Photobooks at the Camera Store in 2020 were fewer than in previous years. I curtailed purchasing new titles as COVID-19 limited browsing. The physical transfer of photography in our favourite medium, the book, unlimited by surveillance and power, lasting and sensual, was a victim of COVID. The silver lining, if there is any, is that my purchasing focused on local books, and personal passions. I argued years ago in school that publishing is best when it follows a bottom-up model. This year, we had the honour of keeping stock of books made locally that are thrillingly world-class offerings, by young, exceptionally talented, sensitive photographers. So, in that light, this is my favourite list of books that I have published in the last seven years.
Earlier this week, Panasonic Lumix introduced their newest portrait lens, the Lumix S 85mm F1.8! Naturally, we had to get TCSTV to test it out, so Dave took the S 85mm F1.8 on a long, 30-second walk to our awesome neighbours, Inner City Brewing! Now, let’s take a closer look at the specs, then see what Dave thought of Panasonic Lumix’s newest portrait lens!
Let me tell you a story: In 1910 there was a historian named Aby Warburg. He described himself as a “Hamburger at heart, Jew by blood, Florentine in spirit”; He collected an art legacy, assembling thousands of years of human history in photographs, and on postcards produced from throughout Europe. He combined these images on panel boards, looking to devise a way to see how images bleed past eras, and into each other as works of creation.
He worked to shape a system to observe the themes in art, and how they function psychologically. In essence, an object lives on in culture, it seems to have an afterlife. It continues to speak well after it has disappeared from immediate view.
Back in June, Nikon had an exciting announcement, the release of the Nikon Z5! The Z5 is Nikon’s newest full-frame, mirrorless camera, loaded up with lots of amazing features. Now, the public can’t get their hands on this camera quite yet, but TCSTV got a pre-production model to try out!
The wait is finally over! Sony has released the long-awaited addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera series, the Sony Alpha 7S III! A dream for videographers, this camera comes with a bunch of impressive video recording capabilities including 4K 120p, a new heat-dissipating mechanism, a new autofocus system, and so much more. The A7S III was beautifully designed for creatives and is carving a special space for itself in the camera world! Now, let’s see how it measures up when put to the test by TCSTV.
One of the best ways to learn about a new product is through TCSTV’s hands-on reviews! TCSTV’s lastest video is testing out the new Sony 12-24mm F2.8 G Master, the world’s widest full-frame zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture! From shooting astrophotography to architecture to skateboarders at The Compound YYC, this Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM got put to the test!
The next generation of Canon is here and boy, oh boy, are we excited! Canon announced the release of the highly anticipated EOS R6 and EOS R5! These two new full-frame mirrorless cameras have their unique spots within Canon’s line up, with the R6 being the midrange and the R5 being the premium model. With some exciting new features and impressive specs, both the R5 and R6 bring something new to the Canon camera world.
If you’ve been sitting at home, feeling the urge to create, you’re not alone. Jump on the Youtube bandwagon and make videos to keep yourself entertained with the Nikon Z50! It’s super easy to get your creativity flowing because this camera was made to produce stellar videos! With loads of amazing features inside and out, the Z50 will take your video creations to the next level!