First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

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If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched them.

The Hasselblad X1D features a 50MP cropped 645 format sensor–that is to say that it isn’t a full frame 645 sensor but instead still larger than a 35mm sensor. The camera also incorporates the use of leaf shutter lenses that let you shoot with a flash to 1/2000th with full sync, autofocus, an EVF, a touchscreen LCD, and interesting features such as a mode dial that locks and unlocks by simply pressing it up and down.

But even more amazing: it’s pretty small–honestly if you could imagine a Sony a6000 series camera, put a big sensor in it and make it around the height of some DSLRs then reduce the weight and depth significantly, you’ve got this camera.

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Review: Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0

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Personally speaking, film camera reviews like those of the Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 are the most fun for great reasons–there is no pixel peeping, no RAW file versatility, none of that stuff that people bitch and complain about in forums. Instead, it’s all about the moment and capturing or creating it. Then there are the lenses, the experience, and knowing that the photo you shoot is a one of a kind.

The Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0 camera’s biggest upgrade is its brighter viewfinder over the predecessor. This is a proper TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) camera with aperture priority control, exposure compensation, manual focusing, a flash, accessories, and an overall solid build quality. Most importantly for many of us, there are glass elements in the lens. Considering that Instax Mini basically covers a 645 area, this is important.

This can be a tough camera for many of us to learn; but at the same time you’re bound to have fun doing it.

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Review: Canon 80D

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While the name can often confused when verbally addressed, the Canon 80D is a camera targeted highly at the semi-professional market of photographers. It’s a step above their Rebel DSLRs but below the 7D Mk II flagship camera in the APS-C realm. However, it has features that lots of the lower end crowd may really like.

To be very honest, there are lots of things about the 80D that make it my favorite that Canon has put out in a while. But on the other hand, there are things about it that make me wonder what the heck they were thinking.

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Review: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

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Tamron knocked the ball out of the park with their 85mm f1.4 Di VC USD lens–and so updating the 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD, one of their more popular options just made sense. This lens is very much a jack of many trades. It’s designed to shoot macro images, have image stabilization, great image quality, and also has weather sealing. For many years it was in the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but the 90mm is worthy of being in the hands of many professionals.

This one, like many of the company’s new lenses, offer a metal exterior, weather sealing, 9 aperture blades, 14 elements in 11 groups and 4.5 stops of vibration compensation. For the $649 price point you’re getting quite a bargain..

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Review: Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E)

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Sigma has been putting out loads of awesome lenses over the past years–even their Contemporary glass seems to be right up there with their Art and Sports lenses. So when the company announced their 30mm f1.4 DC DN, I was really curious as to why it wasn’t under the Art series.

With an f1.4 aperture, nine aperture blades and fast focusing motors inside, it surely seems like it would be. But maybe Sigma is making their contemporary lenses render a bit less saturation vs the Art series–at least that’s what the 30mm makes me believe.

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Long Term Comparison: Fujifilm or Sony- Which is Right For You?

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It’s a question that’s been posed many times in the website’s search engine: Should I go with Fujifilm or Sony? Both camera systems have become more and more serious as they’ve matured over the years. The camera systems are both highly capable and used by many top photographers for a variety of work. Both cameras will create great images but they have their own unique advantages.

As a long time owner of both Fujifilm and Sony cameras and a reviewer of their systems, this post will help you figure out a lot more about what system you should go with.

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Review: Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 E ED VR II (Nikon F Mount)

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Perhaps one of Nikon’s most important lenses in their F mount lineup has always been their 24-70mm f2.8–and with the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 E ED VR II we get the long awaited refresh. So when they updated the lens and also incorporated Vibration Reduction technology, they did something that really just made sense for a first party manufacturer. The lens is the bread and butter optic for many photojournalists, landscape shooters, wedding shooters, etc. And the addition of the image stabilizing technology is very welcome to many.

Weighing 3.7 lbs, this is a heavy lens for what it is. It’s also pretty large–but the photographers that really need a lens like this are bound to spring for it. Though it’s quite tough to stomach if you instead want to go for many of the company’s very good f1.8 prime lenses.

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Review: Sony a6300

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At this point in the camera game, consumers have two really big, badass APS-C sensor cameras that they can get: the Sony a6300 and the Fujifilm X Pro 2. Considering that they’ve got a larger marketshare, the Sony a6300 is bound to outsell the X Pro 2. Backing up that prediction is the improved autofocus on the a6000 (that didn’t really need it as it is), the 4K video recording upgrades, weather sealing, and a few other updates which aren’t truly that large per se.

With an ISO range from 100-51,200 along with other features like the 4D focus system working in conjunction with the 425 phase detection autofocus points and combined with up to 11 fps shooting capabilities, the little camera is the equivalent of the Lord of the Rings’ Gimli. Put it down for a second, and it’ll beg to be shot with.

While the insides are brand new and the overall experience of using the camera is still really the same as it ever was (and that isn’t a bad thing) I argue that it’s time for an ergonomic update.

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