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Canon Announces the New EOS 70D Equipped with a Dual Pixel Sensor

In recent months Fstoppers has shied away from churning the rumor mill, but you no doubt have read about the expected announcement of the new Canon 70D from other blogs. We’ve been eagerly waiting for its announcement because of what we understand to be a totally new sensor housed within the successor to the 60D: the Dual Pixel CMOS. Canon’s newly announced 70D comes with this sensor, which focuses more accurately and faster when shooting video. [more]

Fstoppers Review: The Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar Is Magnificent

If there is one lens manufacturer whose heritage exudes excellence, it’s Zeiss. They are the Ferrari, the Lamborghini of camera optical glass and with that reputation comes their, usually, extremely high price. And much like a Lamborghini, the Zeiss is a no-frills powerhouse that does one well-designed thing: as the Lamborghini is fast, the Zeiss is sharp. Zeiss’ latest telephoto prime is no exception, and the 135mm f/2.0 APO SONNAR is truly magnificent. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews The New DryZone Bag From Lowepro

Lowepro’s new DryZone bags come in two different models, a 40-Liter backpack (40L) and a 20-Liter duffel (20L). Lowepro has been making bags for years, and these are a new entry into their DryZone series. These new bags have an IPX6 waterproof rating, which means they can take a significant amount of water blasted onto them and keep your kit dry. Think rappelling through a waterfall or taking on some white water rapids in a small boat. This review will focus solely on my experiences with the 20L and how well it performed. [more]

Someone Finally Spotted Shooting with a Hasselblad Lunar

So the Hasselblad Lunar, after being announced last year, hasn’t been met with much critical acclaim. Many photographers were quick to point out that it’s just a re-skinned Sony NEX camera for a heck of a price increase. Others were more willing to forgive the guts, but attack the design. Whatever the case, filmmaker David Lynch might be the first photographer we’ve seen using the camera. [more]

Samsung Tries to Convince Consumers That Bigger Isn’t Better When it Comes to Cameras

Though I appreciate the spirit of this commercial put together by Samsung, I’m not sure I’m fully on board with their test environment (comparing image quality from an LCD or even a tablet isn’t really a comparison). However, it does show the kind of people that camera companies are advertising to. Often pros are baffled by some of the products that hit the market. There isn’t as much money in appealing to pros, but rather to the often totally ignorant consumer. [more]

The Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II: The World’s Best Portrait Lens

The Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II is one of those lenses you always read about, but short of running into a professional sporting event, an affluent amateur, or Ryan Brenizer you just don’t see them. They’re rare and they’re expensive, but besides the obvious lust factor of the lens, is it any good?

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Compare Any Camera With One Click – Body Shopping Has Never Been Easier

How many times have you wondered which model or brand of camera is the best one to fit your needs and budget? Every photographer has had to go through the frustrating process of slogging through reviews and websites trying to get a feel for how they should use their money.  Now there’s an incredibly easy website to compare any camera with the click of a button.

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New Fujifilm Camera and Lenses Available for Preorder

Since the release of the X100, Fujifilm has shown the photography community that they’re very much alive, and not going down without a fight. They showed their fight once again today, with the announcement of their new affordable mirrorless camera the Fujifilm X-M1, and an additional prime and zoom lens for their X-Mount lens system. [more]

Dynamic Target Tracking Camera Can Follow Fast Moving Objects

When I first saw this video, my jaw was hanging open. This new dynamic target tracking camera is absolutely outstanding, capable of following extremely fast moving objects as well as able to project images on fast moving objects. It’s something out of science fiction, and I love it. [more]

This is Cool: Samsung Announces First Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3G/4G

Samsung just announced what looks to be a really great new ILC: The Galaxy NX, a camera enabled with 3G/4G capabilities. It’s not a phone, but a camera that can always be connected to the internet. I may have been hard on Samsung in a recent article on their Galaxy S4 Zoom, but this new product is one I can really get behind. [more]

THIS is Why You Need Insurance – Don’t Risk Your Livelihood

The likelihood of this experience ever happening to you is pretty small, however, while you may never make the same mistakes I made, this story is a reflection of the stupid decisions that tend to tag along with us as people. The same warnings and lessons that I’m about to share apply to everyone. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens

Shock, dismay, joy, and envy. These emotions have been running wild since Sigma announced their new 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens. It’s the first lens in our modern age to maintain that open of an aperture through a zoom range and it’s also equipped with auto focus. This type of innovation has been unheard of from Sigma until recently, but now it’s almost expected. The main question I wanted to answer about this lens was: “Is this lens for real, or relying too heavily on the hyped, somewhat gimmicky nature of that innovation?” [more]

Going on an Extreme Photography Adventure? Lowepro’s New Bag Will Keep Gear Dry

Lowepro has just announced a new DryZone pair of bags, a backpack and a duffel, that are weatherproof and watersport-friendly and are designed to keep your gear not only safe, but protected from aqueous elements. This is the kind of bag that can sustain powerful waves and blasts of water, so you can finally climb into a waterfall cave without fearing for the safety of your camera. [more]

Adobe Photoshop CC is Now Available For Download

A few weeks after the announcement of Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) at Adobe Max, Adobe has finally made the newest installment of the Photoshop series available to the general public. If you’ve already adapted to the Creative Cloud service, you should be getting your notification for the update any second now, if you haven’t already. For those resisting the cloud, this software is not available for you. [more]

A Look Into Mars Curiosity Rover’s 17 Cameras

The Curiosity rover is one of the coolest machines we ever sent into space. The rover is giving us a glimpse into the never-explored land of Mars by sending us beautiful images taken by its cameras everyday. Curiosity has 17 cameras on deck, which is the most of any NASA planetary missions to date. Take a look at what each camera does, and why some of the cameras shoot just Black and White, and some shoot color. Also, who do you think have more image resolution: the Nikon D800 or Curiosity rover? [more]

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