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1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Nikon D5300 Review: Better images, better video and advanced features give this mid-range DSLR a leg up

 
 

We've just published our full Nikon D5300 review, and this updated mid-level consumer DSLR takes the well-reviewed D5200 and packs in a handful of high-end features. Sporting a newly developed 24.2MP sensor without...

Behind the scenes: The design process that led to the creation of the Olympus E-M10

 
 

Shortly after the CP+ show in Yokohama last February, I was able to visit Olympus' R&D headquarters in Hachioji, Japan, where I had the privilege of extensive discussions with the heads of a number of deparments...

Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)

 
 

Back in early 2010, Pentax launched the 645D, a medium-format digital SLR that leap-frogged full-frame rivals in terms of sensor area, and simultaneously set a new benchmark in terms of affordability compared to...

Nikon D5300 Review: Better images, better video and advanced features give this mid-range DSLR a leg up

 
 

We've just published our full Nikon D5300 review, and this updated mid-level consumer DSLR takes the well-reviewed D5200 and packs in a handful of high-end features. Sporting a newly developed 24.2MP sensor without an AA filter for enhanced sharpness, and Nikon's latest EXPEED 4 processor for better high ISO...

Canon files a patent for a new 24-70mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens

Is Canon about to update its 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with image stabilization? A recently found patent suggests so, and it would fit well into the scheme that we've seen lately. Canon has already introduced image stabilization into some of its bread-and-butter lenses, including the 35mm f/2 and 28mm f/2.8 lenses. Especially with DSLR videography...

Gear fear? Stop worrying about equipment theft with tips from Reddit

 
Photo: Matt Biddulph, Flickr Creative Commons

Ever worried about getting your gear stolen while you’re shooting in public? Rest assured, it happens much less often than you fear—but plenty of photographers can relate to the feeling.

Reddit’s photography forum is sharing advice on how to get more comfortable with...

The first third-party lens for full-frame E-mount is here, and it’s a super-fast 50mm f/0.95

Good news for those already using or looking into Sony's full-frame E-mount system: the lenses available for the system have just been extended by a very interesting third-party option! Chinese manufacturer Zhongyi, who also make the Lens Turbo focal reducer for various systems including APS-C E-mount, just announced the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95...

What gear do you really need for architectural photography?

 
Photo: Balthazar Korab, Flickr Creative Commons

Buildings seem like they make great models. They’ll stand in the same place until the light is perfect, and never complain. But as with most disciplines, there’s more to architectural photography than it would seem.

The Phoblographer posted a list of the kind of gear...

Throwback Thursday: Early Kodak DSLR takes a trip to space in 1991

 
 

Here’s a little Throwback Thursday action, taking us to a time when Kodak was a trailblazing force in digital photography, the US had an active space shuttle program, eyeglasses covered half your face, and digital SLRs were the future.

In 1991, NASA sent a Kodak Hawkeye II on space shuttle mission STS-44, making...

Google Camera app for Android adds slightly dubious, Lytro-like refocusing, depth-of-field effects

 
 

Do you have a Google Android smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4+ KitKat or higher, or are you willing to root and install a third-party ROM to get it? If so, you can also have the company's just released Google Camera app, which overhauls the user interface yet again, and adds a new, Lytro-like post-capture...

See better, carry easier: Fuji releases X-T1, X100 accessories


 
 

If you own a Fuji X100s, X100, or the recently-launched Fuji X-T1, then you'll find a raft of accessories released by the company today to be of interest. A new conversion lens for the X100-series cameras will help you bring distant subjects closer, while a selection of grips help you hone your hold on the...

Behind the scenes: The design process that led to the creation of the Olympus E-M10

 
 

Shortly after the CP+ show in Yokohama last February, I was able to visit Olympus' R&D headquarters in Hachioji, Japan, where I had the privilege of extensive discussions with the heads of a number of deparments there. One very interesting presentation was by Mr. Setsuya Kataoka, General Manager of the Product...

Panasonic patents light-field sensor with high-res capture

 
 

2013 was a dead year for light field photography, but 2014 is already showing promise. The latest news: Panasonic just earned a patent on a sensor that captures full-resolution 2D photos as well as light-field depth information.

The trouble that many photographers had with the original Lytro light-field camera...

Google applies for patent on contact lens with built-in camera

 
 

Disappointed that you missed your chance to buy Google Glass during yesterday’s limited-time sale? Or just bummed out that the future of mobile photography might lie in a face computer that makes anyone look like a doofus? Good news: Google is already working on a way to stick a camera right on your eyeball.

The...

Tired of that chintzy camera strap? These custom straps combine function and beauty

 
 

All over the web these days, you can find dozens of styles of camera straps. There are straps with "rapid" sliders, carabiners and clamps, straps with polka dots and stripes and cutesy cats, and lots and lots of clunky, cobbled-together, artsy, hipster straps, homemade by someone who has probably never so much as...

Already exhausted your holiday budget? Come travel to Doha, Qatar in this amazing hyperlapse video!

Travelling the world is a dream many of us share, but only few ever see come true. What keeps most of us from simply dropping everything and setting out on a journey across the globe, besides job and family commitments, is the sheer lack of financial resources to do so. But even if our holiday budgets are already exhausted, there's still an...

Cast your votes for winners in 11th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

 
 
 
Photo: Eko Adiyanto. Natural World category.

What’s not to love about a photo contest where the people get to vote for their favorites? The finalists in the 11th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest were announced last week, and voting is open through May 6, 2014.

A...

Flash-photography guru Joe McNally shares lighting tips in Nikon video series

 
 

We’re in an era where cameras can almost see in the dark, and as a result, the art of adding light to a scene is under-appreciated. But when the student is ready to turn down that ISO dial, the teacher will appear.

Nikon just posted the second in a series of lighting tutorials with brand ambassador and...

Photographs of the ‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ collected in new book

 
 

Looking at a photograph is a bit like traveling back in time. The time-travel might be to the moment when the photo was taken—or might be even further back, to some unspecified instant in the course of the subject’s time on earth.

Artist Rachel Sussman takes us back at least 2,000 years with her new book, The...

Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)

 
 

Back in early 2010, Pentax launched the 645D, a medium-format digital SLR that leap-frogged full-frame rivals in terms of sensor area, and simultaneously set a new benchmark in terms of affordability compared to existing medium-format options. Today, the Pentax 645Z follows in its footsteps and aims even higher,...

Is Canon feeling the heat? For the first time, Sony sells more system cameras in South Korea

Sony has been working hard to establish itself as a major camera manufacturer, and now it seems the work is finally paying off. For the first time in the company's relatively young history as a camera maker it has sold more interchangeable lens cameras in South Korea than its rival, the photography behemoth Canon. Though only by a very slight...

Redditor shares his process for making stunning starscapes

 
Photo: Andrew Tallon

While we’re on the topic of space today, have you ever wondered what it takes to make one of those surreal star-scape photos? You know, the kind of thing that shows up on the front page of Reddit every now and then?

Well, here’s a quick lesson from somebody with first-hand experience. Last...

Moon photo 101: Get prepared for tonight’s total lunar eclipse!

 
 

Want to add a great lunar eclipse photo or two to your portfolio? Tonight's blood moon presents the best opportunity in the next few years in the Americas, at least if the weather plays ball and you're willing to forego some sleep. But shooting an eclipse isn't something we do every day, so it merits a little...