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I finally got a NAS, and it’s absolutely worth it for any photographer/videographer

 
 

For years, I have lamented my inability to properly back up and secure my huge swaths of digital photos and videos. I've been working as a commercial videographer and filmmaker specializing in timelapse, video production and aerial photography in San Francisco since 2014, and have been reviewing cameras and testing...

Documenting one of the world’s toughest races (through the Alps!) with the Panasonic S1R

 
 

It’s one of the toughest adventure races: the Red Bull X-Alps. Competitors start in Salzburg, and make their way by foot and paraglider to Monaco, navigating 1138 kilometres of treacherous alpine terrain. The constantly changing weather conditions make the race highly unpredictable. This is also true for...

I froze the ioSafe Solo Hawk SSD in a block of ice, and it still works

 
 

When evaluating hard drives, rare is the instance where I get to really stress test something. Like really stress it. Drives like the G-Tech ArmorATD and the LaCie Rugged are designed to get banged around, but within certain constrained parameters. They are designed to be shipped in FedEx boxes, not dropped down a...

To make a great photo, half the battle is ignoring the gear-centric portion of your brain

 
 

So much about making a good photo relies on you getting right the things that have nothing to do with what makes cameras popular. For the kinds of photos I like to take, which are timelapses, landscapes, and environmental portraits, there are so many parameters to remember outside of my knowledge of photography.

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The LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle is a comically large drive for a very specific purpose

 
 

I usually start these hard drive reviews by mentioning how far a company has come, or the changes they have made in contrast to their normal paths, or mentioning what their competitors are doing, but I can't do that here. I can't bury the lede that much because I'm sure you've noticed, this thing looks super weird....

How high can your camera fly? We present our 2019 High ISO 8 x 10 print showdown

 
 

In the summer of 2014, we published our first High ISO Print showdown, and the results proved intriguing while also raising some interesting questions about the nature of ISO in general. Since that time there have certainly been advances made in modern digital cameras along multiple lines where overall image...

Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 all-in-one portrait lens: Is it actually good? — Shoot to Keep, Ep. 1

 
 

At Imaging Resource, we have prided ourselves on being a leader in the technical analysis of camera equipment. From lenses and cameras to lights and hard drives, we've done our best to evaluate equipment in a very detailed manner so that you know what piece of equipment will best suit your needs.

But in recent...

G-Technology’s ArmorATD portable drive is tough & affordable, but a bit slow

 
 

Four years ago I threw a G-Technology EV ATC into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Francisco, and the drive lived to tell the tale. There aren't that many drives that are water resistant and crush resistant, so this was, back then, a big deal. G-Technology's latest portable HDD, the ArmorATD, isn't as rugged...

The TerraMaster D2 is a serviceable, more affordable alternative for RAID backup

 
 

We review a lot of hard drives here at Imaging Resource, but mostly from Seagate, LaCie, G-Technology and Western Digital because a large number of their products are targeted at the photo/video space. But when you look at who owns those companies, it's actually just two: Western Digital and Seagate. So while these...

G-Speed Shuttle Master Caddy review: A better SSD Mini workflow?

 
 

Getting an Atomos external recorder has legitimately changed, for the better, how I shoot video, and how good the footage I shoot looks. I went for years recording just to memory cards (going so far as to collect more than 8 CFast cards so that I could shoot on higher-end cameras) instead of acquiring an external...

A deeper-dive on the Sigma fp: what to expect, and where does it fit?

 
 

I'm pretty sure that if you asked industry experts what they thought the L-mount Alliance meant to Sigma when it was first announced, they would have stopped at "lens development." That made sense: it's what Sigma touted on-stage when Panasonic, Leica and Sigma all announced this partnership.

Clearly, this...

Weather resistant or not so much? An objective rating scale to finally end the hype

 
 

If you've been following Imaging Resource for a while, you'll have seen a number of articles I've written about weather-resistance testing and the R&D process I've been engaged in to develop a repeatable, objective test that relates to actual camera usage. You can read the looong story of how I arrived at the...

The Peak Design Travel Tripod is the Most Innovative Tripod Ever

 
 

When someone truly innovates on a product you use every day, you notice it. You then question why you either never thought of the change before, or why you never thought it could be done better. That's the experience I had with tripods up until this point. I looked at what was available and took it at face value,...

Datacolor SpyderX Review: Fast, accurate and easy-to-use monitor calibration tool

 
 

In February, Datacolor introduced their latest monitor calibration tool, the SpyderX. Datacolor claims that the SpyderX is the company's "fastest, most accurate and easiest-to-use monitor calibration tool" and based on my hands-on experience, I agree.

Before I get into the features and performance of the SpyderX,...

The New King of Speed: The G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD is stinkin’ fast y’all

 
 

I have a sort of... obsession with fast storage drives. As a San Francisco commercial videographer and filmmaker with terabytes of 4K+ content in my possession, being limited by the speeds of my storage media feels like a problem with way too many solutions nowadays to let stand unchallenged. It's why I run large...

LaCie’s 2big RAID is a sleek, solid drive if you don’t need Thunderbolt

 
 

Near the end of 2017, LaCie released the 2big Dock, a two-disk RAID 0/1 desktop drive designed to be a part of a ingest/work/store solution that took advantage of Thunderbolt's speed and daisy-chain capabilities. But the 2big Dock, as good as it is in its use case, was built with a very specific workflow in mind:...

PolarPro QuartzLine Filter Review: High-quality filters with excellent attention to detail

 
 

PolarPro is an American filter company offering products for many different types of cameras, including high-end still cameras, video-centric cameras, action cameras and drones. They also make other accessories, such as mounts and cases. I recently had the chance to shoot with two products from the company's...

Review: Nearly a year of torture later, my SKB/Think Tank case still looks like new

 
 

Reviews are so often a challenge in this industry, as most require us to be as fast as we can possibly be with our opinions so as to not get lost in the rapidly changing news landscape. With some products, this isn't a big problem since we can be very efficient in how we check something like a camera for its...

The LaCie Mobile SSD works great, but highlights its form over pushing the envelope of function

 
 

The USB-C format I think is finally coming into its own. I remember not too long ago that those of us with a MacBook Pro that only had USB-C ports were lamenting the lack of support for the format. But now, in 2019? There is a wholly new problem: the paradox of choice.

Where we once only had maybe one or two...

Now you see me, now you don’t! Playing with reflections when shooting through windows

By IR reader René Theuillon

 
 

Sauntering in Dialogues’, the main library of Brest (Western France), the city where I am living now, I have been fortunate enough to discover a book about Saul Leiter, a fashion photographer who operated in New York city from the fifties up to the beginnings of the Millennium.

Saul...