Posts Tagged ‘review’

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 in the view finder the kind of shot you’re going to get with the current settings.  I also like that you always see what you’re doing on the back as well as through the viewfinder so you don’t have to worry about remembering which button to press to switch, or worse, what menu it’s in.

The iFN option is a new feature; it allows the shooter to make most, if not all, required adjustments without taking their eye away from the viewfinder.  Just tap the iFN button on the side of the lens, use the scroll wheel at your right hand to choose aperture, shutter speed, ISO, scene mode, etc., then move the focus ring at the end of the lens to select f8, 1/125th, ISO200, etc.  It takes a minute or two to get used to, just because it’s habit to look at the digital readout at the top or back of your camera, but is a really handy feature and would be fast once you fully got used to it.  Setting up the entire shot could be quicker and simpler than choosing the right composition!

The camera has some difficulty focusing in low light but that being said, I got some night shots that I’m really very happy with and the little flash is really impressive and that’s just on the standard setting.  Even late at night in full blackness it threw plenty of light to capture the images I wanted without being blurry.

One other setting in particular I liked was the backlit setting in the Scenes menu.  I think that using manual and a couple of test shots I could come up with a better final result but in a pinch or for the amateur user it produces better results than usual.

I also liked the 20mm lens.  Its versatility made it perfect for pretty much all situations except for, of course, those that required zooming… but I could count on one hand with fingers left over the number of times I wished I’d had another lens with me.

There are still lots of things I’d like to play with but overall, I think I could recommend this as a great solo camera for amateurs/enthusiasts or travelers or as a second camera for the more serious shooter.

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The X-Rite i1Display Pro in Review

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The good folks at Luminous Landscape have posted an in-depth review of the X-Rite i1Display Pro and we thought we’d help to spread the love (and the knowledge.)

There’s a new pro-grade screen calibration kid on the block, and his name is i1Display Pro. What’s that you say – You already own either a colorimeter or a spectrophotometer? Maybe so, but possibly it’s also time for an upgrade. Also, could be that if you are a Mac user and have just upgraded to Lion (OS 10.7), you are going to have to upgrade.

The i1Display Pro is both a new hardware device and also comes bundled with new profiling and calibration software. It is a more sophisticated piece of hardware than the previous i1 Display and i1Display 2 puck-shaped colorimeters from Gretag Macbeth and X-Rite. The i1Profiler software that comes with it is also new.

Read the full review.

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Rotolight RL48-A LED Ringlight Interview Kit

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Philip Nash, a multi award-winning, world-renowned photographer & current winner of the prestigious  Beauty and Glamour Photographer of the Year Award  has posted a phenomenal preliminary review of the Rotolight Interview Kit.

Check it out HERE.

And check out this fantastic demo video shot last week at the Cinegear trade show in LA!

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Cotton Carrier Now Available!

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The Cotton Carrier is an exciting new product line that is now available in all Vistek stores throughout Canada. This is an incredibly unique system that allows you to wear your camera – either on a waist belt harness or on a chest belt harness. After carefully reviewing both versions of this product, I would say that both have their own unique set of characteristics that will appeal to active photographers.

Here is a skateboarder in action – using a Cotton Carrier.

The other system, Cotton Carry Lite, will probably appeal to Photojournalists, Wedding, and Event photographers, as it is a belt system worn around the waist. It allows you to quickly ‘holster’ your camera and lock it in. I ran up a few flights of stairs with my Canon 1DS Mark III to test this sucker out (and you know that’s a pretty heavy camera) and it didn’t move on me at all. The picture below illustrates the belt system.

If you need help getting started with your Cotton Carrier there are some great tutorial videos here for you to learn how to set everything up.
 

 

 

 
We hope you’ll all enjoy this new and exciting product. I personally, give it 2 thumbs up and I’m looking forward to using mine in the upcoming months.

-Gary Goldberg

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Review: The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX Lighting Kit

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Toronto-based photographer Justin Taylor has, once again,  offers up a hands-on review of some pretty fantastic gear. This time, he’s taken the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX Lighting Kit(s) out for a spin – check out his full post (including photos) here & have a look a this fab video!

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Maximize your HDSLR Shooting with Zacuto’s Z-Finder

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Zacuto’s Optical Viewfinders are large loupes that mount to the back of your HDSLR’s LCD, effectively letting you use your LCD as a viewfinder – a handy tool, indeed! And, with 3 versions available giving you correct form factor for video (the Pro 3x, Pro 2.5x and Jr.), you’ll have no problem finding the right one to suit.

Check out Philip Bloom’s review of the Z-Finder: Zacuto’s new DSLR Optical Viewfinder which allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video. “At the moment,” Bloom says, “there is nothing that comes close to this, it is absolutely essential for video on the 5dmkll. I couldn’t shoot handheld without it that’s for sure.” [source]

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Canon 60D Review with Vistek’s Michael Beckley

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Vistek’s Michael Beckley does a walk-through of Canon’s new 60D.  Check it out!

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Canson Infinity versus Hahnemuhle: Luminous Landscape’s Baryta Showdown

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Michael Reichmann at Luminous Landscape has just finished a hands-on review of both Hahnemuhle Baryta FB and Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique. Pitting inket industry stalwart Hahnemuhle against newcomers (to inkjet paper, that is… not the industry at large) Canson Infinity, Reichmann set out to test the mettle of both papers.

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About Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique:
There is a brilliance to the paper – depth of saturation, apparent dMax (though this is of course a function of the ink, not the paper) and a “three dimensionality” that can only be appreciated in person. Describing papers is like describing wine. Words simply can’t do it, and in this case there is nothing that can be shown online. One simply has to try a pack for oneself.

About Hahnemuhle Baryta FB:
…the reason for the apparent base paper colour was the high levels of OBAs in the paper, and that apparently “Europeans like this look”. It was further explained that once profiled the magenta cast would “profile out” and that the advantage of the paper’s brighter whites would be apparent.

Which of these paper giants came out on top? Check out the full review here and see for yourself.

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