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FujiFilm Announces the Beloved X100S in Black

One of the previous year’s best and most sought after cameras is getting a makeover, and now coming to you in a stylish black design. Announced today at CES in Vegas, the FujiFilm X100S is getting a visual upgrade, showing off an all black design from it’s previous silver/black vintage look. Aside from that nothing has changed, it still sports all the same specs that we’ve loved from the past year’s model.

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Samsung Announces New Mirrorless NX30 & Two New Lenses

With all the announcements in the past few months from manufacturers like Olympus, Nikon and Sony, it’s easy to forget that Samsung has a large footing in the interchangeable lens compact (ILC) market. I know many of you may not consider their cameras presently, but Samsung is taking the development of their ILCs very seriously. I had a chance to sit down and chat with the folks at Samsung as they walked me through their latest announcement, the NX30. [more]

Samsung Sees Success with Galaxy Camera, Announces Second Version

Samsung saw enough success with their Galaxy Camera to build and offer a second version, due out sometime this year. The original Galaxy camera seemed to be an easy choice for consumers eager to maintain the comfort of an Android OS and smartphone-like functionality. The GALAXY Camera 2 includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the latest Android 4.3 JellyBean platform. It has a lightweight and what Samsung is calling a “retro” design. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews the Incase Ari Camera Bag

Incase has been making some of my favorite iPhone cases for the past couple of years. When I saw their camera bags, I was intrigued but skeptical. After doing some research and drooling over how this bag (Incase Ari) looked I decided to buy one and take if for a test spin. I figured I could always return it if it didn’t meet my needs…
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Fstoppers Top 10 End of the Year Buys

As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think tax season is just around the corner. Taxes are surely my least favorite things to do, even worse than a root canal in my book. We cannot avoid giving money to our loving & watchful government, but we can make some last minute buys to invest in our business before forking over the remainder. Here are my top 10 “buy it before the government takes its chunk” purchases. Spoiler, #1 is a nice trip to a tropical location.
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Five Great Ways To Customize Your 5D Mark III

You finally got that Canon 5D Mark III camera you have been desiring and now you are trying to figure out how best to take advantage of all it’s great new features. Here are five ways I have customized my camera to best fit my needs while shooting weddings, events and portraits. [more]

Fstoppers Review: SmartAlbums

We talked about SmartAlbums a few weeks ago with their black friday launch and there was an overwhelming majority that agreed it was a complete game changer. I’ve been on the beta for about two months and have had the chance to do a review for you guys. The program is so simple to use but if you’re too lazy to read there is a screen-share video at the end. It’s a quick walkthrough of me building a personal album, it’s silent though, so you should probably suck it up and read it, oh and then buy it.

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Now Available For Pre-Order Tamron 150-600mm

If you have a little bit of Christmas cash from grandma burning a hole in your pocket consider this lens. BH Photo just announced  the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Nikon and Canon. It is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship January 17th, 2014. Also check out the link below to save $400 on the Nikon D800.  [more]

Photographer Surprises Father With Dream Car For Christmas

This year for Christmas I wanted to surprise my father with his dream car, an original Chevrolet Camaro convertible in hugger orange with white rally stripes. Being that I’m a photographer I decided to photograph the car and give my father a framed print of the car before I revealed that I am actually giving him the car.
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More Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Footage Surfaces

We recently shared test footage directly from Blackmagic’s CEO, but today more footage has shown up online from some of the Blackmagic testers. Captain Hook, a cinematographer out of New Zealand, made this compilation of footage for you to take a look at. At this point, since I doubt many of you have 4K monitors, we should focus on detail and quality of the footage. What do you think? [more]

See All of Sigma’s 2013 Line In a Holiday-Themed Size Chart

Sigma, feeling rather in the holiday spirit, created this fun, seasonal size comparison graphic to showcase their line of lenses as we near Christmas. I thought it was a cool look at the diversity of lenses and might actually help you decide what to get and what you can fit into your bags. I want that one the size of a bazooka. [more]

The Strahlen LED: A High Powered Light With A Flexible Design

Boasting a CRI of 90, bi-color options, and an output 1600 lux at 4ft, this Indiegogo campaign for an LED light takes a look at technology that’s not old, but not exactly new either. Read on to find out what makes this LED light unique from others on the market today. [more]

Blackmagic Releases Footage Taken with 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the 4K production camera, as well as test footage shot with it. Today Blackmagic confirmed they are in the final stages of testing the camera, and released several gigabytes of ungraded 4K footage to the masses for blanket toying with. Though we didn’t grade or otherwise edit the footage other than what you see here, we encourage you to give it a shot! [more]

A First Impression of the Sony a7R & How Canon/Nikon Can Beat It

Yesterday I got my hands on the new Sony a7R for a review here at Fstoppers, and I was instantly and somewhat begrudgingly a fan of it. It feels great in hand, doesn’t lack physical buttons like with other interchangeable lens compacts (ILCs), and it sounds fantastic (the shutter has an absurdly glorious “click” that you can’t help but love). My feelings for the a7R were such that I began to wonder why Canon and Nikon can’t seem to get it right in the ILC market. The answer to making the perfect compact appears so clear, but they don’t seem to have any interest of going this direction. [more]

Why I Sold My RED and Downgraded to a C100

As 2013 comes to an end, many of us are starting to think about fresh starts and goals for the New Year. For most, 2014 will mean expanding and upgrading gear or even taking a leap of faith. Personally, I’ve taken a very counter-intuitive leap of faith. I sold the most expensive video asset that I’ve ever had: My RED Scarlet. [more]

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