What To Do With All That New Christmas Money: Pop Photo's Best Gear of 2012

What To Do With All That New Christmas Money: Pop Photo's Best Gear of 2012

Pop Photo released a great guide for all things photography (including everything from high-end DSLRs to light wands and iPad apps) that were released this year. So if you don't know what to spend your new Christmas money on, check it out. Everything is on there for a reason -- and quite a few have been reviewed and are highly recommended by Fstoppers writers...

Below is a short list of the items Pop Photo calls the best of 2012, but be sure to check out the full list here:

Olympus OM-D EM-5
Fuji X-Pro 1
iKan IB500 Dual Color LED Studio Light
Drobo Mini
DxO Viewpoint (on sale until Monday)
Canon 5D MkIII
Nikon D800
Wacom Intuos5 Tablet
Westcott Ice Light
and much more...

Posted In: 
Log in or register to post comments


I have noticed this trend where FStoppers covers "another writer's work" but replaces the outgoing links with your own affiliate links to the products mentioned. Pretty freaking cheesy! 

If you had written the article from scratch, I would have been applauding you for your efforts instead of being disgusted for plagiarizing another authors efforts fro your own economic gain. Ads in the sidebar, I appreciate those when they are relevant. But this is no different then stealing another photographer's image for your own gain.


Jay Stebbins


Adam's picture

I'm sorry you feel this way. However, Pop Photo doesn't have any direct affiliate links themselves anyway. In addition, this post is just a way to raise awareness about their article. They're a huge magazine and what they write is generally considered important. So why not help make our readers aware of that? Sure, we have a few affiliate links of our own, but we do have our own readers -- many of which will be directed to the larger article on Pop Photo. I, myself, am very careful not to step on others' toes, and I know no one is losing out because of this post. I hope you can appreciate the newsworthiness of Pop Photo's article. Thanks.


Well that was interesting. Most of the stuff I either have no experience with or I've never even heard of before, which is great. But the stuff I actually know something about... Let's just say there are "a few" factual errors...

The 40mm pancake does not offer "truly silent autofocus during video". Any USM lens is quieter.
The lensbaby tilt lens doesn't "increase or decrease apparent depth of field". It MUST do both. A direct consequence of the Scheimpflug principle.
Rebel T4i does not have "noise kept to acceptable levels through ISO 12,800". The noise performance is similar to that of the 500D. Which means it does not give you "virtually the same video capabilities as Canon's EOS 5D Mark III". Noise performance.
Lightroom 4 does not "recover more shadow and highlight detail than ever before". Unless it was unable to read the RAW files properly in LR3... You can't "recover" something that doesn't exist.
All the functions for DxO viewpoint are either default or free plugins for Corel AfterShot Pro. Not wrong, it's just that I can't see how this is "best of the year".

Though they didn't have any glaring faults on the info of the 5d3 or D800. Which seems almost impressive at this point. Makes me wonder what else they're overselling in their top 35...

Re-badging news stories is an indication that we should all read Pop Photo instead of reading it a week later here, that if you find their two sentences of information hidden by 13 ads

Articles likes this help drive traffic to Pop Photo for those who may not know or think about it on a daily basis. I think it is a way that the various photo review/information sites can work with each other instead of compete with each other. It's no different than sharing a link on Facebook and saying "Here's a cool site!". This is real petty complaining and I'm sure Pop Photo editors don't mind traffic being driven to their site.