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1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Panasonic FZ300 Review: High-zoom camera includes many improvements and new features

The Panasonic FZ200, a 2013 "Dave's Pick" award winner, now has a successor. Released last October, the high-zoom Panasonic FZ300 utilizes the same 12.1-megapixel 1/2.3" sensor and 24-600mm f/2.8 equivalent lens but includes a number of...

Pentax K-1 First Shots: Finally, the first full-frame DSLR from Pentax goes head-to-head with its rivals


 
 

Finally, Pentaxians -- the moment you've been waiting for has arrived. The long-awaited Pentax K-1, the company's first full-frame DSLR to reach retail, has just landed in our lab, and we've got the first...

Firmware Friday: Sony A7R II / A7S II get better video on SDHC; bug fixes for Nikon D7200, Leica M-series


 
 

The weekend is here once more, and Firmware Friday just squeaks in under the wire with news of new updates from Leica, Nikon and Sony. In all, seven cameras receive new features or bug fixes this week, all of them interchangeable-lens models.

Sony A7R II and A7S II

We'll start with Sony this time around,...

Pentax K-3 II Field Test Part II: Our enthusiast flagship head-to-head looks at low light, AF tracking and more

 
 

Some months back, I kicked off my review of the Pentax K-3 II with a daytime shoot in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee, including an in-depth look at its clever detail-boosting Pixel Shift Resolution function. At the time, I'd intended to follow up with the second part of my field test in fairly short order, but...

Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 Lens Review: Lightweight both in size and on your budget

 
 

Debuting ahead of 2014's photokina tradeshow, the diminutive Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 is the perfect companion to the appropriately tony GM1 and GM5 mirrorless cameras and their similarly compact 12-32mm retractable kit lens. Recently making its way through our testing lab, this tiny 70-200mm-eq. telephoto zoom...

“Soap bubble bokeh” returns from 1916 with the new Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 lens

Mathieu Stern recently received an E-mount version of Meyer Optik Görlitz's new 100mm f/2.8 Trioplan lens to review. This lens was successfully backed on Kickstarter and will be available to backers in June 2016 for just under $1,600 USD (around 1,400 Euros). After the lens is released, the price will increase by just over $100 (100 Euros).

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Photographer and National Portrait Gallery go head-to-head over image usage in wake of Prince’s death


 
 

Following recording artist, producer and actor Prince's untimely death on April 21st, there was an outpouring of emotions in the media and across the internet. Not surprisingly, a lot of fans and media outlets shared images and videos, many of these perhaps without permission of the rights holders.

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Knowledge is power: National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes shares tips on lighting

Marc Silber's "Advancing Your Photography" YouTube channel recently had National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes on to discuss lighting and capturing images in the National Geographic style.

"Knowing light is absolutely critical," says Holmes, "I'm always looking at light. Always." You have to be consciously thinking about light all of...

Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw now support Pentax K-1, Sony RX10 III; Lightroom for iOS updated too


 
 

If you're keenly waiting the arrival of your preordered Pentax K-1 or Sony RX10 III -- or you're just hoping to be able to process raw files from our reviews so you can decide whether to buy one -- then there's good news for you from Adobe this week. It's just released updates to both Adobe Photoshop...

Big Brother, tiny camera: Sony patent app hints at frightening future of wearable photography


 
 

If you thought Google Glass was frightening, you may want to don your peril-sensitive sunglasses for this story: The Thought Police may soon get to take another step along the road from the pages of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" to becoming reality, should a just-published...

Bye bye, broken filter blues: Heliopan offers industry’s first drop protection warranty on UV filters

You've been looking forward to receiving your brand-new filter and it's finally arrived. You open up the package and start to screw it on to your lens. But then the unthinkable happens, you drop it and it cracks. Or perhaps you screw it on fine, but a few weeks later it is shattered when your camera gets an accidental knock.

Normally you...

Caffeine Priority: Easily achieve accurate autofocus with the Nikon D5’s automatic AF fine-tune feature

Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffeine Prioirity...

Unsurprisingly, Nikon's new flagship D5 DSLR has a wealth of new features. One that might have flown under the radar during the announcement event in January is the new Automatic AF fine-tune feature.

Seasoned DSLR users have probably experienced issues with front or backfocus on...

Canon 80D Image Quality Comparison: Putting its new sensor and image processor to the test

 
 

Hot on the heels of our recent Field Test comes our in-depth image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the new mid-grade, enthusiast-class Canon 80D. Sporting an all-new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and faster DIGIC 6 image processor, the 80D's imaging pipeline is a nice step up from the 20MP Canon 70D...

Sony RX10 III First Shots: The Big, Bad, 24-600mm eq. bridge camera lands in our lab

 
 

Just to be clear from the get-go for anyone who's not yet looked into this camera, the Sony RX10 III is not a replacement of the venerable RX10 II released last summer. According to Sony, that model is still current, and frankly the two are not quite the same animal. They're more like brothers... one a...

ON1 Photo Raw supercharges your workflow; optional subscription shows Adobe how it’s done


 
 

Look out, Adobe, DxO and Phase One: There's a new kid on the raw processing block -- or at least, there will be this fall -- and it promises to offer a very strong challenge to Lightroom, Optics Pro and Capture One indeed!

Just announced by the folks at ON1 Inc., the new ON1 Photo Raw is perhaps the most...

Up close and personal: Combining up to 10,000 images to create microphotographs of insects

Most images are captured in a split second, processed for maybe a few minutes or so, if at all, and then that's the end of it. But for commercial photographer Levon Biss, his new Microsculpture series relies on a very different and much more intricate process.

By using a microscope lens, Biss captures between 8,000 and 10,000 images of a...

Sony A6300 Field Test: Mirrorless camera offers many improvements and great all-around performance

The Sony A6000 was a very popular camera indeed; the best-selling interchangeable lens camera over $600 and the best-selling mirrorless camera. The Sony A6300 is a very good follow-up to the A6000, besting its predecessor in basically every way.

During my field test with the Sony A6300, I found it to be a great mirrorless camera overall. It...

CameraBag Cinema offers powerful standalone 4K video editing for OS X

App developer Nevercenter has developed a new all-in-one video editing application, CameraBag Cinema, which is aimed at professionals. The app offers a variety of features, including video filtering, color correction and film emulation.

CameraBag Cinema is built upon the same core principles as Nevercenter's CameraBag photo editing...

Great shots: Ira Block on building an image with subtle light

 
 

Many travel photographs are taken on the fly, but sometimes stopping to add a little light can result in images of a place that couldn’t otherwise be captured, like the one here.

National Geographic photographer Ira Block created this image while leading a workshop in Bagan, Myanmar. Block found the small...

You can’t beat free: Over 50 e-books will help you learn more about photography

If you want to improve your photography skills but don't want to shell out the big bucks to do it, Shotkit has an excellent resource for you. The site has compiled a list of over 50 free books about photography covering a wide range of topics. While you will want to check out the full list for yourself to find topics of interest, the variety...

Fuji X-Pro2 Field Test Part I: Street shooting in Manhattan with Fujifilm’s latest flagship

 
 

Our man on the streets of Manhattan, the stalwart Eamon Hickey, is at it again... this time with Fujifilm's latest street-shooting powerhouse, the X-Pro2. As the successor to the Fuji X-Pro1 from 2012, a camera that garnered not only a 5-out-of-5 rating here at IR but also a Camera of Distinction in our 2012 Camera...

City folk: Here’s how you can join in the astrophotography fun!


 
 

Ever wanted to try your hand at astrophotography? It can be a lot of fun, but if you're in or near a big city (or even a not so big one), light pollution can be a major problem, obscuring your subjects and tinting your photos with an ugly skyglow. But it doesn't have to be that way!

Specialist Light...