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Review: Peak Design’s Travel Backpack unfortunately falls short in its goal to be one bag that does it all

 
 

Peak Design is one of the most successful, fastest-growing brands in the photographic industry. The entire industry, not just bags. They have a massive fan base and even big names like Sony and DJI are working with them to create either co-branded products or custom embroidered swag. They have a massive following...

Review: Fujinon MKX 18-55mm & 50-135mm T2.9 cinema lenses

 
 

I love equipment that seems to relish in its own superiority: great optics, the best cameras, spectacular audio equipment. I'd be lying if I didn't just love the crème de la crème of camera gear even though I preach that you don't need it. And that's true; you generally don't. But when you can have some truly...

First Impressions Review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro

 
 

A couple years ago, I bought my first drone: the DJI Phantom 4. I had used a couple DJI products before this but held out until I thought drone technology had gotten to a point where it was going to flatten out for a while and it would be worth investing in one. But just a couple years later and boy was I ever...

I bought a video camera! Now what?

 
 

I abhor beginner guides. It's not because I don't appreciate them or understand their usefulness, but mostly because I find that in dumbing down something complex, a lot of the nuance that makes for proper understanding is lost. Does that matter for a beginner? Well... no, but I am becoming a curmudgeon in my old...

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is the best-performing small travel drive you can buy

 
 

Small, portable and high capacity storage drives are more and more becoming the norm. There was a time that transporting any large amount of data was going to require a big drive with a dedicated power source. These days, looking for a one terabyte drive that is small enough to fit in your pocket isn't too much to...

The HP ZBook x2 may be heavy and look funny, but it’s got a lot of great features for working photographers

 
 

Though it's not going to win any beauty pageants, after a few months of using the HP ZBook x2 I have to say... it's one of the better PCs I have come across if you're specifically looking to edit photos or if you are a graphic designer. I use the word specifically very consciously though, because as I hope to show,...

The 3.84TB G-Drive Pro SSD hits some insane speed marks, but costs a fortune

 
 

Recently we reviewed the latest G-Drive with Thunderbolt 3 from G-Technology, and found it to be a pretty solid drive aside from its relatively average read/write speeds. It seems G-Tech wanted to prove they could go faster with the release of the G-Drive Pro SSD, and boy did they ever. Rated to hit 2800 MB/s, this...

The DJI Copilot by LaCie is a near-flawless no-computer-needed backup solution

 
 

If you've ever taken your camera, or drone, out into the wilderness for more than an afternoon, you might know the unease that comes with being away from a backup solution. This is especially the case with drone work, as you always want to be backing up your cards, or at the very least switching them out, every...

Deep Dive: Why does Adobe have so many different apps?

 
 

I’ve personally been following Adobe for years as both a big fan and a harsh critic of their products, dating back to the first time I ever opened an Adobe application in 2002. That outspoken dichotomy is a result of a fact about me: if I love your products, I expect the creators to love and respect them in kind. I...

Google Pixelbook Review: Less of a laptop and more of an iPad Pro competitor

 
 

If you take a step back and really look at what Google has done with their laptops, it starts to seem bizarre when you really consider it: This is an entire computing experience powered by a browser. To think that Google has managed to build an entire ecosystem around this one piece of software by steadily shoring...

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: ProGrade Digital’s new 1400 MB/s CFexpress card is memory’s brave new world

 
 

In early March, Nikon Rumors reported that fledgling memory company ProGrade Digital would not be making XQD cards, instead betting on the new format CFexpress. This rumor was later confirmed by DP Review. For those who are not close to the memory industry, this was somewhat of a shock, as XQD is a format popular...

The G-Drive Mobile SSD is a straight-up sexy, high-performance storage device

 
 

As a video editor, I'm regularly looking for a good portable hard drive that can serve a couple different purposes. Some I'm looking to box up and mail across the country to different marketing firms or editing companies, others I'm looking to carry with me when I have to leave the office but still need immediate...

Seeing our world in a new way: Photographer Ryan Berg shares his incredible infrared photography

 
 

Photographer and director Ryan Berg has quickly made a name for himself by creating unique photographic work, including various infrared photo series. Based in Los Angeles, Berg is also the Editor in Chief of Mâché, a digital publication which features artists from around the world. He focuses primarily on fashion...

Three ways the Light L16 fails in its attempts to be the photojournalist’s camera choice

 
 

In the past weeks, Light announced a program called "The Depth Collective." The goal is to offer financial help to photojournalists around the world who wish to use the Light L16 in their storytelling. Light goes on to talk about the importance of keeping a low profile, being there to capture moments that matter,...

Head-to-head: The Sony A7 III compared to its nearest rivals from Canon and Nikon. Which would you buy?

 
 

It’s getting kind of expected for Sony to announce totally amazing technology, so when they just announce something that’s really good but not extraordinary, it almost seems boring. At first glance, the Sony A7 Mark III might not seem all that exciting, but when compared against its closest competitors, you start...

Rising from Lexar’s ashes, ProGrade Digital is redefining quality in memory

 
 

In the fall of 2016, I found myself in a warmly lit, large and bright conference room accentuated by a beautiful sunny day streaming in from wide windows in the Silicon Valley office of Micron. Micron, the at-the-time parent company of memory card goliath Lexar, was celebrating the memory card company’s 20 year...

ProGrade Digital’s 512GB CFast card has the fastest write speed we’ve ever tested

 
 

Memory cards aren’t sexy. They’re not the part of a photographer’s kit that makes a photo better, and they don’t get a lot of praise. Honestly, the only times you really hear a photographer talk about a memory card is when they have a failure, or if something gets corrupted. If something goes wrong, you can bet a...

Review: G-Tech’s G-DRIVE Thunderbolt 3 is a sleek & versatile high-capacity drive

 
 

There are different types of hard drives for different uses in my workflow. For single or dual drive arrays, I generally keep them under my monitor stand as a “business” or documents repository. I also use them to send footage across the country for various reasons. This is their designation because I don’t need a...

Lesson learned? WPPI aims to reconnect with its attendees & move on from last year’s show

 
 

I’ve been a photo/video industry trade show goer for the last 7+ years. I’ve either personally attended or followed closely just about every show out there, from Photokina and Photo Plus, to NAB to CES. There are a swath of shows, big and small, that cater to the photography industry and the number only grows each...

Hands-on with the DJI Mavic Air: a capable, portable flying camera

 
 

Earlier this week, DJI hosted a launch event for its new Mavic Air drone in New York City and I took the opportunity to get a little hands-on time with this svelte new flying camera. If you haven't yet, you should check out our introductory write-up for a rundown of the drone's features and specifications. During...