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Fuji X100s – the ultimate walkabout stock camera?

  • November 12, 2013

I've been a fan of Fuji's higher-end cameras ever since I dumped a Nikon D70 for an end-of-line S3 Pro. Fuji's S3 Pro was based on an even older end-of-line Nikon film body and had some quirks that made it almost impossible to shoot in raw. Well, that's not true - the S3 could shoot three consecutive RAW files before the camera locked up and “buffered” for the better part of 30 seconds. I forgave the S3 Pro and used it as a primary camera long after it should have been replaced simply because it had the most amazing high dynamic range sensor that, to my eye, ran rings around more popular,...

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Photogs raving about new Profoto B1

  • November 7, 2013
Photogs raving about new Profoto B1

My friend Sean over at Shoots Imaging is raving about a new Profoto flash system, the B1. I've been following his recent Facebook posts about high speed flash photography and that Profoto was about to release something big. That "something" turns out to be the B1 - a 500w professional wireless flash system offering full TTL. This is great news, because in the past the only way to take professional studio heads into the field has been to take some kind of power system with you - a generator or heavy and expensive inverter-type battery system. The B1 apparently has an integrated battery system...

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Nikon launches retro Df as DSLR camera sales slow

  • November 6, 2013
Nikon launches retro Df as DSLR camera sales slow

As it's wisely and frequently been pointed out, the best camera is the one that is with you. My Nikon DSLR is not huge by pro camera standards - but it's still too big to go with me all the time. The camera in question lives in a big green backpack alongside other photographic “essentials” - a 70-200 f2.8, wide zoom, filters, flash triggers and a SB flash. That's just the stuff that fits in the bag. There are mono pods, tripods, studio flashes, background sets, large reflectors, small reflectors, soft boxes and beauty dishes. For me, and it seems many others, it's all gone too far. Worldwide...

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