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Photography Life - Reviews by Nasim Mansurov - 1w ago

In this in-depth review of the Fuji X-H1, we will take a closer look at what this mirrorless camera has to offer and why I consider it to be the best APS-C camera on the market today. One could argue that Fuji’s timing of the X-H1 release in February of 2018 was a bad marketing move due to the release of the X-T3 months after the announcement. I wholeheartedly agree, as the X-H1 certainly did fall into the shadows of the X-T3 and all the fanfare that surrounded the camera. After-all, the X-T2 was one hell of a camera (see our Fuji X-T2 review) and many Fuji fans anticipated the release of its successor. As a result, most ended up dismissing the X-H1, while many reviewers negatively criticized the camera, especially once the specifications of the X-T3 started surfacing on the Internet. After I took the Fuji X-H1 with me to Morocco and Uzbekistan, I realized that this is the camera I have been waiting for from Fuji. And even though I eventually tested out the X-T3, it was the X-H1 that I actually ended up buying for my needs. Read on to find out why.

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With the introduction of Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R, an important challenge arose: releasing spectacular lenses that convinced photographers of the new system’s potential. The first two “crown jewel” lenses in the new lineup are the RF 28-70mm f/2L zoom and the RF 50mm f/1.2L – the second of which we will be reviewing today.

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The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is the first kit lens introduced with the new EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. The term ‘kit lens’ is misleading, though, as the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM bears Canon’s L designation and promises professional-level performance. At the time of publishing this article, the only other RF zoom lens is the bulky and expensive Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L lens, which is a much more specialized offering. The RF 24-105mm f/4, on the other hand, is a generalist lens in many ways. Its focal range works well for landscape photography, portraiture, photojournalism, travel photography, and many other genres.

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2018 was a big year for mirrorless cameras with Nikon, Canon, and Panasonic all announcing their first full-frame mirrorless systems. Nikon struck first when it released the Nikon Z-series cameras in the summer, but Canon wasn’t too far behind when they introduced the EOS R a couple of months later. Over the years, Canon has gotten the reputation of a company that likes to sit on its eggs a little too long and certainly an argument can be made that their first entry into the full-frame mirrorless market has come comparatively late. After-all, it usually takes two or three generations of cameras to finally get things right and with other camera companies like Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Leica already having years of experience in mirrorless technology, Canon doesn’t have the privilege of a head start.

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Announced just eight months after the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens, the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD gives photographers a similarly priced alternative to the highly successful Sigma offering. Both lenses compete in a market segment that remains unexploited by the likes of Canon and Nikon.

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In this in-depth review of the QNAP TS-453BT3, we will go through the pros and cons of this 4-bay storage array and see how well it works for photography and videography needs. While there are many large and advanced storage arrays out there (some of which we reviewed in the past here at PL), most photographers simply don’t need that much storage, as well as the complexity and expenses that come with them. The TS-453BT3 is specifically designed to address the storage needs of enthusiast photographers who want to be able to consolidate their media to a single location without much effort or investment. Let’s take a look at what this little storage array has to offer in more detail.

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One of the widest lenses on the market today is the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, made by Venus Optics. Not only is this lens rectilinear (not a fisheye), but Venus Optics claims it has almost no distortion whatsoever. With so few 12mm lenses available today, anyone who needs an ultra-ultra wide has likely considered this one with some interest. Our review below covers everything you need to know about the 12mm f/2.8, both good and bad.

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The following is a review of the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens which was released in February of 2017 as part of Sigma’s affordable “Contemporary” lens lineup. The introduction of the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C lens is a logical one for the company as it competes in a market segment that remains unexploited by the likes of Canon and Nikon.

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This is an in-depth review of the Nikon Z6, a 24 MP mirrorless camera announced in August 2018 alongside the higher resolution Nikon Z7. The Z6 and Z7 marked Nikon’s entry into the full-frame mirrorless market, a category of camera that many Nikon shooters had anticipated anxiously for years. But it was always a question of “when,” not “if” Nikon would satisfy the mirrorless hunger, as the demand for such cameras remained steady and even increased despite the camera market’s overall decline. The Nikon Z6 in particular – being the more affordable of the two Z cameras – is a critical part of Nikon’s future plans. But how does this camera hold up in practice? The review below covers everything you need to know.

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In this review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, we will take a closer look at how the drone performs for both aerial photography and videography. After testing out the Mavic Air last year, I realized just how useful compact drones have become for many creatives out there. Being able to photograph a scene from above gives a completely different perspective for a photographer, while videographers often rely on aerial footage to showcase a particular subject or a location. And being able to do all that with a drone that can fit in a regular camera bag is very important, especially for those of us who travel a lot. When DJI announced the Mavic 2 Pro last year with a 1″ sensor, I immediately knew that it was going to be a game-changer. So right before my trips to Jordan and Turkey last year, I decided to get this drone and give it a shot. I am very happy with my decision, as I came back with some truly unique images and video footage that I will showcase in this review.

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