Category: Product Reviews

Poetry and Photography

 By John Veldhoen

I recently read Yves Bonnefoy’s “Poetry and Photography” and struggled with it. I write that I read it, but the truth is that I finished far short, at the section where Bonnefoy references a work by Stephane Mallarme entitled “Igitur” that I did go on to read, and found deeply disturbing, and so also Bonnefoy’s definition of photography in turn, as it stems from his reading of the same vein of French symbolism.

Continue Reading

GODOX Flash System: Available Now at The Camera Store

 By PeterGold

A great lighting system is now available which has all the features I have been waiting for, that offers new on-camera flashes, battery-powered studio lights in various sizes, all with identical built-in wireless receivers so that they can all be combined if necessary.

And the best part is that they are available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus camera systems.  For a fraction of the price of other units.

Continue Reading

Notable Books: 2017

 By John Veldhoen

To effectively split my list into two halves from the start: There are a number of books that I have not reviewed this year, that I am not adding to this bedroll of notable books from 2017. There were some giant books published by Steidl, including the Gordon Parks Collection, and David Freund’s “Gastop”, for instance. Books like these defy reduction; so, I’ve left them off to concentrate on smaller publications. I have also left off some even smaller books, also because of their incomparability and distinction, and maybe because they are closer to the heart: In particular Between Dust and Sky comes to mind, “An Intimate Wilderness”, and “A Good Stress”.

Continue Reading

Bystander: A History of Street Photography

 By John Veldhoen

When was it? Seven years ago? I was working in a bookstore in a photography gallery and I had access to a tattered copy of the original version of this book from 1994. I looked through it, but can’t say I read it. At the time, I wasn’t making photographs that were any good myself, and I wasn’t reading anything with intention either. I was just looking (but not seeing).

Continue Reading

Shooting the TCSTV Sony A7R III Field Test

 By Jordan Drake

It’s always a treat when Chris and I each get a copy of a new camera when we shoot an episode, so not only can Chris take photos and video, but I can film the entire episode on the camera in question. That was the case when we went to Sedona for our A7R III field test. You can find out Chris’ thoughts on the A7R III in the embedded video, but I wanted to give my impressions using the camera the way I do every week, shooting our show.

Continue Reading

Panasonic G9 First Impressions

 By Jordan Drake

Mirrorless cameras have made huge strides in recent years, becoming incredibly popular with hobbyists and advanced amateurs, but 2017 will be remembered as the year mirrorless cameras really started targeting pros. Olympus’ E-M1 MK II, Sony’s A9 and now Panasonic’s G9 are all designed for the professional market. 

Continue Reading

First Impressions of the Sony A7R III from NYC

 By Chris Niccolls

David Schloss (from Digital Photo Pro) and I had a bet on what the latest Sony announcement would be and it looks like I came out on top!  He, along with many others prophesied a new A9 camera with a high megapixel sensor. However, Sony has just announced their latest full frame sensor camera and it is officially the Sony A7R III.

Click Here to be Added to Our Pre-order Notification List.

Continue Reading

ThinkTank Hydrophobia Review from the Wild

 By Jason Bantle

I was soaked at the end of each day.   However, my camera gear had a much more pleasant experience, not only capturing amazing moments but I never had to worry about my camera body or long lens as my Hydrophobia rain cover kept my camera gear perfectly dry.   My hands fit in great, they were dry and allowed me easily to easily snap away. 

Continue Reading

Blind Spot and Western Landscapes

 By John Veldhoen

Siri Hustvedt is an American novelist, but along with her work as a fiction writer, she has written essays on diverse subjects, like neuropsychoanalysis, and painting. The latter investigations presuppose a connection between selfhood, and perception. She is the author of the introduction to Teju Cole’s new book of photographs, “Blind Spot”. Cole is a photographer, but is also a writer, and contributes a regular column to the New York Times “Lens” section entitled “On Photography” which I have mentioned on this blog before, in connection to essays written by Luigi Ghirri.

Continue Reading