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Flowers with the Nikon 105mm f1.4E

Here's a shot by +Thomas Rubach who's reviewing the Nikon 105mm f1.4E lens for Cameralabs, demonstrating its lovely rendering when wide-open. He's already completed a number of tests and comparisons, so if you're interested in this bright new telephoto lens, check out his review-in-progress at the link below!

#Nikon

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105mm_f1-4E_ED/
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Shooting the Tour de France with mirrorless cameras!

Can mirrorless cameras shoot pro sporting events with the same success as a high-end DSLR? Yes, at least with the right model! I took this uncropped shot of Alejandro Valverde during the Time Trial at this year's Tour de France using the Sony Alpha A6300 and FE 70-200mm f4G OSS. During the Time Trial the riders take turns on a short course and are literally going as fast as they can, so shooting them face-on as they charge towards you represents a challenge for any autofocus system.

This year was actually my third time shooting the Tour exclusively with mirrorless cameras. I was particularly interested to discover if the enhanced AF of Sony's latest A6300 could out-perform the original A6000 I'd used on previous years. In some respects it certainly took the lead but in others they remained closer than you might expect.

I've written-up my techniques and findings over four mountain stages with loads of sample photos, so whether you're into shooting sports or watching the cycling, there's something for you in my Mirrorless Tour de France article at the link below!

#SonyAlpha #mirrorless #tdf #cycling

http://www.cameralabs.com/features/Tour_de_France_shooting_pro_sports_with_mirrorless/
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+Thomas Rubach isn't it on the article itself? I shot most of the Time Trial portraits at 200mm, f4, 1/2500, Auto ISO.
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Nikon D3400 preview - a new budget DSLR announced!

The Nikon D3400 is the company's latest entry-level DSLR, aimed at beginners or those looking for a step-up in quality and control over a point-and-shoot camera without breaking the bank.

Externally the D3400 body is essentially the same as its predecessor, and typically sold in the same bundle with the Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR II kit zoom. Inside, the D3400 features the same 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as before which lacks a low-pass filter for potentially crisper results and which is also capable of filming 1080 video up to 60p. The viewfinder spec, 11-point AF system and 5fps continuous shooting are also inherited from the D3300.

The big new feature is Nikon's SnapBridge technology which exploits Bluetooth to maintain a low-power wireless link with smartphones. This allows the camera to automatically copy images onto your phone without intervention if desired, so they're ready to share straightaway. I loved the speed and ease of this when testing the earlier D500, although unlike that higher-end model, there's no Wifi on the D3400, so no chance to wirelessly remote control the camera nor transfer movies or images at the original resolution. Nikon's also claiming an increased battery life up to 1200 shots per charge, thanks to the optical viewfinder - a key advantage of a traditional DSLR over a mirrorless camera.

Expect the D3400 in September at a price of $649 USD / 489 GBP / 599 EUR with a stabilized kit zoom; compare closely to the Canon EOS 1300D / T6, Sony A5100 and Panasonic Lumix G7, all costing the same or a little less.

#Nikon #D3400

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D3400/

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The Ruin Pub

Back at the stunning Szimpla Kert 'Ruin pub' in Budapest. Sure it's full of tourists but there's so many rooms, nooks and crannies, you can always find a spot to yourself. Indeed I'm putting a few hours in here on Cameralabs. It's also one of the easiest places to practice Urbex photography!

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and XF 10-24mm then WiFi to phone.

#‎szimplakert‬ ‪#‎fujifilm‬ ‪#‎urbex‬ ‪#‎budapest‬

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-Pro2/
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Love the atmosphere that has been captured..
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We come in peace... or do we?!

The wonderfully alien and imposing Miskolc-Avas TV tower in Miskolc, Hungary. Built in 1966 and 72m tall. This is a 1 minute exposure with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and XF 10-24mm at 10mm heavily filtered with 13 stops of ND from Lee Filters and timed by Triggertrap. It is, as always, an out-of-camera JPEG here using Fujifilm's ACROS film simulation.
‪#‎fujifilm‬ ‪#‎fujiholics‬ ‪#‎repostmyfuji‬ ‪#‎monochrome‬ ‪#‎longexposure‬

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-Pro2/
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Time for Bled. Out of camera JPEG

Lake Bled, Slovenia. One of the shots I took the other day from the lake's edge with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2, XF 10-24mm and Lee ND filters on my mini Feisol tripod. The sky wasn't particularly interesting so I used a graduated ND to darken it and went for my now trusty ACROS monochrome film simulation. It's a 60 second exposure timed by Triggertrap and as always an out-of-camera JPEG sent by WiFi to my phone.

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-Pro2/
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Nikon 105mm f1.4E review -in-progress!

You're looking at the new Nikon 105mm f1.4E, a unique telephoto lens boasting the brightest aperture in its class. Previously the longest commonly available lenses with an f1.4 focal ratio stopped at 85mm, and while a 135mm f1.4 has been announced by Mitakon, it's limited to 100 units and not yet available. So right now, Nikon can boast the longest f1.4 lens and it also sports an electromagnetic diaphragm (hence the E label) and fluorine coatings for easier cleaning. As you might expect, the lens isn't exactly cheap, so the question is whether the quality - and in particular the bokeh rendering - is worth it. +Thomas Rubach has already completed many of his tests and comparisons for Cameralabs, so check out his Nikon 105mm f1.4E review-in-progress at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105mm_f1-4E_ED/

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV finally announced!

Canon's EOS 5D Mark IV is the long-awaited fourth model in the enormously popular series of full-frame DSLRs. Coming over four years after the previous EOS 5D Mark III, the Mark IV boosts the resolution to 30.4 Megapixels with a new full-frame sensor that supports Dual Pixel CMOS AF for confident refocusing during Live View and movies. It accelerates continuous shooting to 7fps, inherits the 61-point AF system of the EOS 1Dx Mark II and can film 4k movies (in the DCI Cinema format) up to 30p, along with 1080p up to 60p and 720p up to 120p. The body features improved weather-proofing along with a built-in GPS receiver and Wifi with NFC. Also inherited from the 1Dx Mark II is a 3.2in touch-sensitive screen. The EOS 5D Mark IV goes on sale from September 2016 at a body price of $3499 USD / 3629 GBP / 4899 EUR. Find out much more in my in-depth Canon EOS 5D Mark IV preview which includes loads of feature comparisons with Sony's A7r Mark II - all at the link below!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_IV/

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Sunrise above Lake Bled, Slovenia - JPEG from Fujifilm X-Pro 2.

I'm not great in the mornings so sunrise shoots are always a big challenge for me. Particularly so when the shooting location requires an unknown hike in the dark beforehand. There's an elevated view of Lake Bled I've always wanted to capture but this isn't it. I found the right trail but in the pre-dawn darkness, marched past the correct turning and didn't emerge until a much higher elevation. I'd also have preferred not to shoot into the Sun. But having got up in the dark, hiked almost an hour in darkness and also broken the zips on my backpack, I was going to try and make the most of whatever was in front of me. It's not the view or the lighting I was aiming for but I reckon it's turned out ok. Plus on the way down I found the right turning to the 'secret' romantic bench view and spoilt a young couple's otherwise perfect moment.

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Ricoh GR II review - a classic compact!

The Ricoh GR II is a compact aimed at enthusiasts with a large APSC sensor and a fixed 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens. It's the successor to the original GR, adding Wifi and NFC, along with a larger buffer for RAW shooting, a faster shutter speed at the maximum aperture and some tweaks to the white balance and video AF options. The GR II may now be celebrating its first birthday, but the more recent launch of Fujifilm's X70 with a similar specification has many wondering which would be best for them. Doug Kaye and I filmed a video to help you choose between them. Check out our Ricoh GR II review!

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Parliament at dusk

Budapest Parliament building the other evening with the Sony A6000 and FE 70-200mm with Lee 3 stop ND and 20 second exposure. This was just as they turned the lights on. About a minute later they're a uniform yellowy-orange but during the warmup there's other shades and colours visible which makes it look more interesting to me!

‪#‎sonyalpha‬ ‪#‎budapest‬ ‪#‎parliament‬
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Samyang 135mm f2 review - affordable large aperture tele!

Samyang's 135mm f2 is an affordable large aperture telephoto prime lens, available for Canon EF, Nikon F (AE), Sony E and A, Fujifilm X, and MFT mounts. Like most previous Samyang lenses, it's manual focus only and also lacks image stabilisation, but these allow it to hit a low price compared to rivals and with impressive image quality to boot. +Thomas Rubach compared it against the Zeiss and Nikkor 135mm f2 teles, both older manual focus, non-stabilised options costing considerably more. We think you'll be impressed by the results in his Samyang 135mm f2 review!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Samyang_Rokinon_135mm_f2_ED_UMC/

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The same remark applies as to my Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2.0 review
[quote]: "I could actually use the focus indicator on my D810 with a little practice. But I found only after some frustratingly back-focused shots that you need to apply focus fine-tuning just as it were with an AF-lens. After dialing in 18 on the Samyang my rate of success (at f2.0) increased significantly. But none-the-less: hand-held manual focus is risky business and I often wish I had a really matte view-finder screen with the split and micro-prisms of my old Olympus OM 2."
As I'm more of a static subjects shooter I cope quite well handheld. And I even can capture the occasional bird (well, not in flight though ;-):
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Hello! I'm Gordon Laing, Editor of Cameralabs!
 
I've been into photography since my childhood, so it's great to be able to test and review cameras for a living. I'm also into travelling and good food, and I'm happiest when I'm combining all three!
 
If you're wondering what camera, lens or accessory to buy next, are looking for a photograhy tutorial, or simply fancy a chat about photography, then please head over to Cameralabs!
 
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Best camera, Best DSLR, Best Lens, Buyers Guide | Cameralabs
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Sony NEX C3 noise | Cameralabs
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Nikon D3000 review - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D3000/ . A 12 minute HD tour around the Nikon D3000, the company's latest budget DSLR, featuring a bra...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II review Part 1 - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II/ . Part 1 of an 18 minute high definition tour around Canon's latest full-frame DSLR, t...

Olympus E-620 review - YouTube
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_E-620/ . A ten minute HD tour around the Olympus E-620, the company's latest upper-entry-level DSLR,...

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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon1022EFS/ : A five minute video tour around the Canon EF-S 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens by Gordon Laing...

Panasonic FZ150 vs HX100V vs SX40 HS vs FZ47 / FZ48 | Cameralabs
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In-depth review of the Nikon D5100 DSLR, comparing its quality and features against rivals including the Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i. Includes sample images

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Canon 8-15mm review | Cameralabs
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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_SX20_IS/ . A 10 minute HD tour around Canon's latest super-zoom digital camera, the PowerSho...

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