UPDATED: Sigma 24-105mm F/4 OS Art Lens Confirmed

UPDATED: Estimated arrival date released. In a stunning development, Sigma has placed the rumored 24-105mm on their website. I say stunning, because the whole of the Sigma USA team is on holiday today and we were never briefed on this lens officially (which is HIGHLY unusual, eg. this is the first time it’s happened). This story is still developing, but the page is live and you can look at it yourself. [more]

Easy Off-Camera Flash For Wedding Photographers

With so many options out there for off-camera flash gear, how do you know which is best for you? More importantly, how do you learn how to use it in a real life situation? Maybe my techniques and approach are just what you’ve been waiting for!

Do you remember the last time you were shooting at a less than ideal time of day, or maybe a less than ideal location for light? Think back to it. What did you do? [more]

Benro Adds Larger Video Monopod with 13.2 Pound Capacity to Lineup

If you’ve been following Fstoppers, you might recall the Benro S2 and S4 video monopods that we reviewed in the spring of 2013. They’re solid, and despite an abundance of plastic parts that could be a turn off, the larger S4 was a great monopod. Seeing the need for one just a bit larger, Benro today announced the S6 video monopod. [more]

Depth Of Field: What’s Best For Your Story?

A couple of months ago, I created a video tutorial to show how camera movement can affect your story. The take away from the video and article was that filmmaking should be about the sexiest camera movement, but instead the focus should be on camera movement that fits your story. Learning how to put my story first was something repeatedly drilled into my head while attending a workshop by filmmakers “Stillmotion” last year.  Stillmotion’s story-first approach has been the key to their success and has helped them land huge contracts shooting the Superbowl, Callaway Golf and Canon just to name a few. [more]

How to Pack Your Gear for Airplane Travel

In this useful video by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens he walks you through how to pack your gear to be ready for airplane travel whether it be within the United States or overseas. Jay explains the proper paperwork you should have for your gear when traveling internationally and what gear he typically packs when flying and most importantly why. The video and the advice that Jay gives you is very detailed and extensive. It’s a great resource to watch every time you’re about to fly out to your next location and might just save you a headache or two. [more]

Is this the Sigma 24-105mm f/4?

Canon Rumors is reporting an image of what appears to be a legit image of the rumored 24-105mm f/4 that Sigma has purportedly been working on. It will supposedly be heavier and larger than the Canon 24-105, but that’s not unexpected given the build of the previous pro lenses Sigma has released. [more]

Leica Announces New Rainbow-Colored Binoculars

I certainly wasn’t expecting this from Leica today: The new Leica Ultravid Colorline collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow. [more]

X100s and Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L Back in Stock! Plus Fujifilm X-E1 Savings!

The X100s has pretty much been sold out since it’s release, but B&H has a few back in stock! The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L is back in stock as well. Plus they also have the Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens for sale with a $200 instant savings! The used department also has refurbished D600s in stock.


Review of Induro’s CT-114 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Induro is one of those companies that had a really slow start, but has worked extremely hard to climb their way to being a household name. My first few experiences with Induro (although brief) were not great. The build quality of their products left a lot to be desired. Oh how things have changed! Today I’m going to give you the rundown on an Induro CT-114 Carbon Fiber Tripod[more]

Fujifilm X-A1 with 16-50mm Lens and Wacom Intuos Pro In Stock!

The Fujifilm X-A1 with 16-50mm lens is back in stock at B&H as is the Wacom Intous Pro in Medium! The X-A1 is a little guy that packs a nice punch, it’s available in Indigo Blue and is awaiting your add to cart click. It also comes in black and is available for pre-order. It packs a punch at 16 megapixels and has a 1.5 crop sensor. It comes in at a mere $599, so it’s a cost effective alternative for those who are in love with the X100 and X100s but don’t want to drop the cash. It still has the ability to shoot auto and manual but the best part is unlike the x100 and x100s, the lens can be swapped. [more]

UPDATED: Nikon’s D610 and Canon’s T5i are Proof That Brand Loyalty is One-Sided

When Nikon released the D610, I’m sure that many of you (myself included) initially reacted with joy. “Hooray!” we said. “They’ve fixed the problem of the D600! Nikon made things right!” But then I let things sit for a few hours and I realized, Nikon did no such thing. They didn’t fix anything, no more than Canon “fixed” the T4i when they released the T5i. Hooray? No. Not hooray. [more]

Jony Ive Leica M to be Auctioned for RED

Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson, Leica’s one-of-a-kind M for RED will be auctioned off at Southeby’s on November 23rd 2013 to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The hallmark of Ive design is on display with the rounded anodized aluminum outer shell and machined aluminum body. The camera has s a full-format CMOS sensor, high performance processor and new Leica APO-Summicron M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens.

Nikon Announces the Nikon D610

The rumor mills have been buzzing, and Nikon has finally answered the rumors with the announcement of the Nikon D610. The main upgrade for the D610 is the shutter mechanism, after addressing the “oil-like leak” on the sensor from the D600 model. Other enhancements include a small jump in burst speed, and some new weather sealing advancements. [more]

Zeiss Announces the 55mm f/1.4 Otus, A No-Corners-Cut Lens

Zeiss, makers of some of the most outstanding glass on the market, announced a new member of their Canon and Nikon connected lenses: the 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens. It is a standard focal length premium lens optimized for full-format DSLR camera sensors. If it’s anything like the 135mm f/2.0 APO SONNAR, there is a lot to be excited about. [more]

LG Unveils New Ultra-Stable Chicken Cam

As cell phone companies continue to improve their cameras, users are finding it increasingly easy to take better photos. Aside from resolution and low light capability, most phones now offer some sort of Automatic Image Stabilization. The technology works by either moving the sensor or lens to counteract unwanted movement before the image is converted to digital information.While some companies struggle to communicate how the image stabilization operates, LG has found a hilarious alternative to technical jargon. [more]

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