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CES 2014: Sigma Intros 50mm F/1.4 and 18-200mm Lenses

Posted by on Monday January 6, 2014 | Uncategorized

Sigma introduced two new lenses at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. The company says the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is “improved and redesigned” from the previous model, while the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM has been “reengineered and redesigned” from its predecessor. Pricing and availability has not been announced for... More

CES 2014: Canon Announces New PowerShot Compact Cameras

Posted by on Monday January 6, 2014 | Uncategorized

Canon announced three new PowerShot compact cameras in Las Vegas this morning as part of this week’s Consumer Electronic Shows (CES).  The point-and-shoot cameras include these models: the PowerShot N100, PowerShot SX600 HS and ELPH 340 HS. The PowerShot N100 will go on sale in May 2014 in white or black for $350. The PowerShot... More

CES 2014: Samsung Announces 20.3MP NX30 Mirrorless Camera, Lenses and Galaxy Camera 2

Posted by on Thursday January 2, 2014 | Uncategorized

Samsung was first out of the gate this morning with new photo announcements ahead of next week’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company just unveiled four new photo products: the 20.3-megapixel NX30 mirrorless compact system camera; two new lenses for the NX camera system; and a new wirelessly connected Galaxy Camera 2.... More

Profoto Announces Powerful but Portable B1, a Battery-Powered, Cordless Flash with TTL Functionality

Posted by on Tuesday November 5, 2013 | Uncategorized

Profoto has just unveiled a very interesting new concept in portable lighting: a powerful, battery powered flash with TTL functionality.  Called the B1, the folks from Profoto described it to me as an “off-camera flash,” during an NDA meeting I had on the new product at PhotoPlus Expo. But that description doesn’t quite sum the... More

Hands-On Test with Sony’s Alpha 7 and 7R, the World’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Posted by on Friday November 1, 2013 | Uncategorized

If you’ve been anxious to find out if the new Sony Alpha 7 and 7R full-frame mirrorless cameras live up to the hype, Rangefinder magazine (our sister publication) has just posted an excellent hands-on review of the cameras. According to photographer and Rangefinder columnist John Rettie, who tried out these much discussed mirrorless models, they... More

The Best Photo Gear at PhotoPlus Expo 2013

Posted by on Tuesday October 29, 2013 | Uncategorized

PhotoPlus Expo 2013 took over Jacob Javits Center in New York City last week and, as Senior Technology Editor for PDN and Rangefinder magazines, I spent a lot of time visiting with photo manufacturers at the show to check out the latest photo gear. There were, of course, tons of cool new photo gadgets to... More

Nikon Announces 24.2MP D5300 DSLR and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Lens

Posted by on Thursday October 17, 2013 | Uncategorized

Nikon has just announced two new products for photographers: the prosumer-friendly 24.2MP, APS-C sensor-based D5300 digital SLR, and the pro-worthy AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G portrait lens. The Nikon D5300 will go on sale this month as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,399. It will come in black,... More

Panasonic Announces Small and Retro Lumix GM1 Compact System Camera

Posted by on Thursday October 17, 2013 | Uncategorized

If you like your cameras small, retro-styled, and downright cute, then you may love the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. This 16-megapixel, mirrorless, compact system camera with the miniature, throwback design, recalls sharpshooters of yesteryear but with some modern, picture-taking skills. The Panasonic GM1, which can fit in the palm of your hand or slide into... More