The New TetherTools TetherPro USB-C Cables Promise to Make Your Shoots Easier

Tether Tools aim to make tethered photography more streamlined with their new TetherPro USB-C cables.

Tether Tools, a provider of workstation solutions for photographers, has recently announced adding a line of TetherPro USB-C Cables to their cable products. With tethered photography now a big part of many photographers’ process, these cables promise to improve the experience beyond the limits of dongles, hubs, and inadequate connections. Whether you’re thinking of shifting to a tethered workflow or improving your existing setup, this new cable line could be interesting to you.

This line of TetherPro USB-C Cables is comprised of USB-C to USB-C cables, and USB-C to USB-A cables for use with USB-C cameras such as Hasselblad H6, Fujifilm X Series, Panasonic GH5, and Sony a7R III. There are also TetherPro USB-C cables available for photographers who have cameras with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports but have upgraded to USB-C computers. Want to extend your existing USB cables to a USB-C computer port? Simply use the 15-foot USB-C to USB-A Adapter to join them together. The TetherPro USB-C to USB-C Cable also comes in lengths of up to 15 feet.

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Review: Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E Mount)

The Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary is one of the best APS-C lenses the company has produced.

When testing the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens, I realized that in many ways it’s a perfect lens for photographers who use Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. It’s around a 24mm f1.8 field of view when shooting wide open, and can suit the needs of many photographers due to its versatility. Of course I’m talking about the focal length and how good it can be as a walkabout lens, but I’m also speaking to the autofocusing abilities, pure image quality, and the little bit of weather sealing the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary boasts. The f1.4 aperture gives it the ability to shoot in very low light and also get beautiful bokeh when photographing people or things. As I found out with the Sony a6000, it’s also pretty solid for video.

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Capture One 11.01 Brings Fujifilm X-E3 Support and Lots of Bug Fixes

If you process with Capture One then there is a new update on the table for you, and we recommend updating right away.

Phase One has just updated their RAW processing software Capture One to version 11.01 which adds support for the Fujifilm X-E3 as well as support for eight new lenses from Olympus and Leica. Beyond that, the update was focused on fixing a lot of the bugs users had experienced since updating to the major update release of version 11.0. Continue reading…

Review: Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR (Fujifilm GF)

With the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR, many photographers who love primes could have a favorite lens.

When Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR, I was incredibly excited. While most folks would think of this lens and something closer to the normal range, one needs to remember that this is medium format. It’s something closer to my beloved 35mm field of view. In the older days of medium format, lots of photographers reached for primes like this. With modern Fujifilm’s glass, coatings, and designs you can be sure the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR is quite a performer. This is a lens that will easily find its way in the hands of professional photographers. Then you consider the weather sealing, the 35mm f2 equivalency with the compression of a 45mm lens, the feel, the relatively small size, and the overall lightweight system that the Fujifilm GFX is and you get yourself a fantastic option.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind Episode 2: Charlie Naebeck

Photographer Charlie Naebeck was on the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind

For our second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we interviewed Charlie Naebeck. Charlie is a photographer here in NYC, and also a teacher. What’s special about Charlie is the fact that he started out in street photography, then got into portraiture, and then got into conceptual work. How? Well, according to Charlie it had a whole lot to do with how he started in photography, evolved, and how he decided to collaborate with other people, especially dancers.

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First Impressions: Sony 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS (Sony E Mount)

This blog post originally appeared on Digital Photo Pro; part of the Madavor Network. It and the images here are being syndicated with exclusive permission. For more, be sure to check out their website.

At a media event in Oahu, Hawaii, Sony provided a small selection of media, including myself, a first look at the new E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for Sony’s APS-C a6000/a6300/a6500 cameras. We took the lens out to shoot some local food markets to check out the image quality. With 12 groups and 16 elements, including an aspherical element, the $600 7.5x zoom lens is only 325 grams, teeny compared to the 400-500+ grams for competitor lenses, which the company says will make it perfect for travel use. High corner-to-corner resolution, even at the telephoto end and the MTF data (a chart describing the image sharpness at various focal lengths and moving away from the center of the lens) shows excellent edge sharpness relative to other compact travel lenses.

The lens has built-in optical image stabilization, which works in conjunction with the built-in stabilization in the camera for additional protection against blur caused by photographer motion. (Sony told us they don’t list the total effective f/stop stability.) It also features a completely silent motor, making it suitable for video capture.)

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Review: Capture One Film Styles (Capture One Pro, New Version)

Capture One Film Styles has a brand new way of altering your images.

Capture One Film Styles, as it was properly called, were styles (otherwise known as presets) created by a third party developer. But recently, Capture One decided to make their own. Indeed, with more people coming to Capture One, there are great reasons why they needed to do something like this. One of the biggest things people want to do is more or less what they did in Lightroom, but with the enhancements and superior RAW editor in Capture One. For those photographers, it means film-like presets. As a film shooter on the regular, Capture One Film Styles is sort of an awkward situation.

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This Film vs. Digital Shoot-Out Shows the Comparison We Need

This fashion shoot-out video is a must-watch if you’re caught between the film vs. digital debate.

Let’s face it: the film vs. digital debate isn’t going away anytime soon. People will always have opinions and find something to compare between the two mediums. Preferences will always be put on the table. But, for those who are new to photography – and the question of which is better between the two – here’s a fun video that shows what it’s like to work with both.

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