A Nikon D850 Review for Nature Photographers

It’s finally here! My Nikon D850 review is finally finished! It took me 11 states, two countries, eight weeks, and 16,000 images to get it done, but here it is! This is a true field test loaded with real-world examples, advice, and tons of tips for getting the most from all the new features. Yes, it’s a bit of a long review, but I didn’t want to simply tell you about the new features — I wanted to show you how to use them as well. Nothing more frustrating than a review that tells you about some amazing new feature
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The Sony a7R III Eats Stars: New Report

Has Sony actually fixed its “star eater” issue in the new a7R III? Photographer Drew Geraci tested the camera earlier this month and found that the problem “is no more,” but now new reports are suggesting that the a7R III does indeed still “eat” stars and cause them to disappear in long exposures. DPReview sent engineer Jim Kasson a set of star photos from the a7R III to analyze, and after analyzing the spectra and generating a series of graphs, Kasson concluded that “the Sony a7R III eats stars.” “It turns out that the spatial filtering, which is
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DxOMark’s Pentax 645Z Review is Out After 2 Year Delay, Scores 101

Last month, we reported that DxOMark had reviewed the Pentax 645Z back in 2015 and given it a highest-ever score of 101 before pausing its medium format camera reviews prior to publishing any. That Pentax 645Z review is finally out, and DxOMark still has glowing things to say about the camera. DxOMark says the 51.4-megapixel camera has extremely good image quality scores, and the large pixels on the sensor gives the camera the best low-light ISO scores ever recorded up to this point among all cameras. “It’s clear from our testing that the Pentax 645Z’s sensor is extremely
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Sekonic L-858 D Review by Barry Andersson

Sekonic L-858 D Review

Sekonic L-858 D Review

From Barry Andersson: I recently got my hands on the new Sekonic L-858 D light meter and I was excited to take it for a spin. Before I go any further let me share with you that I started using Sekonic light meters a few decades ago. I got my first light meter when I bought an Arri S 16 mm film camera when I was 19 years old. Here is the first unit I learned to how to actually use a light meter. Sekonic L-858 D Review This model didn’t have a spot metering option nor did it
Sekonic L-858 D Review
Sekonic L-858 D Review
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Testing Sony’s New Pixel Shift Feature in the a7R III

The new Sony a7R III has a new function called Pixel Shift. This function basically increases the resolution of your images by 4 times. In short: the camera takes 4 photos and shifts the sensor 1 pixel in between. By combining these images later (the camera itself doesn’t do this) you get an image that has 4 times the resolution of a normal raw image (4 x 42 megapixel). This does NOT mean your file is suddenly 168 Megapixels. The files you get are still 42 megapixels but they contain way more detail, especially noticeable when you zoom in 100%.
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The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer

Over the last year I have been slowly migrating from Apple to Windows, and to be honest breaking out of the walled gardens that I lived within (some known, some unknown) has not been easy, but it has been freeing. I have to hand it to Apple, they made a system, an environment, that has been comfortable and creatively useful for many years. However, slowly the sparkle that was once held in such high regards by artists, has begun to dull. For me, there was one piece of hardware that remained from my Apple past, one that traveled with
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Revisiting ‘The Americans’, Robert Frank’s Influential Photo Book

In this post, we’re going to revisit The Americans by Robert Frank. This influential photography book, first published in France in 1958, appears highly relevant today with the United States divided in so many ways. However, the odds are that these honest, and often sad images, have always been relevant. Using funds from a Guggenheim Fellowship, Frank, born in Switzerland in 1924, took a two-year road trip across the country, starting in 1955, and photographed people and places along the way. He captured galas and movie premieres, factories and gas stations, diners and a funeral, and so much more. His
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Sony a7R III: The Star Eater is No More

Sony’s latest mirrorless cameras have incredible specs and glowing reviews, but astrophotographers have been complaining about a “star eater” issue in which stars are mistaken for noise and removed from long exposure photos. There’s some good news, though: it looks like the new Sony a7R III doesn’t have the “star eater” problem. In case you haven’t been following along with the “star eater” fiasco, here’s the gist: in August 2016, firmware updates released for the a7R II and a7S II included a spacial filtering feature that removes noise for exposures longer than a few seconds. But photographers discovered that the
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Light L16: Things Aren’t Looking Good in Early Reviews

The Light L16 is a 52-megapixel point-and-shoot camera that uses a massive 16 lenses all at once to create high resolution images. It has both baffled and inspired a lot of the photography community, but the first real reviews are being published… and they aren’t very good.

Is There a Need?

Photography Bay expresses concerns about the market’s needs for such a camera. This camera may not be something that the majority of people want or need, as smartphones are “good enough” and pretty close to the capabilities of the L16. “I’m afraid if the Light L16 can’t deliver the
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A Hands-On Review of the Fujilfilm GFX 50S Medium Format DSLR

Here’s a 9-minute hands-on field test of the Fujifilm GFX 50S by photographer Kai W. This $6,500 medium-format camera boasts a 51-megapixel sensor and may be an option landscape photographers may want to look into. The first thing Kai noticed was the lightweight body. At just 800 grams with the battery included, this is not a camera that will weigh you down on your travels. Kai was also particularly impressed by the 3.69-million-dot EVF and described it as “like having TV strapped to your eye.” In fact, he said that it was “so large you might fall in.
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iPhone X Portrait Lighting Versus Real Studio Lighting

The new iPhone X has a number of Portrait Lighting looks that allow users to “fake” professional lighting styles. Here’s a 4-minute video by photographer Daniel DeArco that compares the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting with the real studio lighting setups they’re designed to mimic. All the images in these comparisons are taken with the iPhone X, with those on the left having been shot with the digital lighting modes. On the right are images shot with the iPhone X without any of the digital lighting enabled, but instead with the lighting replicated with a real lighting rig. Here are the
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Does it make sense to have a Stereo & Mono Video Microphone in one unit? Here’s a review of the Azden SMX-30

Azden SMX-30This is an interesting idea to combine both a Stereo & Mono Video Microphone into one unit… I'm wondering if my friends (and sponsor) at RØDE are working on something like this. LOL I don't know. But when I ran into this review, I thought it was intriguing enough to share with our readers. Would you have a need for one? Do you carry both a stereo mic and a mono boom mic? I do sometimes. Especially when I want some room ambiance or natural sounds, I want that stereo mic. What would you do?

Stereo & mono microphone with killer features for
Azden SMX-30
Azden SMX-30
Azden SMX-30
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Review: The Touch Bar MacBook Pro Through the Eyes of a Creative

This post is a concise review of the touch bar MacBook Pro from a creative point of view. I use and like both PC and Macs and don’t have loyalty to one or the other. This has been a long time coming, and for good reason: I really wanted to put my laptop through the paces for a few months before I formed a true opinion.

The Pros

Build I travel a hell of a lot, and the one thing that mattered to me the most was the build quality of a laptop. Having owned a MBP in the past,
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This is What Photos From a $63,000 Camera Look Like

What kind of images does a $63,000 stills camera produce? Here’s a 19-minute video by Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography in which he uses a Phase One XF medium format DSLR to show the bang for your buck that you get when you spend 63 grand on a camera kit. The Phase One XF is a medium-format camera built with a modular design. That means you can interchange not only the lenses but also the backs of the camera. In this particular setup, the new $50,000 Phase One IQ3 monochrome back is being tested. The monochrome back means
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