A Review and Teardown of the ‘S**t’ Yashica Y35 Camera

The Yashica Y35 camera was hugely hyped as a revival of an iconic Japanese camera brand and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter, but as backers have started receiving their cameras, reviews have been overwhelmingly horrible. The Vancouver, Canada-based Point&ShootClub published this 15-minute video review of the camera (Beware: it’s angry and has strong language). Just as early backers have reported, Point&ShootClub found the camera to have poor build quality, unreliable/non-working functionality, an incompatible cable, non-existent “autofocus”, a “black-and-white” “film” that doesn’t actually shoot monochrome, and more. “I regret the day I paid [for] this,” the reviewer states. “If film
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Sony Beats Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 in Dynamic Range

Photonstophotos has published its dynamic range test results for the new Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The numbers show that both Canon and Nikon trail the performance of Sony’s cameras. Here’s the comparison chart by Photonstophotos: At ISO 100, the Sony a7R III has a Photographic Dynamic Range (PDR) of 11.64, the Nikon Z7 is 10.98, and the Canon EOS R is in last with 10.6. The Nikon Z7 does have a lower native minimum ISO of 64, but even there it has a PDR of 11.56, which still trails the
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This is Why You Don’t Hire a $0.25 Photo Retoucher

After discovering retouching services being offered on Fiverr, the popular platform that lets freelancers offer ultra-cheap services, photographer Irene Rudnyk recently decided to conduct an experiment to see what kind of results you can get for $10 and less. Rudnyk hired three different retouchers at three different ultra-cheap price points: $0.25, $5, and $10. This is the unedited photo Rudnyk sent as a RAW file to each retoucher: She also included these requirements for what she wanted:
I would like if you made this image very vibrant, warm. Clean skin, bright eyes, and make her hair look more
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Portrait Lens Shootout: 85mm vs. 105mm vs. 135mm vs. 200mm

Here’s a 5-minute video showing a portrait lens shootout I recently did at 85mm f/1.4, 105mm f/1.4, 135mm f/1.8, and 200mm f/2.8. If you are looking for a portrait lens, you can’t go wrong with any of these focal lengths. Each focal length serves a specific purpose and will give you a slightly different look/perspective. Without getting too technical, I found that there really isn’t much difference between all four lenses optically — the differences are more apparent in the working distance and perspective that they each have to offer. I enjoy 85mm f/1.4 because
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Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

I do not care how the Blackmagic Design eGPU looks. I do not care how it works. I only care if it speeds up my exports. As a shooter I sometimes find myself in a hotel room offloading footage for a client and prepping my gear for the next morning’s call time. Shoot and charge batteries and sleep that can be the cameraman’s life at times. The last thing I want to do is to stay up late because I decided to take the extra step to sweeten my URSA Mini Pro footage via DaVinci Resolve for the client. I
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The iPhone XS vs a Cinema Camera: Can You Tell the Difference?

As a filmmaker, I come across many different types of cameras, lenses, and of course all the peripherals that come with movie making. For commercial shoots I am currently shooting on a Canon C200 cinema camera using the Canon RAW lite codec. The results are incredible. A few weeks ago I picked up the new iPhone XS max and as a photographer and film maker the first thing I did was open up the camera app to see how it looked. To be honest, I was actually shocked. It looked awesome. Over the next few days I took a few
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Is Sony’s Color Science Really That Bad?

One of the biggest complaints I hear quite regularly about Sony mirrorless cameras is that their color science is horrible. Many photographers don’t seem to like how Sony interprets colors from any given scene. This it seems, to be especially true for portrait photographers. In stark contrast, color science is one of the major positive points for Canon cameras. Many photographers love Canon colors and it’s actually one of the reasons so many photographers don’t want to switch. I personally have made comments about Sony’s color science too, however, I thought it was important to properly compare them. This
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Nikon Z7’s Banding Makes It Fall Short of D850’s Dynamic Range: Report

The new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera and the Nikon D850 DSLR both have 45.7MP backside-illuminated full-frame sensors, so one might reasonably assume that the two cameras have virtually identical image quality. But it turns out the Z7 actually falls short in the area of dynamic range due to banding. DPReview has published its findings from test and real-world shooting in its first impressions review. It found that although the Z7’s image quality is “remarkably similar” to the D850’s in most circumstances, striping and banding present in Z7 photos means that the practical dynamic range of the camera is reduced.
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Hands On: The Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM is a Great Ultra-Portable Prime Lens

I had the pleasure of trying out the brand new Sony 24mm f/1.4 G-Master lens before it was announced today. I spent the last few days in Sicily with Sony Europe and we had some time to go hands-on with it. First things first: I am a Sony Ambassador of Imaging, so you might think I am biased when reviewing Sony products. But I am always honest in my reviews and will point out flaws regardless of brands I am representing. Apart from Sony, most of the people on this trip were press. I was one of the very
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Exclusive iPhone XS Photos: Our First Look at Real-World Performance

The new iPhone XS doesn’t hit store shelves until the end of this week, but travel photographer Austin Mann got his hands on one early and has been shooting in Zanzibar to test the new and improved camera features and capabilities. The iPhone XS and XS Max feature 12MP Dual Cameras on the rear, a 7MP TrueDepth front camera, 4K video, Smart HDR (more highlight and shadow detail), and bokeh/depth control (a slider for adjust depth of field after you shoot). Here’s an exclusive photo gallery that provides a first look at the iPhone XS’s real-world photo performance (captions are
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My Experience With Apple as a Photographer and Creative Pro: In Short, Not Good

My name is Pye Jirsa, and I’m a wedding photographer and the co-founder of SLR Lounge. Before I get started, let me say that I feel like the most unlucky person when it comes to electronics and major purchases. But, even with my bad luck, perhaps you will find this experience odd and worth sharing. What you are about to read is not doctored or manipulated to get more views — it’s simply my experience this past year with Apple products. In the past, I respected and held Apple in high regard. However, I am by no means a “fanboy”
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Nikon Z7 Pro Photos and Impressions

Photographer and Nikon Ambassador Jerry Ghionis is one of just 12 of Nikon’s photographers in the US who received extensive early access to the Nikon Z system. We asked Ghionis to share his impressions of the Z7 as well as photos he has captured with the full-frame mirrorless camera.
Photographer Jerry Ghionis with the Nikon Z7. Photo by Mike Corrado.
Here’s the short interview we did with Ghionis and an exclusive selection of his photos: PetaPixel: What was your first impression after picking up and using the camera? Ghionis: Before picking up the camera, I expected it to feel too
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Nikon Z7 Field Report: Too Many Good Things to Not Like It

Earlier this year I got a phone call from Japan asking whether I would be interested in working on yet another important global introduction campaign for a new Nikon product. As I very much enjoyed creating the Hercules Rising night time-lapse for the introduction of the Nikon D850, I said yes. My wife Daniella and I plan our photo tours two years ahead and we travel/shoot nine months a year, so it was a real challenge again to wiggle it into our schedule, but we somehow managed to make it fit. What followed were several secretive Skype calls and emails
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