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Opteka, a Chinese optical manufacturer, has been producing manual-focus lenses and lens accessories for the consumer market since 2002. Like other lenses in this series, Opteka lenses are designed for photo enthusiasts who want to expand their lens choices without having to expand their credit line. For this review we included two manual-focus Opteka lenses: the...
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When I was asked recently if I wanted to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO Quantum Dot LED TV, I didn’t want to appear too eager. I am, after all, a professional… but it’s certainly not an everyday occurrence to be asked to take home such a lavish piece of equipment. VIZIO decided to let me try the ...
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Have you ever wondered why the design, specs, and selling prices of Rokinon, Samyang, and Bower lenses seldom differ from one another? This is because...
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Virtually every product Bright Tangerine releases has a key feature or two that solves major problems, and quality is a standard with them. This fully applies to their Titan arms. Whereas articulating arms commonly have a rosette-type center mechanism, Bright Tangerine’s Titan arms have a reinvented...
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The new C1 Plus from Profoto is a high-quality, handheld flash and continuous light unit that syncs perfectly with your smartphone. We took it out for a test run in the streets of New York City to see how this light performs. We also take a quick look at the...
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Enter the Speedmaster! Since 2014, Mitakon Zhongyi has been making its rival version of the legendary Leica Noctilux—the Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster. Today, the company...
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Photographer and YouTuber Chris Hau gives you some honest insight on shooting video with the new Nikon Z6. He took the camera to Belfast and put Nikon's latest mirrorless camera to the test, shooting in a variety of situations including one particularly rainy night in Ireland. Find out...
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Leica has been a prestigious brand for decades. That prestige brought high price tags and eminently covetable gear. This is why last year’s launch of the CL Mirrorless Camera was such an important release for this company, and one that should be very appealing to a wider range of...
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In the following demo, we are listening to teenage engineering’s PO-33, a pocket-sized micro sampler. The demo explores all the stock sounds and presets. Listen to all the 16 effects including loops, unison, octave up/down, stutters, scratch, retrigger and reverse. Hear the 6/8...
Google Pixel 3a Review
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When Google first announced the Pixel 3a earlier this year, it seemed almost too good to be true. A mid-range smartphone with the same camera as its flagship counterpart at half the price—what’s the catch? Well, we did some digging, and it turns out there is no catch. The Pixel 3a...
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Thinking about making the leap to 8K video capture for stunning resolution and color depth, incredibly nuanced HDR, improved low-light performance, and cleaner compositing? Shooting with 8K cameras like RED DIGITAL CINEMA’s...
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Sigma’s latest announcement included three distinct lenses and, likely, the most highly anticipated of the three is the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art. This lens was clearly designed to be a showstopper, with its huge f/1.2 maximum aperture and equally huge physical size. But is the lens more than just a one...
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The first thing that crossed my mind when I was handed the new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN ART lens was “Doesn’t Sigma already make an ART-series 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom?” Long story short, yes, it does… but this one’s different. Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8...
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Some of the most cherished memories of my photographic education revolve around spending long hours in the darkroom, making prints into the wee hours of the night. While not as commonplace as it once was, if you’re fortunate enough to have a traditional black-and-white darkroom at your school, be sure to make use of it while you still can. Regardless of whether you’re taking an intro black-and-...
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Many years ago, you would need a large mixing console and a big tape machine (or robust computer) if you wanted to multi-track-record a band with the members playing simultaneously. However, technological and engineering advances have completely changed that. Now, you can do it with an audio interface and your smartphone! Why a smartphone, though? Well, maybe you have a smartphone, but not a...
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