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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...

The Sony AtomX SSDmini is an excellent choice for your Atomos recorder

 
 

This is going to sound crazy, but as a professional commercial videographer / filmmaker for the last five years in San Francisco, I only recently had to start using external recorders. My clientele was the kind where we didn't have to always shoot in log, we generally could get our shots to look good in camera, and...

Let’s talk about Sony’s new Real-Time Tracking Autofocus: A Breakthrough?

 
 

Though the unveiling of the Sony A6400 stole the majority of the news cycle for Sony's recent announcements, perhaps what has longer-lasting effects to the photo industry was one piece of technology inside the A6400: Object Recognition Tracking. Coming also to the Sony A9, this new advancement in autofocus that we...

The LaCie d2 Professional functions great, and looks good doing it

 
 

It's important to me for my hardware to look as good as it functions. I have to like using something in order for me to keep using it, and a huge part of that is aesthetics. G-Tech and LaCie get that, for the most part. Specifically, with the latter, I've been nothing but impressed with the last two products I've...

Best Cyber Monday (and week!) Camera Deals of 2018

 
 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found some great camera deals on Black Friday. But, just because the holiday is over and Black Friday has passed doesn't mean that the deals are ending too. Cyber Monday has long been the source of many great deals on cameras, lenses and much more.

We're here to...

Review: The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the Best Drone Ever Made

 
 

I urge you to watch our video review of the Mavic 2 Pro, because just talking about it without seeing its capabilities doesn't really do justice to it. Once you are done watching it, I can't imagine many of you are going to argue with me when I say that the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is an outstanding product. Amazingly,...

LaCie Portable SSD is fastest in class & singularly beautiful to behold

 
 

I think we have started to enter the golden age for traveling creators. Photographers and videographers alike now have so many options for cameras, lenses, bags and other tech that we can get just about anything we would need from many options across multiple vendors all for a relatively affordable price. Just...

Review: The G-Drive Mobile USB-C is solid, fast enough & wonderfully inexpensive

 
 

Keeping the many different G-Technology portable drives straight just based on their names can be a real challenge. In the past couple years we've evaluated the G-Drive Mobile SSD and the G-Drive Slim SSD USB-C, and those are separate from the G-Drive Pro SSD and the G-Drive Thunderbolt 3 which are larger, desktop...

DxO PhotoLab 2 Review: Fast & easy-to-use raw converter & editor brings out the best in your photos

 
 


Introduction

French company DxO has long been known for their superb and highly advanced photo software, specifically their OpticsPro lens corrections and Prime noise reduction technology. The company has always been at the cutting-edge of getting the most from your photographic equipment, and last year set out...

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...