There’s no real substitute for an original camera part. Be that a battery, speedlight, release cable, or even a battery grip, it’s best purchased from the brand. But with so many counterfeit batteries flooding the market of late, Canon has stepped up and taken action. Together with Amazon, they’re stepping up efforts to ensure that knockoff batteries and other pieces of fake Canon gear don’t make it into your hands. The two recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against counterfeiters. But how do you spot fake Canon gear? Well, we’ll explain that and more here.
May has been observed as Asian American and Pacific Islander month in the USA since 2009. We’ve featured the work of many of them across the years that we’ve been an online publication. Here are some of the very best.
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The Panasonic 24mm f1.8 Lumix S is such an incredible lens. “The natural tones and contrast created by the Lumix S 24mm f1.8 lens are very pleasing,” we said in our review. “The cool pastel hues next to the warmth of the setting sun make for gorgeous winter sunsets. Skin tones are not too magenta …
Since it was leaked years ago, photographers within the Leica circle have awaited the Leica Q3. With the Q2 being such a hit for the company, the Q3 seemingly addressed many of the photographers’ vexations with previous versions. Indeed, the Leica Q3 remedies most of those concerns. First of all, the autofocus is much snappier and has been studying up on its scene recognition. Just as notable, there’s a brand new tilting LCD screen. Leica previously stated that the LCD screen would compromise the IP52 durability rating of their cameras. However, they found a way to do it — and the Leica Q3 retains the stellar durability that saved photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi’s life in the middle of a war.
There are very few products that inspire me these days. As journalists, we’re pretty bombarded with many products being the same thing repeatedly. But sometimes, a product comes out that’s just different enough to win us over. And for the first time in a while, I think Lensbaby absolutely nailed it. The Lensbaby Double Optic II is everything I’ve wanted their Composer Pro II to have for a while, optically speaking. Don’t get me wrong, I like sofer optics. But Lensbaby was always too soft. The Double Optic II, however, is just perfect with the tilt-shift mechanism of the Composer Pro II.
Last chance for Fuji rebates! The Fujifilm XH2 is genuinely one of the best APS-C cameras on the market that you can get right now. And it’s got a discount! The original Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 R is being sold at quite a heavy discount right now, and will until June 25th. There’s also stuff like …
For a while now, I’ve been dreaming of more Fujifilm SLR-style cameras without a pronounced grip. For that, I really like the XT30 style of camera. There are lots of photographers that would really prefer the newly announced Fujifilm XS20, though. Specifically, we think that there are vloggers who wish for the Fuji ergonomics and colors. But even if you’re not shooting video, there’s a fair amount to like with the new Fujifilm XS20.
The Fujifilm 8mm f3.5 R WR will probably be one of the most fun lenses you get your hands on. Generally speaking, that’s how super wide angles are. This is around a 12mm field of view when considering it against full-frame options. What’s more, it’s not a fisheye. Other things that make us want to swipe right on this lens are the metal bod, the smaller size, and the halation that leaves everything it sees with a dreamy glow. Yes, Fujifilm apparently did it. And it’s beautiful!
Canon has launched its smallest, lightest, and cheapest RF mount body yet. Meet the Canon EOS R100, a $480 mirrorless camera that, despite being launched today, May 24, 2023, already feels old. That’s because it’s essentially a slower, RF-mount version of the M50 Mark II. It has the same 24.1-megapixel sensor and DIGIC 8 process as the M50 Mark II — and the five-year-old original M50 also carries that same resolution and processor. The Canon EOS R100 has a few small things to get excited about, like the price and the fact that it’s possible to automatically upload photos to Google Photos or Lightroom. But, more Canon fans will likely get excited about the lens announced today: the Canon RF 28mm f2.8 STM, a $299 pancake lens.