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10 Things You Need to Know About Prime Lenses

10 Things You Need to Know About Prime Lenses

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While some people give prime lenses the cold shoulder because they don’t offer the focal length versatility of a zoom lens, others, like me, hold prime lenses in high regard.

In fact, there are a lot of reasons why a prime lens is a great addition to your camera bag - more so than a zoom in many cases.

Not convinced?

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What are Prime Lenses?

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Let’s go over a few things you need to know about prime lenses.

First, let’s explore what prime lenses are and how they work.

Unlike a zoom lens, a prime lens has a fixed focal length. Common focal lengths include 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm, though there are many other variations, like the 135mm prime pictured above.

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This means that you’re “stuck” with one focal length whereas a zoom lens gives you a wide range, like 12-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and so forth. 

I say “stuck” because you obviously can’t change the focal length with a flick of your wrist like you can with a zoom lens.

However, as I’ll hit on later, many photographers actually consider this to be an advantage because it forces you to “zoom with your feet.” 

So, while zoom lenses are built for versatility, prime lenses are built for a specific purpose. 

For example, an 85mm prime lens is traditionally used for portraiture. A 24mm prime lens is often used for landscapes.

How do Prime Lenses Work?

I’m no physicist, so I’ll leave the experts at CanonAsia to explain how camera lenses work in the video above. 

What I can tell you is this - prime lenses and zoom lenses work the same way in terms of the physics of light.

The difference, of course, is that in a prime lens, the lens elements - the glass - do not move as they do in a zoom lens.

Because prime lenses do not have moving elements, they benefit from a number of advantages, not the least of which is improved optical performance.

Below, I offer an overview of this and other advantages of prime lenses.

Prime Lenses are Smaller Than Zooms (Usually)

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Thanks to fewer pieces and parts inside the lens, many prime lenses are much smaller than their zoom counterparts.

Not only does this mean a smaller form factor, but prime lenses are often much lighter than zoom lenses as well. 

This makes prime lenses a top choice for photography pursuits that require you to be able to move fast and light, like travel photography or street photography. 

Now, some prime lenses - like high-end professional models - can be quite heavy because of higher-quality optics and weather-resistant build quality. But by and large, most prime lenses are small, compact, and lightweight.

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Prime Lenses Have Large Apertures 

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Whether it’s Canon prime lenses, Nikon prime lenses, Sigma prime lenses, Sony prime lenses, or another brand we’re talking about, these lenses have large apertures that let tons of light into the camera.

It’s not uncommon to find zoom lenses that have an aperture range from f/3.5-f/5.6. But with prime lenses, you can find options with an aperture as wide as f/1.2. 

All that extra light-gathering capability means prime lenses are better-suited to low-light photography. 

A large aperture opening means you don’t have to rely as much on boosting the ISO or slowing down the shutter speed, which results in cleaner shots with less noise and a reduced incidence of camera shake due to a slow shutter.

Prime Lenses Can Be Found on the Cheap

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Professional-grade prime lenses can be extremely expensive. For example, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM shown above is a cool $1,849.00.

However, many other options are quite budget-friendly.

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S is less than $200.00 brand-new.

You’ll find that as the size of the aperture increases, so too does the price. That means that if you’re looking for something that won’t destroy your bank account, prime lenses with an aperture of f/1.8, f/2, f/2.8, or f/4 will be much more cost-effective than prime lenses with an aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.2.

Prime Lenses are Sharp

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One of the advantages of prime lenses is that they are typically sharper than their zoom counterparts. 

This makes sense because prime lenses have fewer elements and moving parts inside, so there’s less stuff for light to travel through. 

Prime lenses aren’t just generally sharper than zooms, either - they’re sharper from corner to corner as well. Now, even the best prime lenses aren’t going to be their sharpest when shooting wide open at their maximum aperture, but the point remains the same - primes are sharper than zooms. 

Naturally, there’s a difference in sharpness from one prime lens to the next, but you can expect a prime lens of any focal length to outperform a zoom lens when it comes to sharpness.

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Prime Lenses Offer Improved Image Quality 

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Aside from being sharp, prime lenses typically get you better results than zoom lenses in several important image quality areas. 

For starters, prime lenses create less distortion than zooms. Distortion makes straight lines appear to bend, and it usually occurs in one of two ways:

  • Pincushion distortion, in which lines appear to pinch inward
  • Barrel distortion, in which lines appear to bow outward.

While all lenses create these kinds of distortions to some degree, prime lenses do a better job of limiting it than zooms.

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Secondly, prime lenses usually display much less vignetting, or darkened areas around the edges of the frame. This is especially true when comparing the performance of a prime lens to the wide-angle end of a zoom lens.

Lastly, prime lenses typically have much less chromatic aberration than zooms. Chromatic aberration appears as color fringing (usually purple or green) on the edges of elements in a high-contrast scene.

Prime Lenses Combat Lazy Photographer Syndrome

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When you can rely on turning the lens barrel of a zoom to reframe your shot, you can become a bit of a lazy photographer.

But with prime lenses, you don’t have that option, and instead you must “zoom with your feet” to frame up a shot that’s closer or further away. 

Though some might say this is inconvenient, it helps you to develop your creative eye, to think purposefully about the composition, and can help you find new and interesting perspectives from which to shoot.

Exploring the world around you is a good thing! And since prime lenses are so light and compact, you don’t have to lug a huge, heavy lens around to do it.

Fast Prime Lenses = Beautifully Shallow Depth of Field

As explained in our primer on depth of field, one of the factors that influence depth of field is the size of the aperture being used.

Since some prime lenses open up to f/1.2 and f/1.4, you can get a minute depth of field that’s ideal for things like macro photography and portrait photography.

This isolation of a sharp subject against a blurry background not only looks fantastic, but separates the subject from the rest of the scene, thereby allowing the subject to be a much stronger focal point in the shot. 

Get more details on how focal length and depth of field are related in the video above by Dylan Bennett.

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Prime Lenses Help You Develop Your Photographer’s Eye 

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Part of the challenge of photography is looking at a particular scene and being able to see the different photographs that are possible in your mind’s eye.

When you use a zoom lens, developing this skill can be a bit of a challenge. After all, with a wide range of focal lengths available, it can muddy the waters when it comes to seeing the scene and figuring out how your final shot will look.

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Conversely, when you frequently utilize a prime lens, you begin to see the world at that focal length. You become familiar with what 35mm, for example, looks like in your viewfinder, and then when you’re surveying a scene with your own eyes, it’ll be easier to see what vignettes you can capture at 35mm.

In other words, prime lenses can be a creative tool that helps you determine what will be in the shot (and what won’t be) as well as how the shot will be framed, all before you ever bring the camera to your eye.

You begin to feel the shot, and with less hunting for framing and messing around with composition, you’ll likely find that photography becomes a more satisfying and fruitful exercise.

What’s not to like about that?!

Which Prime Lenses to Get

As Matt Granger discusses in the video above, the prime lenses you add to your camera bag will depend on a variety of factors:

  • What do you intend to do with the lens?
  • How fast of an aperture do you need?
  • What is your budget? 

Regarding what you intend to do with the lens, you need to tailor the focal length to your style of photography.

That is, if you primarily shoot landscapes, you might want to opt for a 24mm lens rather than an 85mm lens. The former just has more applicability for landscapes than the latter.

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Secondly, not everyone needs an f/1.2 lens. If you typically shoot portraits using natural light, an 85mm f/1.8 will suit you just fine. There’s no need to spend more money on an 85mm f/1.2!

And that brings us to the final, and perhaps most important factor - your budget.

As noted above, the larger the aperture, the higher the price tag. If you have the budget to spend a couple thousand dollars on a lens, by all means, spring for an f/1.2 or f/1.4 professional prime lens like this one if you need it.

Otherwise, if you need to mind your wallet, opt for an f/1.8, f/2, f/2.8, or f/4 prime lens and save yourself some cash!

 



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3 Bargain Canon DSLRs for 2020

3 Bargain Canon DSLRs for 2020

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Everyone is cutting back on their spending right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still afford a nice new(ish) Canon DSLR for yourself this year. 

There are an abundance of bargain Canon DSLRs available online right now as people start to unload old photography equipment they don’t need to get them through the pandemic.

And these aren’t typical bargain Canon DSLRs, these are insanely inexpensive bargain Canon DSLRs. 

Here are the three best deals we could find on cheap Canon DSLRs right now. 

Canon 60D

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The Canon 60D is one of the most perfect Canon DSLRs for beginners because it is truly a camera you can grow into.

It features an 18MP sensor, a burst speed of 5fps, and a 9-point AF system to ensure you never miss another shot again.

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It features a flip-out, rotating screen for vloggers or parents trying to take better self-family portraits. 

It can shoot in low light with an ISO range of 100-6,400. While this range isn’t incredibly impressive, for a camera this old it’s to be expected. 

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Canon 60D Specs:

  • 18MP sensor
  • 3” vari-angle LCD
  • Full HD video capabilities
  • ISO range of 100-6,400
  • 5.3fps burst mode
  • 9-point AF system
  • 1,100-shot battery life 

Yes, you read that correctly. The Canon 60D features a battery that shoots up to 1,100 shots on a single charge, making it one of the most perfect Canon DSLRs for on-the-go shooters.

The one thing I don’t love about the camera is the fact that it’s pretty loud while shooting, so it definitely isn’t the camera for someone looking to photograph wildlife or a sleeping baby. 

 

 

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Canon T7

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The Canon T7 also tops our list of bargain Canon DSLRs for 2020 because it’s cheap while still offering the basics.

The Canon T7 comes with a 24MP sensor and a shooting guide, making it the best option on this bargain Canon DSLRs list for an absolute beginner.

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While it doesn’t feature many impressive specs that someone would specifically want to purchase this camera for, it is a Canon T, which means you can purchase this camera with the intention of learning everything there is to know about cameras in this line before upgrading, since the line is known for not updating its design very frequently.  

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Canon T7 Specs:

  • 24MP sensor
  • 3” LCD
  • 3fps burst mode
  • 9-point AF system
  • Full HD video capabilities
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 500-shot battery life

While most of these specs are pretty basic, the 24-megapixel sensor is pretty impressive. The fact that you can source lenses from the massive Canon EF line is also a nice bonus.

 

 

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Canon 7D Mark II

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The final camera on our bargain Canon DSLRs list is the Canon 7D Mark II. It’s the most impressive camera on our list for still shooters. 

For starters, it features a 10fps burst mode, which is great if you’re trying to capture wildlife or the most genuine smile. 

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It also features a built-in GPS, which none of the other cheap Canon DSLRs do, so you can find the exact spot you loved so much on your last shoot. 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature built-in Wi-Fi (it is five years old after all), but it’s excellent autofocus system more than makes up for it, in my opinion.

 

 

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Canon 7D Mark II Specs:

  • 20MP sensor
  • 10fps burst mode
  • Full HD video capabilities
  • 3” LCD 
  • ISO range of 100-16,000
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 670-shot battery life 

If you’re looking for a more robust camera, the 7D Mark II is it thanks to a weather-sealed body. It also features a greater ISO range and faster burst shooting than the other two cameras on this list.

 

 

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3 Cheap Full Frame Cameras for 2020

3 Cheap Full Frame Cameras for 2020

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As much as I don’t want to admit it, we are nearing the end of the decade, which means I need some new cameras to take me into 2020.

But, I don’t exactly have the budget for expensive full frame cameras. Cheap full frame cameras are much more up my alley for Christmas this year.

However, most cheap full frame cameras are not great. In fact, cheap full frame cameras can be a rip off if you don’t purchase the correct one.

As such, I pulled together my three favorite cheap full frame cameras: the Nikon D750, The Sony A7 II, and the Canon EOS RP. Let’s talk about them. 

Nikon D750

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The Nikon D750 is the cheapest full frame camera that Nikon carries, which means it doesn’t come with anything fancy like 4K video or fast live view AF, but it still comes with a tilting rear-screen and an incredible dynamic range.

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 The Nikon D750 controls work similarly to Nikon’s other hobby-level DSLRs instead of its professional DSLRs (which can be a pro or con depending upon how you look at it).

The Nikon D750 has a 51-point AF system, shoots in 1080p full-HD at up to 60fps and weighs under 2 lbs. 

Other Nikon D750 Specs include:

  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2” 1,229k-dot LCD tilting screen
  • 51-point AF system
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1080p video at 60fps
  • ISO range of 100-12,800
  • 1/4000th max shutter speed
  • 1.7 lbs

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There are rumors that the Nikon D750 is about to be replaced, which is good news for bargain hunters because that means the price is about to go down.  

Until then, though, you can purchase the Nikon D750 brand new on Amazon for $1,200.

Or, you can head over to MPB and get it starting at $885.  

Prices vary depending on the condition of the camera, but even the more “expensive” like-new ones are $1,109, and that’s a pretty darn good deal for a full frame camera with this kind of specs!

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Sony A7 II 

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Out of all of our cheap full frame cameras, the Sony A7 II is the cheapest.  

The Sony A7 II features in-body image stabilization, 5fps burst speed, and a 24 megapixel CSC. It’s built out of magnesium alloy, which keeps the body light and comfortable in your hands.  

Other Sony A7 II specs include:

  • 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization
  • AF system with 117 detection points
  • 3-inch tilting LCD screen with 1.23 million dots
  • 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
  • 1080 full HD video capabilities
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

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The one complaint with the Sony A7 II is that it didn’t feature enough upgrades from the Sony A7 to be worth the price when it came out, but since this full frame camera was released 5 years ago, this point is no longer relevant. 

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You can buy a new Sony A7 II on Amazon for $900.  

Or, MPB is offering a Sony A7 II in excellent condition for $815. Either way, that’s not a bad deal at all!

Canon EOS RP

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Finally, the Canon EOS RP, or as some call it, Canon’s “baby.” The best thing about the Canon EOS RP is that it gives you access to all of the RF lenses for much cheaper than previously possible. 

The Canon EOS RP is also compact and it comes with a DSLR lens converter so you can use both the newer RF lenses and your older, pre-owned EF-mount lenses. 

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But, the Canon EOS RP is a good camera in and of itself. It comes with a 26.2MP CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 processor, and this camera is the only camera with 4K video capabilities on our list.  

Other Canon EOS RP specs include: 

  • ISO range of 100-40000
  • 6240 x 4160 max resolution
  • 1/4000 sec max shutter speed 
  • Fully articulated 3” screen
  • 1.07 lbs

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You can purchase a Canon EOS RP on Amazon for $1,000. 

You can also save $100 and go pick up the last Canon EOS RP MPB.com has up right now for $900. 

Why MPB?

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MPB is the website photographers use to sell, buy and switch their gear for a few reasons. MPB offers a 6 month warranty on all of their products, which is almost unheard of in the used technology world.

You can trade in your gear to make your new (used) gear cheaper. You can also find the newest used cameras on MPB. All of the cameras I featured on this list are relatively new, but pretty much as soon as a replacement camera comes out, you can be assured that MPB will have stock of the camera that was just replaced.  

But, the real reason I trust MPB with my hard-earned money is their grading system. I know exactly the condition my new camera is going to arrive in. No more guessing with sites like eBay or Craigslist! 

Head over to MPB to browse these and other inexpensive full frame cameras.

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3 Must-Have Lenses for Landscape Photography

3 Must Have Lenses for Landscape Photography

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I know what you’re thinking…

How can anyone possibly narrow down all the excellent landscape lenses to a set of just three?

It’s true that there are a lot of fantastic lenses you can use to capture gorgeous landscapes, but standing above them all is the “holy trinity” of landscape photography - a wide-angle zoom, a standard zoom, and a telephoto zoom.

More specifically, something like the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L, the RF 24-70mm f/2.8L, and the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L for the Canon EOS R is what I’m talking about. 

I know, I know...there’s no prime lenses in the holy trinity.

But as I explain in my video below, there are some very good reasons why you should pursue the holy trinity of zoom lenses and forget about primes for landscapes.

Give the video a watch and find out what lenses qualify as the holy trinity for Canon EF and RF lenses, Nikon F and S lenses, and Sony E-mount lenses.

Below, I’ve offered up a quick overview of why the holy trinity is your best bet as a landscape photographer.

 

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The Holy Trinity 

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As I mentioned earlier, the holy trinity for the full frame EOS R includes the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L, the RF 24-70mm f/2.8L, and the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L.

I’ve talked about my love for Canon’s RF lenses before, and I’ll do it again here - each of these lenses is simply spectacular.

The crazy part is that they’re spectacular on the EOS R, which can’t come close to maximizing the quality that these lenses are capable of. That’s something that the EOS R5 will certainly be able to do, and boy am I excited to get my hands on one of those cameras later this year! 

As I explain in my video, there are some minor differences in focal length and aperture in the holy trinity depending on what camera you have and what mount the camera uses.

But, by and large, you’re looking at something in the 14-24mm range, as well as a 24-70 and a 70-200mm. This is most likely your best bet for the best lens for landscape photography combination.

Best Lens for Landscape Photography: Should You Get f/2.8 or f/4 Lenses?

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There are very few situations in which you need to shoot at f/2.8 in landscape photography. Low-light situations like astrophotography are a prime exception.

That being the case, if landscapes are all you shoot, an f/4 lens will be plenty fast for your needs. In fact, you’ll likely not even shoot at f/4 all that often!

I personally like having f/2.8 lenses over f/4 lenses because of their low-light capabilities. I’m not out every night photographing the stars by any means, but when I do, an f/2.8 lens is much more capable than an f/4 lens. 

But, budget is the ultimate factor for most people, and since f/2.8 lenses are usually much more expensive, it makes sense for a lot of folks to go with f/4 lenses. I’ve shot many landscapes with a 24-70mm f/4 and they turned out great, so I’m not poo-pooing f/4 lenses by any means. 

I suppose the advice I’m trying to give here is that you need to buy the best lens for landscape photography you can afford. Your lenses will last you for decades if you care for them properly, and they have a more significant impact on image quality than your camera, so putting your money towards good glass will definitely pay dividends. 

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Benefits of Wide-Angle Zooms

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The biggest asset of a wide-angle zoom like my Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 is that you can take photos that look so much different than what our eyes see.

The distortion of a wide-angle lens isn’t for everyone, but I really love that distortion in a landscape - it looks unique and interesting, and that’s precisely what you want in a photo. 

Besides, wide-angle lenses allow you to include a ton of foreground interest. Doing so gives your shots more depth and makes the photo seem more immersive too because you can create a layered shot with elements in the foreground, midground, and background. These are some of the primary reasons why a wide-angle zoom is considered a best lens for landscape photography.

Benefits of a Standard Zoom

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Having a 24-70mm lens in your kit is a must because it is such a versatile lens.

I’d say that most landscape photographers - myself included - would choose a 24-70mm lens as being the only one they could take on an epic landscape photography trip.

You can go wide at 24mm, shoot telephoto at 70mm, and have a ton variability in between.

This is an easy lens to use, too.

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Photos captured with a 24-70mm lens look much more natural than what you can create with a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. Without the distortion of a wide-angle and the compression of a telephoto, the images you create look more like what you see with your own eyes. 

This can be helpful when framing up your shots and composing images because what you see through the viewfinder looks so much like what you see with your own eyes.

If you’re a beginner, pick up a 24-70mm zoom first - it’s an excellent learning tool and a best lens for landscape photography! 

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Benefits of a Telephoto Zoom

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The biggest advantage of using a telephoto zoom like a 70-200mm lens is that you can fill the frame with individual landscape elements and create much more intimate images.

Rather than showcasing the entire landscape, you’re forced to find that one element that’s more eye-catching than the rest and find ways to capture it in a beautiful way.

Telephoto lenses also give you the greatest opportunity to show scale.

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Because of their compression, distant elements seem larger than they are, so while mountains in the background of a wide-angle shot look tiny, they are big and robust in a telephoto image. 

I’d argue that using a telephoto zoom for landscapes is the most challenging of the three lenses discussed here, but also the most rewarding.

Most landscape photographers start out with a wide-angle (I know I did…), and switching to telephoto requires you to think outside the box and reimagine what landscape photography can be.

So, if you’re in the market for the best lens for landscape photography, think about investing in the holy trinity of zoom lenses.

You’ll be covered from wide-angle to telephoto with just three lenses, and if you’re cramped for space in your backpack, any of these lenses can be used effectively on their own.

 



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4 Canon Full Frame Cameras for Every Budget

4 Canon Full Frame Cameras for Every Budget

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Canon full frame cameras are notoriously expensive, and why shouldn’t they be? They’re some of the best cameras on the market today.  

But, not all of us can afford $3,000 Canon camera prices. But, thanks to a flourishing used camera sales industry, you don’t have to. In fact, some of the best Canons from just a few years ago are now budget Canons.  

While there are tons of Canon full frame cameras to choose from, we aimed to pick one Canon DSLR from each price bracket that we consider the best of the best. 

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Although it’s an older camera, the Canon EOS 6D still features some impressive specs.

For one thing, it features a longer battery life than many of the more expensive Canon full frame cameras on this list at 1,200 shots. 

For another, it handles indoor and artificial shooting really well because it has a flicker detection option.

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Canon EOS 6D Specs:

  • 20MP sensor
  • ISO range of 100-25,600
  • 4.5fps burst mode
  • Full 1080p HD video 
  • 11-point AF system
  • 97% viewfinder coverage
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 
  • 1,200-shot battery life
  • 100,000 shutter life expectancy 

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You can no longer purchase the Canon EOS 6D new since the manufacturer stopped making it, but you can purchase it used from MPB starting at $565. 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III dropped in January of 2015, making it 5 years old. Since then, Canon followed up with the 5D Mark IV and is expected to drop the 5D Mark V at the end of this year. 

However, the differences between the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and its successor are not so great that the 5D Mark III is no longer worth it. 

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has an impressive ISO range for low light shooting, an autofocus system that can keep up with almost all photographers, and a 950-shot battery life. 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Specs:

  • 22MP sensor
  • ISO range of 100-25,600
  • 6fps burst mode
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • 3.2” LCD screen
  • 61-point AF system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage 
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 150,000 shutter life expectancy 

The only modern specs the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is really missing are a touchscreen, Wi-Fi and 4K video. 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Speaking of the Canon 5D Mark IV… this Canon DSLR dropped in September of 2016. While it looks almost identical to the 5D Mark III, it comes with a plethora of upgrades. 

Firstly, it features a 30MP sensor, as opposed to the 5D Mark III’s 22MP sensor. It also features an even larger ISO range, from 100-32,000. 

Finally, it uses two processors, the DIGIC 6 and the DIGIC 6+. The DIGIC 6 handles metering while the DIGIC 6+ handles everything else. The result is really fast image processing.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Specs:

  • 30MP sensor
  • 3.2” touchscreen LCD screen
  • 4K video capability
  • 7fps burst mode
  • 61-point AF system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 900-shot battery life

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You can purchase the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV new from Amazon for $2,500, or you can shop used Canon EOS 5D Mark IVs on MPB starting at $1,600.

Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II isn’t the cheapest Canon full frame camera on this list, but its impressive list of specs makes it well worth the price if you can afford it.

This Canon shoots 4K video, lasts for up to 400,000 shutter clicks, and captures 14fps in burst mode or 16fps in Live View mode. It’s basically a rockstar.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Specs:

  • 20MP sensor
  • 4K video capability
  • ISO range from 100-51,200 
  • 3.2” LCD touchscreen 
  • 61-point AF system 
  • 14fps burst mode
  • 100% viewfinder coverage 
  • Built-in GPS 
  • 400,000 shutter life expectancy  

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is now available on Amazon for $5,500. But, there are also multiple Canon EOS 1DX Mark IIs available on MPB for $3,700.  

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5 Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras for 2020

5 Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras for 2020

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to buy a new full frame camera, then this list of inexpensive full frame cameras is for you.

While these five cheap full frame cameras are some personal favorite of the PhotographyTalk editors, it is definitely not an exhaustive list.

Sony A7

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Sony A7 Specs: 

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Megapixels: 24.3
  • Screen: 3” tiltable LCD
  • 5fps burst mode 
  • 1080p video resolution 

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The Sony A7 features one of the best autofocus systems out of all mirrorless cameras, despite the fact that it has been almost completely overshadowed by its newer versions, the Sony A7 II and Sony A7 III (which both expanded on this incredible autofocus system). 

The Sony A7 is light and travel-friendly, while maintaining a full frame sensor.

Additionally, the Sony A7 has a wide range of compatible lenses, despite the fact that the Sony A7 has been discontinued. 

The Sony A7 also allowed beginners to break into the mirrorless camera game when it dropped because it provided almost all of the features of more expensive mirrorless cameras like the Nikon D610 or the Canon EOS 6D. 

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Since the Sony A7 has been discontinued, you can no longer buy it new anywhere online. So, MPB will be your best option with a used version starting at $560. 

There is also a “like new” Sony A7 for $660.

 

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Canon EOS RP 

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Canon EOS RP Specs: 

Type: Mirrorless

  • Megapixels: 26.2
  • Screen: 3” fully articulating touchscreen LCD
  • 5fps burst mode
  • 4K video resolution

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The Canon EOS RP is surprisingly small and light, even more so than the Sony A7, but that doesn’t mean it lacks any features as compared to the other best full frame cameras on this list.

When the Canon EOS RP dropped it was the least expensive full-frame camera to ever hit the market. 

It can shoot 4K video, which isn’t true of many other inexpensive full frame cameras, and it is reminiscent of other Canon cameras, so it’s a fan favorite of brand-loyal photographers.

While the photo quality is excellent, the 4K video quality is not as compared to other full frames on the market, so videographers should keep this in mind before springing for this camera.

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The Canon EOS RP is available on Amazon for $1,000, or you can look for a used version starting at $900. 

Nikon D750

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Nikon D750 Specs:

  • Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 24.3
  • Screen: 3” tilting touchscreen LCD
  • 6.5fps burst mode
  • 1080p video resolution

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The Nikon D750 offers the fastest burst mode of any of the inexpensive full frame cameras on our list, which makes it an excellent choice for sports or wildlife photographers.

But, my favorite quality to this camera is that it features a tiltable screen, unlike its sister versions, the Nikon D810 and the Nikon D610. 

It doesn’t shoot 4K video, but it does feature powered aperture control, “flat” picture control modes, and overexposure warnings. 

It’s autofocus system is also advanced for a camera of this era, with 51-points. 

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The Nikon D750 is on sale on Amazon right now for $1,500.Or, you can save over $600 and shop MPB where there are a ton of Nikon D750s listed at just $850. 

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Specs: 

  • Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 26.2
  • Screen: 3” vari-angle touchscreen LCD
  • 6.5fps burst mode
  • 1080p video resolution

Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2

Of all these inexpensive full frame cameras, this one is not for beginners. 

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II features many of the same incredible features of the Nikon D750, like a good screen, a fast AF system, and excellent handling due to its size, but it isn’t as intuitive. So you shouldn’t expect to pick it up and have all of the controls figured out within a few days.

This Canon’s AF system works so well that you can even use it efficiently in Live View mode, which some current cameras can’t even offer. 

It’s also got really good low-light capabilities since it features an ISO range of 100-40,000. 

You can’t shoot 4K video with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, but you can shoot full HD at 1080p for up to 60fps. 

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The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is available for $1,400 on Amazon, or you can buy a used version off of MPB starting at $1,065. 

Nikon D810

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Nikon D810 Specs:

  • Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 36.3
  • Screen: 3.2”  TFT-LCD screen
  • 5fps burst mode
  • 1080p video resolution

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The Nikon D810 is the big sister to the Nikon D750.  

Whereas the Nikon D750 featured a 24.3MP sensor, the Nikon D810 features a super impressive 36.3MP sensor. While this won’t affect your everyday photographer, it’s a huge bonus for the pros. 

The Nikon D810 also features a wider ISO range, which begins at 64. Unsurprisingly, it performs very well in low light. 

The Nikon D810 is heavier and bulkier thanks to its pro-spec build. If you’re after something smaller, the D750 might be for you. 

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The Nikon D810 rounds out our list of best full frame cameras as the most expensive one on the list at $3,000.However, if you’re looking to save some money on your full frame cameras for 2020, make sure to check out MPB where you can find the Nikon D810 starting at $850.

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50mm or 85mm: Which is Best for B-Roll?

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A great way to enhance your finished videos is to add in B-roll footage while editing. A-roll is footage that can tell the story on its own without anything added as explanation. B-roll is extra footage that doesn’t tell the story, but supports the A-roll in fleshing out the story.

How to actually get good B-roll video and edit it into your finished video requires some good choices. One choice is what lenses for shooting video to use. Other choices are where to add it and how much of it to use. 

The Best Lens for B-Roll

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As far as useful video tips, the best one I ever got was to listen to everyone and everything, but then choose what actually fits me. As a new photographer, and even as an established pro, I received suggestions and tips about lenses all the time.  

Certain lenses are better suited for some applications than others. The trick is to determine which lens best fits the applications you want to use that lens to accomplish. Two lens focal lengths that have both general and specific jobs they are well suited for are the 50mm normal lens and the 85mm short telephoto. 

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Crop Factor Confusion

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You may have noticed that I’m using descriptive labels for these lenses that correspond to full-frame 35mm format. If you are using one of the cropped formats like APS-C or MFT, then the crop factors of 1.5X and 2.0X applies to what focal lengths are equivalent.  

To get close to the same field of view, lenses of 35mm and  57mm for APS-C are similar, for MFT it would be 25mm and 42.5mm. A quick search of actual lenses close to these numbers reveal several 25mm and 40mm lenses for MFT and 35mm and 60mm lenses for various APS-C cameras.

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Of course, you could also use the 50mm and 85mm lenses on the crop cameras, but crop factor will make them act like other focal lengths. MFT gives you 100mm and 170mm, APS-C gives you 75mm and 127.5mm.  

It can get a little confusing to think back and forth about crop factors and focal lengths, so we will concentrate our discussion on full-frame format. Crop factor could fill up a whole article on its own. So, let’s examine our choices of 50mm and 85mm lenses.

 

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The Nifty Fifty 

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One of the most versatile lenses for photography and videography is the 50mm normal lens. Using a 50mm lens for B-roll is one of the more beneficial video tips. It’s a good lens for general use and for A-roll, too. 

The Nifty Fifty gives what is considered a normal perspective and field of view (FOV) in photos and video. They can be very budget friendly and are generally compact in size and have a wide maximum aperture. These lenses also tend to be close focusing and have pleasant bokeh when shot at wide apertures.

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One of the better choices for many videographers could be the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens. Granted, this lens is in the Nikon F mount, so it is primarily meant to be used on Nikon DSLR cameras. With an f-stop of f/1.8, you can capture good images in low light or employ selective focus techniques. 

This is also one of the most affordable lenses in 35mm digital photography. It actually costs less than several of the speedlights for Nikon cameras. All of these reasons make the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens one of the best lenses for shooting video and a great lens for B-roll.

Here is an interesting video covering the use of a 50mm lens for B-roll from Jeven Dovey, an experienced videographer and vlogger: 

With all of these pros, it sounds like a no brainer as the perfect lens. However, as one of the most important video tips ever, I must sadly inform everyone that there is no perfect lens. So sorry!

Among the cons for this fine lens is the normal focal length itself. Even though you can focus very close with most 50mm lenses, if you focus close on a person, the apparent perspective will not be flattering. 

While not as extreme as with wide angle lenses, the perspective exaggeration of a person’s face with a 50mm is enough to be noticable. So if you want to crop in closer on a person, either a headshot or head and shoulders, a short telephoto might be a better lens for B-roll. 

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Short Telephoto Lens - 85mm

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Long a favorite of portrait photographers, short telephotos in the approximately 80mm to 100mm range make excellent lenses for shooting video. What makes an 85mm lens a good lens for B-roll footage?

One of the finer examples of short telephoto lenses I’ve had the opportunity to use is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens. If you are a Canon shooter, this lens is well worth the money. It’s expensive, as all of the L-Series lenses from Canon are, but the quality is outstanding.

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One of the reasons for using an 85mm lens for B-roll is to avoid the the facial elongation seen in wide to normal lenses when shooting people close up. A fast 85mm also gives you great bokeh and separation of subject to background when shot at wide apertures. For an 85mm lens, f/1.4 is pretty fast.

Watch this video from Peter McKinnon that explains some of the advantages of using 85mm lenses for shooting video B-roll:

The cons of using a fast 85mm lens include the aforementioned high price, large size, increased weight, and generally larger filter diameter. For what you can get from a high quality short telephoto, those cons can be viewed as being just part of the deal for using it as a B-roll lens.

Quality B-Roll Equals Great Video

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Photo by Kyle Loftus from Pexels 

Since you are going to all the trouble to shoot and edit it B-roll, you want to get the best out of your efforts. Both the 50mm and 85mm lenses are good choices as lenses for shooting video B-roll and primary footage.

Besides lens choice, other techniques, tricks, and tips for video B-roll can be found on our site. Browse around for ideas for videographers from beginner to advanced users. Whatever lens choice you make, shooting B-roll will enhance your videos. A 50mm and an 85mm lens are fantastic options, you really couldn’t go wrong with either one. Or both!

 



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A Beginner's Guide to Studio Portraits

A Beginners Guide to Studio Portraits

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At some point in our photographic careers, we toyed with the idea of setting up for studio portraits. By careers, I’m not specifying making money, but how we approach photography. We have all gone from a person who takes pictures to a craftsperson creating art.  

That’s us, that’s you, we are Photographers, capital P. This is true regardless of experience level, in my opinion. Beginner photographers are definitely a photographer, having grown from merely liking to take pictures to wanting to improve.

So, we thought about setting up our own studio, maybe for portraits, possibly for small product advertising. Well, let’s move beyond the thinking stage and actually start something. We’ll focus for now on getting geared up for studio portraits.

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How to Take Studio Portraits: Setup and Gear

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First we start looking at the basics of getting a portrait studio going with what we may already have or with gear we can pick up for lower cost. Here are some beginner studio portrait tips. 

Where To Set Up

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The first thing to consider is a spot for our portrait studio. 

Many have started in what we could call a home studio. Some ideas are a spare bedroom in our home or apartment, rearranging our living room or dining room to use a corner or wall, space in our garage, a porch, a backyard shed, a wall of our workplace office, or an unused room in that office.

Truly, you don’t need a huge space to set up a makeshift portrait studio - just room enough for the model, your gear, and you!

 

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What Gear to Use

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Many studio items can be found in the home or office already, other items are specific photographic and lighting gear that’s needed. 

Some of the more basic items I use in my home studio include barstools and chairs, tables and nightstands, potted plants, and other things that can either be a prop or part of making the subject comfortable while posing. 

Cameras and lenses are probably already covered by what we already have. An entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera with the kit lens can take a fantastic portrait image when used properly. More on that in a bit.

Other gear that is really helpful include tripods or other mounts, and lighting equipment. Some of the most useful lighting equipment are the wonderful LED compact lights that can be mounted on camera or on stands or mounts. 

A fantastic couple of items I’ve found extremely useful in a home or office studio are the Hakutatz portable LED light and the Octopad camera and accessory mount.

Using the Hakutatz LED light shown above, we can make use of various studio lighting techniques such as the Rembrandt lighting, low key portrait lighting, and other configurations.

What’s more, these lights offer a high-degree of customization, including an adjustable color temperature, brightness, and saturation.

Best of all, the light can be controlled via a smartphone app. In fact, you can operate multiple lights at the same time to create more complex lighting effects.

If using two or more lights for our studio lighting techniques, the Octopad mount comes in handy to place the light wherever we need it in our possibly tight home studio.

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What’s nice about the Octopad is that it’s so small and portable. Whether you’re in your home, your backyard, or the local park, it’s easy to bring with you to support a light.

Depending on the camera you use, you can utilize the Octopad to stabilize it. Compact cameras, smartphones, and some mirrorless systems are ideal for use with this mount.

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I also like that the Octopad has a non-slip surface on the bottom. I’ve put this thing on my dashboard and used it with my GoPro Hero 8 Black as a dashcam setup. 

Even when I took my Volvo off-road, the Octopad held firmly in place. Just imagine how stable it’ll be for your studio lights! 

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Taking the Portrait: Camera Settings and Lighting

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To actually make the images, Here are some beginner studio portrait tips and beginner portrait techniques. 

Camera Settings

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One of the most important camera settings for portraits is to capture your images in RAW format instead of JPEG. The reasons for using RAW when you can is that RAW files contain a lot more exposure information than a partially compressed file such as a JPEG. 

This extra information allows for a whole lot of leeway in post processing the portraits for the best look possible. I like to use a program such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to take care of all the adjustments necessary for a showable or saleable portrait image. 

We talked earlier about using the kit lens on our entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras for portraits. Yes, you can use a kit lens for portraits. You could even sell a portrait made with a kit lens and entry level camera.

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A different lens such as prime - like this Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L shown above - or a fast zoom - like the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L - may give you more options for changing exposure settings to make use of selective focus techniques or bokeh. But if you haven’t picked up your next lens yet, your kit lens is likely to be very sharp and relatively distortion free.

The trick will be making use of the capabilities you actually have. A kit lens zoomed to short telephoto and with the aperture as wide as possible will still give you good options for selective focus and their bokeh is often quite nice. And if you record in RAW, you can really maximize your post processing program features.

Studio Lighting Techniques

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Outside of all other options you have in front of you, your use of studio lighting techniques will be where you show the difference from merely snapping a pic to creating a portrait as a photographer.  

Some lighting configurations can be made with one light, one light and a reflector, or two lights. Check the learn more links in this article for details on lighting setups. 

In addition to the lighting, you can improve the portraits you’re creating by encouraging good, relaxed posing. 

A big part of making the portrait subject comfortable enough to fall into natural looking poses is to have a good rapport with the subject. Especially when shooting in the smaller space of a home portrait studio do you need to be sure to have your portrait subject at ease with you and the photographic process. 

As a beginner, you make the subject comfortable by being in charge of the session. Not over controlling, but giving the subject confidence in you and your art. You can do this! For practice, work on taking portraits of a friend or a family member. 

Keep Taking Pics, But Make Them Better

We often speak about the difference between merely taking pictures and creating photographic images. Truth be told, there is nothing wrong with taking pictures, it’s fun! As photographers, we never really stop.  

What happens is that we want to improve and then we make the improvements. Your studio portraits show off your growing talent and  give your subjects images they can enjoy.  

In the video above, get a thorough tour of studio portraiture by Academy of Photography.

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Battle of the Oldies: Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Battle of the Oldies Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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Both the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV are old. The former dropped in 2012 and the latter dropped in 2009 and I’ve heard people say that because of their age, they should no longer be taken seriously as good options for your everyday camera bodies.  

But, I disagree. I think the Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV debate is as important today as it ever has been if but for one reason: these cameras are professional grade cameras at enthusiast prices. 

And I’d bet that if you’re reading this Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV review, then that’s exactly what you’re looking for. 

Sure, the Canon 5D Mark III features are lacking some modern touches, but if you’re willing to forego 4K video in favor of a better, if not dated, sensor, then you could still be taking better stills.  

The same goes for the Canon 1D Mark IV specs. They’re going to be a little dated, but if you’re looking for a professional grade camera under $1,000, this may be the only place you’re going to find it.  

Let’s dive into the Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV debate fully so I can prove my case. 

Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV Specs

Canon 5D Mark III Specs

Canon 5D Mark III 

I’ll go over the Canon 5D Mark III specs first. 

The Canon 5D Mark III features a 22MP sensor, an impressive for its time ISO range of 100-25,600, and 100% viewfinder coverage.

Other Canon 5D Mark III Specs:

  • 22MP sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ processor
  • 6fps burst mode
  • 61-point AF system
  • 3.2” LCD screen with 1.04m-dots
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • ISO range of 100-25,600
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 950-shot battery life
  • 1.89 lbs
  • 150,000-shot shutter life

Canon 1D Mark IV Specs

Canon 1D Mark IV 

The Canon 1D Mark IV features wildly different specs. For starters, it features a 16MP sensor and a more dated DIGIC 4 processor.  

It also features a less impressive 100-12,800 native ISO range. 

Other Canon 1D Mark IV Specs:

  • 16MP sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • 10fps burst mode
  • 45-point AF system
  • 3” LCD with 920k-dots
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • ISO range of 100-12,800
  • 1,500-shot battery life
  • 2.6 lbs
  • 300,000-shot shutter life

So, when it comes to the Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV specs, it truly depends upon what you’re looking for. The Canon 1D Mark IV is better for someone looking for double the shutter life, while the Canon 5D Mark III is better for someone looking for a lighter camera.

The Canon 5D Mark III is better if you’re looking for a larger sensor or more focus points, but the Canon 1D Mark IV is better if you’re looking for a longer battery life or a faster burst mode. 

Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV Body & Design

Canon 5D Mark III Design

Canon 5D Mark III 

Specs aside, let’s talk about the designs of the Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV.

Once again, I’ll start with the Canon 5D Mark III design. 

The Canon 5D Mark III build is pretty similar to its predecessor’s, since they’re about the same size. However, the Canon 5D Mark III layout is very different to the Mark II’s. 

For starters, it feels more sturdy than the Mark II. A lot of the controls are similar to the Mark II, except for the addition of an easily-customizable M-Fn button located right behind the shutter release on top. 

The rear controls are where most of the major buttons are located. You can find the Q button, which showcases the interactive controls screen during shooting, the rear dial, which sets exposure compensation in P, Av and Tv modes, and the RATE button, which allows you to rate your images for easy sorting in Photoshop.

Canon 1D Mark IV Body Design

Canon 1D Mark IV 

The Canon 1D Mark IV design will be even more familiar to photographers accustomed to shooting with the line. 

The LCD size is the same as the 1D Mark III, and nearly all of the controls are in the same place. The one thing that Canon added to the 1D Mark IV is re-shaped buttons which help control the camera in inclement weather when you are wearing thick gloves. 

Both cameras are dustproof and water-resistant and weather-sealed. Both cameras feature a hot shoe for external flashes. Both cameras have an HDMI output and an external memory slot as well.  

The Canon 1D Mark IV features a stereo microphone, while the Canon 5D Mark III features a microphone input and socket for a 3.5MM audio jack. 

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Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV Build & Handling

Canon 5D Mark III Build Handling

Canon 5D Mark III 

The Canon 5D Mark III handling will feel really familiar to anyone who has used the 5D line before, as will the Canon 1D Mark IV handling. 

Canon isn’t very clear about weather-sealing in their high-end cameras, but I personally believe the Canon 1D Mark IV body acts better in bad weather simply because it uses sealed buttons instead of a mode dial. 

However, you’re paying dearly for that additional weather-sealing, since the Canon 5D Mark III body is a lot lighter than the 1D Mark IV.  

Canon 1D Mark IV Build Handling

As mentioned earlier,, the Canon 1D Mark IV build and the Canon 5D Mark III build are very similar when it comes to their control layout. But, the Canon 1D Mark IV is a lot taller, so it may feel uncomfortable in your hands if you are used to shooting with a more traditional DSLR. 

Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV Video Performance

Huge shout out to Chad Soriano for this Canon 5D Mark III video performance test. As noted earlier, the Canon 5D Mark III shoots 1080p video at 30fps. It also has continuous autofocus when recording videos and a 24p cinema mode.

Huge shout out to Chad Soriano for this Canon 5D Mark III video performance test. As noted earlier, the Canon 5D Mark III shoots 1080p video at 30fps. It also has continuous autofocus when recording videos and a 24p cinema mode.

The Canon 1D Mark IV video performance, as showcased by ChristopherKblog above, is a little further behind than the 5D Mark III. 

For example, this camera doesn’t feature a 24p cinema mode or a microphone input or socket for a 3.5MM audio jack. 

Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 1D Mark IV Price

Canon 1D Mark IV

The Canon 5D Mark III is available on MPB starting at $875, while the Canon 1D Mark IV is available starting at $850. Sure, these cameras are old, but these prices are quite good for cameras that still have very capable professional features. 

Whether you’re looking for a second camera body that will be a reliable addition to your camera bag or you want to upgrade from an entry-level rig to something with more capabilities, either of these cameras are excellent choices.

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And when you buy from MPB, you can rest assured that the camera you get is in the condition stated on the listing page. That’s because MPB puts each item through a rigorous inspection process, that way the product is thoroughly and accurately described. 

Add in fast shipping, a 6-month warranty, and the best customer service in the business, and you have a recipe for a great experience buying used gear!

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Best Cameras for Beginners 2020

Best Cameras for Beginners 2020

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If you, like me, are going crazy sitting at home then maybe it’s time to take up a new hobby. And if you, like me, love photography then maybe you need a new camera to help you start practicing that new hobby. 

Thankfully, it’s 2020, which means there are plenty of inexpensive cameras available for beginners that still have all of the features you could ever need.  

So, I’ve compiled a list of the “best cameras for beginners 2020,” which features the best cheap DSLRS and the best cheap mirrorless cameras that have the newest features. There’s no need to break the bank if you’re just starting out.  

Sony a6000

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I’ve written about the Sony a6000 plenty of times before because I genuinely think it is one of the best cameras for beginners… so much so that I’m placing it as my number one choice on my “best cameras for beginners 2020” article.  

The Sony a6000 is just over 6 years old, which means it’s one of the most inexpensive cameras on our list, but it still features a 24.3MP sensor and compatibility with a huge range of Sony lenses.  

It’s one of the best DSLRs for beginners because it does lack some features many cameras in 2020 come with, like 4K video, but it comes with a built-in electronic viewfinder and a tilting screen so you can get used to the feel of a Sony. 

If you’re shopping for inexpensive cameras, like the Sony a6000, then you should be doing so on Adorama. You can find the Sony a6000 for $550 there. 

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Nikon D3500 

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I tried to choose a wide range of manufacturers for this “best cameras for beginners 2020” list since I know some people really prefer the feel of a camera their parents used to use way back when. However, I would have included the Nikon D3500 on this list regardless because it is dirt cheap.

The Nikon D3500 is the best entry-level DSLR on this list because of its user-friendly layout. So, if you’ve never shot with a DSLR before, or if you’re trying to transition to Nikon from another brand, you won’t have any trouble figuring this camera out. 

The Nikon D3500 comes with a “Guide” shooting mode that essentially walks you through how to use the camera. 

Plus, the image quality on this camera is sharp. 

You can purchase this best entry-level DSLR, with a nice NIKKOR lens, for $400. 

Canon SL3

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If you’re a photographer looking to break into videography, then this is the best entry-level DSLR for you because it is the first budget DSLR that can shoot 4K.

It also features a 3.5-mm microphone jack so you can capture better audio. 

The screen is fully articulated and the camera feels balanced despite the fact that it weighs under 1 lb. 

However, my favorite thing about The Canon SL3 is that, unlike some of the other cameras on this “best cameras for beginners 2020” list, it features an incredible battery life of 1,550 shots. 

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is available on Adorama for $550.  

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is the first best entry-level mirrorless camera on our list. You’ll love its retro look and feel, its tilting touchscreen and its electronic viewfinder with a resolution high enough to compete with a camera of a much higher price point.

It shoots 4K video and 8.6fps in burst mode, making it one of the most versatile of our inexpensive cameras. 

It also features in-body image stabilization. 

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 MARK III is currently on sale for $450. 

Nikon D5600

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The Nikon D5600 is one of our top cameras for beginners if you suspect you’re going to stick with photography, because this camera will allow you to grow with it. 

It comes with an advanced autofocus system and can shoot in low-light scenarios.  

Unlike the Nikon D3500, there is no interactive “Guide” mode, so again, this DSLR may be better for beginners who are at least a little tech-savvy. 

It can’t shoot 4K video, but it does shoot Full HD video, and you can shoot that video on a 3.2” vari-angle touchscreen, which is better than most of the other LCDs on this “best cameras for beginners 2020” list.  

The Nikon D5600 is available for $600 right now.  

Panasonic Lumix GX85

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This is another option for beginner photographers who may want to start getting into videography.

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is the best entry-level mirrorless camera for videographers due to its 4K shooting capabilities, its impressive 2.76M-dot electronic viewfinder, and its in-body image stabilization. 

The one thing I don’t love about this camera is that it doesn’t feature microphone or headphone inputs, so ideally you would be using this mirrorless camera to shoot video in a quieter space, like your office instead of a crowded subway. However, it also isn’t weather-sealed, so you’d ideally not be traveling with it a lot anyways. 

This camera isn’t just for videographers, though, because it shoots impressive photographs, can take 6fps in burst mode with AF, and weighs under 1 lb, so you can lug it around with you all day comfortably.  

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is currently half off on Adorama for $500. 

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

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Canon’s EOS Rebel range has basically had the market for the best DSLRs for beginners for years now, and the T7i is no different.

This camera comes with a 24MP sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and can shoot Full HD video. 

But, what really draws people to the Canon EOS Rebel line is the fact that the Auto mode is the best around. You can basically set the camera to Auto and it’ll perform excellently by itself. You can also use the rear screen to take all of your photos like you would with a smartphone and its performance remains the same. 

While this isn’t the cheapest camera on our “best cameras for beginners 2020” list, it is the best option for an older photographer who mostly wants to point and shoot and we think it’s worth the extra money. 

You can purchase a Canon EOS Rebel t7i for $700. 

Fujifilm X-T200

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When shopping for the best mirrorless cameras for beginners, everyone starts with the Fujifilm X-T200.  

It shoots 4K video, features a pretty large 3.5” vari-angle touchscreen, and will also allow you to grow with the camera, so you won’t need to upgrade for quite a few years. 

This Fujifilm also dropped in February, so since most cameras have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this may be one of the all-time best cameras for beginners 2020.  

The Fujifilm X-T200 is available for $700. 

Pentax K-70

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Due to the fact that Pentax isn’t as large as Canon or Sony, I don’t regularly get to write about Pentax cameras, but Pentax made the Pentax K-70 one of the best cameras for beginners 2020 due to its cheap price, its “Shake Reduction” in-body image stabilization, and its impressive 24MP sensor.  

The Pentax K-70 also has an ISO range of 100-102,400, which is definitely the best low-light shooting of any of our other top cameras for beginners. 

A good way to look at the Pentax K-70 is as an almost complete opposite to the Sony a6000, because the Pentax K-70 will allow you to grow with the camera and learn about manually adjusting autofocus settings whereas the Sony a6000 is truly for absolute beginners. 

You can buy the Pentax K-70 for $650.

Nikon Z50

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The Nikon Z50 is one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras because Nikon specifically designed it for people who don’t consider themselves photographers. 

But, it still creates incredible photos. It can shoot 4K video, features a tiltable touchscreen, and can shoot 11fps in burst mode. 

Since the Nikon Z50 is one of the best cameras for beginners 2020, it is currently more expensive because it just came out. However, we suspect that with the incoming economic recession, this camera will be much cheaper in just a few months time. 

The Nikon Z50 is the most expensive of our best cameras for beginners at $850. 



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Best Cameras for Vlogging

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Vlogging is more than it used to be. Gone are the days where vloggers were teenagers sitting in darkly lit bedrooms complaining about their history teacher. In are the days where vloggers are technical experts in their field. 

Vlogging is, in many ways, pertinent for photographers that want to grow their businesses nowadays, but if you’re going to begin vlogging, you’ll want to ensure you don’t look like a teenager in a badly lit bedroom. You’ll need the proper equipment, and that starts with a solid camera. 

Here is our list of the best cameras for vlogging in 2019.

Sony a6400

best cameras for vlogging

The Sony a6400 features 4K video, a front-facing screen (which is so incredibly useful, once you have a front-facing screen you’ll never go back), and and an eye-AF autofocus system to keep things nice and sharp. All of which makes it one of the best cameras for vlogging. 

Huge shout out to DSI Pictures for the video above that puts the Sony a6400 through its paces.  

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Pros of Sony a6400:

  • Insane image resolution and quality
  • 4K video 
  • Crazy good AF system

Cons of Sony a6400:

  • Not very aesthetically pleasing
  • Can’t see all of the flip-up screen if you have accessories mounted to the hot-shoe

 You can purchase the Sony a6400 for $900 on Adorama. 

ikan delta monitor

Quick Tip: Get around the flip-up screen issue with the Sony a6400 by using a field monitor. 

Having a larger, brighter, more resolute screen like the Ikan Delta DH7-V2gives you a crisp view of what the camera sees, and with the 178-degree viewing angle, you get off-axis viewing for multiple people without color shifts. 

You can attach the monitor to a cage, an arm, and various other attachments to put the screen right in your field of vision for an unimpeded view.

ikan delta kit

Monitors like this allow you to load 3D luts and custom cube files while also providing a huge set of tools for video making, including a histogram, clip guides, false color, peaking, and more. This monitor is also available in a kit, which adds two batteries, a dual battery charger, a power adapter, a D-Tap power cable, two HDMI cables, a ball head with shoe mount, and a soft case to carry it all!

Panasonic GH5

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The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is one of my favorite vlogging cameras because it pairs in-body stabilization with 4K video at 60/50p and a 20.3MP sensor. 

What I’m saying is, this is definitely the vlogging camera for the adventurer that needs a small body with a killer stabilization system.

The Panasonic GH5, as showcased by Colin Ross above, should definitely be considered a professional-level vlogging camera. It’s not for the faint of heart, but once you get familiar with this camera, the quality of video you can create is off the charts.

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Pros of the Panasonic GH5:

  • Crazy video specs with 4K compatibility
  • Amazing stabilization system
  • Is compatible with tons of lenses

Cons of the Panasonic GH5:

  • Ergonomics aren’t the best
  • Isn’t great at shooting with low light 
  • 2x crop factor

You can purchase the Panasonic GH5 for $1,300 at Adorama.

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Canon EOS 90D 

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The Canon EOS 90D also features 4K video at 30p, with an incredible screen that faces forward. It also features mic input for that all-important shotgun mic you need to get high-quality audio. 

There isn’t anything to hate about the uncropped 4K video of the Canon EOS 90D, either, and Dan Watsonproves it with this video test. 

Besides, the 90D is compatible with dozens and dozens of EF and EF-S lenses, so there’s virtually untapped creative potential with wide-angle, standard, macro, and telephoto lenses.

nikon vlogging cameras 

Pros of Canon EOS 90D:

  • Fully articulated screen
  • Uncropped 4K/30p video capabilities
  • Incredible sensor

Cons of Canon EOS 90D:

  • Doesn’t feature image stabilization 

You can purchase the Canon EOS 90D for $1,200 at Adorama.

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Budget-Friendly Cameras to Consider for 2020

Budget Friendly Cameras to Consider for 2020 

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If you’re like me and have a family, then there’s pretty much no way to run a photography business or even have a photography hobby without searching for budget-friendly cameras.

For starters, almost all cameras now-a-days feature similar specs, and if they don’t, you can get almost any effects that you want in post-production.

While I follow all of the news on the up and coming tech, I’m really a cheap cameras aficionado at heart. 

So, here are the top 3 budget-friendly cameras I’m looking at as we head into 2020.

Canon 5D Mark II

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If you’re like me and have a family, then there’s pretty much no way to run a photography business or even have a photography hobby without searching for budget-friendly cameras.

For starters, almost all cameras now-a-days feature similar specs, and if they don’t, you can get almost any effects that you want in post-production.

While I follow all of the news on the up and coming tech, I’m really a cheap cameras aficionado at heart.  

So, here are the top 3 budget-friendly cameras I’m looking at as we head into 2020.

The Canon 5D Mark II is a phenomenal full-frame camera that is not for beginners. This budget full frame camera dropped back in 2008, but it still features a 21.1MP CMOS sensor, full HD 1080p video, and 3.9fps burst shooting. 

If any of these budget-friendly cameras prove my point that technology in professional cameras is no longer evolving so quickly that you need a new one every year, it’s the Canon 5D Mark II. 

Other Canon 5D Mark II specs include:

  • 21.1MP sensor
  • 1080p shooting
  • 3.9fps burst shooting
  • 1.87 lbs
  • ISO range of 100-6400
  • 3” fixed LCD screen 
  • Waterproof and dust resistant

JordanPhotoAudio does a great job of explaining the many benefits this camera still has over a decade later. So, check it out.

Pros of the Canon:

  • Crisp visuals, even in burst mode
  • Full 1080p video capabilities
  • Long battery life
  • LCD screen that competes with cameras well into the 2010s
  • Self-cleaning sensor

Cons of the Canon:

  • No autofocus illuminator
  • Less-than-ideal low-light shooting
  • Power switch button can be difficult 

You can buy the Canon 5D Mark II on Amazon for $1,300, or get it for almost one-third of the cost by buying used. MPB features the Canon 5D Mark II starting at $539.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 

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On top of my budget-friendly cameras list is this micro four thirds Olympus. It features a 16.3MP Live MOS sensor, 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder, and is very cheap used.

This Olympus dropped back in 2013, and held the highest camera sensor rating of any Olympus cameras for the next year. 

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Olympus OM-D EM-1 specs:

  • 16MP MOS sensor
  • ISO range from 100-25,600
  • 10fps burst shooting, or 6.5fps burst shooting with continuous AF
  • 1.04M-dot 3” LCD touchscreen that tilts
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Dust, splash and freeze-proof 

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Pros of the Olympus:

  • Incredibly weather sealed
  • Clear and crisp photos
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Accurate AF system

Cons of the Olympus:

  • Significant noise introduced at ISO 2000 and above
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • AF points are too large 

You can purchase the Olympus OM-D EM-1 on Amazon for $850 right now, or head over to MPB to take a look at their used selection where you can find this camera for $339.

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Nikon D7100 

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In an effort to keep this budget-friendly cameras list diverse, I chose the Nikon D7100 as the final camera. This mid-range APS-C camera came out in 2013, just like the Olympus, but features very different strong points. 

For example, The Nikon D7100 features a 24.1MP DX-format sensor, shoots incredibly well in low-light, and has one of the best AF systems of any camera from the early 2010s. 

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Other Nikon D7100 Specs include:

  • 24.1MP sensor
  • Mobile connectivity
  • ISO range of 100 to 6400
  • 6fps burst shooting for up to 100 shots
  • AF system with 51 points
  • 3.2” LCD screen with 1,229K dots
  • Full 1080p video capabilities
  • 100% frame coverage
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

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Pros of the Nikon:

  • Incredible AF system
  • Good LCD screen
  • Dust and moisture proof body
  • Performs well in low-light situations

Cons of the Nikon:

  • RAW shooting is lacking
  • Must purchase accessories for Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Noise becomes a problem at higher ISOs

You can purchase the Nikon D7100 on Amazon for $900. If you’re looking for a better bargain, though, MPB features the same camera starting at $364.

Where Can I Buy Cheap Cameras in 2020?

MPB

While I think these three cameras are the most budget-friendly cameras you can purchase new going into the new year, they’re also the best cheap used cameras you can buy. 

These cameras are all older, so you probably won’t find any of them in excellent condition, but if you’re looking to upgrade for half the price and are willing to purchase used, MPB has a wide variety of these cameras for you.

And, if you’re looking for newer used cameras, MPB has those as well. Some of which are in near-mint condition. You just need to browse around. 

I trust MPB because of their grading system, which tells me exactly what condition my new-to-me camera is in. They also have one of the biggest selections of any used camera store online, which is helpful for me because I don’t have many physical camera stores nearby.

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Canon 5D Mark V Rumored for 2020

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The above photo is of a Canon 5D Mark IV and is for visual purposes only

Canon Rumors, everyone’s favorite website that covers rumors on all things Canon, just announced the company is working on a new full-frame DSLR, the EOS 5D Mark V. 

The EOS 5D Mark IV is one of Canon’s most popular full-frame cameras to date, so it makes sense the company is trying to capitalize on it.

canon 5d mark v rumors

The above photo is of a Canon 5D Mark IV and is for visual purposes only

Unfortunately, not all of the Canon 5D Mark V rumors are positive. Canon is expected to unveil a plethora of cameras in early 2020, so it’s expected that the Canon 5D Mark V release date will be late 2020 at the earliest. 

As for the Canon 5D Mark V specs, well we are just going to need to wait. The Canon Rumors source didn’t specify anything about what the new full-frame camera will look or feel like, just that we can finally expect the highly-anticipated update.

There are some unconfirmed reports about certain specs of this camera, though, including:

  • A 42-megapixel (or more) back-illuminated full frame sensor
  • 4K video at up to 60p
  • 8 fps continuous shooting
  • Advanced Dual Pixel autofocus system

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If you can’t wait for the Canon 5D Mark V to come along and you want to take the Canon 5D Mark IV for a spin, head on over to MPB to pick one up. 

You can grab one that is like-new for only $2,200, and “like-new” on MPB actually means like-new because their customer service agents are on top of their grading game. I’ve never been anything but happily surprised at used cameras I’ve picked up here.

Besides, the 5D Mark IV is still a really good camera! Just check out these specs…

  • 30.4-megapixel full frame sensor
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel autofocus system
  • GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD
  • 61-point autofocus system

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Plus, you can trade in your old equipment for credit so you don’t have to go through the hassle of selling old gear to pick up this new gear!

Did I mention they have free shipping, too?  

Now is a great time to upgrade your camera if you can’t wait for the next big thing to arrive from Canon. So, head over to MPB, check out their selection of 5D Mark IVs and other cameras, trade-in or sell your old gear, and start shooting with a new-to-you rig sooner rather than later!

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Canon Color Science - Does It Live Up?

Canon Color Science Does It Live Up

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

Color science is all the rage these days!

And any discussion on the topic eventually touches upon Canon’s color science.

Why do Canon colors look so pleasing? What makes Canon’s color science stand out? Do Canon sensors trade-off accuracy for prettiness? Do Canon colors live up to their reputation?

But before we decode all that, you need to know the basics of color science. So, let’s dive right in.

What Is Color Science?

The video above by Crimson Engine clarifies why the term “color science” is NOT exactly what it sounds like. It is not the science of color or the science of how our eyes interpret different wavelengths of light as different colors. 

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Color science is how a particular manufacturer’s camera sensor processes the raw color data to make the colors look unique. In other words, as the video above says, color science is an internal LUT, or Look Up Table built into the camera.

That brings us to the next question.

How Does Color Science Work?

The above video by Gerald Undone explains what camera companies do to make their colors look unique.

It often comes down to the filters they place on the camera’s image sensor.

A camera will typically have a color filter array (CFA) or a mosaic of tiny Red, Green and Blue filters placed over its image sensor. This helps capture color information.

The most common type of CFAs is the Bayer filter mosaic, which contains 50% green, 25% red and 25% blue filters.

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Since human eyes are more sensitive to Green, especially in daylight conditions, the Bayer filter mosaic uses two Green filters for every Red or Blue filter.

But not all color filters are created equal.

And that gives the manufacturers some control over how they want a particular color to look like.

For instance, they can manipulate the color filters to make the red look a little more orange or the blue a little more cyan.

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What Makes Canon’s Color Science Stand Out

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As discussed above, color filters placed on the camera sensor often do not reproduce 100% accurate colors. Some camera brands deliberately choose to use a slightly inaccurate color filter in order to create colors that look more pleasing to the eyes.

Canon does the same! The Canon EOS R camera, for instance, is known for producing rich skin tones in portrait photography. The camera does this by shifting the reds and yellows closer to orange, which helps even out any harsh features of the skin, hides any blemishes in the skin and makes the skin tones look more consistent.  

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photo by RelaxFoto.de via iStock 

Canon cameras also shift the blue a little bit toward cyan. So, if you shoot the blue sky with EOS R during the daytime, the sky doesn’t look 100% blue but it still looks very attractive and unique.

I have also been incredibly impressed with the EOS R’s color science for video. In fact, I’ve found that the colors it produces right out of the camera often don’t need any color grading! This saves me a ton of time in post-processing and allows me to attend to other tasks.

Of course, this is just one of the EOS R’s many excellent features. You can get more details on my thoughts on this awesome camera in this post.

Anyway, I digress...

This blog post by EOSHD does a good job of explaining how Canon color scientists draw on their years of experience in the photography industry to put a unique, artistic spin to the Canon colors, rather than simply relying on their technical knowledge.

 

Editor's Tip: Ready to jump ship to Canon to take advantage of their superior color science? Visit Samy's to peruse their extensive collection of popular Canon cameras, including crop sensor and full frame DSLRs and Canon's growing line of full frame mirrorless cameras.

 

Accuracy vs. Prettiness

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Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash 

Most camera brands deliberately alter the colors coming off the camera sensor. And there’s a reason why they do so.

When it comes to colors, accuracy often does not equal prettiness. Brands like Sony and Red, for instance, are known for producing the most accurate colors but most people find those colors less attractive.

Brands like Canon, on the other hand, focus more on producing attractive colors and less on accuracy.

One great thing about Canon is that it gives you a few different picture profile options. As for Canon EOS R color profiles, you have the options of Faithful, Portrait and Neutral, among others.

Most photographers would choose the Neutral picture profile, when they need more flexibility but still don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort in post.

The Faithful profile is perfect when you are looking to capture more accurate colors without having to do extensive grading in post.

You can also switch to Canon Log (Log 1) in the Canon EOS R camera when you have more time to spend in post but want to capture a dynamic range. 

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Canon Confirms Some of the Wildest EOS R5 Specs

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Coronavirus isn't the only topic with rampant speculation these days...

Ever since Canon confirmed development of the EOS R5 (and, honestly, well before that...) there has been a tsunami of rumors about the specs the camera might have.

Of particular interest to most folks is the in-camera 8K video capability. That little nugget has been the source of much speculation and ire from detractors who called 8K video "a fantasy."

So, to shut those rumors down, Canon Australia issued an extraordinary press release to quell fears that the R5's 8K video would come with significant caveats, like a huge crop or no Dual Pixel AF or a lack of certain frame rates, as has been the case with previous Canon cameras.

The press release from Canon Australia confirms three major features of the camera.

First, it will have full sensor width 8K video at 30p.

Second, all 8K video modes will work with Dual Pixel AF.

And third, it will also have advanced animal AF. Not only does animal AF recognize animal eyes, but it can also detect an animal's face and body when the eyes are not visible.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that we'll all have to wait a while longer to get our hands on the EOS R5. With so many supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus, it doesn't seem possible for the R5 to be ready for its predicted release in June or July of this year.

But with specs like these (and who knows what other specs it might hold...) the wait will definitely be worth it!

 

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Canon EOS 1DX: The Budget Camera for Pros

Canon EOS 1DX The Budget Camera for Pros

Photo by Thaylan Mangabeira from Pexels

The Canon EOS 1DX came out nearly a decade ago, but it is still one of the best, most affordable options for professional photographers. 

When the Canon EOS 1DX first came out, its purpose was to replace Canon’s leading sports photography camera and leading studio camera, and it did so with reckless abandon.

This camera blew every other Canon out of the water in no time. 

And that has to do with its specs... 

Canon EOS 1DX Specs

Canon EOS 1DX Specs 

The Canon EOS 1DX features an 18MP full-frame sensor, a 14fps burst mode, and an impressive ISO range for low light shooting.

I write reviews on PhotographyTalk regularly, and this Canon trumps many cameras that came out in 2015. 

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Other Canon EOS 1DX Specs:

  • 18MP full-frame sensor
  • ISO range of 100-51,200 
  • 14fps burst mode
  • 61-point AF system
  • Full 1080p HD video capabilities
  • 3.2” LCD 1.04M-dot screen

 

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Canon EOS 1DX Body & Design 

Canon EOS 1DX Body Design

The Canon EOS 1DX body is pretty similar to that of other Canon 1D cameras. So, if you’re transitioning, you can expect an easy transition.

However, there are a few changes to the 1DX that make it much easier to use, like the addition of a second joystick on the back of the camera and the customizable twin buttons right next to the lens on the front of the camera, which are wholly more useful than I immediately imagined them to be.

Canon EOS 1DX Body Design 2

Additionally, there is now a customizable button where the flash exposure lock used to be and a “Q” button to allow you to access your functions at literally the touch of a button. 

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Canon EOS 1DX Build & Handling

DigalRev TV gives a great hands-on review of what it’s like to work with the Canon EOS 1DX. But, it’s essentially what you would expect of Canon’s 1D line… chunky.

While it isn’t the most comfortable camera to hold, it is solidly weather-proofed and performs under almost every single condition. 

But, don’t think that you’re going to get away with shooting on the 1DX with just a single hand, because there are far too many customizable buttons for that. 

Some people may call this design antiquated, but I call it reliable. 

Canon EOS 1DX Video Performance

Nobody can better explain a camera than the camera’s manufacturer, which is exactly what Canon has done in this breathtaking video test shoot. 

While Canon’s EOS 1DX is too old to feature 4K video, it’s Full 1080p HD video is breathtaking.

Nobody can better explain a camera than the camera’s manufacturer, which is exactly what Canon has done in this breathtaking video test shoot. 

While Canon’s EOS 1DX is too old to feature 4K video, it’s Full 1080p HD video is breathtaking.

As you can see in Vodozine’s video, the video quality is clear, colorful and fun. 

Canon EOS 1DX Price

Canon EOS 1DX price 

The Canon EOS 1DX is no longer available new, but you can score one off of MPB for just $1,200. 

That’s a great price for a camera that has the functions and features of this thing. But I get that some folks just aren’t down with buying used gear.

But buying used gear from MPB is different. Everything is closely inspected and graded, so you know if the item you like is in “like-new” condition or if it’s just “good.”

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What’s more, MPB offers a six-month warranty on most items, so you can rest assured that if something goes wrong, you’ve got a way to rectify the situation. 

I’ve bought (and sold) many cameras and lenses on MPB over the years, and they’ve never let me down. If you’re in the market for a pro-spec camera on the cheap, I highly recommend MPB as your go-to resource!

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is one of the cheapest full-frame cameras on the market. It was released in 2017, five years after the original EOS 6D, and it quickly gained a lot of popularity among entry-level and enthusiast photographers.

Besides its large 26MP sensor, other things that make this camera so appealing are its remarkable versatility, affordable price, and ease of use. The camera features 6.5 fps continuous shooting, 45 AF points, Full HD video capabilities, an articulating LCD screen and many other things that we’ll discuss in more detail later.

Overall, this Canon EOS 6D Mark II review should help you decide if this is the right camera for your needs. 

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Specs

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Only a decade ago, full-frame camera models were so expensive that they were accessible only to professional photographers. Nowadays, things have changed, and only with a little bit of investment, you can find a full-frame DSLR such as the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and enjoy the benefits of a large sensor.

Full-frame sensors are known to have a broad dynamic range and good performance in low-light situations. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II features a 26.2MP CMOS sensor, and it has a native ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 40000 (expandable to 50 - 102400). 

Because of this, images captured by this camera retain impressive details even if they’re taken in extremely dark environments. However, there are some photographers who are not satisfied with the camera’s dynamic range at low ISO.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Specs 2

The EOS 6D Mark II features a DIGIC 7 processing engine which makes this camera model much faster than it was the original EOS 6D. The camera shoots at 6.5 frames per second while its buffer captures up to 150 JPEG or 21 RAW images. 

Additionally, the EOS 6D Mark II has a 45-point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for Live View. All AF points are cross-type, and the autofocus system is generally precise and reliable even in the low-light conditions.

Because of all of this, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II seems to be a perfect all-round camera. However, we should also list some of its downsides. We have already mentioned complaints about the camera’s dynamic range. In addition, another issue with this camera is that it offers only 2 fps burst shooting speed with continuous AF in Live View. Also, the spread of AF points in the viewfinder does not allow you to easily focus subjects that are not in the center of the frame. 

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in the video above by First Man Photography.

 

 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II  Body and Design 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Body and Design 1

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II measures 5.67 x 4.37 x 2.95 inches and weighs 1.69 lb (body only), and it is advertised as a compact and light-weight DSLR model. Although it is far from being as compact as some of the mirrorless cameras, it can still serve as a traveling camera in the lack of better options.

Design of the 6D II is very similar to its predecessor, but there are some subtle yet important improvements. While the original 6D had a fixed LCD screen, the EOS 6D Mark II replaces it with a fully-articulating 3” display (1,040,000 dots) that uses touchscreen technology. This makes things a lot easier when shooting stills or videos from uncomfortable angles. 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Body and Design 2

In addition, the EOS 6D MII has an optical viewfinder (98% coverage) and a top display where you can see the main camera settings. Although it comes with a single SD card slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC), the camera has a built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth, so you can easily transfer your images and videos to a PC as soon as you take them. The camera also has an impressive battery life of more than 1000 frames.

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Canon 5D Mark IV vs Canon 6D Mark II 

Why the Canon 5D Mark II is Still a Good Buy in 2019 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Build and Handling

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The Canon EOS 6D Mark II was built out of magnesium alloy. Its battery compartment, card slot cover, lens mount, terminal covers, and buttons are environmentally sealed. While you don’t need to worry about water and dust doing much harm to this camera, you should still care about it and protect it from falls and drops. Also, maybe it is worth mentioning that being water-resistant doesn’t mean the camera is waterproof!

 Canon EOS 6D Mark II Build and Handling 2

Ergonomically, the EOS 6D Mark II is very well designed. The grip is deep and comfortable while the camera has a lot of different buttons and dials that are placed in an intuitive way. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in working with a DSLR, after only a few days of shooting with this camera, you will use its options and controls without any problem.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Video Performance 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Video Performance 

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II shoots Full HD video at up to 60 fps. Although it is not capable of recording 4K video as its more expensive brother (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV), it still has some interesting video features.

For example, the Dual Pixel AF works amazingly well in the movie mode. Also, the EOS 6D Mark II is one of the rare full-frame DSLRs with in-camera five-axis digital stabilization. Finally, the camera has an HDMI output and a microphone port.

 

 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Lenses

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Lenses 

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II uses the Canon EF lens mount. This allows you to use a wide range of different lenses for various purposes. For example, the Canon 85mm f1.8 USM is one of the best lenses for portraits, the Canon 24-105mm f4L IS USM is a perfect zoom lens, while you can use the Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM for macro photography. 

If you want to save some money, you can also consider buying used lenses. It’s good to know there are many websites, such as MPB, where you can buy used lenses for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II at significant savings. 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Price

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II offers a professional-like image quality for a budget-friendly price. At the moment, you will need to spend around $1,499.00 for a new camera (body only). In case you decide to buy a used Canon EOS 6D Mark II, you can find one for the price as low as $1,059.00.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review

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At the moment of its release, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was one of the best APS-C format DSLR cameras on the market. Five years have passed since then and technology has evolved, but the EOS 7D Mark II is still worth buying if you are looking for a camera with good image quality, impressive speed, and an affordable price.

This Canon EOS 7D Mark II review should help you decide if this is the right camera for your needs.

Canon 7D Mark II Specs

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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II revolves around a 20 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 image processors with 14-bit processing. At first glance, the camera has the same sensor as the original 7D, but the company claims it has been improved in order to produce lower noise at higher ISOs. 

Overall, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II makes good results in low-light conditions since it has a native sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 16,000 (expandable to ISO 51,200). Also, the camera features a 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor that enhances speed and accuracy in subject recognition and analysis. 

The camera uses the Dual Pixel AF technology and it has 65 all cross-type AF points. It can keep the focus on the subject even in the extremely dark environment (down to EV-3). Moreover, it has an anti-flicker detection system which will make images better when photographing under artificial light. 

Since it has two image processors, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II shoots up to 10 frames per second, and it can capture up to 1090 JPEG, 31 RAW, and 19 RAW + JPEG shots in a single burst. Also, it has a silent shooting mode and shutter speeds up to 1/8000th of a second. All of this makes it a good choice for action photographers.

View a detailed users guide for the 7D Mark II in the video above by Jared Polin.

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Canon 7D Mark II Body & Design

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The Canon 7D Mark II measures 5.9 x 4.4 x 3.1 inches and weighs 2.0 lb. The camera’s body was built out of magnesium-alloy while its seals are environmentally protected against water and dust. Overall, the camera was built to have a long life, and the company claims that it has shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles. 

The viewfinder covers approximately 100% and it allows you to see the main camera settings. On the rear of the camera, there is a 3.0” LCD display with 1.04 million dots. One of the downsides of the Canon 7D Mark II is that it doesn’t have an articulating screen, and it lacks touchscreen capabilities. On the good side, the camera has a top screen, a deep grip, and overall its ergonomics are very good. 

The 7D Mark II has a dual card slot and it supports both CF and SD card types. It doesn’t have a built-in Wi-Fi, but it has a built-in GPS. 

The camera’s battery life is around 670 shots. 

Learn more about the Canon 7D Mark II in the video above by DigitalRev TV.

Canon 7D Mark II Video Performance

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The Canon 7D Mark II shoots Full HD video at up to 60p in NTSC mode or 50p in PAL. Additionally, the camera has an HDMI port that can be used for uncompressed (4:2:2) recording. 

Since it has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and customizable Movie Servo AF, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II does a good job of keeping the subjects in focus during video recording. Also, a good thing is that it has both microphone and headphone jacks.

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Canon 7D Mark II Lenses

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The Canon 7D Mark II is compatible with EF and EF-S lenses. Although there are many lenses that you can use on this camera, we suggest you try with:

Canon 7D Mark II Price

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At the moment, you will need to spend around $1,079.52 if you intend to buy a new Canon 7D Mark II. However, you can save some money for lenses and other photography equipment if you don’t mind buying a used camera.

If you visit MPB, a website that specializes in connecting sellers and buyers of used photography equipment, you can find a used Canon 7D Mark II in excellent condition for the price as low as $839.00.

 



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Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

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The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is the latest mirrorless camera from Canon’s M lineup, and it is primarily aimed at semi-professionals who live their life on the move. 

Some notable features of this camera include 33 MP APS-C sensor, 4K video, and 14 fps burst shooting. Moreover, as most of the other mirrorless models, it is very compact and lightweight.

Although it has some amazing features, downsides of Canon’s new mirrorless camera are that it lacks an EVF (electronic viewfinder) and environmental sealing. Also, its battery life is somewhat disappointing.

The M6 II was announced in August (2019) and it will be available for purchase at the end of September. In this Canon EOS M6 Mark II review, we will discuss all the advantages and disadvantages of this camera so you can decide if it’s worth buying. 

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II Specs

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On paper, the specifications of the Canon M6 II seem very interesting. The camera revolves around a 33.0MP APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS sensor and Digic 8 processor, while it has a native ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600.

The Canon M6 II is the highest resolution APS-C camera. It will capture the tiniest details and give you the flexibility to crop images without losing much quality. Additionally, the camera can save files in RAW format so you can also improve images in post-production.

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With a burst shooting speed of 14 fps (30fps RAW burst shooting) with AF and AE tracking and a top shutter speed of 1/16000 second, this camera does a great job in photographing moving targets. Moreover, it uses the phase-detection autofocusing system with 143 AF points, and it has Dual Pixel AF with Eye AF Servo.

Overall, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II comes with a lot of improvements over its predecessor. It has a bigger resolution (33MP vs 24MP), more autofocus points (143 vs 49), faster burst shooting (14 fps vs 9 fps), and higher video resolution (3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080).

There are also some improvements in battery life, but the difference is not substantial. As with the original Canon M6, you can expect to take around 300 shots before you will need to recharge the camera. At least, now there is an option to charge the camera via USB. 

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II  Body and Design 

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The Canon EOS M6 Mark II weighs 0.90 lb and has dimensions of 4.72 x 2.76 x 1.93 inches, so it can easily fit into a bigger pocket. Because of its compact size and lightweight, this camera is a perfect travel partner.

The strangest thing about the Canon M6 II design is that it lacks an electronic viewfinder. Although there is a possibility to attach an external one, it is not included when you buy the camera. Many photographers prefer using a viewfinder, especially on a sunny day, so this comes as one of the big disadvantages of this camera model.

For framing shots, you can only use a 3” LCD. This screen has a resolution of 1,040k dots, it uses touchscreen technology, and it is tiltable in all directions.  The LCD screen is convenient for shooting images from different angles, it is rich in colors, and it allows you to set the focus point quickly.

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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies are there to help you to share the data files between devices. The Canon Camera Connect app allows you to instantly share images and videos, while it also provides creative possibilities such as using your phone as an LCD screen and to perform remote shooting.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Build and Handling

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Build and Handling 

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II doesn’t have environmental sealing, so try not to use it in freezing temperatures, while it is raining, or in a very hot environment. Also, try to protect the camera against dust and moisture.

The camera has a very intuitive ergonomics. The buttons are a bit bigger than on the M6, while now there is also an AF/MF toggle switch. Overall, the camera has enhanced usability and many of its controls can be customized in order to suit your needs in the best way.

Additionally, the Canon M6 MII has improved grip in comparison to the previous model. The grip is now a bit deeper, so it should feel more comfortable to use the camera for extended periods of time. 

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II Video Performance 

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The Canon EOS M6 Mark II records 4K video at 30 fps and Full HD at 120 fps. This is a substantial improvement over its predecessor which could shoot only Full HD video at 60p.

The 4K video is very sharp, and it doesn’t have a crop factor. Another good thing is that you can attach an external microphone. However, it doesn’t have a jack for headphones.

Learn more about the Canon M6 Mark II in the video above by Gordon Laing.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Lenses

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Lenses 

The Canon M6 MII has a Canon EF-M lens mount. Since the company recently joined the market of mirrorless cameras, there are only around 20 lenses to choose for this camera. Still, if you buy an optional EF-M adapter you can also use Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

If you are not sure what lenses to choose for this camera, we suggest you try some of these:

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Price

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Canon EOS M6 Mark I

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II will be available in September and it will cost around $849 (body only). If this price is not within your budget, you might consider buying its predecessor. 

On MPB, you can buy a used Canon EOS M6 (Mark I) in excellent condition for the price as low as $364.00. If you're not familiar with MPB, check out our MPB review to learn why it's our top-recommended used gear resource. 

 



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Canon EOS R: The Sleeping Giant

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I've been a Nikon shooter for the longest time. Only recently have I branched out to other brands.

I've had several Sony camera over the years - the a6400 among them.

I also have a Panasonic GH5.

But the newest camera in my collection is the Canon EOS R. And so far, and as I explain in the video above, it has certainly impressed!

In fact, I think this camera is a bit of a sleeping giant. It's a bit unassuming, but it's packed with excellent features.

Let's dive into this camera so I can detail some of my favorite features.

Update: I have a new video on the EOS R that dives into a dozen things you should know about it. Check out the video above!

The Canon EOS R Specs Aren't Too Shabby

First things first, let's review the essential specs of this camera:

  • 30.4-megapixel full frame sensor
  • DIGIC 8 image processor
  • Phase-difference detection autofocus system with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 5,655 autofocus points with 100-percent vertical coverage and 88-percent horizontal coverage
  • -6 to +18 EV Range
  • +/-3 stops of exposure compensation in 1/3 and 1/2-stop increments
  • Shutter speeds from 30 seconds to 1/8000 seconds
  • .5-inch OLED color electronic viewfinder with 3.69 million dots and 100-percent coverage
  • 4K and full HD video shooting

Now, people poo-pooed the megapixel count on this camera when it came out, but honestly, 30.4 megapixels is plenty for what most of us need to do.

As a Nikon shooter, I was skeptical of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, but I have to say that it has performed very well for me. It's hard to go wrong with 5,655 autofocus points anyway!

Aside from the obvious, there are some "hidden" features that I really appreciate about this camera.

One such feature is the fact that this thing records in true 24p. Most cameras record at 23.98p.

Will anyone be able to tell the difference between the two? No...

However, it's impressive that Canon thought to include this detail when that's something usually reserved for high-end cinema cameras.

Something else I appreciate about the EOS R is that is has focus peaking, which works by recognizing the edges of contrast in the shot. Those edges are then highlighted by the camera so you can more easily distinguish what's in focus and what isn't.

Though focus peaking has been around for a long time, it's a new thing for Canon's non-cinema cameras.

Granted, focus peaking doesn't work in all situations, but it's still a great feature to have that you might not see on initial spec sheets of the EOS R.

These are just two features that this camera has that make it a sleeping giant in my mind!

Get more details about the autofocus system of the EOS R in the video above by CanonUSA.

Canon EOS R Build & Handling

Coming from a Nikon perspective, I was concerned that the layout of the buttons and dials on the EOS R would bother me, but I've found it to be a great camera to learn to use.

It handles well, has a nice grip, and the buttons and dials are laid out in a manner that's extremely intuitive.

I know some folks aren't too keen on the menu system of this camera, but I don't have a problem with it at all.

The touchscreen LCD is fully articulating, which is a very nice touch for tackling photos at odd angles and for recording video.

The OLED viewfinder shows a nice attention to detail - it's bright, contrasty, and offers 100 percent coverage.

Honestly, the design of this camera reminds me a lot of a slimmed-down version of the 5D Mark IV, and that's a good thing!

Canon EOS R Video Capabilities

The video capabilities of this camera have given a lot of people heartburn...

Though 4K video at 30fps is available, it's at a massive 1.8x crop. That's not appealing to a lot of videographers. For me, though, it hasn't been that big of a deal.

There's full HD recording, too, in either cropped or uncropped versions at up to 60fps.

Whether you're shooting in HD or 4K, there is no in-body stabilization. There are several EOS R lenses with stabilization, however.

All that said, this isn't a video-first camera, but it isn't exactly a lump of coal, either!

It offers C-Log and internal capture of 4:2:0 8-bit. It'll even do 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI out.

Besides, this camera is beautifully small and lightweight, so if it's run-and-gun video you're after, it will do the job just fine.

Check out other thoughts about the EOS R in the video above by Caleb Wojcik.

Canon EOS R: Final Thoughts

 

Like I said earlier, this is my first foray into the world of Canon, and I have been impressed. Above is just a few things I really appreciate about the camera, and as you can see, the positives have thus far outweighed the negatives.

Is this the perfect camera? No. But what camera is?

What the EOS R is, though, is a peek into Canon's future. They have obviously thought a lot about what they want the EOS R line to become, and this camera is a huge first step in creating a set of mirrorless cameras that truly have incredible potential.

This won't be my last discussion of the EOS R, so be sure to stay tuned for more details as I continue to test and play with this awesome little camera!

If you're already convinced that this is the camera for you, head to Samy's and score one for $500 off (at the time of writing). That puts it at just $1,800, and that's a steal for this camera!

 



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Canon EOS R5 Price? You'll Want to be Sitting Down for This...

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There have been dozens of rumors for the last few months about the Canon EOS R5, but the price of the camera has been completely absent from the rumor mill...until now.

As TechRadar reports, an Australian camera retailer, Camera Warehouse, has the EOS R5 listed with a price of $10,499 Australian dollars, which translates to around $6,800 U.S. dollars. That's a big price tag!

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Of course, there is no telling if this is a legit price that was accidentally posted too soon or if Camera Warehouse is just getting their R5 sales page ready to go and have put this price in as a placeholder. Whatever the case, this price has caused a lot of discussion, and for obvious reasons!

 

 

(**Update: The R5 listing page on Camera Warehouse now shows a deposit amount required to reserve an R5, so the price that was previously listed must have been a placeholder.)

While I think that price is a tad steep, if it turns out to be real, it's actually not without precedent.

After all, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III is $6,499.00 and the Nikon D6 is $6,496.95.

 

 

And if you ask me, the EOS R5 looks to be a better camera in a variety of ways than both the D6 and 1D X Mark III, so I can see how Canon could justify a price of nearly $7,000.

If this price is correct, it will definitely filter out the masses from running out and buying this camera.

However, between the specs Canon has gone public with so far, and the few remaining rumored specs, at this price, there will still be a line of photographers selling a kidney to fund getting this new camera...me included!

The R5 should be released in the coming weeks and months, so we'll find out what the real price is soon enough. I desperately want an R5, so I hope the price tag is a bit lower!



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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Review

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The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 was released about two years ago, and when it dropped, it definitely topped many a beginner photographer’s wish list.

It was compact, it offered many modern conveniences, and it presented an interesting option for beginner photographers. The problem was that it was expensive. 

Well, here we are in 2019, and the price has dropped enough for this camera to once again top a lot of people’s wish list.  

Let’s talk about the capabilities of this camera in this Canon EOS Rebel SL2 review. 

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Specs

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According to Canon, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is “the perfect replacement for the avid smartphone photographer looking to step up to their first camera.”

And, I’d have to agree. It’s got a selfie-mode, it comes with built-in WiFi, and the app for iPhone or Android users allows photographers to directly upload their selfies to Instagram in a smooth way. The app interface definitely beats out its competitors, which may be enough to persuade this crowd to take the leap.

But, what about for those of us who may just be looking for new gear? Here’s the full rundown. 

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Specs:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3-inch 1.04m dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p video at 60fps
  • 9-point AF
  • Just under 1 lb
  • 95% optical viewfinder coverage
  • Guided interface for beginners 
  • 100-25,600 ISO range

You can check out more details about the SL2 in the video above by CanonUSA.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Body & Design

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If you Google the Canon EOS Rebel SL2, all anybody talks about is how small it is, and it’s true, this camera is incredibly compact.

Weighing in at under 1 lb, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is the perfect travel-sized camera, which is what most photographers use it for. 

The best upgrade to the body of this camera is definitely the vari-angle LCD, which means you can shoot at weird angles and still have a nice view of what you’re photographing.

It has other features that smaller cameras like compacts and bridge cameras don’t offer, namely a nice grip for hanging onto the camera and interchangeable lenses. 

If a mini-DSLR appeals to you, then this may be just the camera to try out.

 

 

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Build & Handling

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Because of the aforementioned compact size of the Canon EOS Rebel SL2, this camera will be a little cramped for the tastes of a more seasoned professional photographer.

The button layout is pretty typical, which is to say it only works for those of us who are right-handed. 

I find it’s easiest to shoot with this camera when I have the screen tilted out and away from the camera, because again it’s a little cramped for me. 

The rubber grip stack up to the one on the 5D Mark IV, but then again this is an entry-level camera, not a pro-level rig.

Nevertheless, it’s a fun little camera to shoot with and has all the features a beginner photographer needs to learn more about taking great photos.

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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Video Performance 

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Many of the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 features are impressive, but its video quality is not one of them. It’s definitely not bad, but it’s still hard to recommend a camera that can’t shoot in 4K in 2019.  

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 video performances comes as close as possible, though, with Full HD 1080p video at 60fps. 

Think Media, like the crew over at PhotographyTalk, are all about budgeting, and the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 price may make the lack of 4K video worth it. They walk you through a test shoot and show you exactly what the Rebel can do. 

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Lenses

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As I mentioned above, one of the advantages of a mini-DSLR like this is that they use interchangeable lenses. 

That means that where a compact or bridge camera comes with a single built-in zoom lens, with this camera you have a virtually unlimited array of lenses available to you.

Crop sensor cameras like this can utilize both Canon EF-S lenses, which are specifically made for crop sensor cameras, as well as EF lenses, which are made for larger full frame cameras.

What’s more, there are all kinds of third-party lenses that will fit this camera. 

In other words, You can outfit this thing with a wide-angle, a standard prime, a telephoto zoom, and any other kind of lens in between.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Price

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The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is available new from B&H for $550, which is a heck of a lot better than the over $700 it debuted for.

But, if you’re in the mood for an even better price, MPB has a large selection of Canon EOS Rebel SL2s for around $400. The best part is, at the time of this writing, they are all rated as “like new.”

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If I had to choose between saving $150, and having an actually new version of a camera, I’m going to choose saving $150 every single day, especially because I know the quality standards that MPB relies on when they grade a camera.

MPB uses the same photo angles on their website so you can realistically compare one used camera to the next. The grading scale they use is much more accurate than the self-reported conditions you can find on eBay or Craigslist. 

Plus, they are upfront about their fees and every camera you buy from their site comes with a 6-month warranty, which is insane in the world of used electronics. 

Head on over and check out these used Canon EOS Rebel SL2s for yourself.

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Canon EOS RP Hands-On Review

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The Canon EOS RP dropped exactly one year ago and we haven’t done a full Canon EOS RP review yet and figured it’s time.  

I’ve found that the Canon EOS RP is rarely talked about in photography circles, but everyone that owns one raves about it constantly. 

And I can see why. Let’s dive into our Canon EOS RP review to show you why you may just find yourself needing one. 

Canon EOS RP Specs

Matt WhoIsMatt Johnson is a resident funny-guy photographer on YouTube, and his perspective on this camera, considering he’s a Sony lover himself, is classic.

The Canon EOS RP is the lightest mirrorless camera in the EOS lineup to date. It features splendid 4K video, powerful low-light shooting, and an incredibly fast AF system.

Other Canon EOS RP Specs Include:

  • 26.2MP CMOS sensor
  • 4K video
  • 4fps burst mode
  • Digic 8 processor
  • 2.36M-dot viewfinder
  • 1.04M-dot fully-articulated touchscreen
  • Twin command dials
  • 1.1 lbs
  • 250-shot battery life 

 

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Canon EOS RP Body & Design 

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The Canon EOS RP is shockingly small for a camera with its capabilities. It’s crafted with polycarbonate and alloy, to combat the feeling you would otherwise have that this camera is easily breakable.  

There’s a fun optional grip extender, which would definitely be helpful if you’re going to be shooting with large lenses.

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One of the best assets of the design of the Canon EOS RP is obviously its fully-articulated screen, which is capable of selfies and street photography alike.  

But, despite all of the upgrades, this camera still feels familiar. And importantly, despite its small size, it never feels uncomfortable to hold. 

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Canon EOS RP Build & Handling

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The Canon EOS RP is rather comfortable to handle, with a deep grip and twin command dials.

The controls are generally laid out appropriately and it’s light enough to carry around all day.

My biggest complaint about the Canon EOS RP build is that my pinky hangs off the bottom of the grip. But, all-in-all, this is a rather small complaint. 

The touchscreen, which features 1.04M-dots is incredible. I’ve used it for vlogging, selfies, street photography and basically any shoot where I needed my eyes off of my screen. 

 

 

Canon EOS RP Video Performance 

This video by DSI Pictures actually came out before the Canon EOS RP did, and it showcases everything I love about the smooth 4K video this camera creates. 

Unfortunately, it is cropped 4K video.

This video by DSI Pictures actually came out before the Canon EOS RP did, and it showcases everything I love about the smooth 4K video this camera creates. 

Unfortunately, it is cropped 4K video.

Of Two Lands actually shows what this cropped 4K video looks like in practice.  

Essentially, you probably won’t be purchasing this camera if you’re a videographer, but if you’re a photographer who occasionally shoots video, then this is more than enough. 

Canon EOS RP Price

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The Canon EOS RP is available on Amazon for $1,000 at the moment, which is $300 off. 

Instead of buying a new Canon EOS RP, you can purchase a used one off of MPB for $925.And while that amount of savings may not seem like much, it’s enough to buy a new memory card or you could put your savings toward a pricier item, like a tripod or a new lens.

You’d basically be trading an unopened box for $50, which still seems like a steal to me. Money is money, right?

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Plus, if you buy used from an outfit like MPB, you know that the item you get in the mail is exactly what you expect. That’s because MPB grades their gear with precision so there’s no question whether an item is in like-new condition, good condition, or somewhere in between.

Though the EOS RP isn’t a perfect camera by any means, it’s a great option for photographers of all kinds that want a small, portable, mirrorless camera.

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Canon EOS Rs...If Rumors are True, is This a Game-Changer?

canon rumors canon eos rs is comingThe Canon EOS R might soon have a successor - the Canon EOS Rs.

We've been hearing rumors about the upcoming flagship Canon mirrorless camera for months now.

Though an official name for this camera hasn't been released or confirmed by Canon, the rumor mill folks have dubbed it the Canon EOS Rs.

The latest Canon rumors about this camera are tantalizing to say the least. Of course, rumors are rumors and not fact, so very little is concretely known about what this camera will entail or what it will even be called.

Let's have a look at the latest Canon rumors on the Canon EOS Rs.

Canon EOS Rs Release Date

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Canon EOS R

Canon Rumors reports that the expected announcement for this camera is in February 2020, likely before the CP+ show in Japan.

It is safe to assume that the camera will be released for sale relatively quickly after that because Canon will want to give shooters enough time to get familiar with the camera before the opening of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on July 24.

Canon Rumors: Expect HUGE Sensor Resolution

Canon EOS R

It is expected that the Canon EOS Rs will have a 75-megapixel sensor, which is no doubt designed to go head-to-head with the Sony a7R IV and its 61-megapixel sensor.

The early EOS Rs rumors pegged the sensor at 80-megapixels, and the reason for the "downgrade" to 75 doesn't seem to be apparent.

Whatever the case, this camera will certainly have a high-resolution sensor that turns the market on its head.

This is one reason why people have taken to calling this camera the EOS Rs - it pays homage to the EOS 5DS and 5DSR that debuted four years ago with monster 50.6-megapixel sensors.

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Canon EOS Rs Specs

Canon EOS R

According to Canon Rumors, a person familiar with the development of the EOS Rs has confirmed multiple features of the camera, including:

  • DIGIC 9 image processor
  • Dual card slots
  • The same joystick as the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
  • Similar burst shooting as the EOS R
  • Fully articulating LCD
  • Full weather sealing

The DIGIC 9 processor is all but a given, because it will debut in the EOS-1D X Mark II in early 2020. Same goes for the joystick.

It's nice to see dual card slots - Canon has gotten a ton of flack for the single card slot on the EOS R.

Additionally, rumor has it that the Canon EOS Rs will have a sensor that's focused more on dynamic range. Since the EOS R can accommodate up to 13.5 EV, the EOS Rs will likely have significantly more range.

The EOS Rs will reportedly also have a larger and more resolute EVF, which is saying something because the EOS R has a killer EVF with 3.6 million dots of resolution. Could the EOS Rs have an EVF with 6 million dots or more? We'll soon find out!

Canon Rumors: IBIS to Be Included on Canon EOS Rs

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Canon EOS R

One of my complaints about the EOS R is a lack of in-body image stabilization.

But if rumors are to be believed, the EOS Rs will have IBIS, which along with the superb lens-based stabilization of the RF lenses should give you excellent stabilization possibilities, perhaps even in the range of 7-8 stops or more.

Since the primary competitor to the EOS Rs will undoubtedly be the Sony a7R IV (which has an incredible 5-axis image stabilization system), it makes sense for Canon to come up with something similar (or better, even?) for the EOS Rs.

Canon EOS Rs Rumor Roundup

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Canon EOS R

We'll keep updating this article as more rumors come to light about the EOS Rs.

But if even part of the current rumors are true, this camera looks to be a game-changer, certainly for Canon but likely for the industry as a whole.

A 75-megapixel sensor is just astounding, even with the expected poor low-light performance due to the smaller pixels these high-resolution sensors have.

I've had the EOS R for a couple of months now, and it has made me a Canon believer. I love the ergonomics of it, in particular, and that is something that is expected to be carried forward to the EOS Rs.

I can't wait to see what this camera ends up being...I'll keep you posted!

 



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Canon Has Some Crazy Rebates on Popular Cameras Right Now

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If you thought you missed the boat on a new camera on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, think again...

Canon has an incredible promo going right now on EOS R and 5D Mark IV camera bundles that get you up to $1,300 off. Yeah - $1,300!!

It's part of Canon's big holiday blowout with some of the best deals of the season.

So, if you're in the market for a new 5D Mark IV or EOS R, you might give strong consideration to one of the bundles listed below. 

EOS 5D Mark IV with Flashpoint Zoom Li-On X TTL Speedlight - $1,100 Off

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This bundle would normally set you back $3,099, but it's on sale right now for just $1,999.

Get more details on this Canon 5D Mark IV bundle 

EOS 5D Mark IV with ED 24-105mm Lens and Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X TTL Speedlight - $1,300 Off

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Normally you'd spend $4,199 for this setup, but right now it's just $2,899.

Get more details on this Canon 5D Mark IV bundle

EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens and PC Accessory Bundle - $1,250 Off

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This bundle is priced at just $2,749 but is usually $3,999. The bundle includes a huge list of goodies:

  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO UHS-I U3 V30 SDHC Memory Card
  • Lowepro Format 160 II Camera Bag
  • Adorama Slinger Digital Memory Card Wallet - Holds 12 Cards
  • Green Extreme USB 2.0 Multi Card Reader, SD, Mini SD, microSD, Memory Stick (MS)
  • ProOPTIC Glass Screen Protector for Canon 5D Mark 4 Camera
  • 3Pod Small Portable Table Top Mini Tripod
  • Corel Photo Video Art Suite Software Kit
  • ProOPTIC Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  • ProOPTIC 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit

Get more details on this Canon 5D Mark IV bundle

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon Log and Free Accessory Bundle - $1,100 Off

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You'd normally have to plunk down $3,199 for this 5D Mark IV bundle, but right now you can snag it for just $2,099!

This kit includes the following:

  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO UHS-I U3 V30 SDHC Memory Card
  • Lowepro Format 160 II Camera Bag
  • Adorama Slinger Digital Memory Card Wallet - Holds 12 Cards
  • Green Extreme USB 2.0 Multi Card Reader, SD, Mini SD, microSD, Memory Stick (MS)
  • ProOPTIC Glass Screen Protector for Canon 5D Mark 4 Camera
  • 3Pod Small Portable Table Top Mini Tripod
  • Corel Photo Video Art Suite Software Kit
  • ProOPTIC Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit

Get more details on this Canon 5D Mark IV bundle

Canon EOS R with Flashpoint Zoom Li-On X TTL Speedlight - $800 Off

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This bundle is usually $2,299, but it's on sale now for just $1,499.

Get more details on this Canon EOS R bundle

Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm Lens and Flashpoint Zoom Li-On X TTL Speedlight - $1,000 Off

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This EOS R bundle would normally set you back a cool $3,399, but you can get it for $2,399 right now!

Get more details on this Canon EOS R bundle

 



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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Review

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a compact zoom camera which comes with a 24-72mm equivalent f/2.8-5.6 lens. Although it is very small, the camera features a large sensor and offers DSLR-like features.

In a way, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III revolutionizes the market of compact cameras, since it incorporates an APS-C sensor into a small camera body. It is perfect for travelers and street photographers since it offers great image quality along with enhanced portability. 

Let’s explore its specs, features, price, and more in this Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review. 

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Specs

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Although it is very small, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III features a large 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. The sensor has a wide dynamic range and a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600 which means it performs well in any given environment. 

The other notable features of the camera include Digic 7 processor, Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system, 49 points of phase detection autofocus, burst shooting speed of up to 9 frames per second (7fps with continuous AF), and 1080/60p video recording.

Get more information about the capabilities of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III in the video above by TheCameraStoreTV.   

 

 

Canon PowerShot G1 X III Body & Design

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The Canon Powershot G1 X III weighs only 0.88 lb (including batteries) and measures 4.53 x 3.07 x 2.01 inches (including lens). 

The 3-inche LCD screen (1.04 million dots) is vari-angle and it uses touchscreen technology. Additionally, during a sunny day, you can use a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2,360,000 dots).

Canon PowerShot G1 X III Body Design 2

The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technologies for remote shooting or for connecting it to other cameras and smart devices. 

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Canon PowerShot G1 X III Build & Handling 

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According to Canon, The PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera is designed for intuitive and speedy operation. It will feel comfortable in your hand and using it will feel very natural. 

Although it is very small, the camera is not fragile. It has a strong build and it is weather-sealed against dust, water, and sand.

 

 

Canon PowerShot G1 X III Video Performance

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While there isn’t 4K video, the Canon PowerShot G1 X III is capable of shooting Full HD video at up to 60p.

The Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system works great in the movie mode thanks to its ability to focus quickly and accurately. Likewise, you can use the camera’s touchscreen to pull focus while recording video.

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Furthermore, this camera offers both in-lens and electronic image stabilization for video recording so you can get smooth, cinematic-looking shots.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X III Lenses 

Canon PowerShot G1 X III Lenses

The Canon PowerShot G1 X III comes with a Canon 24–72mm Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer. The camera uses a Dual Sensing IS system in order to provide steady and sharp images. 

Canon PowerShot G1 X III Price

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At the moment, you can buy a used  Canon PowerShot G1 X III for the price as low as $619. Check out the offer on MPB to buy additional equipment such as lenses, camera bags, and other gadgets for photography lovers.

 



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Canon PowerShot G7 X III Review

Canon PowerShot G7 X III Review

 photo byMadalin Olariu via iStock

If you’re looking for a compact camera that is a step above your smartphone, the Canon PowerShot G7 X III may be for you. 

It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, while strong enough to allow you to live stream, create stunning 4K video and snap 30fps. 

The Canon PowerShot G7 X III just came out at the end of last year and is aimed at vloggers (you can vlog in live mode directly to YouTube) and travellers. 

Editor’s Tip: If you’re lacking inspiration at the moment, take a look at MPB’s weekly #mpbthrowback Instagram giveaway. It's #tbt with MPB style: we're inviting people to share a photo they've taken in the past, tell us where they were, how they noticed it, and what kit they were using. Share your photos, revel in the talent of your photography colleagues, and recapture your photography inspiration!

Canon PowerShot G7 X III Specs

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The Canon PowerShot G7 X III can shoot 4K video, can livestream directly to YouTube, and can shoot 30fps in raw mode or 8fps with autofocus. 

It’s truly built for vloggers and travellers, with features like vertical video capture, microphone sockets, and a touchscreen that can tilt 180-degrees (aka a selfie screen).

Other Canon PowerShot G7 X III Specs Include:

  •  20MP sensor
  • Built-in 30-stop ND filter
  • 3” tiltable touchscreen 
  • 4K video capabilities 
  • Vertical video capture
  • 1080/120p slow-mo video 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 235-shot battery life

 

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Canon PowerShot G7 X III Body & Design 

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If you’re familiar with the Canon PowerShot G7 X II, then the Canon PowerShot G7 X III isn’t much different in terms of its design.

It still uses the same 24-100mm lens. It still features a selfie touchscreen and it still allows you to directly upload your social media photos using Canon’s Image Gateway service.

The body feels heavy and looks aesthetically pleasing with nice red-on-black accents. 

Each dial is heavy enough to not accidentally rotate during shooting and the only true difference between the Canon PowerShot G7 X III and II is that the III features a plastic top plate instead of a metal one, which really doesn’t affect shooting at all. 

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Canon PowerShot G7 X III Build & Handling 

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As I mentioned, the Canon Powershot G7 X III features a premium feel. This camera doesn’t feature an electronic viewfinder (again because it’s created for vloggers and travellers) and why would you need one when your touchscreen does everything for you?

My favorite features on this camera are the fact that everything is touch-enabled and Canon’s touchscreen technology is, of course, astounding.

The buttons are all spaced out properly and my one complaint in this department is that the wheel on the rear of the camera could be a little larger, but of course this can be said of many compact cameras. 

Finally, the pop-up lens is a nice touch and plenty strong too with a range of 7.5 meters. 

 

 

Canon PowerShot G7 X III Video Performance 

“This video isn’t supposed to be perfect. It’s supposed to be real.”

That’s how AMaeTV’s video review of the Canon PowerShot G7 X III starts and I think this idea perfectly encapsulates what this camera is built for. 

As previously discussed, this camera features 4K video at 30p or 1080 video at 60p. It comes with a microphone socket for external sound and you can livestream from it. 

What’s not to love? 

Canon PowerShot G7 X III Price

Canon PowerShot G7 X III price 

You can pick up a brand-new Canon PowerShot G7 X III on Amazon for $750. 

Or, you can watch the MPB Canon PowerShot G7 X III product page on MPB to try and find a used version for extra savings. MPB doesn’t currently have any in stock, but since it’s a used camera site they rotate through hundreds of products each day.

MPB does have multiple Canon PowerShot G7 X IIs available, though, and they start at $460. 

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Either way, you can get a great deal on the perfect camera that offers capabilities and functionalities beyond what your smartphone can do. 

And if you buy from MPB, you can do so with the utmost confidence that the item you order is described accurately and in the condition MPB says it’s in.

Add in fast shipping, superb customer service, and a great trade-in program for your old gear, and you have the makings of the perfect place to buy, sell, and trade photography gear!

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Canon R5 Monster is Real - IBIS and 8K Are Coming

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Well, the Canon R5 rumors - many of them, anyway - seem to have been extremely accurate.

Yesterday, the camera giant confirmed that they're working on the EOS R5 and that it will have, among other things, in-camera image stabilization and 8K video capabilities.

As I discuss in my Canon EOS R5 rumor video below, the name of the camera, which was originally rumored to be the EOS RS, is a little confusing given that it includes a number and none of the other EOS R cameras do. Perhaps the 5 indicates that the camera will have a 50-something megapixel sensor?? Who knows!

What we do know is that this will be the high-powered, pro-spec camera that Canon shooters have been lusting after ever since the EOS R debuted in 2018.

In addition to a brand-new sensor, the R5 will also sport a new processing engine.

This combination of sensor and processor - there's no confirmation of how many megapixels the sensor will be yet - will enable the camera to shoot at 20fps using the silent shutter and 12fps using the mechanical shutter.

On the video front, Canon confirmed that 8K video will be available, but they did not expound upon what sort of crop there might be or the frame rates that will be available. Whatever the case, downsampling from 8K will result in some crazy high-quality 4K footage and high-resolution stills captured from video.

As I mentioned earlier, the R5 will have IBIS - the first Canon camera to do so. When used with a stabilized RF lens, you get even more stabilization goodness, which, according to Canon will "allow photographers to handhold the camera in light levels not previously imagined."

Rounding out the confirmed features are dual card slots, which support automatic transfer of images directly to Canon's new cloud platform.

Canon also notes that the EOS R5 will support "efficient workflows thanks to improved transmission functionality, operability, and reliability."

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As if all that weren't enough, Canon also confirmed that they have seven RF lenses on tap to be released in 2020 alone (only two of which have been announced, as shown above). The RF lens lineup is already one of the best - if not the best - in the industry, and it appears that Canon has no desire to let anyone else catch up to the quality and selection of lenses they've developed.

No release date for the R5 was mentioned in the Canon press release, but Canon did confirm that a preview of the R5 would be available at WPPI in Las Vegas, which is February 25-27, 2020.

I've hit up WPPI many times in the past, and if I can get there again this year, you will find me at the Canon booth!

 

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Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM Hands-On Review

canon rf 15 35mm f2.8l reviewPhoto by welcomia via iStock

One of the reasons I waited for over a year to get a Canon EOS R is because there weren’t many lens options to start with, let alone professional-grade lenses.

But that’s changed…

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is some big, bad glass that absolutely knocks it out of the park.

Yeah, it’s expensive, but that shouldn’t be a shock given that it’s a L-series lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture.

So, how does this incredible lens work with the EOS R? Let’s find out!

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L Specs

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Before we get into the nitty-gritty of this hands-on review, let’s take a sec to review the essential specifications of this lens:

  • Full frame RF mount
  • 15-35mm effective focal Length
  • Hybrid image stabilization with 5 stops
  • Maximum magnification factor of 0.22x
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.28m
  • Weather sealed
  • Electronic manual focus override
  • 82mm filter size
  • 4.99 inches in length

So, this lens is stuffed with all kinds of goodies, which is why it’s such a hefty lens at nearly five inches long with a weight of 1.86 pounds.

That’s a big lens for any camera, let alone a small mirrorless body like the EOS R.

However, if you ask me, the size and weight are worth it to have features like 5-stop image stabilization and full weather sealing.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L Build Quality & Handling

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Even though this lens is a beast, it handles extremely well.

The f/2.8 aperture is overkill for most of what I do, but it's nice to have that option if I get a wild hair and want to take some portraits.

The motor in this thing - a Nano USM - is hugely powerful, which is a good thing because it needs to move around the enormous glass elements inside the lens.

It does this beautifully, too - and nearly silently as well, which is a bonus for shooting video.

canon 15 35mm build

When you pick up this lens, it is unmistakably a Canon L-series. It feels weighty and robust, and though I haven't had a chance to use it in poor weather, I'm willing to bet that the weather sealing works like a charm!

Of course, as an L-series lens, the optics are outstanding, providing clear, sharp, beautiful results.

This lens has a customizable control ring that can be used for just about any functionality you need - aperture, ISO, white balance, and so forth.

There isn't a focus distance scale on the lens, but one is displayed in the viewfinder and on the rear LCD when shooting in live view in manual focus mode.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L Image Quality

The reason I picked up this lens is because as a landscape photographer, the focal range is perfect.

I can go ultra-wide at 15mm and capture tons of detail or narrow the field of view and capture simpler compositions that draw attention to a specific landscape feature.

Of course, this focal range is great for many other pursuits, too, like travel photography, event photography, and even wedding photography when a wide-angle lens is needed for small venue spaces.

I've got a review of this lens upcoming, but in the meantime, see what Matti Haapoja thinks of it in the video above.

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In terms of image quality, this lens definitely delivers.

There's excellent sharpness from edge to edge throughout the focal range, though the edges aren't as sharp as the center, as you'd expect.

Distortion is actually minimal even at 15mm. In fact, it's hard to detect any distortion at all, which is quite the feat. This is all done optically, too - there's no digital shenanigans going on to correct distortion.

The five-stop image stabilization is great, though you can't really rely on it to actually provide that much leeway.

Nevertheless, I was able to handhold the camera at exposures of up to one second and still get beautifully sharp results.

Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L Price

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At the time of this writing, the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L is $2,300.00, so it's not a cheap lens by any means.

At this price point, I don't see many shooters other than professionals picking one of these lenses up.

However, if you're an enthusiast shooter and you have the money, this is a great lens to have in your bag.

The fact that there is so little distortion, good sharpness, and a large f/2.8 aperture, along with L-series optics, impeccable build quality, and image stabilization make this a must-have for pro EOS R shooters.

Yes, it's a big lens and sharpness diminishes at the edges, but Canon really knocked it out of the park with this lens, if you ask me.

As Canon expands the EOS R lineup and higher-resolution cameras become available, I think this lens will prove to be even more valuable - the EOS R with its low-pass filter and 30.3-megapixel sensor just can't reap all the benefits that I think this lens can offer. We'll have to wait and see what the next EOS R cameras and this lens can do!



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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM: The Perfect Portrait Lens?

Canon RF 85mm 1.2 L USM The Perfect Portrait Lens

Photo by Carlos Vaz on Unsplash

I realize that many Canon shooters haven’t enjoyed the slow roll release of new glass for the EOS R system, but man, has it been worth the wait!

Just the other day, Canon unveiled their latest RF lens, the 85mm f/1.2, and it has been met with just about universal acclaim thus far. 

In fact, it seems that Canon shooters have already started to dub this the perfect portrait lens. Let’s see why this might be an accurate statement.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L Specs

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Let’s first have a peek at this lens’s specs to see what’s under the hood:

  • Format: Full frame
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.2
  • Minimum aperture: f/16
  • 9-blade aperture
  • Angle of view: 28-degrees
  • Optical design: 13 elements in 9 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 2.79 feet
  • Integrated control ring for changing lens settings
  • 1 aspheric element and 1 UD lens
  • Fluorine coating
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optic (BR) to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to minimize lens flare and ghosting
  • Dust-resistant and weather resistant

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Clearly, Canon has made an effort to present us with a lens that’s at the top of its class in terms of performance.

The dust and weather sealing was a given since it’s an L-series lens, and I imagine when the weather turns and I can put it through its paces that it will reveal itself to be built like a tank.

All the coatings and optics that reduce aberrations, ghosting, and flare, is certainly a nice bonus too. The result of all that is clean, crisp images with a deliciously blurry background - ideal for portraits!

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L Autofocus & Image Quality

The autofocus on this thing is mind-blowingly good. That’s especially true of the face and eye detection. See it in action in the video above by TheCameraStoreTV.

You’ll find that when you’re tracking a subject, the lens is more than able to maintain its focus on them. More to the point, it can maintain tack-sharpness on the model’s eyes even as they move around.

Naturally, this means superb sharpness and excellent image quality, as you’d expect. Bokeh is off the charts. Compression is beautiful. It’s just a great look.

In fact, this lens at this focal length and at f/1.2 produces portraits that look almost like they were taken on a medium format camera. Even when shooting at f/1.2 with a flash, you still get jaw-dropping results in terms of sharpness, clarity, contrast, and minimal aberrations.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L Build & Handling

As the daniel life explains in the video above, this isn’t a small lens, by any means, but it also isn’t cumbersome. In fact, it feels great when paired with the EOS R. At first, you might think that a lens of this size would feel like it overwhelms such a small camera, but that isn’t the case.

At just over 4.5 inches long and 4 inches wide, it is a beefy lens that feels good in the hand. Weighing in at 2.6 pounds, it feels like an L-series lens for sure.

In fact, this lens looks and feels a lot like Canon’s other L-series lenses.

canon rf 85mm f1.2 Build Handling 

The programmable ring at the front, the focus ring, and the red “L-series” ring are all familiar components.

When you hold the lens, you immediately note the slightly rough, matte texture of the lens. This is a welcome addition because it makes the lens easier to grip. I suspect this will be a major benefit when shooting in the rain, cold, and other inclement weather. But I can assure you that even when it’s balmy and sunny out, it still gives you added confidence that you can grip the lens.

Like other RF lenses, this one is sleek and minimalist. There’s two autofocus switches (one to control the kind of focus and the other for focusing distance), and that’s it.

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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L: The Perfect Portrait Lens? 

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First impressions are that this is one of Canon’s best portrait lenses thus far. It truly produces results that will make your jaw drop to the floor.

Some will say that a 50mm is all you need for portraits, but I disagree. In this case, if you have the money to buy a $2,700.00 lens, go for it. You won’t be disappointed!

If however, you don’t have $2,700.00 laying around, it might be worth it to sell your old lenses to ease the financial hit that the new RF 85mm f/1.2 L would make on your bank account.

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Sites like Lensfinder specialize in dealing with vintage and used lenses, so you can unload a couple of your older lenses (or newer ones for that matter) and start saving up for this bad boy.

I’ve used Lensfinder on multiple occasions to buy and sell old lenses, and it’s been smooth sailing every single time. 

There’s no fuss, no muss, just a bunch of photographers coming together in one place to take care of their lens needs.

Give it a shot today and see how much you can get for your old lenses!

 



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Check Out These Awesome Rebates From Canon and Nikon

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Photo by EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER via iStock

Adorama has some smokin' deals right now on Canon and Nikon products.

We're talking savings on dozens of items, of anywhere from $20 up to several hundred dollars off normal prices.

In fact, there are some deals that you can save up to $700!

Here's a sampling of some of the biggest savings...

Canon EOS 80D Bundle - $700 Off

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This bundle includes a treasure trove of stuff, including a camera cover, a camera strap, a battery charger, a Rode VideoMic Go, a memory card, and a cleaning kit, among many other goodies.

Normally, this bundle is $1,949, but you can get it for $1,249 through May 31, 2020.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED-IF AF-S VR NIKKOR Lens Bundle - $200 Off

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If you need to round out your collection of lenses with a fast 24-70mm zoom, this Nikkor lens bundle is a great option. In addition to the lens, you get a lens hood, a soft case, an 82mm filter ket, a lens wrap, a cleaning kit, and more!

Normally $2,096.95, this lens is on sale for $1,896.95 through May 31, 2020.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Bundle - $600 Off

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Looking to upgrade to a full frame camera? The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a great option that's also much more affordable at the moment!

This bundle includes the 6D Mark II body, an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens, and Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL On-Camera Round Flash Speedlight, as well as several other items.

This bundle is normally priced at $2,699, but through May 31, 2020, you can pick one up for $2,099.

Be sure to head over to Adorama to check out all the other Canon and Nikon rebates that are currently available.

 



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How to Choose the Ideal Landscape Photography Camera

cameras for landscape photographyPhoto by Brendan Church on Unsplash

I think we can all agree that it isn't the gear that makes a great photo, it's the person using the gear.

That said, having quality landscape photography gear certainly doesn't hurt!

The question is, when you're shopping for the best landscape photography camera, what features should you look for?

In this quick guide, I offer up a few tips that will help you make the best decision for your landscape photography.

Camera Features You Need for Landscape Photography (and Some You Don't)

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First things first...

Let's identify a few camera features that will help you take better landscape photos:

  • Sensor size - Both full frame and crop sensor cameras are great for landscapes. Where full frame cameras like the Nikon D850 offer better image quality and the ability to capture more of the scene in one shot, a crop sensor camera like the Nikon D7500 is often less expensive. Additionally, since a crop sensor camera increases the effective focal length of a lens, you can take telephoto images with smaller, less expensive lenses. 
  • Megapixels - High megapixels means high-resolution images, and the more resolution you have, the finer the details will be. Plus, if you intend to make your images into large-format prints, more megapixels is definitely a good thing.
  • Dynamic range - One of the most important features to consider is the dynamic range the camera is capable of capturing. The wider the dynamic range, the better the shadows and highlights will be and the less noise there will be in the shot.
  • Construction - To protect against rain, snow, dirt, and other elements, look for a camera that is well built and has weather sealing.

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What a good landscape photography camera doesn't really need are features that have to do with capturing motion.

That is, where a sports photographer will want a camera with advanced autofocus features and ultra-fast continuous shooting, since most landscapes don't involve quick motion, you can likely skip looking for those features.

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Top Canon Cameras for Landscape Photography

Now that you have an idea of some of the most important features for a landscape photography camera, let's take a look at a couple of Canon cameras that could serve you well.

The first choice (in my opinion, anyway), is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

This full frame camera has excellent resolution with a 30.4-megapixel full frame sensor.

It's got excellent dynamic range, is great in low-light situations for dusk and nighttime shots, and it has excellent weather sealing.

You can even use its built-in GPS system to tag your images with details about where each one was shot. Not bad, eh?

See the 5D Mark IV in action in the video above by Brendan van Son.

Price: $3,099.99 (body only) at Adorama

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If you're on a tighter budget but still want a high-performance full frame camera, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a great option.

It's got a 26.2-megapixel full frame sensor, an articulating touchscreen LCD, and is smaller and lighter than the 5D Mark IV, which is handy when you've got a long hike in front of you.

The 6D Mark II also has an improved dynamic range over its predecessor, so your photos will have those deeper shadows and brighter highlights discussed earlier. 

Price: $1,599.00 (body only) at Adorama

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Top Nikon Cameras for Landscape Photography

In addition to the Nikon D850 and Nikon D7500 mentioned earlier, Nikon has other cameras that will do the trick for photographing landscapes.

That includes the older Nikon D750 which offers full frame performance with a 24.3-megapixel sensor, but with a much smaller price tag given that it's two models old.

Additionally, the D750's sensor has a reputation for imagery with very low noise, even when you have to push the ISO, and it has a rockstar of a battery that allows more than 1,200 shots on a single charge.

It's built like a tank, too, so it's perfectly suited for landscape photography.

Learn more about the Nikon D750 in the video above by James Popsys.

Price: $1,399.99 (body only) at Adorama

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Final Thoughts

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Like I said in the introduction, it's not the gear you use that has the greatest impact on the quality of your photos.

Instead, it's you, your capabilities, skills, and talents behind the lens.

You can take great photos with nothing but your smartphone, but having gear that has features that specifically aid in taking landscape photos will only help your situation.

Any of the cameras mentioned in this article are a great choice, but this is by no means a comprehensive list. Do your due diligence, research different cameras you like, and get one that fits your budget and your needs.

From there, all that's left to do is go shoot!



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Is the Canon 5D Mark III Still Worth It in 2020?

Is the Canon 5D Mark III Still Worth It in 2020

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The Canon 5D Mark III is going on 8 years old, which if you read this site regularly, you’ll know is a sweet spot for getting a camera that has all the features beginner photographers need while saving a ton of money.

The Canon 5D Mark III, just like its follow-up, the Mark IV, features incredibly detailed images in both RAW and JPG and offers full HD video. 

The one complaint I had about the Canon 5D Mark III when it came out was that it was a bit pricey, but nearly a decade later and this may be the perfect full-frame DSLR for you. 

Let’s dive into our Canon 5D Mark III review. 

Canon 5D Mark III Specs

Canon 5D Mark III Specs

The Canon 5D Mark III features impressive specs for a camera of this age, including a 3” LCD with over 1M-dots, full HD video, and a 22.3MP sensor.

The camera also functions as a good wedding or travel camera because it offers great low-light shooting.

Jon Rettinger covers all there is to love, and a few things to not, in his overview above. 

Other Canon 5D Mark III Specs:

  • 22.3MP sensor
  • Full 1080p HD video capabilities
  • ISO range of 100-25,600
  • 61-point AF system
  • 6fps burst mode
  • 3.2” LCD with 1.04M-dots
  • 1.9 lbs
  • Weather-sealed body

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Canon 5D Mark III Body & Design

Canon 5D Mark III Body Design

The Canon 5D Mark III features a slightly smaller screen, 3.2”, than other Canon DSLRs, but this doesn’t mean Canon left out the customizable controls. 

All of your shooting settings can be set with only your right hand, which is grand for me, but wouldn’t be for anyone who is left-handed and generally left out of camera designs. 

It also features dual card slots, a live view/video switch you can easily get to with your thumb, and some buttons that were new on this camera, like Picture Styles, Multiple Exposure, and HDR. 

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Canon 5D Mark III Build & Handling

Canon 5D Mark III Build Handling

The Canon 5D Mark III is built with magnesium alloy and polycarbonate, making it light but sturdy.

The body is dust and weather-sealed, fairly efficiently, and there is a rubber-textured grip for your fingers to ensure you can keep a tight hold on it.

It is a little bigger than similar cameras that have come out in the past few years, which is to be expected, but it still weighs under 2 lbs so it should be comfortable for just about everyone. 

Canon 5D Mark III Video Performance

Chad Soriano walks you through a variety of shots with his video test above.

While the Canon 5D Mark III doesn’t feature 4K video, and so probably isn’t the camera for videographers, it does feature Full HD video and can shoot for up to 30 minutes at a time. 

Chad Soriano walks you through a variety of shots with his video test above.

While the Canon 5D Mark III doesn’t feature 4K video, and so probably isn’t the camera for videographers, it does feature Full HD video and can shoot for up to 30 minutes at a time. 

As Joshua Zucker showcases, this camera’s low-light capabilities are best exemplified when shooting video. It can shoot at 30, 25, or 24fps.

Canon 5D Mark III Price

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Since the Canon 5D Mark III is so old it is no longer available new, but Gear Focusfeatures multiple Canon 5D Mark IIIs starting at $800. 

And, since Gear Focus is a marketplace made by photographers, for photographers, if you don’t see the exact version of this DSLR you want today, it may be on the site tomorrow. 

I use Gear Focus when I’m looking for a good deal, but don’t want to get ripped off by sellers. That’s because unlike Craigslist, Gear Focus has built-in fraud protections so you can buy with confidence.

In fact, all orders and transactions on Gear Focus are monitored by seasoned photographers and videographers who keep an eye out for fraud. What’s more, sellers on the site are securely verified via email and phone before they’re allowed to list a single item. If that doesn’t give you confidence to buy on Gear Focus, I don’t know what will!

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Long-Term Review: The Canon EOS 5DS R is Still a Great Camera

Long Term Review The Canon EOS 5Ds R is Still a Great Camera

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The Canon EOS 5Ds R came out in 2015 with a jaw-dropping price of nearly $4,000. 

Thankfully, with time, that price has steadily dropped, which left us wondering if the Canon EOS 5Ds R would be a wise purchase in 2020. 

Everyone knows the Canon EOS 5Ds R is known for its huge megapixel count, but what else does the Canon 5Ds R have for a new, more tech-savvy audience? 

Canon 5DS R Specs

Canon 5DS R Specs

As I mentioned, the Canon 5Ds R is known for its megapixel count (it’s got a 50MP sensor after all). 

It also comes with two DIGIC 6 processors for faster image processing. But, despite some impressive specs, the image quality that you can get out of the Canon 5Ds R is really all about what types of photos you’re taking with it.  

For instance, extra resolution is incredible for sharp, detailed portraits.

Other Canon 5Ds R Specs:

  • 50MP sensor
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • 5fps burst mode
  • ISO range of 100-6,400
  • 61-point AF system 
  • Full HD video
  • 3.2” LCD screen 
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 700-shot battery life
  • 2.05 lbs

Canon 5DS R Body & Design

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The Canon 5DS R is made of magnesium alloy and is essentially identical to the Canon 5D Mark III. As with the Canon 5D Mark III, the Canon 5DS R features a deep grip which is paired with a sculpted channel for your thumb placement to help keep the camera secure in your hands despite heavy glass.

Canon 5DS R Body Design 2

And again, the 5DS R and 5D Mark III are so similar. The left-hand of the camera hosts the power switch, menu and info buttons, while the right-hand of the camera hosts the major control points. 

While the camera is relatively heavy, this means that it is large enough to allow for a full range of manual controls. 

The one thing that the Canon 5Ds R features that its predecessors do not is a redesigned mirror mechanism which prevents the amount of vibration you’ll see during shooting. 

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Canon 5DS R Build & Handling

Canon 5DS R Build Handling

Again, the Canon 5Ds R is on the heavier side and is a bit larger than other cameras of similar quality, so it may not be the best option for someone with smaller hands. 

The weather-sealing is incredible, so you’ll never need to worry about shooting in dust or snow. After all, the Canon 5Ds R handling should be as high-quality as its specs. 

Unfortunately, the LCD is fixed, which is the most negative thing I have to say in this Canon 5Ds R review. It seems like Canon should have updated this feature above all else. 

Canon 5DS R Video Performance

Since I’ve been comparing the canon 5DS R to the 5D Mark III a lot throughout this article, I only thought it fair to show you a video test comparison of the two cameras. 

Thanks to Mher Hakobyan Cinematography for the video. 

The Canon 5Ds R video performance isn’t anything spectacular, but it gets the job done. It shoots in full 1080p HD at 30p/25p/24p. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include features a videographer would want, like focus peaking or highlight warnings. 

Canon 5DS R Price

Canon 5DS R Price

You can get a used Canon 5DS R on MPB starting at $1,440. Granted, that’s still a good chunk of change, but for a camera with these specs and a starting price that was nearly $4,000, that’s not a bad deal at all!

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This would make a great addition to a pro’s kit that needs a robust, reliable camera as a backup or even a primary camera for a new professional.

Either way, I like to recommend MPB as the go-to for used cameras because they have a detailed and reliable system for rating their gear. If this listing says it’s in excellent condition, that’s exactly what you get!

Combined with superb customer service and fast shipping, this makes MPB a great choice for buying (and selling!) used gear.

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Making a Case for the Canon 5D Mark III: It's Still a REALLY Good Camera

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I know, I know...

Why buy a 5D Mark III when you could buy a 5D Mark IV? Or perhaps even better, a Canon EOS R?

I'll tell you why - the Canon 5D Mark III is still a really good camera. Oh, and you can get it for much less money, too.

That's a win-win if you ask me!

Aside from bargain-basement prices when compared to newer cameras, there's still a lot to love about the 5D Mark III.

A Little History on the Canon 5D Mark III

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Released in the spring of 2012, the 5D Mark III was a giant step forward from its predecessor, the Mark II (shown above).

Not only does the Mark III offer increased sensor resolution (22 megapixels versus 21 megapixels in the Mark II), but it also has a much-improved ISO range. The Mark II's native ISO range is 100-6400 while the Mark III boasts a 100-25600 range.

At three years newer, the Mark III also offers some technological upgrades that make it a much more capable camera.

That includes an improved autofocus system that has 61 AF points compared to just 9 AF points on the Mark II.

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When the Mark III was released, it was an instant hit among professional photographers.

In fact, many professional photographers that are in the Canon ecosystem rave about the Mark III and still use it as their primary camera.

Six years after its release, the loyalty that photographers have for this particular camera is quite impressive.

If that doesn't tell you that this is still a great camera, I don't know what will!

Canon 5D Mark III Specs

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In addition to the improvements noted above, the Mark III boasts plenty of other specs that make it a solid camera, even in 2018:

  • 3.2-inch LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • 100-percent viewfinder coverage
  • AE bracketing range of +/-3
  • 6fps continuous shooting
  • Dual memory card storage slots
  • Headphone and microphone ports
  • 950-shot battery life
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 150,000 shutter cycle life expectancy

Sure, there's no touchscreen LCD, no Wi-Fi, and no 4K video.

But if you can get past the modern-day amenities it lacks and look at how good the list of specifications is, you realize that the Mark III still has plenty to offer. That's especially true if you're a portrait or wedding photographer.

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The Mark III has excellent low-light shooting capabilities, so if you're in a situation in which an external flash isn't an option (like at a wedding) or you're shooting indoors under dim lighting, the Mark III will perform very well.

That's thanks in large part to the aforementioned ISO range that extends to 25600. Even when pushing the ISO upward, the Mark III produces clean images with little indication of digital noise.

Additionally, the Mark III has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds, which is a great asset to have for wildlife, sports, and action photography.

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Like just about all full frame cameras, the Mark III is a big rig, weighing in at nearly 2.1 pounds (body only). That means you likely wouldn't use it for something like street photography or travel photography, when smaller, lighter cameras provide much more value.

Nevertheless, the Mark III has plenty of versatility for photographers that focus on portraiture and weddings, as well as for photographers that need a rugged, weather-sealed body, like wildlife photographers and landscape photographers.

The Canon 5D Mark III is a Great Bargain

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When the Mark III was released, it had a price tag of around $3,500. That's typical for professional-grade camera bodies.

But as noted above, you can now get a used 5D Mark III for much less - about $1,300, in fact.

Buying an older, yet still highly capable camera means you save hundreds of dollars. All that money can either stay in the bank or you can put it towards upgrading other gear, like buying a new lens or a new tripod.

That price point makes it easier for enthusiast photographers that want to upgrade to a full frame camera to do so.

With that kind of accessibility, I imagine that the 5D Mark III will continue to be a favorite camera for photographers for a good, long while.

 



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Making the Move to Canon Mirrorless

Making the Move to Canon Mirrorless

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If you’ve followed my articles here on PhotographyTalk for any amount of time, you likely know that I’ve been a Nikon shooter forever. 

I added a few Sony bodies to my camera bag along the way and a Panasonic GH5, too.

But as I discuss in my video below, the Sonys and Panasonic never quite fit the bill for what I needed them to do.

So, what did I do? I got my first Canon camera - the EOS R

As I explain in the video, there was some trepidation on my part. 

Would the EOS R feel good in my hand?

Had Canon really fixed the autofocus issues in the EOS R?

Would I be able to easily figure out the controls and customize the camera to my liking?

When switching to a new brand of camera, these and other questions are certainly legitimate, especially if you’ve been brand loyal for as long as I had.

But I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with just how easy it was to get used to the EOS R. In fact, I’m kind of wondering why I didn’t make the switch sooner!

It’s been about a week since I released my video on the EOS R, so I wanted to fill in some gaps and explain a few other reasons why making the move to Canon mirrorless has been such a good experience for me.

I Love the EOS R Sensor

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Let me start by saying that the Nikon Z7 has a better sensor than the EOS R. 

However, as my first experience with a Canon full frame camera, I’ve been impressed with the 30.3-megapixel CMOS sensor in this thing.

It’s the same sensor as the 5D Mark IV, and it has the same DIGIC 8 image processor as the Mark IV. 

DxOMark gave this sensor a score of 89, which isn’t the top score by any means. But it still indicates solid performance with good color depth for portraits, dynamic range for landscapes, and excellent low-light performance.

The EOS R Electronic Viewfinder is a Dream

I know some folks haven’t been completely impressed with the EOS R’s viewfinder, but personally, I think it’s fantastic.

It offers roughly the same resolution as the one on my Z7 (about 3.69 million dots) and roughly the same magnification at 0.76x.

I’ve found it to be clear, bright, resolute, and easy to read.

The best part, though, is that the display in the EVF (and on the LCD) rotates when you shoot in portrait mode. Clearly, this makes it far easier to see the information that’s displayed.

Canon RF Lenses are Incredible

 

I mostly use the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8. It is a superb lens all the way around.

Yeah, it’s a BIG lens, but it isn’t big in the sense that it’s unwieldy. 

Instead, just like the EOS R body, this lens handles well and feels surprisingly good in the hand.

And who wouldn’t like the customizable control ring that Canon added in front of the focus ring.

You can use the control ring for all sorts of things, including adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, or ISO.

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The EOS R Has Tons of Innovative Features

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Lastly, I really appreciate the thought that Canon put into designing this camera.

It records at true 24p, rather than 23.98p like most cameras. Is that a huge deal? No…

But that’s a feature not found on many non-cinema cameras, and for me, that shows Canon’s dedication to developing a rock-solid camera system.

I also like the multi-function bar that Canon added to the EOS R. You can program custom functions using the bar, and the camera will remember the settings when you switch from shooting stills to shooting video. I don’t think the multi-function bar has reached anywhere near its potential yet, though. Firmware updates in the future should make it an even better asset.

Another feature I’m in love with is the fact that when the camera is off and you remove the lens, the shutter is closed. This helps keep the sensor clean and reduces the amount of time I have to spend cleaning - which is a definite bonus. 

I’m sure I’ll find many other things I really like about the EOS R as I use it more and more.

But for now, these are just a few of my favorite things about this camera. So far, the EOS R pros definitely outweigh the cons! 

Canon EOS R bodies are currently $500 off at Samy’s Camera. You can also pick up an EOS R with an RF 24-105mm f/4L lens for $700 off.

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Mirrorless or DSLR for Beginners in 2019?

Mirrorless or DSLR for Beginners in 2019

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A mirrorless or DSLR camera is a must if you want to develop your own style in photography. Both types of camera allow you to use a wide range of high-quality lenses. Moreover, they are rich in features and highly adaptable for different needs. 

DSLRs have ruled the market for nearly two decades. However, in the past few years, mirrorless cameras have become much more popular. In this article, we will explain the main differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras and point out their strengths and weaknesses.  

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DSLR and Mirrorless Defined

DSLR is an acronym for a digital single-lens reflex camera, but what does that really mean? In simple words, a DSLR camera uses a mirror system in order to reflect the light from the lens into the viewfinder. Additionally, it uses a digital sensor to produce images instead of a photographic film. You can see this process work in the video above by Fstoppers.

Every DSLR camera has a mirror which is placed just in front of the camera’s image sensor. Since it is positioned under 45 degrees, this mirror transmits everything that passes through the lens into an optical viewfinder. With a press of the shutter button, the mirror folds and exposes the sensor to the light (hence creating an image).

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The first professional DSLR was introduced by the Nikon Corporation in 1999. This camera (Nikon D1) had only 2.74 megapixels, but it changed the rules of the game in photography.

DSLR cameras share the same design and mechanism as analog SLR cameras, but they offer much more capabilities in terms of image procession. Nowadays, most professional photographers use this type of camera. However, the reign of DSLR seems to be coming to an end. 

Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular, especially since Nikon and Canon released the Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS R. It should be obvious from the name, but this type of camera does not feature an internal mirror. This is basically the main characteristic that distinguishes it from a DSLR camera model.  

As is the case with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras feature a digital sensor and use interchangeable lenses, but their sensor is not hidden behind the mirror and it is exposed to the light all the time. As we will see, this is a big game-changer. 

In the video above, Sony discusses a few differences between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. 

 

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Size and Weight

Since they don’t have a mirror within their body, mirrorless cameras are usually very compact and lightweight. An average DSLR weighs 1.7lbs. Although this is not too heavy for carrying around, an average mirrorless model weighs significantly less.

For example, the mirrorless Sony a6300 weighs only 0.89 lb. Moreover, this camera measures just 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches. Because of this, it can easily fit into a smaller bag and you will still have plenty of space for different types of lenses and other photography equipment. 

In comparison, one of the most popular DSLRs in recent years - the Nikon D810 - weighs 2.16 lb. Although it is a bit bulky, this camera is super strong and these few pounds and inches do not mean a lot for many photographers who enjoy using this camera. 

DSLR vs Mirrorless: Which Has Better Autofocus?

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The first mirrorless cameras used only contrast detection technology for autofocusing. DSLRs use phase-detection technology which is faster and more precise. Because of this, they are usually associated with better autofocusing capabilities. 

However, mirrorless cameras are evolving and getting better with each passing day. Nowadays, there are mirrorless cameras that combine phase detection and contrast detection technology in order to provide the best results in terms of autofocus accuracy and speed.

The Sony A6300 is a mirrorless model with the world’s fastest autofocus speed and it can lock the subject in 0.05 seconds. Additionally, this camera has 425 phase-detection AF points. The autofocus of this camera is impressive, but in the years to come, it’s a given that mirrorless cameras will have even better autofocus systems.

Some people in the photography industry believe that DSLRs will soon be relics in a market dominated by mirrorless cameras.

Find out why this might be the case in the video above by Engadget

DSLR vs Mirrorless: Optical vs Electronic Viewfinder

As we already touched upon, DSLR cameras use an optical viewfinder, while mirrorless cameras use an electronic viewfinder. Both types of viewfinder have their own advantages and disadvantages, as Jared Polin discusses in the video below.

The optical viewfinder works better in low-light situations. In a very dark environment, the electronic viewfinder produces grain and noise while DSLR allows you to see exactly what you are about to shoot (without digital interference). Additionally, the optical viewfinder is also better for tracking fast-moving objects. 

On the other hand, a mirrorless camera provides you with a unique option to see the effect of the exposure settings through the viewfinder. In this way, a mirrorless viewfinder gives you a possibility to see a preview of the image you are about to take.

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Image Stabilization 

Image stabilization works as a mechanism that reduces blurring as an effect of the camera’s motion. If you have a shaky hand, then you will need to look for a camera that has a good image stabilization function. 

Both DSLR and mirrorless cameras have image-stabilization systems. However, some of the mirrorless cameras such as the Sony a7R III offer 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization (IBIS) while there is no such feature in DSLR cameras. Because of this, mirrorless cameras have an advantage in this category.

 

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Image and Video Quality

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When it comes to image quality, there are no profound differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras. 

The first mirrorless cameras had smaller sensors so they couldn’t produce the same image quality as DSLRs. However, this has changed. In the past few years, there are many full-frame mirrorless models such as the Sony a7R III, Nikon Z7, and Canon EOS R.

Mirrorless cameras, on the other hand, do perform better in terms of video. High-end mirrorless cameras usually have a more accurate focus and larger video resolution than DSLRs of the same class. Even the entry-level mirrorless cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-A5, offer 4K video recording. DSLR camera manufacturers are still struggling to reach this level. Only a few high-end DSLR cameras, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, shoot 4K video.

Some people still prefer to use DSLR cameras because they come with a wide offer of lenses. Mirrorless cameras are relatively new so there are not as many lens choices. Although new ones are being released every year, DSLRs are still more versatile for image and video because of the much bigger choice of lenses available.    

DSLR vs Mirrorless: Shooting Speed 

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Since mirrorless cameras have simple mechanics, they can produce more photos per second. This is particularly useful for those interested in sports, wildlife, or event photography.  DSLR cameras are also good for burst shooting, but it's mirror makes things a bit more complicated.

Additionally, mirrorless cameras usually offer silent burst shooting mode which is convenient if you don’t want to disturb an environment with the sound of the shutter.

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Battery Life 

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Finally, mirrorless cameras still can’t compete with DSLRs in terms of battery life. The battery life of a DSLR, like the Nikon D5600, is around 970 shots per charge. In comparison, the Nikon Z7 makes only 330 shots before the battery runs out. 

Mirrorless cameras usually have lower battery life because its electronic viewfinder drains the battery. If you are not using Live View, DSLR cameras can shoot for hours. This makes them more practical for most situations.

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As you can see, mirrorless cameras are more compact and better for video, but DSLRs come with a bigger choice of lenses and their battery life is much stronger. In other words, each has its unique benefits. 

Ultimately, the choice between a modern DSLR and mirrorless camera will come down to what you need in terms of specific features. Either way, you can get a high-quality camera that offers tons of functionality.

Whatever you decide - at MPB, you can get a great DSLR or mirrorless camera for a good deal.

Buying a new camera is an expensive investment, but buying used helps soften the blow to your pocketbook. Moreover, you can trade-in or sell your old gear at MPB, so you can finance a new-to-you camera by getting rid of your old one. Not bad, right?

If you're not familiar with MPB, check out my MPB review for full details.

 



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Mirrorless vs DSLR: Which is Best for You in 2020?

Mirrorless vs DSLR Which is Best for You in 2020

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The mirrorless vs. DSLR debate has been raging for nearly a decade now, which is surprising to me because it felt like the longest decade ever.  

But, do you know whether to buy a mirrorless or DSLR in 2020? 

With this guide, you’ll learn all about the differences between these types of cameras so you can make an informed decision.

Let’s get started!

So, What’s a DSLR?

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I suppose before we can get into the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate, you need to understand what each camera is and does. 

A DSLR can be thought of like a step up from the 35mm film cameras you may have used to shoot with back in the day. There is a mirror located inside a DSLR that allows light to bounce onto a prism and then into the viewfinder so that you can see what your shot looks like. 

Whenever you’re ready to take your photo and press the shutter button, the mirror flips up to allow light in through your lens so the image can be recorded on the camera’s sensor. 

Because of the space needed to incorporate the mirror, DSLRs tend to have larger, bulkier bodies than their mirrorless counterparts. 

Sure, So What’s a Mirrorless?

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Well, it’s obviously a camera without a mirror. As such, mirrorless bodies tend to be smaller and lighter than DSLRs.

Additionally, a mirrorless camera allows light to stream in through your lens directly onto the image sensor, which is then displayed on the rear LCD or the electronic viewfinder. This allows you to see the image preview and make necessary adjustments to the camera settings before you take the shot.

 

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Mirrorless Vs DSLR Size and Weight

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If you’re looking to purchase either a mirrorless or DSLR in 2020, then there are multiple factors you need to consider, one of which is the relative size of each camera. 

Since DSLRs technically have more parts, they are usually slightly larger than mirrorless cameras.  

However, you also need to consider the other camera gear you will be using with your cameras, like lenses. While mirrorless cameras are technically smaller, most of their lenses are about the same size as the more conventional DSLR lenses.  

So, while you may be saving yourself a few ounces or inches when it comes to the camera body, it may not matter much considering your other photography gear.  

Mirrorless Vs DSLR in Low Light

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Traditionally, DSLRs have had much better low light shooting capacity, but this is changing as the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate rages on and manufacturers are racing to create better products.

For instance, the Sony Alpha a6500is a mirrorless camera known for its low-light shooting, with an ISO range of up to 51,000.

But, it truly depends upon the type of camera you have. Whenever you purchase a camera with a larger sensor, whether it’s a mirrorless or DSLR, that camera will be better able to shoot without much natural light. This means that a camera with a full frame sensor will have greater low-light capabilities than one with an APS-C sensor. 

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Mirrorless vs DSLR Video Quality

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This is the first category where mirrorless cameras reign supreme in the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate.  

Mirrorless cameras are typically much better for shooting film because they can use phase detection while shooting, whereas a DSLR’s mirror gets in the way so it has to use the less accurate contrast-detection focus method of shooting.

This is why most mirrorless cameras, like the Fujifilm X-T30, can shoot incredible 4K video with high-end AF systems. 

Now, just because mirrorless cameras are typically better for shooting video, that doesn’t mean DSLRs are completely out of the race.

For instance, the Nikon D780 was just named as the “most serious DSLR for video yet” by Engadget. 

It can shoot in 4K with eye-tracking phase-detect autofocus and full pixel readout. 

Mirrorless vs DSLR Shooting Speed

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Again, this is one subject that mirrorless cameras typically rock out. Because of the lack of a mirror to get in the way of taking one photo after another after another, mirrorless cameras typically have faster shutter speeds and higher frames per second.  

For example, the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera features the world’s fastest high-speed focusing at just 0.05 seconds and can shoot as fast as 1/8000th second for up to 8fps.  

However, high-end DSLRs can compete with mirrorless cameras, you may just need to pay a little more for it.  

For instance, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which I think is the best DSLR for 2020, also shoots as fast as 1/8000th second at up to 10fps. 

Mirrorless vs DSLR Battery Life

Mirrorless vs DSLR Battery Life

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If you’re looking for photography gear to travel with, and you’re concerned about having access to power regularly, then you should definitely purchase a DSLR.

DSLRs last much longer on each battery charge because they don’t need to use an EVF or LCD screen, whereas a mirrorless camera does, and those features use a ton of power. 

However, I always recommend having an extra battery regardless of the type of camera you purchase, so it doesn’t make that much difference in the long run. 

Mirrorless vs DSLR Lenses

Mirrorless vs DSLR Lenses

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This is yet another reason to side with DSLRs in 2020, they’ve simply been around longer so there are way more lenses to choose from. 

Granted, this is bound to change with the influx of mirrorless cameras the market is seeing.

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You might be able to pick up any of the cameras I’ve mentioned in this article on Gear Focus. Since Gear Focus is a used camera resale store, you’ll find cheaper options than anywhere else.

But, since Gear Focus is run by professional photographers, you won’t need to give up quality for a discount. Their team constantly monitors listings in the site to ensure that each transaction is legitimate and satisfies both the seller and the buyer. 

Try searching for any of the above cameras right here on their site. 

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Must-Have Gear for New Videographers

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So, you're ready to make the leap from photography to videography...

The question is, what gear do you need to get started?

Thankfully, many DSLR and mirrorless cameras have excellent video capabilities, so a new camera might not be on your list of things to purchase.

But what about other important items for video work?

Here's a few suggestions for building a functional videography kit.

Editor's Tip: Though music isn't technically gear, it's something you definitely need to make the best videos. Adding sound effects and songs to your videos enables you to create a much richer viewing experience that reaches out and grabs people. For the best deals on audio for your videos, check out Epidemic Sound. With a huge library, they have everything you might need to take your videos to the next level with awesome audio.

Don't Neglect Your Video Editor

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Before I dive into things like cameras and lenses for video, I wanted to address the video editor you use to make your creations.

You obviously want something powerful that offers you a lot of features for making professional-looking videos.

But you likely don't want to spend an arm and a leg that some video editors cost either.

I know plenty of photographers that rely on free software for their videos, but let's be honest - free software generally lacks the tools you need to make truly epic videos.

You don't have to spend a ton of money for a professional video editor though.

I started using Kizoa a few months ago, and I'm never turning back.

It's the ideal combination of power, performance, functionality, and ease of use.

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Kizoa is loaded with tons of pre-made templates (including for holidays!), so you can get a head start on making your videos straight away.

What's more, you can add music, transitions, texts, and other effects to give your videos a polished look.

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From an ease of use standpoint, Kizoa has a free iOS app, so I can create and edit videos right then and there after I record the footage.

On top of that, Kizoa has made it easy to share the videos I create - I can email them, burn them to a DVD, or upload them to social media in a matter of moments.

Pricing

Kizoa truly is the best of both worlds - it's powerful and affordable, with premium plans starting at just $30.00 per month.

If you're ready to take your videography to the next level, give Kizoa a try!

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What Camera is Best for Video?

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Maybe you already have a camera that shoots video.

But if you don't, or if you want to upgrade, what camera is best for video?

The answer, of course, depends on who you ask.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of Sony cameras for video work - like the Sony a7 III, which has 4K shooting capabilities at both 24fps and 30fps.

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This camera is small, lightweight, easy to maneuver, and has improved battery life over previous Sony models.

What's more, there's a wide range of lenses you can use with this camera to get different types of shots and effects for your videos.

 

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The key here isn't brand - I like Sony, but if you like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, or some other brand, that's okay! Just be sure you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, and preferably, 4K video capabilities.

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I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shoutout to my new favorite camera for video, the Insta360 One X.

I've only had it for a week, but I can already tell you that I have had more fun shooting video with this thing than I have with any other camera in a long time.

Obviously, the video you get from a 360-degree camera is much different than what you get from a traditional camera, and that's part of the appeal of this tiny, handheld rig.

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You can hold it in your hand, put it on a tripod or grip, strap it to your dog...you name it. The possibilities for angles of view and different vantage points are endless!

This camera weighs just .25 pounds and is super easy to operate via the companion smartphone app, so there's really no excuse for not always having it with you. Better still, you can do all kinds of killer things with it like HDR, time-lapse, and Bullet Time sequences (like from The Matrix) that results in mind-bending footage.

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Helping matters is the Insta360 One X's FlowState image stabilization system.

It's a six-axis (yes, six!) gyroscopic system that does an incredible job of minimizing movement for ultra-smooth video.

Add to that a bevy of accessories you can buy for it, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and built-in shooting modes, and you have the makings of a fun and functional camera.

Seriously, give the Insta360 One X a try - you might find like I did that it becomes your favorite new toy!

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A Field Monitor is a Must

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If you want to step up your videography game, stop relying on your camera's puny LCD and invest in a high-quality field monitor like the Ikan Saga S7H-V2.

Using a field monitor like this 7-inch rig gives you a big, bright view of what you're shooting so you can perfect the composition, framing, and focus of your video sequences.

This particular model has HDMI and 3G-SDI inputs and outputs and Ultra HD video as well as DCI 4K video.

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Don't let its large screen size fool you into thinking that this monitor is cumbersome, either.

It's slim and lightweight at just half a pound.

It has a gorgeous high-resolution (1920x1200), color-accurate screen with 1200 NITS of brightness, so it's a perfect companion for outdoor video work.

With software features like 3D LUT support, a histogram, audio meters, DSLR scaling, and more, you have the makings of a must-have item for your videography gear bag!

Top Video Lenses

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Again, the question of what lens is best for video depends on a lot of different factors.

If you're already invested in the Canon ecosystem, then buying a Canon-fit lens is obviously advisable.

What's more, if you already have a 24mm lens, there's no sense in buying a 28mm lens, as the difference in focal length isn't worth the added expense.

When it comes to zooms or primes, both have their merits for video.

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A good video kit would include both, actually, perhaps a 24-70mm zoom and a 50mm prime.

What's important to keep in mind is that lenses are the most important gear investment for videography (and for photography, for that matter).

Unlike your camera, which you'll eventually have to replace, you might have your lenses for decades. So, while good lenses (like the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8) can be spendy, they will more than pay for themselves over the long-haul.

Things to Consider When Buying a Video Lens

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  • Is it designed for crop sensor or full frame cameras? Is it compatible with your camera type?
  • What type of video do you intend to shoot? Shorter focal lengths - like 35mm - are better-suited for travel videos while longer focal lengths - like 135mm - are best for wildlife videos.
  • What is the widest aperture of the lens? If you intend to shoot in low-light situations, getting a lens with a large aperture is best.
  • How much does the lens weigh? What is its form factor? Big, bulky lenses aren't ideal for things like travel videos.

Editor's Tip: Not sure what lens to get to make awesome videos? Consult the experts and get the right lens for you.

Video Work Requires a Legit Memory Card

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Given the amount of storage required to save all that 4K video footage you'll be taking, you can't pull any punches with your memory cards.

Like with lenses, it's important to invest in quality here. Resist the urge to save a few bucks on off-brand cards and go for the well-established brands like Lexar or SanDisk.

Additionally, it's important to take factors like storage space, read/write speed, and the class of the memory card into account.

If you're not sure what any of that means, give this detailed discussion of memory cards a quick read before dropping money on a card. Doing your due diligence will help save you heartache down the road by avoiding sub-par memory cards.

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Final Thoughts

Buying new gear is a very personal experience. That is, what you need for your video work might not be what I need for mine.

Having said that, there's common items every videographer needs - an interchangeable lens camera, a good set of lenses, and high-quality memory cards among them.

For more insights into the best gear for videographers, have a look at the video above by Matti Haapoja.

He's an experienced videographer that gives some great general tips on filling out your videography kit.



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Must-Have Landscape Photography Accessories

Must Have Landscape Photography Accessories

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Landscape photography accessories help make capturing beautiful images a little or a lot easier. Your skill level is what matters the most, then the quality of your main landscape photography gear, the camera and lens.  

After those things, the other stuff adds to the ease of your landscape photography, or gives you a capability over your basic gear, or allows you to accomplish something special. 

Camera and Lens

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These two items are the core pieces of your landscape photography gear. Whatever you are currently using and comfortable with is a good choice. If you are near time for an upgrade, there  are some qualities and features you should consider. 

Entry-level cameras, like the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 are fantastic, and pro-level cameras, like the Nikon Z7, are amazingly complete tools, but there’s a level or two of cameras in between I like for outdoor and landscape photography. I’ll call them enthusiast and prosumer cameras.

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While being smaller, lighter, and less expensive than top-of-the-line pro models, these camera types add features, capabilities, and quality above the entry-level cameras. Two prime considerations are useful functions that are easy to access and more durable and rugged construction. Examples of enthusiast and prosumer cameras include the Nikon D5600, the Canon EOS R (shown above), and Sony a6400.

Along with that, the lenses that are a step up from kit lenses have the same considerations as the landscape photography camera choices. In the video above, I talk about three of my favorite landscape lenses. My choices are more expensive, pro-level lenses, but you can get a good idea of features and ideal focal lengths to look for that fit your budget.

After the camera and lens is chosen, I have three prime categories of landscape photography gear and several other landscape photography accessories I prefer.

 

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You Need a Great Tripod

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A great tripod is on my short list of must-have landscape photography accessories. In some photo situations, it’s absolutely vital to have one you can use with ease and that you can trust with your camera and lens.

My criteria for an outdoor use tripod are sturdiness, portability, and versatility. Sturdiness is listed first because if I’m going to go through the effort to have a tripod in my landscape photography gear, it better do the job I need it for. 

Portability and versatility will make it easy to carry out into the field and give me some extra options. The Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 aluminum tripod with Alta BH-100 ball head is one of the most versatile and study tripods in a moderate price range. Extremely sturdy, the multi angle center column is what really makes this tripod stand out as great landscape photography gear.

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Along with a tripod, add in a remote release, wired or wireless. This will increase the stability of the camera on the tripod during the exposure since you won’t need to touch the camera to take the picture.  

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The Right Filters

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Three filters are in the prime category for must-have landscape photography filters. C-POL, ND, and GND.

Circular polarizer (C-POL) filters remove reflections, deepen colors, and adjust contrast for capturing outstanding landscape photography images. Neutral density (ND) and graduated neutral density (GND) filters give us the capacity to tame the extremes of exposure variables within our scenes.

A filter system such as the Haida M10 Enthusiast Filter Kit II has a filter holder and lens adapters plus the C-POL, ND, and GND filters most desired by landscape photographers. 

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A Protective and Efficient Bag

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The outdoors can be rough on a camera. Just look at what it does to your shoes! The best landscape photography camera bag will combine rugged protection for your landscape photography gear with making it easy to get at your camera when you’re ready to take a photo.

One of my favorite bags for carrying my cameras, lenses, and the rest of my landscape photography accessories is the Blastwall™ sling pack camera bag from Hazard 4®, manufacturer of extreme use tactical gear.

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It is a sling pack design, comfortable to carry and convenient to access as needed. Lightweight shell construction and convertible pads for gear protection with Hardpoint® hardware and also strap rests for attaching tie-downs, straps for a tripod, and other extra items. It’s made so that nothing blows in the wind during extreme weather or riding on a motorbike or ATV.

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The Blastwall™ features multiple MOLLE webbing on the sides and main strap along with a patented roto-locking buckle keeps the sling pack secure. Heavy duty construction features YKK zippers, real Cordura® 1000D nylon or 600D Polyester and reinforcing stitch patterns for added durability. There’s even space for a laptop computer or a water bladder for hiking refreshment. 

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It’s one of the best extreme use outdoors and landscape photography camera bags to protect your camera gear and give you rapid access.

The next few items either solve specific problems or make landscape photography more convenient and pleasurable. 

Bubble Level

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Some cameras have this as a built in function, for others you will need an external level. Especially when using ultra wide lenses or attempting a limited panorama, keeping the camera level will avoid odd and uncomfortable viewer apparent perspectives. 

If your camera has this function, find out how to turn it on. It may be buried in a deep menu tree. If not, or if you prefer an external visual aid, a hot shoe mounted bubble level like the ChromLives Hot Shoe Bubble Level multi pack is very useful.

It has two different styles of bubble or spirit levels for adjusting your camera with a wide lens while on a tripod. It’s cheap as pocket change and you can keep one in your pocket, making it a must-have landscape photography accessories choice.

Extra Batteries or a Battery Pack

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Some photographers prefer to carry extra charged up batteries in their camera bag, while others like having a camera mounted battery pack with extra batteries in that. Either way, the intent is to make certain you don’t run out of battery power before your photo trek is over. 

Because if you run out of power, your photo trek IS over. Which is why extra batteries are must-have landscape photography accessories.

Extra Memory Cards

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Same reasoning as with batteries, once you’re out of a place to keep your images, you’re done. This is the equivalent of running out of film. 

Most of the enthusiast and prosumer cameras use SD cards. Options are a couple of high capacity cards, or several smaller cards. Either way, extra memory cards are must-have landscape photography accessories.

What’s In Your Bag?

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The landscape photographer has a great job. Outdoors, taking pictures. What could be better? These landscape photography accessories can make that endeavor easier, more productive and more fun. Let me know what’s in your bag. 

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Need a Camera on a Budget? Try One of These Under-$200 DSLRs

Need a Camera on a Budget Try One of These Under 200 DSLRs

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The best part about shopping on a budget is finding diamonds in the rough, which is exactly what all of these cheap DSLRs are.

While each of the budget-friendly DSLRs on this list are older, you can still find many of them in like-new condition, just with used prices. 

Every camera on this list can be found for under $200, and some of them are closer to $100, which may just be the perfect gift for photographers for Valentine’s Day. 

Look no further for a great camera on a budget than these excellent options!

 

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Nikon D3200

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The Nikon D3200 dropped in April of 2012, making it nearly a decade old. However, if you’re looking for a cheap entry-level DSLR, it probably features enough modern technology for you. 

As a bonus, the Nikon D3200 is frequently used in photojournalism courses to this day because of how simple it is to use. 

This under $200 DSLR shoots Full HD videos, weighs just over 1 lb, and has an incredibly easy to use interface. 

Plus, the LCD resolution is not much worse than other, much newer DSLRs I’ve written about before. 

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Nikon D3200 Specs:

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • 1080p video capabilities
  • ISO range of 100-6,400
  • 4fps burst mode
  • 3” LCD with 921k dots
  • 95% viewfinder coverage
  • 1 lb
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

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Since the Nikon D3200 is too old to purchase new, you can buy one used on MPB starting at $150.  

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Canon T2i 

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The Canon Rebel T2i, which dropped in 2010, is extremely similar to the Nikon D3200, right down to its build.

The Canon T2i features full HD video, like the D3200, the exact same ISO range (which isn’t excellent, but there are ways around poor low-light shooting capabilities, and they both weigh just over 1 lb. 

The Canon T2i doesn’t feature built-in Wi-Fi, unfortunately. But, it is otherwise an excellent camera on a budget. 

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Canon T2i Specs:

  • 18MP sensor
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • 9-point AF system
  • ISO range of 1-6,400
  • 3.7fps burst mode
  • 3” LCD with 1.04-dots
  • 95% viewfinder coverage
  • 16.75 oz

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You can purchase a used Canon T2i from MPB starting at $105. 

Pentax K-5

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The Pentax K-5, which also dropped in 2010, is my favorite camera on a budget on this list, although I’ve always been partial to Pentax. 

It features 100% viewfinder coverage, which neither of the other cameras on this list do, and it has a larger ISO range, which normally doesn’t affect a camera’s performance so much considering modern cameras have incredible ISO ranges, but when it’s the difference between 6,400 and 12,800, it matters.

The Pentax K-5 also features a faster burst mode. 

But, if you’re looking for an under $200 DSLR that is compact, this camera might not be your best bet since it’s noticeably heavier than the other cameras under $200 on this list. 

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Pentax K-5 Specs:

  • 16MP sensor
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • 7fps burst mode
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • ISO range of 100-12,800 
  • 3” LCD with 921k-dots
  • 1.47 lbs

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You can purchase a Pentax K-5 off of MPB starting at $155.  

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Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP

Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP

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Both the Nikon Z50 and the Canon EOS RP dropped in 2019. Both the Nikon Z50 and the Canon EOS RP are mirrorless cameras. Both the Nikon Z50 and the Canon EOS RP are mid-range cameras that are among the lightest available on the market. 

So, you can see why everyone is wrapped up in the Nikon Z50 vs. Canon EOS RP debate. What differences really exist between the two mirrorless cameras? And where will you land in the Nikon Z50 vs. Canon EOS RP debate? Let’s find out! 

Editor’s Note: To help keep people inspired, our friends at MPB are doing a weekly #mpbthrowback Instagram giveaway. It's #tbt with MPB style: they’re inviting people to share a photo they've taken in the past, where they were, how they noticed it, and what kit they were using. Join in, have fun, and get inspired!

 

Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP Specs

In order to compare the two, incredibly similar cameras, let’s run through their basic specs.

Nikon Z50 Specs

Nikon Z50 Specs:

  • 20.9MP sensor
  • 4K video capabilities at 30fps
  • 11fps burst mode
  • Built-in image-stabilization (video only)
  • ISO range of 100-51,200
  • 209-point AF system 
  • 3” 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen 
  • .99 lbs
  • 300-shot battery life

Canon EOS RP Specs

Canon EOS RP Specs:

  • 26.2MP sensor
  • 4K video capabilities at 24fps
  • 5fps burst mode
  • Built-in image-stabilization (video only)
  • ISO range of 100-32,000 
  • 3” 1.04m-dot articulating touchscreen 
  • 1.07 lbs 
  • 250-shot battery life

So, going off the specs alone, I would be tempted to decide the Nikon Z50 vs. Canon EOS RP debate early. But, there’s more… 

 

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Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP Body & Design 

Nikon Z50 Body Design

I think the design of a camera is nearly as important as its specs. For instance, the Nikon Z50 features a built-in flash while the Canon EOS RP doesn’t. If a situation calls for you to use a built-in flash, the Z50 would be the better choice. 

Additionally, the Nikon Z50 has a slightly larger screen at 3.2” vs. 3”. The reason why the Nikon Z50 has a larger screen, though, is that it’s dimensions are slightly larger than the Canon EOS RP.

Canon EOS RP Build Handling

Finally, the Nikon Z50 is a tiny bit lighter.

While I don’t think this design feature would make me choose the Nikon Z50 by itself, it is worth mentioning. 

 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP Build & Handling 

Nikon Z50 Build Handling 

The Nikon Z50 and Canon EOS RP are both really strong in the handling department. They both feature articulating touchscreens and smartphone remote control capabilities. 

However, only the Nikon Z50 features weather-sealing, while only the Canon EOS RP features a headphone port. 

Canon EOS RP Body Design

Both cameras also feel sturdy though. The Canon EOS RP is light and solid. The body is built from polycarbonate-on-mag alloy, which lends it stability. The one problem here is that the camera may be a bit too small for your hands, meaning your pinky will hang off the edge. 

The Nikon Z50, on the other hand, features a beautifully chunky grip and plenty of controls for any photographer to grow into. 

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Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP Video Performance

Huge shout out to ThomasVisionFilmsTV for providing the above video test. 

For me, it’s clear to see that Nikon put a ton of effort into the video capabilities of the Nikon Z50, whereas this feature wasn’t as important to Canon.

The Nikon Z50 can shoot 4K video at up to 30fps with the entirety of the full-frame sensor. The Nikon Z50 is compatible with external recording equipment, which doesn’t exist in many entry-level cameras. 

If you’re interested in videography, then the Nikon Z50 also has slo-mo capabilities when shooting in Full HD. 

All of this isn’t to say that the Canon EOS RP can’t shoot good video because it can. It just isn’t quite as good. The Canon EOS RP can shoot 4K video at up to 24fps, as opposed to 30fps.

The Canon EOS RP also offers one video quality the Nikon doesn’t: a fully articulating screen to see any shot in any lighting scenario. 

Watch the video by Potato Jet above to see exactly what I’m talking about. 

 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS RP Price

Nikon Z50 Price

Yet another reason why the Nikon Z50 vs. Canon EOS RP debate rages on is that the cameras are priced just about the same.  

The Canon EOS RP is just $900 brand-new right now because it’s on sale for a few hundred dollars off, while the Nikon Z50 is $850 new. 

Canon EOS RP Price

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If you happen to miss the sale on the Canon EOS RP, then MPB currently has a few Canon EOS RPs available starting at $950.

MPB doesn’t currently have any Nikon Z50s, but make sure to check backbecause they rotate through products faster than any website out there.  

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I recommend MPB because I know from personal experience that they are committed to providing you with the best possible customer service.

They’re available to answer your questions about buying, selling, or trading in gear. They offer fast shipping, impeccable service after the sale, and they put every item they sell through a rigorous grading process, that way you know the item you buy is exactly the item you get.

Buying used can save you hundreds of dollars - and that’s money you can reinvest into other gear to expand your kit even further.

What’s not to like about that?!

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Nikon Z6 vs. Canon EOS R

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I’ve heard multiple Nikon Z6 vs. Canon EOS R fights happening in my camera enthusiast circles as of late.  

The Nikon Z6 vs. Canon EOS R price debate is almost moot, since there is only a $100 difference at this point. So, the argument starts to rotate around which of these cameras features the better specs, which one shoots the best video, and which one will be remembered more fondly a decade down the line.

We’re going to break down each of these aspects for you, and more. 

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R Specs

When you start to examine the Nikon Z6 vs. Canon EOS R specs, it becomes clear why these cameras are so controversial. They’re almost identical. For one thing, they were released less than 2 weeks apart in late 2018.  

For another, they have similar ISO ranges, 3690k dot electronic viewfinders, and 3.2” screens (although the Nikon Z6 features a tilting screen while the Canon EOS R features a fully articulated screen).  

But, they do differ on some key points. Let’s go over each one of these cameras in depth.  

Nikon Z6 Specs

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The Nikon Z6 is known for its impressive ISO range (100-51,200 or 50-204,800 expanded), it’s image stabilization and its 12 fps continuous shooting. In addition to those nice features, the Z6 has the following:

  • 25MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-51200 (or 50-204800 expanded)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3.2 tilting screen
  • 3690k dot electronic viewfinder
  • 12fps continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1.48 lbs
  • Weather-proofed
  • 330-shot battery life

Canon EOS R Specs

Notably, the Canon EOS R doesn’t feature image stabilization, while the Nikon Z6 does. However, the Canon EOS R features 5,655 AF points, whereas the Nikon Z6 only features 273. You read that right: the Canon EOS R features 100% vertical coverage in terms of AF points, and 88% horizontal coverage. That’s not bad at all! 

Canon also says that the EOS R features the fastest autofocus in the world at .05 seconds. This time isn’t consistent across all lenses, however. 

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R Specs 2

Canon EOS R Specs:

  • ISO 100-40000 (or 50-102400 expanded)
  • 30MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2” fully articulated screen
  • 3690k dot electronic viewfinder
  • 8fps continuous shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Weather proofed body 
  • 370-shot battery life  

Get more details about the EOS R in my video above.

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Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R Body & Design 

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The Nikon Z6 body is a little heavier than the Canon EOS R weighing in at 1.48 lbs, although we can’t really notice the difference on a long shoot. 

The Nikon Z6 measures 5.27 x 3.97 x 2.67.

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The Canon EOS R impressively weighs only 1.45 lbs it is also similar in size to the Nikon Z6, at 5.35 x 3.85 x 3.30. 

The Canon EOS R also supports UHS memory cards, whereas the Nikon Z6 doesn’t. 

Both The Canon EOS R and the Nikon Z6 features touch screens, external flash shoes, microphone and headphone ports and similar button layouts. 

They also both feature top LCD screens. In other words, there are plenty of similarities in their designs.

 

 

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R & Handling 

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The Nikon Z6 is a bit heavier than the EOS R, but nothing noticeable (especially when you include lenses in the mix). 

The Nikon Z6 is not as thick as the Canon EOS R and it also features a rounded ergonomic grip, as opposed to Canon’s squared grip. So, the Nikon Z6 is built better for smaller hands.

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As previously mentioned, the Canon EOS R is slightly lighter than the Nikon Z6. It also features an oddly shaped, square grip that is thicker than Nikon’s grip. In this way, the Canon EOS R is built for larger hands. 

But that’s about where the dissimilarities between these two cameras end. They are both made of Magnesium alloy and they are both weather-sealed, so they are lightweight, go-anywhere type of cameras. 

Now, just because they’re weather-sealed doesn’t mean they can withstand a blizzard or a sand storm, but they’ll perform like a champ in typical rainy or snowy weather, provided you take care of them in the process.

 

 

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R Video Performance 

Wolfcrow breaks down all of the incredible Nikon Z6 video capabilities in the video above.  

Obviously, the in-body image stabilization on the Nikon Z6 gives it a boost in video capabilities.  

The Z6 has a horizontal crop factor for 4K of 1.0, can shoot 4K in 3840 x 2160 resolution and features a Native ISO of 800 in N-Log. All features that video enthusiasts will appreciate...

The Wanderer shot some incredible footage with the Canon EOS R in Japan earlier this year. You can watch it above.  

We love shooting video on the Canon EOS R because it features an articulating screen. 

The EOS R features a horizontal crop factor in 4K of 1.8, which isn’t ideal, but the 4K resolution exactly matches the Z6 at 3840 x 2160. It has a native ISO of 400 in C-Log as well. 

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R Overview

If you’re like most people, and like the Everyday Dad, then after examining this rundown, you know both of these cameras are ahead of the market. 

Since these two cameras are so similar, I think the Nikon Z6 vs. Canon EOS R debate really relies on which type of photography you are doing most often. 

I would choose a Nikon Z6 for:

  • Portrait photography (full frame, good handling, image stabilization)
  • Street photography (full frame, image stabilization, tilting LCD)
  • Landscape photography (full frame, high resolution sensor, environmentally-sealed)

I would choose a Canon EOS R for:

  • Daily photography (full frame, medium size body, environmentally-sealed)
  • Sports photography (electronic built-in viewfinder, fast continuous shooting, fast max shutter speed)
  • Vlogging (articulating screen, lightweight body)

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS R Price

You can buy the Nikon Z6 on Amazon for $1,700, or you can buy the Canon EOS R on Amazon for $1,800.

Or, you can do what I do when I can’t afford yet another piece of equipment I desperately want; you can turn to MPB.

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MPB features used cameras from every brand you can imagine. These are Nikon Z6 cameras available on MPB right now for $200-$300 less than Amazon. 

And while the Canon EOS R isn’t available on MPB just this moment, MPB features a mailing list for camera enthusiasts so you’ll never miss out on a bargain when they get cameras in stock.  

As it mentions, there are hundreds of new cameras rotating through MPB’s site everyday. The last time I signed up for an out-of-stock product alert it took just two days for me to find the exact camera I was looking for on their site.

I trust MPB over other camera trading sites because they have a state-of-the-art grading system, so you know exactly what condition your used camera will arrive to your house in.

And, MPB offers a 6-month warranty for every product purchased on their site. So, if you get a camera from them and it isn’t in the listed condition, they send you a replacement free of charge.

That’s something eBay isn’t doing! 

Good luck on your search for the perfect camera, and happy shooting once you find it!. 

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Photography Equipment List for Beginners

Photography Equipment List for Beginners

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One of my favorite things to see online are questions from beginner photographers. Seeing or being asked questions tells me that the wonderful hobby of serious photography is growing and new photographers are reaching out to learn. 

A common set of questions from beginners concerns the best photography equipment to purchase. I get asked this all the time and I have decided to create a photography equipment list for beginners that mirrors what I tend to say in person as replies. A beginner photography gear checklist, more or less.

The Camera

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The Camera is the title of one of my favorite photography books, but I’ll get to books later in the list. Right now I am looking at good camera choices for beginners. 

I usually assume that anyone asking about what camera to choose is probably a photographer who either has outgrown their smartphone or a photographer who used to shoot a lot on film as a hobby back when. 

This type of beginner is familiar with the creative process and wants to do more, but also sees a new camera as a significant purchase that they don’t want to make a mistake getting. Basically, you’re simply needing an interpretation of all that ad junk so you can figure out what’s best for you.

I recommend one of the two larger crop format camera types. Either APS-C or MFT. These cameras come closest to the hobbyist film cameras of just a few years ago. So, they will feel correct to anyone coming back to photography. They are also full of helpful features that will be appealing to photographers coming from current smartphones. Get more details on APS-C vs MFT formats in the video below by The Hybrid Shooter:

If we were speaking in person, I would ask you several more questions myself to narrow down your wants and needs, but for now I can point you in a general direction of a couple of nice entry level but full featured cameras. 

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In the APS-C format DSLR category, a fine camera is the Canon EOS Rebel T6. It has an 18MP sensor, Wi-Fi, video recording, 3” rear screen, and a bright optical viewfinder. It has autofocus, auto exposure, full manual override, and menu options with special effects.

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A mirrorless MFT format camera choice is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk II. This superbly designed camera boasts a 16MP sensor, electronic eye level viewfinder, in body 5-axis image stabilization. Adding classic camera styling makes this an attractive camera for beginner photographers.

 

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Prime and Zoom Lenses 

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Most of the entry-level cameras suitable for beginners come in kits with an all-around multi-purpose zoom lens. Lenses like 18-55mm or 14-42mm are common. These lenses have some limitations but are generally very optically sharp. So go ahead and buy the camera with the kit lens, the prices of most cameras with the kit lens is usually very close to the price of the camera body alone. 

Part of the joy of moving into interchangeable lens cameras is having lenses to interchange. After the kit lens, other good choices are a telephoto zoom lens, an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, or a fast prime lens.

You will probably get a telephoto zoom first, and as I explain in the video above, that’s a good choice. Telephoto lenses have long focal lengths that allow you to get up-close images of far-away objects, making them prime tools for things like sports and wildlife photography, though they have many more uses.

The fast primes available for these formats will allow for low-light imaging and selective focus tricks. Ultra-wide-angle lenses open up many interesting views for landscapes, interiors, and other creative ideas. This is the beginning of a decent photography equipment list for beginners.

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If you picked up a DSLR like the Nikon D3500 as your first camera, several Nikon brand lenses fit those criteria and are also relatively inexpensive. Some lens choices could be:

Each camera brand making the best photography equipment of APS-C or MFT cameras has a similar range of inexpensive lenses targeted for beginners and enthusiasts. Several independent brands such as Sigma and Tokina do so as well.

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Flash or Speedlights

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Those built in pop-up flashes are great photography tools for snapshots and to get good exposure for people pictures up-close. Their range is limited, though. As are their features.  A virtually essential early purchase of photography equipment for beginners is an external flash. 

An external flash opens up a whole bunch of opportunities for photographers, so be sure to include one on your own personal photography equipment list for beginners. External flashes give more power for increased range and a variety of exposure settings, plus they usually have zoom, bounce, and swivel functions, opening up yet more lighting options.

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Those built in pop-up flashes are great photography tools for snapshots and to get good exposure for people pictures up-close. Their range is limited, though. As are their features.  A virtually essential early purchase of photography equipment for beginners is an external flash. 

An external flash opens up a whole bunch of opportunities for photographers, so be sure to include one on your own personal photography equipment list for beginners. External flashes give more power for increased range and a variety of exposure settings, plus they usually have zoom, bounce, and swivel functions, opening up yet more lighting options. 

The camera brand speedlights can cost almost as much as the initial camera kit kit with lens does, but other, less expensive options exist. YONGNUO YN560 IV speedlite has most of the same features as camera brand flashes, such as TTL metering, slave and wireless control, and a deep menu. 

Neewer NW-670 is another nice choice for our photography equipment list for beginners. It also has the features you expect and is a great lower priced option.

Tripod

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A tripod of some sort definitely deserves a spot on our photography equipment list for beginners. Newer DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and their lenses have amazing image stabilization features. Even so, having a good tripod gives you the ability to take advantage of special techniques such as HDR, panoramas, and ultra long exposure.

The trick with choosing a good tripod is figuring out the balance between a stable platform and a portable tripod. Two good tripod choices for our beginner photography list checklist are the GEEKOTO AT24EVO aluminum tripod and the Vanguard 263AB-100 3-Section Aluminum Alloy Alta Pro 263-AB Tripod Legs with SBH-100 QR Ballhead.  

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The Geekoto tripod has a removable center column that doubles as a monopod and the Vanguard Alta Pro has a center column that pivots plus extremely spreadable legs to let you put your camera anywhere you need for the picture. 

If you’re going to have photography tools such as a tripod, it may as well be one that you can use to the full.

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Filters

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If you’ve come from the world of smartphone photography, the term filter probably brings to your mind apps to use for certain effects or functions. Interchangeable lens camera systems use different filters, optical filters that fit on the lens.  

A couple of extremely useful optical filters that belong on our photography equipment list for beginners are circular polarizers and neutral density filters.  

Personally, I prefer filter systems with a filter holder, lens adapters, and the various filters to fit them. An advantage of a filter system is that you only need to buy one filter that can be adapted to fit on all of your lenses, and you can position the filters exactly as needed.

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A fantastic set of filters is the Haida M10 Enthusiast Filter Kit with holder, adapters, circular polarizer (C-POL), 10 stop neutral density (ND), and graduated neutral density (GND) filters.  

This kit may be a little more expensive than what you expected, but the beauty of a filter system is that it can be used on many different lenses, so it will grow along with you as you move on to other high quality photography tools including professional caliber cameras and lenses.

If your photography equipment list for beginners budget is more modest, an essential filter purchase that is easy to afford is the screw in circular polarizer. A high quality example is the Hoya Pro-1 C-POL filter, available in a variety of single sizes.

The polarizer filter is one of the most useful of all the photographic filters. We have a lot of good things to say about circular polarizers.

Camera Bag

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You have a fair amount of the best photography equipment for you to use now, you also need a way to carry it safely and efficiently. It’s not enough to carry your photography tools around safely, you also need to be able to access them efficiently. Therefore, a camera bag should be designed around photography, not just the gear. 

HAZARD 4® Plan-B Hard™ - Go-Bag Shell Sling-Pack is one of the better examples of a bag that meets both criteria for fantastic protection and very efficient operation. A less expensive, somewhat more traditional approach is the Lowepro m-Trekker SH 150 Shoulder Bag. Both bags are far better than the bag that was included in the kit you may have started with.

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Extra Batteries

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Learn from our mistakes. You don’t want to be at the photo opportunity of the year and have your battery die on you because you forgot to charge it. A very inexpensive way to make sure this doesn’t happen is also simple, keep an extra battery in your bag.

There are off-brand or third-party brands that fit and function well in many cameras, but some cameras don’t act properly with other brands that are not the manufacturer batteries. The camera brand batteries aren’t that much more expensive, so be sure to read the customer reviews to find out if the battery you are considering will work properly.  

The battery for the Nikon D3500 and for the Canon EOS Rebel T6 will hold a charge for a long time in storage making them one of the essential photography tools that should be on our photography equipment list for beginners.

Memory Cards

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Memory cards are part of the film for digital cameras, taking what the sensor sees and holding it for transfer or storage. Just as with film, not all memory cards are created equal.

Besides the size of the card’s storage capacity, file transfer speeds are also an important consideration. With large file sizes, the speed a camera can write those files to memory may make a difference in capturing the best image.

So, we look for a balance here, too. A balance among memory size, durability, transfer speeds, and price. Good news for beginners is that there really isn’t a bad card out there. Most of the entry level cameras will use a variant of the SD card, a format with a good track record in digital photography.

You can either get a larger capacity cardor you might like having several smaller capacity cards. Either way, you’re covered if you have a few extra memory cards in your beginner photography gear checklist. 

Post-Processing Program

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Now comes the scary part. Photoshop! It’s really not that hard to learn, there are even tutorials you can take to give you a head start. Post processing is an essential part of digital photography, just as a darkroom or photo lab was a part of consumer film photography. 

It can be a lot of fun, don’t let it worry you. Scaled down versions of some of the most powerful programs are simple and inexpensive, putting them on our best photography equipment list for beginners. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and Auto FX software are two fine choices. 

Learn more about post-processing in our continuing series of articles on this website.

Photography Books

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You learn by doing, you also learn by instruction. Some of the best instruction for photographers comes from books written by experts. Websites with member forums and manufacturer websites are other good resources for helpful information.

Besides books like Nikon, Canon, or Sony for Dummies, there are general photographic instruction books that will expand your knowledge and skill set. DSLR Photography for Beginners

Is available in Kindle or dead tree versions. Another fine book, paper or electronic, is Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure.

Thousands of great instructional guides are out there, check the reviews to see which ones work for your photography equipment list for beginners.

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What’s On Your Own List?

Pick and choose from our photography equipment list for beginners. You know your wants, needs, budget… 

Then, give us a shout out here. I would love to hear what worked for you. By the way, welcome to the wonderful world of serious photography!

 



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Photography Gear Upgrades You Should Make in 2020

Photography Gear Upgrades You Should Make in 2020

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My photography gear has been through a pretty rough decade. My photography gear and I travelled to three continents, multiple countries, and survived a small flood in my house.

If your photography gear is like mine, it may be time to think about upgrading your photography gear for the new year. 

So, we put a list together of essential photography accessories for 2020.

A Better Camera Strap 

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The first photography accessory I forget about in my photography gear bag is my camera strap, which if I’m being honest receives the most wear and tear of anything because its out in the elements with me. 

If you’re looking to upgrade your photography gear, think about starting with your camera strap since it can really make or break a shoot based on your comfort.

My favorite camera strap is the MoneyMaker Solo by Holdfast. 

With all of my photography gear and outdoor gear I try and pick a company that supplies a lifetime guarantee on their products, so at the turn of the next decade I won’t be looking for another camera strap.

Holdfast will send you another camera strap free of charge if yours breaks down over time, and at $175, it’s a pretty cheap investment for a lifetime of comfort. 

The MoneyMaker Solo is aesthetically pleasing, it comes in six different colors, and it isn’t one size fits all, which I find rarely works with a camera strap.  

Holdfast actually sells the MoneyMaker Solo in three different hand sizes and a different version for righties and lefties, so you know you’re going to get exactly the right size. 

The camera strap also won’t slide around on your shoulder due to their stabilizing technology. You can have this camera strap out in the rain and moisture, because all of the D-rings are made out of stainless steel which doesn’t rust. 

Overall, this is the best camera strap money can buy you for your 2020 photography gear update. 

An Upgraded Lens

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This is one of the more conventional things you might think of replacing when you’re thinking of buying new photography gear.

Lenses can get scratched and dirty over time, which may require professional cleaning and professional cleaning is expensive.  

But, moreover, you may just want to be a little more creative with your shots and that requires a new lens.

If you don’t have a nifty fifty, I’d push you to buy this essential photography gear for the new year. 

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This nifty fifty by Canon, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, is a great place to start. At $125, it isn’t out of anyone’s price range for a good quality lens.  

This lens performs well in low light, it has a 4.8-star review on Amazon out of 2,000 reviews, and it’s going to perform so much better than your kit lens. 

Don’t have a Canon? No worries...every camera manufacturer has a similar lens at a roughly similar price!

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Photography Insurance

Of course, there's no point in upgrading your lenses or other gear if you don't have it covered with photography insurance.

Operating a photography business without insurance is like driving a car without insurance...you're one accident away from disaster.

Fortunately, photography insurance is both affordable and easy to procure thanks to companies like Full Frame Insurance.

We recommend Full Frame because they offer policies with the right protection at the right price.

This includes equipment insurance for your business that starts at just $55 per year for a $1,000 per item and $5,000 aggregate policy.

The policy covers your cameras, lenses, and related gear, as well as other equipment primarily used in your business, like video equipment.

With just a $250 deductible, you can rest easy knowing that your expensive gear is covered in the event it's damaged.

What's more, you can quickly and easily get event insurance, either for a short-term gig or on an annual basis.

Again, the prices for these policy options are excellent - starting at $59 for event insurance (1-3 days) or $99 for an annual option.

Either way, Full Frame makes getting insured a painless process with the ability to buy coverage online 24/7.

Get all the details on covering your business by visiting Full Frame Insurance.

An Easy-to-Use Light

Seth Terwilliger reviews the Hakutatz Pocket-Sized Light in the video above. This crowd-funded light features lights in white, amber, and RGB, and as the name suggests, fits in your pocket. 

Plus, this light comes with a companion app that allows you to control the light from your phone. 

  

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you didn’t realize you were going to need artificial light, this is the photography gear upgrade for you in 2020! 

Think about it...one of the primary keys to a great photo is great light, and this little guy produces even, clean, beautiful light that is far superior to the flash on your camera.

You can use it as a key light or fill light for portraits, as a background light for videos, and even light paint landscapes with it. And that’s just the start!

Additional Batteries

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Unfortunately, extra batteries for your camera are not cheap. Yet, they are one of the most important photography gear upgrades you should make in 2020. 

If you’ve ever found yourself with a dead battery right when you most need your camera, it’s the most frustrating feeling in the world. 

While people traveling for long distances in developing countries may need to invest in additional batteries more than the average photography, there have been times when I caught myself needing power in the middle of New York City and it took me a desperate hour to find a Starbucks with a free electrical outlet.  

So, next time you’re purchasing a camera body, do yourself a favor and get the package with an extra battery. 

A Polarizing Filter

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It shocks me how many photographers nowadays don’t have a polarizing filter. Polarizing filters got a bad name a few decades ago because the quality of the images you could get was not all that great. I’ve found that people in my generation tend to remember this period and look down on polarizing filters because of it.

But, that’s a mistake because polarizing filters in 2020 are incredible. They allow you to capture better landscapes with contrasty skies, more detailed rainbows, and bodies of water without glare. They also reduce atmospheric haze so distant landscape elements are cleaner and crisper.

 

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Plus, my favorite polarizing filter by Kenko Nyumon is just $43. It’s called the Kenko Nyumon Slim Circular Polarizing Filter and it’s created by the best-selling filter manufacturer in Japan.  

It never gets snagged while you’re putting it on your lens, for ultimate ease of use, and it uses a multi-coated glass that repels water, smudges, and other contaminants. These filters also have multiple layers of anti-reflective coatings that helps minimize flare, ghosting, and other aberrations.

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The Canon EOS M200 is the Perfect Upgrade for Smartphone Photographers

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The new Canon mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M200, is the only camera you should be looking at if you’re looking to upgrade from your iPhone or Android. 

Cheap Canon mirrorless cameras are few and far between, which is why this one is so exciting.

It functions better than any smartphone’s camera on the market today and isn’t much bigger than those smartphones either. So, let’s take an in-depth look at the Canon EOS M200. 

Canon EOS M200 vs. M100 Comparison

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Most media refers to the Canon EOS M200 as a “modest” update to Canon’s original M100.  

While this may be true in terms of the body of the Canon EOS M200, the upgrades to camera functionality are anything but modest.

In terms of the differences in the bodies: the Canon EOS M200 is a tiny bit lighter (just 3-4 grams) than the M100.  

The Canon M200 also comes with a built-in flash and a 180-degree flipping screen for those selfies. 

The Canon EOS M200 also includes a faux-leather grip, which I think looks classier than the plastic body of the M100. 

The Canon EOS M200 also features a diamond texture on the lens barrel that makes it much easier to refine the focus as needed.

It seems the Canon EOS M200 is finally jumping on the all-white labeling bandwagon as well. Whereas the Canon EOS M100 featured some green and red buttons, the M200 upgraded to something a bit more aesthetically pleasing. 

Canon EOS M200 Performance

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In terms of small mirrorless cameras currently on the market, the Canon EOS M200 blows everything else out of the water.

The M200 comes with a Digic 8 processor - Canon’s latest powerhouse chip - and while the pixel count between the two versions haven’t changed, this new processor allows the camera to take 4K video. 

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Where the previous version of this Canon mirrorless camera had a measly 49 autofocus points, the Canon M200 comes with a whopping 123 AF points

And on top of the better AF, the Canon M200 also includes better metering for low light shooting. For still shots, the Canon M100 could only meter down to 1EV, whereas the Canon M200 can meter to -1EV for stills.

Metering also works better for video. The new version can meter to 0EV for videos. 

I love me some eye-detection autofocus and this Canon M200 finally features it.

Finally, the auto white balance mode now includes two choices: ambient-priority or white-priority.  

That’s not a bad set of features to enhance your ability to get better shots! 

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Canon EOS M200 Introduces New RAW Formats 

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If you haven’t heard of C-Raw images, allow me to explain.

C-Raw images are a compressed raw format that saves an incredible amount of space and improves buffer depths, all while maintaining an almost perfect photo quality.  

The Canon M200 got an upgrade in its C-Raw image format. Where the Canon M100 was working with .CR2 raws, the Canon M200 is working with .CR3 raws.  

All this means is that you can save more and more images on the memory card, just like a smartphone, without having to transfer files as often. 

Canon EOS M200 Shoots 4K

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We’ve got in-camera WiFi with the Canon M200 that can be controlled from your smartphone, which is fun. This way, you can post all of your photos and videos online just as easily as you could have from your iPhone.

This camera also comes with a Type-D Micro HDMI connector, plus a Micro-B connector for connecting to a computer. 

Canon EOS M200 Pricing

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The Canon EOS M200 is set to drop on Halloween and it’s incredibly cheap at $500

As I already discussed, it also far surpasses the cameras on the newest iPhone or Androids. 

You can buy the white version here or the black version here and have it in time for the holidays, and all the craziness that comes with this time of year for photographers.  

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These Crazy Camera Lenses Have to Be Seen to Be Believed

These Crazy Camera Lenses Have to Be Seen to Be Believed

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People have been fascinated with crazy camera lenses since the dawn of photography, when crazy camera lenses were any camera lenses.

Now, unique camera lenses are a sight to behold. Sometimes, they’re ridiculously large and sometimes they’re ridiculously vintage. However, I’d bet money you’ve never seen all of these 7 rare camera lenses.

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Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD

The first on my list of unique camera lenses is this apodization filter Fujifilm lens. Fujifilm released an XF 56mm f/1.2R exactly 9 months before they released this lens, the exact same lens except for the addition of the apodization filter.

Now, apodization filters are very rarely included in lenses because you could just as easily buy an attachable ap