The trend of beautiful, leather products has been around for a while now in the photo industry since ONA started strutting their sexiness all over the place. But on a recent trip to the Lomography store in NYC, I stumbled upon something else extremely beautiful but a little different. And upon asking them about the bag, I was introduced to Zkin. The company seems to be quite new (or at least their approach to the industry does) but already has an impressive lineup of bags.
And the one that really caught my eye is the Champ. Don’t ask me why they call it this. But for what it’s worth, I’ve found a bag that’s not only stylish, but also pretty damned functional.
Nikon recently came out with the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f1.4G lens. It was released around the same time as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4. That was pretty smart, since not everyone can afford the expensive Zeiss glass. If you are a Nikon shooter, you have an option to choose a lens that won’t destroy your bank account. Now, I’m not going to compare the two lenses past this point even though I’ve used them both. Nikon has come out with something new, so let’s see if it’s worth it.
They call it the Nikon Df. It’s a camera that creates lots of mixed emotions. Meant as a “pure photography” camera, there were a lot of hopes put behind the Df. At its heart is the sensor of the Nikon D4, which was an interesting decision. The Nikon Df is an attempt by Nikon to go retro as well, so its design takes from Nikon’s old F-series film cameras. While it’s not unpleasant to look at, it makes me ask, “Why?” When I was asked if I wanted to review this camera, I had to, being a long time Nikon user.
So how does the Nikon Df fare in everyday use? Let’s find out after the jump.
There is a lens that I miss dearly. It was a Tamron 28-105mm f2.8. It was destroyed in an accident during an event shoot. Not too long after that, Sigma announced their 24-105mm f4 and my interest was captured. This new lens basically mixed in one of my favorite focal lengths, 24mm, with one of my favorite zooms.
For a while now, Sigma has been putting out high quality lenses in an effort to up their game. Our Sigma prime lens guide is filled with drool-worthy lenses. Sigma knows there are people who love zooms and they have produced proper lenses for these them as well. The first thing I said when I got it in my hand was please don’t let the Sigma 24-105mm f4 be a disappointment.
When you think about digital devices like tablets you have to think about how they have affected us. iPads have integrated themselves into our lives–especially the lives of photographers. We use them to show our portfolios, have contracts signed, check email, manage things and even read magazines. They are great tools to have. Earlier on this year, Apple released the iPad Air–the latest evolution in the lineup. And though it’s got quite some charm, do you really need it?
Though VSCO Cam has been out for iOS devices, it only recently came to the Android platform. The very popular camera and photo app is an alternative to Instagram and can seriously make mobile photography fun for many folks.