Review: Canon 6D Mk II

I want to get something straight that not a lot of reviews are putting out there: the Canon 6D Mk II isn’t a bad camera, in fact for most people, it will be a pretty darned good one. But for the rest of us that are at a point where we are demanding more from our cameras and image quality, we shouldn’t even be looking at this one. In many ways, the Canon 6D Mk II is the modern Canon full frame Rebel. What do I mean by that? Canon has squarely given the camera enough features to please the folks who just want to move up to full frame and their current lineup of users. There’s nothing incredibly revolutionary about it and the folks at the NYTimes aren’t bound to write praises all about it; but at the same time it isn’t a terrible camera at all.

But in every single way, it isn’t something that I’d recommend to any sort of working pro or semi-professional except for perhaps portrait photographers.

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George Muncey Shoots Large Format Portraits for Dickies

Today, the distinct look of film photography is sought after not only by ardent film shooters and professional photographers looking for alternate mediums, but apparently by brands as well. It’s not even limited to independent brands anymore, as George Muncey of Negative Feedback proves with a recent large format portrait shoot for Dickies.

The highlight of George’s shoot, without a doubt, is that he used his new Chamonix 8×10 large format camera equipped with a Nikkor 300mm f5.6. This impressive view camera is a handmade piece of art in itself, sporting a modern design and constructed using wood and carbon fiber composite material. Shooting large format is certainly a thrilling experience, and using it to do a project with one of his favorite brands was the perfect opportunity for George’s first large format series.

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So Uhhhhh, The Minolta Brand is Back and Making Cameras?!

One of the brands of cameras you would absolutely never think would come back from the dead is Minolta. But according to Photo Rumors your lack of belief in zombies is wrong! Elite Brands, the makers of both Rokinon and Samyang, has seemingly struck a sort of licensing agreement to use the name brand. With that said, brand new Minolta cameras are currently on sale at Amazon. For those of you who knew and used Minolta cameras, you probably also remember they had a few digital camera models. But that’s what makes this even weirder.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR (Sample Images Included)

I applaud Fujifilm for delivering the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR to us in such a short time. Being the equivalent of the 35mm field of view, I also applaud them delivering a wide angle medium format lens with a relatively fast aperture. Like the other Fujifilm GF lenses, this one is weather sealed and is putting an emphasis on delivering only the absolute best image quality from Fujifilm. What’s really interesting here though is that a lens like this delivers the equivalent field of view of an approximately 35mm lens, but is inherently a longer focal length. What that translates into is less distortion for something like portraiture–which I’m positive the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR will be used for.

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Fotodiox Pro’s New PRONTO Adapter Gives Your Vintage Lenses AF on Sony Mirrorless

Feature Image Screengrab from Video. Credit to Fotodiox Pro

It is no secret that one of the best advantages of mirrorless over traditional DSLR systems is the ease of adapting various lenses to your camera. You can use really old vintages lenses for a unique look and feel with ease, but the one thing you always give up when you use these old lenses is Auto Focus – but Fotodiox Pro doesn’t want that to be the case anymore (at least on Sony mirrorless) thanks to their new PRONTO lens adapter. Continue reading…

First Impressions: Fujifilm X-E3 (Sample Images Included)

I’m really glad that Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm X-E3 partially because the Fujifilm XE2s was such an absolute failure in my eyes. In many ways, it felt half-assed and due to its release after the announcement of cameras with the new 24MP X Trans sensor, its usage of the 16MP sensor seemed odd. Nonetheless, I believe that sensor’s output looked much more analog than the newer ones. With the Fujifilm X-E3 though, photographers are getting a camera that is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most straightforward creations in a while. However, there are things that are sort of odd. It uses the same sensor as the company’s flagship cameras and includes 4K video, the joystick that every Fujifilm user pretty much demands at this point, and a shutter speed dial without the ISO setting incorporated (lest someone who doesn’t understand how to use the dial goes onto YouTube and creates a video about how terrible this one thing is when they’ve probably never shot with a film camera in their life).

No, with the Fujifilm X-E3 you’ve got a heavy emphasis on just the basics: exposure.

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Oprema Jena’s 58mm F2 Biotar Lens Will Have 17 Aperture Blades

We posted recently about the rumored and then confirmed revival of the legendary 58mm Biotar lens by Oprema Jena – a company founded by the same people behind Myer Optik. The company has set out to revive old legendary lenses, much in the same way their sister company Myer Optik has, and their second lens is the Biotar 58mm F2, for which they just launched their Indiegogo Campaign.

Among the interesting information gleaned from the Indiegogo campaign page is the revelation that the 58mm F2 Biotar will have an astounding 17 aperture blades. This is a huge number compared to most modern lenses, and will ensure an almost perfectly circular aperture opening throughout the aperture range. This will supposedly result in a cleaner, creamier, less distracting bokeh – something that portrait photographers will no doubt like the idea of.

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This One, Convenient Image Sums Up The Technicalities of Photography

We live in an era where learning things has become a lot easier, including photography. On top of courses and modules that you can enroll in, there are tons of photography resources that you can access with just a few clicks. One of them is a simple and neat basic photography infographic that could jump start your learning in photography, or even save you a considerable amount of money on beginner courses.

In fact, Christian Tudor of the Academy of Photography believes that this infographic best explains how the exposure triangle works, and would be of great help to anyone struggling with their camera settings. He also considers this to be an entire course in basic photography for beginners, condensed in a simple image; all you need to do is print it and bring it with you so you can master your camera settings on the go.

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