The Fujifilm X Pro 3 Has Something Uniquely Special About It

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 is the best camera on the market for anyone who doesn’t want to stare at a screen all day.

“Aren’t you just sick of all these zoom meetings,” is what a rep called and told me on the phone earlier in the pandemic. She called me out of the blue, and I completely agreed with her. But I didn’t realize how deep her words hit me. The entire staff has discussed how we’re all sick of staring at screens. And the Fujifilm X Pro 3 is the perfect answer to that. Yes, there are options like the Leica M10-D. But you’ll probably complain about its price more than you will the X Pro 3’s screen. 

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Review: Leica M10-D (Almost the Leica That I’ve Been Waiting For)

The Leica M10-D is the ultimate evolution to the Leica M10 series of cameras and brings with it ergonomic changes that I don’t expect most people to understand.

When I walked into a meeting with Leica and saw the Leica M10-D, it reminded me of the very few times that I gasped with utter and pure excitement in the industry; when Sony announced their radio flashes/transmitter, when Capture One finally started to work closer with Fujifilm, and when Kodak announced that Ektachrome was coming back. And for the most part, I’m writing my review of the Leica M10-D from the point of view of a fanboy simply because I don’t expect most people to understand the camera. One side will call me a spoiled, hipster millennial and the other side may label me as an elitist snob with full conviction that Leica paid me a ton of money to write this. This post is being written with pure joy and admiration at what Leica has done with the Leica M10-D, but I am also fully acknowledging where it’s gone wrong.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm X-E3 (Sample Images Included)

I’m really glad that Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm X-E3 partially because the Fujifilm XE2s was such an absolute failure in my eyes. In many ways, it felt half-assed and due to its release after the announcement of cameras with the new 24MP X Trans sensor, its usage of the 16MP sensor seemed odd. Nonetheless, I believe that sensor’s output looked much more analog than the newer ones. With the Fujifilm X-E3 though, photographers are getting a camera that is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most straightforward creations in a while. However, there are things that are sort of odd. It uses the same sensor as the company’s flagship cameras and includes 4K video, the joystick that every Fujifilm user pretty much demands at this point, and a shutter speed dial without the ISO setting incorporated (lest someone who doesn’t understand how to use the dial goes onto YouTube and creates a video about how terrible this one thing is when they’ve probably never shot with a film camera in their life).

No, with the Fujifilm X-E3 you’ve got a heavy emphasis on just the basics: exposure.

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How to Get Better Battery Life From Your Sony Camera

Sony camera users have known for a long time that the battery life on their cameras tends to be pretty bad overall. This is especially the case with their mirrorless camera lineup. If you’re using your Sony camera professionally, you’re going to need to bring a lot of batteries with you to a gig if it’s a day long event. But if it’s a quicker gig, then it does the job.

Of course, there are many things you can do to get just a bit more juice out of your camera.

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How to Conserve the Battery Life of Your Mirrorless Camera

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If you’re a mirrorless camera user, then you most likely know that your battery life in’t the greatest. There are many reasons for this–and much of it is owed to the natural designs of the cameras in how they function. For years, there have been ways to prevent the juice from draining so quickly from your device. And for the most part, much of that advice still applies. But there are even more methods that you can do with your camera that will help its battery life last much longer.

Here are some ways to make your battery life last longer based on a recent outing where I needed to tweak a mirrorless camera to get at least eight hours of battery life from it.

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How to Photograph an LCD Screen When Using a Flash

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One of the toughest things to photograph at times can be an LED or LCD screen when a product is turned on. The reason for this because of reflections that could get caught in the screen or the fact that the viewer won’t be able to see very many details. In order to capture a screen while using a flash though, you’ll need to be able to strategically place your light and have a bit of knowledge about shutter speeds.

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Useful Photography Tip #99: Don’t Chimp

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In terms of turnaround, digital photography far outpaces film, but it can slow down the process, too. After making a photograph, there is almost always an impulse to hit the playback button in order to view what you’ve just shot. Naturally, you want to make sure that the colors pop, the light is great and the lines are sharp. Doing this after every shot, however, takes time away from the next photograph you could very well miss. The act of checking your LCD after each shot is called chimping.

In order to remain fully invested in the photographic process, it’s best to leave the LCD alone. Make your photographs and don’t worry about them until later. Of course, be conscious of your settings, but if you’ve got a good enough understanding of light and the interplay of ISO, shutter speed and aperture, you’ll be alright. Plus, abstaining for chimping helps you focus on the act of making a photograph. Besides, by not chimping, you’re giving yourself the ability to be surprised.

Five Ways For Beginners to Maintain Their Camera

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Now that you’ve got your new camera (or have had one for a while now) there are a couple of things that you can do to make sure that the performance is always up to par. And while you may have heard of cleaning your sensor and other things like that, do you know how to boost the camera’s focusing performance? Or perhaps how to extend the battery life?

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The Nikon D5300 is a Camera with WiFi…Not Much Else Quite Awesome

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Not even a year after announcing the camera, Nikon is refreshing their D5000 line up camera. Today, the company is announcing the D5300. The camera has a new 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor at its heart, built in GPS, a 3.2 inch swivel screen, WiFi transmission built in, 39 autofocus points, 9 cross type points, 3D tracking, 2,016 pixel RGB sensor, 1080p HD video, 100-12,800 high ISO natively,  and will come in Red, Black and Gray.

Not too much seems to have changed over the D5200, which we found to be quite good in our review.

Body only will be available for $799.95 while with the 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 will be $1,399.95. Specs and more images are after the jump.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 925

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Nokia’s Lumia 925 has been in our hands for a little while now, and when to comes down to just pure photography–this is the best damned phone you can probably get your hands on for a budget price. It also has a solid build quality and excellent LCD screen, but for what it’s worth, the phone also runs on the operating system that is behind the rest: Windows Phone. This results in a major disconnect if you’re coming from an Android phone or iOS device. But if you’re not tethered to either of those, the Lumia 925 is a nice option.


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Useful Photography Tip #61: Shoot from the Hip to Get a New Perspective

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Gone are the days of TLR-style photography, at least for the most part. By that, I mean holding the camera at your waist, looking down at the screen, and composing your image that way. It seems that most hold their camera to their eyes, or their phone about six inches to a foot away from their squinting eyes. Within the past several months, I’ve taken to lowering my camera from my eye and shooting from the hip. It is, at first, a tad bit jarring not knowing what’s in the viewfinder. There’s as much chance as there is technique involved in getting images from your midsection. Herein lies a few pointers for getting used to holding your camera down under.

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Lenovo Announces 30″ WQXGA AdobeRGB Display, Makes Us Go “Dafuq?”

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Lenovo hasn’t been known for the quality of the display panels they put in their products. Ever since the company took over IBM’s computer business, the ThinkPad line has been virtually useless to photographers. Bad contrast and brightness, bad viewing angles and low color fidelity–except for the incredibly expensive W series. So, understandably, we were pretty dazzled when we heard that the company known for the world’s most rubbsih notebook displays just announced a professional 30″ screen that they claim will cover 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

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Review: Carry Speed VF-3 Universal LCD View Finder

I am sitting here with the Carry Speed Viewfinder and I am wondering why didn’t I get one of these sooner? Like many photography or video related products we really don’t know what we are missing until we make the leap. The viewfinder makes precise manual focussing a cinch and now I can’t see myself shooting video without it.

I’ve had the VF-3 for a couple weeks now and I am going to go over it in detail and describe my experience with it.

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Field Review: Sony a580 (Day 1)

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Within the past two weeks, I have made the move from film to digital. My Minolta career is on hold for a while as I explore every facet of Sony’s latest addition to the alpha DSLR line: the a580. I had a brief hands-on with it at Photo Plus. This camera is a blend of elements as it is an upgrade from the a550, and it shares a 16.2 MP sensor and full HD video with the a55. In this post, I will detail my first impressions as a new Sony alpha shooter. Any images taken with the a580 were shot with Minolta AF glass. Continue reading…