Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro May/June 2018

Digital Photo Pro is the serious digital photography enthusiast and professional’s guide to advanced technology and creativity. Each issue showcases the very best in photography, and helps readers navigate the sea of equipment, storage methods, electronics and more, so they can make better decisions and take better photos.

United States
Madavor Media, LLC
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

Here comes the bride ¶ all dressed in white ¶ wanting the JPEGs ¶ to post on their Instagram feed ¶ and Twitter and Facebook ¶ and Pinterest and Snapchat ¶ before the ceremony is even over Perhaps those aren’t the lyrics Wagner original penned in 1850, but it reflects the pressure put on the modern wedding photographer. When I got married in 1999, wedding shooters still used film (the Nikon D1 was launched a week before our ceremony), and you’d wait weeks or months to get back proofs from your wedding. At that point, the newlyweds would pick their favorite images, pay an enormous sum of money, wait a few more weeks or months and receive a wedding album that they’d promptly put in a drawer and forget about. The last…

4 min.
new products

Pentax K-1 Mark II The PENTAX K-1 Mark II is a compact, rugged and weather-resistant camera equipped with new technologies that provide discerning photographers with improved operability and outstanding images. While the K-1 Mark II has the same 36 MP full-frame CMOS sensor as the original K-1, Ricoh has added a new accelerator unit that works with the PRIME IV image processor to produce high-resolution images with minimal noise in tricky lighting conditions. With a sensitivity of up to ISO 819,200, this new flagship camera is perfect for low-light photography. Other notable features of the new K-1 Mark II include Pixel Shift Resolution System II for more delicate details and more accurate colors, optical viewfinder with nearly 100 percent field of view, advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, a flexible tilt-type LCD monitor…

10 min.
sony a7 iii

One of the quirky things about language is the way in which a turn of phrase conveys something in one culture yet has a slightly different nuance in another, leaving some things, as they say, lost in translation. When Sony announced its new a7 III at its global launch event in February and proudly proclaimed it to be its “basic model,” the camera drew literal and figurative applause while the term “basic” fell to the stage with a linguistic thud. There are negative connotations to the word basic that, fortunately for Sony, don’t actually relate to the a7 III. It’s almost not worth mentioning this marketing malapropism, except for the fact that it frames the discussion about the features included and, importantly, left out of the a7 III, and raises a…

3 min.
g|drive mobile ssd r-series

At some point in the relatively near future, the traditional hard drive—comprised of spinning platters of magnetic material—will disappear from the marketplace. The fragility of conventional drives is offset by the low cost of production, but as solid-state memory drops in price, the cost benefits of sticking with a large, delicate recording device in computers will disappear, and Solid State Drive (SSD) hard drives will become the norm. Already, computers like the iMac Pro have ditched the hard drive in favor of the SSD, using the extra space gained in the swap to add more high-power processing. Laptops are almost universally SSD-driven, and the primary remaining use of traditional drives is in high-capacity storage, where fast speeds aren’t necessary, and the price is a primary concern. The benefits of SSD drives are…

4 min.
rotolight neo 2

The Rotolight Neo 2 is an exciting hybrid, designed for an age where photographers and videographers increasingly are the same person. The Neo 2 is a high-powered, consistent LED light, but it has a superpower, one that makes it more versatile than just about any LED on the market. The Neo2 is a high-quality, precision-built and color-accurate LED system, which is 85 percent brighter than the original Neo, but the Neo2 is also a flash system, able to produce strobe output at up to 500 percent of the power of the continuous lights. The Neo 2 has no recycle times and a top speed of 1/8000th of a second, allowing it to keep pace with the fastest frame rate from any camera on the market. On a single charge of six…

5 min.
nikon af-s nikkor 28mm f/1.4e ed

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED lens replaces the venerable NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4D, bringing a modern optical and operational upgrade that gives the new lens an incredible range of sharpness, low levels of distortion and faster focusing. The 28mm focal length is an interesting one, sitting within the range of classic landscape-friendly zooms like a 24-70mm or a 16-35mm. The 28mm focal length is longer than the typical wide-angle lenses loved by landscape and nature photographers. It is, though, a standard focal length found on compact travel cameras and for good reason. The 28mm length is just long enough to create relatively wide-angle shots without a lot of corner distortion or subject warping. Used in the right way, it’s also an excellent environmental portrait choice, giving photographers the ability to…