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10 Best DSLR Camera Monitors in 2019

10 Best DSLR Camera Monitors in 2019

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Given that today’s DSLRs have excellent video capabilities, it makes sense to invest in a camera monitor.

After all, having a larger, more resolute screen on which to see your sequences will help you frame up the perfect video.

But don’t think field monitors are just for videography - the big, beautiful screens outlined below also come in handy for framing up perfectly-composed still images.

The question, of course, is what are the best DSLR monitors? Let’s find out!

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What to Look for in a DSLR Monitor

If you invest in a DSLR camera monitor, you want something that will perform well and stand up to use over the years, not something that’s just so-so and will fall apart.

This being the case, you should look for a few specific features when shopping for a DSLR external monitor: 

  • Brightness - There’s not much point in having a field monitor if you can’t see it!
  • Field of view - You don’t want to be corralled into viewing the monitor only from directly in front of it. A wider field of view gives you the ability to move around without losing the crystal clear view of the display.
  • Resolution - The higher the resolution, the better. Field monitors are intended to give you a better view of the scene than your DSLR’s LCD, so a bright, resolute screen is a must.
  • Size and weight - You want a monitor that is featherlight and small because you’ll be carrying it around in your camera bag and it’ll be attached to your DSLR as you shoot. The less bulk, the better.

Below, I’ve listed 10 of the best DSLR monitors you can buy today. Each of the DSLR camera monitors listed below ticks all of the boxes outlined above.

Best Camera Monitor: Ikan Delta DH5e-V2

Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Size: 5"
  • Field of View: 160-degrees (both horizontal and vertical)

I personally use the Ikan Delta and can speak to its quality and performance.

Not only is it small and lightweight, but Ikan has created a monitor that has breathtaking image quality - the HD screen displays an image that is bright, crisp, and resolute.

I really appreciate the touchscreen capabilities, as that makes exploring the monitor’s features, checking menu settings, and zooming an easy task. 

Something else of note is that this camera monitor has a built-in histogram, guides, audio meters, false color, and peaking, so it’s loaded for bear to help you capture the highest-quality video.

There’s an HDMI input and output (with 4K UHD support), a 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB port that’s ideal for loading 3D LUTs.

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Best Camera Monitor: Andycine A6 Lite

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Size: 5"
  • Field of View: Customizable 

Another top option for the best DSLR monitor is the Andycine A6 Lite.

This rig has a polarized screen that offers 30% better brightness sensitivity, so it gets top marks for brightness.

Another primary feature of this DSLR monitor is that it comes with a handy swivel arm so you can position it precisely to get the best view - tilt it up or down and swivel it to the left or right as needed. The monitor can also be viewed in vertical or horizontal aspect.

This monitor has 4K HDMI input and output and is compatible with handheld stabilizers in addition to being compatible with virtually any DSLR. It also gets top marks from reviewers for having a beautiful color-neutral display with lightning-fast response times.

Other features of note include a histogram, embedded audio, zooming, false color, and a peaking filter, to name a few.

Learn more about the Andycine A6 Lite camera monitor

Best Camera Monitor: SmallHD 501 

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Size: 5"
  • Field of View: 179-degrees (both horizontal and vertical)

As I noted earlier, one of the primary features to look for in a field monitor is size, and the SmallHD 501 certainly delivers on that front.

By far the smallest monitor on this list at 2.9 x 5.8 x .8" and just 7 ounces, this monitor is the perfect choice for photographers and videographers that want to run and gun.

But don’t think that because it’s small that it doesn’t pack a punch… 

Reviewers note that the 5-inch screen is bright, punchy, and crisp. It has a user-friendly interface with a joystick to navigate the menu system. There’s also the option to create 8 presets to speed up your workflow.

This little guy supports 3D LUTs, has HDMI input and output, and has an anodized aluminum frame for durability.

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Best Camera Monitor: FeelWorld 759A 

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Display Size: 7"
  • Field of View: 178-degrees (both horizontal and vertical)

Like the other monitors on this list, the FW759 is thin, lightweight, and easily portable.

Though the colors aren’t as robust as on some of the other monitors listed here, it does have a larger display than most and comes with a sunshade to assist in viewing on bright days.

The display output is bright and crisp, and with a 178 x 178 degree viewing angle, you get tons of flexibility in terms of your positioning relative to the monitor.

There’s HDMI and AV inputs, focus peaking, a built-in speaker, and a check field assistant for inspecting colors. This model also comes with an articulating arm to enhance its usability. 

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Best Camera Monitor: Blackmagic Design Video Assist 

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Size: 5"
  • Field of View: 135-degrees (both horizontal and vertical) 

What sets the Blackmagic Design Video Assist apart from many of the other monitors listed here is that it has both HDMI and 6G-SDI inputs. That means you can use it with both professional and consumer-grade cameras.

Additionally, this unit records 10-bit 4:2:2 video at up to 1080p if you use a high-speed U1 SDHC or SDXC memory card.

The touchscreen gets good marks from reviewers for its responsiveness and ease of use for monitoring features while you shoot. 

Speaking of features, you have a histogram, audio meters, time-code displays, focus peaking, and many other goodies right at your fingertips.

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Best Camera Monitor: Lilliput 668GL

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 800 x 400
  • Display Size: 7"
  • Field of View: 130-degrees (horizontal) 120-degrees (vertical)

Another brand you might not be familiar with is Lilliput, but their 668GL is an excellent budget-friendly DSLR monitor that’s worthy of a good, long look.

Though it doesn’t have the resolution or field of view of the other monitors on this list, it’s 16:9 aspect ratio is particularly nice for video work. Likewise, the anti-glare finish on the monitor aids in making it easily viewable, even when shooting outdoors in sunny conditions. A sun hood is also included. This isn’t to mention the large 7-inch screen, which is among the largest on this list. 

This unit has an HDMI input that supports most DSLR cameras up to 1080p resolution. The built-in battery offers three hours of use while the 6-20 VDC power source offers additional power options. 

With a shoe-mount adapter included, you can easily mount this monitor on a DSLR or tripod as needed. 

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Best Camera Monitor: Marshall Electronics M-CT7

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1440
  • Display Size: 7"
  • Field of View: 70-degree (L/R), 50 degrees / 70 degrees (U/D)

The Marshall Electronics M-CT7 offers up to 1920 x 1440 resolution on a large 7-inch screen, yet is still lightweight and portable - just what you want in a field monitor!

This rig has dual composite video inputs, an audio input, and VGA and HDMI connectivity as well.

There’s a rear speaker so you can monitor the audio, an Auto Aspect Ratio detect feature, color temperature adjustment, and the ability to flip or flop the image on screen.

It’s also powered by a simple DSLR battery, which enhances its usability while on the go.

Learn more about the Marshall Electronics M-CT7 camera monitor

Best Camera Monitor: TV Logic F-5A

camera monitor tv logic 

Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Size: 5.5"
  • Field of View: 160-degrees (both horizontal and vertical)

The TV Logic F-5A is a fully-featured yet lightweight monitor that offers a large viewing angle, high resolution, and supreme sharpness.

This monitor’s claim to fame is its peaking boost capability for pulling focus. Likewise, it has focus assist, camera logs, HDR emulation, and LUT import.

This unit is easy to use, with convenient control via a scroll wheel and three function keys for navigating through its menu structure.

You get multiple inputs, including HDMI and 3G-SDI, an audio level meter display, a time code display, vector scope, and much more.

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Best Camera Monitor: Lilliput A7S

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Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Display Size: 7"
  • Field of View: 170-degrees (both horizontal and vertical)

The A7S by Lilliput offers a large 7-inch screen like the previous Lilliput model described earlier. However, this model offers much higher resolution at 1920 x 1200.

The A7S offers 4K inputs and is compatible with UHD 4K with a 16:9 aspect ratio. You get a full HD display panel for crisp, bright views of the scene. Likewise, it offers HDMI loop through functionality, which means you can connect it via HDMI to other devices with an HDMI input.

Furthermore, Lilliput has included customizable function keys, a pixel zoom function, vector scopes, peaking, histograms, check fields, and much more.

It’s for these reasons that I’ve included it as one of the best DSLR external monitors available in 2019. 

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Best Camera Monitor: Ikan Saga

dslr external monitor ikan saga

Key Specs:

  • Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Display Size: 7"
  • Field of View: 178-degrees (both horizontal and vertical)

Last, but certainly not least, is the Ikan Saga DSLR camera monitor.

Like the other Ikan monitor on this list, the Saga offers a beautifully bright LCD display that’s easily viewable, even in bright, sunny conditions.

The monitor offers HDMI and 3G-SDI inputs and outputs, support for DCI 4K UHD, a histogram, audio level meters, and clip guides. 

Additionally, there’s a headphone output, peaking, and false color, as well as 1:1 pixel mapping.

DSLR scaling enables you to extend the HDMI video output to 3:2, 16:9, normal or full screen, while underscan constrains the size of the image so you can see everything the camera sees on the monitor.

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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.

what are prime lenses

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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

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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Aputure 120d II Review

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It's been a month now that I've been using the Aputure 120d II, and all I can say is WOW.

It's no secret that this thing is a killer light. I've found over the last month that it's even better than I thought it could be.

Check my initial Aputure 120d II review below to see the specs, features, and benefits and of this light.

Aputure 120d II Specs & Features

I included the release video of this thing above because, well, it's extremely well done. I mean, how can you not be excited to use this light after seeing this?!

Anyway, here's a rundown of this bad boy's essential specs:

  • 1000-watt Tungsten equivalent
  • Integrated power and control box
  • CRI & TLCI 97+
  • Dimmable from 100 percent to just 1 percent
  • Built-in lighting effects, including fireworks, fire, lightning, paparazzi, and TV flicker
  • 18 dB quiet fan
  • DMX Capability
  • Wireless remote (328-foot range)

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Additionally, it's important to note that the 120d II is 25 percent brighter than its predecessor. That's a huge difference.

The 120d II is also balanced at 5500K, whereas the earlier version was at 6000K. That might not seem like a big deal, but the slightly warmer temperature of 5500K is more vibrant and brighter.

Something else I appreciate about the 120d II is how quiet it is.

I know that might sound like an unimportant feature, but nothing drives me crazier than loud fans - they sound like nails on a chalkboard. This light passes the quiet test for sure!

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As for other notable improvements, the 120d II has a combined control-power unit, which means only one unit to mount in addition to less messing about with accessories. The unit is available in a V-mount or Anton Bauer Gold Mount configuration.

Furthermore, Neutrik locking connectors are used, so the connection between the cord and power source is ultimately secure when running the 120d II on AC power.

aputure 120d ii specs and features

Likewise, the new 120d now comes with DMX control, which allows you to trigger lighting effects in addition to changing the brightness.

I think it's also important to note that this light is hugely portable.

Not only is there a built-in handle, but it also comes with a carrying case for easy transport.

When you're like me and you have a zillion pieces of gear you need for video work, the easier the stuff is to carry, the better.

Again, this might not seem like a big deal, but small things like this are a testament to how thoughtful Aputure was when they designed this light.

Aputure 120d II Benefits

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I've already alluded to several pros this rig offers, including the added brightness, warmer color balance, and ease of transport.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the sheer quality of light this thing produces. It is absolutely stellar.

That's because the mad scientists at Aputure put this thing through its bases to get the color quality spot-on.

Using CRI ratings and the Television Lighting Consistency Index (TLCI), this thing scores over 96 and 97 respectively. That means super-high-quality color.

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The 120d II also has a redesigned yoke.

This is beneficial for a couple of reasons...

First, it now a 330-degree range of motion, so you're freer to position the light as you see fit.

Secondly, this new yoke has a secure handbrake lock. Once it's locked down, you can rest easy the light won't move.

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Lastly, as noted earlier this unit has DMX capability, which gives you tons of flexibility and range of use for this light.

Not only is it programmed with various lighting effects, but even better, you can add your own for a bespoke lighting effect. The effects you can create are truly only limited by your imagination.

All these improvements, and this unit still weighs less than five pounds. That might sound like a lot, but compared to other lights in this category, this thing is featherlight!

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Regarding cons, I honestly haven't been able to find anything major that turns me off.

In fact, I can't think of a single thing that I'd change at this point.

That might be due to the fact that I've only had it for a month. Or it could be because this is such an incredible light!

Either way, I'll be diving deeper with this light in the coming months, so stay tuned for a complete review in due time.

Until then, I can't say enough good stuff about the Aputure 120d II. If you need a high-quality light, you won't find one better.

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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

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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 Camera Wrist Straps

Best Camera Wrist Straps

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If you’re using a point and shoot camera that isn’t very heavy, then there’s no reason to spend your cash buying a big leather neck strap you’ll never use.

Not only are camera neck straps more expensive, but they also ensure you have to use both hands to grab your camera and steady it before you snap a picture. 

With a camera wrist strap, you just need to click. 

So, now that you know camera wrist strap benefits, you need to know which leather camera wrist strap is cheapest and which camera wrist strap is the best. 

We’ve got you covered.

Most Fashionable Camera Wrist Strap on a Budget: The HoldFast

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 The HoldFast leather wrist strap is definitely the best buy on the list because of two reasons: its design and the option for AfterPay.

HoldFast is known for their remarkably designed camera bags and holders, and this leather wrist strap is no different. 

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It’s available in 9 different colors, including chestnut, burgundy, and python, and is crafted from American bison. 

Each HoldFast item is also crafted by photographers, and you can tell in the wearability of their camera equipment. This wrist strap is hands-down the most comfortable and durable on the list. 

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This camera wrist strap is also multi-function. Because of the way the leather strap closes around your wrist, you can also use it to hang a water bottle from your bag or to attach your camera to a tripod mount.  

Now, for the second reason this is my favorite wrist strap. For those of you who don’t know about AfterPay, it’s a way for you to purchase large ticket items in 4 installments, all of them interest-free if paid on time. Plus, they never involve your credit.  

While the HoldFast leather camera wrist strap is $45 out the door, you can also opt to use AfterPay and instead receive the wrist strap after just one payment of $11.25. 

I always appreciate a company that is forward-thinking enough to use the newest payment technology, because if we’re being honest, it can be difficult to purchase camera equipment outright all of the time. 

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Cheapest Camera Wrist Strap: The Tarion 

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Who doesn’t love a good budget camera wrist strap?

The Tarion ranges in price from $14.99 all the way up to $17.99 if you’re splurging for the 15mm strap width. 

Obviously, this camera wrist strap is not as comfortable as some other ones on this list, so I wouldn’t recommend it on hours-long shoots, but the important stuff is covered.

The camera wrist strap comes with a protection pad on the metal ring so your camera isn’t scratched up and is still made with leather, albeit yak leather, despite the cheap price tag, so it’s going to be durable in the long run.  

The Tarion also comes in multiple colors, unlike some other camera wrist straps I talk about here. You can purchase it in khaki, black or red, too!

Best Camera Wrist Strap for Vintage Camera Lovers: The Henri

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The Henri by Eric Kim Photography is an especially fun camera wrist strap named after Henri Cartier-Bresson, a pioneer in street photography. 

The Henri is manufactured for those of you who love film cameras, or any other cameras that are used regularly for street photography. 

The Henri fits Fuji cameras, Leica cameras and almost all film cameras.

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It’s definitely more utilitarian than the other camera wrist straps listed; it’s not very pretty. However, Eric Kim Photography provides “respectful wages” to their artists and artisans, so you know your money is being spent well. 

Unfortunately, the Henri is the most expensive camera wrist strap on our list at $69.95, but when isn’t shooting vintage more expensive?   

The Camera Wrist Strap for City Life: The Kyoto

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The Kyoto is the best of both worlds in the camera wrist strap community. It’s cheap (because it’s currently on sale on their website for $36.75), and it’s beautiful. 

The Kyoto is prepared to take on your camera of up to 6 pounds, but has been stress tested for weight of up to 10 pounds.  

The Kyoto is also a nice camera wrist strap for those of you that are environmentally conscious because Ona, the creators of the Kyoto, only use leather left over from their larger bags to craft their wrist straps.

Additionally, the Kyoto is padded for comfort, so you won’t find yourself 2 miles into a 4 mile commute in New York City with an uncomfortable welt starting to rise from your wrist.  

So, if you’re in the market for a good-looking leather wrist strap for your camera, give one of these budget-friendly options a try!

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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Best Laptops for Photo Editing in 2019

Best Laptops for Photo Editing in 2019

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Finding a quality laptop is one of the many challenges photographers have when starting or learning to maintain a photography business.

They change so rapidly, and it can be difficult to keep up with information on the brand-new best laptop for photo editing, considering there’s a brand-new best laptop for photo editing every few months!

Plus, even just mentioning laptops for photo editing in the wrong circle can send anxiety through the whole group. Professional laptops are expensive and beginner photographers are usually just above their bottom line in their business.  

So, from the best budget laptop for Photoshop to the best professional-grade, professionally-priced photo editing laptop, here is our comprehensive list of laptops you need to know about in 2019. 

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Best Laptops for Photo Editing: Must-Have Features

While I don’t agree with all of Ben G Kaiser’s recommendations for best laptops for photo editing, I do completely agree with his criteria for picking the best laptop for photo editing.

In your search for a photo editing laptop, keep these must-have features in mind:

  • Intel i5 or i7 Processor
  • A minimum of 256GB of storage
  • Full HD resolution display
  • At least 2GB of dedicated graphics
  • 8GB of RAM or more 

Both the Intel i5 and i7 processors are powerful enough to run Photoshop without any problems. And the more money you spend up front on a good CPU, the less money you will need to spend down the line with upgrades.

All of my recommendations for 2019’s best laptop for photo editing also have at least 256GB of storage. You’re going to need somewhere for all of your beautifully edited photos to go and since your average DSLR produces individual pictures with 15MB of data, your average laptop will fill up pretty quickly.

I also recommend a full HD resolution display because you want your color accuracy to be as close as possible to how you took your photos and how you’ll print your photos (P.S., full HD resolution is 1920 x 1080).

Finally, remember the old days when you needed a dedicated graphics card? Well, this is 2019 and 2019’s best laptop for photo editing already has integrated graphics that can handle your high-res photos without any problems. It’s great, but this new technology doesn’t do you any good if you don’t go shopping with this specific requirement in mind. 

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Best Budget Laptop for PhotoShop: Acer Aspire EUX331UA-AS51 Ultrabook

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I love me a laptop that is under $600, which this Acer Aspire is. 

I also love me a laptop that is under budget and over battery-life expectations. This Acer has a 15-hour battery life, which is perfect for a beginning photographer who may or may not be editing photos on and off between other jobs or classes for extended periods of time away from home.

For me, in order for a laptop to be the best laptop for photo editing, it needs to have the battery life (which this one does) and the graphics (which this one does).

It has Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics with 2GB of DDR5 memory. Plus, it looks like a much more expensive laptop despite the fact it is really made out of polycarbonate plastic. 

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Acer Aspire EUX331UA-AS51 Ultrabook Specs:

  • 5.27 lbs
  • 15-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 15.6-inch full HD ComfyView LED Display
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5-8250OU Quad Core 1.6GHz Processor

Most Versatile Laptop for Photo Editing: Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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I have stuck by the Microsoft Surface Pros since practically the first edition, and I think it’s because I saw what Microsoft was trying to do: create the most versatile version of their product as possible. With this laptop, they’ve done it.

I own a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and I bought it specifically because I travel quite frequently for work. I want something I can throw in my backpack and whip around on a plane, train or automobile.

It’s screen is small, though, so I don’t recommend it as your only photo editing laptop. 

Otherwise, I think I may well have named this laptop my overall best laptop for photo editing. 

This laptop runs Windows 10 out of the box and it lasts 13 hours on a single charge. It also has all the good features, like 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. 

Plus, if you really need it, you can buy an upgraded version which runs on an i7 processor as opposed to my i5, and comes with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Specs:

  • 1.7 lbs
  • 13-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 12.3-inch PixelSense 10 Point Multi-Touch display
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5-8250U processor

Best Mid-Range Laptop for Photo Editing: Asus ZenBook UX331UA-AS51 Ultrabook

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If you went to school for photography or graphic design, then you know about ASUS’s ZenBook series. I dropped my ASUS so many times I stopped counting and the thing just did not break. 

But, other than it’s awesome build, these laptops also perform with the big boys, despite being under $1,000.

It’s ultra-slim and lightweight, which I appreciate because I’m always on the go. But, it doesn’t lose out on any important qualities. It’s got 178 degree viewing angles and a 13.3-inch full HD display. 

Plus, it has a fingerprint sensor and audio by Harman Kardon, which means this would be a phenomenal laptop for videographers or anyone who is online frequently.

This is definitely my pick for 2019’s best laptop for photo editing under $1,000. 

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Acer Aspire EUX331UA-AS51 Ultrabook Specs:

  • 2.5 lbs
  • 12-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 64-bit operating system
  • 13.3-Inch Full HD Display
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 8GB Ram
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor

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Best Laptop for Photo Editing Under $1,000: Dell G5

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Okay, okay I know I technically already named a “best laptop for photo editing under $1,000,” but Dell’s G5 is a serious contenderwith the Asus ZenBook.

But, Dell’s G5 works in the absolute opposite way. While the Asus ZenBook can really only handle light to medium photo editing, the Dell G5 can handle intense photo editing, it just can’t do it as beautifully.

The display on this Dell isn’t incredibly bright or colorful, but don’t judge a book by its cover.

This laptop is our best laptop for photo editing under $1,000 because of its incredibly powerful hardware. 

It’s got the newest Intel Core i5 processor. It’s got serious, serious storage capabilities and it features Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU with 6GB of DDR5 graphics memory.  

All of these hardware pluses aside, it’s probably my favorite laptop for photo editing because of the way its keyboard is arranged. All of the keys are spread out and you get a huge trackpack which allows you to easily edit from anywhere (even a packed subway car). 

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Dell G5 Specs:

  • 6.2 lbs
  • 6-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system
  • 15.6-inch full HD IPS Anti-Glare LED Display
  • 1TB RPM hard drive and 128GB SSD storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz Quad-Core Processor

Best Value Laptop for Photo Editing: ASUS VivoBook Pro 4K Laptop

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If I’m ever Googling “best laptop for photo editing,” you can bet I’ve added the words “best value” or “budget” into that search. 

I find people oftentimes spend more money than they need to on their photo editing laptops because they don’t put the proper research into their shopping process.

This ASUS VivoBook is getting my much-coveted “best value” laptop for photo editing award because of a few things, but mainly its 4K display and its price tag.

4K displays are hard to come by at under $1,000. 

This laptop also features a beautiful touchscreen display. I’ve been in multiple debates about whether a touchscreen display is worth the added price, but with this laptop you’re already getting a 4K display so I don’t feel like I’m being charged anything extra for the touchscreen display.

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ASUS VivoBook Pro 4K Specs:

  • 5.1 lbs
  • 6-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 15.6-Inch 4K IPS Touchscreen display
  • 1TB HDD and 256 SSD storage
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core 2.8 GHz processor

Best Windows Laptop for Photo Editing: HP Spectre x360

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If you thought I wasn’t going to specify a Windows laptop to win a best laptop for photo editing award, you were dead wrong.

This laptop is also pretty great because it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than my Apple-specific award, but performs in essentially the same way as long as you weren’t indoctrinated into Apple too early on in your career. 

This laptop was just released this year and is already marked down nearly $200 from its original price,as well. 

It’s got 256GB of SSD for storage and 8GB of RAM, but what truly sets this laptop apart from the rest of the “best laptops for photo editing,” is it's brand new six-core Intel i7 processor with turbo clock frequency at up to 4.1 GHz and its incredibly gorgeous 4K IPS display.  

It also covers 157% of the sRGB color gamut. No other laptop on this list has this type of photo editing capabilities. 

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HP Spectre x360 Specs:

  • 4.8 lbs
  • 9-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system
  • 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen display
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz processor

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Best Professional Laptop for Photo Editing: Microsoft Surface Book 2

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This Microsoft Surface Book 2This Microsoft Surface Book 2 is my best laptop for photo editing for professionals because of the price tag ($1,499 for all of the specs list, although you can upgrade to larger storage, larger RAM, and a better processor). 

I always appreciate a detachable laptop, which can also function as a tablet, especially when I can almost custom-build it. The basic Microsoft Surface Book 2 comes with a 13.5-inch touchscreen, which you can upgrade, 256GB of storage, which you can upgrade, 8GB of RAM, which you can upgrade, and the newest Gen Intel Core i5 processor, which you can upgrade.

The best part of this laptop for photo editing is the Surface Pen. If you’re one of those photo editors who started in art and enjoys the old-fashioned feeling of pen-on-paper, this is a great feature for you.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specs:

  • 3.38 lbs
  • 17-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Pro Creators Update 64-bit operating system
  • 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5-8350U Quad-Core Processor

Best All-Around Laptop for Photo Editing: Dell XPS 15

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I personally believe that Dell never receives its due on best laptops for photo editing lists. 

If I had to pick one best laptop for photo editing on my list, this would be it. However, I understand that not everyone can afford the $1,619 price tag. 

This laptop comes with a crazy good amount of storage (512GB) and the newest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor to run all of your best photo editing software.

The 4K display is gorgeous, bright and crisp and covers 100% of Adobe’s sRGB color spectrum.

It also has 16GB of RAM, so you can do multiple things at once without any shift in speed.  

The only disappointing aspect of this laptop is that it only has a 9-hour battery life, but with all of its capabilities, this doesn’t shock me.

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Dell XPS 15 Specs:

  • 4.5 lbs
  • 9-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system
  • 16.6-inch 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge touchscreen display
  • 512GB storage
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7-8750H 8th Generation Hexa-Core processor

Best Big-Screen Laptop for Photo Editing: LG Gram 17

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If you’re one of those people who almost can’t stand editing photos on a laptop, then this is the best laptop for photo editing for you.

It’s huge, with a 17-inch screen. It’s also the world’s lightest 17-inch laptop. 

It also features a crazy good amount of storage (512GB SSD) and 16GB of RAM.  

The only downside to this laptop is that it isn’t for those who are editing videos frequently.

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LG Gram 17 Specs:

  • 2.9 lbs
  • 11-hour battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system
  • 17-inch IPS WQXGA display
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7-8565U Quad Core 1.8 GHz processor

Best Apple Laptop for Photo Editing: Macbook Pro 15"

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If you went to university for photography and didn’t own a Macbook you probably felt extremely left out.

Apple has a total monopoly on the graphic design and photography industries, and for good reason. Apple laptops basically manhandle high-end graphics tools. 

This, however, is my vote for Apple’s best laptop for photo editing.It features a True Tone Retina display with 2880 x 1800 resolution. It’s powered by the newest Intel Core i7 processor and features 16GB of RAM (yes, please).  

If I set out to create the best laptop for photo editing, the only way I could create a better one than this Macbook is by adding some ports that aren’t Thunderbolt USB Type-C. I mean, come on, Apple, you know one of your biggest markets is photographers. 

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Macbook Pro 15” Specs:

  • 4.02 lbs
  • 10-hour battery life
  • macOS Mojave operating system
  • 15.4-inch True Tone Retina display
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7 Six Core 2.2GHz Processor

 



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Best Video Recording Glasses for 2019

Best Video Recording Glasses for 2019

 photo byDeagreez via iStock

Video recording glasses used to be the coolest thing, until Google’s product, the Google Glass, was truly terrible and overpriced. But, are video recording glasses making a comeback? Facebook seems to think so. 

The company is pairing up with Ray Banto create its version of the Google Glass, which it hopes will replace phones in the next 5 years. 

And while augmented reality glasses are still a few years away for the everyday consumer, camera glasses are here now, they’re inexpensive, and they generally shoot images and videos.  

Granted, you may not be able to film your next scuba dive with JOYCAM sunglasses, but you can wear them on your next family vacation to capture moments you’d otherwise miss.

In anticipation of the year when nobody needs their phones anymore, we’ve lined up some cheap, practical video sunglasses you can use in the meantime. 

Best Camera Glasses: JOYCAM Bluetooth 720P Camera Video Recording Sunglasses

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The best part about the JOYCAM, aside from the cheap price, is the aesthetics. While some of the best camera glasses on this list are a bit ostentatious, this pair is very under-the-radar. If I saw someone wearing these from a few feet away, I probably wouldn’t know they were video recording glasses.

Aside from being able to record 1280x720HD video in AVI format with these, you can also take calls via Bluetooth. 

The battery is built-in and rechargeable, and you get a full 2.5 hours of recording, or 10 hours of music/calls, out of just one charge. 

Finally, the lenses are polarized to help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. 

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Pros of the JOYCAM video sunglasses:

  • The camera is barely noticeable, so the aesthetics of the glasses aren’t ruined
  • The lens are UV-protected polarized lens
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • 64 degree wide-angle camera
  • 32GB of external memory
  • USB 2.0, so it is compatible with MAC OS and Windows products
  • Can connect to headsets for calls

Cons of the JOYCAM video sunglasses:

  • Can’t livestream to social media
  • No memory

The JOYCAM Bluetooth 720P Camera Video Recording Sunglasses is available on Amazon for $59.99.

Best Camera Glasses: CAMAKT Bluetooth Glasses

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Now, the CAMAKT Bluetooth glasses weakness is pretty hard to hide, the camera is incredibly visible.  

But, this negative in looks is also a positive for the video quality. You can record hi-def 1920x1080 resolution video with them. 

These camera glasses also have 2592x1944 resolution for photos, which are available in JPG format. 

The video capabilities of this camera are also impressive. It can record for a full 3 hours.

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Pros of the CAMAKT video sunglasses:

  • 1920x1080P video resolution
  • 65-degree camera angle
  • Long recording life on each charge
  • Compatible with iOS, Windows and Android
  • Polarized lenses

Cons of the CAMAKT video sunglasses:

  • The camera is quite visible

The CAMAKT Bluetooth Glasses is available on Amazon for only $59.99.

Best Camera Glasses: ViView Newest G50-A WiFi

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Depending upon your job, I can see me never realizing these are video recording glasses. The camera is very small, and they appear to be the type of plastic, thick-rim glasses that are all the rage nowadays anyway.

The ViView shoots 1920x1080p video and comes with built-in 32GB of memory. 

You also get a 120-degree wide-angle view with ViView video recording glasses, which is incredible for the price.

These camera glasses can also run for 2 full hours on one charge and come with WiFi connectivity.

My favorite quality about these camera glasses, though, is that you don’t need any software to record video on them because you can install an app and livestream directly to it. 

They are also especially sneaky since you don’t need to press any buttons to begin recording. These video recording glasses work like a touch screen. 

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Pros of the ViView video sunglasses:

  • 1920x1080P video resolution
  • 120-degree camera angle
  • Long recording life on each charge
  • Can livestream to an app via WiFi

Cons of the ViView video sunglasses:

  • Not waterproof
  • No lighting, so you can’t record in dark environments
  • Can’t expand the memory

The ViView Newest G50-A WiFi glasses is available on Amazon for $60.99.

Best Camera Glasses: KAMRE Full HD 1080P Sunglasses Camera 

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The best quality about KAMRE’s Full HD video sunglasses is its durability, which makes it optimal for the outdoorsman.

The glasses are crafted from rubber, so you can bounce them around a bit with no consequences.

These record 1920x1080p video and come with a 32GB SD memory card. 

They have a 65-degree wide angle view and are polarized to protect you while you fish, hunt, cycle or travel. 

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Pros of the KAMRE video sunglasses:

  • 1920x1080P video resolution
  • 65-degree camera angle
  • Camera isn’t extremely noticeable
  • Good recorded audio

Cons of the KAMRE video sunglasses:

The light to let you know you’re recording can be irritating in low light

  • No Bluetooth
  • No WiFi-connectivity

The KAMRE Full HD 1080P Sunglasses Camera is available on Amazon for $64.97.

Best Camera Glasses: OHO Sunshine Video Sunglasses 

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I believe the OHO video recording glasses are one of only two on this list that can be used by both men and women. Some of these glasses are so chunky they would look odd on a woman’s smaller-framed face. 

These video recording glasses are also waterproof. Plus, they come with a floating head wrap so you can take them out on the lake, the ocean, or anywhere you might get wet.  

They film in 1920x1080p resolution at 30fps (the best of all these glasses). It also has a built-in 32GB memory card. 

The frames also vibrate to let you know when you start and stop recording, so there’s no need to mess with an annoying indication light. 

These glasses also come with interchangeable lenses, one in rose, silver and smoke. 

They also have 100% UV protected polarized lenses.

Pros of the OHO Sunshine video sunglasses:

  • 1920x1080P video resolution
  • Unisex design
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Waterproof 
  • 100% UV-protection
  • 32GB memory 

Cons of the OHO Sunshine video sunglasses:

  • No Bluetooth
  • No WiFi-connectivity
  • Only 1 hour of recording each charge 

The OHO Sunshine Video Sunglasses is available on Amazon for $113.

Best Camera Glasses: iVUE Rincon

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Finally, we have our most expensive camera glasses hd, the iVUE Rincon. 

What these glasses like in style, they make up for in camera capabilities. 

These can record 1080p resolution at 60fps with a 110-degree wide-angle lens. 

It has built-in WiFi and comes with instructions for a mobile app for both Android and iOS. The app allows you to change your video and camera settings, and send photos and videos directly to your social media accounts. 

The audio on these camera glasses isn’t too shabby either. 

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Pros of the iVUE Rincon video sunglasses:

  • 1920x1080P video resolution at 30fps, or 1280x720p at 60fps
  • Tiltable camera lens with 8MP Sony CMOS sensor
  • Up to 128GB of expandable memory
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS

Cons of the iVUE Rincon video sunglasses:

  • Chunky
  • Only 1.5 hours of shooting on each charge
  • Some design flaws, like a rubber piece that covers the power and WiFi buttons, making it harder to use while on your face

The iVUE Rincon is available on Amazon for $169.

 



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Camera Gear Upgrades With a Lot of Bang for the Buck

Camera Gear Upgrades With a Lot of Bang for the Buck

Photo by Pedro Sandrini from Pexels

While you’re sitting at home with nothing better to do, why not start researching for your next camera gear upgrades? 

Online shopping quickly passes the time, and there are so many camera gear upgrades available for under $100, so you don’t need to totally break the bank.

While the camera gear upgrades on this list are going to be a little more expensive, they’re going to save you a ton of money in the long run because once you make these camera gear upgrades, you’ll never need to make them again.  

An Upgraded Camera Strap

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The Holdfast Classic Strap is the perfect example of how camera gear upgrades don’t need to break the bank. 

This camera strap is made of high-quality leather in a variety of colors to make you look like a professional while remaining comfortable during long shoots.

You can tell that the Holdfast Classic Strap was made by a photographer from the details. All of the rings are made of stainless steel so they will never rust, and your camera is protected from the steel by an additional strip of leather to keep it protected. 

My favorite part about this camera strap is that it is fully customizable. You can choose the color, the width of the leather and the length of your strap so your camera falls precisely where you want it to.

The Holdfast Classic Strap is available for just $95, which I’ll consider inexpensive camera gear because you’ll only ever need to buy it once. Holdfast features a lifetime guarantee on all of their products. 

 

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A Tripod Built Like a Tank 

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When you start to think about camera gear upgrades, you’re probably thinking about buying new lenses, new filters or additional batteries. Tripods never get any love.

But, once you try Ikan’s E-Image EK50AAM Tripod, you’ll wish you had purchased it years ago. 

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This tripod can carry up to 13.2 lbs of equipment while remaining fluid. It features 360-degree panning and can tilt 90-degrees down and 75-degrees up.

It has a working range of 31” to 64”, folds down to 32” and comes with foot spikes so you’ll never need to purchase them separately.

For $180, the Ikan E-Image Tripod is definitely one of the best camera upgrades you can make in 2020.  

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A Nifty Fifty Lens

Is it time for you to upgrade from your kit lens? If I had to guess, I’d say yes.  

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is one of the most lightweight nifty fifty lenses on the market at just 5.5 oz.  

It features an impressively low minimum focusing distance of just over 13”, and will ensure your photos are bright and sharp, with beautiful bokeh-filled backgrounds.

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Plus, you can use this lens for still portraits or video because it is optimized for both. 

For $125,this lens will pay for itself in no time. Besides, what’s the point in making camera gear upgrades without ensuring you have the basics. 

Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens

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If you prefer Nikons to Canons, we have the perfect nifty fifty lens for you as well.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens is definitely not beginner camera gear, but it is a lens you will keep for a lifetime.

It features an incredibly quiet stepping motor, to ensure your autofocus is unwavering, and a 9-blade rounded diaphragm to create incredible bokeh. This lens will also work just as well for video as it does for stills and works best when paired with Nikon cameras that are optimized for low-light shooting.

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The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens also features a fluorine coat which repels dust, water droplets and grease and will help you maintain the quality of the lens for decades to come. 

At $600, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens isn’t inexpensive camera gear, but it is a wise investment in your future. 

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Camera Tripod Buying Guide

Camera Tripod Buying Guide

 photo by0804Creative via iStock

The best camera tripod…

Is there really such a thing?

Well, that depends on what your budget is, the type of work for which you need a tripod, and various other factors. 

In this article, I’ll break down a few good choices that will guide you in selecting the right tripod for you.

As I’ve said before, it’s a good idea to max out your budget when it comes to buying a tripod. You want something solid and durable that will last you for years and years to come. In that regard, selecting the right tripod can become a great long-term investment.

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Best Camera Tripod Under $100: Dolica Proline Tripod With Ball Head

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If you're looking for an inexpensive tripod that's not short on features, the Dolica Proline is a great choice.

Priced under $50, this tripod offers a maximum load capacity of 13.2 pounds and a maximum height of more than 62-inches.

It's super lightweight, too, making it an excellent choice for landscape photographers and travel photographers alike.

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At this price point, you don't usually find a tripod with an included ball head. You certainly don't usually find one with a quick-release plate and a bubble level, either.

This tripod has quick-release legs for easy setup and takedown, and they are thick, too, meaning they offer more stability for your shots.

There's a center-column hook for adding ballast when the wind kicks up, a reversible locking center column, non-slip rubber feet, and foam grips on the legs as well.

All this in a package that weighs just 2.9 pounds and folds down to under 23-inches in length!

Learn more about the Dolica Proline Tripod With Ball Head

Best Camera Tripod Under $100 Runner-Up: Benro Slim Tripod Kit With Ball Head

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This tripod Kit from Benro is lightweight, has a slim profile, and folds down to a compact size for easy carrying. 

It features twist leg locks that make deploying its legs a quick process, a grooved center column that prevents twisting, and a center-column hook for adding ballast in windy conditions.

It has a load capacity of 8.8 pounds, three leg positions for uneven terrain, and a removable ball head too.

Learn more about the Benro Slim Tripod Kit With Ball Head

Bonus Option Under $100: Octopus.Camera OctoPad

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Okay, okay...I know the Octopad isn't a tripod. But this thing is so incredibly useful and works so well that I had to include it on this list.

Its size makes it far more maneuverable than even the smallest travel or tabletop tripods. But don't let its small stature fool you.

Its weighted non-slip mat design offers an incredible amount of stability - far more than more conventional mini tripods or suction cup mounts.

I typically use my OctoPad to stabilize my GoPro. I even sit it on my dashboard in my car and use my GoPro as a dashcam - even offroad!

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This thing doesn't slip or slide, it doesn't tip over or collapse under the weight of my GoPro, and the ball head clamps securely. Just what you need out of a solid support device for your camera!

Add in a standard 1/4-20 bolt for attaching your own accessories, a cable strap to keep your camera cables organized and out of the way, and a handy clip grommet to secure the OctoPad with a lanyard or carabiner, and you have the makings of a small, portable, functional, and useful stabilization device for your action cam, smartphone, small camera, light...you name it!

And at $26.95, the OctoPad is the least expensive option on this list!

Learn more about the Octopus.Camera OctoPad

Best Camera Tripod Under $250: Manfrotto Element Traveler Tripod

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This is a big tripod in that it extends up to 65-inches, yet Manfrotto has worked its magic so that it’s lightweight and stable to provide your camera with the support it needs to capture clear, sharp images.

Like the Geekoto tripod described above, this one also offers both tripod and monopod functionalities.

You can enjoy a compact design that’s ideal for traveling, yet still have the support necessary to provide a stable base for a big DSLR with a big lens.

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It has three leg angles to give you versatility in the shots you take, a telescoping center column for a little extra height, an aluminum ball head with an independent pan lock, and 5 leg sections with easy twist-lock mechanisms.

It’s also priced well below the $250 threshold - at the time of this writing, you can pick this tripod up for just under $150. That’s a great value for a tripod that can handle 17.6 pounds of gear!

Learn more about the Manfrotto Element Traveler Tripod

Best Camera Tripod Under $250 Runner-Up: Vanguard VEO 2 264AB 

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Vanguard tripods have always gotten high marks for their quality of construction and functionality, and the VEO 2 264AB is no exception. 

Not only is this tripod easy to set up, but it also has an innovative central column that enables quick setup of the tripod - just 15 seconds total. That rapid setup is also helped by easy twist-lock leg locks that enable you to extend the four-section legs and lock them in place in mere seconds.

Like many other tripods on this list, this unit also has multiple leg positions and angles, a center column hook for ballast, and a ball head. It’ll support nearly 18 pounds of gear too!

Learn more about the Vanguard VEO 2 264AB

Best Camera Tripod Under $500: Peak Design 5-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod

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Peak Design is one of the premier tripod companies in the world, and it’s obvious why this is the case when you look at one of their tripods. 

This 5-section aluminum tripod was designed from the ground up to be small, lightweight, and super strong.

When folded down, it’s about the size of a water bottle, making it one of the most portable tripods on this list. Yet, despite its tiny size, this thing can accommodate a whopping 20 pounds.

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It’s also lightning-quick to setup and takedown, so you don’t have to worry about missing critical shots while you’re getting your gear in place. That’s due to the fast-locking, low-profile leg cams and rapid-deploy legs that extend, rather than flip over, like traditional travel tripod legs.

It has non-slip rubber feet, a center column hook, low and inverted modes for low-angle shots, and an omnidirectional ball head as well. It’s also backed by Peak Designs’ lifetime guarantee. Nice!

Learn more about the Peak Design 5-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod

Best Camera Tripod Under $500 Runner-Up: 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian Carbon Fiber 5-Section Travel Tripod

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Like the Peak Design tripod outlined above, this model by 3 Legged Thing is stuffed full of innovations.

Not only can it support up to 30 pounds of gear, but it has a tri-mount plate with hollowed spurs that allow you to use clip-on devices. The D-Ring and Toolz assembling allow for traditional spring hooks as well.

There’s a detachable monopod, multiple accessory options, a precision-engineered leg lock system that offers improved stability and rigidity, and an Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plate.

Add to that multiple spirit levels, a super ergonomic grip, and ultra-strong carbon fiber legs, and you have the makings of an excellent tripod.

Learn more about the 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian Carbon Fiber 5-Section Travel Tripod

Best Camera Tripod Under $750: Peak Design 5-Section Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

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This tripod is the same as the previous Peak Design tripod I featured above, the only exception being that this one is made of carbon fiber.

You get all the same goodies, including the same 20-pound load capacity, but with the added bonus of having ultra-durable carbon fiber construction.

Learn more about the Peak Design 5-Section Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

Best Camera Tripod Under $750 Runner-Up: 3 Legged Thing Winston Carbon Fiber Tripod System

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The Winston model from 3 Legged Thing sports precision-engineered aircraft-grade magnesium alloy construction that supports up to 22 pounds of equipment. In other words, it’s supremely strong and lightweight.

Its modular design means you get the benefit of being able to shoot photos from virtually on the ground up to 73 inches, and with its Paralock System, accidental disassembly is prevented while also adding further stability for the tripod. You get better grip too.

Furthermore, 3 Legged Thing designed this unit with a detachable leg to use as a monopod, a microphone boom, a camera boom, or a selfie stick.

Learn more about the 3 Legged Thing Winston Carbon Fiber Tripod System

Best Camera Tripod Under $1,000: Gitzo Mountaineer Series 2 GT2542 

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If you have the budget for it, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a tripod under $1,000 that’s better made than the Gitzo GK2542-82QD.

Sure, it’s name sounds more like an android from Star Wars, but this tripod is no gimmick - it means serious business.

This tripod and ball head kit is specifically designed for shooters that use a DSLR with a long lens (up to 300mm). As such, it is extremely sturdy and well-balanced with carbon fiber legs that offer excellent stiffness.

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As a result of this impeccable build quality, this tripod supports up to 40 pounds of gear.

The included ball head offers ultra-smooth and precise movements so you can get the exact shot you want. It has a quick-release adapter and is designed to work with other plates as well.

Learn more about the Gitzo Mountaineer Series 2 GT2542

Best Camera Tripod Under $1,000 Runner-Up: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix 34 Series

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ProMediaGear makes some truly incredible tripods, and as a result, they’ve built a reputation as one of the best in the business.

Their Pro-Stix 34 Series tripod was built with professional photographers and videographers in mind. It’s tough, rugged, and can support up to 60 pounds.

The apex plate has a ⅜-16 mounting thread so you can add video heads or ball heads, sliders, or gimbals, just to name a few.

Its carbon fiber legs are constructed from 10 individual layers, meaning they are supremely strong. Add in tension-adjustable leg mechanisms, stainless steel foot spikes, and multi-adjustable leg angles, and you have the makings of a tripod that is strong, durable, and highly adaptable to your needs as well.

Learn more about the ProMediaGear Pro-Stix 34 Series

Best Camera Tripod Over $1,000: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix 4-Section Long Carbon Fiber Tripod

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Like the 34 Series tripod from ProMediaGear I outlined just above, this 4-section carbon fiber tripod was designed and built with professionals in mind.

This particular model is rated up to 125 pounds, so there is ample leeway for adding tons of gear to this rig.

The apex of this tripod has an interchangeable flat plate/bowl mount with several ¼-20 holes to add accessories. There’s even anti-rotation pin slots to add further gear to the tripod.

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The legs are made of carbon fiber for strength and have three adjustable angle positions that lock, that way you can adjust the tripod to suit virtually any shooting situation. Additionally, each leg has ¼-20 threads on the top collar for adding even more accessories.

With stainless steel foot spikes, you can use this tripod on slippery or uneven terrain without worry that it will slide around. That’s the peace of mind you want if you have 125 pounds of gear on it!

Learn more about the ProMediaGear Pro-Stix 4-Section Long Carbon Fiber Tripod

Best Camera Tripod Over $1,000 Runner-Up: Manfrotto 608 Carbon Fiber Tripod With Nitrotech Fluid Video Head 

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If videography is your game, this is the tripod for you.

Specifically designed for video work, the Manfrotto 608 holds nearly 18 pounds of gear and includes a fluid video head for precise control during shooting sequences.

The variable continuous fluid drag system offered by the video head enables ultra-smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements while filming. The head also has a ⅜-inch easy link system with an anti-rotation system that allows you to add Manfrotto arms for adding accessories to your setup, like an external monitor.

The legs have multiple angle selections and four leg sections so you have good flexibility regarding the shooting angle and height.

This tripod even comes with its own carrying case for easy transport! 

Learn more about the Manfrotto 608 Carbon Fiber Tripod With Nitrotech Fluid Video Head

 



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Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV

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The Canon 5D MIII and Canon 5D MIV are two semi-pro DSLR cameras. In this article, we will compare their prime specs and features in order to help photographers decide which one better suits their needs.

The 5D MIII is an older model released in 2012, while the 5D MIV came as its successor four years later. Here you can see the scope of improvements from one model to another.

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV - Body comparison

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Both cameras reviewed in this article are weather-sealed and built of magnesium-alloy in order to perform well in different types of environments. The Canon 5D MIV has an advantage because it is more compact and better sealed than its predecessor; however, the differences are not substantial.

The Mark III weighs 33.5 oz and has dimensions of 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches, which is not much heavier or bigger than the Marks IV’s weight of 31.4 oz and dimension of 5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches. Actually, both cameras are relatively heavy, especially when you add a battery and lens.

Each camera incorporates a 3.2″ fixed type screen and optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. The LCD display in the 5D MIV is much better because it uses touchscreen technology and offers 36% more pixels along with a 55% higher resolution screen.

 

 

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV – Sensor comparison

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There is a full-frame CMOS Sensor (36 x 24 mm) in both cameras, but the Canon 5D IV carries improvements in the resolution and offers 30 megapixels in contrast to 22 megapixels in its older brother.

A bigger resolution of the Mark IV comes at a cost of smaller pixels. The Mark III has a 36% larger pixel area which allows it to collect more light and to produce less noise in images.

The cameras have the same native ISO range of ISO 100 - 25600 (expandable to 50-102400), although the new model has better high ISO performance and higher dynamic range.

Which camera will work better for you? Find an answer in the video above by Jared Polin.

 

Ready for a new camera? Trade in your old one and upgrade today.

 

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV – Features comparison

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Along with a better sensor, the 5D MIV also improves other features of the older model such as speed, autofocus technology, and connectivity.

The DIGIC 5+ in the Mark III was replaced with the DIGIC 6+ processor in the Mark IV. The new processor is substantially faster and allows the camera to capture 4K video.

There are only slight improvements in continuous burst rate. The 5D III offers continuous shooting at 6 fps, while the 5D IV allows 7 frames per second.

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Although both cameras feature 61 AF points, the 5D Mark IV introduces a new Dual Pixel Raw mode, which allows you to capture two images at once for the sake of improving focus in the post-production.

Generally, there is a much better AF system in the Mark IV which is not strange since the one in the Canon 5D MIII didn’t perform very well.

Additionally, the Canon 5D MIV offers built-in Wi-Fi which makes things easier if you want to back-up your files or if you need to use smart devices for remote shooting.

 

 

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV –  Video features comparison

When it comes to video, the Canon 5D MIV beats its predecessor. The main reason for this is that the Mark IV offers 4K/30p capabilities (with a 1.74x crop), while there is no option for this in the Mark III.

All that the old model offers in terms of video is Full HD (1080p) recording at 30 fps. The Mark IV improves this even more, and it offers Full HD video at 60 fps.

Both cameras have microphone/headphone jacks and HDMI output as well.

With this being said, if you are looking for a camera that makes a better video, the Canon 5D M MIV seems to be a better choice.

Check another hands-on comparison review of these cameras in the video above by Zed Pro Media

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV – Lenses

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Both the Mark III and Mark IV have a Canon EF mount. If you already own an older model, you can easily replace it with a newer camera and still keep your collection of lenses.

It might be worth mentioning that none of these cameras have image stabilization, so if you require this feature, you will need to buy lenses with Optical stabilization such as the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM shown above.

There is a wide choice of lenses for both cameras, but you might want to check zoom lenses such as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, a prime lens such as Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, or a macro lens such as Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM.

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 5D MIV – Price comparison

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As you can see, the Canon 5D MIV performs much better than its predecessor. It carries improvements in resolution, speed, autofocus, and video, along with enhanced portability and connectivity. Still, this does not make the Mark III outdated.

Although it is already seven years old, the Canon 5D Mark III is still a very good camera and it can be a useful piece of equipment whether you are a professional or enthusiast photographer.

At the moment, the main advantage of the Mark III over the Mark IV is its price. You can buy a new body of the Canon 5D Mark III for $2,385.00, which is around $400 less than you would need to spend for the new Canon 5D Mark IV.

If you don’t mind using pre-owned equipment, you can spare even more. On websites such as MPB, you can buy used Canon EOS 5D III in good condition for around $1,200. A used 5D Mark IV will set you back about $2,379.

Have Canon questions? Ask in the Canon Camera Forum.



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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.

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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.

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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 

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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. 

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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 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 90D Review

Canon EOS 90D Review

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Last week, Canon launched its newest DSLR - the Canon EOS 90D. According to the company, this camera is “a perfect balance of speed, image quality and portability – ideal for getting close to nature and capturing fast-moving sports.”

Adventurers will surely find a use for the Canon EOS 90D. In a relatively lightweight body, this camera packs 32.5MP APS-C sensor, 4K video, 10 fps burst shooting speed and many other useful features for action photographers.

Is this the camera you were waiting for all this time? Find out in our Canon EOS 90D review.

Canon EOS 90D Specs

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The Canon EOS 90D revolves around a 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor. Since it was designed for travelers and people of action, the APS-C sensor is well suited for this camera. It provides you with plenty of resolution so you can capture the tiniest details even if you perform cropping or decide to make huge prints. 

With a native ISO sensitivity of 100-25600 (expandable to ISO 51200), this camera takes high-quality pictures whether you are shooting in a daily light or in a low-light environment. Additionally, the camera has a built-in flash that can be used for night photography. 

The camera is fast in all aspects. First of all, it has fast shutter speeds (1/8000sec) that will allow you to freeze the moment in order to take the best shot of the quick-moving targets. Moreover, the Canon EOS 90D has a continuous shooting speed of up to 10fps with AF/AE tracking via OVF and 11fps in LiveView.

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Finally, the performance of the camera’s autofocus system doesn't disappoint, either. It has 45 cross-type AF points and 220K RGB+IR metering sensor so it should work quickly and accurately even if you shoot in low-light situations. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is only available in Live View, but in this case, you can use 5,481 AF points.

If you are out there in nature, you don’t have to worry about recharging the camera after a few shots. On a full charge, the Canon EOS 90D makes around 1,300 shots and this is not something you can get with any mirrorless model. 

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Canon EOS 90D Design and Handling

Canon EOS 90D Design and Handling 

The Canon EOS 90D is surprisingly compact for a DSLR camera. It measures only 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.0 inches and weighs around 24.7 oz (including battery and card). The camera is weather-sealed against dust and moire, so you can enjoy photography in not-so-welcoming environments. 

The optical (pentaprism) viewfinder measures 22mm, it has approximately 100% coverage and offers 0.95x magnification. Additionally, you can use a 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen which is convenient for taking images from uncomfortable angles.

Overall, the Canon EOS 90D shares the same design as its predecessor (the Canon EOS 80D). However, it comes with certain improvements over the older model. For example, the grip in the 90D is a bit bigger so it should feel more comfortable to hold the camera for extended periods of time. Moreover, the EOS 90D adds an 8-way AF joystick which makes selecting AF points much easier.

The Canon EOS 90D easily connects to other smart devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. This is helpful if you want to share images as soon as you take them, while it also provides you with other useful possibilities such as to perform remote shooting.

Learn more about Canon EOS 90D in the video above by Dan Watson .

Canon EOS 90D Video Performance

Canon EOS 90D Video Performance 

The Canon EOS 90D has a lot to offer in terms of video. It allows you to shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) videos up to 30fps and Full HD (1920x1080) videos up to 120fps. Moreover, it’s worth mentioning that this is the first Canon’s DSLR camera that features 4K video recording without crop.

Canon EOS 90D Lenses 

Canon EOS 90D Lenses 

The Canon EOS 90D uses the EF/EF-S lens mount. At the moment, the camera is being sold in a pack with the EF 18-55mm and 18-135mm all-around zoom lens kit.

Since the camera was designed for wildlife and sports photography, you might want to use appropriate lenses such as:

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Canon EOS 90D Price 

Canon EOS 90D Price

The Canon EOS 90D won’t reach the store shelves until the end of September. At the moment, you can pre-order it for $1,199 (body only).

If you don’t have the funds to finance a 90D, consider selling your old camera to help offset the cost. MPB is always on the lookout for used gear to buy, and with fair prices and free shipping, all you have to do is give them the details about your camera, put it in a box, pop it in the mail, and wait to get your money!

Selling your old gear is a great way to help you upgrade your kit while giving other photographers the opportunity to buy less expensive gear as well. See what your camera is worth.

 



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Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

 photo by EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER via iStock  

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 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 T7i Review

Canon EOS T7i Review

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The Canon EOS T7i is the latest camera from the Rebel series, and it is primarily aimed at entry-level photographers. If you are making the first steps in becoming a photographer, this camera is definitely worth checking out. 

First of all, the Canon T7i has solid features for a budget camera, such as 24MP sensor, 45-point autofocus system, and 6 fps burst shooting. Moreover, this camera comes with a Feature Assistant interface which will guide your learning process and help you to use each feature in the best way.

Since it has a relatively low price, you can’t expect it to have professional specifications and a super-strong build. However, it will deliver very good image quality along with creative features that will make operating this camera easy and enjoyable.

It is worth mentioning that the Canon EOS T7i has different names in different markets. In Europe, it is known as the Canon EOS 800D, while you can find it as the Canon EOS Kiss X9i in Japan.

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Canon T7i Specs

Canon T7i Specs

The Canon T7i features a 24MP APS-C sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. This combination provides very good results in terms of image quality and operating speed. 

The images look very sharp and detailed even if you shoot in low-light conditions. The camera has a broad native ISO range of 100 - 25,600, while you can also expand ISO up to 51,200 for shooting in extreme dark surroundings.

Entry-level cameras are nowadays becoming very powerful. With this being said, the Canon T7i has 45-points all cross-type AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase-detection. It will acquire focus in around 0.03 seconds even if the target is moving.

Additionally, the camera has a burst shooting speed of up to six frames per second. If you are particularly interested in shooting moving targets such as sports players or wild animals, this might not be fast enough, but for most of the other situations, it is perfectly good.

Learn more about the Canon T7i in the video above by Chris Winter Photography.

 

 

Canon T7i Body & Design 

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The Canon T7i has a very similar design to its predecessor, the Canon T6i. It is relatively lightweight if we take into consideration that it is a DSLR model. The camera weighs 1.17 lb (including batteries) and measures 5.16 x 3.93 x 3.00 inches.

To frame a shot, you can use either an optical viewfinder or LCD screen. The optical viewfinder allows you to see exactly what you’re aiming at. Alternatively, you can use the rear LCD display (1.04 million dots) which is touch-sensitive and fully articulated so it will be very easy to shoot selfies or to record vlogs.

Canon T7i Body Design 2

The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can easily connect it to other smart devices. This is helpful if you want to transfer files or apply remote shooting. Also, it provides you with other interesting options such as to use your smartphone as a viewfinder.

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Canon T7i Build & Handling 

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Since it lacks environmental sealing, it’s not very wise to use the Canon t7i in harsh weather conditions. The camera’s operating temperature is between 32 and 104°F. If you live in a very cold or very hot areas of the country, you should consider buying another camera model.

Although it lacks weather-sealing, the T7i is not especially fragile. Just keep it away from dust, moisture, and water, and it will be your friend for a long time.

Canon T7i Build Handling 2 

When it comes to handling, the Canon EOS T7i is one of the easiest cameras to use. It is specifically designed for beginners in photography, so you shouldn’t have issues to make interesting photos even if you never used a DSLR model.

The EOS Rebel T7i comes with a user interface called Feature Assistant which helps you to figure out how to use camera settings. If you don’t have a lot of experience in photography, we suggest you use this mode since it will speed up your learning progress.

 

 

Canon T7i Video Performance 

Canon T7i Video Performance

Although it lacks 4K video capabilities, the Canon T7i allows you to record Full HD (1080p) videos at up to 60 fps (in MP4 format). If you want to record videos in MOV format, the camera can shoot at up to 30 frames per second.

This is not all this camera has to offer when it comes to video. Its autofocus works smoothly in movie mode since it is benefitted by the inclusion of Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF. Moreover, the T7i has Movie Electronic Image Stabilization which minimizes the blurring effect of camera shake. When it is enabled and used with a compatible Canon lens, Movie Electronic IS adds 5-axis stabilization.

Canon T7i Video Performance 2

As we already mentioned, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i has a fully articulated touchscreen which is convenient for creating vlogs and controlling the active autofocus area. Additionally, the camera has HDMI output and allows you add an external microphone using a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack. 

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Canon T7i Lenses 

Canon T7i lenses 

The Canon T7i uses the Canon EF lens mount. There are many types of Canon EF lenses on the market which means you shouldn’t have a problem finding a perfect lens for yourself.

If you are not sure where to start with, we suggest you try with the following:

  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – One of the best prime lenses Canon makes. Great for low-light shooting and various types of photography, including architecture, street scenes, and landscapes.
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – A nice zoom lens with incredible reach. With the crop factor, this lens has an effective focal length of 88-400mm, great for sports and wildlife photography.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM – One of the best value lenses money can buy. This is the first lens many Canon shooters buy. It’s versatile, has a large aperture for low-light shooting and nice bokeh, and it works great for shooting video.
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM – If you like to photograph landscapes, this is one of the best wide zoom lenses you can use with the T7i.

Get more insights into great budget-friendly lenses for the Canon T7i in the video above by Paul Bradford.

Canon T7i Price

Canon T7i Price 

As you can see, the Canon T7i is a well-featured camera. Although it is primarily designed for beginners in photography, it can produce professional-like results in the right hands.

At the moment, you can buy a new Canon T7i (body only) for around $700. If this is still out of your budget, you might consider buying a used one. 

On MPB, which is a platform that connects sellers and buyers of used equipment, you can buy a used Canon T7i for the price as low as $444. For this amount of money, you will get a powerful camera that will help you develop improved photography skills in no time.

 



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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. 

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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 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.

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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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Essential Travel Photography Tips for Improving Your Photos

Essential Travel Photography Tips for Improving Your Photos

 photo bydeimagine via iStock

Heading out on the road? You might want to give these travel photography tips a look.

From gear recommendations to tips for packing, composition techniques to planning your trip, we’ve got what you need to get your trip off on the right foot.

Travel Photography Tip #1: Pack Light

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 photo by Nirut Punshiri via iStock 

And I don’t mean to just pack light when it comes to your clothes and other personal items. You need to thin the herd when it comes to your gear, too.

As you stuff your Nikon Z7 and your Nikon D850 and your Sony a6400 and three lenses for each camera into your bag, you should ask yourself, “Do I really need all this?”

The answer is no…

Having too much gear is not only uncomfortable to carry but it also causes you undue stress worrying about whether your gear is safe.

Here’s a travel photography idea: take one camera, a good walk-around zoom lens (i.e., a 24-70mm), and a small travel tripod (like this one!). With this small kit, you can photograph just about anything on your travels and not kill yourself trying to carry it all.

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Travel Photography Tip #2: Carry Your Gear in Comfort 

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Speaking of carrying your gear, you want a camera bag that’s not only comfortable but also helps you keep your gear safe and organized.

When traveling, that means you need a small bag that’s big on features, and for my money, there’s nothing better than the Holdfast Fundy Streetwise Bag.

Designed for street photography, this little bag will hold a camera and several lenses along with all the necessary accessories like extra batteries, memory cards, your wallet, and so forth.

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In addition to the comfort and organizational factors, this bag is unassuming. It’s small, lightweight, and doesn’t look like a camera bag. That’s a big deal because thieves will be less likely to target you because they won’t know you have expensive camera gear inside. 

Speaking of the inside, this bag has multiple compartments lined with sheepskin that keep your gear cozy and safe as you travel. No bumps or bruises for your gear when it rides in this thing!

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On top of all that, this bag can be worn as a traditional shoulder bag or it can be attached to the impeccable Holdfast MoneyMaker. That means you can customize how you carry the bag to suit your specific needs.

Either way, you have quick access to your gear so you won’t miss any shots on your travels. What’s not to like about that?

Get the specs on the Holdfast Fundy Streetwise Bag.

Travel Photography Tip #3: Bring a Polarizing Filter

By far, one of the best accessories you can have for travel photography is a good polarizing filter.

Typically used for landscapes to reduce atmospheric haze, boost contrast in the sky, and minimize glare off of water and other non-metallic surfaces, circular polarizers have other uses too.

For example, you can use a polarized filter when taking portraits to reduce glare off of people's skin.

A polarizer can also be used as a neutral density filter in a pinch as it will slightly reduce the amount of light entering the lens, allowing you to slightly blur movement of things like clouds or moving water.

I've been using Haida Circular Polarizers as of late, and I've been impressed with the results I've been getting.

The filters are well made and durable, so they can stand up to the rigors of travel photography.

With 10 layers of multi-coatings, you get superb protection for the filter glass while also reaping the benefits of reduced glare.

Likewise, the multi-coating enables improved beading of water and oil, so they're easy to clean.

These filters are also easy to use...

With side knurling that provides a textured grip, you can more easily and precisely manipulate the filter to get just the right effect.

The filter housing is slim as well, which means less chance of vignetting when using a wide-angle lens.

There are just too many benefits of having a good circular polarizer with you on your travels. Do yourself a favor and add a polarizer to your kit today!

Travel Photography Tip #4: Plan It Out (But Still Be Spontaneous)

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It’s important to plan your travels well ahead of time so you’re sure to be in each location at the ideal time of day. After all, getting to that quaint mountain village in the north of Italy at noon isn’t going to get you the best photos under that harsh, midday light.

So, while you’re figuring out where to go, think about when to go too. It’s one of the most important things you can to do improve travel photography 

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photo by FilippoBacci via iStock 

The when part of the equation might be more complicated than simply deciding to be somewhere at dawn or dusk.

For deeper intel on the locations you’ll be traveling to, ask around. Get with your photographer friends and see if they’ve been to any of the locations you intend to visit. Once you’re in-country, ask the locals for inside knowledge about where you should go and when.

That brings up the “be spontaneous” part of this.

While you should leave home with a solid plan in place, don’t be tied down to it. Some of the best adventures (and best photos) result from ditching your initial plans in favor of something else at the last minute! Being willing to be spontaneous is a critical part of being a travel photographer.

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Travel Photography Tip #5: Add a Human Element 

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 photo by piola666 via iStock 

Sure, many travel photos will include people - portraits and street scenes and such.

But there’s a real opportunity to add more meaning and depth to your landscape photos by adding people or human elements to the shots.

Adding a person or a manmade object to a landscape is frowned upon by some landscape photography purists, but for me, doing so helps you tell a better story about that place.

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 photo by DieterMeyrl via iStock 

Additionally, adding a familiar-sized object like a person to a landscape shot creates context and helps viewers understand the scale of the scene. 

Likewise, human elements like roads and paths are perfect leading lines that help direct the viewer's eyes from the foreground to the background of the shot.

So, while beautiful, untouched landscapes are certainly worthy subjects, try adding a human element and see how doing so can make the shot that much better.

With these simple tips, you’ll end up with better photos and a more pleasant traveling experience. It’s a win-win!

 



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Fujifilm GFX 50S Review

Fujifilm GFX 50S Review

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a medium format camera, and for those of you who have never shot in the film era, this term may be a new one. 

Medium format film was one of the most popular film formats back in the day, alongside the 135 film frame, or “full-frame” format. 

Well, camera manufacturers have loads of medium format digital cameras. The Fujifilm GFX 50S is one of the most interesting. 

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Fujifilm GFX 50S Specs

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The Fujifilm GFX 50S features a lot of specs that are to be expected of a high-end camera of this magnitude. It features a 51MP sensor, a touchscreen, and 100% viewfinder coverage. 

Other Fujifilm GFX 50S Specs:

  • ISO range of 100-12,800
  • 3.2” tilting articulated touchscreen with 2.36m-dots
  • 117-point AF system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Weather-sealed
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 400-shot battery life

 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50S Body & Design 

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All medium format digital cameras have a heavy and bulky body because they have really large sensors.  

This is also true of the Fujifilm GFX 50S. It weighs a little over 2 lbs, which is a lot heavier than other modern cameras. It’s very boxy and looks like a SLR, given its thick grip.

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It actually looks pretty similar to a Fujifilm X-T2, but just a lot bigger. So, if you’ve ever worked with that line, then you aren’t going to be going in blind.

You can customize almost every dial and button the Fujifilm GFX 50S, which is an excellent feature for professionals that need a bespoke shooting experience.  

It’s weather-sealed to a professional grade, too, so you can keep on shooting even if the weather isn’t exactly awesome.

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Fujifilm GFX 50S Build & Handling

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My favorite part of the Fujifilm GFX 50S’ handling is that it’s comfortable to hold and operate with just your right hand since you can reach the AF joystick without changing positions.  

Its touchscreen is also helpful, and the LCD tilts two ways. 

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Both the shutter speed dial and the ISO dial on the top plate can be easily locked and unlocked. Unfortunately, the exposure compensation button isn’t as easy to work because it’s tiny and hard to use.  

You can also completely remove the electronic viewfinder to shoot with or without it. 

The battery life is fine at 400-shots, but if you can afford an extra battery, you should buy one just in case. 

 

 

Fujifilm GFX 50S Video Performance 

Thanks to Kai W for this Fujifilm GFX 50S video test. 

Obviously, a medium format camera is not built for incredible video. You're much more likely to use the Fujifilm GFX 50S for landscape or portrait stills, but you can shoot Full HD video on this camera at 30fps. 

It also comes with a headphone and microphone socket. Unfortunately, the lowest ISO you can use in video is 200, which shooting in bright light is going to be more difficult. 

Fujifilm GFX 50S Price

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The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a spendy camera, but if you’re aiming to save some cash, you can find used ones starting at $3,615 on MPB

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MPB is my go-to choice for buying used gear, which is why I’m recommending them here. They grade each camera using a thorough checkpoint system, that way you know exactly what condition a camera is in before you buy it. 

Purchases on cameras come with a 6-month warranty, so you get peace of mind that if something goes awry, you won’t be left out in the cold. I’ve always appreciated MPB’s fast shipping too - sometimes you just can’t wait a week to get your hands on your new-to-you camera, am I right?!

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Fujifilm X-A5 Review

fuji x a5 reviewPhoto by Jake Melara on Unsplash

The Fujifilm X-A5 is one of the cheapest models from the X Series and you can find a new one for only around $500. In spite of that, this mirrorless camera provides impressive image quality and all other features necessary for a good photography experience.

If you are on a tight budget, the X-A5 is a good option worth considering!

In this Fujifilm X-A5 review, we will point out all the strengths and weaknesses of this camera, and we’ll start with its primary specs and capabilities.

Fujifilm X-A5 Specs

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Although it is an entry-level camera, the Fujifilm X-A5 offers very satisfying image quality. The reason for this is its 24.20 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which allows a native sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 12800 (extendable to ISO 100 – 51,200). 

The images produced by this camera are of great quality even if you shoot at high ISO settings. Although there is no in-body stabilization, there is a stabilization mechanism in the camera’s lens (XF35mm). Because of this, you can use the X-A5 at any time of the day and it will produce sharp and clear photos.  

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When it comes to downsides, the autofocus system is a bit slow, but you can’t expect high-end features for this amount of money. There are 91-point hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF points and you can use the touchscreen LCD for autofocus control which is still pretty good for this type of camera.

Some of the other notable features of the X-A5 are burst shooting rate of 5 frames per second and 4K UHD recording at 15p. Additionally, the X-A5 comes with integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies for connecting the camera to smart devices.

Learn more about this camera in the video above by Georges CamerasTV

 

 

Fujifilm X-A5 Body and Design 

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The Fujifilm X-A5 is styled to look like a rangefinder camera. It was mostly built out of aluminum, while there are also leather accents on the exterior. Overall, the camera looks very stylish and retro while you can even personalize it by choosing among different colors. At the moment, it is sold in black, brown and pink.

Although it looks like a rangefinder camera, a fun fact is that the X-A5 doesn’t feature a viewfinder. It only has a 3.0-inch 1,040k dot touchscreen monitor which can be tilted to adjust the viewing angle.

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The X-A5 is remarkably compact and it measures only 4.61 x 2.68 x 1.57 inches. Also, it weighs only around 0.80 lb (including batteries) so you can easily carry it wherever you go. The battery doesn’t disappoint and you can make about 450 shots before it drains out.

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Fujifilm X-A5 Build and Handling 

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The X-A5 was built out of aluminum which explains why it so lightweight. However, this material is not as strong as magnesium-alloy so take precautions and try not to drop it or hit it against hard surfaces. 

If you live in a cold area this camera is not the best choice since it is not well suited for freezing temperatures. Its operating temperature is between 32 and 104°F which means it is not particularly efficient in hot environments either. Also, try not to use the camera in all other extreme weather conditions since it doesn’t have an environmental sealing.

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In spite of the fact that it is very compact, the handling of this camera should not be an issue. The grip is not very small and control buttons are big enough to use them with ease. Overall, the ergonomics is very intuitive and very easy to comprehend even if you don’t have any experience in photography.

 

 

Fujifilm X-A5 Video Performance 

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The Fujifilm X-A5 has 4K capabilities, but in reality, it isn’t really what you would expect. It offers 4K UHD recording at only 15p and this is, to be fair, more of a slideshow style video.

However, this is not a company trick and it is not a useless feature. The 4K recording actually functions like a burst shooting since it captures 8-megapixel JPEGs at 15 frames per second. This allows much more possibilities than the native continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second.

The X-A5 is also capable of recording Full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 60p. Unfortunately, video clips can be only 15 minutes long, but you can extend the time limit up to 30 minutes if you record videos in HD (1280 x 720). Additionally, the camera has an HDMI output and Mic port.

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Fujifilm X-A5 Lenses 

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The Fujifilm X-A5 uses a Fujifilm X lens mount. The Fujifilm X-mount lenses are designed for 23.6mm x 15.6mm APS-C sensors and there are about 50 different types on the market.

The best lens to start with is the XF35mmF1.4 R and it is usually sold in the pack with the camera. Since the X-A5 lacks in-body stabilization, it would be wise to choose lenses that have an optical image stabilization such as the Fujifilm 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS or the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS.

Fujifilm X-A5 Price

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If you are looking for an entry-level camera with almost professional image quality, the Fujifilm X-A5 is among the best options. For only around $500, you can get a 24.2 MP camera with a nice bundle of features.

Although it is already budget-friendly, you can find this camera at significant savings if you buy used. This will leave you with additional resources to buy lenses and other photography equipment. Make sure you check out MPB since there you can find all sorts of photography equipment at affordable prices. 

 



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Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Review

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Fujifilm’s X-Pro 3 is for the retro-lover amongst us. 

This mirrorless camera features a hidden LCD, which people have a lot of opinions about, a hybrid viewfinder and essentially makes you shoot like it’s the 1980s. 

If you love your classic film camera, this is definitely the upgrade to bring you into the 2020s. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Specs

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As can be expected of a camera that costs nearly $1,800 brand-new, the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 specs are impressive. This camera features 4K video, 91 AF points, and a “backwards” LCD screen which forces you to use the viewfinder to take your photos, unless you’re shooting from your waist. 

Get a quick overview of this camera’s specs in the video below by FUJIFILM X Series:

Other Fujifilm X-Pro 3 specs include:

  •  26.1MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
  • X-Processor 4
  • ISO range from 80-51,200 
  • 4K video up to 30fps
  • Max image size of 6,240 x 4,160
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1.09 lb

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Body & Design

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When the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 rumors started swirling, I sort of assumed the hidden viewfinder sounded too outlandish to be true, but now that I’ve had some time to examine it, I really love the idea for professional photographers.

It would definitely be difficult to learn photography on a camera body with a hidden LCD screen, but if you’re trying to challenge yourself to be more artistic in your shots, and maybe get back to the creative love you had for photography a few years (or decades) ago, this is a great way to do it. 

The hidden LCD, for lack of better phrasing, makes you participate in the act of taking a photo like we once had to, instead of allowing you to hide behind a screen. It’s more human. 

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 body is also great for street photographers because you can compose shots from waist-level by using the fold-down LCD screen. The ISO dial on top of the camera, paired with the manual aperture ring on the lens, creates an old-school feel and allows street photographers to shoot inconspicuously at the same time. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Build & Handling

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Just because Fujifilm built this camera to feel nostalgic, doesn’t mean its features do. 

So, let’s talk about the “hidden LCD” everyone either loves or hates. Essentially, the LCD folds inwards to the camera so you can’t cheat and look at your LCD while you’re shooting.

Fujifilm really wants you to use the viewfinder with this one, except for when you’re shooting at waist-level because you can pull the LCD screen down to help you compose shots you can’t use the viewfinder for.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 isn’t meant to make your shooting experience as easy as possible, like more recent features such as an articulated screen. Instead, it’s meant to make you think harder about the shots you’re composing. This is something I’m afraid is being lost in the era of the smartphone. 

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 is also extremely easy to grip, and it’s light, so you’ll have no problem lugging it around all day.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Video Performance

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I feel like if the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 came out with anything other than the best quality video available on the market, people would laugh. So, of course, you can shoot 4K video at 30fps, or 1080p up to 60fps for 59 minutes or 120fps for 6 minutes. 

Gordon LaingGordon Laing did a video test on this camera so we can see the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 in action. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Price

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The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 is brand-new. It starts shipping today, November 28, 2019, in fact! 

All of these features come at a price, though - $1,800.

But, the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is available on MPB for just $865. 

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Plus, now is the time to buy your used gear on MPB because MPB’s Black Friday sale is a week-long extravaganza of 10% off all of their bestsellers, which means this sale includes Hasselblads, Sony, Nikon and Fujifilm. 

And, unlike Black Friday shopping at Walmart, you can rest assured you can find great deals without fighting an exuberant crowd of holiday shoppers. Besides, all of this used gear is clearly marked in terms of its condition, which is determined via a rigorous grading process.  

Finally, if you’re like me and forgot to properly budget for the holidays (like you do every year), you can trade in your used gear on MPB to offset the costs of buying your new-to-you gear.  

Happy shopping! 

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Fujifilm X-T2 Review

Fujifilm X T2 Review

Photo by Markus Lompa on Unsplash

The Fujifilm X-T2 is now three years old, but it's still a solid buy in 2019. To begin with, this mirrorless camera offers incredible versatility, while its image quality and performance are also hard to fault.

Despite being compact and lightweight, the X-T2 packs powerful features such as a 24.3MP sensor, a superb autofocus system, fast burst shooting speed, and 4K video recording capabilities. All of this makes it one of the best all-round cameras on the market. 

Is this the right camera for you? Find out by reading our Fujifilm X-T2 review.

Fujifilm X-T2 Specs

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At the core of the Fujifilm X-T2 sits a 24.3mp X-Trans III sensor and an X Processor Pro. This combination has shown to produce very good results in terms of image quality and processing speed.

The camera has a native sensitivity range of ISO 160 – 51,200 (RAW) and an extended ISO range from ISO 100 to 51200 (JPEG-only). Overall, it has a very impressive dynamic range and it will take great photos in virtually any situation.

When it comes to autofocus system, the Fujifilm X-2 performs quite well. It has 325 AF points and it is both fast and precise. 

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The X-T2 is also quite good for photographing moving targets such as sports players or wildlife. It has continuous shooting speeds up to 14 fps if you are using the electronic shutter and 8fps with the mechanical shutter. Additionally, if you attach the Vertical Power Booster Grip shown below, the X-T2 can shoot at 11 fps with the mechanical shutter.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Body & Design

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The Fujifilm X-T2 looks like a rangefinder camera. Its design is simple but pleasingly retro and practical. As it is the case with most of the mirrorless models, the X-T2 is compact and lightweight. The camera measures 5.2 x 3.6 x 1.9 inches and weighs only around 1 pound.  

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This camera’s EVF (2,360,000-dot OLED electronic viewfinder) is very good. It has a refresh rate of 60 fps in normal mode and 100 fps in burst shooting mode. This means you will hardly notice any lag while framing shots with the viewfinder.

The LCD screen measures 3 inches and it has a resolution of 1,040,000 dots. Additionally, it can be tilted in all possible directions and this is particularly convenient for shooting images from uncomfortable angles.

Learn more about the Fujifilm X-T2 features in the video above by Hyun Ralph Jeong.

 

 

Fujifilm X-T2 - Build and Handling 

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If you’ve ever used a Fujifilm camera, you will not have any problem with handling the X-T2. However, if you don’t have a lot of experience in using Fujifilm’s camera it might take some time to learn how to use the camera’s settings and controls.

Although it is very small, the X-T2 is weather-sealed so it is also very practical if you are into travel photography. It works well in freezing and hot temperatures, while moisture and humidity shouldn’t do much harm to the camera in small doses. Still, it is not weather-proofed so take necessary precautions while using the camera. 

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The camera’s grip should feel comfortable for most of the photographers. However, with the additional Vertical Power Booster Grip you get a beefier surface on which to grip the camera.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Video Performance

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As you can see, the Fujifilm X-T2 is an excellent camera for stills. Now, let’s see how it performs when it comes to video.

The X-T2 is the first Fujifilm camera that is capable of recording 4K videos. Although it can’t record 4K at 60p as its successor (the X-T3), it shoots 4K videos at 24p, 25p, and 30p. Moreover, it offers Full HD recording at up to 60p, HDMI output (4:2:2 color sampling and 8-bit compression), F-Log, while you can also attach headphones if you use an additional power grip.

4K videos have 1.17x crop factor, but the good thing is that the X-T2 captures (almost) 6K videos that are afterward downsampled to a 4K video.

Learn more about the video capabilities of the Fujifilm X-T2 in the video above by Mitch Lally.

Fujifilm X-T2 – Lenses

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The Fujifilm X-T2 uses the X mount, but you can also use other types of lenses with the help of additional adapters such as the Fujifilm M Mount Adapter or H Mount Adapter.

Some of the best lenses for the Fujifilm X-T2 include:

To save some money, make sure you check MPB, a website that specializes in selling used equipment. There you can find a lot of different lenses for good value.

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Fujifilm X-T2 – Price 

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Although it is already three years old, the Fujifilm X-T2 is not outdated and it is as good as many of the recently released cameras. If you want to buy a new one, you will need to spend around $1,599.00 for the body only. 

However, there is always an option to buy a used Fujifilm X-T2. At the moment, on MPB you can find one for the price as low as $594.00. This will leave you with a little bit more than $1000 in your pocket! This is certainly not a small amount of money and it can be used for buying additional photography equipment.

 



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Fujifilm X100F Review

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The Fujifilm X100F was released in February 2017 as the successor to the Fujifilm X100T. This is the latest and the best camera from the Fujifilm X100 Series. 

Overall, all cameras from the X100 series were very well received among photographers. All of them are digital compact cameras with a fixed prime lens and retro design. They are useful for a wide range of applications, they have nice ergonomics, and provide photographers with an authentic shooting experience. 

In this Fujifilm X100F review, we will discuss about the advantages and disadvantages of this camera.

Fujifilm X100F Specs 

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The Fujifilm X100F revolves around a 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor with no low-pass filter and X-Processor Pro image processor. Its sensor and processor are quite good so you can expect it to produce superb image quality and to have satisfying operating speed.

The native ISO sensitivity of the X100F ranges from 200 to 12,800 (expandable to ISO 100 - 51,200). This means that the camera works great in different light conditions, while it also has a built-in flash for night photography.

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Autofocus was not the best feature in the previous cameras from the X100 series, but the Fujifilm X100F substantially improves this. Although it is still not the best autofocus system in the world, we can’t say that it’s bad, either. The camera has 91 phase-detect AF points and 325 contrast-detect AF points. It works smoothly in automatic mode, so you can use it as a point-and-shoot camera, but it also allows you to manually control the focus area. 

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 The X100F also performs well when it comes to burst shooting. It shoots 8 frames per second and if you use an electronic shutter, the camera will not produce any sound. The camera also has a leaf shutter, and you can switch between the two anytime.

 

 

Fujifilm X100F Body & Design

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Although many Fujifilm cameras use retro design, the X100F is really special. It is very easy to confuse it with a rangefinder or SLR camera from the 1970s since it has traditional exposure settings on the top plate.

The Fujifilm X100F also has a unique option to switch from the electronic to the optical viewfinder. While the electronic viewfinder allows you to see exposure settings before shooting an image, an optical viewfinder is good for shooting images in a low-light environment. 

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On the back of the camera, there is also a 3-inch LCD (1,040k-dots). Unfortunately, the LCD screen is fixed so you will need to put some effort into making selfies or shooting images from weird angles.

In conclusion, the Fujifilm X100F has a very appealing look and it can even be personalized since it comes in black, silver, and brown color.

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Fujifilm X100F Build & Handling

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The Fujifilm X100F is built out of magnesium alloy and plastics. The magnesium-alloy is used for the top and bottom parts of the camera, while the plastic is used for the middle section. Plastic parts of the camera are covered with synthetic leather which gives the X100F a cute retro look and increases its toughness. 

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Although it is not fully built out of magnesium-alloy, the camera is not very easy to break and it should last for years. However, take into consideration that it does not have environmental sealing, so try not to use it in extreme weather conditions. The operating temperature of the camera is in between 32 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Overall, the Fujifilm X100F has very good ergonomics. If you ever had an old rangefinder or SLR camera, you will not have any problems using it. 

 

 

Fujifilm X100F - Video Performance 

The Fujifilm X100F is not the best option for videographers. The camera shoots only 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and although it allows you to manually control the exposure, you will not have as much control over autofocus settings. 

This camera will allow you to make videos, but it is much better for taking stills. If you need a camera that is as good for movies as it is for stills, you might want to check out other camera models such as the Fujifilm X-T2 or X-T3.

Learn more about the Fujifilm X100F in the video above by TheSnapChick

Fujifilm X100F Lens

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The Fujifilm X100F features a fixed 23mm f/2 lens. This lens is versatile and very good for everyday use. The lens has a built-in ND filter which is great if you shoot images with the aperture wide open or if you use a slow shutter speed.

Fujifilm X100F Price

Fujifilm X100F Price

At the moment you can buy a new Fujifilm X100F for around $1,169.96. If this is out of your budget, you can always buy a used one. On websites that are selling used equipment, such as MPB, you can find this camera in excellent condition for a price as low as $979.00.

Better still, if you want to get rid of your current camera or a lens or two, you can sell them or trade them in on MPB as well, which makes upgrading your kit that much more budget-friendly.

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How to Carry a Lot of Camera Gear in Total Comfort

How to Carry a Lot of Camera Gear in Total Comfort

It took me about two months of seriously working as a photographer before I understood just how important choosing your camera gear backpack is. 

The first thing to go on my way to becoming a true photographer were my $15 Walmart shoes. The second thing was my $40 camera backpack I bought off of Amazon. 

The final thing to go was my kit lens, because buying a replacement lens was most expensive and let’s be honest, I had to be making some real income before I could justify it.

Your comfort is important in your job. Typically, it’s your employer’s job to ensure you have all the equipment you need to perform your best. But, since you’re a photographer, you’re probably running your own business, which means you need to take care of yourself. 

So, let’s have a look at one of the best ways you can make your working life more comfortable and functional.

Gear Weighing You Down? Not With This Bag.

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Camera gear is heavy. If I had to compare carrying my screaming toddler around all day with carrying all of my camera gear for a shoot, I think I would take the screaming toddler any day. 

But, since he isn’t very useful on my shoots, I use the Sightseer backpack to carry my camera gear.

One of the reasons I chose the Sightseer is because it features heavily padded and contoured shoulder pads. There is nothing worse than carrying your camera gear around after an incredibly long shoot where your shoulders got cut into for 14 hours.

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The creators behind the Sightseeralso put a high priority on making sure each one of their camera gear backpacks are adjustable to any body type.

So, the shoulder straps are thick enough to displace some of the weight of your camera gear, without being so wide they look odd on a petite person. 

This comfortable camera bag also rests precisely on your lower back, to help make the load more comfortable to carry.

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Easy Access to Gear Makes Gear Changes Easy  

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 The reason I so firmly believe everyone should own a Holdfast camera gear bag is because of their ease of use.

Each Holdfast product works with the rest of the products in the Holdfast line, so if you can own the Sightseer bag, you can also purchase the Holdfast cell phone pouch, which attaches directly to the Sightseer. 

Holdfast also has a lens pouch, which is great if you need more room for storage than the Sightseer provides or if you are in the habit of quickly needing to switch between lenses during shoots.

While all of these pouches will attach to the back of the Sightseer (as pictured above), you can also purchase leather straps that attach to this comfortable camera bag in order to be able to literally pull your camera to your eye at a moment’s notice.

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Plus, the way the Sightseer is designed allows you to never need to fully remove the bag in order to get to the camera gear that matters.

With other camera backpacks you might still need to spend some time figuring out how to carry camera gear (i.e., learning how to pack your camera bag in the most convenient way). But with the Sightseer, a lot of this forethought is taken out of the equation because the interior compartment is so well designed with various cubbies for your camera, lenses, flashes, and other gear, as well as smaller pockets for little items like batteries and memory cards. 

In other words, this bag has a spot for just about everything!

This Bag Offers Supreme Functionality

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I will only recommend “top camera backpacks” if those backpacks can be thrown around, and the Sightseer can. 

It’s got a huge handle on top, which makes for easy transfers from car to house to studio to field. 

It’s also built out of buffalo hide, which is the strongest animal hide because it goes through the least amount of processing. 

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Plus, the Sightseer does what every camera gear bag should do and unzips all the way. I get so frustrated when I see photographers recommending a list of the best camera backpacks when I know I’ve used some of them before and they don’t open nearly wide enough.

I want to be able to see the gear I packed. I also don’t want my camera gear to get thrown around inside of my backpack. The Sightseer prevents this with customizable compartments, like those shown above.  

I know it took me a few years to find a way for me to carry a ton of gear comfortably, but I hope you can learn from my experience and take a shot on the Sightseer. Trust me, it’s a decision you won’t regret!

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Photos in this article are by Brandon Burk 

 



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iMovR Lander Lite Desk Review

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The standing desk industry has certainly changed a lot over the last decade or so.

I should know - I’ve owned a couple of standing desks, and in terms of quality, functionality, and price, things are definitely headed in the right direction.

Such is the case with iMovR’s latest desk, the Lander Lite. 

I reviewed the original Lander desk a few months back, and spoiler alert - it’s hands-down the best standing desk I’ve ever owned.

The question is, does this new “Lite” version of the Lander desk live up to the high bar set by its predecessors?

iMovR Lander Lite Review: Build Quality

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Like the original Lander desk, the Lander Lite is proudly engineered and made in the USA. That means the utmost quality of construction. 

The Ergo-contoured 3D laminate top is ¾ inches thick and comes in a variety of finishes from cherry to oak to mahogany. There are even hand-crafted solid wood tops available that are made from American-grown, sustainable species!

But what’s truly special about these tabletops isn’t the array of finishes, but their sheer durability.

Using precision Computer Numerical Control equipment, iMovR crafts the Lander Lite tabletops to perfection. After they’re formed, the tabletops are either hermetically sealed with Surf(x) 3D lamination, or in the case of solid wood, KCMA-rated waterborne sealant. This process not only results in a gorgeous appearance but it also protects the tabletop from warping and moisture damage. 

In fact, these tabletops are so durable that they can be cleaned with the strongest of disinfectants with no ill effects on the table’s finish.

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Below the tabletop is the Lander Lite’s super-strong base, which can be fitted with either single-stage, two-segment legs or dual-stage, three-segment legs.

In either case, the Lander Lite can lift up to 225 pounds and do so at a barely audible noise level.

Where some standing desks utilize motors that operate very quickly, but are also very noisy, iMovR uses hushed motors that minimize sound without sacrificing speed. In fact, the Lander Lite can lift at a rate of 1.6-inches per second!

Throw in a 10-year warranty on the base components and a five-year warranty on the tabletop, and you have the makings of a desk that has unparalleled build quality and dependability.

Lander Lite Desk Review: Assembly

When you buy a standing desk, you might do so with a bit of trepidation, thinking that you’ll need to block out an entire weekend to put the darn thing together.

After all, you’re dealing with multiple components in the tabletop, base, and legs, as well as motors, plugs, and in the case of the Lander Lite, a built-in health coach. 

But where other standing desks are complex beasts that take hours and hours to put together, iMovR has ensured that the Lander Lite is just as easy to put together as the other Lander desks.

In fact, this desk comes factory-tested and 90 percent pre-assembled. The only assembly required with tools is to attach the feet to the legs with four screws each. It takes a simple Allen wrench to do so, and iMovR even supplies the wrench! Otherwise, you just need to attach the legs to the frame - which is a tool-free process - and you're good to go!

Not everyone is handy and not everyone can afford to hire someone to come in and assemble a piece of furniture. That’s why the Lander Lite is an ideal desk for so many people - it’s the perfect combination of quality construction and ease of installation.

iMovR Lander Lite Desk Review: Technology

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As I alluded to above, the Lander Lite Desk is packed with technology, just like its bigger siblings.

You’ll find the same height control paddle on this desk that enables quick height changes with a simple double-tap of the up or down arrow.

You can save favorite heights, too, so if your significant other uses the desk, it’s easy to transition to your selected height using the control paddle.

Even better, the control paddle has a built-in health coach that will remind you to stand at intervals you can set. The reminder is gently provided via a flashing LED in the paddle, via a push notifications sent to your phone, or both.

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As if that’s not impressive enough, iMovR has developed a Bluetooth-connected smartphone app that allows you to set your favorite height positions, raise or lower your desk, and create custom reminders to stand. 

This future-proof app is constantly being updated with additional features that enable you to reap the most health benefits from using the Lander Lite Desk.

imovr lander lite desk neat certification

Speaking of health benefits, the Lander Lite desk is a NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) certified product that helps reduce negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

By alternating your positioning as you work, your body will expend more energy, your heart rate will increase, and the ill-effects of sitting - obesity, fatigue, and muscle aches among them - will be diminished.

iMovR Lander Lite Desk Review: Final Verdict

imovr lander lite desk final verdict

After examining the Lander Lite desk, it’s clear to me that iMovR has hit another home run. 

As I mentioned earlier, the original Lander desk is far and away the best standing desk I’ve ever owned. The fact that all the same high-quality materials, functionality, technology, and durability are present in the Lander Lite is a huge win for people that need a top-tier desk on a budget.

Heck, the Lander Lite is even compatible with all the same iMovR accessories as the original desk, including monitor arms, sit-stand stools, standing mats, and iMovR’s office treadmill. 

With the best warranty in the business and a 100-day satisfaction guaranteed, there’s really nothing to lose. Get out of your chair and get standing with a Lander Lite desk today

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Innovative Camera Accessories You Need in Your Bag

Innovative camera accessories

  photo by rdonar via iStock

Let’s face it…

There are more photography gadgets available today to make photography an easier task than at any point in history.

Our cameras do more, our lenses are more capable, heck, even today’s tripods have innovative features that make them more functional than we could have imagined just a decade ago.

It’s like we’re living in the golden age of photography!

Granted, some of the “innovative” products out there aren’t all that great, and are more smoke and mirrors than an actual, functional product. 

But the items listed below are certainly game-changing products that can help you take your photography to the next level.

Let’s take a look at a few innovative camera accessories that are worth picking up today.

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Foolography UNLEASHED

One of the best photography gadgets currently on the market is the Foolography UNLEASHED remote.

I know what you’re thinking...how can a remote be an innovative camera accessory?! 

Trust me, this one is!

Aside from the fact that this thing is tiny (the remote for my Nikon Z7 is about the size of my thumbnail), it has a suite of functionalities that enable much greater creativity with your camera. 

For instance, the remote has a companion app that allows you to control it via your smartphone. That means no more sitting there with your camera, constantly adjusting its settings.

Instead, you can kick back, relax in a comfy chair, and change things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO using the remote feature. You can even adjust white balance and exposure compensation too.

Want to shoot a timelapse? No problem! The Foolography UNLEASHED enables you to easily make timelapse videos, even with day to night transitions.

Additionally, you can shoot long exposures, start and stop video recording, and geotag your photos in-camera. You can do all that for up to six cameras at once.

That makes Foolography UNLEASHED a next-level remote. This sucker is about way more than simply allowing you to trigger the shutter. Instead, this little Bluetooth wonder and all its incredible features will help you kick your photography game into high gear! 

Learn more about Foolography UNLEASHED

Wiral LITE Cable Cam System

innovative camera accessories wiral lite 

 Another one of my favorite innovative camera accessories is the Wiral LITE Cable Cam system.

Cable cam systems aren’t anything new, but what makes this one so innovative is how small, lightweight, and easy to set up it is.

In fact, it takes about three minutes to get this bad boy ready to roll. And don’t think that because it’s easy to set up that it isn’t just as capable as cable cam systems that take ten times as long to get going.

What makes the Wiral LITE so simple to set up is that there are just three components - the main unit, the remote control, and the quick reel rope system.

The main unit (shown above) is just 1.3 pounds and 10.8 x 3 x 1.7” in size, so it’s super portable. I can slide it into my camera bag and head out the door, no problem!

With a payload of up to 3.3 pounds, you can use all sorts of cameras with it, from an action camera like a GoPro to a DSLR with a standard lens on it. You can even mount your phone to it! 

The truly innovative part is the rope.

You get 164 feet (or you can opt for a 328-foot length) so you can span just about anything you want to shoot.

The thinness of the rope is absolutely incredible - it’s just 0.1 inches thick. It can be that thin because Wiral uses UHMWPE ultra static rope that’s incredibly lightweight without sacrificing payload capacity or safety.

It really is quite a marvel, which you can see in my video above. I think we got some pretty darn good footage myself!

Learn more about the Wiral LITE Cable Cam System

Peak Design Travel Tripod

In the introduction of this article, I mentioned that today’s tripods have more features and functionalities than we could have imagined just a decade ago. 

I say that with one tripod in mind - the Peak Design Travel Tripod.

When Peak Design launched this tripod on Kickstarter, their goal of $500,000 was surpassed in just 50 minutes, and with good reason - this is one of the most innovative camera accessories ever made.

On the one hand, this tripod folds down to about the size of a water bottle, making it about half the size of most traditional tripods in their folded down state. That makes this the most travel-friendly full-sized tripod on the planet.

This is possible because the engineers at Peak Design figured out a way to eliminate wasted space.

If you notice in the photos of the tripod, there is no space between the ball head and the tripod. There’s no knobs that stick out, either. 

As the image above shows, the ball head nests directly into the architecture of the legs. This space-saving design allows the tripod to be so small when it’s packed down.

But if you think that this small tripod has a small load capacity, you’re wrong… 

Not only does the Travel Tripod have a 20-pound weight capacity, but it can extend to 58.5-inches tall with the center column deployed.

Its 5-section legs are weather-resistant and impact-resistant, and give you the ability to drop the camera to as low as 4.5-inches off the ground.

I could go on and on here, but why not just check out my video review above to see this thing in action. It’s truly an innovative camera accessory and one of the best photography gadgets of 2019!

Learn more about the Peak Design Travel Tripod

Marumi Magnetic Filter System

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Filters are a must for any photographer that spends any amount of time photographing landscapes.

The benefits of having filters like a circular polarizer (shown above), a graduated ND, and a solid ND are just too many not to have them!

A polarizer brings skies to life with more contrast and saturation while a graduated ND helps even out the exposure for a shot that has manageable dynamic range. A solid ND is also a must if you want to capture ethereal scenes with beautifully blurred motion.

And the best filter system for doing all that while you're traveling? The Marumi magnetic system!

marumi m100 holder

The Marumi M100 filter holder and its companion magnetic filters strong and durable, which is just what you want for your travels.

The M100 filter holder, for example, is made of aircraft aluminum, which helps it stand up to the bumps and bruises of travel without adding extra weight.

The gaskets on the front of the holder form a seal around the back of the filter, preventing light leaks from occurring.

marumi solid nd

The magnetic filters (like the solid ND shown above) are made of high-grade Schott 5270 glass, which offers high-definition results.

Each filter also has anti-scratch, anti-reflective, and water and oil-repellent properties to stave off damage, unwanted aberrations, and dirt and grime.

It truly is the ideal travel companion for photographers - a lightweight, easy-to-use, and durable filter system that allows you to improve the quality of your photos whether you're photographing mountains, plains, water, forests, or something in between!

Litra Torch LitraPro 

Again, it might surprise you to see a light on a list of cool photography accessories, but, again, once you get to know the LitraPro, you realize just how incredible this innovative photography gadget really is.

Weighing in at just 6 ounces and measuring 2.75 x 2 x 1.2 inches, you might not expect much from this light. 

But since Litra works so hard to give us the most innovative camera accessories, this little guy puts out A LOT of light…

In fact, Litra has crammed 60 LEDs into this thing, which put out 1200 lumens of light. 

It’s good light, too - super clean, very crisp, and flicker-free. That’s just what you want in a light for photography!

On top of that, the LitraPro is bi-color and adjustable from 3000K to 6000K so you can customize the color of light to your specific needs. Not bad, right?!

You get excellent coverage thanks to its 70-degree beam angle, and since it’s built to MIL-SPEC 810 specs, you know that it will give you rugged durability for years to come.

It’s even waterproof up to 90 feet!

Add to that 10 hours of battery life (on low output), an OLED display, fully dimmable output, and Bluetooth control, and you have the makings of one of the best photography gadgets you can get your hands on! 

Learn more about the Litra Torch LitraPro

Camera Canopy

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If you shoot landscapes like I do (or any subject outdoors, for that matter), you know the stress of worrying about the weather.

Will it rain? If it does, do I have time to get my gear out of the elements? If I keep shooting, how hard will it be to reach the buttons and dials to change settings?

These are important questions to ask, and fortunately, with Camera Canopy, those questions are easily answered.

As you can see above, the Camera Canopy simply attaches to your camera’s hot-shoe mount, so it’s incredibly easy to deploy if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

The canopy easily extends or retracts, so you can customize how much protection you need based on the lens you’re using.

What’s more, unlike those awful camera rain bags that restrict your ability to change camera settings or even see the LCD, camera canopy leaves all that real estate open (yet still protected). That means you can quickly and easily change camera settings, access the camera’s menu system, and review images on the LCD. 

Best of all, there are versions for DSLRs and for mirrorless cameras too. I picked one up for my Nikon D850 and then another for my Z7, and in inclement weather, there’s no better companion to have for my camera!

Learn more about Camera Canopy for DSLRs or Camera Canopy for Mirrorless Cameras

Synology DiskStation DS1019+

Okay, so technically this isn't something you'd carry around in your camera bag, but a good backup device is an absolute must-have for photographers, and the DS1019+ is one of the best money can buy.

I had a scare with a hard drive failure last year, and I didn't have a backup at the time. You can imagine how quickly I began researching backups!

I got the DS1019+ for several reasons.

First, Synology has a rock-solid reputation for developing reliable products that have innovative features. These units are easy to use too!

I'm no network storage genius by any means, yet I was able to quickly set up my DiskStation and back up my files.

It has an operating system that's intuitive and simple to use, and adding disk drives (2.5-inch or 3.5-inch) is a breeze as well. In fact, if you use 3.5-inch drives you don't even need any tools to install them - Synology has incorporated tension brackets to make the installation quick and easy. That's just one innovative feature you'll appreciate about the DS1019+.

Second, this unit is small enough to fit on my desk without being obtrusive.

It's 6.5-inches x 9-inches x 8-inches and even with drives installed, it only weighs about 5.5 pounds. Though I don't take it with me when I travel, I suppose you could do so with relative ease!

It also looks great with a sleek black design that looks modern and is a nice addition to my desktop.

On top of all that, it's quiet - something I really appreciate when I need to crank out a lot of work.

Lastly, I appreciate all the features that Synology has crammed into this device.

It has an Intel Celeron J3455 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM, and read/write speeds of up to 225MB per second.

Add in data encryption, built-in audio and video applications, and dual M.2 NVMe SSD slots that don't take up space in the drive bays, and you have the makings of a fully-featured backup system for your photos and videos. It's innovative, feature-rich, and priced right.

Get all the details on this must-have photography accessory by reading my complete Synology DiskStation DS1019+ review.



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Insta360 One X Review: First Impressions One Month In

insta360 one x review first impressions

It's been roughly a month since I picked up my Insta360 One X, and I wanted to give you guys my initial impressions.

Let me first say that I have TONS of video footage that I'm currently editing, so I'll be sharing a final video as well as a more detailed review of this camera in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.

For now, though, let me just say that this little guy is nothing short of spectacular. To say that I've been impressed is a huge understatement!

Let's dive into a few features and specs as well as some pros and cons that I've discovered over the last month.

Insta360 One X Design

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The camera is oblong, yet compact, and weighs a scant .25 pounds, so you can take it anywhere you like.

The unit has just two buttons, one to power it on and off and another that controls the mode and the shutter.

There is a display on the camera, though it is basic and small given the small size of the camera. That's okay though, because it has a companion app through which you can control what the camera is doing (more on that below).

insta360onex 4

On one side of the camera is a Micro USB port, on the other is a battery door. On the bottom is a MicroSD slot, and next to that is a 1/4-inch tripod thread.

It's a sleek, modern design that keeps things simple!

Insta360 One X Features

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Unlike earlier 360-degree cameras, the Insta360 One X is chock-full of handy features.

For starters, it's a tiny thing that fits nicely in your hand. But don't let its small size fool you - it has a 1/2.3-inch sensor that can take RAW images and film 5.7K video at 30fps and 4K video at 50fps.

Paired with the sensor is a set of two f/2 200-degree lenses, both of which are fisheye. That being the case, their field of view overlaps one another to capture a full 360-degree image.

One of the best features of the One X is its image stabilization system, dubbed "FlowState."

It's a complex system, but the short of it is that is has a six-axis gyroscopic stabilizer that maintains smooth footage as you shoot, no matter how bumpy things get. You can see FlowState in action in the video above 

The system comes loaded with multiple shooting modes, like time-lapse, HDR, and even "Bullet Time," which creates a sequence in which the camera swirls around a subject as it moves (think of Neo dodging bullets in The Matrix).

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Other features of note include:

  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • MicroSD port
  • Companion app with onboard editing tools, Live View, and the ability to start and stop recording
  • 18-megapixel maximum photo resolution

Additionally, there is a wide range of accessories available for the One X, including housings, mounts, and even a Bullet Time Bundle that includes a monopod.

Insta360 One X Pros & Cons

Let's start with the pros first.

The highway to 360-degree cameras is littered with failed camera after failed camera (Samsung Gear 360, anyone?), so it's not like the bar has been set real high for 360-degree cameras.

Nevertheless, this is hands-down the best of the bunch, and unlike its many predecessors, I think the Insta360 One X has a real chance of becoming the first successful mainstream 360-degree camera. That's a definite pro if you ask me. See some of the potential for working with this camera in the video above by Cinecom.net

Additionally, this camera offers excellent resolution, image stabilization that's truly impressive, and as I noted earlier, it's loaded for bear with features.

But for me, the biggest asset of this camera is that it's like having your own cameraman on location with you. It enables you to grab different camera angles and footage that give your videos that multi-camera feel without having multiple cameras.

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It's not all sunshine and roses, though.

The One X app (iOS and Android) seems a bit on the cluttered side to me, so streamlining that would be beneficial (i.e., when you open it, it takes you to Insta360's online community instead of the camera settings...that needs to change). The battery life is another feature that's not worth writing home about, but in its defense, the battery life in my GoPro and my Sony a6400 aren't great either.

Other than that, I haven't found anything particularly offputting about this camera. Insta360 has done a fantastic job in developing this thing from a hardware and a software standpoint.

If you're in the market for a fun, innovative camera that will challenge you to be more creative with your photos and videos, this just might be it!

As I said before, I'll have a complete review and video footage in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get more details and pricing information on the Insta360 One X.

 



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Is the Nikon D750 Still Worth Buying?

Is the Nikon D750 Still Worth Buying

Photo by Min An from Pexels

The Nikon D750 is definitely not new. In fact, if it were a baby, and I treat mine like it is, it would be entering kindergarten this year. 

Despite the Nikon D750’s older age, it’s still a really awesome camera and I hate to see it discounted just because it dropped in 2014. 

I actually consider its age a bonus at this point because it means the price point has gone down, but it still has all the same features. 

Nikon D750 vs Nikon D780

According to digiDirect, the Nikon D750 and Nikon D780 have more in common than they do dissimilarities. 

In fact, the Nikon D750 vs Nikon D780 debate is probably the calmest debate in my circle of friends.  

Both of these cameras are frequently referred to as a “workhouse,” which is photographer-speak for they can take long hours, less than ideal weather, and will be no worse for the wear at the end of the day.  

They have similar sized full-frame sensors, similar burst modes (7fps vs. 6.5fps), and a 51-point AF system. They also both work in temperatures ranging from freezing to over 100 degrees. 

Jared Polin outlines some specific differences between the Nikon D750 and Nikon D780, primarily that the D780 shoots 4K video, which is a typical upgrade from the mid-2010s to the late-2010s.  

The LCD screen is vastly improved in the Nikon D780 with almost double the dots of the D750 (2.3M-dots vs. 1.2M-dots), but they both share 100% viewfinder coverage.  

The battery is also much improved in the D780 since it can last for a whopping 2,260-shots on one battery charge.

 

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Nikon D750 Specs 

Nikon D750 Specs

Now that we’ve run through the improvements made on the Nikon D780, I’m sure you’re curious about the Nikon D750 specs.  

Well, for starters, while its big brother has a wildly impressive battery life, I love my Nikon D750 for its battery charge. It can last for well over 1,000 shots at a time, which is more than enough for me. 

It also features a 24.3MP full-frame sensor, and a respectable AF system.

Nikon D750 Specs 2

Other Nikon D750 Specs:

  • 24.3MP full-frame sensor
  • 3.2” flip-up LCD screen with 1.2M-dots
  • 51-point AF system
  • 6.5fps burst mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Full 1080p HD video capabilities
  • 1.7 lbs

 

 

Nikon D750 Body & Design 

Nikon D750 Body Design

The Nikon D750 body is made from magnesium alloy, giving it both its ruggedness and light weight. The front of the body is covered with thermoplastics, which allow the camera to operate in less than ideal weather.  

Its flip-up LCD screen is helpful for both studio shooting and field shooting.

Nikon D750 Body Design 2

Also, the control layout on the Nikon D750 mimics that of the D610, except the “Info” button was moved to be right above the other controls on the back. 

Basically, if you’re used to shooting with the Nikon D line, then you’re going to pick up the D750 in no time. 

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Nikon D750 Build & Handling

Nikon D750 Build Handling

I wouldn’t necessarily define the Nikon D750 as lightweight, but for all of the capabilities the camera features, it’s surprisingly light. 

Again, the Nikon D750 handles just like the other cameras in the Nikon D line. It’s got a very solid, and deep grip, and the flip-out LCD screen feels just as rugged as the rest of the camera.

Nikon D750 Build Handling 2

There are a few problems with the Nikon D750 handling, though. The rubber eyecup, for one, comes off with not much pressure. So, if you’re traveling with your D750, you may just want to remove it before it accidentally falls off somewhere.

Also, the AE-L/AF-L button, which I customize to be an AF-ON button for easier focusing, is really far away from the rear dial for no good reason since there’s just blank space between the two. 

Nikon D750 Video Performance

Curtis Judd’s video on the video features of the Nikon D750 is a can’t miss.  

But, for those of you reading this on work hours, I’ll give you a short synopsis. 

The Nikon D750 comes with an updated processor, which means it can shoot Full HD video at 60fps. The updated processor also means you can shoot with a much higher ISO because there is hardly any noise. 

If you bought the camera specifically for its video capabilities, you can choose to shoot with a bit-rate of 12 to 24 Mbps, which prevents any loss of quality on your video but takes up a lot of memory.

Mattias Burling’s video showcases the beautiful video quality you would expect of an uncompressed recording which the Nikon D750 allows with an external HDMI recorder.  

Plus, if you shoot with the flat color feature it will allow you to edit more coloring in your studio. 

Nikon D750 Price 

Is the Nikon D750 Still Worth Buying

The Nikon D750 is available on Amazon for $1,500.  

Or, if you’re looking to save even more money, MPB has over a dozen used Nikon D750s at the moment, starting at $850. 

Though buying used scares some people off, when you buy from a reputable outfit like MPB, there is nothing to worry about!

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In addition to having excellent customer service, MPB rates every item so you know the precise condition it’s in before you buy. What’s more, you get a six-month warranty to go along with your purchase, so you’re covered in case something goes awry. 

I buy used gear all the time - it’s how I’ve been able to fill out my kit without taking a second mortgage. With MPB, you can find anything you need and save money while doing it. What’s not to like about that?

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Leica Sl Typ 601 Review

Leica Sl Typ 601 Review 1

 photo byPakorn_Khantiyaporn via iStock

The Leica SL Typ 601 is a high-end mirrorless camera with classic Leica aesthetics. This camera features a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, an almost shockingly incredible electronic viewfinder with 4.4 million dots, and the best AF system I’ve ever shot with. 

But, to expect anything less than perfection by Leica would be foolish. 

Of course, a high-end camera comes at a high-end price point. But, to own one of the most unique cameras on the market is invaluable.

You’ll learn everything else there is to love about this camera in our Leica SL Typ 601 review. 

Leica SL Typ 601 Specs

Leica SL Typ 601 Specs

Other than the incredible Leica SL Typ 601 specs we already mentioned, this camera has great low-light shooting, a weather-sealed body, and 4K video. 

It also boasts a 400-shot battery life, which is impressive for a camera with the capabilities this one has. 

Leica SL Typ 601 Specs 2

Leica SL Typ 601 Specs:

  • 24MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO range of 50-50,000
  • EVF with 4.4M dots
  • 11fps burst mode
  • In-lens image stabilization
  • 529-point AF system
  • 4K video capabilities
  • 2.95” 104M-dot touchscreen
  • 400-shot battery life
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities
  • 1.86 lbs 
  • Solid aluminum body
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Leica SL Typ 601 Body & Design 

Leica SL Typ 601 Body Design

As with most Leica products, the Leica SL Typ 601 is made from solid aluminum and features easy to learn settings. 

There are twin control dials and a joystick, as well as 8 customizable buttons, on the body. None of them are labeled to allow you to create whatever camera you want.

One problem with the design of this camera is that the joystick is a little touchy, so you may accidentally move the AF zone without meaning to, which I’ve done a few times. 

Leica SL Typ 601 Body Design 2

I also can’t not mention the EVF in this section because it is the best EVF to ever hit the mirrorless market.  

Typically, I don’t do eye-level shooting with mirrorless cameras, but the Leica SL Typ 601 would be offended if you didn’t use its EVF. 

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Leica SL Typ 601 Build & Handling

Leica SL Typ 601 Build Handling

Despite the fact that this mirrorless acts much more like a DSLR with any of the 3 native lenses Leica built for it, it is still easy to handle.  

The Leica SL Typ 601 features what some call a “heavy-duty grip,” which is another way of saying Leica knows you don’t want to drop this camera. 

It’s basically entirely covered in a rubberized grip to make sure you don’t.

The weather-proofing on its body is also superb, so you know you won’t ruin your camera during an unforeseen storm.

Leica SL Typ 601 Build Handling 2

The top of the camera features a 1.3” monochrome LCD that allows you to change your settings quickly during a shoot, which is very helpful.  

This LCD is just another reason why this camera is a blast to shoot with. 

All in all, if I had to pick just one camera to shoot with for the rest of my life, it may just be the Leica SL Typ 601 for its rugged, take-anywhere handling. 

Leica SL Typ 601 Video Performance

As can be seen in this video by Cinema 5D, this Leica features 4K video that is both sharp and flat. While I’m not sure whether Cinema 5D was using the L-Log gamma profile for the above video, it is available and it is excellent. 

As can be seen in this video by Cinema 5D, this Leica features 4K video that is both sharp and flat. While I’m not sure whether Cinema 5D was using the L-Log gamma profile for the above video, it is available and it is excellent. 

Mathieu Gasquet provides another look at the 4K video by the Leica SL Typ 601 above. It’s important to keep in mind that you can shoot this footage at 24p or 30p, and you can play around with some of the fun video extras like focus peaking.  

Leica SL Typ 601 Price

Leica SL Typ 601 price

Although this camera is 5 years old, it was originally released at $7,000, so if you want this camera new it is still going to cost you $4,000.  

However, for the smart spenders out there, you can get a Leica SL Typ 601 used for just $2,500 at MPB.

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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

Photo by Smart on Unsplash

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

Canon 5DS R Body Design 1

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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Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S - A Serious Lens for Landscapes?

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Many of you have expressed interest in moving to the Nikon Z6 or Nikon Z7.

But many of you have also expressed reservations about doing so because of the limited native Z-mount glass currently available.

Sure, you can slap the FTZ mount adapter on a Z6 or Z7 that allows you to use your F-mount glass, but who wants to deal with that?

Heck, at the time of this writing, the Nikon Holy Trinity set of glass isn't even completely available. Well at least you have two-thirds available with the Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S lens and then you have 24-70mm f/4 and another f/2.8 version available of the 24-70mm.

I'll admit that I was a little worried about the f/4 aperture on my new 14-30mm f/4 S lens, and I assume many of you share the same concern.

Well, this weekend I traveled up to the hottest place on this planet to test this lens out - Death Valley.

For me, I was not sure about this lens, at least in the beginning. Let me explain why...

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Since Nikon released the 14-24mm f/2.8 back in 2007, it's been the backbone of most Nikon landscape photographers' camera bags.

It's big, heavy, and can be spotted from a mile away with that huge glass element bulging out of the lens.

In its early days, there weren't any filter options for it, which sucked. Then, a number of big filter kits from companies like NiSi, Formatt-Hitech, and Lee came onto the market.

I started shooting with this lens when I got my Nikon D700, then continued to use it with my D800, D810, and my late D850.

It was seriously one of my favorite lenses to use. It was fast, sharp and was a joy to use. And those days I missed the gym? Not a concern! I would get a solid work out just from slinging that thing around. But that was OK because the image quality was remarkable.  

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So, what about my concerns with the new 14-30mm f/4 S?

Honestly, as I mentioned earlier, my primary reservation was the f/4 aperture. Aside from that, this lens has tons of great features. Here are its full specs:

  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z
  • Focal Length: 14-30mm
  • Aperture Range: f/4-f/22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 11.02"
  • Filter Size: 82mm
  • Groups/Elements: 12/14
  • Length: 3.35"
  • Maximum Diameter: 3.50"
  • Lens Format: Full Frame
  • Angle of View: 114 degrees to 72 degrees
  • Weight: 1.07 lbs

For starters, it costs significantly less than the 14-24mm f/2.8 - the 14-24mm f/2.8 runs $1,896.95 while the 14-30mm f/4 is $1,296.95. It's also a fraction of the weight at just 1.07 pounds, as noted above.

Plus, the 14-30mm f/4 takes an 82mm filter thread and is missing that huge glass bulb on the front of it. That's a huge advantage for landscape photographers that need to utilize an array of filters to perfect the shot.

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Let me tell you, this is one of those don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover moments...

In my opinion, the 14-30mm gives the 14-24mm lens a serious run for its money.

The extreme weight reduction was a dream come true. The last thing I wanted was to lug around a big, heavy lens in the oppressive heat of Death Valley.

As you might expect, the internal focusing system was ultra-quiet with autofocusing that worked like a champ, even as dusk rolled around and there wasn't a ton of light.

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I saw little-to-no funny business that some wide-angle lenses tend to have.

That's thanks to the construction of the lens, which includes four extra-low dispersion glass elements and four aspherical elements. Combined with Nikon's Nano Crystal coating, flare, ghosting, and aberrations are minimized.

Like its S-series compatriots, this lens has rounded aperture blades that render gorgeous bokeh, and the lens is sealed against dust (which was a good thing for Death Valley) and moisture (which, funnily enough, I didn't need in Death Valley!).

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Aside from the technical aspects of this lens being impressive, I also enjoyed how the lens felt.

There's a nice, big rubber zoom ring that you feel like you can really get a handle of, even when your palms are sweaty from shooting in the hottest place imaginable.

The size and weight of the lens are ideal for landscapes, too. It feels well built, but without the bulk I noted earlier with the 14-24mm f/2.8.

Of course, that wide-angle view this lens offers gives you the opportunity to get tons of foreground interest in your shots. As you can see in my sample photos throughout this article, you can get images with tons of dimension thanks to all that foreground detail.

So, between the price, the size and weight, the focal length, and optical performance, this is truly a must-have landscape lens if you ask me. DxOMark agrees, for what that's worth.

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Now let's talk about where I picked this lens up.  

There are camera stores and then there is Samys.

I’ve known Samy for better part is decade. Matter of fact, I picked up my Nikon D800 from him when that camera first came out.

Then when my son was born and the Nikon D810 would be too much to carry in a diaper bag, I picked up the Sony a6300 from them.

What brings me back to Samy's is that the guy is the real deal - a bonified family man who loves the photography industry just as much. And his staff is the same way.

Camera gear like this lens is sold everywhere, so you can very easily pick this up on Amazon for the same price.

However, if you are tired of being treated like a number on an accounting spreadsheet and want to support a company who will treat you like an old friend, then give Samy's a shot. And if you get the chance to meet Samy himself, you'll see what I'm talking about!



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Nikon D3 Review: Why It's Still a Good Buy in 2019

Nikon D3 Review Why Its Still a Good Buy in 2019

photo by rdonar via iStock 

The Nikon D3 is now twelve years old, but it’s still worth buying in 2019. The main reasons for this are its good image quality, super-strong build, and relatively low price. 

Although now it is definitely outdated in certain fields, in the year of its release, this camera was a game-changer. First of all, it was Nikon’s first full-frame DSLR camera. Moreover, it brought many improvements in DSLR technology. 

In this Nikon D3 review, we don’t want to brag about its former glory. Quite the opposite, we will show you that you can still use this camera to take outstanding professional-like images. 

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Nikon D3 Specs

Nikon D3 Specs

Before the release of the Nikon D3, Canon had a monopoly on the market of full-frame DSLR cameras. By releasing this model, Nikon ended Canon’s dominance and started a “cold war” between these two companies.

The Nikon D3 features a 12.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and EXPEED processor. It is the same amount of resolution that you can find in the iPhone 7, but the Nikon D3 has large individual pixels so it can gather more light and work superbly in low-light conditions.

The camera has a native ISO sensitivity range of 200-6400 (expandable to ISO 25600) and it produces good image quality even if you shoot at high ISO settings. Outstanding results in low-light conditions were actually the main thing that made this model so popular in the first place. 

In terms of autofocus capabilities and speed of operation, this camera can still do pretty well. It has 51-Point autofocus system and 1005-pixel RGB metering sensor. Additionally, the camera offers burst shooting up to 9 fps or 11 fps in DX crop mode.

Learn more about the Nikon D3 in the video above by Steve Huff.

Nikon D3 Body & Design 

Nikon D3 Body Design

The Nikon D3 measures 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 inches and weighs 49.9 oz (including batteries). In other words, this camera is quite big and heavy. Although there are rational reasons for this, a lot of photographers nowadays prefer more compact models so its size come as one of its big disadvantages. 

As it is the case with all DSLR models, the Nikon D3 features an optical viewfinder and rear LCD display. Its viewfinder is big (18 mm eyepoint) and bright. It has 100% frame coverage and offers a 0.7x magnification.

The LCD screen measures 3 inches and it has a resolution of 922k dots. Unfortunately, it is fixed so you will need to put some effort into shooting images from different angles.

The camera also features a top LCD display which is useful for quickly checking the camera’s settings. Additionally, it also has a rear control panel LCD which shows different information such as image quality, ISO settings, color temperature, and other useful things.

The Nikon D3 doesn’t have a built-in flash, but you can add an external one through a flash shoe.  

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Nikon D3 Build & Handling 

Nikon D3 Build Handling

Oisa [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] via Wikimedia Commons 

The Nikon D3 is bigger and heavier than something like the Nikon D3500, but it is mostly because it was built in order to survive even the harshest environments. This camera is super strong and it was designed to last for decades. Even those cameras that were sold in 2007 should work without an error if you use them today. 

Whether you are taking images in heavy rain, a dust storm or in freezing temperatures, the Nikon D3 will do its job the best it can. Of course, this does not mean the camera is water-proofed or indestructible. Take basic precautions while using it and it will stay with you for years.

 

 

Although it’s a bit bulky, the Nikon D3 has very nice ergonomics and it feels good in the hand. Its grip and body style were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, a famous Italian automobile designer who worked for BMW, Maserati, Ferrari, and other car manufacturers. 

The camera has a lot of different functions and options, but it is not complicated to use, especially since it has an additional top and rear control panel LCD. Overall, the camera is very user-friendly and although it was designed for professional photographers, beginners will not have struggles to work with it. 

Nikon D3 Video Performance

Nikon D3 Video Performance

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The Nikon D3 does not feature video recording functionality. However, with a little bit of creativity, you can use this camera to create short films. In burst shooting mode, you can create up to 11 images per second and you can use them to create a stop-motion video.

Of course, if you need a camera that is capable of shooting professional video, the Nikon D3 is not what you are looking for. If you really want video recording capabilities, you should check out the Nikon D3S. It is very similar to the D3, but it allows you to shoot 24 fps HD video.

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Nikon D3 Lenses 

Nikon D3 Lenses 

The Nikon D3 uses Nikon F mount lenses and there is a wide choice of lenses to choose for this camera. Of course, using full-frame lenses will allow you to enjoy the full potential of an FX DSLR camera. Every photographer should find the perfect lens for its needs, but some of the most popular ones for the Nikon D3 include:

Nikon D3 Price

Nikon D3 Price

In the year when it was released, the Nikon D3 had a price tag of $4999. It was the best camera at that time and it changed everything in the photography business. 

Now, twelve years later, this camera is still useful. Although it lacks some features that became standard in the past decade, it is great at shooting high-quality images.

Many people have used the Nikon D3, so it is not hard to find a used one in good condition. If you visit MPB, a platform for selling and buying used equipment, you will find many models from which to choose. At the moment, you can buy a used Nikon D3 for the price as low as $619.00.

 



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Nikon D3500 Review

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The Nikon D3500 has a special place in my heart because it is the perfect entry-level DSLR and I use it to teach my kiddos.  

The Nikon D3500, which replaced the D3400 in September of last year, didn’t change much, which frustrated a lot of fans. But, the changes Nikon did make were worthwhile, especially considering it has made a number of people I know hold off on buying mirrorless.

The Nikon D3500 is the lightest in the Nikon line, and its price is another reason you may think about putting that brand-new mirrorless purchase off another year.

Get all the details in this Nikon D3500 review!

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Nikon D3500 Specs

nikon d3500 specs

When you’re buying anything worth hundreds of dollars you want to know about the bang for your buck, and in this case you want to know about the Nikon D3500 specs.

While these specs don’t set the world on fire, they certainly put the D3500 in a good position in the entry-level DSLR market:

  • Sensor: 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS 4
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 4
  • AF Points: 11-point AF
  • Max Image Size: 6,000 x 4,000px
  • Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • LCD: 3.0-inch with 921K dots
  • Weight: 14.6 oz

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The Nikon D3500 specs also include Bluetooth connectivity and an SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS I memory card slot. We will touch more on the lack of 4K video later on.  

To me, the most impressive Nikon D3500 spec is its battery life, which is 1,550-shots. To put that in comparison, it’s about 5 times more than a mirrorless camera in the same price bracket. 

Chris Turner, a well-respected YouTuber in the photography community, did a shoot and review of the Nikon D3500 that you may find enlightening. Check it out above.

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Nikon D3500 Body & Design 

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The Nikon D3500 design isn’t ideal, particularly because the 3.0-inch LCD screen is a fixed rear screen. I find, though, that when I’m teaching someone how to shoot they seldom use the articulating or tilting screens on my other cameras anyway.

Another downside is that the LCD isn’t touch-sensitive. While this wouldn’t have been a big deal a few years ago, the prevalence of touchscreens today makes it a near must-have now.

nikon d3500 body 2

If you’re thinking of picking up a Nikon D3500, keep in mind you will need to shoot it like an old school camera, buttons and all, since the screen doesn’t tilt. This means a lot of bending and stooping for those low-angle shots. 

This shouldn’t be a problem, though, considering the nice button redesign. All of the buttons on this Nikon Camera are now located along the right rear of the camera (phenomenal for righties, not so great for lefties).  

Nikon also got rid of the LiveView button in favor of a LiveView switch. 

Finally, the info button got moved from the top of the camera to the back of the camera and the flash button got moved from the side of the camera to the back of the camera. 

All told, it’s a nice refresh that retains that familiar Nikon look but improves your workflow.

 

 

Nikon D3500 Build & Handling 

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As I mentioned earlier, my favorite part about the Nikon D3500 build is how light it is. At just under 1 pound, the ergonomics of this camera almost rival that of most new mirrorless cameras.

Being so lightweight with a small form factor, this is a perfect everyday camera for a beginner or even an enthusiast that wants something with lots of features but doesn’t come wrapped in a big, bulky full frame body.

nikon d3500 build

The Nikon D3500, as compared to the D3400, has a thicker grip, so it is easier to hold.

Though the camera is not weather-sealed, it feels well put together and can take a few lumps. This isn’t to say that you can drop it and otherwise abuse it, but under normal shooting conditions, you needn’t worry about it being too delicate to handle the job.

Nikon D3500 Video Performance

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The Nikon D3500 features are impressive, until you reach the video department. This DSLR doesn’t come with 4K video capabilities.

Granted, this is an entry-level camera, but still, no 4K seems outdated in 2019. 

However, you can shoot full HD video at up to 60/50fps with the Nikon D3500.

Knowell Visuals, an underrated cinematographer, is doing great work over on YouTube and testing the video capabilities of tons of the latest DSLR and mirrorless cameras. He did the same with the Nikon D3500 and you can see it above. 

Nikon D3500 Lenses

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When buying this camera new, it’s packaged with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens shown above.

As kit lenses go, this is a great starter lens thanks to its vibration reduction feature. However, better lenses are out there that should be considered as your skill set improves.

Here’s a few excellent Nikon D3500 lens options: 

Nikon D3500 Price

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Now that the Nikon D3500 review is out of the way we can get to the important stuff, the Nikon D3500 price. It’s an impressive $396.95 brand-new on Amazon.

But, as you all know, we love a good bargain here at PhotographyTalk, and why buy new when you can buy used?

MPB, one of our favorite used camera resellers, has a few Nikon D3500s listed, for as cheap as $180.

I trust MPB with my used camera purchases because they do all of the hard work for me by grading each camera, from “faulty” to “like new.” You will never need to guess what’s going to show up in the mail. 

Plus, you’ll never need to guess when your new camera will arrive because they partner with quality, fast shipping companies.

Besides, you can use the money you save by buying a used camera to invest in one of the lenses mentioned above!

Once you’ve purchased your Nikon D3500, here’s a quick guide to help you set it up so you can get out shooting. 

Along with getting your camera at a reasonable price, learning how to actually use it is crucial. So, check out the video above, get familiar with the D3500, and make some photography magic happen!

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Nikon D5 Review

Nikon D5 Review 2

The Nikon D5 is a high-end camera with outstanding capabilities. Not many people can afford it since it costs around $6000, but it is an amazing camera that’s worth every cent. 

What is so great about the Nikon D5? To begin with, it has all the features needed for professional photography. The camera literally shoots in the dark and survives even the harshest environments. It is suitable for studio photography as much as for action. Also, it has some amazing video specifications such as 4K video recording.

Of course, this is not all. There is a long list of the Nikon D5’s capabilities, and this review, you’ll learn about the essential Nikon D5 features.

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The Nikon D5  Specs

The Nikon D5 Specs 1

The Nikon D5 features a 21 MP full-frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) CMOS sensor. Although some entry-level cameras have a larger resolution, the D5 serves as a perfect example that the amount of megapixels doesn't matter as much as other features that have an effect on the image quality.

Photography is all about light and the Nikon D5 deals with it in an amazing way. The image quality it produces is superb whether you shoot on a bright day or in a low-light situation. The camera has an impressive ISO range of 100 to 102400 that is expandable to ISO 50 to 3280000. This means that it can see through the dark better than human eyes.

 The Nikon D5 Specs 2

Another crucial thing for evaluating a camera is its speed. The Nikon D5 is equipped with an Expeed 5 Processor and it is pretty fast when it comes to the operations. The camera has a continuous shooting speed of 14 frames per second. If you add to this a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, you will understand why it is a perfect device for capturing moving targets such as sports players or wild animals. 

Additionally, the Nikon D5 also has an astonishing autofocus system. There are 153 focus points (99 cross-type) that can be controlled via the touch screen while autofocus works without any problems even in extremely dark environments. The continuous AF with 3D tracking will help you to take sharp images of moving targets, while you can use single-shot AF for portraits and landscapes.

Learn more about the Nikon D5 in the video above by Tony & Chelsea Northrup .

Finally, the battery life of the Nikon D5 is around 3780 shots, enabling you to shoot all day long without worry of a dead battery. This is definitely something that many people find very useful. 

It is worth mentioning that there are two types of the Nikon D5. The only difference between them is that one model has two XQD card slots, while the other has two CF card slots. Although this is not a substantial difference, it might be of significance for some photographers. 

 

 

The Nikon D5  Body and Design 

The Nikon D5 Body and Design 1

Now, let’s talk about the physical appearance of the Nikon D5. The first thing you will notice when you see this camera is that it is huge. The Nikon D5 has external dimensions of 6.3 x 6.26 x 3.62 inches and weight of 3.12 lb (without lenses). This places it in the category of the biggest and heaviest DSLR camera models on the market. 

Still, there is a good reason for such a big size and a heavy weight. The Nikon D5 is a tank among cameras. It can withstand extreme environments, drops, and other impacts. There is a theory that it can also survive a gun bullet, but we are not sure if anyone tried this yet. Also, we doubt this is true, so better not to try it!

The Nikon D5 Body and Design 2

On the back of the camera, there is a fixed 3.2″ LCD screen. The display has 2,359,000 screen dots and it employs touch-screen technology. Just below it, there is an additional screen where you can see the camera’s main settings. Moreover, the D5 has an optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with 100% coverage and 0.72× magnification. 

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The Nikon D5 Build and Handling 

The Nikon D5 Build and Handling

The Nikon D5 was built out of magnesium-alloy and it is environmentally protected against dust, moisture, and other harmful weather effects. As we already mentioned, this camera can survive the harshest environments and you would need to put some effort if you really want to destroy it. 

Nikon claims that the D5 has a shutter life expectancy of 400,000 actuations. Even if you make around 20,000 shots a year, the camera’s sensor should still last for two decades. This all shows the top quality of this model.

The Nikon D5 Build and Handling 2

Although it is very big and heavy, the Nikon D5 is not so hard to handle. It has both horizontal and vertical grips so it will feel comfortable in the hand despite its weight. 

Overall, most photographers are happy with the camera’s ergonomics. The D5 has many useful controls and dials that are ergonomically designed for functionality and ease of use. The touchscreen is also very helpful for going through the menu and for changing the camera’s settings.

 

 

The Nikon D5 Video Performance 

The Nikon D5 Video Performance 1

The Nikon D5 is one of the few DSLR cameras with 4K video recording capabilities. However, this feature comes with a lot of limitations. The 4K videos are recorded with a crop factor, and there is a time limit of three minutes. On the good side, the camera shoots Full HD videos at 60 fps without any crop. Moreover, it has an HDMI out, microphone, and jack port.

Let’s be straightforward, although the Nikon D5 does a great job in shooting stills, it is just not as good for video recording. The camera doesn’t have a built-in nor digital stabilization that would reduce the effect of shakes. Also, its autofocus is not as impressive in video mode as it is good for photography. 

Don’t get us wrong. This Nikon D5 allows you to make great movies, but it’s not really worth spending $6000 on this camera if you are primarily interested in videography.

The Nikon D5 Lenses

The Nikon D5 Lenses 1

The Nikon D5 uses the Nikon F mount, and there is a wide choice of lenses to choose for this model. Since the camera doesn’t have a built-in stabilization system, you might want to buy lenses with optical stabilization such as Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Additionally, we suggest you try the following lenses:

 The Nikon D5 Lenses 2

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The Nikon D5  Price 

nikon d5 price 

The Nikon D5 sells for $5,996.95 (for both the XQD and CF versions).  This price-tag might be unreachable for most enthusiast photographers. However, if you buy a used Nikon D5, you can save some money and spend it on additional photography equipment. 

On websites that are selling used equipment, such as MPB, you can find a used Nikon D5 with dual XQD or dual CF card slot in excellent condition for the price as low as $4,549.00.  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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Nikon D500 Review

Nikon D500 review

 photo by BraunS via iStock

The D500 is a super-fast Nikon DSLR camera, ideal for those interested in any kind of action photography, such as sports or wildlife.

While it will produce the best results if you use it for this purpose, the D500 is also good for any other type of photography. Overall, it is one of the best all-round camera models on the market even though it is already three years old. 

In this review, we will cover all the features and capabilities of the Nikon D500 so you can decide if this is the right camera for you. 

Nikon D500 Specs

Nikon D500 Specs

The Nikon D500 sports a 24.3MP X Trans CMOS III APS C sensor with no low pass filter along with X Processor Pro. Because of its large individual pixels, the camera works great in low-light conditions and it will produce images without noise even at high ISO settings. It has a native sensitivity range that goes from ISO 100 to 51200. With expansion settings, you can shoot up to ISO 1,640,000. 

While full-frame cameras usually provide better image quality than APS-C cameras, they are also bulkier and less portable. The APS-C sensor is well suited for the Nikon D500 since it is aimed at those who will mostly work out of the studio.

Nikon D500 Specs 2

Now, what makes this camera so good for action photography? First of all, it is because of its outstanding autofocus system. The camera has 153-point AF and 99 cross-type AF points. Its central AF point is sensitive down to -4EV which means that it can acquire focus even if there is not much light around. 

What is most important is that its autofocus system is very fast and precise. Whether you are shooting flying birds or 100m running race, the Nikon D500 keeps the focus on the target. You can also specify whether the target is steady or it’s moving very fast and the D500 will figure out what is the best way to lock it. 

The camera has a continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second in AF-C autofocus mode which is another thing that makes it perfect for shooting moving targets.

You don’t have to worry a lot about card failure or full storage since it has a dual card slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC + XQD). Finally, the D500 has a 1,240-shot battery life which is really impressive and very practical for professional photographers.

Learn more about the Nikon D500 in the video above by TheCameraStoreTV.

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Nikon D500 Features 

Nikon D500 features 1

The Nikon D500 weighs around 1.90 lb and measures 5.79 x 4.53 x 3.19 inches. It is a bit heavier than an average DSLR model, but it provides a lot of professional features packed in a strong body, so this size and weight are actually reasonable.

The LCD screen measures 3.2 inches and it has a resolution of 2,359,000 dots. A good thing is that the display is tiltable and touchscreen sensitive. This is very useful for repositioning the autofocus area or shooting images from different angles. Additionally, you can also use an optical pentaprism viewfinder which provides a 100 percent field of view.

Nikon D500 features 2

The D500 also features a top LCD screen which is convenient for checking the camera’s settings.

There are many options available for connecting this camera to other digital devices since it has USB 3.0 Micro-B connector as well as Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi technologies.

 

 

Nikon D500 Build and Handling 

Nikon D500 Build and Handling 1

Magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials should make sure that your camera lasts for years, while dust and water-drop resistance allows you to use it even in the extreme weather conditions.

Overall, this camera has a very nice ergonomics. The grip feels comfortable, buttons are reasonably positioned and everything seems very intuitive. The mini-joystick for selecting AF points is in the reach of the hand and easy to use even if you are using a viewfinder.  

Nikon D500 Video Performance 

Nikon D500 Video Performance 

Most of the DSLR cameras can’t shoot 4K videos, but this is not the case with the Nikon D500. This camera shoots 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video at 24p/25p/30p, with a time limit of 30 minutes. Unfortunately, there is a huge 1.5x crop in addition to the 1.5x crop of the APS-C sensor.

Additionally, the Nikon D500 records Full HD video at 60p, it has both a microphone and headphone jacks, while it also offers clean uncompressed HDMI out (UHD 4:2:2). These are the basic grounds for a good video recording experience, but the camera is not as brilliant in this category as it is in taking stills.

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Nikon D500 Lenses  

Nikon D500 Lenses

The D500 uses the Nikon F lens mount. This allows you to use thousands of different lenses that already exist on the market.

It is worth mentioning that there is not such a thing as good and bad lenses. Every photographer should choose lenses that are in tune with his style of photography. However, you might want to use faster ones on the Nikon D500 in order to speed it up even more.

Nikon D500 Price

Nikon D500 Price

The Nikon D500 costs around $1,496.95 and if you ask me, it is worth every penny. Although it doesn’t seem like a cheap price, in the hands of the right photographer, it can easily make this amount of money in a few hours.

A good thing is that this camera is already three years old and many people are selling it in order to get a newer camera. Check out MPB, a website which specializes in selling used photography equipment. At the moment, there you can find a used Nikon D500 in a good condition for the price as low as $994.00.

 



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Nikon D780 Review

Nikon D780 Review

Photo by Tania Mousinho on Unsplash

Nobody will stop talking about the Nikon D780 that just dropped. And not just because it’s an incredible DSLR, but because many believe it could be Nikon’s last shot at creating an incredible DSLR before permanently moving on to mirrorless cameras.  

Whether you think the Nikon D780 is a revival of an old camera for the sake of reminiscing, or a camera that is aiming to reinvigorate DSLRs permanently, here is our complete Nikon D780 review. We have also done extensive Nikon D750 review here.

Nikon D780 Specs

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The Nikon D780, despite rumors, has brought no brand-new technology to DSLRs.

But, it does feature something for just about everyone from a fast AF system to 4K video to faster burst mode.

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Nikon D780 Specs include:

  • 24.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 273-point AF system
  • ISO range of 100-51,200
  • 4K video capabilities at 30/25/24p
  • 3.2” 2359K-dot tilting touchscreen
  • 12fps burst mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 1.85 lbs

 

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Nikon D780 Body & Design

For a more hands-on look at this camera, check out this video by digiDirect.

The Nikon D780 is a 1.8 lb monster of a DSLR. It’s made of soft curves, instead of angles, which is familiar for those of us used to shooting with Nikon DSLRs. 

While its size may seem like a detriment at first, I found it comforting. It is just large enough to feature a comfortable grip, splayed controls, and a large rear screen. 

Nikon D780 Body Design

Additionally, the larger body means photographers can use larger full frame zoom lenses comfortably with the Nikon D780.  

I do have a few complaints about the build of the Nikon D780, though. 

My biggest beef is the four-way D-pad on the rear of the body. It should be bigger. The lock lever meant to stop you adjusting the AF point selection on accident also switches too easily. 

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Nikon D780 Build & Handling

Everyone’s favorite YouTube photographer, Jared Polin, is back with a review of the Nikon D780. It’s helpful to see this camera in action.

My favorite upgrade to the handling of the Nikon D780 is that the tilting screen is touch-sensitive. Nikon also got rid of the onboard flash and provided us with a dedicated AF-ON button. 

NIKON D780 BUILD HANDLING

The ergonomics are essentially the same as the Nikon D750

The Nikon D780 has an estimated battery life of 2,260 shots, which means you should never really need to use the external battery charger that comes with the camera (but they’re going to give it to you anyways). 

Nikon D780 Video Performance

The most impressive changes to the Nikon D780 are all in the video department, and you can see just how beautiful the uncropped 4K video is in this video by ePhotoSlovakia.

You can shoot 4K video in 24, 25 or 30p with no crop. 

The AF system works really well while shooting video, as does the face detection. You can shoot slow-motion if you’d like in 1080/120p. The Nikon D780 also comes with headphone and mic ports for external accessories.

For a great comparison of the Nikon D780 with other competitors in the field, the video above by The Slanted Lens is for you. 

Nikon D780 Price

NIKON D780 PRICE

The Nikon D780 price on Amazon is currently $2,300, which is admittedly out of many people’s price range.

However, as the days roll on, used Nikon D780s are going to start being for sale on used gear sites like MPB. 

While there aren’t any available as of the publishing of this article, there very well may be some available for you by the time you’re reading this. You can check here to check out their inventory of used D780s. 

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If you want to upgrade to a new D780, why not sell your old one on MPB?

MPB offers more than fair prices for your used gear, and even sends you a box to ship it to them for free.

Alternatively, you can trade in your old camera and use the credit towards buying new-to-you gear on MPB. 

I’ve bought and sold used cameras and lenses with MPB for years, and I’ve never had a problem or issue - you won’t either!

Save some money, buy used, and invest your savings in even more awesome gear!

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Nikon D850 Review

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Leading up the release of the Nikon D850 camera, there were a number of rumors about what the camera would be.

As we all patiently waited for the release of this amazing camera, anticipation snowballed.

Now, let me lay out some understanding of my background with Nikon DSLR camera bodies...

I started with the Nikon D90, then the D700, then the D800, and finally the D810. Each one of these cameras - like the D850 - had a laundry list of rumors.

Each one of the above cameras was great, however, in many cases, they fell short of the rumors and fell short of Nikon's marketing hype to some degree.

With that in mind, I'll say the D850 is the first camera to live up to the rumors and transcend expectations. It's no wonder why this camera was scored so highly by DxOMark. It EARNED it!

As a landscape photographer, here are the features about the Nikon D850 that personally jumped out at me.

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Nikon D850 Specs

Before I proceed with the review, I think it's important to outline some of the D850's top specifications:

  • 45.7-megapixel BSI CMOS FX sensor
  • Expeed 5 image processor
  • 153-point autofocus system
  • ISO range 64-25,600 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 7fps burst shooting speed (9fps with optional battery grip)
  • 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps

As I alluded to in the introduction, this rig has won tons of accolades in a short time.

That includes garnering the highest DxOMark score ever for an image sensor.

At 45.7-megapixels, the D850's sensor offers tons of resolution. It's backside illuminated, too, which certainly helps in the resolution department, not to mention producing images with improved dynamic range and less noise at higher ISOs (I can consistently shoot at ISO 3200 and above with little noise).

In fact, the D850 is so good at accommodating wide dynamic ranges that I have found it capable of capturing both highlights and shadows in scenes that I would have needed a graduated ND filter to capture with my D810.

What's more, the D850 has Nikon's latest image processor, the Expeed 5, for handling tasks quickly and efficiently.

The 153-point autofocus system isn't bad, either, allowing you to photograph both still and moving subjects while ensuring a greater likelihood that they'll be in focus. The 7fps burst shooting speed (9fps with an optional battery grip) is impressive, too.

Add to that an ISO range that extends from a low of 64 to a high of 102,400, and you have the makings of a camera that can perform well in virtually any conditions you might find when photographing outdoors.

It even has top-notch video capabilities - it'll shoot 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at a whopping 120fps.

So, the question is, what Nikon D850 features are best for landscapes?

Nikon D850 Build & Handling

Let's start on the outside...

If you're already a Nikon shooter, the D850 will feel like an old friend.

As you grip the camera body, it feels familiar if not comfortable, thanks to the fact that the D850 is a similar size as the D810 and carries over the same button configuration.

That means that this rig is easy to use because you'll already know where everything is.

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But even if you aren't a Nikon shooter, the D850 will still feel like a great camera in the hand and you'll find that the layout of its buttons is both intuitive and logical.

The addition of the autofocus joystick selector from the Nikon D500 is a nice touch, as is the Function 2 button to give you a little more customization possibilities.

The buttons are also illuminated, so when you're out shooting at dusk or at night, you can actually see what's what.

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Nikon D850 Viewfinder & LCD

The D850 does not have a pop-up flash, which means two things.

First, the weather-sealing is much improved as there's no longer the flash housing to worry about.

Second, and perhaps more important, the viewfinder now has a little more room, meaning it now has a 0.75x magnification factor - the largest of any Nikon DSLR.

Not only that, but the viewfinder is gloriously bright and detailed, giving you a prime view of your landscape subject matter. It has a built-in eyepiece shutter too, which helps prevent light leakage for those situations in which you're shooting long exposures with a beefy neutral density filter.

Perhaps the biggest exterior upgrade from the D810 to the D850 is the addition of the tilting touchscreen LCD.

A tilting screen in and of itself is nice given that it enables you to take low-angle shots with greater ease, but touchscreen capability is just the icing on the cake.

The LCD is big, bright, and high-resolution. You can see it well, even in broad daylight, and the large surface area means you can easily select menu options, navigate through your photos, take photos, and focus the camera.

It even has a virtual horizon to help you keep those horizons on the straight and level.

Nikon D850 Focus Capabilities

One thing that quickly kills an otherwise excellent photo is focus that's off.

That's why I appreciate the D850's improved focusing abilities over its predecessors.

For starters, when manually focusing in live view, you get a much cleaner, crisper display, making manual focusing much easier.

This rig's 153-point autofocus system with 99 cross-type autofocus points - which comes from the Nikon D5 - is a joy as well.

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It's partnered with a 180,000-pixel metering system that garners impeccably sharp results.

On occasions when you're photographing a moving target, like wildlife, you'll find that the D850 locks on quickly and tracks their movements with ease.

Aiding in your endeavor to get a sharp image is the multi-directional joystick that's just above the LCD panel.

The joystick lets you move the selected autofocus point or even clusters of autofocus points with ease and do so quickly as well. See the D850's autofocus in action in the video below by Matt Granger.

To match the excellent focusing speed is the D850's ability to shoot in burst mode at 7fps. That's a speed that will accommodate virtually any landscape scene you might encounter.

Add to that a much-improved buffer that can handle up to 170 12-bit RAW files, and you have the makings of a camera that can capture a ton of images in short order. That's great news for landscape photographers that find themselves photographing speedy animals and birds on occasion.

Another feature that I really like is the integrated focus peaking, a first for a Nikon DSLR camera.

With three different levels of peaking - low sensitivity, standard, and high sensitivity - the camera will place a red outline around the areas of sharp focus when you're manually focusing in live view.

Though some will find it a bit gimmicky, focus peaking certainly assists you in nailing down the depth of field before you ever press the shutter button.

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Another new feature on the D850 is something that macro photographers are sure to love...

With built-in focus stacking that allows you to combine up to 300 images into one, you can create sharply focused images of bugs, plants, and other tiny landscape elements.

You just select your beginning focus point and the camera will automatically adjust the point up to infinity in each subsequent frame.

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Nikon D850 Features

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There's tons of other features that I've found incredibly helpful over the last two months. Here's a short list:

  • The silent shutter is awesome for wildlife photography. And when I say "silent," I mean this thing is absolutely dead quiet.
  • The buffer holds about twice as many images as the D810. That's definitely a bonus.
  • You can wirelessly control the camera via Nikon's SnapBridge, which is nice for times when I want to be in the shot. The user interface of SnapBridge is fairly poor, but still...
  • With improved mirror lockup, you can better time your shots to capture the moment that action happens. When shooting in live view, the D850 immediately takes an image when you press the shutter. Compare that to the D810 which requires you to press the shutter button twice to get the shot.
  • An additional customizable Fn button is certainly welcomed.

In the end, the Nikon D850 isn't a perfect camera, but it's damn close.

The resolution alone is a big draw for landscape photographers that want to blow up their images to huge prints.

The excellent autofocus system with fast burst shooting is nice as well.

And, as I mentioned above, the familiar feel of the D850's body and intuitive layout of its controls means that you can grab the camera and be comfortable shooting almost immediately.

Though some have labeled the D850 as a mere replacement for the D810, I'd argue differently.

This thing is a beast unto itself, and if you ask me, is the best camera Nikon has ever made.

But that's just this landscape photographer's humble opinion!

See an in-depth review of the Nikon D850 for landscape photography in the video above by Steve Perry.

Nikon D850 Price - Updated July 2019

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Ready to pull the trigger on a Nikon D850?

A brand-new D850 body will run you around $3,000 as of this writing. However, given the fact that it's been a couple of years since its release, you can also find good used D850s at a pretty good discount.

Outfits like KEH, MPB, and Adorama have wide selections of used gear, and often have a D850 roll through at a price that will save you at least a couple of hundred bucks.



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Nikon Rumors: The D6 Will Arrive in 2020

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*Photo is of the Nikon D5

If you’re here looking for all of the details on the Nikon D6, then you’re in luck. Rumors have been swirling the last few days about all the new technology Nikon plans to include, how they’re trying to compete with Canon, and whether the price tag will be worth it.

While all of the Nikon D6 specs are still rumor, we’ve got them all right here for you. And, some of them are bound to be true.

Nikon Rumors: Nikon D6 Specs

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 *Photo is of the Nikon D5

The Nikon D6 had better have in-body image stabilization considering a prominent rumor going around is that the D6 unveiling was delayed thanks to the addition of this technology.

Supposedly, the D6 will also have dual CFExpress memory card slots, new dual EXPEED processors, built-in WiFi, and a 3.2 million-dot touchscreen LCD. 

The Nikon D6 may also feature:

  • .76-.78x 100% viewfinder
  • Multiple silent shooting modes
  • Better AF than the Nikon D5

Nikon Rumors 2019: Will the D6 Be Mirrorless?

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*Photo is of the Nikon D5

Some purists will say that the D6 better be a DSLR. Why mess with something that’s worked for ages? Others will say that it’s time for DSLRs to go away, and making the D6 a mirrorless camera will help Nikon compete with Canon’s forthcoming high-end mirrorless rigs.

The rumor seeming to win out about whether the Nikon D6 will be a mirrorless is that it will be a DSLR with mirrorless-like qualities, such as in-body image stabilization and the ability to take incredible video.  

However, Nikon’s president did admit in an interview that a mirrorless camera similar to the D5 was being developed. Which leads me to believe that we’ll be getting both: a D6 DSLR and a Z series mirrorless version. My theory is proven more true by the fact that Nikon confirmed new Z series cameras are headed for the brand this year.

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Nikon Rumors 2019: Nikon D6 Release Date 

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As TechRadar is reporting, Nikon may be looking to release the Nikon D6 in time for the 2020 Olympics. Since the Nikon D5 is known for being a phenomenal sports photography camera, and since the 2020 Olympics are being hosted in Nikon’s home city of Tokyo, it’s a pretty convincing argument.

Nikon Rumors also suggests that prototypes are already in testing, which could mean an early 2020 announcement.

Nikon D5 Specs and Nikon D5 Price 

The Nikon D5:

  • Shoots 12 frames per second
  • Shoots 4K video
  • Comes with Dual CompactFlash
  • Has a 3.2” screen

For some of us, the closest we can get to the newest cameras are the older versions of those cameras.

So, realistically, I’m probably not going to be able to afford the price tag on the Nikon D6 considering I haven’t even been willing to shell out for a Nikon D5. But, everytime a new Nikon camera drops, or gets ready to drop, then another Nikon suddenly drops in price and I can expand my collection.

While the Nikon D5 price was egregious when it first dropped, thanks to places like Paul’s Photo, I was still able to rent one and play around with it for a few days. 

So, whether you’re looking to try out the D5 before upgrading to the D6 when it inevitably drops next year, or maybe you’re in my boat and are thinking about splurging for the D5 now that it won’t cost a year of rent, the guy’s over at Paul’s Photos can help you out. 

They currently have a $500 rebate on the Nikon D5, making it a smooth $5,999. On the other hand, if you really have your eye on the Nikon D6, but want to try the line out before you buy, then you can also rent the D5 for as cheap as $150.

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