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This month’s prizes:

1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Firmware Friday: Leica T (Typ 701) gets much faster autofocus, additional lens support and new app


 
 

After last week's laundry list of updates, Firmware Friday is a much simpler affair this time around. In place of the staggering 36 updates in our last roundup, there's only a single firmware release to...

Camera of the Year 2016: Best Overall

We test many good cameras and lenses over the course of a year, but each year some rise to the occasion of simply being outstanding in their class. Our Camera of the Year awards are a chance to let us showcase the cameras and lenses that really shined for us over the past...

Sony A99 II First Shots: Sample images from Sony’s super-powered top-of-the-line SLT camera

 
 

More Sony sample images straight from our testing lab! It's been four long years since Sony's previous flagship, full-frame SLT camera -- the Sony A99 -- and many were wondering if Sony had all but abandoned their...

Look out! These videos highlight the occupational risk of sports photography

 
 

Sports photography is about capturing the iconic sports moments that sometimes transcend the field of play altogether. Shooting the timeless images can come with more physical wear and tear than the soreness that accompanies lugging a massive exotic telephoto lens around for hours. Have you ever seen a photographer...

Is your camera lying to you about highlights? Plus an excellent presentation on mastering lighting

 
 

Today we have a couple of videos which we hope will help you improve your photographic skills on the computer and in the field. First up is a quick tip from Scott Kelby on improving your Lightroom skills. For those who aren’t familiar with Kelby, he writes for Lightroom Killer Tips and runs Kelby One, a premium...

Nikon D500 takes on martial artist and Chronos high-speed camera gains “bullet time”

 
 

We have a couple of high speed-centric videos for you today. First up is a video from Nikon and sports photographer Tom Miles. The video below goes behind the scenes with a Nikon D500 as martial artist Tom Duqesnoy (who has the excellent nickname “Fire Kid”) smashes objects such as cakes and watermelons with his...

Selfie and budget-friendly: Fujifilm announces the X-A10 mirrorless ILC, 16.3 megapixels and tilting display

 
 

Fujifilm has announced the Fuji X-A10, a new entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which incorporates the selfie-friendly design of the recent X-A3 camera with a more wallet-friendly price. The $500 X-A10 uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and pairs it with a compact, lightweight camera body.

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Give your portraits a customized, colorful backdrop in Photoshop with these simple steps

 
 

Have you ever shot a portrait using a background and then wished after the fact that you had used a different colored background? Or perhaps you simply don't want to have a massive collection of backgrounds on hand. No matter the reason, it is easy to change the background color of a portrait (or product shot) in...

Phase One releases faster, more user-friendly Capture One Pro 10 raw editor + support for E-M1 II, A6500

 
 

Capture One Pro 10 represents a major update to Danish company Phase One’s popular raw image conversion and editing software. Just released, Capture One Pro 10 focuses on providing users a faster, more powerful experience through the addition and enhancement of a wide range of features, including improvements to...

Unsafe conditions, reduce speed: DJI Inspire 2 not as fast as originally announced

 
 

In mid-November, DJI announced their new DJI Inspire 2 drone, which was advertised to be faster, lighter and offering better imaging capabilities. All of that should still hold true when the Inspire 2 starts shipping in December, but DJI has announced that the top speed of the Inspire 2 will not be as high as...

Sports photographer Mark Leech captures the incredible emotion, culture of soccer in the U.K.

 
 

For many sports fans, their beloved memories are best represented by iconic images. Sports photographers like Mark Leech are responsible for capturing the highs, lows and sometimes crucial social context surrounding what are ultimately children’s games. Leech is a United Kingdom-based soccer (football as it’s known...

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Field Test Part II: Putting continuous autofocus to the test and more

 
 

When I first got acquainted with the new Olympus E-M1 Mark II, it was up in Iceland, an absolutely stunning place filled with awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere you turned as well as some rather harsh weather conditions. I was able to get a good sense for the E-M1 II's overall image quality performance and its build...

Preserving the past: Edward S. Curtis and his storied portraits of Native Americans

 
 

Updated on December 5: Added information about "Rediscovering Genius: The Works of Edward S. Curtis" show

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and as such it seems particularly appropriate to take a moment to look at the legacy of American photographer Edward S. Curtis.

Edward S. Curtis was an...

Best lenses for astrophotography: The ultimate guide from Lonely Speck

 
 

Astrophotography is a particularly demanding genre of photography that emphasizes a distinct set of qualities and characteristics of lenses. Qualities such as autofocus speeds (or being capable of autofocus at all) and sharpness when stopped down become less important, whereas characteristics such as having a focus...

The selfie stick of the future: meet the AirSelfie Drone

 
 

The AirSelfie is a drone so small, the company is betting you'll give up your selfie stick and use it instead. Currently on Kickstarter - with under a month and fully backed - the AirSelfie weighs only 52 grams and is designed in such a way as to seamlessly integrate with your Android or iOS smartphone.

The drone...

Sony A6500 Field Test Part I: Real-world feedback on this just-launched, sports-loving mirrorless camera

 
 

Early in October, we were surprised by the launch of the Sony A6500 mirrorless camera, just eight months after its sibling the A6300 hit the market. And now as we near the end of November, I've just published my first Sony A6500 Field Test, bringing you my thoughts on this impressively speedy little shooter.

For...

10 Best Cyber Monday Camera Deals of 2016


 
 

While the leftovers may be dwindling and Thanksgiving begins to feel like a distant memory, the great camera deals don't have to come to an end too! If you didn't jump on any Black Friday deals or you just want even more savings, then great news, Cyber Monday is here! To help you get the most bang for your...

New Kickstarter ensures you never lose your photo gear again

 
 

If you've ever come home from a shoot only to find out later that you're missing a piece of your gear, you can certainly appreciate the sentiment behind a new product launched on Kickstarter. GearEye proposes to be "The Ultimate Gear Management System", using an RFID tracker, and adhesive tags applied to your...

Print your own lens: Photographer uses 3D printer to create 135mm f/1.8 lens

 
 

The uses of 3D printers never cease to amaze us. Photographer Mathieu Stern designed his own 135mm f/1.8 lens, using a single lens element, and had it printed for him by a French 3D printing company. While the corners are a bit soft, the center is impressively sharp!

You can read more about Mathieu's design on...

Today’s the day: Black Friday roundup, November 25

 
 

Black Friday is now upon us, regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and one of the heaviest shopping periods of the year. Retailers have traditionally offered deep discounts and incentives to move a larger volume of products.

If you've been following our Black Friday 2016 article, you'll no...

Photo app updates: Instagram adds live video, Snapchat-style messaging

 
 

The highly-popular social media app, Instagram, has been updated with two new features. The first of the additions is live streaming. It's very simple to start live streaming from your phone as you only tap the start live video button in the camera menu and then you are good to go. When live streaming video, the...

‘Twas the day before Black Friday: Camera Deals Round-up - November 24

 
 

While Black Friday isn't officially until tomorrow, the holiday sale of the year has already started in earnest, with several big-box stores already having rolled out their door-crasher sales. There are still great deals to be had over the weekend though, and we're going to shine the spotlight on a few of those...

Think Tank Photo opens Outlet Center, offering free accessory pack with rolling backpack purchase

 
 

'Tis the season for shopping. If you're purchasing any new camera gear (see our Black Friday Deals page for your bargain hunting needs) then you may need a new bag to carry and store your gear. To help you save your hard-earned money, Think Tank Photo has opened an Outlet Center. The Outlet Center has many Think...