The Sony a99 II is a Low Light Monster
Sony’s latest E-mount mirrorless cameras have wowed photographers with their low light and high ISO capabilities. Now it looks like its latest A-mount SLT, the new Sony a99 II, will do the same. Above is a 2-minute video showing its performance at ISOs up to 25600 in a room lit only by two candles. ..
Dual Pixel AF Battle: Canon 70D Versus Samsung Galaxy S7
The Canon 70D DSLR and the new Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone camera both feature “dual pixel” autofocus, which uses most or all of the sensor’s pixels for phase detection AF. But how do the two devices compare head-to-head? The Thai gear reviewer C Biz Online just uploaded this (unintentionally?) ..
Review: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is Solid But Has a Lackluster EVF
In 2008, both Olympus and Panasonic teamed up to create the Micro Four Thirds sensor standard for mirrorless cameras. Seven years later, I sit with the Olympus E-M10 Mark II in front of me. It’s a more affordable camera than its older siblings, the E-M5 and E-M1, and today we’ll be taking ..
Testing the Image Quality of the Yongnuo 35mm f/2 for Canon EF
Here’s a look at the optical quality of the Yongnuo 35mm f/2 for Canon EF. There’s only so much that can be tested at home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home. ..
Review: The Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS
Can the new Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS compete with the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8? Here are my thoughts on this unique lens. A few months ago I showed readers how to pick a lens for milky way photography. In the conclusion of the guide, there was one particular type of lens that stands out […]
Fujifilm Medium Format GFX 50S First Impressions
Wow. I typically have more to say in my first paragraph, but this camera blew me away and “wow” is one of the best ways to portray my first reactions. I was fortunate to test out the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50s for a week starting a few days before the new year. What a […]
42 Megapixels of Garbage: An Unconventional Review of the Sony a7R II
The 42MP Sony a7R II has got to be one of the most anticipated camera systems in the history of cameras, and for good reason. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to play with all sorts of camera systems, from cheap point-and-shoots to $30,000 80-megapixel behemoths. I’ve observed as the DSLR video ..
A Review of the Laowa 15mm f/4 and Its Crazy Close 4.7mm Working Distance
Here’s a new video review by Thomas Shahan, the “Bob Ross of bug shots,” of the new Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 wide angle macro lens. There are a number of interesting features in this manual-focus lens, including a buit-in shift mechanism and a crazy close 4.7mm working distance ..
Video: Review Pits the Nikon D750 Against the D610 and D810
Just over a week ago we featured Matt Granger’s review of ZEISS’ recently-announced Otus 85mm f/1.4, and today he’s back with a quick review and comparison test of Nikon’s newest full-frame camera: the D750. Located between the D610 and D810 in Nikon’s DLSR lineup, Granger reviews ..
A First Look at Sigma's Monster Prime, the 500mm f/4 Sport
Sigma’s new 500mm f/4 Sport is getting a lot of attention. It might be because it’s the first telephoto prime in its new ART/SPORT series of lenses, or it might be because of the price tag of $5,999. That’s $3,000 less than the Canon and almost $4,300 less than the Nikon, while only being $1,000 ..