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3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC Lens Review: Giving the big lens makers a run for their money

 
 

An 85mm f/1.8 is a classic lens: a solid, longer focal length that's perfect for portraits and a bright f/1.8 aperture for good subject isolation and low light performance (without the increased bulk and expense of...

Nikon D500 Image Quality Comparison: Pitting the new flagship APS-C Nikon against the challengers

 
 

Come one, come all and step into the ring with Nikon's latest flagship APS-C offering. Sporting a 20.9MP sensor, an EXPEED 5 processor and no optical low-pass filter, the Nikon D500 is some seven years in the making...

Fuji X-Pro2 Field Test Part II: A fast performer in almost every way

 
 

Our man on the streets in Manhattan, Eamon Hickey, has been at it again putting the Fuji X-Pro2 through yet another round of real world shooting and testing, this time focusing on performance characteristics of this...

Don’t forget your polarizer! Must-have filters for landscape photography


 
 

There are a wide variety of filters out there, some of which are critical for landscape photography, others of which might not be so necessary for the majority of shooting situations. Photographer Josh Cripps has released a video breaking down different types of filters and suggests which ones every landscape...

Fine art, spectacular detail: Google’s gigapixel Art Camera puts the masters under the microscope


 
 

We've mentioned the superb work done by the Google Cultural Institute several times on our news page. Now, courtesy of Google's blog and a related YouTube video (shown below), we're getting an interesting peek at one of the impressive tools the company has designed to help it in its goal of preserving and...

National Portrait Gallery acquires 140-year old album by Oscar Rejlander, the father of art photography

If you're a fan of combining multiple images to create a single artwork in Photoshop or one of its many rivals, you owe a tip of the hat to Oscar Gustave Rejlander, the man often referred to as the father of art photography. And what better way could there be to acknowledge his contribution to composite photography than to see a collection of never-before-exhibited...

Moving photography: Charitable organization’s photo diary documents Ecuadorian quake relief efforts


 
 

On April 16th, the South American nation of Ecuador was devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake which claimed the lives of 660 people and injured over 4,500. In addition to the loss of human life, the country suffered immense physical damage as well with thousands of buildings being completely destroyed.

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Meet SoloShot3, a new robot assistant that hopes to be your eyes and hands in the field


 
 

Ever feel like two hands just aren't enough to capture the shots you want? Do you want to capture yourself moving throughout a scene, but don't have (or want) someone else to control the camera? That's the need the SoloShot3 is intended to fulfil when it launches this winter.

By attaching your camera to the...

Creating your own sun: Jay P. Morgan lights a Mad Max-inspired portrait session at a scrapyard


 
 

Commercial and portrait photographer Jay P. Morgan has made a really cool behind the scenes video of a Mad Max-inspired outdoor portrait session. This isn't the first time Morgan has given us an inside look at the techniques he uses on a shoot, and just as last time, this new clip is packed with tips and...

Nikon D500 First Impressions: Has a worthy D300S successor finally arrived?

 
 

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Palm Springs, California last week to test out the Nikon D500 with Nikon staff and colleagues in the industry. The Nikon team did a great job of giving us ample opportunity to test a wide array of the camera’s new features and see how it performed when faced with...

TinyMOS’ Tiny1 camera hopes to bring astrophotography to the palms of social stargazers


 
 

Astrophotography can be demanding, often requiring large, bulky gear for good results. TinyMOS hopes to change all of that with its Tiny1 camera, which it claims to be "the world's smallest, smartest, and most social astronomy camera." The Tiny1 has spent the last two years in the design and testing stage,...

Nikon D5 Field Test Part I: New flagship FX camera offers high speeds and excellent autofocus

 
 

Following up on the venerable Nikon D4S, the Nikon D5 brings a number of notable improvements to the table. The megapixel count and autofocus point total have both been upped, the latter to an impressive 153 AF points.

The ergonomics are better than ever and the D5 includes a touchscreen display, a first for a...

Portable, powerful Broncolor Siros L lights to offer 440 full-power flashes and fast charging


 
 

For photographers who demand the most from their lighting but don't want to sacrifice portability, Broncolor's Siros L monolights claim to offer high-output, battery-powered lighting.

The Siros L comes in two power options -- 400 joules and 800 joules -- with the latter model being a bit larger. The lights...

Video editing: It’s not a game, but you can still apply your mad gamepad skills to make it much easier


 
 

As tinkerers ourselves, we're pretty partial to a good hardware hack around these parts. Few things are cooler than taking a piece of hardware, using it to do something its creators likely never even imagined, and best of all making it do so really well. So when a video by Eugene, Oregon-based video producer...

Learn from pros: Photography documentaries provide interesting insights into the creative process


 
 

Robert Baggs at Fstoppers has compiled a list of ten must-see photography documentaries, noting that when he finds himself lacking in the inspiration department, watching a documentary on another photographer can help him get his creative juices flowing again.

One of the documentaries he lists is "Bill...

Nifty fifty and four other pieces of gear every aspiring portrait photographer should have


 
 

For new portrait photographers, it can be tricky to determine what gear is "must-have" and what gear you can hold off on and purcahse later. To make wading through the portrait waters easier, Hanssie at SLR Lounge has made a list of five must-have items that every new portrait photographer ought to buy.

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Pets, family gatherings and ice cream: Canon reveals the hottest photographic trends of 2016


 
 

In case you didn't know (I didn’t), May is National Photography Month. To celebrate the occasion, Canon has just revealed some interesting results of a survey on current photography trends, including how highly we rate our own work.

Photographers are apparently a confident bunch, with 80 percent of...

Fuji XF 100-400mm WR: Initial impressions and real world galleries from Fuji’s first super-telephoto zoom

 
 

Fuji fans have been waiting for a super-telephoto offering for their X-mount bodies for a long time! It was more than two years ago that Fuji teased us with the promise of a "Super Telephoto Zoom Lens" to be coming at some point perhaps in 2015, and there have been many of us patiently awaiting its arrival ever...

GREAT news! Sony sensor fab struck by earthquake will be back online soon


 
 

If you've been watching the situation in southwestern Japan in the aftermath of the recent Kumamoto earthquakes with the same level of concern we've had (and we've been very concerned), then we have some really GREAT news to share with you today! In its fourth update on the situation at its facilities which...

Firmware Friday: Nikon V3 power drain issue fixed


 
 

Firmware Friday is short and sweet this week, with just one camera having been updated since our last roundup. The Nikon V3 compact system camera, flagship of the company's mirrorless camera lineup, receives its second firmware update since its launch some two years ago.

The previous v1.10 firmware update...

One-track pony: GoPro tanks due to saturated market, lack of chart-topping AWOLNATION singles


 
 

When it rains, it pours for the folks at GoPro, it would seem. The company once known as Woodman Labs is trying to redefine itself as more than just the 800lb gorilla in the action camera market it essentially created, and for good reason -- its stock is tanking.

The action camera market has been very...

Sigma reports lens mount scratching issue with Pentax K-1, prepares fix for affected lenses


 
 

Third-party lens maker Sigma has today disclosed a potential issue with some of its lenses when used in concert with the just-released Pentax K-1 DSLR. Three current Sigma lenses and eight discontinued models are affected, and each can cause a minor scratch to appear in the K-1's body directly above the lens...

Nifty Fifty, now for Nikon: Yongnuo’s dirt-cheap Canon lens clone gets a new mount (and it’s metal!)


 
 

Almost 18 months ago, we told you about Yongnuo's how-can-that-be-legal clone of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, often referred to as the "nifty fifty" or "plastic fantastic". We're not sure how they've managed it, but all this time later Yongnuo isn't just continue to sell its more-affordable version of...