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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Sony a9 vs. Canon 1D X II vs. Nikon D5: A Flagship Camera Shootout

The flagship cameras from Sony, Canon, and Nikon — the a9, 1D X II, and D5 — are all brilliant pieces of kit, but which is right for you? This 45-minute shootout from Michael Andrews (aka Michael The Maven) objectively compares the three cameras in great detail.

Table of Contents

Here’s a breakdown of the sections found in the video: 01:04 – Intro
05:30 – Sports Shooting
16:05 – Low Light Focusing
16:45 – Video Focusing
18:06 – Dynamic Range
22:27 – High Portrait ISO
23:48 – Moire Test
24:12 – Thermal Test
24:53 – Rolling Shutter
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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.

Cine Zoom Build

These lenses are robust,
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An Ultimate Guide to Every B&W ISO 400 35mm Film on the Market

I’m photographer Andrew Branch, and this is my 400 speed, 35mm black-and-white film guide. In this guide, I will be comparing every 400 ISO black and white film which is actively being produced and readily available to the U.S. market, that I know about. Before we get into it, you should know that I am a film enthusiast, but a novice in every sense of the word. Experienced film shooters will likely find my film review a bit naive and maybe insufficient. That’s fine, I’m not doing this for them. I’m making this guide because I haven’t found anything
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Field Test: Using the Loupedeck to Up My Lightroom Game

I’m going to start this field test back to front and for one reason only: the LoupeDeck system blew my socks off. If you’re a wedding photographer — in fact, if you’re into any genre of photography — the Loupedeck is a game changer. I used it to edit a full wedding from start to finish. It not only halved my editing time, but it made the experience of editing fun again. I was in my element editing with the Loupedeck, waking up early to start editing because my workflow had become so smooth and ergonomic. I could end the
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Canon 6D vs. 6D II: Here’s a High ISO Noise Comparison

After early camera tests of the new Canon 6D Mark II were published, photographers balked at the fact that the dynamic range of the camera performed so poorly against other modern cameras. Now yet another review is showing that if you often shoot at high ISOs, you may be better off sticking with the original 6D from 2012. Photographer and camera reviewer Alan Dyer of The Amazing Sky has published a new review of the 6D Mark II with a focus on nightscapes (long-exposure astrophotography and high-ISO photos). To test the Canon 6D Mark II against its predecessor, Dyer photographed
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A Forgotten Solution to the Problems of Zoom Lenses

For a few years now, I’ve had in my collection one very strange lens. I bought it primarily for its value as a collectible so, up until now, I haven’t really spent much time playing with it. Made in 1975, this manual focus Minolta MC Rokkor-X 40-80mm f/2.8 lens is one strange puppy. When it was first introduced, no other zoom lens could top its image quality and it really didn’t have much competition until more recent years. This is largely due to its very unique gearbox design that sought to overcome the problem with zoom lenses that we
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Review: Tamron’s 24-70mm f/2.8 VC Does It All At a Wallet-Friendly Price

In the ever heated debate of Tamron vs. Sigma vs. Nikon vs. Canon, a new lens has arrived. Tamron has released an update of their popular 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Ever since Tamron began to create the new SP series lenses, starting with the 45mm, 35mm, and 15-30mm lenses, they’ve been hitting home runs. Having extensively used the 45mm f/1.8 SP lens, and doing a few shoots with their other new lenses, I had high hopes for the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 VC. Note: This review contains a few photos that may not be work-friendly.

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25% of Microsoft Surface Laptops Will Break in 2 Years: Consumer Reports

If you’re a photographer in search of a new laptop or tablet for working with your photos, there’s something you’ll probably want to know about Microsoft Surface devices: an estimated 25% of them will break within the first two years you have them, a new report says. After Consumer Reports conducted a survey of 90,000 laptop and tablet owners, Microsoft laptops and tablets stood out as having a breakage rate higher than most other brands’. The findings were so bad that the magazine pulled its “Recommended” designation for the Surface lineup entirely. “The problem is predicted reliability, with estimated two-year
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Marketing vs. Reality: 10 Memory Cards Tested for Real-World Speed

High-speed memory cards can be pricey, so you want to know that you’re getting the performance that you are paying for before you lay down the cash. This 8-minute video from Tom’s Tech Time compares 10 microSD cards for their read/write performance, and the results show that the numbers used in marketing cannot always be trusted. For the test, Tom David Frey chose 10 of the highest-specced microSD cards on the market, all with similar advertised speeds. All cards are speed class 10 and UHS class 3, which guarantees an absolute minimum write speed of 30MB/s. The write speed is
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Review: The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is a Fine Lens at a Fair Price

A few weeks ago Laowa sent me a copy of their first lens dedicated to Sony’s full frame E-mount system, the 15mm f/2. This lens is meant for landscape and astrophotographers who want to capture as much of the beautiful night sky as possible; which means wide and fast. Last year, I was able to get a copy of their 12mm f/2.8 for Canon and used it on my Sony a7R II with a Metabones adaptor. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the lens. A lot of what was great about that lens can be translated over
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Shooting Portraits of the Same Model with 3 Vintage Lenses

Photographer Mathieu Stern recently put 3 vintage lenses to the test in a portrait shootout at 4 different locations. The 5-minute video above compares the Soligor 21mm f/3.8, Canon FD S.S.C. 50mm f/1.4, and Helios 103 53mm f/1.8 with a tilt adapter. Stern effectively shows how these vintage primes can produce quality images for a fraction of the cost of modern lenses.

Soligor 21mm f/3.8

Shots from the Soligor showed distortion at 21mm, but with great detail in the foliage:
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Location 3
Location 4

Canon FD S.S.C. 50mm
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Hands-On with the RED Hydrogen One $1,200 Holographic Smartphone

At the beginning of last month, cinematic camera manufacturer RED announced that its very first smartphone, the RED Hydrogen One, was in production. In this 6-minute video, Marques Brownlee takes a look at a couple of prototypes of the new RED smartphone which the company sent him exclusively to check out. One prototype showed the phone at the final size they hope for, and the other shows more parts of it actually working but is larger in size. The aesthetics are unique: it has grips on the edges, giving it a “rugged look”, which is great if you find
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