The Low-Pass Filter

What it does, and why ditching it can be a good thing
By Mike Stensvold
The optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing or blur filter, has been in the photo news a lot lately, mainly because several manufacturers have eliminated it from some of their DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. What's the deal? The low-pass filter's purpose is to do away with…

Nikon D5300

The D5300 is even more compact than its predecessor, measuring 4.9x3.9x3.0 inches and weighing 16.9 ounces.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (with 50mm Special Edition kit lens). INTRODUCED 11/2013 The Nikon D5300 offers a number of improvements over its excellent D5200 predecessor, while retaining the features that made the D5200 so popular. The pixel count remains the same, but the 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor in the…

Nikon Df

The Df can use all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D Nikkor lenses, but it's also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai Nikkor lenses with full-aperture metering.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (with 50mm Special Edition kit lens). INTRODUCED 11/2013 Nikon went back to its roots to create a full-frame DSLR for the old-school photographer who likes to control everything without messing with multiple menus. The new Df ("Digital Fusion") features a design reminiscent of Nikon's classic 35mm…

Nikon D610

The D610 shares the ruggedness and dust- and moisture- resistance of the D600 (and D800), and its shutter is tested to 150,000 cycles.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $1,999 (body only). INTRODUCED 10/2013 A little more than a year after Nikon introduced its most affordable full-frame DSLR—the well-featured D600—we have its successor in the D610. The new camera retains its predecessor's assets, adding a new shutter mechanism that ups maximum frame rate to 6 fps…

Pentax K-3

Like the K-5 models, the K-3 features a rugged magnesium-alloy body housing a metal chassis, and is fully weather-sealed and cold- and dust-resistant.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $1,299 (body only) INTRODUCED 10/2013 Pentax has a new flagship DSLR, with lots of improvements over the very good K-5II for not much more cost. The K-3 features a new PRIME III imaging engine and APS-C 24.35-megapixel CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter for optimal sharpness. But…

Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm's new X-A1 is the entry-level model in the X-series mirrorless camera lineup.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $599 (with XC16-50mm OIS zoom) INTRODUCED 9/2013 Fujifilm's new X-A1 is the entry-level model in the X-series mirrorless camera lineup, sharing the compact dimensions of the recent X-M1, but with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that uses a conventional Bayer RGB filter rather than the unique Fujifilm…
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