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Weekly Crop Product Reviews – New Episodes Every Friday

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Each week on Weekly Crop, we review and discuss a variety of different products and share our thoughts with you. Remember to check back every Friday to catch the latest instalment. Vistek Weekly Crop Product Reviews To watch all of our videos, check out the Vistek YouTube channel.

Review: Sony RX100 Mark VI vs the A9 – Does the RX100 have Pro power?

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In our Sony RX100 Mark VI review, Vistek Video Producer Dale Sood compares the features (perhaps a little unfairly, but why not…) of the new RX100 Mark VI with Sony’s flagship full-frame mirrorless a9. Read more about the Sony RX100 Mark VI features in our previous postThe new Sony RX100 Mark VI boasts the fastest AF in the world, of ANY camera; and the RX100 line has always been a pro favourite point & shoot. This new version shares the same Bionz-X processor as the A9, a camera 4 times its price so we paired the two unlikely cameras together to find…

Sony a7III Review – What (almost) No One is Talking About

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In our Sony a7III review, Vistek video Producer Dale Sood dives into the details about why this camera is one of Sony’s biggest and most important releases in the last few years. Sony a7III Review “With the new a7III, we’ve taken many of our newest and most advanced imaging technologies from the acclaimed a9 and a7R III models and paired them with an all-new 24.2 MP back-illuminated sensor to deliver the ultimate full-frame camera for enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals alike. It’s a camera that punches far above its weight class in every capacity.” – Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony…

Compact Cine Cams Shootout | C200 vs EVA-1 vs URSA Mini Pro vs FS5

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Vistek Video Producer Dale Sood sets four of the most talked about Compact Cine Cams currently on the market against each other in a head to head to head to head comparison of both image quality and usability. Compact Cine Cams Shootout See more comparisons, reviews and other cool videos by heading over to our YouTube channel. Want to learn more about the cameras featured in this video? Click on the links below: Canon C200 Panasonic EVA-1 Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro Sony FS5 Have something to say about this video? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from…

Getting Dirty with Light & Motion’s Rugged Stella Pro Portable Lights

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It’s not too often that we get to go out and play in the mud, so when the opportunity arose to put Light & Motion’s rugged & fully waterproof Stella Pro Portable lights to the test, we knew just where to take them… Cherry Beach in Toronto, is probably one of the most pothole-filled parking lots in the city, and thus, it was the perfect location to take our Stella Lights and put them through our own version of the infamous “Tough Mudder” course. So on a cold, grey Wednesday, we piled into the car and drove the short distance down to…

Photographer Michael Clark Reviews the Hasselblad X1D 50C

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Editors Note: This post originally appeared on Michael Clark’s photography blog and has been reproduced with his permission.  I have been drooling over the Hasselblad X1D since it was first announced last summer. The X1D is the first mirrorless digital medium format camera. It is also significantly lighter and smaller than any medium format camera on the market that uses an optical viewfinder. With a price tag of $8,995 (USD) for the body and lenses starting at $2,295 (USD) (for the 45mm) up to $ 3,995 (USD) (for the 30mm), this is not a low-end camera system. But, when compared to the…

FUJIFILM GFX 50S Medium Format Camera – Hands-on Review

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At first glance, the FUJIFILM GFX 50s doesn’t look that much different than other cameras in the FUJIFILM X Series line-up, but maybe, that’s the point. Unlike other Medium Format (MF) bodies that can feel large and cumbersome, the GFX 50s sits in your hand as comfortably as a regular sized DSLR. For those used to other X Series cameras, it is slightly larger and heavier than say an X-T2, but it has to be in order to accommodate that massive 43.8 x 32.9mm (FUJIFILM G Format) 51.4MP CMOS sensor. Initially, FUJIFILM is offering a selection of three new FUJINON lenses –…

Action Cam Shootout: Sony FDR-X3000 vs. GoPro Hero 5 Black

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Vistek Video Producer Dale Sood enlists the help of Jazz Recording Artist Barbra Lica to review and compare the Sony FDR-X3000 & GoPro Hero 5 Black action cam. Want to know which one is better for you? Watch our side by side comparison to find out. Action Cam Shootout: Sony FDR-X3000 vs. GoPro Hero 5 Black Sony FDR-X3000 Take POV action movies to a new level with high-resolution 4K. Capture stable images as never before with Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Shoot anywhere with Action Cam real-world rugged design. GoPro Hero5 Black 4K Video/12MP Photo Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos. In…

FUJIFILM X-T2: First Impressions of FUJI’s Latest Mirrorless Camera

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Vistek Product Manager Gary Goldberg shares his first impressions of the FujiFilm X-T2 camera. I know you all want to know everything about the new Fuji X-T2, but first, I’d like to share a little bit of back story about… My love affair with the FujiFilm X-T1… FujiFilm’s X-T1 was a camera that I had kept my eye on with the intention of one day adding it to my gear bag. Then, just before Photokina a couple of years back, Fujifilm announced the X-T1 Silver Graphite edition. As soon as I laid my eyes on the camera with its great retro vibe & small…

Why the New Elinchrom HS series is a lighting game changer.

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*Update* For all the Sony shooters who have been patiently waiting, Elinchrom has just released the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Sony. See below for compatibility link. *Originally published November 2015 As Vistek’s Pro Photography Product’s manager, I get to see a lot of cool products come across my desk, but as a portrait photographer I get most excited when any type of new lighting products come out. The lighting game is ever changing, and a few weeks ago, Elinchrom released, IMHO, a real game-changing portable lighting system, the ELB 400 One HS kit, along with their new EL-Skyport HS for Canon…

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