This is something I’ve been pondering for a while now and man has it got me excited! What happens when you get a photographer who retouches his own images vs a retoucher who does it for high end clients as a living? Let’s find out the results!
Got any projects on hold until you get that dream lens? Convinced your current gear isn’t good enough for the task?
As can be seen in the lens test created by Freddie and the gang over at RocketJump Film School, you may be wasting your time – and money.
Don’t expect to see focus charts (not as they were intended to be used, anyway), as this real-world lens test isn’t about lab results, but rather about perception.
Obviously a $15,000 Zeiss lens will score better than a $150 Canon Nifty Fifty in the lab, but will you be able to notice the difference where it actually counts?
We recently reported the announcement of Yi’s $64 new action camera, (formally Xiaomi YI) and we’re now bringing you the first hands-on reviews and GoPro comparisons.
Two Chinese reviews, one by pcpop comparing the Yi Action Camera to the flagship GoPro 4 Black and the cheap SJ4000, and another by Geekpark comparing it to the GoPro 3 and 4 Black editions, reveal new details regarding the highly anticipated new kid on the block.
Other than sharing new specs and features, the reviews include video, contrast and low-light shooting comparisons.
One of the concerns with such a cheap camera is that cheap often comes at a cost. Does the low price indicate low quality?
Overall the camera seems to give a rather impressive bang for the buck, but will it work in crowded spaces?
Fuji has made a new interactive website which allows us to take a virtual test drive all of their X-mount lenses and it is pretty awesome. In the first column, you can scroll through until you find a lens you want to test out, then move over to the second column and click on which aperture you want to “shoot at”. If the selected lens happens to be a zoom lens, you can select from different focal lengths in the third column. Then all you have to do is click on the shutter release button on the right hand side (or press the Take Photo button). A light box will pop-up with a photos which was taken using the settings you select.[Read More…]
If you’re in the market for a new camera or DSLR and are not familiar with Pixel Peeper, you may want to check out what the gear-centric website has to offer. Pixel Peeper essentially let’s users choose from a large selection of cameras and lenses, then allows users to further narrow down their search (should they choose to) by entering very specific exposure settings information. The website then serves as a search engine of sorts and returns back sample images whose EXIF data matches the user requested settings.
For an example of how it works, the screenshot at the top of the article is of a search for photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 50mm f1.4. The search is limited to exposures taken at an aperture between 1.4 and 5.6 and an ISO of 6400 or greater. In live version of the Pixel Peeper query, the thumbnail results show up under the search query, clicking them links you through to Flickr to inspect the full size image. The advanced search could be very useful if you’re looking to see how a camera performs at a high ISO, for example, or if you want to see the quality of a specific lens’ bokeh. [Read More…]