Is the Sensor or the Lens to Blame for Poor Image Quality?

A few years ago, I was embarrassingly very vocal about how disappointed I was about some of the Nikon lenses. I’ve been using Nikon cameras and lenses for decades and although I was very pleased with the image quality and color rendition their cameras produced, I strongly considered jumping the Nikon ship in search of crisper, cleaner looking lenses. In fact, I was so close to leaving Nikon a couple of years ago that I went through the process of hiring and testing other brands to see if other manufacturers could deliver what Nikon could not. But what was my
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Here’s How Much Sony Autofocus Has Improved in the Past Few Years

Want to see how much Sony has improved the autofocus abilities in its cameras? Photographer Dave Dugdale made this 6.5-minute video comparing the AF on his Sony a7S from 2014 and his new Sony a7R III. Dugdale shows how the a7S loses face detection autofocus pretty quickly when the subject does certain things to confuse it — fidgeting with sunglasses, moving a hand around a nose and mouth, turning the face to a profile, turning completely around, and moving to the very edge of the frame. The a7R III is able to stay locked onto the subject much better
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How the Original Canon 5D Stacks Up Against the 5D Mark IV

Photographer Pablo Strong recently did a shootout to see how the original Canon 5D from 2005 stacks up against the latest Canon 5D Mark IV from 2016. The 7.5-minute video above is a report of his findings. The Canon 5D, which Strong calls “arguably the best deal in photography” when paired with the 50mm f/1.8 II lens, was a camera that helped full frame cameras break into the mainstream. It was the first full-frame DSLR in a smaller, standard camera body and its price tag of $3,300 also set a new standard for how affordable full-frame cameras could
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A First Look at the Godox/Flashpoint XP600 Pro Extension Head

The new extension head for the Godox/Flashpoint 600 PRO is heavier than expected. The solid and sturdy metal swivel mount contributes a lot to that extra weight. The cable is also shorter than the ones of its excellent predecessors, the H600 and H1200. While the increased weight and the shorter cable are issues that I can, for the most part, live with, I am quite disappointed about the performance of the new head. A slight loss of output power due to the cable extension is obviously normal. But, I am not sure if the ergonomic advantages of using this remote
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The Efficiency of the Godox/Flashpoint AC Adapter

When I initially began to integrate the Flashpoint XPLOR H1200 into my workflow, HSS, portability, and the long-lasting lithium batteries were key factors in my decision to switch from Broncolor to Flashpoint/Godox. With the release of the AD600 PRO earlier this year, I began to add more units, enough to be able to light for any conceivable studio or location requirements. Note: There are photos below that may not be work friendly. I may use as many as 20 lights for a setup, or just one, but for sure I like to always have a good number of spares
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A Guide to Switching from Nikon to Sony for Wedding Photography

After almost a decade of photographing weddings with Nikon cameras, we decided to trade our D750 cameras for the Sony a7 III. Here are a few thoughts on how the process went and why we feel it was the right decision. We’ve been shooting with Nikon cameras for a long time. Our first Nikon camera was the D700, and over the years we’ve owned everything from the really amazing D3s and D4 to the totally pants D610 and D800. For the last few years we’ve shot with the D750, a brilliant DSLR that is small and light (for a DSLR),
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Metabones Degrades the Edge Image Quality of Wide-Angle Lenses

With the popularity of mirrorless cameras from Sony, Fuji, Panasonic among others, more and more Canon users are either changing systems or wanting to try these new cameras. That in turn, is making adapting lenses more popular than ever, especially as autofocus performance continues to improve and includes many native features like Continous Eye AF (in the case of Sony cameras). While I was never a Canon DSLR owner, I have purchased Canon EF lenses before to use with my Sony camera because either there was no native option at the time or the Canon offering was superior in image
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‘P’ is For Pariah: The Nikon 500m f/4 P Lens on a Sony a7R II

My family and I recently moved back up to North Carolina. It feels so good to be back in the place we feel is home to us. Now surrounded again by all this State’s natural beauty and wildlife, I’ve had quite the itch to ramp up my efforts in bird photography that began down in Florida. The past few weeks I’ve been researching ultra-telephoto lenses for bird/wildlife photography. Not wanting to spend a fortune on a modern lens, I focused on legacy, manual focus lenses. After much browsing of Internet forums, I started to pick up on a trend in
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The New Top-of-the-Line MacBook Pro Has Heat Issues That Kill Performance

A week ago, Apple announced upgrades to its MacBook Pro line that brings the processing power of the 15-inch version up to a 6-core 8th generation Intel CPU. The new CPU is supposed to bring a 70% performance increase, but reviews are finding that the laptop runs too hot, throttling the real-world CPU performance. In the 6-minute video above, popular tech reviewer Dave Lee states that even though the new MacBook Pro contains a beast of a CPU, the laptop’s physical design presents a major problem. “The i9 in particular is a very powerful CPU — when it comes to
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Why That $699 MacBook eGPU May Be a Waste for Photographers

Last week, Apple and Blackmagic unveiled a new $699 external GPU (eGPU) that brings “desktop-class” graphics performance to MacBook Pros. But if you were hoping that it would be a godsend for speeding up your sluggish Photoshop or Lightroom for post-processing photos, you may want to check out this new 16-minute review by photoshopCAFE. Colin Smith got his hands on a Blackmagic eGPU and put it to the test with his 2017 MacBook Pro running Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro. When he tested applying a complex preset to 49 photos, Smith actually found that using the eGPU was actually slower
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Comparing the Sony a7 III and Canon 5D Mark IV for Astrophotography

I’m an avid night sky photographer that cut my teeth capturing the stars using the original Canon 6D. I shot with that camera for years until purchasing the Sony a7S (Mark I) after reading about how it could essentially “see in the dark.” Using the Sony mirrorless system was a big change coming from Canon and no matter how awesome the images were, I never learned to love it. After reading countless reviews of the Canon 5D Mark IV that touted its dynamic range and low light performance, I sold the a7S and made the leap into the new
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