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1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Sony FE 24-240mm Gallery: We post initial sample images from this 10x full frame vacation long zoom

 
 

The Sony FE lens lineup continues to grow in both prime and zoom categories, now offering 5 primes and 6 zooms total to date. The most recent to arrive at our lab is the FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS, a 10x full frame...

Firmware Friday: Updates land for 7 cameras including Sony A6000 and A7-series, Pentax 645Z


 
 

Firmware Friday returns this week with a raft of camera updates from Nikon, Pentax and Sony, as well as updates for Nikon's UT-1 Communication Unit, two of Canon's professional camcorders, and the software...

Nikon D7200 First Shots posted: A peek under the hood at our initial lab test sample images

 
 

The long awaited successor to the popular Nikon D7100 has just touched down in our lab, and we wanted to get you our First Shots without delay! The big story with the D7200 is a big increase in buffer depth over the...

Nikon D750 Review: This high-end enthusiast DSLR offers outstanding image quality and much more

 
 

After spending time out in the Maine wilderness for its Shooter's Report, and then more time back at Nikon's repair shop for a fix to the widely-reported flare problem, the D750 is back and our full, in-depth Nikon...

Canon Australia and NatGeo team up for ‘Tales by Light’

 
 

Canon Australia announced it’s teamed up with National Geographic Channel to create a television series that takes a look into the lives of some of Australia’s most talented photographers. Titled Tales by Light, the series will only be aired in Australia and consists of six episodes, the first of which will...

Time-lapse shows St. Patrick’s Day tradition of turning the Chicago River green

 
 

To honor St. Patrick’s Day, David Crewe of Phlearn decided to capture a time-lapse of the half-a-century-old tradition of turning the Chicago River green with the help of environmentally-friendly fluorescein dye.

Crewe, along with his Nikon D800 and 17–35mm f2.8 lens, sat atop the restaurant patio of the Chicago...

Olympus E-M5 II Shooter’s Report Part II: Video capture, high ISO and more put to the test


 
 

As regular readers will know, I recently had the pleasure of shooting with the Olympus E-M5 II compact system camera on a whirlwind trip to Bermuda. That experience became the basis for the first part of my Shooter's Report, and now I've followed up with my second Olympus E-M5 II Shooter's Report.

With the...

Pentax K-S2 First Shots posted: Let the image quality comparisons begin

 
 

Weather resistance? Check. Vari-angle LCD? Check. In-camera Wi-Fi? Check. Large sensor for a prosumer camera? Check. Price point below $800 with a new retractable kit lens? Check!

OK - so there's a lot to love on paper about the Pentax K-S2 released just a few weeks ago, and given its popularity on our site it...

FOX Sports confirms it’s testing drones for live sporting events

 
 

FOX Sports has revealed it teamed up with Feld Motor Sports and HeliVideo Productions this past Friday at a Supercross event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to take a look at the possibility of using live camera drones for future events.

HeliVideo Productions, the team responsible for operating the drones,...

EIZO set to release 4K monitor, designed specifically for photographers, early next month

 
 

Display manufacturer, EIZO, will soon release its latest model, the ColorEdge CG248–4K, which packs in 4K native resolution and 185PPI pixel density, the highest ever in an EIZO monitor.

Designed specifically for photographers and videographers, the ColorEdge CG248–4K features a 23.8-inch screen with 4K (3840 x...

Wedding photographer charged with not handing over photos or paying his second-shooters

 
 

A San Diego judge has ruled against Adam Brooks, a wedding photographer accused of accepting payments from clients without presenting them with the images from their special day. Additionally, he has been charged with hiring second-shooters without paying them for their time and talent.

All of this started back...

Scientists discover cockroaches use long-exposure photography technique to see in the dark

 
 

Researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered cockroaches possess a very unique method of seeing in the dark.

As nocturnal creatures, it’s long been known that cockroaches are able to see in the dark. But it wasn’t until scientists decided to determine just how adept cockroaches are at the task...

The difference between soft light and hard light

 
 

I can’t remember what the language of love is but the language of photography is light. When the light is right everything you say with your camera is filtered through some kind of photographic French accent. The words—or, in this case, the pictures—are the same except better. Just like a French accent, beautiful...

Company claims to have found the solution to zoom with curved sensors

 
 

Last July, Sony showed off the first images captured with its curved sensor. As with most bleeding-edge technology, the concept of a curved sensor raised both eyebrows and concerns, one of the latter being zoom capabilities of concave sensors.

But one company seems confident they’ve found a solution to adding...

The Samsung NX500 arrives, says “aloha” on Hawaii’s Big Island. See our first set of gallery images.


 
 

The new Samsung NX500 -- an NX1 crammed into an NX300-style body -- is here. Offering many of the performance features as the NX1, including a large 28.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, 4K video recording and fast hybrid phase-detect + contrast-detect AF (with 205 on-sensor phase detect pixels), the new NX500 aims to...

Don’t put your subject in the middle of the frame

 
It may seem perfectly logical to put the red focusing square on your subject when you push the button, but the unfortunate result is perfectly centered subjects and boring compositions.

It’s one of the most basic of amateur mistakes and one of the most satisfying to correct.

All of a sudden your pictures take on a...

New York Times under fire for allegedly cropping George W. Bush from front-page Selma photograph

 
 

The New York Times is taking heat for allegedly cropping out former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura from a photograph documenting President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the 50th anniversary march that took place this past weekend in Selma, Alabama.

Not long after Sunday’s edition The...

This finger-mounted camera turns any book into an audiobook

 
 

Camera technology goes far beyond taking beautiful images. One such example is FingerReader, a finger-mounted device developed by researchers at MIT’s Media Lab that enables the blind to read without the need for Braille.

Currently a prototype, the device relies on a small camera, dedicated sensors, character...

How to freeze motion with a flash

 
 

AdoramaTV has released the latest educational video from Gavin Hoey. In it, Hoey breaks down the basics of freezing motion through the use of flash.

Hoey begins the video by illustrating why it’s more beneficial to use a flash — such as a speedlight or strobe — to freeze motion, rather than rely on existing...

Eyefi’s newest Mobi Pro SD card lets you sync RAW photos

 
 

Eyefi has launched Mobi Pro, a 32GB WiFi SD card that adds incremental improvements over its earlier generations.

Self-proclaimed as ‘the most powerful wireless SD card ever’, the Mobi Pro sets itself apart from Eyefi’s lower-level Mobi cards by now allowing you to transfer RAW files to your desktop or mobile...

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss Review: The A7-series finally gets some low-light love

 
 

When the A7 and A7R were first announced, alongside them was the FE 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens. We reviewed this lens and found it to be an excellent optic: sharp images even wide-open and a super compact design. But despite its compactness, the f/2.8 maximum aperture was a bit underwhelming for those looking for...

This telescopic lens gives your smartphone 80x optical magnification


 
 

If you thought the Nikon P600’s 60x zoom was impressive, hold onto your seats. Online retailer Brando has unveiled an 80x super-zoom lens -- for your smartphone.

The massive 15.5” beast comes with its own mounting tripod, which can be used to rotate the lens a full 360 degrees when your smartphone is...

Nikon D5500 Shooter’s Report Part I: More to love from a storied line of cameras

 
 

If you've read our recent round-up from late 2014 of what we consider to be the best DSLRs on the market for under $1000, we only listed three options and the Nikon D5300 was a clear choice for one of them. It also received a coveted "Camera of Distinction" award in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards in the...

Cheaper synthetic fluorite could mean lighter, higher-quality lenses in the future

 
High-purity synthetic fluorite in pellet form next to a tape measure for scale. Iwatani Corp.

Fluorite (not to be confused with fluorine) has become an interesting player in the optics market. The mineral form of calcium fluoride, ultra-high-grade fluorite is used to create low-dispersion optical elements that...