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Phase One IQ 180 Named Camera of the Year 2011

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Below is an excerpt from PDN Online: Camera (System) of the Year: Phase One IQ180 In a tough year where the idea of “doing more with less” dominated most conventional thinking, it might seem peculiar that a big, 80-megapixel medium-format back that retails for $44,000 (for the back alone) would take home our top honors. But the Phase One IQ180 was just that good. We tested it paired with the Phase One 645DF camera and our results were off the charts. Here’s what we like about the IQ180: It has perhaps the best image quality of any camera system we’ve…

Exclusive Video: The Nikon 1 Camera System!

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Nikon Canada’s National Product Trainer, Chris Ogonek, recently took time out to chat with Vistek’s Pro Products Manager, Gary Goldberg about the new Nikon V1 and J1 cameras. Check out these videos and get the inside scoop!

The Samsung NX11 in Review

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Photographer/Vistek Staffer Natasha Heredia was kind enough to take the new Samsung NX11 out for a test run. Have a gander at what she thought and check out some sample images! I tried out the Samsung NX11 camera with the attachable flash and 20mm pancake lens. Most of my time with it was late afternoon to late night.  I really liked the programmed modes, the light and exposure readings made some really nice results.  Even when using the manual setting it was great; the exposure value is numerical and easy to read in the view finder and you automatically see…

Gear Test with Mike Last Photography

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Want another perspective on how things went with last week’s Phase One Skateboard event? The folks at Mike Last Photography were good enough to post their thoughts, so we thought it polite that we share! Vistek and Phase One recently got together to host a few hours at the Ashbridges Bay skatepark and let some local photographers get their hands on some high-end equipment that you don’t get to see in the wild every day. Promises of 80 megapixels and skateboards were enough to get me to sign up. [read the full post here]

The Phase One Advantage Series Skateboard Event

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Last week Vistek hosted a private event at Ashbridge’s Bay Skateboard Park, so that clients could get some hands-on experience with the new Phase One IQ series backs. The event featured two pro/semi-pro skateboarders performing a number trick jumps & stunts along the park steps. The photo gear we used was as follows: Phase One IQ 180/160/140, Phase One 645 DF Camera, various Phase One and Mamiya lenses, and the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX kit . The event itself was an overwhelming success and clients got to see, first-hand, why shooting with Medium format cameras has so many advantages over…

Nikon tales from a die-hard Canon shooter

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Nikon D7000 and AFS/17-55 2.8 Lens, SB-900 Flash Wow! how do I even start this? For those of you who know me, you know that I shoot from the hip. I tell it like it is. I’m not going to sit here and give you techno babble, and megapixel BS… I’m just going to give you my honest impressions. I’ve been a die hard Canon shooter since I was given my first Canon AE-1 in 1978. I currently own a Canon 1DS Mark III and Canon 20D, with all of their best glass. I’m the Product Manager here at Vistek…

Justin Van Leeuwen's Lastolite Hotrod Review

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Ottawa-based photographer Justin Van Leeuwen has posted a fantastic review of the Lastolite Hotrod Strip Softbox. Check out what he has to say about these amazing little light modifiers. His first-hand account covers its basic structure and guides you through setup (including a fantastic 2.5x speed assembly video, seen below) and use with an honest assessment (read: he wasn’t using a review unit; it was his own purchase) of its usability, portability & practicality. Read Justin’s review here.

Justin Van Leeuwen’s Lastolite Hotrod Review

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Ottawa-based photographer Justin Van Leeuwen has posted a fantastic review of the Lastolite Hotrod Strip Softbox. Check out what he has to say about these amazing little light modifiers. His first-hand account covers its basic structure and guides you through setup (including a fantastic 2.5x speed assembly video, seen below) and use with an honest assessment (read: he wasn’t using a review unit; it was his own purchase) of its usability, portability & practicality. Read Justin’s review here.

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