Bird Photography with the Nikon z9 Is Pretty Great

We’ve had the Nikon z9 for a little while now, and we’ve been actively testing it in the field. The camera, which is probably one of the most innovative on the market, has lots of potential. It’s mostly targeted at sports photographers and photojournalists, but I don’t doubt passionate photographers with deeper pockets might seriously consider it too. It’s a nice option for bird photography for sure. In fact, it does some things even better than its competitor, the Sony a1.

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Three Great Cameras in One. Leica M11 Review

I didn’t read the rumors of the Leica M11 purposely before I went into the meeting with Leica. To that end, I was genuinely surprised as to what I saw and experienced. For one week, I had personal play-time with the Leica M11. And overall, this has to be the best Leica M digital camera yet. The company gave us a ton of versatility while also giving us the Leica M9’s colors back. It’s almost the perfect M-camera. But even better, you’ll be delighted staring at the colors.

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Which One?: Sony A1 vs Canon EOS R5. Which Is the Best Camera?

This is an age-old question. Which one is better? The Sony a1 or the Canon EOS R5? One camera has been out for a while. Canon has often said that the Sony a1 is meant to take on its 1-series cameras, which aren’t out yet. Sony, with the a1, made the entire industry’s jaws drop. But the Canon EOS R5 is still also a staple for many photographers. So which one is better? We’re tackling the debate of the Sony a1 vs the Canon EOS R5 based on our own real-world reviews and experiences.

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A Remarkable AF, Low Light Jackpot: Canon EOS R3 Review

Photographers now can take their pick of cameras that can shoot stills fast enough to actually be movies. But Canon’s approach to a speedy flagship is arguably the most different from Sony’s and Nikon’s. Instead of creating a camera that can shoot both fast and high resolution, the Canon EOS R3 uses a less-headline-worthy 24.1-megapixel sensor. Canon is taking a gamble that the photographers who want 30 fps are also the photographers who prioritize exceptional low light performance over high resolution. And, they’re trying to sweeten the deal with an autofocus system that will just focus on wherever you’re looking.

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A Beautiful Disappointment of a Camera. Nikon ZFc review

If you’re like me, you were all about the hype machine before the Nikon ZFc was announced. Nikon sold the camera to all the world as something super lightweight. And indeed it is. But it also feels kind of cheap. They took the Z50 and stuffed it into a camera body that doesn’t feel that good. But it’s pretty to look at. In fact, writing this review hurt a bit because I was so disappointed with the Nikon ZFc.

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Love at First Sight? Canon EOS R3 First Impressions

Canon’s mirrorless lineup finally has an option to compete with the likes of the 1DX-series DSLRs, and it impresses immediately out of the box. The Canon EOS R3 has the grip and weather-sealing of the 1DX series and the speed of a mirrorless camera on steroids. What’s more, it’s even got the eye control autofocus from film cameras like the EOS 7. It sits in competition with the Nikon Z9 and Sony A1 for speed, yet curiously keeps the lower resolution of Canon’s sports-focused 1DX series.

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The Bravest Move They’ve Ever Made: Nikon z9 First Impressions

Nikon has been known to try crazy and brave things every now and again. Years ago, they made the Nikon 1 series and used Ashton Kutcher to promote it. It was in baseball stadiums all around, and it was beating Sony’s NEX lineup in many ways. The current iteration of the brand that’s responsible for releasing the Nikon z9 feels like the Nikon I’ve known over the years. They’re trying things, and I believe that’s very important. What’s more, they’re also making some massive claims.

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Improved Animal and Face Detection! Sony A7 IV Review

Sometimes I find myself shaking my head at what cameras can do these days. The jury is still out as to whether it’s shaken in disbelief or wonderment. That is the case with the long-awaited and fairly priced Sony a7 IV. It packs a lot of features that photographers have been asking for along with capabilities that are overkill. I think Sony’s next camera could take an entirely black or even stark white image and recover almost every detail.

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What a Value! Fujifilm GFX50s II Review

Fujifilm’s quest of making medium format accessible has revolutionized the industry. And now, they continue their pursuit of making quality medium format systems more attainable than ever with the Fujifilm GFX50s II. It will make its debut as a bundled kit with the Fujifilm 35-70 f4-5-5.6 lens or as a body only option. The competitive price is on par with many Full-Frame offerings and is sure to entice photographers looking for more real estate. If the optics are what we’ve come to expect and love from Fujifilm, this will be a great camera to make the switch. Spoiler alert, they are. Keep reading to find out why.

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A Simple Little Box That Shoots Vibrant Photos: Sigma Fp L Review

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The Sigma fp L is arguably one of the most innovative mirrorless cameras on the market. It’s a stripped-down camera that, with accessories, allows photographers to build back only what is needed. It’s got a lot: from grips to viewfinders and a hot shoe slot. Carrying on with the same body style as the original fp, the Sigma fp L adds a higher-resolution 61-megapixel sensor. The autofocus also gets a boost, and the camera houses more color profiles, along with other smaller tweaks.

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You’ll Love the Experience and IQ: Nikon Zfc First Impressions

It looks really eye-catching, is surprisingly lightweight, and packs really good photo and video quality. The Zfc does feel like an APS-C all-rounder now.

If you read our article back in May about the need for a mirrorless retro body from Nikon, you would have noticed how badly I was hoping for one with a full-frame sensor. It didn’t get that, nor did it come close to the 30-megapixel resolution I was hoping for. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I got the Nikon Zfc in my hands to try out. Almost a carbon copy of my FM2, but seemingly a lot lighter, the Zfc more than delighted me when I used it. It might have the Nikon Z50 sensor in there, but it feels like the Zfc has dethroned it as Nikon’s best-ever APS-C camera. They’ve definitely put some emphasis on style, too: it’s available in six colors besides the classic silver-black you’ll see below. Plus, it’s got a pretty competitive price.

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The Look of Kodak Movies: Panasonic GH5 II Review

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If I were to buy a brand new camera in 2021, I’m not sure it would be the Panasonic GH5 II. And that’s not at all to say that the Panasonic GH5 II is a bad camera. In fact, it’s probably one of the best Micro Four Thirds offerings on the market. But, I think the problem has to do with Panasonic’s lineup. The Panasonic S5, for all intents and purposes, is just a better camera. In fact, before I bought the Leica SL2s, the Panasonic S5 was a strong contender. It also does something almost no other camera does: full-frame, live, composite imagery. But still, the Panasonic GH5 II delivers on the cinematic-looking image quality the brand has recently become known for. And more than anything else, that’s a big reason to adore the Panasonic GH5 II.

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I’m Falling in Like Slowly with the New Z7. A Nikon Z7 II Review

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I have been a Nikonian photographer for more than a decade. Yet, after trying the company’s first full-frame mirrorless, I chose to stick with a DSLR. I simply didn’t have the confidence in the Z7 and Z6 autofocus system and lack of ability to record to two cards at once. That’s exactly what Nikon focused on in the second generation, however. The Nikon Z7 II keeps much of the first generation intact but steps up the autofocus, adds a second card slot, and moves to dual processors. Then, there’s also the price bump of a few hundred bucks.

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It’s Not Canon’s Greatest Achievement: Canon EOS M50 II Review

The Canon EOS M50 II doesn’t put the EF-M mount in good light.

Canon saw a great deal of success with the original EOS M50. The camera was snapped up by camera newbies and vloggers who wanted a light camera to tote around. It never wowed us with its image quality, but its versatility was delightful. The APS-C Canon EOS M50 II looks to build on that success, but will a few upgrades here and there make it a worthwhile buy in 2021? Can it compete in this market space? Find out in our full review.

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Tiny Camera Meets Big Potential: Fujifilm XE4 Review

The Fujifilm XE4 feels like a point-and-shoot, yet it has the image quality of a camera that costs twice as much.

The smaller a camera is, the more likely photographers will carry it with them everywhere. The Fujifilm XE4 is one of the smallest mirrorless bodies from Fujifilm yet. Paired with a newly announced 27mm kit lens, and the XE4 feels almost like packing a point-and-shoot. At $850 body-only (or $1,050 with the kit), the XE4 is one of the more affordable Fuji mirrorless cameras. Even with that price, the XE4 still packs in the same sensor and processor as the Fujifilm XT4. So, what did Fujifilm cut to get to that sub-$1000 price point?

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An Excellent Medium Format Swiss Army Knife: Fujifilm GFX100S Review

The Fujifilm GFX100S can do a little of everything at a price that will please.

Let me start by saying that $5,999 is a lot of money for a camera, so it may not please everyone. However, there are many cameras around this price point that can do one thing really well, and that’s it. The Fujifilm GFX100S is different. Fujifilm has been innovating in the ‘larger than Full-Frame’ space for a while now. The Fujifilm GFX100S is a continuation of the fine work they have done thus far. If you’re deciding between high megapixel cameras and have around $6,000 to spend, you owe it to yourself to read our full review. Go on. You know you want to.

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An Excellent Camera That’s Overkill for Most: Sony a1 Review

The Sony a1 shows that electronic shutters are the future.

Sony stunned the photography industry when they announced their new flagship camera, the Sony a1. Sony is back to innovating again when it comes to silicon, and this is incredibly exciting. On paper, this camera with its new stacked sensor should impress even the most hard-headed photographers out there. Still, we all know that specs on a piece of paper don’t always equate to great real-world performance. We’ve had our hands on the new Sony a1 for a week, and we’ve put it to the test in some tough conditions. Will the wow factor from the spec sheet carry over into the wild when we test it? Find out in our full review of the Sony a1.

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You Need to Hold This! Fujifilm GFX 100S First Impressions

Holding the Fujifilm GFX 100S gave me a lot of hope for the future of cameras.

Cameras these days are boring. Well, most of them are at least. Everyone is making a good camera. But few are exceptional. In the little time I’ve used it, the Fujifilm GFX 100S seems exceptional. In fact, it’s the first camera I’ve held in a long time to get me excited. Think of it as the big brother to the Fujifilm XH1. If you took that camera, made it medium format, a bit bigger, and changed a few things, this would be it. Fujifilm took their prized winning 100MP GF format sensor and stuffed it into here. Plus, they’re giving us the new Nostalgic Negative film simulation. What’s most impressive, though, is the autofocus. All of this for under the cost of the Sony a1. But of course, those are different cameras. But the Fujifilm GFX100s is showing me that medium format is truly their future.

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It’s Improved! But It’s Still Not Perfect: Nikon Z6 II Review

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Two years after bursting into the Full Frame mirrorless market, Nikon is polishing its first draft with a second generation. At first glance, the Nikon Z6 II is a look-alike of the original mid-range mirrorless. But, Nikon is making some important strides towards addressing the wish list that the first didn’t quite fulfill. The Nikon Z6 II adds dual card slots and improves the autofocus. It even adds dual processors for a faster burst mode and larger buffer.

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A Wonderful Camera With An Unfortunate Flaw. Fujifilm XS10 Review

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Fujifilm has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. Photographers who appreciate stunning design have flocked to the platform for the gorgeous retro-inspired cameras and the great images that X-Trans sensors can help produce. However, newer photographers are put off by the vintage-style controls. Enter the Fujifilm XS10. Fujifilm adopted a new design philosophy for the XS10 so that those who aren’t comfortable using so many manual controls can have a camera they can call their own. On paper, the Fujifilm XS10 sounds impressive. It has the same 26 Megapixel sensor found in the bigger X-T4, and it even has IBIS. How does it perform out in the wild, though? Find out in our full review.

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The Most Rugged Camera for a Journalist. Leica SL2s Review

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There’s nothing wrong with the way the traditional Leica camera worked. If anything, the Leica M series makes the photographer more aware of what’s around them. But let’s be honest, autofocus is very useful. And the Leica SL2s is probably the camera that answers the needs of the modern journalist the best. At the heart of the Leica SL2s is what Leica claims to be a newly developed 24MP BSI sensor. This variant of the Leica SL2 maintains the IP54 weather sealing rating, but it also received a speed boost.

Editor’s Note: We’ve updated this post as of May 2021.

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