Gear — Urban Night Photography

Gear recommendations for capturing the essence of a city at night
Read our urban night photography how-to guide Camera If the sun is down, it’s more than likely that I’ll be using a Sony a7S II full-frame mirrorless camera. While the sensor measures in at 12 megapixels, the pixels are very large and can pull in a ton of light. Its high-speed ISO performance is virtually unparalleled, though the Nikon D5 and Canon... Read more

Gear — Sports

The gear you need in the field to capture the action of sports
Read our sports how-to guide Cameras While mirrorless technologies continue to improve, the autofocus capabilities and frame rates of current DSLR cameras have made them the default choice for sports photographers, but that won’t last much longer. Nikon and Canon are the dominant players in the pro sports world. Nikon and Canon’s flagship full-frame... Read more

Gear — Landscapes

The tools you need in the field to return home with spectacular landscape images
Read our landscape how-to guide Camera Versatility and portability are important in landscape work because you’ll often need to travel to your subject. The Nikon D810 and Canon EOS 5DS offer high resolution in compact packages. The Pentax K-1 offers features designed for outdoor work, like GPS and star tracking. The Sony a7R II packs the highest resolution... Read more

Think Tank Shape Shifter V2.0 Backpack Hands-On Review

A great bag for travel whether you’re out shooting for the day or on a longer photo adventure
Think Tank Shape Shifter
A versatile backpack-style bag, the Shape Shifter V2.0 series from Think Tank solves one of the challenges of preparing for a photo outing—what bag to choose. The Shape Shifter stores a large amount of gear for longer photo trips and also compresses to a more portable bag via a zipper for photo day trips when you need to carry less gear. The Shape... Read more

Gear — Travel

Our gear recommendations for returning home with meaningful travel images
Read our travel how-to guide Cameras There are pros who take high-quality travel pictures with an iPhone. If you want professional-quality images, with fine detail and low levels of noise in all settings, though, you’ll need a DSLR or mirrorless camera. The larger the sensor, the better the image quality, generally speaking. For all-around photography,... Read more

Think Tank Mirrorless Mover Bags

Made by photographers for photographers, these bags don’t skimp on functionality or construction
Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 5 bag
Think Tank makes some of our favorite bags—they’re durable and well designed. Made by photographers for photographers, the bags and accessories they make don’t skimp in functionality or construction. The company’s Mirrorless Mover bag is a compact sling-style bag designed to carry compact mirrorless cameras and their lenses. Think Tank has just... Read more

Westcott Basics LED Hands-On Review

An inexpensive and portable light that may be the ideal solution for many photographers
Westcott Basics LED
Lighting gear is essential to us as photographers, and one of the challenges we face is finding good, inexpensive solutions that are small enough for us to carry anywhere. Our portability and affordability problems are solved with Westcott’s Basics LED, thanks to the unique design of this LED light system—it uses standard “Edison” fixtures (those... Read more

Blackmagic Video Assist Hands-On Review

We take Blackmagic’s external video viewing, control and recording device for a spin in our video review.
Blackmagic video assist
Anyone using their digital cameras to capture video has had the realization that the LCD screens built into the cameras might be good enough to review stills, but they’re woefully inadequate when working to compose video. While the portability of a digital camera is convenient, it takes a lot of work (and often a lot of reshoots) to ensure that the... Read more

Gear — Portraits

Our recommendations for the best gear to level up your portraiture work.
Read our portrait how-to guide Cameras Most pros prefer full-frame cameras for portrait work, but whether you use a full-frame or crop-framed one like APS-C or Micro Four Thirds, you have the same needs. You want good image quality, a camera that feels comfortable and that makes sense to you. I use a Canon 1D X Mark II, but honestly, if I weren’t... Read more

Handmade Cub & Company Camera Straps Add Beauty To Your Camera

Handmade Cub & Co Camera Straps are made by hand in the U.S., and add retro-beauty to your camera gear.
The beautiful camera straps from Cub & Company make any camera look better.
Like many photographers, I have a drawer full of camera straps. With very few exceptions, I hate them all. Manufacturer straps with the company logo and camera name imprinted on the strap are my least favorite—I don’t want a piece of apparel to advertise to thieves how expensive the camera I’m shooting is. I have a variety of straps that are designed... Read more

Hands On Review: Sony G Master Lenses

New optics for a new generation of cameras.

It’s only natural that a camera platform as new as the Sony’s a7 series would be perceived as being a little bit short on lenses. When the first a7 shipped—only a few years ago—you could count the number of lenses that designed for its full frame sensor on one hand. The rest of Sony’s lenses were designed for their smaller APS-C sensor equipped... Read more

New Gear: April/May 2016

The 360-ws bare-bulb Flashpoint StreakLight TTL strobe works just as well off-camera as it does when mounted on a Nikon or Canon camera.

FLASHPOINT STREAKLIGHT TTL The 360-ws bare-bulb Flashpoint StreakLight TTL strobe works just as well off-camera as it does when mounted on a Nikon or Canon camera. Its versatility extends to the ability to use it as a Master or Slave, in addition to shooting high-speed sync, utilizing remote manual control and exposure bracketing, as well as remote... Read more
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