The New Canon Pixma Pro-200 Printer Will Make You Say, “Meh.”

The Canon Pixma Pro-200 is around 15% smaller than the previous printer.

I think the closest thing we have today to a digital darkroom is the printing process. But most people don’t print their photos. I hope that the new Canon Pixma Pro-200 changes that. One of the biggest problems with printers is expensive inks. But this printer’s ink only costs $13.99, and they’re around 12ml each. I’d be shocked if this printer isn’t part of Canon’s bundle packages this holiday season. The company typically bundles cameras, lenses, flashes, and printers together at a solid price. Most of the time, people don’t end up using the printers. Though at the price point, you’re going to get more life from your camera and your photography.

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Looking Back: Samsung’s Fantastic Mirrorless Cameras of Yesteryear

If Samsung had just kept trying, they probably would have used their better technology to go after a new generation of photographers and could have rivaled Sony.

Samsung, like Sony, faced a pretty rough hill getting the respect of many a photographer. But after a while, they earned the respect of the press because they were making genuinely good products. Unfortunately, as soon as they really started to take off, Samsung pulled the plug. The company presented ideas that were very ahead of its time, such as putting Android into a camera, their specific interface for touch navigation, etc. While we can attest to the quality of their phones, I can also still testify to the quality of their cameras and their lenses.

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The Kwilt Shoebox Plus Basically Turns Any Hard Drive Into a Personal Photo Server

If you’re looking to use your existing hard drive for your travel adventures, the Kwilt Shoebox Plus could be the wireless solution for you.

Photographers who travel a whole lot sometimes need to access their RAW files while they’re on the road. And if they’re not accessible on a cloud server, then you may want to look at the new Kwilt Shoebox Plus. Claiming to be completely platform agnostic, the Kwilt Shoebox Plus connects to your hard drive, flash drive, etc and then connects to the web using a 5 GHz wireless-AC network or via a direct ethernet connection to your router. The better part: it can sync images from all your social platforms too.

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This Panasonic ZS200 is Looking to Tackle the Sony RX100 Series

With the new Panasonic ZS200, photographers get a whole lot of power in a small, portable, compact camera.

Arguably the lesser star of today’s news, the Panasonic ZS200 is also probably the camera that is bound to sell better than its bigger cousin–the Panasonic GX9. This is due to its fixed lens compact nature, the 1 inch sensor, and a whole lot of other great stuff under the good. The Panasonic ZS200 gets the new L Monochrome D mode that emulates the look of black and white film, and has a 2.330K dot live viewfinder with a magnification of 0.53x. For some that won’t mean a whole lot but if you’re a Leica user and understand the importance of viewfinder magnification–this is pretty exciting.

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Review: Meural Canvas (The Photo Frame Every Photographer Needs)

The Meural Canvas is changing the way your photos are viewed in galleries.

I first encountered Meural at a gallery event hosted by Lomography, so when the Meural Canvas came about I was incredibly excited to try it out. When one thinks about photo frames and they’ve been in the industry for years, they think about what’s essentially the precursor to the standard tablet device. But you see, the Meural Canvas is more than that. It’s a picture frame that connects to an outlet, has WiFi, and uses gestures from the user to interact with it. Oh yeah, and there’s a mobile app and a membership plan that comes with it. Unlike reformatted Apple iPads though, the Meural Canvas has a matte screen and so it prevents reflections a great deal and enhances the images by providing its own backlighting. It also not only shows off photos, but can do videos and things like cinemagraphs. Then consider the fact that there is real wood and a ton of metal inside and you’ve got yourself one hell of a device you’ll want your photos to be on–but only if you either have the money for it or have a justification for actually using one for commercial reasons as a photographer.

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How To Choose Your First Good Point and Shoot Camera

Point and Shoot cameras, once a staple of the middle-class family, has now largely been replaced with high-quality smartphone-based cameras. But there is still a good portion of the population who likes to have a standalone camera in their bag for when the smartphone doesn’t cut it, and those situations do exist. Smartphones aren’t nearly as versatile as a point and shoot camera with a zoom lens, nor do they offer the image quality or low light performance of a fixed prime lens compact point and shoot. But some of you may be asking yourselves how to choose your first good point and shoot camera? That is what we are here to answer for you today.

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Review: Canon EOS M6 (Canon EF-M Mount)

If you were to look at the mirrorless camera world, it would appear that Canon, with the Canon M6, is an entry into the world where they’re still trying to find themselves. To some, they could look like an experimental 20 something trying in vain to get their life together. Yet somehow or another, I genuinely never thought that I’d like the Canon M6. The camera isn’t designed to be the highest-end mirrorless camera from Canon, yet somehow or another it’s a camera that surely deserves respect in some ways and groans of frustration at the fact that Canon has gotten this camera almost perfectly right yet it feels like they were purposely holding themselves back. The Canon M6 has at its heart a 24MP APS-C sensor which is smaller than all the other options out there from Fujifilm, Sony, Pentax, Sigma–and let’s be honest because they’re all more or less made by Sony. Designed for the enthusiast, the Canon M6 has some very tough competition from the entire camera world. Yet somehow or another, this truly is a camera that you need to personally experience to understand.

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Review: Canon 80D

While the name can often confused when verbally addressed, the Canon 80D is a camera targeted highly at the semi-professional market of photographers. It’s a step above their Rebel DSLRs but below the 7D Mk II flagship camera in the APS-C realm. However, it has features that lots of the lower end crowd may really like.

To be very honest, there are lots of things about the 80D that make it my favorite that Canon has put out in a while. But on the other hand, there are things about it that make me wonder what the heck they were thinking.

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Review: Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Printer

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There are lots of photographers out there that believe that an image isn’t really fully through the editing process until it’s printed–and many of those photographers are a part of who the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer is targeted towards. This mentality differs based on a number of factors: age and the types of photographers are two of the main variables. But one thing remains constant: they want absolutely phenomenal printer quality.

Like the photographers who buy L lenses just to say that they have L lenses, this printer has a red marking on it and a mass appeal both to the working professional that isn’t doing super large prints (or has a need to) and the high end enthusiast that spends night and day over minute details in a meticulous manner. It’s a high end printer, but it’s not designed for the creme-de-la-creme of photographers who will only do large format paper/prints.

If you’re a photographer looking to get your work into a gallery or looking to offer your customers something really worthy of hanging up, then this is the one for you–if you can stomach a $1,299.99 price point.

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It’s 2016: Why Don’t Flagship DSLRs have WiFi Built in Yet?

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This is the Nikon D5 flagship DSLR: it was announced yesterday at CES 2016. It’s got lots going for it and will surely be purchased by every major buyer for the wire services, photojournalists, wedding photographers, etc. But did no one notice the really weird thing about it? Yes, it’s going to have great image quality and 14 fps–and still there is no WiFi, Bluetooth or NFC connectivity. Instead, you have to use the external adapter.

It’s 2016 and not a single flagship DSLR camera is WiFi capable right out of the box yet the feature would greatly benefit many photographers.

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Review: Epson Surecolor P600 Printer

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Though we (the millennial generation) don’t seem to care about the print that much, I can tell you from experience that seeing one in person creates magic in a person’s eyes. I’m not just talking about a print from a printer–although you should note before going on that this is fully a review of the Epson Surecolor P600 printer, but you should understand the background here.

Shoot an instant photo and someone will become mesmerized. Then hand it to them and they’ll be awestruck though may not necessarily know what to do with it. And that’s where I’m guilty.

Admittedly, this printer review took significantly longer for me to do than any other unit that I’ve reviewed. Why? It’s very easy for people like my and my generation to get caught up with the digital universe and stop being curious about the tangible things. It’s not that readers here don’t care about printers, we’ve found that you genuinely do in our experiments with the site. But instead, it has to do with the setup, finding space in a small NYC apartment, and getting it going. And like many people, we’re all afraid or put off by that very first initial step.

We barely print anymore: go get tickets to a concert and someone can scan your phone’s screen. But the Epson Surecolor P600 isn’t about that kind of print. It’s about art–and art is what keep that magic held in our eyes every time ink goes onto canvas and matte paper. And for a price point significantly lower than some cameras and lenses, you can’t go wrong.

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The Olympus EPL6 Comes to the USA, $299 Price Point

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Announced in 2013, the Olympus EPL6 is only now coming to the US after being available in only Japan and Europe. At a very affordable price of $299, the camera sports a 16MP MOS sensor, TruePic VI engine, a 3 inch 614k dot LCD, 35 AF points, 3 axis in-body IS and a timelapse mode. The camera is positioned below the EP5, EPL7 and the OMD EM10; which both have many more features than the EPL6.

The camera doesn’t have WiFi built in but in Europe and Asia the camera came with a WiFi SD card. According to B&H’s listing, that isn’t included in the box.

At the price point, it’s a great camera for someone looking to get into interchangeable lens cameras.

Shoot and Share: The New Street Photographer

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In no time in history so far has it been easier for you, yes you, to make it as a street photographer. The format started with the inception of the 35mm format and became more well known with the fathers of photojournalism. And back then, you had to shoot, write letters, mail negatives or prints, and develop relationships. Some of that has changed, but some of it is still core. Today, you not only have the internet, but you’ve got more ways to actually become noticed and to differentiate yourself from all the other photographers out there in every photo community out there.

Want to make money from your passion? It’s possible.

Want fame and to be in galleries? Yes, you too can be one of those photographers.

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Dear Manufacturers: It’s 2015. Why Aren’t You Doing This Yet?

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Dear Manufacturers of Traditional Cameras,

We want to commend you. In a world seemingly dominated by the smartphone and Instagram, you guys are still finding ways to kill it. You’re finding ways to innovate, meet customer demands, stay profitable, and keep gear heads as hungry as an addict looking for meth.

Congratulations: you’re making the camera appeal much more to customers. Heck, pretty much every single one of you have acknowledged that all folks want to do is take a selfie and post it online.

You’ve found ways to add connectivity to phones and tablets that we’ve never dreamed of before. And for the most part, while all of you have your own special take on it, it works. Not a single person except for the most technically inept person could complain.

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Toshiba’s New SDHC Card Has NFC Built In But Can’t Transfer Images

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For CES 2015, Toshiba is announcing a brand new SDHC card with up to 32GB of storage–but the big draw comes from its NFC enabled abilities. That’s right: make your camera hug it out with your Android tablet or phone and by using Toshiba’s free Smartphone and Memory Card Preview Mobile app, you’ll be able to browse up to 16 of the images on the phone.

But it ends right there. Unfortunately, you can’t transfer the images. But the company is also announcing new FlashAirIII WiFi enabled cards at CES 2015. Life Eye-Fi Cards, the card becomes a hot spot and your phone connects to it to transfer the images over.

The cards come in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB sizes. While the NFC cards don’t have a set price yet, DPReview says this about the FlashAirIII cards “It will be available in March for $79.99 for a 16GB version or $99.99 for 32GB.”

Review: Canon Powershot G7x

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The Canon G7x is a bit of an odd duck–while the company for many years has chosen to carve their own path for their products, the G7X is billed as being the little sibling to the G1X Mk II. But at the same time, it comes off as a nod to Sony’s RX100 series of cameras. In fact, it even uses a 1 inch sensor–though the company does not state where they got it from. But there are also characteristics of the camera that hold true and are in line with the S series that they created many years ago. For starters, there’s a giant control ring around the lens that clicks and that has always been looked at as a successful addition.

And while this sensor, a fair zoom lens, WiFi and a touchscreen all make up what the camera is, it also feels like Canon purposely tried to cripple the G7x.

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Review: Fujifilm X30

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The Fujifilm X30 is a camera that has gone through incredible changes since the original X10 and the X20. For starters, Fujifilm decided to remove the OVF completely and work with just an EVF. Additionally, there have been modifications to the autofocus and how it works amongst many ergonomic changes to make the camera feel better to use. One of the bigger changes is the addition of WiFi connectivity to transfer your images to a smart device.

Otherwise, the camera has a 1/2″ sensor coming in at 12MP with a 28-112mm equivalent lens that starts at 2.0 and ends at f2.8 at the more telephoto side. The lens’s minimum aperture is f11–which makes sense for such a small sensor. Then there are additions to the video features, but Fujifilm has never been known for the video in their X series models and many photographers that use them really do so just for stills. Indeed, Fujifilm has been known for creating cameras for photographers.

The X30 has a lot going for it, and in many ways, it could be the company’s best camera yet for street photography.



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Ricoh’s New WG-30W Is Waterproof and Has Wifi Transmission

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Editor’s Note: in an earlier version of the article we accidentally called it the Pentax WG-30W. We apologize for this mistake.

Pentax has always made pretty solid tough cameras, and for their latest iteration, they’re taking it a step forward–but for their latest offering they’re going by the Ricoh name.. Their new WG-30W will include WiFi transmission–a first amongst tough cameras. The WG-30W sports a 16MP CMOS sensor. On a personal note, that’s way too much for a point and shoot sensor, but we will need to see how the images actually come out.

As far as the tough specs go, Ricoh claims that the camera can go down to 40 feet, can be dropped from 5 feet, can withstand 220 lbs of pressure, and can survive -10 degree Fahrenheit. The WG-30W also has a double microscope mode and LED lights for macro images.

The camera will come in Carbon Grey and Flame Orange. When the Ricoh WG-30W hits the stores this December, you’ll be able to pick it up for $299.95.

Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless 1TB

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Every photographer would love their own personal storage cloud. And in a way, Western Digital is giving that to photographers. The latest entry to their My Passport line is the My Passport Wireless, which is a step below their My Cloud drives. The advantage of the Cloud option is that you can access your images from anywhere as long as the drive is on. But with the My Passport Wireless drive, photographers get a different experience.

Hypothetical situation: you’re with a client, showing them some examples of work that you’ve done for engagement shoots. But they want to see more and you only have around two loaded onto your iPad. Simply boot up your Western Digital My Passport and access any of them that you’d like.

For photographers, security is important–and having your own hybrid of a server, cloud, and hard drive in one is more or less a godsend.

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Hasselblad’s Medium Format H5D-50C Gets WiFi Upgrade

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Earlier this year, Hasselblad launched the H5D-50C medium format camera system with a CMOS sensor. But at Photokina 2014, the company is already announcing what they’re calling an upgrade but that we’re saying is more of a variant. The new version of the H5D-50C has WiFi transmission built in–which allows you to control the camera in one of many ways. According to the company’s press release,

“The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a ‘Live View’ function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.”

The camera still retains the 50MP CMOS sensor–that isn’t true 645 and instead a cropped sensor with a 1.3x crop factor in medium format speak not full frame 35mm speak. It can also still shoot up to 6400 ISO. The camera can also shoot exposures up to 34 minutes long too.

At the moment, we don’t have an exact word on pricing–but we’re positive that we’re all too poor to afford one anyway.

Review: Canon G1X Mk II

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When we first had the chance to play with the Canon G1x Mk II back around CES 2014, we were quite impressed with the specs and the build quality. Its previous version, however, had both high ISO problems and autofocusing issues–which plagued the otherwise very good camera. Canon decided to give it another shot with very modest improvements where it counts. Their efforts created what we believe to be an almost perfect companion camera–almost a notebook for your life.

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