First Look: Hasselblad’s New Medium-Format H6D Camera
Hasselblad's new flagship finally brings the storied camera system back to the cutting edge.
Review: With the New X-Pro2, Fujifilm Distances Itself From the Pack
It took 5 years but Fuji has finally updated their flagship rangefinder-syle camera. Lucky for all, it was worth the wait.
Review: Sony’s New A6300 Camera and G-Master Lenses
The old stalwarts of pro photography now have a serious contender.
Sony Introduces Pro Lenses and a Long-Awaited A6300
The A6300 is here, along with a new series of flagship lenses.
The New X-Pro2 Is the Sign of Fujifilm Cameras to Come
Fujifilm has built their recent success on rangefinder-style cameras and the newest X-Pro2 looks like it'll continue the winning streak.
Atsushi Nishijima’s Street Photography, from Manhattan to Tokyo
Serendipitous moments and fleeting glances with a quiet cultural observer.
Sony’s RX1R II Is the Best Compact Camera Ever Built
Technically, RX1R II has a lot to offer. But is Sony just showing off?
The Best Digital Camera You Can Buy Is 50 Years Old
The Hasselblad CFV-50c is a 50-megapixel medium-format digital sensor attached to a camera that was first manufactured in 1957. It costs $15,000. We took it out on a field trip.
25 Adventure Instagrams That Will Inspire
To view spectacular nature, one doesn't need to travel the world or buy a subscription to National Geographic Magazine -- you just need an Instagram account. Here are the 25 best adventure Instagram accounts you probably aren't following, yet.
The Toy Camera that’s Helping to Keep Film Alive
The Lomo'Instant camera goes beyond other instant cameras with its range of creative controls and add-ons while still appealing to a new generation of analog photographers just looking for a start shooting film.
Shooting the Nikonos V, History’s Great Underwater Camera
The Nikonos camera produced many of history's greatest underwater images. To the author, it also is a symbol of adventure itself.
Kit: Taking on Baja
Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything -- because anything can, and will, happen.
Decrypted: The State of Drones in America, Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
Drones both commercial and noncommercial face a slew of bureaucratic challenges in the near future. Here's what's at stake.
Nobody Wins with Counterfeit Batteries
Counterfeit Canon batteries and battery chargers cost less than their genuine counterparts for a reason: they lack the heat management technology that's critical for safety. The underground nature of their production also ignores factors like quality control and worker well-being in favor of earning a quick buck. By buying fake Canon products, you're not just supporting these criminal groups, you're also putting your camera equipment and potentially even your own safety at serious risk.
The New Camera Class of 2014: DSLR Alternatives
In just a few short years the world of photography has been turned upside down, and the advent of the iPhone and other innovations like mirrorless cameras has created a dizzying array of options. We take a look at the latest new class of cameras, none of them DSLRs, but all capable and unique in their own right.
Want This, Get This: Zeiss Otus or Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
The way we see it, the 50mm prime competition comes down to two lenses. One makes zero compromises and pursues optical perfection at whatever the cost, and one achieves nearly the same optical clarity while costing a hell of a lot less.
Breakdown: Lytro Illum
Back in 2011, when Lytro introduced the Light Field, critics gasped in amazement at the camera's ability to refocus pictures after the shutter snap... and in horror at the angular, boxy design. Lytro updated and repackaged their technology as the Illum, which represents their first real foray into the consumer market.
Tested: Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Fitting right between the Indie filmmaker's DSLR and Hollywood studio's Arri Alexa, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($2,000), with its 13 stops of dynamic range and 2.5K sensor, makes filmmakers jump for joy. We took it on a test drive.
Buying Guide: Underwater Imaging
Nowadays, there are many options for underwater photography and videography available to the avid diver and occasional vacation snorkeler alike. These five underwater imaging options -- everything from custom-machined metal housings to cameras that don’t need a housing at all -- will serve you well on your next dive trip. What you shoot is up to you.
Kit: Essentials for the Budding Movie Maker
Today's affordable tools, cameras, classes and copious creative outlets have brought making a film (one of the best story-telling devices) nearly to the everyman. Still, all those advances can't change a basic fact: sometimes making a movie means going to where the story is rather than waiting for it to come to you. But paying to check 10 Pelican cases of equipment will essentially eat your entire production budget, not to mention it's tough to sneak into a location if you have a fleet of boxes and bags. This kit can be carried by one or two people in traditional suitcases -- which means you get your shots, no matter where those shots may be.
Kit: Capturing the Olympics
Packing for a trip to Russia for the Sochi Olympics is no small feat. There's weather, international travel, technology and a desire to stay light on our feet to consider. Gear needs to be tough, functional, lightweight and understated. Here's a sampling of what we're packing to use on a normal day in Sochi.
Guide to Life: Snap a Decent Instagram
As it turns out, most of Instagram’s 100 million users aren’t jet setting to exotic locations, climbing mountains or doing other exceptionally picturesque stuff (see #dentist for further evidence). That being said, you don't have to summit Everest to post interesting Instagrams. By following a few (relatively) straightforward guidelines you’ll soon be ‘gramming like Ansel Adams.
Rotary Club: Take to the Skies with These 3 Drones for the GoPro
Drones with GoPro capability have exploded in popularity over the past two or three years and are finally beginning to arrive at price points that might make the budget-minded filmmaker's ears perk up. With that in mind, we sought to find the best drones for aerial filmmaking; after some worthwhile learning experiences (don't try and learn to fly one in a New York City office), we've arrived at our three favorites.
The underwater digital camera is certainly not a new concept; you probably picked one up before your honeymoon to take pictures while scuba diving. How’d that work out for you? Not too great, we bet, because while the underwater digital camera is clever in theory, there aren’t many companies who have made it worth our time and money. The lenses are cheap, the images are underwhelming, and face it: the cameras are homely as hell. Luckily, Nikon has decided to get serious about underwater photography -- and photography in all sorts of rough conditions -- with the new AW1 ($800), the first mirrorless digital camera that's completely waterproof and has interchangeable, waterproof lenses.
Want This, Get This: Nikon Df or Olympus OMD E-M1
If you’re like us, you have a long list of cameras you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series "Want This, Get This" presents a lust-worthy shooter along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we’re celebrating two DSLRs that recall the golden age of film while also delivering next-gen features.
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Announced all the way back in September 2012, Tamron's 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD ($1500) -- one of the company's gutsiest moves into the pro lens field -- had plenty of time to be picked apart prior to its release. Though the lens was announced a year and a half after Canon introduced the second edition of their vaunted 70-200 f/2.8 IS, the Tamron was able to combine image quality and build that kept up with the competition at a significantly reduced price point. In May 2013, nine months after its initial announcement, Tamron's bold product was released -- and then vindicated by an outpouring of positive reviews.
12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie
Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that -- please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.
Canon EOS 70D
We know you feel tech savvy standing at your son’s baseball game with a digital SLR around your neck and a high-def camcorder over your shoulder. But with the latest technology from Canon, the digital SLR is finally capable of shooting high-def videos worth your time and effort. Ten years and seven iterations after releasing their game-changing 10D digital SLR, they've done it again with the 70D ($1199), a mid-range digital SLR for the photographic enthusiast who’s ready to shoot smooth videos right next to stunning stills.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Thanks to 16MP smartphone cameras and the mirrorless revolution, the old point-and-shoot has been headed towards extinction. That’s not exactly the way Sony sees things. They stubbornly released the best damn pocket camera in the world, the RX100, last year. The mighty marvel’s massive one-inch sensor paired with a fast f/1.8 Zeiss lens effortlessly produced rich 20MP images, even in the novice hands of doting grandparents and hapless tourists. How did Sony respond to the positive reviews? They released the RX100 II ($748), which is even better.
Prime Time: 5 Best Fixed-Lens Cameras
There was a time when photographers didn’t carry nine different lenses with their camera, a time when one wide-angle lens was enough to get an adroit photographer through the day because he realized that sometimes the best way to zoom in was to damn well walk closer to his subject. While most of us like having a versatile zoom lens, there’s something to be said for having only one focal length: when you shoot with a fixed focal length camera, you don’t take pictures, you take photographs. We’ve rounded up the top six “fixies” to get you started on your path towards being an artisan.
Introducing: Gear Patrol x DSPTCH Camera Straps (Giveaway!)
Since 2010, San Francisco-based DSPTCH has designed rugged, functional camera straps that pair military-spec webbing and Paracord with high-quality hardware. They're available in a variety of excellent, reserved hues, but we couldn't help but wonder what a combination of blaze orange and matte black hardware might look like. Neither could DSPTCH -- and so we're pleased to introduce GP x DSPTCH straps in our signature color.
Tested: Olympus OM-D EM-1
Olympus’s new OM-D EM-1 ($1,400, body only) is way ahead of its time. Effectively an upgraded version of the already-capable E-M5, the E-M1 is an excellent shooter across the board, albeit one that can't quite find its place in the market. We say: stay different, E-M1.
Handling incredibly dangerous chemicals and taking a single, earth-shattering shot -- as much as it sounds like a recent happening in Breaking Bad, we’re actually talking about daguerreotype. Invented in the early 1800s, the labor-intensive process laid the groundwork for modern photography. Today, artists like Dan Carillo keep the tradition alive. This short film features incredible shots of Carillo's daguerreotype process.