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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Field Test: An affordable, fast and mostly good APS-C prime lens Featured Story
04/19, 09:00 EDT Click here to read my Sigma 16mm f/1.4 Contemporary Field Test Earlier this year, Sigma released the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary mirrorless lens, which is the first APS-C lens for Sony E-mount to offer an equivalent 24mm focal length and... (more)

Glass for geeks: An in-depth tour of Nikon’s Hikari Glass factory Featured Story
04/17, 14:30 EDT I've been on a lot of factory tours with various camera and lens manufacturers before, but had never had a chance to see how the optical glass was made that goes into the lenses we use every day. So I was really happy to receive an... (more)

Ricoh @ CP+: Rewarding K-1 fans with a major upgrade, plus what comes next after the K-3 II? Featured Story
04/16, 21:15 EDT Our CP+ 2018 interview series continues this week with a visit to the booth of electronics and imaging giant Ricoh. The company recently launched its second full-frame digital camera, the Pentax K-1 Mark II, and also launched a... (more)

3 tips for composing landscape images: How to successfully lead the viewer’s eyes around the frame
04/19, 13:00 EDT If light is the most important aspect of a photo, composition is a very close second. There are many rules about composition and there are a near-infinite number of ways you can arrange a particular landscape scene, even a particularly famous or... (more)

Creating a natural-looking depth of field effect using Adobe Photoshop
04/19, 10:30 EDT A blurred background is why many photographers choose fast lenses for portraiture. You want to be able to create good separation between your subject and the background to help draw your viewer's attention to the subject. However, you don't always... (more)

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Field Test: An affordable, fast and mostly good APS-C prime lens Featured Story
04/19, 09:00 EDT Click here to read my Sigma 16mm f/1.4 Contemporary Field Test Earlier this year, Sigma released the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary mirrorless lens, which is the first APS-C lens for Sony E-mount to offer an equivalent 24mm focal length and fast f/1.4... (more)

Capture One 11.1: Free update released featuring new batch workflow features & new camera/lens support
04/19, 08:00 EDT Phase One has announced the first major update to their image editing software, Capture One 11. Capture One 11.1 is available now for Mac and Windows and includes a number of improvements as well as new camera and lens support. Looking at the... (more)

The power of curves in Photoshop for making precise targeted adjustments to your photographs
04/18, 16:00 EDT Curves are immensely powerful in Adobe Photoshop. You can use them to add pop to your images, but did you know you could also use them to precisely target and adjust specific colors and tones in your image? Colin Smith with photoshopCAFE shows us... (more)

When evolutionary biology and photography intersect: How to utilize fear to focus your photography
04/18, 13:00 EDT Fear. It is not be a topic that comes up often in photography, but it can play a very valuable role in helping you be a more creative photographer. On the other hand, fear can also negatively impact your life and your photography. How can you... (more)

Top tips for capturing stunning northern lights photos
04/18, 10:30 EDT While visiting Iceland and shooting with fellow photographer Mads Peter Iversen, Nigel Danson was treated to some fantastic aurora photo opportunities. Being able to shoot the northern lights is the dream of many landscape photographers. Capturing a... (more)

Artificial versus natural light: Which is better for portraiture?
04/17, 15:30 EDT When capturing portraits, one of the first decisions you need to make is what kind of light you want to use. Some photographers prefer using natural light. It's no-nonsense, relatively easy to work with and it can produce excellent results. Other... (more)

Glass for geeks: An in-depth tour of Nikon’s Hikari Glass factory Featured Story
04/17, 14:30 EDT I've been on a lot of factory tours with various camera and lens manufacturers before, but had never had a chance to see how the optical glass was made that goes into the lenses we use every day. So I was really happy to receive an invite from Nikon... (more)

Panoramas and polarizers: Adam Gibbs captures coastal waterfalls with the Nikon D850
04/17, 12:29 EDT We join photographer Adam Gibbs as he explores an old-growth forest along the western coast of Vancouver Island. In this area, he hikes the Juan De Fuca Trail, which includes a pair of nice waterfalls. In the video below, we get to learn about how... (more)

Behind the scenes with street portraiture in Stockholm, Sweden
04/17, 10:30 EDT Jessica Kobeissi is in Stockholm, Sweden along with Rachel and Daniel from Mango Street for a city portrait shoot. For the gear-inclined, Jessica is shooting with her trusty Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Rachel opted for the... (more)

Learn a great way to sync your RAW files and edits while on the go using Lightroom
04/17, 08:30 EDT If you're traveling or out in the field, that doesn't mean you can't be productive with your RAW processing. You can get started on your phone or tablet and then be able to seamlessly continue working on your files as soon as you get back home.... (more)

Does the perfect wildlife lens exist? If so, what is it?
04/17, 06:00 EDT Wildlife and nature photographer Morten Hilmer often gets asked what the best lens is for wildlife photography. It makes sense to say something like a 600mm f/4 lens, right? After all, it's the go-to lens for many professional photographers.... (more)

Ricoh @ CP+: Rewarding K-1 fans with a major upgrade, plus what comes next after the K-3 II? Featured Story
04/16, 21:15 EDT Our CP+ 2018 interview series continues this week with a visit to the booth of electronics and imaging giant Ricoh. The company recently launched its second full-frame digital camera, the Pentax K-1 Mark II, and also launched a upgrade program... (more)

Legendary film photographer Christopher Burkett is in a race against time to finalize his lasting legacy
04/16, 15:00 EDT Large-format film photographer Christopher Burkett was born in 1951 and has been photographing since 1975. In 1979, he began to pursue photography full-time and since then, he has continued working with film while photographing diverse American... (more)

5 tips for becoming inspired and capturing more photographs
04/16, 13:30 EDT It's not always easy to get motivated to go out shooting. To help fire you up to capture shots, Chelsea Northrup has published a new video featuring five tricks to help inspire you. She kicks off with the idea that you should find a muse. It... (more)

How to find and utilize good natural light for portraiture
04/16, 11:00 EDT Photography is all about light. No matter what kind of photography you do, light is of central importance. Learning how to recognize, utilize and create good light (and shadows) is a critical skill. Photographer Sean Tucker has started a new video... (more)

Tricky telephoto: Fighting the urge to only shoot wide-angle landscape images
04/16, 09:00 EDT Are you a landscape photographer? If so, you almost certainly have a wide angle lens in your photography kit. Photographer Thomas Heaton says you can go ahead and throw that away. Okay, so he doesn't actually want you to throw away that wide angle... (more)

Take a load off with the help of SuperStraps: Backpack accessory can reduce tension in your neck
04/14, 13:00 EDT For photographers who carry around a lot of heavy gear in a backpack, which I think is many of us, then you might have first-hand experience with neck and back pain. While modern bags are very well-designed, it's still the case that some users may... (more)

Why did this motorsport photographer switch to Fujifilm and how is the X-H1 trackside?
04/14, 06:00 EDT Leigh Diprose from the Fuji Guys recently spoke with motorsport photographer Andrew Hall. Hall has started using the new Fujifilm X-H1 for his motorsports work and Leigh chats with him about that, but also discusses Hall's long career in photography... (more)



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Latest Camera Reviews

Canon 77D Review
image of the Canon EOS 77D digital camera
24.2mp | 7.5x | $799
With an updated 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and faster DIGIC 7 processor, the Canon 77D is the successor to the Rebel T6s, despite the change in naming, and stacks up to be Canon's top-of-the-line entry-level DSLR. As expected, overall image quality is very good, with nice detail, pleasing color and improved dynamic range, though default JPEG processing has room for improvement. The Canon 77D also features an upgraded 45-point AF system as well as Dual Pixel CMOS AF, plus faster burst shooting and a much bigger RAW buffer. Like its predecessor, the 77D combines the ease-of-use of an entry-level DSLR with more advanced controls typically seen on higher-end models. It's a versatile DSLR for those looking to go beyond a basic DSLR yet don't want to break the bank. Read more in our in-depth Canon 77D Review!


Panasonic GX850 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 digital camera
16.0mp | 2.7x | $548
The Panasonic GX850 continues in the tradition of the GF series of Lumix cameras, one of Panasonic's longest-running Micro Four Thirds model lines. The GX850 uses an improved 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, which ditches an optical low-pass filter. This results in sharp, detailed images across a wide range of ISO speeds. Further, the camera includes 4K video recording, up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting and much more. The GX850 is a compact, sleek and capable entry-level camera that is a great value at US$550 with a kit lens. Read our Panasonic GX850 Review to see if this is the compact mirrorless camera for you!


Nikon D850 Review
image of the Nikon D850 digital camera
45.7mp | $3,297
The D850 is easily Nikon's most versatile DSLR to date. Packing an all-new 45MP sensor and fast EXPEED 5 image processor into a familiar yet improved weather-sealed body, the D850 is comfortable, highly customizable and is pretty much able to photograph whatever you want to throw at it. It offers outstanding resolution and dynamic range as well as superb high ISO performance, plus the fast processor and 153-pt AF sensor from the D5 give the Nikon D850 enough horsepower to easily capture all but the most demanding sports and action subjects. And while video/live-view is still hampered by slow, contrast-detect AF, the D850 offers lots of new video feature, including 4K video and timelapse capture modes. Overall, the D850 is stunning and our pick for Best Camera of 2017. See all the details in our Nikon D850 Review!


Sony A7R III Review
image of the Sony Alpha ILCE-A7R III digital camera
42.4mp | Non-Zoom | $3,198
The Sony A7R III sees improvements in pretty much every area: physical design features, image quality, speed and performance, as well as video recording capabilities and battery life. The A7R III remains a top-notch camera for pixel-peepers, capturing images with stunning detail and dynamic range, but thanks to inheriting performance and AF improvements from the A9, the camera's also fast and nimble enough for sports and action. The A7R III fixes lots of the shortcomings of the previous two models to become an all-around extremely versatile camera for all types of photographers and video creators. For all the details, see our in-depth Sony A7R III Review!


Canon G9X Mark II Review
image of the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera
20.2mp | 3.0x | $449
The 20-megapixel Canon G9X II is a good compact camera with a 3x zoom lens. The DIGIC 7 image processor delivers good image processing and speedy performance, although the camera is not without flaws. The built-in lens struggles at wide-angle focal lengths, and the lens itself is not as wide as the competition. As before, the Mark II offers a minimal take on physical controls, focusing heavily on its touchscreen UI, which might be frustrating for some. The Canon G9X II takes what made the original a good pocket camera and adds a few upgrades along the way. With that said, some of the weaknesses of the original remain here in the new version. Read more in our Canon G9X II Review!


Canon 6D Mark II Review
image of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II digital camera
26.2mp | $1,899
With a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest DIGIC 7 image processor, the Canon 6D Mark II does a lot to improve upon the original 6D. Add in the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, enhanced viewfinder autofocus and a tilt/swivel touchscreen, and the 6D II is a very good all-around full-frame DSLR. However, its dynamic range performance is underwhelming and 4K video is absent. Does the Canon 6D II live up to its legacy? Find out in our Canon 6D Mark II Review!


Sony A9 Review
image of the Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 digital camera
24.2mp | Non-Zoom | $4,498
A flagship, professional-class full-frame mirrorless camera is here! The Sony A9 aims to dethrone the DSLR as the go-to choice for pro sports and action photographers. Sporting a new 24MP stacked sensor, a super-fast processor, and burst speeds up to 20fps with C-AF, the A9 is extremely fast and accurate. Image quality is excellent, and its burst rate and C-AF chops are some of the best we've ever seen. With a rugged build, better battery, more controls, and a price that undercuts flagship cams from Canon and Nikon, the Sony A9 looks promising all around. Time will tell if pros make the switch, but we think they should definitely consider it. Read more in our in-depth Sony A9 Review!


Nikon D7500 Review
image of the Nikon D7500 digital camera
20.9mp | 5.0x | $1,247
It's no longer the DX-format flagship, but the Nikon D7500 is nevertheless an extremely capable camera, and comes with a pricetag that's much more affordable than the D500, despite including the same imaging pipeline and many of the same features. Its light and comfortable carbon fiber body packs in serious performance and great image quality, but should a few feature subtractions sway you in favor of its flagship sibling? Find out now in our in-depth Nikon D7500 Review!


YI M1 Review
image of the YI M1 digital camera
20.2mp | 3.3x | $329
The Chinese made-and-designed YI M1 (or YI Camera) offers a quality, name-brand Four Thirds-format Sony Exmor sensor and a broadly-supported Micro Four Thirds lens mount at a jaw-dropping sub-$300 pricetag, and that's with a 12-40mm kit lens. So is there a catch, and if so what is it? You can find the answer to this and plenty else besides in our YI M1 Review!


FUJIFILM GFX Review
image of the FUJIFILM GFX 50S digital camera
51.4mp | Non-Zoom | $6,499
The Fujifilm GFX 50S is equipped with a high-resolution medium format sensor which delivers excellent image quality across a wide range of situations. The 51-megapixel mirrorless camera is able to best its stiffest full-frame competition, although the GFX cannot keep up with full-frame cameras in terms of speed. Nor can the nascent GFX system compete with the established full-frame systems in terms of lens selection. Nonetheless, for users who demand the best image quality for well under $10K, the $6,500 Fujifilm GFX 50S is an excellent choice. Read our in-depth Fuji GFX 50S Review for all the details!


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