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Digital PhotoDigital Photo

Digital Photo Spring 2017

Digital Photo explores the exciting world of digital photography and technology. Every issue features the latest news, step-by-step instructions, evaluations of the latest equipment, photography tips from the pros and more.

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you can’t be a photographer without a camera

It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you. It’s also said that a good photographer can make a photo with any camera. These things are both true, but to discount the importance of good photographic gear makes no more sense than saying that construction tools play no part in the creation of buildings. Certainly, the Pyramids were majestic feats of engineering, but that they were made out of stone and not steel and glass was due to the limitations in the tools to create building materials and the tools to assemble those materials.Give a great photographer a terrible camera, and you’ll likely end up with a good image; give a terrible photographer a great camera, and you’ll likely end up with an occasional good…

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king of the hill the dslr

The lightning-fast response of the AF system in today’s DSLR, in addition to the wide array of available lenses—like the Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3 SP Di VC USD used to capture this restored Russian fighter at an airshowmakes them perfect to capture fast-moving subjects.There have been tremendous innovations in mirrorless and compact cameras recently, yet while compact cameras of all kinds are getting better and better, there’s still one type of camera that sets the standard for professional quality and versatility: the SLR.The acronym SLR (or DSLR) stands for single-lens reflex (the D is for “digital”). The “single lens” refers to one lens that’s used for viewing as well as taking the picture, as opposed to a rangefinder that uses separate lenses for these purposes. The “reflex” refers to a reflection…

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NIKON D5 AND CANON EOS-1D X MARK IIThe Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II represent the best SLRs these camera makers have to offer. In fact, they’re the best DSLRs available anywhere, and the choice of professionals everywhere—from fashion photographers to photojournalists.The D5 sports a 20.8-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, native ISO up to 102,400 (expandable to an unprecedented 3,280,000 for shooting in impossibly low light) and a new 153-point autofocus system. Sports photographers love the 14-frame-per-second maximum speed, as well. Canon’s flagship DSLR, the 1D X Mark II, also uses a full-frame CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels and a fast 16-frame-per-second burst. It has a 61-point high-density reticular AF II system and an ISO range from 100 to 51,200, expandable to 409,600. Both cameras can…

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making the most of mirrorless

When it comes down to it, there’s nothing magical about the mirror in traditional SLR cameras. While it performs a very specific function, the mirror isn’t required to take a photograph, and plenty of cameras in the pre-and post-digital eras already operate mirror-free. The range-finder camera, for example, popularized by high-end manufacturer Leica, doesn’t use a mirror, relying on a viewfinder that’s separate from the lens. Compact digital cameras, the types you might stick in your pocket for vacation, also don’t use a mirror (although we’ll be talking about these types of cameras in a separate section).While the design of the SLR camera is an elegant solution to some key issues with optics and physics, the fact that today’s cameras are still using roughly the same mechanical design as they…

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FULL FRAMEThe full-frame market is really heating up. Sony jumped into the mirrorless market first with APS-C cameras but then introduced the first full-frame mirrorless system with the a7. Since then, the company has refreshed the line several times and has added a wide array of pro-level and enthusiast-level lenses. Leica jumped into the full-frame mirrorless market with the Leica SL, a weather-sealed and immaculately constructed camera. While there are lens adapters available to allow the SL to use other Leica lenses, there aren’t many native SL lenses, though the company has promised more. SONY a7R IIThe Sony a7R II is the company’s flagship mirrorless system, with a high-resolution, Sony-made 42-megapixel sensor that uses a technique called Backside Illumination to create low-light images with low noise and an ISO…

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compact cameras portable workhorse

For a brief, shining moment, compact digital cameras were the superstars of the photo industry. Long before mobile phones—even before the iPhone arrived, when phones didn’t have any cameras, the compact camera was the go-to device to capture those moments when you didn’t have an SLR with you either because you didn’t own one or didn’t want to lug one around.The astronomical price of the first digital SLR cameras made them only suited for pros and they were particularly prohibitive to the enthusiast. In 2000, when Canon launched their first designed-in-house digital camera, the D30, for example, the body cost around $3,500—for a camera with a 3MP sensor, three focus points, ISO of 100-1600 and a 3 fps max shooting speed.At the same time Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm—even Apple—and others had…

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