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Sony Announces the a7R III: Solid Improvements Built Around the Previous Generation's 42.4-Megapixel Sensor

Sony Announces the a7R III: Solid Improvements Built Around the Previous Generation's 42.4-Megapixel Sensor

The cat is finally out of the bag: Sony is giving us a look at their new a7R III this week during the Photo Plus Expo. The just-announced mirrorless camera mixes the best of the a7R II with some of the technology first seen in the a9, plus a little bit of all-new treats that landscape, architectural, and still-life photographers will want to take note of.

Fstoppers Reviews the B+W XS-Pro Kaesemann High Transmission Circular Polarizer MRC-Nano Filter

Fstoppers Reviews the B+W XS-Pro Kaesemann High Transmission Circular Polarizer MRC-Nano Filter

Many different lens filters for photography are steadily being replaced with multiple-exposure camera tricks and post-processing software tools. However, one filter more resistant to this change is the circular polarizer (CPL). This special tool filters the light entering a lens in ways that software has yet to be able to mimic realistically. The resulting images when using a CPL are more saturated with color due to cutting down reflections of haze, water, and other surfaces in the world around us. In this review, I take a look specifically at the B+W XS-Pro KSM HTC-POL MRC-Nano Filter.

Unique Perspective of Iceland Filmed Through a Pentax 67 Waist-Level Viewfinder

Unique Perspective of Iceland Filmed Through a Pentax 67 Waist-Level Viewfinder

Inspired by a video created by Maison Carnot, Photographer and Videographer Andrew Szeto created a memorable Iceland travel video by shooting through his Pentax 67’s waist-level viewfinder. Stating that he “wanted to bring something different to the table” while visiting the popular photography destination, the final result is uniquely light and personal. Check out the video as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made.

Phase One Announces the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, XF System Feature Update 4

Phase One Announces the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, XF System Feature Update 4

In a pair of announcements today, Phase One has introduced a new medium format digital back and a feature update to the XF camera system. The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic incorporates new color technology for authentic reproduction combined with 101 megapixels of fine, high-resolution detail. Feature Update 4 for the XF camera system focuses on focus control and accuracy, as well as new tools for new possibilities.

Sony Announces the RX10 IV, a 24-600mm f/2.4-4 Fixed Lens Camera for the Next Generation Photographer

Sony Announces the RX10 IV, a 24-600mm f/2.4-4 Fixed Lens Camera for the Next Generation Photographer

Today Sony has announced the latest in their RX10 series of cameras. The 20.1-megapixel RX10 IV takes all-in-one cameras to a new level with its Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f/2.4-4 lens, 315 phase-detect autofocus points, 4K 24/30p video recording, 24 fps stills shooting, anti-distortion shooting up to 1/32,000 second shutter speeds, and more.

Fstoppers Reviews the AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod

Fstoppers Reviews the AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod

Akin to the store brands that are found next to the name brands on the shelves in a brick-and-mortar supermarket, AmazonBasics products have become a go-to for equal quality at a budget price in the online realm. Daily-use items have traditionally been the mainstay for AmazonBasics, but more recently they’ve expanded and driven further into the comparatively niche markets, including photography. In this review, I take a closer look at the AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod which was released in April 2017.