Sony a9 Versus Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X II in Dynamic Range Tests

Photons to Photos has updated its Photographic Dynamic Range versus ISO Setting test database with results from the new Sony a9, and it found that the a9 holds its own against the flagship Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X Mark II DSLRs. The Sony a9 “performs very well against its competitors up till 3200 ISO, where the Nikon D5 just edges it out,” writes Sony Addict. “The Sony a9 beats the Canon 1D X Mark II across the board, but falls just behind the Nikon D5 in low light, while besting it in maximum dynamic range.” Here’s a
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How an $80 1000mm Lens Performs on a $1,400 Sony a6500 Camera

Let’s say you spent pretty much all of your camera budget on a shiny new $1,400 Sony a6500 mirrorless camera, yet you want a super telephoto lens for getting way up close to subjects. Here’s a thrifty option you could consider: buy a cheapo 500mm lens, Sony adapter, and 2x teleconverter for just $80. That’s what photographer Christopher Burress tried out recently, and he documented his experiment in the 9.5-minute video above. The lens is a Opteka 500mm kit, which can be found on Amazon (it costs $120 right now due to price fluctuations, but Burress got his for
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Hands On With the New DJI Spark

Now that DJI’s new mini Spark drone has been officially announced, the early reviews are starting to appear. Photo industry personality Kai Wong got his hands on a pre-release prototype, and his video provides a great early look at the drone. Kai’s humor (note: there’s some strong language) makes this an entertaining demo of DJI’s new “ickle, little” quadcopter. He seems impressed with the drone as he kicks off the video with some beautiful panning shots at Mam Tor in northern England, showing just how well the 2-axis stabilization works. As Kai shows, the Spark is tiny. Unfortunately, the props
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Sony a9 Hands-On Review And Problems With Dynamic Range – So It Isn’t The Perfect Camera After All?

So what's up with the Sony a9? What are people saying about it? Is it the killer DSLR for sports that everyone's been hoping for? (Ok not everyone, but many LOL). We've got a hands-on report from our good friend Hugh Brownstone as well as a troubling report from DPreview about the unfortunate results in their testing of Dynamic Range with ISOs below 640. So what are your thoughts? Are you jumping on the Sony a9 bandwagon?

Sony a9 Hands-On: Best Sony Ever Demands Best from YOU

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Hands On with GNARBOX for Storing and Editing RAW Photos On the Go

First unveiled to the world back in July 2015, GNARBOX is a new storage device designed to allow photographers and videographers to back up, edit, and share their RAW photos and 4K videos without having to haul around a laptop. The project received a considerable amount of attention when it was announced and went on to raise over half a million dollars through its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The first production units started shipping out to the nearly 3,000 backers in November 2016, and today is the first day the GNARBOX is available to the general public. We got our hands
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Hands On with GNARBOX for Storing and Editing RAW Photos On the Go

First unveiled to the world back in July 2015, GNARBOX is a new storage device designed to allow photographers and videographers to back up, edit, and share their RAW photos and 4K videos without having to haul around a laptop. The project received a considerable amount of attention when it was announced and went on to raise over half a million dollars through its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The first production units started shipping out to the nearly 3,000 backers in November 2016, and today is the first day the GNARBOX is available to the general public. We got our hands
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Rolleidoscop: The First Camera Rollei Made and the Stereoscopic Process

The Rolleidoscop was made from 1926 to 1939 in Germany alongside the Heidoscop, the same camera but with a sheet film or glass plate back. It was actually the very first camera that renowned manufacturer Rollei made. Rumor has it that many photographers used these as a regular camera because the quality of lenses were so good for the era. They would cover one of the lenses and take a photo and cover the other lens for the next photo without advancing the film, making two different images as opposed to one stereograph. This became so prevalent that Rollei decided
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The Most Comprehensive LED Test You’ve Ever Seen

If you haven't seen this, you should! Timur Civan was the guy who created one of our most popular posts ever – “What do you get when you put a 102 year old lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II?” This was put together by Timur for NoFilmSchool “28-Light Shootout: The Most Comprehensive LED Test You've Ever Seen” There's a lot to be learned by watching all of the videos! Even just watching the first one will show you the amount of variance of light produced by these lights.

LED Shootout 2017: The Main Test

LED Shootout
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Tony Northrup’s Panasonic GH5 Review – “Favorite Video Camera Of All Time” (with a few “buts”)

Of course, the Panasonic GH5 has been getting a lot of well deserved attention and I've been keeping an eye out for some of the good reviews – and I can always trust Tony & Chelsea Northrup to give you their complete and personal opinion. They take their time and really test out the camera. Note: this is Tony's affiliate link – please reward them with your purchase: http://sdp.io/gh5 Tony starts this review by saying “The Panasonic GH5 is my favorite video camera of all time” and sets the expectation for the rest of the review. The next phrase
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The Star Eater Issue: Why I No Longer Recommend Sony Cameras for Astrophotography

Sony makes excellent cameras. In the last few years, they launched a completely new full frame camera system that has pushed the bounds of digital photography. I switched entirely to Sony gear after first seeing the tremendous low-light capability of their a7S and have enjoyed many outings shooting astrophotography on many different Sony camera bodies since. I have previously recommended Sony gear to countless numbers of fellow photographers looking for the best landscape astrophotography cameras. That is no longer the case. If you want to shoot landscape astrophotography, don’t buy a Sony. If you already have a Sony camera, don’t
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EXIF.co Helps You Protect and Get Credit For Your Photos Online

Image protection is a fiery issue among us photographers and there’s a good chance you sit in one of four camps… 1. You don’t protect your work and are happy for publications to post your images in exchange for credit and hope your work will spread around the web to be seen by potential clients. 2. You semi-protect your work with a watermark in the hope that it’s enough to deter potential thieves while not being too distracting for the viewer, but also prominent enough so that potential clients can see your name in case a publication forgets to credit
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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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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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