Breakthrough Filters - Magnetic Filter System

For the last week, I have been testing the Breakthrough Filters Magnetic Filter System.  The system uses magnets to attach filters that sit on the end of your lens. The magnetic system means no screwing on and off of filters and no getting filters stuck on adapter rings or on the end of your lens.  You do need to screw on the Magnetic filter holder.

Pros of Breakthrough Filters Magnetic Filter System:

  • Fastest on/off of any filter system

  • Mount securely but remove easily

  • Low profile

  • Sharp/Extremely high quality

  • No color cast

Cons of Breakthrough Filters Magnetic Filter System:

  • Not easily stackable*

  • Cannot use with a lens hood

*Breakthrough Photography solution to the stackable issue - they sell filters that combine two functions - Their Dark CPL filters combine a circular polarizer with a 3 or 6 stop ND. Alternatively, you have the option of buying an additional filter holder that allows you to use add-on square filters.

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Alternative:

Manfrotto offers a similar system that allows you to bring your own filters - they sell you a holder and adapters for your filter. I hope to bring you a hands-on review soon but if you already have existing filters the cost is much cheaper.

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Sony RX 100 VI Review at Rainier National Park

The Sony RX100 Mark 6 Reviewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D-DoMz54zYI have been shooting with the Sony RX100 VI now for a few weeks and I impressed with the zoom AND the quality that they have packed into this little, easily pocketable, camera.If you want the smallest P&S with excellent quality and a ton of zoom - the new Sony RX 100 VI offers a very versatile and powerful camera packed into a tiny body. Having that range from 24-200 makes this camera useful for just about anything, even wildlife.The Good (Sony RX 100 VI)

  • 24 - 200mm range

  • 20MP with very good low light capabilities for such a small sensor

  • 24fps with Phase detect AF - excellent tracking and eye-Af

  • UHD - 4k with S-log, HDR Video, and Super Slow 960fps

  • 180° Touch Screen

The Bad (Sony RX 100 VI)

  • No mic jack for better audio

  • Poor battery life

  • Pricey

Buy the Sony RX100 VI from B&H PhotoSample Photos -[gallery columns="4" ids="18705,18706,18707,18708,18710,18711,18712,18713,18714,18715"]DOWNLOAD RAW & UNEDITED JPEGS for personal use only.

Sony RX 100 Mark VI Alternatives

Sony RX 100 VA - This is the previous model with a few updates. Sony did this to give you the choice, do you need a big zoom? Get the new VI or do you need less zoom and better low light? Get the VA which offers a 24-70 f/1.8-2.8 lens.Sony RX 100 IV - Honestly these little cameras haven't changed much in the last few versions, until they added the massive range to the latest, mark 6 - so if you just want a good P&S the IV and even the III is still a decent camera and saves you significantly.Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 -  1-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor and a 15x optical zoom lens for 20.1MP photos. Complementing the sensor is a Venus Engine image processor capable of UHD 4K video recording at up to 30 fps and with an extended ISO of 25600 for use in low-light situations.Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera - You give up 4K and some range vs the Sony RX100 6 but you get that excellent Canon user interface and ease of use along with saving several hundred.

Sony 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters. How Good Are They?

I use the Sony 1.4x and 2.0x Teleconverters with the Sony 100-400GM Lens and share results on image quality, focus speed and focus performance while searching the Arctic for polar bears. Tested with the Sony a7RIII and Sony 100-400 GM paired with the 1.4x Tele and 2.0x Tele.https://youtu.be/A6Seehp2imkI found the optical performance of the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters when matched with the Sony 100-400 GM to be absolutely fantastic. Colors, contrast, and clarity all remain excellent. But there are drawbacks - watch the video above for the full story.Buy Links (Your use of these links supports reviews like this)Sony a7RIII: https://bhpho.to/2i7Z3F8Sony 100-400 FE f/4.5-5.6 GM: https://bhpho.to/2JIxM7FSony 70-200 f/2.8 GM: https://bhpho.to/2LfkuoTSony 1.4x FE Tele: https://bhpho.to/2JGWntMSony 2.0x FE Tele: https://bhpho.to/2Lev1APDownload RAW Photos to evaluate (For your personal use only)[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" td_gallery_title_input="Sont Teleconverter Samples" ids="18611,18613,18612"]

Sony 1.4x & 2.0x Teleconverter Photos from the Arctic

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Want to see more from my arctic expedition?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyi9zkr30O0

Huawei Mate 10 Pro - Leica branded camera phone with Full Manual!

 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON7YEv2WM0k[/embed]Huawei's affordable flagship? I try out the Huawei Mate 10 Pro - a Leica branded camera phone with full manual control, RAW capture and is quite affordable! Just $649 for 128GB, cheaper with the current sale, and the best controls I have ever seen! Even better than my daily use Pixel 2!

Pros

Cons

• 128GB is a ton of storage

• No headphone jack, wireless earbuds and usb-c adapter included

• Giant 4,000 mAh battery

• No wireless charging

• Dual Leica f/1.6 cameras

• No microSD

• Shoots DNG RAW

• Camera white balance can be mixed

• 2X lossless zoom

• Shoots a bit overexposed

• Up to 30-second shutter speeds

• Great manual shooting modes

• Nice shooting features such as light trails and portrait modes

• Water resistant

• It's cheap for the specs

Buy from Amazon(SALE ENDS 6/29) $250 OFF!!

Sample Images

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Specs

Mate 10 Pro

Galaxy S9

Pixel 2

Price

$649 for 128GB model

$720 for 64GB model

$649 for 64GB model

Network

GSM / HSPA / LTE

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

OS

Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Storage

128GB (No card slot)

64GB (MicroSD up to 512GB)

64GB (No card slot)

Rear

Camera

27mm f/1.6 12MP RGB27mm f/1.6 20MP Monochrome

26mm f/1.5 - 2.4 12MP

27mm f/1.7 12.2MP

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps

2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps

Front

Camera

26mm f/2.0 8MP, 1080p@60fps

25mm f/1.7 8MP, 1440p@30fps

27mm f/2.7 8MP

Screen

6" 1080x2160 AMOLED

5.8" 1440 x 2960 AMOLED

5" 1080 x 1920 AMOLED

Battery

4000 mAh

3000 mAh

2700 mAh

Weather

Proofing

IP67

IP68

IP67

Hasselblad X1D-50C Review

I spend three weeks with the Hasselblad X1D-50C - One of the best looking, most stylish cameras on the market - But does the quality and performance live up to that style? Watch for a straightforward, honest review of the Hasselblad X1D-50C.https://youtu.be/NeziA_dy6ek

BUY - The best looking camera on the planetHasselblad X1D-50c 4116 Edition - $9,895 (includes 45mm lens)- Buy from B&H PhotoHasselblad X1D-50C Standard Silver - $6,495 - Buy from B&H PhotoHasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 Macro Lens - $4,495 - Buy from B&H PhotoHasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2 Lens - $3,195- Buy from B&H PhotoHasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5 Lens - $2,695- Buy from B&H PhotoHasselblad XCD 30mm f/3.5 Lens - $3,995- Buy from B&H PhotoJUST ANNOUNCED - Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 lens $3,750 - Buy from B&H PhotoUPDATE: I brought the Hasselblad along on a recent south-west workshop and while my review may be less than positive two other instructors - Steve Scurich(Professional Fine Art Photographer) and David McKay(Professional Fine Art Photographer and leader of Photography workshops worldwide) have decided that this is their next camera. I will be back with more hands-on and an interview with both about why they are making this their next camera. Download Full Resolution RAWS - They are lovely to edit!

Sigma 100-400

A quick review of the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.https://youtu.be/bLvwj4u7qcQSharpness - Excellent at the price pointSpeed - Very GoodAperture Range - Slight slower than more expensive lensesBuild Quality - ExcellentStabilization - Excellent

Pros - A very budget friendly lens that gets you to 400mm with excellent sharpness/quality in a travel-friendly size.Cons - No tripod collar can limit some tripod useBUY from B&H PhotoSample RAW photos for Download

Nixplay Iris Review - Show YOUR photos in my living room!?!?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7LRsBe6iqsI have spent a few weeks with the Nixplay Iris wifi cloud frame and discovered a cool feature that I need your help to use! watch till the end - I have thoughts on this $175-$200 digital frame with 10GB of cloud storage. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Safari Review - Sony 100-400

I take the Sony FE 100-400 and Sony 1.4x Teleconverter on Safari in Tanzania, Africa with McKaylive.com and https://thomsonsafaris.com/ - I loved, LOVED the results and share with you my full review of the Sony 100-400, with sample photos and a report of how the Sony 100-400 performs paired with the Sony 1.4x Teleconverter for wildlife and portraits!https://youtu.be/Tw2l6sd-3oI

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Sample Photos Sony FE 100-400 f/4.5 - 5.6

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Sony FE 100-400 with 1.4x Teleconverter Sample Photos

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Sample raw files for personal use only.

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Sony 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 Specs

Focal Length
100 - 400mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6Minimum: f/32 - 40
Mount
Sony FE (Full Frame or APS-C)
Angle of View
24° - 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance
3.22' (.98 m)
Magnification
0.12 - 0.35x
Optical Design
22 Elements in 16 Groups
Blades
9, Rounded
Image Stabilization
Yes
Auto Focus
Yes
Tripod Collar
Yes, Removable
Filter Size
Front: 77 mm
Dimensions
Approx. 3.70 x 8.07" (93.9 x 205 mm)
Weight
3.07 lbs (1395 g)

Sony a7III Review - The Only Thing Entry Level Is the Price

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a5IGNYmXYMThis camera really redefines what it means to offer an entry-level full frame camera. With the a7III, Sony even seems willing to risk sales of their higher end models. Packed inside is a redesigned 24MP sensor, using the newer backside illuminated design for improved lowlight performance. Capable of 10 frames per second (silent or mechanical shutter) with In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). Sony borrowed from the a9 with 693 autofocus points using Eye-AF and tracking better than the Sony a7RIII. Videographers should also be happy shooting 4K with HLG(HDR) and S-Log2 and S-Log3 - feature serious videographers will appreciate. And the addition of a touchscreen for touch to focus improves the usability of the camera and makes shooting video easier too. As an entry-level full frame camera, the Sony a7III doesn't pull any punches.Sony a7III Review

  • Redesigned 24MP Sensor
  • 693 AF Points with A9s Eye-AF system (Better than a7Riii)
  • 15 stop Dynamic Range
  • 5 axis IBIS
  • 10fps with 14 bit raw (also 14 bit raw while silent)
  • 4k HDR, 6k full readout, Slog 2 & 3 and HLG
  • Uses Z Battery Rated at 710 shots longest battery life of any mirrorless camera ever (We got a ton more photos than that in real-world use, 4,000!)
  • Dual SDcard slots, joystick, touchscreen, USB-C

Short answer? Buy this now, seriously here's the link to Amazon.As it stands the a7III is the entry-level full frame to beat. 

As a big point for this series, the body and user interface have been redesigned with a joystick, touchscreen, and dual card slots. At 710 shots per charge with a newly redesigned battery, it has the highest shot count of any mirrorless camera to date. After taking 2,000 photos and using the camera all day at 20 percent left the a7III still got another 2,000 shots from a timelapse... on a single battery!Sony a7III ISOThe a7III can go up 204,800 ISO in Extended Mode, and in testing, this camera is pretty good. At 51,200 ISO we found that images are still usable at least for social media purposes. Versus the a7RIII results are similar but the a7RIII does have a slight advantage at higher ISO. Versus the Canon 6d MarkII up to 12,800 ISO, the Canon compares quite well, then the a7III starts to have much better photos.The Eye-AF system is BETTER than the a7RIII! And it’s REALLY good in the A7RIII! For cases where that's not an option, the focus point joystick can change points on the go. In darker scenes focus is good, Eye-AF does struggle in lower light if it can't recognize an eye. Otherwise set to medium spot it grabs focus well in those situations, as well as some of the other automated focus modes. Lock on tracking is nice but in testing, it does miss on occasion in our experience but overall it still works great.Buffering was an issue with previous Sony cameras, filling up, and locking you out of some options. The a7III is improved. Also, the a7III does not have apps, just like the a7RIII and a9. No timelapse or reflection app but there's always other options such as the Miops mobile or dropping S&Q to one frame a second. [Timelapse options on Sony a9, a7Riii, a7iii]Sony a7iii s-logFor video, you get 1080p at 30/60/120 fps up to 100 Mbits a second, it also has 4k at 30 and 24 fps at 8 bit.  Super 35 and full frame (both work in 4k and 1080p) are equally sharp and give you more options for shooting as the crop ratio can help you get closer or wider when needed. 4k at 30fps does have a 1.2 crop, 24fps is a full frame readout. ISO up to 6400 is good, 12800 is a pinch, reducing 4k to 1080p does reduce a lot of noise. For editing, you'll be good with access to S-Log 2 and 3 and multiple picture styles. Proxy support is included as well, a second smaller copy recorded alongside the 4K file that allows you edit on a laptop, having the ability to swap it out with the 4K file laterInterested in how the a7III stacks up to the a7RIII? Check out Photorec.tv/a73vs for the full comparison. Really, 42MP plus pixel shift is what you get with the a7RIII. But, for those that don't need the megapixels, this is more than you need and you can spend the extra cash on a new lens.For $2,000? The Sony a7III is just worth it, as an entry level full frame Sony wants to dominate the space. This camera lives up to the hype with a 24mp sensor, great autofocus, and 10 fps for any professional shoot. The redesigned body and UI is great and much better to use than previous generations. Then there's a battery that can shoot up to 4,000 shots, 4K with video options, and IBIS... This is the entry-level full frame to beat.

Sony a7III Available for Preorder Today

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Basic Specs

  • 24MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point Hybrid AF System
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 2.36m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 922k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • ISO 204800 and 10 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC, Dual SD Slots
  • USB Type-C Port, Weather-Sealed Design

Sample Photos

The Sony a7III - Sony's 4k Update to Entry Level Full Frame

https://youtu.be/rdZaqXd6hMsSony has just announced the a7iii. A followup to their entry level full frame mirrorless a7ii.The Sony a7iii Specs:

  • Redesigned 24MP Sensor

  • 693 AF Points with A9s Eye-AF system (Better than a7Riii)

  • 15 stop Dynamic Range

  • 5 axis IBIS

  • 10fps with 14 bit raw (also 14 bit raw while silent)

  • 4k HDR, 6k full readout, Slog 2 & 3 and HLG

  • Uses Z Battery Rated at 710 shots longest battery life of any mirrorless camera ever

  • Dual SDcard slots, joystick, touchscreen, USB-C,

  • Available in April for $2,000 - Preorders start Wed

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Sony a7III Video

Sony a7III Video

At $2,000 for the a7III you get a NEW BSI 24.2 MP sensor offering- 10 FPS (silent or mechanical shutter), 15 stops of range and 4k Video. Combine that with 425 contrast Autofocus points, 693 phase detection autofocus points, eye AF,  5-axis in-body stabilization and a redesigned body that offers a bigger grip, a focus point joystick and a touchscreen. Not to mention the longest battery life of any mirrorless camera.With a lot of tech being brought in from the a7RIII and a9 it's fast. You can capture up to 177 JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW, or 40 uncompressed RAW images before filling the buffer. As with the other models, there is a partial lockout of camera functions while the data saves to the memory card. AF is about twice as fast as the A7II and significantly improved low light capabilities. The Eye-AF system is BETTER than the a7RIII! And it's REALLY good in the A7RIII!Offering 4K video with HLG(HDR) and S-Log2 and S-Log3. The 4k file is downsampled from 6k which when working off a 24mp sensor should give excellent low light results.  Full HD at 120fps to round it out.The design mirrors the a9, a7Riii batteries with dual SD card slots, slot one is SDXC II compatible. Same battery as a9/a7riii, the NP-FZ100 battery provides 710 shots per charge, that is actually the highest rating of any mirrorless on the market battery, the a7RIII is rated at 650 shots. USB-C for fast transfer of photos and video, tethered shooting and doubling as a power supply. There is also a micro USB port.My full review from Vegas will be released soon, don't forget to follow on Instagram at @photorectoby or subscribe to Youtube to be notified of the Sony a7iii review release

Preorders start 11 am ET, Feb 28th at B&H

Sony a7III Body Only

Sony a7III Body Only

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

My Sony a7III Photos from Sony Launch Event

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Sample Images from Sony

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Specs

Sony a7 III

Sony a7 II

Lens Mount

Sony E-Mount

Sony E-Mount

Camera Format

Full-Frame

Full-Frame

Pixels

24 MP: 6000 x 4000 (new BSI Sensor)

24 MP: 6000 x 4000

File Formats

Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC SAudio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4, XAVC SAudio: AAC LC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Bit Depth

14-Bit

14-Bit

Memory Card Type

SDSDHCSDXCMemory Stick Pro DuoMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo

SDXCSDHCSDMemory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)Memory Stick PRO HG-DuoMemory Stick XC-HG Duo

Image Stabilization

Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

Video Format

3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 50, 59.94 fps (25 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 25, 29.97 fps (16 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD via H.264)1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD via H.264)

1920 x 1080p at 24, 30, 60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)1440 x 1080 at 30 fps (12 Mb/s MP4)640 x 480 at 30 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)

Video Clip Length

Up to 29 Minutes

Up to 29 Minutes

Autofocus

Phase Detection: 693Contrast Detection: 425Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Phase Detection: 117Contrast Detection: 25Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Viewfinder Type

Electronic, 100% Coverage

Electronic, 100% Coverage

Buffer/Continuous Shooting

Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 89 Frames in Raw FormatUp to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 177 Frames in JPEG FormatUp to 8 fps at 24.2 MP

Up to 5 fps at 24 MP for up to 50 Frames

Built-in Flash

No

No

Connectivity

HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 3.0, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi

1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, Multi Interface Terminal, Wi-Fi

Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.0 x 3.9 x 3.0" / 127.0 x 99.1 x 76.2 mm

5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″ / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7 mm

Weight

1.4375 lb / 652 g

1.223 lb / 556 g

IRIX 11mm f/4 - Affordable Ultra Wide & Rear Filters Suck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWgyzovz_gc&feature=youtu.be

A review of the ultra wide-angle 11mm f/4 lens from Irix. This fully manual lens delivers impressive results for the cost but those rear filters SUCK.

The IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone lens is a great deal for those wanting to shoot wide angle. As with the 15mm IRIX we reviewed last year it comes in the metal built Blackstone version and plastic Firefly. Optically they are the same lens, you'll just get a better build quality with Blackstone. For the price point, it's a great lens, the corners look great wide open at F/4 for distortion and there's very little chromatic aberration. It's nice to use with a handy stop for infinity built into the focus ring, which you'll be using frequently with a lens this wide. The only complaint so far is the rear filters, which we recommend you picking up a set of Nisi filters instead. The IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone is a manual focus lens, but for the price, it's the best option at the moment.Irix 11mm f/4.0Buy the IRIX 11mm f/4: https://bhpho.to/2ojJbSV  IRIX 15mm f/2.4Buy the IRIX 15mm f/2.4: https://bhpho.to/2occZkZWatch the Irix 15mm f/2.4 ReviewIrix Edge Gelatin Filter SetRear Filters from IRIX: https://storeeu.irixlens.com 

Sony a7RIII - 5 Awesome Features & a Few Complaints

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ino6OWLDE6Y&feature=youtu.beSome post review thoughts. The Sony a7RIII got reviewed a bit ago, but since then it's been on trips around the world with Toby. Currently, in Vietnam, his takes a ton of use over the course of the tours with McKay Live meaning a ton of real-world use lately. So we've got the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new Sony everyone is hot to pick up.

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YI Camera - Cheap Mirrorless- Don't Buy!

The Young Innovators (YI) Camera is a micro 4/3rds camera using a Sony sensor- The quality of the images is quite good but the performance of the camera, especially the autofocus is poor. I do not recommend you buy this camera.https://youtu.be/m-LcAE_Pk8w

Don't buy the YI Camera - Amazon Link Just for funWhat Should You Buy?Buy Links:Used EPL 6 for $219 at B&H Photo $219Used Sony a6000 at B&H PhotoRaw Files for Download (Personal Use Only)

Desktops, Laptops, Raid Drives, 4K Monitors- Gift Guide 2017

Let's talk about pro level gear for your office - the stuff that makes editing photos and video a painless experience - from fast computers and huge raid drives to beautiful 4k monitors in this episode of the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BFb_F4p0KU

5K iMac

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Specs -4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core8GB of DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD (Buy Additional RAM)27" 5120 x 2880 IPS Retina 5K DisplayAMD Radeon Pro 580 Graphics Card (8GB)UHS-II SDXC Card ReaderThunderbolt 3 | USB 3.0 Type-AI have an older version of this iMac and love it - a beautiful screen that needs no calibration and performance that easily handles editing photos and 4k video. I recommend you buy with just 8GB of RAM and buy separately, it is VERY easy to install and saves you almost $400.Buy from B&H Photo: Recommended 5k iMac

15" MacBook Pro

Specs -2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB SSD15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina DisplayAMD Radeon Pro 560 Graphics (4GB GGDR5)An updated version of my trusty MacBook Pro - this will handle all your editing needs. While I would love to save a few pounds and go with the 13 the truth is you save less than 2lbs and give up significant screen real estate.  For photo editing that doesn't feel cramped, I need 15" screen.Buy from B&H Photo: Recommended Laptop 15" Macbook Pro

Lacie 6Big -36TB Thunderbolt Raid Drive

Lacie 6Big

Lacie 6Big

Lacie 6Big

Lacie 6Big

Talking backup drives is never very exciting but this raid drive is ridiculously fast and comes in a variety of sizes. I am currently running the 6Big with 6, 6TB drives giving me 30TB of space and peace of mind with the raid system protecting me from drive failure.Specs-6 x 6TB Enterprise-Class 3.5" HDDsSix Hot-Swappable Drive Bays2 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB 3.10/1/5/6/10/50 RAID SupportBuy from B&H Photo: Lacie 6Big

BenQ SW271 27" 16:9 4K IPS Monitor

Specs -27" In-Plane Switching (IPS) MonitorUSB Type-C / HDMI / DP Inputs3840 x 2160 Resolution1000:1 Contrast RatioI have been using this monitor for a few weeks now and the resolution and color is lovely - this is a fantastic monitor for editing with easy custom setup, a removable shade/glare hood and a nice matte finish to the screen.Buy from B&H Photo: Beautiful 4K Monitor

Carbon Fiber Tripods Review

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BONFOTO Carbon Fiber B671C Tripod

BONFOTO Carbon Fiber B671C Lightweight Portable Camera Travel Tripod

Maximum Height: 55"Folded Height: 15"Load capacity: 17.6 lbsPrice: $107.99(Updated model with better head)

MeFOTO Roadtrip Carbon Fiber Tripod

MeFOTO RoadTrip Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

Max Height: 61.6"Folded Length: 15.4"Load capacity: 17.6 lbsPrice: $299 (with rebate)

Gitzo GT1545T Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Gitzo GT1545T Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod

Max Height: 64.4"Folded Length: 16.7"Load Capacity: 22 lbPrice: $959.88

GH5 - 6 Month Review & GH5 Firmware 2.0 & GH5 Tips and Tricks

GH5 - 6 Month Review -

No other camera produces beautiful and stabilized footage at this price point and this easily. The perfect camera for capturing your video needs from vlog style travel to serious documentaries and indie films.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRZI1WugGqw[gallery ids="16107,16108,16109,16110,16111,16112,16113,16114,16115,16116,16117,16118,16119,16120,16121,16122"]

Travel Videos Captured with the GH5

Gear Used & Recommended

GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Lens Options

Affordable Zoom Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. Lens Rode VideoMicroAvoid 3rd party Batteries and buy PanasonicFor stable walking footage, Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Fuji Vs the Competition (Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic)

Scroll down for recommended lenses and comparisons against the competitors

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 [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="16055,16056,16057,16058,16059,16060,16061"] The Fuji X-T2 is one of the most well-rounded, mirrorless, camera on the market today. You can even drop the mirrorless qualifier and I feel the statement still holds true. But, this camera isn't for everyone and there are a host of fantastic cameras to choose from. In this post, I share some thoughts on worthy Fuji Competitors and how they match up.I mentioned in the video

The Canon 6D Mark II (Full Frame DSLR) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only) $1,999.00Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00Canon wins with low light performance and a huge lens selectionCanon loses on size, weight, video features and lack of dedicated AF joystick and single card slotThe Canon is larger, heavier and uses larger and heavier full frame lenses - making the entire package a good bit more serious to carry around BUT the 6D Mark II does better in low light and offers a HUGE selection of Canon and 3rd party lenses, many of which are quite affordable and some help with the portability (pancake primes like the 40mm f/2.8). The Canon also has a fully articulating touch screen which makes recording yourself easy though you are limited to 1080p at just 60fps and the quality while decent isn't exciting.  The Fuji provides 4K at 30fps, better AF coverage, much faster burst rate and a dedicated joystick for AF control along with dual card slots. Travel photographers and landscape photographers that are hiking to destinations, I think you will find the smaller size and weight of the Fuji and associated lenses to be a serious advantage along with the ability to charge on the go. 

The Sony a6300/a6500 (APS-C Mirrorless) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

Sony wins on price, weight and video performance (especially a6500 stabilized)Sony loses when you compare ergonomics, aps-c lens(selection and quality) and lack of dual card slots.Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens & Free Kit $998.00Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00While the Sony a6xxx series is more traditional in the sense of a mode dial and layout, the Fuji is a far more physical camera with well-marked buttons and dials for just about everything a photographer could need.  The Sony weighs less - offers similar image and video quality and offers nicely portable lenses like the Fuji but- there are only a handful of APS-C lenses for sony that are really exciting and very little is weather sealed. For the sharpest glass, you will likely buy full frame Sony- expensive and heavy. Also in a battle of the kit lenses - Fuji kills Sony's little 16-50 lens which is exceptionally travel-friendly but not the highest quality. Note - the a6500 offers a stabilized sensor.

The Panasonic G85/GH5 (Micro 4/3rds Mirrorless) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

The Panasonic wins on video features, battery life and massive selection of micro 4/3rd lenses along with a FULLY articulating touchscreenThe Panasonic loses on AF and AF tracking.The Panasonic G85 and GH5 are amazing video focused cameras. While the GH5 is a serious video tool, offering dual stabilized 4k footage up to 60fps it also takes great photos but this is one of the easiest matchups on the page - if you are serious about video the Gh5 or the smaller, cheaper lighter G85 offers lots to love. If you are serious about photos and videos is secondary - the Fuji X-T2 does very well.Note- the G85 is a much cheaper version of the Gh5 and while it lacks some of the pro level video features it offers a great value. My Full Review of the G85Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) $1997.00 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens $997.99Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00

Sony a7ii (Full Frame Mirrorless) vs Fuji X-T2 (APS-C Mirrorless)

Sony wins in low light performance, stabilized sensor and priceSony loses in ergonomics, dual card slots and lack of 4k videoSony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens and Accessory Kit $1698.00Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,899.00The Sony weighs about the same as the Fuji X-T2 but requires full frame lenses and quickly gets heavier. However, the Sony does do better in low light, offers a stabilized sensor and decent ergonomics but not as nice as the very physical feeling Fuji. What else would you like to see matched up against the Fuji X-T2?

Bug 3 $130 drone vs DJI Spark $500 drone vs DJI Mavic $999 drone

Bug 3 $130 drone vs DJI Spark $500 drone vs DJI Mavic $999 drone. Which one would you want?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwB2rRnvHeA

Go Cheap for a First Drone?

I was curious. The DJI Spark at $500 ($699 for the recommended Fly More Combo) is still pretty pricey for someone considering their first drone and I wondered how these much more affordable drones on Amazon compared. So I picked up the Drocon Bug3 on Amazon - $130 bucks, throw in a cheap action camera that does 1080 or even 4K for $60 and you have some significant savings versus the DJI Options - is it worth it?  There is a common misconception that ALL drones are hard to fly and you should practice with something cheaper so crashes aren't as costly. It isn't a bad idea BUT most of the time the cheaper drones ARE much harder to fly. With DJI drones like the Spark and the Mavic you press a button and the drone takes off and hovers at 3 feet, waiting for further instructions. You don't need to do anything. Then press the stick up it goes up. Stop pressing the stick up it stops and hovers. Move it forward toward an obstacle and it will warn you before stopping short of running into the tree/wall etc. Yes, DJI still makes drones you can crash, it's just that they are easy to fly carefully as you practice.The Drocon Bug3 is not like this. The $130 drone does not provide one button take off, altitude hold, GPS, a gimbal for stabilized footage, no way to see what the camera is capturing, no way to control the camera. It does provide a touchy, racing style drone that is fun and challenging to fly. Just know that I crashed it more times on the first day of flying than all the other drones I have ever flown combined!  I do not recommend it as a first drone or a drone to buy if you desire good photos/videos from the air. For aerial photography/videography, the DJI drones have a big advantage AND are much easier to fly.

DJI Spark vs DJI Mavic

I love the portability of both. The Mavic folds small and fits nicely in my camera bag where my 70-200 lens usually sits.  The Spark doesn’t fold up, but still easily fits in my camera bag though it feels a little more awkward. Spark and Mavic Drones in a camera bagThe Spark is lighter, the batteries are smaller and it can charge via USB making it extremely portable. When you sit it next to an unfolded Mavic you realize just how much smaller it is- and that makes the flying fun - I found myself launching this indoors and outdoors in environments that the Mavic just felt too large to comfortably fly in - and that’s pretty cool.Spark vs Mavic Drone Size Comparison You trade off some features for the smaller size of the Spark. While the Mavic is capable of 24 minutes flight time, closer to 30 with the new Platinum. The Spark offers just 16 minutes in ideal conditions and in flying both of these - I am almost always done with getting the shots I need with the Mavic and have plenty of battery left. With the Spark, it feels fairly urgent to get the shots I need in that shorter timeframe. The Mavic is faster and while you can switch the Spark into sports mode I have struggled to get very cinematic looking shots when it that mode, the Mavic in normal mode is fast enough and remains smoothly controllable. You also sacrifice range - the Mavic can be flown nearly 4 miles away, the Spark just over a mile when using the controllers for each- honestly here in the United States, you need to keep them both in sight at all times so the difference doesn’t bother me much. And it’s important to mention that the spark at $500 does not come with a controller - you control with the DJI app on your phone - that range is much more limited, just 100 meters and while the Mavic is capable of this too it’s really not something I recommend. The lack of tactile feedback and trying to keep your eyes on the drone plus the screen that your fingers are partially obscuring just make it awkward.Wifi control of the DI Spark and DJI MavicDifference in the external controllers too with the Mavic providing an LCD screen with some basic info (though everything important is also displayed through the app so you don’t really miss out on info but I find it nice to have my altitude and distance in a dedicated spot), you also have a 5 way configurable stick that is replaced by a simple button on the Spark controller and a few additional customizable buttons on the Mavic controller.Spark vs Mavic ControllersBut of course the Spark can be flown without any controller at all via gesture mode and not something available on the Mavic - it feels a bit gimmicky and at times I struggled to get it to do much other than take off and land on my palm but when it works it is fun to use and certainly impresses your friends.Gesture Control on the DJI SparkBoth cameras share the same sensor though the mavic is capable of shooting RAW stills that gives you more editing capabilities, offers a slightly wider fixed aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.6 in the spark and, shooting 4k video with 3 axis gimbal support vs just 1080 and 2 axis gimbal in the Spark at a lower bit rate. I my testing I certainly see an advantage with the Mavic in stills and video quality, especially in lower light. The spark isn’t bad - it just feels a touch behind what the Mavic provides in quality. I haven’t really noticed a difference between the 2 axis and 3 axis gimbals - the spark video looks just as stable smooth.Spark vs Mavic GimbalsYou do see a noticeable difference in control options for both photos and video in the app - Not only does the Mavic provide the RAW shooting you have color profiles for video and you can customize the speed of the gimbal for very controlled, cinematic looking shots - not possible on the Spark.The Spark is cheaper, lighter, smaller and in some ways more fun to fly but does not provide 4k and its image quality/video quality is decent but not quite as good as the Mavic.The Mavic costs more but offers image and video quality that I love using in my travel videos along with the extended flight time and faster speed while remaining cinematic and still being portable enough to bring along just about everywhere.I think the Spark makes a great first drone but the Mavic has those additional advantages that make it worthwhile for the serious content creators that need to travel.I recommend the Fly More Combo for both drones - the extra batteries are useful and having the multi-charger for both drones makes a big difference in how quickly you can get flying again.  I recommend buying from B&H Photo - no sales tax outside of NY state. 

 

Specifications
DJI Spark
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Flight Time
16 minutes (no wind at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 km/h)15 minutes (no wind) Hovering
30 minutes (no wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph)27 minutes (no wind) Hovering
Range
1.2 miles (2 km) (unobstructed, free of interference)
4.3 mi (7 km) (unobstructed, free of interference)
Gimbal
2-axis (pitch, roll)
3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Sensor
Type: 1.2/3" CMOSEffective Pixels: 12 MP
1/2.3” (CMOS)Effective pixels:12.35 MP
Lens
FOV 81.9°Focal Length: 25 mm (35 mm-format equivalent)Aperture: f/2.6Focusing Distance: 6.6' (2 m) to ∞
FOV 78.8°Focal Length: 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent)Aperture: f/2.2Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
Photo
JPEG only
JPEG, DNG
Video
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 30p
C4K: 4096×2160 24p4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p2.7K: 2720x1530 24/25/30pFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96pHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Size
143 x 143 x 55 mm
Folded: 83 x 83 x 198mmExtended: 335 x 335mm
Cost
$499
$1099
Cost with Fly More Bundle
$699
$1399

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Gear Talk - Wide Angle Lenses and Travel Friendly Systems

First Impressions of the Canon 6D Mark II, Fuji X-T2, Irix 15mm f/2.4, Sigma 14mm f/1.8, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, Rokinon 35mm f/1.8, DJI Spark and a discussion of the best travel camera system. Which of these items are you most interested in hear/seeing a full review about?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwoprlMPzsESee a complete list of the gear I am taking to Joshua Tree for Star Photography - https://kit.com/photorectoby/joshua-tree-adventure