Review: Moment Lenses 2.0 (Apple iPhone)

Moment has quite a cult following; the company has created a number of stellar lenses for mobile phones that have inspired generations of new photographers. The Moment Lenses are pieces of high quality glass that attach onto a special case or plate on your phone to change the perspective. In recent years, the telephoto (sort of) focal length they offer has become a bit obsolete, but their wider focal length is quite different. If you need a wide, sweeping view of something, the only other alternative is to shoot panoramic photos of some sort unless you use another add-on lens. But besides changing the viewing angle, Moment lenses tend to add character and charm to an otherwise very sterile aesthetic.

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Review: Vanguard Alta Fly 49T Roller Bag

All images and words by Feroz Khan. Used with permission.

If there’s one thing photographers are obsessed with, as much as with bodies and lenses, it’s camera bags. In the nine years or so that I’ve been shooting professionally, I’ve owned no less than 10 different backpacks or roller bags. Most of them have been phased out as my gear list got bigger or as my personal requirements for a camera bag changed. Despite looking them up before, I’ve never owned a Vanguard one so far. I took the Alta 49T for a few spins around Dubai, to see if it matched up to my current bags of choice.

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Editing Sony a7r III RAW Files: Dynamic Range and Color Depth

The Sony a7r III has RAW files that are very versatile, forgiving, and that allow creative freedom

The Sony a7r III is the company’s latest offering when it comes to the high end, pro-oriented market. The same sensor from the Sony a7r II is at the heart of this camera but the processing has been upgraded to give it 15 stops of dynamic range at the lower ISO settings. So with Capture One Pro 10 finally able to edit and tweak the Sony a7r III raw files, we decided to see just what’s possible.

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Review: Irix 15mm f2.4 Blackstone (Nikon F Mount)

If you were to look at the lenses coming from Korea in the past couples of years, you’d be shocked; and that’s where the Irix 15mm f2.4 Blackstone lens is manufactured. We took a previous look at the company’s Blackstone lenses at Photo Plus last year and were very blown away by some of the features and innovation that Irix has been putting into the glass to make it different from many of the others out there. For starters, besides the metal build, there is text on the lens that can be illuminated to glow when a blacklight is shone on it. Then there’s the fact that the lens clicks into place when the focusing hits infinity. While these features sound infinitesimal, they’re important to the manual focus shooter when it comes to working with a precise manual focus optic in various lighting scenarios.

Then you consider other features such as weather sealing, the image quality, and the feeling of the lens in your hand–and then it just gets put over the top in many ways.

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Review: Nikon D7500

Editor’s Note: for the Nikon D7500 review, I thought I’d try something a bit different. Our Kickstarter manager, Justin, was going on a European vacation trip. And so he asked to use the camera. Justin isn’t a photographer; and the people that may buy the Nikon D7500 are probably amateurs who would use it for fun in the same way that he did. So I commissioned Justin to write the review. And so the subheading of this review is “Chris is a very trusting friend.” This review is targeted at photographers who have no idea what they should get. As we know, there are photographers out there who simply just buy the best camera they can afford; which I’ve never found to be a winning strategy.

I came to Chris before a big vacation, and asked a simple question, “Do you have a good quality camera a total novice could use that needs a review?” Twenty minutes later, he handed me the Nikon D7500 and a Nikkor lens, set up a few features, and said, “You’ll want to keep the Fstop to about 4.5. Have fun.” Boy did I. This thing traveled with me to four countries in two weeks, and worked hard. According to some of the wonderful information I read on the Phoblographer (Meta. Cool.), Nikon released this as a “little brother” to the D500. I will fully admit, I have never used the D500, but the D7500 gave me plenty of options as is, and a great deal of power.

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We’ve Updated Our CineStill 800T Review; Now Includes 120 Emulsion Tests

Hey folks,

This is an update to tell you we’ve finished reviewing CineStill 800T in both 35mm and 120. Our CineStill 800T Review has been updated accordingly. Besides obviously being a larger format of the film, we find CineStill 800T to be more forgiving with actual daylight. CineStill 800T is a tungsten based film and for that reason I believe it to be best for indoor usage and nighttime photography. It remains, in my mind, to be one of the best color films out there at the moment.

For the uninitiated, CineStill 800T is a tungsten film. It’s more or less Kodak Movie Film that was reformatted for C41 film processing. And it clearly delivers a look digital can’t give us.

The Zeiss Milvus 25mm f1.4 is Bound to Make Landscape Photographers Drool

The Zeiss Milvus 25mm f1.4 lens expands the Milvus lineup even further

Zeiss had a runaway hit with their Zeiss Milvus 35mm f1.4 lens, and I only believe that it’s fair to consider that the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f1.4 lens is probably going to do the exact same thing. Zeiss lenses have forever been fantastic, and their Milvus lineup is designed to be their workhorse offering with weather sealing, metal bodies, and fantastic image quality to boot. Zeiss is targeting the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f1.4 lens to architecture and landscape photographers out there, but they’re also talking up how nice the bokeh from this lens is going to be.

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This Facebook Ads Course Will Help Photographers Solve Their Facebook Woes

Professional photographers: Pay attention

Have you caught yourself thinking anything along the lines of ‘Facebook isn’t worth my time from a business perspective anymore’? It’s true, the Facebook game has changed, and the days of seemingly endless organic reach and customers are over. However, if you think that means you shouldn’t be utilizing Facebook for marketing and promoting your business then you are mistaken. Continue reading…