Category: Product Reviews

Canon 7D Mark II Hands-On Field Test

 By Chris Niccolls

Canon has never waited longer to replace a DSLR than they did with the 7D. Five years after the original, the new 7D Mark II boasts an impressive new AF system, new sensor and improved video specs. Is this the best APS-C camera in the world? TCSTV’s Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake take a look, with a little help from acclaimed photojournalist Todd Korol.

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Sunprints

 By John Veldhoen

A little while ago The Camera Store started stocking a new, old product, called Sunprints.There are two varieties, one comes with an acrylic sheet, necessary to
squish things down and keep still on the paper, and the other variety
comes without the acrylic, both are available in two-sizes.

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Fujifilm X30 Hands-On Field Test

 By Jordan Drake

We love the Fuji X series, and their latest camera just arrived! Unfortunately, it also showed up during a freak snowstorm in the summer. We brave the elements to give you loyal TCSTV viewers the scoop on this cool little compact!

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Average Normal Photographer Review of the Ricoh Pentax 645Z

 By tcs_admin

By now, if you are at all interested in the potential benefits of larger sensor real-estate, you have likely read or skimmed a handful of reviews of the newish medium format Ricoh Pentax 645Z. Personally, I am not a gear-head, tech-nut or pixel-peeper. I’m just a hard working mixed-genre photographer.

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DJI Phantom 2 Hands-On Field Test (With Vision+ and Go Pro)

 By Jordan Drake

The DJI Phantoms have made it possible for many untrained photographers and videographers to capture stunning aerial images. To see how easy it was to fly these little marvels, the TCSTV crew went out to shoot some footage. See how the new Phantom 2 drones and DJI gimbals perform and whether a Go-Pro or Vision+ camera is the right setup for you.

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What Is What Was Kati Horna

 By John Veldhoen

Reading a lot lately, amidst personal struggles, going to and from clinics for family, a book by John Caputo on “Philosophy and Theology” made it clear to me that my mind operates much more in the prior realm, so much so that I think (!) this review will reveal what I want to call “anterior” dialectic.

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Sigma DP2 Quattro Hands-On Field Test

 By Jordan Drake

The Sigma cameras have been defined by the spectacular images they can produce, and the awful design choices that make capturing those images incredibly difficult. The new Sigma Quattro cameras aim to fix those design quirks. With a run of brilliant products from Sigma this year, will the Quattro keep the streak alive?

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How to How-to

 By John Veldhoen

The book is what it says it is, avoiding the glut of self-help that plagues the “how-to” market. The Filmmaker’s Handbook is how to how-to. It is intelligently written throughout, and the examples and selections that Pincus and Ascher make are subtly and gracefully chosen; there is brilliance in using a sublime still of Anna Karina in Jean Luc Godard’s Vivre sa Vie to expound on the possible virtue lens flare, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a philosophically dense topic like persistence of vision addressed at all, not to mention so deftly.

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Pentax 645Z Hands-On Field Test With Deluxe Design Group

 By Jordan Drake

The Pentax 645Z is the most sophisticated medium format camera everreleased. With a new 51 megapixel sensor, live view, and modern DSLR
functionality, it’s an incredibly versatile tool. It’s also the first
medium format camera ever to shoot video! The TCSTV crew went out to
test the stills, and we met up with our friends at Deluxe Design Group
to shoot a movie trailer and test the video capabilities! Is this the
camera that will restore the popularity of medium format digital?

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