Why It’s a Great Time to Buy Into the L Mount Camera System

In our last Pro Camera Reviews Episode, we spent some time talking about the L mount, and how it’s finally matured.

The L mount system has always been a bit behind the others. They’re properly the second full frame autofocus camera system around. They’ve got tons of lens selection. And there are three manufacturers: Sigma, Panasonic and Leica. All of them make cameras and lenses. They’re all pretty darned good too. So we’re talking about why we’re getting into the system now!

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The Beautiful Gitzo Legende Backpack Lacks Critical Features

We’re almost done putting the brand new Gitzo Legende backpack through its paces.

Funded in around 30 minutes on IndieGogo, the Gitzo Legende backpack is generating a lot of hype. We have one of around 100 in America right now. And trust us, it’s beautiful! It’s also incredibly weather-resistant. Believe it or not, it’s also surprisingly comfortable. However, it’s got a number of pretty big issues. We discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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The Funleader 18mm f8 is for Those Who Want Character

We recently finished putting the Funleader 18mm f8 lens through its paces.

The Funleader 18mm f8 lens isn’t like a whole lot of other lenses on the market. In fact, it’s totally different. There’s no adjustable aperture. It also boasts a fixed focus. While that’s a bit quirky, there’s also a ton of character. The lens is also still capable of giving you a sharp image. We discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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So How Is the Leica 35mm F2 APO Summicron ASPH?

We’re putting the Leica 35mm f2 APO Summicron through its paces.

The new Leica 35mm f2 APO Summicron was announced, and it costs over $8,000. But why? Well, it’s got 11 aperture blades just like a Sony G Master lens. It can also focus as close as 11 inches away. That’s incredible for a rangefinder lens! On top of that, it’s also about an inch and a half long. Crazy, right? We discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Is a Great Tool, But a Mediocre Camera at Best

We recently finished putting the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max through its paces.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is a powerful tool for many reasons. One of the big reasons why our EIC uses it is AirDrop, but it’s also an incredible camera and communication device. Apple released ProRAW a while back. And we decided to use it with a few other cool gadgets. We discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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If You’re a Sony User, You’re Going to Love the Sony Xperia 1 II

Recently, we finished up our use of the Sony Xperia 1 II; and we’re really liking the phone.

It’s rare to experience a smartphone camera interface that gets who we are as photographers. But thankfully, Sony understands us the best. Borrowing ideas from their Alpha division, the Sony Xperia 1 II mimics a camera. Plus it shoots raw. And the lenses make more sense to us as photographers. We discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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AI Body Tracking Opens Up a Whole New World for Photographers

Recently, we discussed AI body tracking in cameras and how it’s going to change things.

It’s easy for people to sit there and complain about AI taking their jobs. For photography, it’s making so many things easier for us. But we need to learn to rise above as human. The most important part of the camera is still the person behind it. So it’s your job to use the tools you’re given to create better photos. This is a totally different way of thinking. For example, AI Body tracking is in cameras. It’s bound to come to more. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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After 10 Years, Camera Manufacturers are Still Blaming Smartphones

Recently, we discussed why smartphones have taken over the camera market.

Let’s be honest. No one needs a camera these days. You buy one because you’re either passionate, or you’re a professional. Most cellphones can do everything that we need. So photography majorly needs to evolve and change. But the problem is that the manufacturers haven’t evolved much. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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The Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di VC RXD is Fantastic, and Worth the Money!

Recently, we looked closer at the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di VC.

True innovation often skips lenses for APS-C cameras. But Tamron hasn’t skimped here at all. Calling on their past, the company recently released the Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 Di VC RXD lens. It’s designed for mirrorless APS-C cameras. Specifically, it’s for Sony E mount. But at the same time, it’s probably being wasted there. At under $1,000 you’re getting a lens that can do it all for you. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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This Could Be the Most Disappointing Lens Speed Booster

Recently, we looked closer at the Hasselblad’s XH 0.8 Converter.

Lens speed boosters give you more focal length range and extra light. They’ve been known to photographers for a while now. They’re also great tools for those who want more from their lenses. But unfortunately, they’re not all created equal. The Hasselblad XH 0.8 Converter is designed to give you a 645 format feel and look. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Canon EOS R5, Sony A1, or Fujifilm GFX100s? A Battle of the Best

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently looked closer at the Canon EOS EOS R5, Sony a1, and the Fujifilm GFX 100s.

There are three cameras competing to be king of the market right now. Those are from Sony, Canon and Fujifilm. The Canon EOS R5 is at a more affordable price point. The Sony a1 is pulling out all the stops. And the Fujifilm GFX 100S is bringing medium format to the masses. They’re all very good, and we discussed them in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Is The Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN Contemporary Worth It?

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently looked closer at the Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN Contemporary lens.

The Sigma Contemporary lineup have sort of struck us as odd. And the Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN Contemporary is just that lens. In fact, we still don’t totally know what to think of it. It’s a solid lens, but Sigma does some things that are very odd to us. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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A Preference of Old or New: Modern Lenses or Vintage Glass?

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed our preferences with vintage glass and modern lenses.

We’ve often complained about the lack of character in modern camera lenses. Manufacturers engineer the character out of them to make them clinical. While some folks prefer the look of vintage lenses, other photographers like what modern lenses do. Then they just make adjustments in post-production later. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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How The Prism FX Filters Make Photography Fun Again

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed our requests from Camera Manufacturers

There’s been something missing from modern photography for a long time. It’s way too sterile. There’s little character. We need life and some sprucing. And that’s why we’re so happy to be playing with the Prism FX lens filters. They basically bring the life back to photography in many ways. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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You’d Never Guess What Cameras We’re Using for Fun

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed what cameras we use for fun.

We test cameras every month. But there are some that really, truly stand out to us more than others. These are the ones that we jive with. They’re our favorites. And specifically, we use them for fun. Being a professional camera tester isn’t easy, but we continue to love photography. So when we just want to have a bit of fun, we use a few key cameras. In this latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we show you what we’re smitten with right now.

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How to Find Inspiration for Photography Projects in the Pandemic

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed our requests from Camera Manufacturers

You’re all very bored. And trust us, we are too. So, we were looking for inspiration in our own pieces. We looked at a number of photography projects that photographers do when they’re bored or commit to a project. On our Flipboard, we rounded up a few things. There are photographers doing projects at home, fun projects, dealing with anxiety creatively, taking early morning walks, and seeing what photographers are doing now. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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What We Want to See from Camera Manufacturers in 2021

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed our requests from Camera Manufacturers

The year 2021 is going to be a very big one for the camera world. We’d even argue to say that it’s going to be as massive as the year 2018 was. Back then, we had a ton of announcements come out that showed each manufacturer was really making strides forward. We should’ve seen that last year. In some ways, we did. But the camera manufacturers have to find a way to move ahead even further. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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You’re Printing Your Photos All Wrong. We’ll Show You How.

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed printing

A fact of life is that most people don’t print their photos correctly or even in the best way. We recently had an email asking about this. Believe it or not, we print images monthly for our reviews. So today, we’re giving you folks some insights into how we print and why we print the way we do. If you’re curious about printing, this is the episode of Pro Camera Reviews you’re going to love.

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Do You Think AI Is Helping Or Destroying Photography?

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed AI in Photography.

AI in photography is a very touchy subject. It can surely make cameras and lenses much more effective. But we also shouldn’t use it as a crutch. We’re perfectly capable of doing many things. And we just need to be more experienced. AI is surely changing the way that we do photography. It will also change it for future generations. So we’d love to know your thoughts on this.

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