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I'm in testing mode at the moment. I've got a few cameras and several lenses I'm putting through the paces at the moment, so that's taking most of my attention. So things may be a little slow in terms of new articles through Memorial Day. 

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May 21

Is m4/3 Still a Viable Choice? After my two presentations at B&H last week, I had someone come up to me and ask a seemingly simple question: would I still invest in m4/3 gear? Article on

My Five Favorite Nikkors. I've resisted doing this sort of article in the past. That's partly because my type of shooting doesn't always equate to yours. Thus, my favorite lenses might apply to someone shooting like me, but not to everyone (or even most). That said, I think it is reasonable to understand what Nikkor lenses really stand out for me and why. I'll give you an alternative bargain list when I'm done to round things out, but here are my five favorite Nikkors, in ascending focal length order. Article on

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May 14

Sony Kando Trip 2.0. "Kando translates to mean emotional involvement.  The power to stimulate an emotional response.  The power to make people say, ‘Wow.'  All Sony products must be inspired by a spirit of kando." This year's Kando trip was held last week in Monterey, California. Article on

Review of the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens. The Sony 24-105mm f/4 G OSS was a mild surprise when it was introduced in late 2017 along with the A7Rm3. Given that we already had a trio of f/4 lenses and the trio of f/2.8 lenses had been completed, many thought that the next big zoom would be something in the telephoto range. Article on 

The Rumored Claims are Wrong. It's that time of year. With most of the Japanese camera companies having now reported their fiscal year results, CIPA having provided their 2018 estimates and early revisions, and some actual real data from the year starting to accumulate, we've got lots of market share rumors and assertions and claims running around the Internet. Happens every year. Article on

May 7

The Problem for Canon and Nikon. Rumors have it that Canon and Nikon will both introduce full frame mirrorless cameras later this year. I believe those rumors to be true. That would put Canikon almost exactly five years behind Sony's original A7/A7R full frame mirrorless camera introduction. What does five years' head start mean? Article on

Hasselblad 21mm f/4 added to lens database

May 6

Maybe Buy Your Mom a Nikon? NikonUSA has introduced new discounts in time for Mother's Day. Article on

May 3

Buy Your Mom a Sigma? I just got through looking closely at five of the 15 lenses now on sale, and have reviewed six of them at this point (the two I looked at but haven't reviewed yet are the 24-35mm f/2 and 24-70mm f/2.8). So at this point I'm tried a bit more than half of the Art lenses. Article on

April 30

May Flowers With Deals. It's common for the camera companies to put gear on sale this time of year. With camera shipments lagging for the first quarter of this year, I expect to see this become a bit more aggressive than usual (see bottom of article). Article on

April 23

Added new 85mm f/1.8 autofocus Meike lens to the lens database

A Snappier Bridge. Updated We've been through many updates of SnapBridge at this point, and fundamentally, little has improved other than some basic reliability of the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connections being made. Even then, I still see drops from time to time, and often at exactly the wrong moment. Plus batteries are being sucked down big time while I'm shooting. Article on

The Purge. I accumulate. I purge. I think many of us serious shooters have been through this. We get enamored by new gear and somehow justify buying into it. Article on

What Prompts an Upgrade? We have a long, long history now with interchangeable lens cameras (ILC). That also means that we have a lot of historical data we can plow through to form hypotheses. But before we get to that, let’s look at what the Internet says you upgrade for. Article on

The War Over Nothing. It’s been interesting to watch the Internet Intensity Engine fire up with the Blackmagic Design 4K Pocket Cinema Camera (4KPCC). Starting the day the 4KPCC was announced, threads all over the Internet began exploding with “Panasonic’s done” messages. Article on

Added new Laowa lenses to the lens database

Cleaned up menus so they're not so deep, which should help mobile users who have to use the hamburger icon menu system to navigate.

April 16

Added SkybeamNisi lenses to mirrorless lens database

Added Leica 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 lens to database

Added Blackmagic Design 4K Pocket Cinema Camera and Z Cam E-2 to mirrorless camera database

Updated the mirrorless system guides (CanonFujifilmNikonm4/3Sony) and other articles

Sony 12-24mm f/4 Lens Review. The Sony 12-24mm f/4G is the latest in Sony's wide angle zooms, and a little bit of a surprise since they already had both a 16-35mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/4. Article on

Fujifilm X-A5 Mini Review. I call this a mini-review because, amazingly, not a lot has changed from the X-A1 or X-A3. I suggest you read my X-A1 review as a starting point. Article on

April 13

Fujifilm 250mm f/4 OIS for GF50s data page

April 12

A Casual Walk Through the NAB Show. Unlike two years ago, where I had a fixed agenda going into the show and some very specific interviews I wanted to do, this year I took a much more casual approach. I scheduled booth interviews with a few companies you might recognize—Fujifilm, Nikon, Sigma, and Sony—but for the most part I decided to spend my two days at the convention center mostly just wandering and seeing what caught my interest. Article on 

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG Art is one of the lenses I get asked most about. There's a general perception that the Nikkor primes (older f/1.4 and newer f/1.8) aren't all they can be—not that I agree with that—and then there's Sigma's pricing compared to Nikon's. Article on

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Lens Review. The Sigma Art fast prime set is getting filled in very nicely, now extending from 14mm to 135mm. The 135mm is an f/1.8 optic, not f/1.4 like some of the Art primes, but that probably saved us all from having to work out at the gym more. Article on dslrbodies.comApril 5

Two 15mm Manual Focus Choices. I get this question a lot: are the Laowa (left) and Irix (right) wide angle lenses any good? Rather than doing an in-depth review, I'm going to do a quick run down of some brief experience with them. Both lenses come in a range of mounts (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax). Article on

The Mirrorless Prisoners' Dilemma. Game play has all kinds of interesting applications to real life. It's one reason why I love to play games, especially those that involve strategy over just straight out skill: it makes me think about and test strategies. One reader reminded me (thank you) after my Attachment Rate article that Canon and Nikon are in a strange form of prisoners' dilemma. Article on

April 4

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review. 20mm is still seriously wide, though not quite as much as the 14mm I also reviewed. The 20mm Art covers the full 24x36mm frame (FX for Nikon users) and corner to corner diagonally, that works out to about 94°, or about 10° less than the 14mm. Article on

Adobe Now Accused of Moving Cheese. Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 comes with a lot of changes, yet not so many. Article on

April 3

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art Lens Review. The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 HSM Art is one of the recent prime lenses that show Sigma pushing into new arenas. We now have fast Art primes from 14mm to 135mm, and as you might have noticed, those are all getting lots of attention from the review sites and serious photographers. Article on

April 2

Yesterday's Fool Page. April Fools' day is for playing practical jokes and attempting to spread hoaxes on the unsuspecting. Those work best when there's an element of believability in them. Apparently I succeeded. Wildly so. Dozens of you wrote to me about my "switch" to Sony, my teaching assistant was asked if he was also going to switch, and multiple forum posts on other sites popped up announcing my switch. Article on

The Upgrade Situation. In doing some basic end-of-quarter bookkeeping, I noticed something in my data, which triggered me to run a quick, deeper analysis: virtually all of the D850 Guide purchasers I'm seeing have purchased a D800 or D810 Guide from me in the past. Article on dslrbodies.comMarch 29

Nikon D7500 Review. The D7500 is the eighth in a venerable lineup of Nikon DSLRs that started with the D70. Review on

Complete Guide to the Nikon D7500. Yep, another 900+ page book describing everything you want to know about a Nikon DSLR. Book at

March 28

Attachment Rate. What is a lens attachment rate, and why is it important? Article on 

March 26

So Why's it So Quiet? The above is the chart of new product introductions that CIPA shared at the beginning of CP+ earlier this month. Compact cameras? Yeah, less than a quarter the peak. DSLR and mirrorless cameras? Despite all the Internet frenzy over each new mirrorless camera intro, we're down to about half the introductions we saw at peak. Article on

March 22

150 Lenses! I was doing some clean-up and additions to the Other Lens Makers section of the Lens Database on this site. Would you believe we're now up to 150 lenses for mirrorless cameras that aren't made by the camera makers? And that's not counting all the mount variations; many of these lenses are available in multiple mounts. Article on

Are you a Filmmaker? What to make of the new D850 Filmmaker's Kit? First I wanted to see what Nikon themselves said, so I looked for their press release on this new bundle. There isn't one at NikonUSA, though there's a dedicated marketing page for the bundle. Article on

March 18

Your To-Dos for Nikon. As usual when I ask broad questions like I did in last week's article, I got a lot of specific answers. But let's start with some of the broader suggestions that came in first. Here are your To-Do's for Nikon in 2018. Article on

March 12

Nikon To-Do List. This is the time of year that Nikon does a lot of reflection. They've just posted their big top-management promotions, they're looking at what will be the final numbers for their fiscal year (ends at the end of this month), and they're currently deep into discussions about what they'll announce in May as operational and management goals for the coming year. Typically, Nikon would have also made their big product announcements for the year at this point, but we all know that didn't happen. So let's come up with a To-Do list for Nikon for their fiscal 2019. Article on

March 6

Nikon D850 Review. The D850 is the second significant update in the D8xx series. The original cameras—the D800 and D800E—appeared in 2012. The D810 in 2015, the D810A variation in 2016. Now we have the D850 in late 2017, though some are still waiting for their orders to arrive even as I write this in early 2018. Article on 

The two composite review pages have been updated (

March 4

You need to read both of these articles to get a full perspective on where the interchangeable lens camera market is today:

The Post CP+ Wrap-Up (DSLRs). I'm doing things differently this year. Rather than write about products introduced before or at CP+ individually, I'm going to report mount by mount (Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K). That's the way most users think about their systems, and it's the best way to learn about which systems are progressing quickly and which are not. The DSLR version is on

The Post CP+ Wrap-Up (mirrorless). I'm doing things differently this year. Rather than write about products introduced before or at CP+ individually, I'm going to report mount by mount (Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, m4/3, Sony E/FE, etc.). That's the way most users think about their systems, and it's the best way to learn about which systems are progressing quickly and which are not. The mirrorless version is on 

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