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Leica T – Exclusive Review

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Camera Tested: Leica T –  Sensor: APS-C CMOS (1.6x Crop factor) – Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Vario-Elmar-T Black Lens First thing first – right out of the bag. What’s really neat about this camera is that it’s a unibody, machined from a single 1.6kg aluminium billet and designed in collaboration with Audi, and available in silver (right now) or black (ETA July). Without an external shell or panel seams to be found anywhere this camera feels built to last.  It’s solid and hefty but not heavy. It’s got a huge 3.7″ screen with resolution slighter lower than you’ll find an i-phone, it’s touch sensitive…

Illumi Reflectors

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So you ask what is a reflector and why do you need one? Well they’re probably the simplest and smartest tool you can have in your camera bag, I keep mine in the studio at all times, and whenever I’m out on a location shoot for Fashion or Portraits they come with me. If you shoot weddings this is an invaluable tool to have with you at all of your shoots. Probably one of the most versatile ones you can own is the 5 in 1 kit, with reflector bracket, to hold it on a stand. This has at least…

See how the Panasonic Lumix GH4 stacks up against a Red EPIC

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It’s just arrived, but the Panasonic Lumix GH4 is already showing people that it’s worth the hype. Luke Neumann, who owns both a GH4, Red EPIC and Canon 5D Mark III conducted some side-by-side tests to see how the sub-2K camera stacks up against its much, much more expensive competitors. The results are pretty astounding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kwMWb2KPB4 Here’s more video shot by Neumann, showing the amazing things a GH4 can do when paired up with a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IeWEvf5UTI Check out the full review over at No Film School to see more comparisons and breakdowns. Better still, since the GH4…

Guest Post: Justin Van Leeuwen Reviews Elinchrom ELC Pro HDs

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There’s been tons of coverage of the Elinchrom ELC Pro HD lights from a variety of industry professionals. What a treat it is then to have one our favourites – Justin Van Leeuwen – weigh in on them. Take it away, Justin! My introduction to Elinchrom began with their release of the excellent Ranger Quadra system. Looking for more power than my Speedlights had to offer, while still wanting the versatility a battery pack would bring, the Quadra’s hit my sweet-spot for location lighting needs. Of course, power corrupts, and I needed more of it. Looking back at Elinchrom, I wasn’t…

Guest Column: Russell Gienapp brings the Sony F5/55 to the Arctic

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Recently, a friend and associate of ours – Cinematographer Russell Gienapp – headed to the Arctic to work on a project. He brought with him a Sony F5/55 to work with. Most notably, the severe cold (something Russell will elaborate in detail about) wasn’t a hinderance to this camera. Want to learn more about this amazing camera? We’ll be having an event very soon to show it up close and personal. We’ll have details next week! Anyway, here’s Russell to tell his amazing tale. As documentary gigs go, this one was a head scratcher. Follow an arctic expedition of injured Canadian…

LED Lighting Guide for Still Photography

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Lately I’ve been testing out LED lighting for my still photography. I think this post will be revised or updated as I continue to test more lighting options, but for now I’m going to deal only with shooting portraits and fashion. LED lighting is also great for Still Life photography, is very easy to use, and best of all – what you see is what you get. With today’s cameras that shoot noiseless images at high ISO, it’s easy to do still photos with continuous lighting. As an added benefit, it’s easy to switch gears and shoot video. LED lights come…

Rotolight ANOVA: Greg Gorman’s Favourite New Light!

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Great news! in an interview in Cigar Aficionado Magazine with photographer Greg Gorman revealed that he became a huge fan of the new the revolutionary Rotolight ANOVA LED Flood Light while in the studio with Hollywood Actor and Greg’s close friend Andy Garcia! Greg Gorman is an American portrait photographer of Hollywood celebrities. His work has been seen in national magazine features and covers, including Esquire, GQ, Interview, Life, Vogue, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, and the London Sunday Times. Known for his black and white portraiture photography, Greg has captured some of the biggest names in the industry, including Michael Jackson, Leonardo…

Camera Review: Easter Weekend with the FUJIFILM X-T1 Part 2

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Well here we are again with part 2 of the Fuji X-T1 review, and my experience with using this great little gem of a camera on Easter weekend. I found myself with family and lots of kids. Turns out our youngest niece Ava hadn’t been around the last few family events and this was my perfect subject to test out the camera. Lens of choice was once again the 18-55 zoom. In part 1 of this article I really hadn’t read the instruction manual yet, but at this point, I’d read enough of the manual to learn how to use a few…

Best of the Leica T-System Gallery

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The buzz about the Leica T has been tremendous AND well-deserved. Leica’s story is as diverse as the crop of world-class photographers who proudly tote their products. And in the spirit of inspiration, discovery and culture, Leica’s provided a jaw-dropping photo gallery from an amazing group of award-winning photographers. The whole gallery can be found here. We’re hoping you find this sampling just as inspiring as we have.

Camera Review: Easter weekend with the FUJIFILM X-T1 Part 1

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So late last Tues, April 15th, I get a package from Fuji! I’ve been wanting to take the FUJIFILM X-T1 for a test drive since the camera was announced. So here’s what came from Fuji: the Fuji X-T1 Body the 18mm F-2.0,( 27MM eq.) the 14mm 2.8 (21mm eq.) and the 18-55 2.8-4.0 OIS lens (27–84mm eq.). I took an extra day off  for the long weekend and went to the Toronto Zoo with my mother in law and niece. It was a perfect place for XT-1’s first test run. Even though I didn’t get a chance to read the instruction manual, I…

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