UPDATED First Impressions: Nikon D850 (The 45.7MP Full Frame Beast)

In what is perhaps one of the worst kept secrets of the year in the photo industry, the Nikon D850 is finally making its debut today. The Nikon D850 is the company’s latest update to the Nikon D810 and brings with it a number of pretty awesome features that are probably bound to keep Nikon users from going to something like a Sony a9 instead. For starters, the Nikon D850 has a brand new 45.7MP Full frame sensor–and they’re not saying who makes it. And as is very typical Nikon in the past few years, it goes down organically to ISO 64–which is fantastic news for us landscape and portrait shooters. But in addition to that, the Nikon D850 sports a touchscreen LCD, dual card slots, a diopter that goes to +/- 3, 7fps with expansion up to 9 when using the booster grip, an EXPEED 5 processor, ISO sensitivity to 25,600, focus stacking abilities, flash sync of 1/250th, weather sealing, 4K video options and much more.

Updated: September 13th 2017 with a sample image gallery

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How to Get The Fastest Performance From Your Camera When Doing Street Photography

Some of the biggest problems with mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, street photographers, wedding photographers and others has to be the performance. Sometimes it’s just too slow when they need to capture a moment super quickly lest they completely miss it. In street photography, if you’ve already seen the moment, it’s gone. Surely, anticipation can help, but it can only do so much.

To get the most from your mirrorless camera, we’ve put together a number of tips on how to get faster performance.

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Review: Fujifilm GFX 50S Mirrorless Medium Format Digital Camera

For years and years, a lot of us have been drooling over the idea of mirrorless medium format digital cameras, and the Fujifilm GFX 50S is one of the first offerings to make it onto the scene. Fujifilm opted to take the same route that Leica, Pentax and Hasselblad have done with a sensor built into a body vs the more traditional SLR styles of Phase One and some of Hasselblad’s lineup. The Fujifilm GFX 50s (price) you’d think would be targeted at the photographer who needs that kind of resolution, but instead it’s aimed at the photographer who typically uses a Canon 1Dx Mk II or Nikon D5 type of camera. Essentially, the highest end of the highest end. Weddings? Yup, this is for that. Sports? Well, that’s where Fujifilm starts to hit a wall.

However, the camera is an alternative option: opting instead for better resolution and a larger sensor in the same way that wedding photographers years ago reached for 645 medium format film cameras.

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Nikon Announces New Nikon F3 with Interchangeable Viewfinder

Since the company’s last SLR camera, Nikon is choosing to go a different route with things in their brand new Nikon F3 SLR camera. The company is trying to change things up just a bit now with one of the most controversial features being the ability to completely change out the viewfinder type. What that also means is that the user will be able to change the focusing screen to something a bit more matte in order to aid with focusing when using the company’s older lineup of lenses.

Highlights from the press release and Nikon’s website are after the jump.

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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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The Jollylook: A Vintage Style Instax Film Camera Made from Cardboard

Every time a new Instax camera gets announced it’s a genuinely great reason to get excited: and a new Kickstarter called the Jollylook wants to inspire to many others. The Jollylook is a foldout camera made from recycled paper and cardboard with some glass elements for the lenses and the shutter and aperture are made of thick paper and laminated cardboard.

Quirky, but indeed kind of cool too!

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The Long Awaited Fujifilm X100F Has the 24.3MP Sensor, Acros Simulation

Fujifilm has made a metric ton of announcements today, and along with the others, we have ourselves the long awaited X100 update, the newly minted Fujifilm X100F. Beyond the X-T line of cameras, probably the most popular line of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is the X100 series, and since Fujifilm unveiled their latest X-Trans sensor technology last year photographers have been clamoring for an updated X100 with the new tech. Continue reading…

Concepts and Better Composition Composing of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography, like any other genre, has its many-what I will call-“unofficial rules”.

There are rules about how to expose a scene using methods such as the zone method developed by Ansel Adams, exposing to the right to get as much detail as you can from the shadows, or even bracketing multiple exposures and creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. And then there are rules for composition. The most famous of which-and one you probably learned of first-the Rule of Thirds.

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