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GoPro Aims at Restructuring In Hopes of Turnaround

GoPro Aims at Restructuring In Hopes of Turnaround

It's been a tumultuous year for GoPro. The company, whose name is still as synonymous with "pocket-size- action-HD-video-camera" as Band-Aid's name is with "adhesive bandage," has had a rocky time recently. From its drones falling from the sky to its stock losing half its value just this year, things have been rough for the once market-driving manufacturer. Today, steps were taken in an attempt to right the ship.

Fstoppers Reviews the New Best Portrait Lens, the Nikon 105mm f/1.4

Fstoppers Reviews the New Best Portrait Lens, the Nikon 105mm f/1.4

Canon has always been known for its fabulous portraits lenses: the 85mm f/1.2 and the 135mm f/2. I used to own and love both of them, with a preference for the first. When I bought into the Nikon system, I was afraid I would miss these two optics. But truth be told, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 is at least as good as its Canon equivalent if not better! Regarding the 135mm, that’s a whole different story as the Nikon’s is quite old now. However, they recently announced the 105mm f/1.4, and I had the chance to put my hands on it for a few weeks! Let’s see how it compares with other portrait lenses and if it could potentially replace a 135mm.

Grab an Aussie Camera Deal

Grab an Aussie Camera Deal
With all these Black Friday and soon-to-be Cyber Monday deals flying around the US, it would be easy to think that folks in the antipodes are getting left out of all the good deals. However, there are some great deals going on in Australia as well, so to my folks down under, jump in quick and take advantage of these pre-Christmas deals that are happening from major brands in Australia.

Fstoppers Reviews the Brevitē Rucksack Camera Bag

Fstoppers Reviews the Brevitē Rucksack Camera Bag

We all work with expensive gear, but sometimes, we don't want the world to know that we're carrying the monetary equivalent of a nice car on our backs. Brevitē recognized and addressed that earlier this year with its announcement of the Rolltop and Rucksack, both of which embody the look of a fashionable backpack over a specialized gear-hauler. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, that's exactly what the bags are. The Rucksack serves that purpose quite well while also providing the sort of discreet look that many photographers desire.

The Best Black Friday Deals for Photographers: Updated

The Best Black Friday Deals for Photographers: Updated

We at Fstoppers do our best to keep the photography community informed of noteworthy holiday deals. Since Black Friday is upon us, we wanted to let the community know about some deals we've heard of from various photography and video companies. This is your chance to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on cameras, lenses, lighting, software, accessories, and more. Some of these deals are only available today, so if there's a piece of gear you're hoping to buy, make sure to act on it now!

Extending the Operating Time of Your Sony Alpha Camera Without Changing Batteries

Extending the Operating Time of Your Sony Alpha Camera Without Changing Batteries

When you hear "Sony Alpha" and "battery life" in the same sentence, it tends to be followed with a groan or sigh, because if one article has covered it, a dozen have covered it and made a big deal about how quickly the small batteries in the Alpha cameras run out. For me, 90 percent of my time with my Sony a7S II is spent doing video work, frequently during fast-paced events or sequences or racing the clock with lighting conditions. There's nothing more frustrating than being mid-shot and seeing that dreaded "Battery Exhausted" display pop up on your screen after draining your last battery after a long day of production. So, what options do you have to help extend the life of your battery?

Would You Buy a Photograph Without Seeing It First?

Would You Buy a Photograph Without Seeing It First?

Hanging a photograph from your wall will always have its appeal. Make that photograph the work of a famous and respected artist, and the appeal starts to rise. This is why well-established artists can demand such a high price tag for their work. But this entire process relies heavily on the person purchasing the piece to actually enjoy the art. If the photograph does not resonate with you, then it loses a lot of its value. With that in mind, would you buy a photograph without actually seeing it first?

Fstoppers Reviews the Elinchrom 17" Softlite Reflector and Grid Set

Fstoppers Reviews the Elinchrom 17" Softlite Reflector and Grid Set

I am a photographer who started shooting with daylight only, and I moved to discover new possibilities of lighting only after mastering daylight and craving more tools to create the desired images in my head. I don't believe the idea that you have to have all the possible equipment to be a good photographer or that the equipment makes you the photographer. My credo was always to master what you have available and only afterwards move to a new tool. This way, you can have all the understanding of your tools and avoid a bulk of unnecessary equipment.

Film Objektiv Is a Unique Rental House for Lovers of Film Photography

Film Objektiv Is a Unique Rental House for Lovers of Film Photography

I don't care what you say; film is cool. It's a great way to become a more technically apt photographer, it makes you carefully think through your creative impulses, it gives a unique look, and it's just fun to shoot. That's why I own film cameras that I regularly shoot with alongside my digital setup. And it's also why I'm so excited for Film Objektiv, a rental house for anyone looking to get into shooting film or for pros looking to augment their current setup.

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