Review: Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack (the Essential Adventure Camera Bag)

I known about the Shimoda backpacks well before they were even announced, and for a period of a few months I've been reviewing and testing the Shimoda Explore 40 backpack. For the first time ever, I'm shocked to say that this bag is overkill for most photographers in almost every single way.

Review: Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack (The Essential Adventure Camera Bag)

I known about the Shimoda backpacks well before they were even announced, and for a period of a few months I've been reviewing and testing the Shimoda Explore 40 backpack. For the first time ever, I'm shocked to say that this bag is overkill for most photographers in almost every single way.

Review: Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E Mount)

When testing theSigma 16mm f1. 4 DC DN Contemporary lens, I realized that in many ways it has to be a perfect lens for photographers who use Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. It's around a 24mm f1. 8 field of view when shooting wide open, and can suit the needs of so many photographers due to its versatility.

Review: IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone (Canon EF Mount)

When the IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone came in for review, I tried to figure out what I'd exactly do with a lens like this. It's super wide and has full frame coverage. It's too slow to really work effectively for astrophotography, but it is surely good enough to use for a day of fun walking about in Brooklyn.

The Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF has Autofocus and Weather Sealing

Rokinon has been systematically working on updates for a number of their lenses; and the latest is theRokinon 14mm f2. 8 AF. This is an autofocus lens designed for DSLRs--not Sony full frame mirrorless cameras the way that some of the previous versions have been.

Review: Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon EF)

What pretty much every photographer seems to aim for is a 24-70mm lens of some sort, and theTamron 24-70mm f2. 8 Di VC USD G2 may be just the thing that many photographers really need. There are professional features to a lens like this such as a metal exterior, weather sealing, and solid image quality that embraces a more saturated look.

Review: Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO (Micro Four Thirds)

In absolutely so many ways, the Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO lens is the only lens that you'll probably ever need if you're combining it with the company's fantastic higher end cameras. Micro Four Thirds camera owners who use this lens may never take it off unless they want something with a faster aperture.

Review: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens (Canon EF Mount)

One of the best pieces of news that professional working photographers have heard in the lens world could be about theSigma 24-70mm f2. 8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. Unlike many first party options out there, it has optical stabilization built in which helps a whole lot at weddings, events, for portraits, etc.

Review: Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (Canon EF Mount)

The Sigma 14mm f1. 8 DG HSM Art lens is the fastest aperture wide angle lens that you can currently find on the market, and it's perfect in so many ways for the photographers that do astrophotography as well as those who photograph interiors in low lighting.

The Olympus 17mm f1.2 and 45mm f1.2 PRO Finally Go Official

It's about time--Olympus is today announcing their brand new 17mm f1. 2 PRO and Olympus 45mm f1. 2 PRO lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. These lenses join the 25mm f1. 2 PRO lens as the fastest aperture Olympus lenses on the market.

Review: Nikon D850 (A Fantastic DSLR, But Im Over DSLRs)

If you look around at various reviews of the Nikon D850 on the web, they'll most likely rate it as one of the best cameras ever made thus far. In truth, it really does perform very admirably and it absolutely does have a great sensor at the heart.

Review: Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II (Canon EF Mount)

Canon has always been a company that is a bit slower to change things, and so when the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM II was announced, I was pleased to see that they did a number to fix many issues with the previous lens.

Everything You Need to Know About the Nikon D850

Tonight, Nikon is announcing their brand new D850 DSLR camera. You should check out our first impressions coverage of this camera. But if you're interested, here's the full press release.

First Impressions: Nikon D850 (The 45.7MP Full Frame Beast)

In what is perhaps one of the worst kept secrets of the year in the photo industry, the Nikon D850 is finally making its debut today. The Nikon D850 is the company's latest update to the Nikon D810 and brings with it a number of other pretty awesome features that are probably bound to keep Nikon users from going to something like a Sony a9 instead.

How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens For You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and is often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to making appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look that you are attempting to produce.

Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon EF)

The Tamron SP 70-200mm F2. 8 Di VC USD G2 is an entry point into one of the most popular telephoto zoom lens options out there--and it's actually a damned fantastic one. Tamron has always created lenses that are high quality, affordable, and built pretty well.

Review: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Canon EF-S)

The Tamron 10-24mm F3. 5-4. 5 Di II VC HLD is a lens that has been sorely needed for a while: it delivers a wide angle zoom option to APS-C DSLRs while putting in weather sealing, good autofocus performance, light weight, and overall great image quality.

Review: Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Shoulder Bag Changer 20

The Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Shoulder Bag Changer 20 is a bag that I was wary and had predispositions about, but in the end I was honestly pleasantly surprised and rather infatuated with just how good of a camera bag Manfrotto managed to create.

Which One?: Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art vs Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art Comparison

If you're a portrait photographer, the question of Sigma 85mm f1. 4 Art vs Sigma 135mm f1. 8 Art has most likely come up. The two lenses are portrait photography powerhouses designed to be some of the best lenses in the world and have attractive characters to portrait photographers of all types.

Review: Sony 35mm f1.4 (Sony Alpha)

If you were to look back at some of the quintessential lens options for the Sony Alpha lineup of lenses, then you're sure to figure that the company would have updated their 35mm f1. 4 by now; but they haven't.

First Impressions: Sony a9 (Flagship Camera)

The new Sony a9 is finally here; and it seems to be absolutely fantastic from a technology standpoint in many ways. To start with, it has a new stacked 24MP CMOS sensor and can shoot up to 20fps with a completely silent shutter.

After The Kit: 6 Incredible Lens Upgrades For The Micro Four Thirds Photographer

Micro four thirds is such an interesting system in that we have this situation where both Panasonic and Olympus lenses work on each others cameras, and each come with their own pros and cons. This can make things a little confusing for new micro four thirds owners, but in reality it makes this system incredibly flush with great upgrade potential, and so today we are going to be looking at some of our picks for the top micro four thirds lenses to consider upgrading to after your kit lens.

Review: Sigma 12-24mm f4 DG HSM Art (Canon EF)

With the Sigma 12-24mm f4 DG HSM Art lens, you get a constant F4 aperture, a bit of weather sealing, a pretty good build quality overall despite heaviness, and really good image quality.

Review: Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II

There isn't a single company that create really fun filters that photographers really want to use except for Olympus. Their cross process filters? Incredible. Grainy black and white? Be still my heart! The closest thing to Ilford Delta 400 makes my jaw drop and strikes me with awe every time.

Review: Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L III USM (Canon EF)

But with weather sealing, some incredible sharpness, and overall great quality to the lens Canon is showing the new school of photographers that they're not going to go down without a fight to likes of Sony.

First Impressions: Fujifilm GFX 50s Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

For a few minutes at Photokina 2016, I was able to personally fondle the hottest camera announced at the show: the Fujifilm GFX 50s. This is a medium format camera targeted at the full frame 35mm camera user and is the second medium format mirrorless camera in the digital market.