 135mm prime lens was the portrait photographer’s lens of choice. When properly executed, it was the lens you
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Fstoppers Reviews the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Lens

Fstoppers Reviews the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Lens Super-telephoto lenses are essential to the craft of sports and wildlife photographers who are shooting great distances away from their subjects, as well as to other creative photographers looking to flatten or fill the frame to create unique images. Enter the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary which is a full-frame super-telephoto lens priced just under $1,000 and comes in Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sigma SA mounts. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews Outsourcing a Wedding to Pro Image Editors

Fstoppers Reviews Outsourcing a Wedding to Pro Image Editors Outsourcing for me has always been one of those things I just never thought to be possible. How could someone who doesn't know what I’m thinking know how I want an image to look? Sometimes I don't even know what I want an image to look like and some of my favorite images have come from playing around while editing. So when I was contacted by Pro Image Editors, one of the largest postproduction companies around with 400-plus employees, and offered the chance to try their services, I was a bit skeptical. [ Read More ]

A Gallery System That Goes Beyond Your Expectations: Fstoppers Reviews ShootProof

A Gallery System That Goes Beyond Your Expectations: Fstoppers Reviews ShootProof With digital photography, the ways to present our work have evolved and grown exponentially. Web galleries alone are numerous, and it can be difficult to find the one that matches your needs and expectations. But then, there are a few such as ShootProof that pretty much do everything most photographers need. From proofing to print ordering or even invoices and contract management, it’s a complete solution for the photographer who wants something easy to use. After a few weeks of trial, here’s my review of ShootProof. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Pulse Camera Remote

Fstoppers Reviews the Pulse Camera Remote Picture this: you and some friends are on a week-long backpacking trip in Alaska, and it’s a frigid 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside. You really don’t want to get out of your sleeping bag. Luckily, before you got in it, you went out and set up your camera with a incredibly lightweight remote that you can control from your phone so that you can take photos of the aurora without leaving the tent. If you want to be able to do this, and for only $100, you should check out the Pulse camera remote by Alpine Labs. [ Read More ]

$13,000 Lens Review: Taking the Sony 500mm f/4.0G for a Spin

It’s not one of Canon or Nikon’s 800mm behemoths, but Sony’s 500mm f/4G comes close… if not in focal length, then at least in price. At $13,000 it is the most expensive and longest prime Sony makes, and photographer John Sison got his hands on one to review. The vast majority of you reading this will never drop 13 grand on a lens—heck, I know I won’t—but that doesn’t mean we’re not all curious to see how something like this performs in real life. Which is why Sison’s review is so interesting. In addition to shooting it on the A99
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Soaking, Freezing, and Overheating a Leica M: A Different Sort of Review

With the recent release of the Leica’s new M10, I noticed an interesting commonality amongst the reviews: almost all of them tested the camera in sunny, dry, or interior environments. Now, I understand that Leica’s are expensive cameras and that reviewers and owners may not want to risk their equipment, but it strikes me that it might be worth knowing what kind of abuse these cameras can take given the high price they command. Additionally, I’ve seen Leica cameras treated with a sort of reverence that often influences the types of shots photographers are willing to risk taking—and it strikes
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Review: The Saal Digital High-End Photobook for Professional Photographers

Review: The Saal Digital High-End Photobook for Professional Photographers If you have ever imagined your very own photography coffee table book, this review will probably get you designing it straightaway. Saal Digital, a German photo printing company offers the High-End Photobook, which, at least on paper, has all the bells and whistles you would like to see in a book containing your finest work. I’ve put the book to the test to see if the quality lives up to the claims made on their website and the Instagram advertisement that led me to them. [ Read More ]