By Mark WilsonPosted 09.01.2011 at 1:08 am 0 Comments
This fall, capturing postcard-worthy images of wide vistas and vibrant scenery doesn’t have to mean lugging a pro kit on your next hike; in fact, quite the opposite. The right camera, tripod, memory card and lens make for more user-friendly shooting and sharing.
This 8x10-inch sensor--about 60 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor--is the creation of photographer Mitchell Feinberg, who was sick of spending thousands of dollars on expensive film previews of his work. The sensor (which, he says, cost as much as "a good-sized house--before the housing crash") replaces the Polaroid backs that many photographers use to test exposure. But since these professional-grade Polaroids are so expensive these days due to their huge size and scarcity, he created this sensor (named the Maxback), which lets him see exactly how his shots would look on film, but in only 30 seconds and with no added cost. It's not to be used for regular photography--the resolution is too low for a regular print spread--but to properly simulate how his shots would look on (gigantic) film, a DSLR just wouldn't cut it. You can read more about it at Popular Photography.
Sony announced a pair of new DSLRs in their Alpha line today, named the A77 and A65. As our sister publication Pop Photo awarded Sony's A55 the camera of the year award in 2010, we sit up and take notice whenever Sony releases a new flagship DSLR--and we're glad we did this time, because good lord, these are some impressive cameras.
Our sister site, Popular Photography, has an in-depth preview (with glorious sample images) of two of Sony's latest and greatest: the A35 DSLR, and the NEX-C3. The NEX-C3, pictured above, slims down the already teeny NEX-5 (which we reviewed here) to become the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. Then there's the A35, a full-sized DSLR that usurps lots of the features and hardware of the A55, the recipient of PopPhoto's coveted Camera of the Year Award last year--only at an entry-level price. Read more at PopPhoto.
Let your breaths out: Popular Photography has finally named its Camera of the Year. The winner is the fascinating, powerful hybrid Sony A55. Read the full review and see why the editors were unanimous in their choice of the innovator.
Our sister site PopPhoto.com just launched a great new feature: The Buying Guide. It's a complete database of every DSLR and lens worth your attention right now, complete with full specifications, PopPhoto's in-depth reviews, rock-solid lab tests, sample image galleries and more--all the information you need to plan your next gear purchase, all in one place. And that's just the beginning. Check it out!
Our friends at Popular Photography are on the ground in Cologne, Germany for Photokina--the year's biggest photography trade show. The swarm of new product announcements coming out of an event of this size can be overwhelming, but PopPhoto has compiled a list of all the new cameras, lenses and accessories worthy of your attention. Check it out here.
Canon's mid-range 60D, unveiled late last night, doesn't auto focus like Nikon's also-fresh D3100. But it does represent the final step in Canon's 1080p HD video transition across its full line of DSLRs. Plus--there's a nifty fold-out LCD.
Phil Ryan from Pop Photo had a chance to take the new rig for an early spin in Yellowstone. Read all about it, and see plenty of full-res sample shots, here.
Nikon's been playing catch-up ever since they introduced the first DSLR capable of shooting HD video along with photos; a flurry of HD models from rival Canon have consistently bested Nikon's in terms of features in price. But with the freshly-announced D3100, Nikon may have found a new secret sauce: 1080p with auto focus.
It wasn't that long ago that the T1i first brought 1080p video to an entry-level digital SLR--albeit at a pokey 20 frames per second. Today, Canon's latest digital Rebel, the T2i borrows the video capabilities of the far more advanced 7D in a sub-$1,000 package.