Astrophotography is the answer. The question is, “what does this lens excel at?” I’ve proven it by being able to use it to film the northern lights in real-time, paired with the Sony A7S III. I’ve also tested the L-mount version of this lens with the Sigma FP-L. I have to say that in both instances, I’m sufficiently impressed at base-level, but there’s so much more. This is the Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG DN Art lens. Let’s dive in.
Loupedeck CT review: a mighty editing tool for filmmakers
If you got here to decide if you want to buy the Loupedeck CT, let me share a TL;DR before I go into the in-depth review: It’s the piece of gear you needed and didn’t even know you wanted.
If you’ve never heard about Loupedeck, they are a company that makes keyboards with knobs and buttons that are dedicated to editing. Their gear works with both photography (e.g. Photoshop, Luminar) and video software (e.g. Premiere, Resolve). For me, I was out to test if the Loupedeck CT can help my video editing workflow.
Putting ProGrade’s 512GB V60 and V90 UHS-II SD cards to the test – Are V90 cards always worth it?
In November, ProGrade Digital announced the largest SD cards to date in their Gold V60 UHS-II lineup. With the data storage needs of video shooters today, such large cards are in high demand – especially at reasonable prices. So, we took the new $199 ProGrade Gold 512GB V60 UHS-II card and put it through speed tests to compare it with ProGrade’s $499 Cobalt 512GB V90 UHS-II SD card.
While there is a little difference in the maximum hypothetical read speed of the card (250MB/sec vs 300MB/sec), they offer minimum sustained write speeds of 60MB/sec and 90MB/sec, respectively. For many of us, this may not matter. 60MB/sec equates to 480Mbps – more than plenty for most cameras on the market – but is it worth getting the V90 card (720Mbps) if you don’t really need it? Let’s find out.
Mofage POCO review – The most exciting love story for equipment I’ve ever had
The Mofage POCO Variable ND adapter (Amazon) is a brand-new drop-in filter Adapter that allows you to control your image in many different ways. It has a huge promise and delivers on a lot of stuff.
But there are some things about it that really made me think about the more philosophical side of filming video. Especially because Mofage has created a product with tried and true competitors who have put a hefty price on similar adapters. So let’s break it down into the good and bad.
First things First
Viltrox AF 75mm F1.2 in-depth review
It was inevitable. Viltrox has proven to be an aggressive new player on the lens market that isn’t afraid to take some risks, and they have been steadily stepping up their game in terms of build and autofocus. They started with the safe, traditional focal lengths, (roughly the equivalent of 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm on full frame), but more recently have taken on a wider angle of view in the Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4 STM, a lens I considered perhaps their best yet in my review.
But now they are pushing the boundaries into more extreme (and premium) territory with the release of their newest lens: the Viltrox AF 75mm F1.2 STM. This is an APS-C lens, so the crop factor of the camera it is mounted on will affect its apparent aperture. The Viltrox Pro 75mm is first being released on Fujifilm’s XF mount, which has a crop factor of roughly 1.5x (just a bit more, actually), which will make it behave something like 115mm on a full frame camera – a very, very intriguing focal length for portrait work, particularly with that extremely wide maximum aperture.
Nitecore BB2 – The best fan for your sensor
When I made the move from Nikon to Sony, dust became an issue for me. I was not only moving from one brand to another but also from a DSLR to a mirrorless system. While my Nikons were not immune to sensor dust, it was never a big issue. I suspect that the mirror protected the sensor from stray particles. With the mirror gone1, dust seemed to be magically attracted to the sensor every time I swapped a lens.
I used to fight dust with a Rocket Blower. But recently, I also started carrying a small Nitecore BlowerBaby BB2 fan. It’s about the same size as the Rocket but can do a bit more. Actually, I like it so much that I think it’s the number one sensor fan in the world2.
The Best AI Software for Portraits in 2022
AI is here to make our lives easier while getting stronger editing. And it’s improving on a day-to-day basis. So far, we’ve compared AI Upscaling, AI Sharpening, and AI Noise Removal. The results have been quite interesting. AI is driven by Machine Learning (ML), which is in a constant state of flux. The algorithm is constantly evolving as more training data flows in. Usually, it changes for the better, but as with any development, they sometimes just break and have to start all over again. This means that our results vary across tests and types of “retouching”. And today is no different.
I just found my new favorite video roller case – the Pro Light Reloader Spin 55
I tend to be somewhat on the better-safe-than-sorry side when it comes to shooting and traveling. Aside from the obvious camera and lenses, I usually bring quite a few accessories and other production gear. (You can never have too many SSD’s audio options, cables, and power). The last camera bag I reviewed, the Orca OR-516 was spacious enough to fit all my gear, but sadly, it was too big to fit in most planes. I was constantly negotiating with the airplane personnel to let me put it in the cabin, but sometimes, the overhead storage was just not big enough, and I had to farewell with my precious gear for the flight. (i;ve seen how they handle the bags in general storage, it’s scary). That’s when I decided to test the Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Spin 55, which was the perfect size for air travel.
Book review: Extraordinary Women With Cameras – 35 Photographers Who Changed How We See the World
Many photographers have left their mark and changed the course of history since the first photograph was taken. But in her book, author Darcy Reed wanted to honor the women among them. Extraordinary Women With Cameras – 35 Photographers Who Changed How We See the World is a book that tells a story about the creative, innovative, and fierce women who have left a major trace in the history of photography.
I was honored to review this informative, easy-to-read, and wonderfully illustrated book. And in this article, I bring you more information and some of my impressions about it.
Is TTArtisan’s new 35mm F0.95 lens the Noctilux for Fujifilm X-mount?
After releasing their first autofocus lens for Fujifilm X-mount, the TTArtisan 27mm ƒ2.8 (review here), TTArtisan is here again with a pleasant surprise in its yet latest release. Announced last week, the TTArtisan 35mm ƒ0.95 seeks to break new boundaries for Fujifilm X-mount. For Fujifilm native lenses, there are currently no lenses of this spec with the closest in terms of maximum aperture size, the classic XF35mm ƒ1.4, and of course, the more modern XF33mm ƒ1.4 (review here).
I was pleasantly surprised that TTArtisan has designed and built a lens of these specifications smaller than the already compact native XF35mm ƒ1.4. Let us take a closer look at the technical details before going into how it performs.
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