review: Fuji X-T1 camera

review: Fuji X-T1 camera

Pentax used to have a slogan that said simply, 'Just hold a Pentax'. Such was their confidence that they could win you over with a Pentax SLR. Just hold it, feel it and you will already like it. A lot! For me, that mantle could be placed on Fuji these days. With the X-series cameras, they've built up a range of cameras that are very appealing.  Read more inside...

review: Nikon D4S – auto-focus / AF performance

review: Nikon D4S - auto-focus / AF performance

The Nikon D4s (vendor) updates the already-awesome Nikon D4. The short summary lists some improvements, which while they may appear incremental, overall make for a solid new release by Nikon: - a newly designed sensor, offering better high-ISO performance, - an additional AF mode has been added - Group Area AF  Read more inside...

updated review: Manfrotto 1004BAC lightstands

updated review: Manfrotto 1004BAC lightstands

You'd think that light-stands are light-stands. They hold up studio lights or speedlights and any kind of light modifier. But what sets light-stands apart from each other, are the other features - such as portability and ease of use. I mostly use the Manfrotto 1051BAC  / 1052BAC  and 1004BAC light-stands. My review of  Read more inside...

review: Sony Alpha a7R camera

review: Sony Alpha a7R camera

Sony is still on fire with their new camera releases. There is the delicious full-frame compact  Sony RX1 (Amazon).  (Read my review of the Sony RX1).  For a relatively long while, the best compact camera on the market was the Sony RX100 (Amazon) which was improved with the Sony RX100 II (Amazon). The full-frame Sony A99 DSLR also  Read more inside...

85mm – the best lens to change your portrait photography

85mm - the best lens that could change your portrait photography

If that hat seems familiar, yes,  Elle was the model in the series of photographs for the Nikon Df review article. For some of the sequences of photos that we shot, I used the 85mm lens, wide open. This had the effect of just melting the background. You can pretty much shoot anywhere, and make the  Read more inside...

camera review: Nikon Df – the steampunk D4

camera review: Nikon Df - the steampunk Nikon D4

The anachronistically retro styling of the Nikon Df (vendor), along with the digital trappings, really makes this the steampunk D4. Especially so since it has the same top-notch sensor as the Nikon D4 (vendor) If you have used a film camera, and specifically one of the F-series cameras, this camera  Read more inside...

review: Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens

review: Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens

The Nikon 58mm f/1.4G (vendor) is an odd focal length. It's not-50mm. More than that, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G (vendor) is only $440, and this new 58mm lens is $1,700 ... yup, that's a pretty hefty difference! The price of the 58mm lens is in line with the 85mm f/1.4G … so could one expect improved performance? I have  Read more inside...

review: Profoto B1 500 AirTTL battery powered flash

review: Profoto B1 off-camera TTL flash - 500 Ws

I'm a bit of a fan of Profoto gear. When I first started looking at the more serious on-location lighting systems, my initial purchase was the Profoto 600R. I was drawn by their reputation for reliability and features such as consistent color balance even when you change power settings. The wide variety of light  Read more inside...

thoughts on using a beauty dish (light modifier)

thoughts on using a beauty dish as a single light source

A beauty dish is one of those light modifiers that sound attractive just by name already. And when photographers start exploring other options than direct off-camera flash and umbrellas or a softbox, a beauty dish is usually one of the first alternate light modifiers that catches attention. Mine too. Right after  Read more inside...