All year long Common Images examines, evaluates, and exams a ton of kit, then makes cautious notice of the merchandise that may assist make your images higher and extra enjoyable. All of it culminates on the finish of the 12 months, with the POP Awards for Images’s Excellent Merchandise. Onward for 2016’s picks.
Nikon D500 DSLR
It’s been some time—seven years—since Nikon final launched a pro-grade DX (Nikon-speak for APS-C- format) DSLR, however boy was it definitely worth the wait. With 20.9MP, the D500 aced an Glorious picture high quality ranking from ISO 50–3200 in our lab take a look at. From the top-of-the-line Nikon D5 it inherits the 153-point autofocus system, 2.Four-million-dot touchscreen, 180,000-pixel metering sensor, and 30 fps 4K video seize. The complete ISO vary goes from 50 to 1,638,400 (sure, that’s ISO 1.64 million), however the stratospheric ISOs provides you with a lot of noise. Sports activities and motion shooters notice: The D500 can crank alongside at 10 fps, as much as 200 JPEGs, and one of many two card slots is for super-speedy QXD playing cards. Have a set of DX lenses? This might be the improve physique you’re ready for.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
You say you desire a revolution? Don’t search for it within the 5D Mark IV, which continues Canon’s custom of constructing smart, incremental enhancements to the highly regarded 5D full-frame line. Sensor decision goes as much as 30.4MP from the 22.3MP of the 5D Mark III, for an Glorious-rated image decision of 3130 strains at decrease ISOs in our lab take a look at. The flip aspect is that it takes successful in noise efficiency—it maintains a Low or higher ranking to solely ISO 3200, versus ISO 12,800 for its predecessor. Video seize additionally will get a bump as much as 4K at 30 fps, up from 1080p HD with the Mark III. And with this Mark IV, we lastly have a 5D with Wi-Fi.
OK, so the 360fly doesn’t make a wonderfully spherical seize—this single-lensed machine will soak up 360 levels horizontally, sure, however solely 240 levels vertically. It makes up for this by capturing 30 fps at 4K-pixel density—on this case, a 2880×2880 sq. format—which made for nice decision and coloration in our discipline take a look at. And it’s water- and shock-resistant. Switch movies from the 64GB inside reminiscence to a smartphone by way of Bluetooth or to a pc by way of the included USB dock.
Adorama Flashpoint Xplor 600 HSS TTL
Desire a highly effective monolight, say 600 Ws? Test. Additionally need location capturing with built-in battery energy? Test. And also you need TTL flash management? You bought it with this monolight, so long as you’re a Canon or Nikon shooter. The wi-fi transmitter will work as much as nearly 32 ft in outside settings, and built-in optical slaving enables you to do multi-light setups, too. And the Li-ion battery pack is rated to as much as 450 full-power pops.
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
Model II of Canon’s high-speed full-framer ups the ante with a brand new kind of optics mentioned to considerably cut back chromatic aberration—the optical nastiness that may produce coloration fringing and blurry edges. We examined it and located the declare to be true—fringing was virtually non-existent. Similar was true for optical distortion, which was rated imperceptible. And as for sharpness, it turned in wonderful SQF numbers. It’s costly, and comparatively heavy, but it surely’s one “L” of a lens.
Canon Picture PROGRAF Professional-1000
In our lab take a look at of this printer, we preferred some un-pro-like issues about it: the setup was very simple, and the pared-down menus made for simpler operation. However we preferred the professional qualities too: wonderful coloration rendering on prints as much as 17×22 inches (sheet media solely), the built-in coloration density sensor, and the 12-cartridge Lucia pigment ink set. A kind of cartridges is Chroma Optimizer, designed to counteract the colour shift that may happen with shiny papers. Comparatively quick for its class: six minutes for a 13×19 at highest quality. Not for the faint of again, although—this monster weighs 70 kilos.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100–400mm f/Four.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR
Only for reference, this focal size on Fujifilm’s APS-C ILCs works out to the equal angle of view of a 150–600mm lens on a full-frame digital camera, making it preferrred for sports activities, motion, faraway scenics, and wildlife. That it produces wonderful sharpness, imperceptible distortion, and just about no mild falloff throughout all examined focal lengths doesn’t damage both. Nor does the stellar efficiency of the Optical Picture Stabilization, which averaged 4 stops of extra handholding capacity for our testers. It’s massive for its focal size however comparatively mild (“relative” being three.13 kilos). So carry a monopod.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Smartphone Printer
How’s this for a twist on instantaneous prints? This pocketable printer, in regards to the dimension of a biggish smartphone, makes 2.4×1.Eight-inch prints on Instax Mini movie out of your smartphone (or from Instagram or Fb) by way of Wi-Fi. It makes use of RGB OLEDs to print in coloration, black-and-white, or sepia. Hit the reprint button to make duplicate prints. It runs on CR2 lithium batteries; 10-print packs are about $Eight, avenue.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 Plus piles on upgrades: It’s the primary iPhone with two lenses, a 28mm f/1.Eight and a 56mm f/2.Eight (35mm equivalents), which cuts down on digital zooming for higher image high quality; optical picture stabilization for 4K video and stills; digital flicker discount beneath fluorescents; and an elevated coloration gamut. Notice, these goodies can be found solely within the 7 Plus, not the smaller 7.
Peak Design On a regular basis Backpack 20L
A Kickstarter child, the On a regular basis Backpack just about eliminates the necessity for a rain cowl, as its Kodra (a relative of Cordura) exterior is double-coated on all sides with polyurethane. The twin side-access panels open to an inside with three padded dividers that fold out to smaller sub-dividers, enabling you to suit an enormous DSLR physique and three lenses. No rear entry panel, however intelligent anodized magnetic permits the bag to increase whereas staying securely fixed.
Westcott Speedy Field Magnificence Dish
It’s a magnificence dish! No, it’s an umbrella! Cease, it’s two mild modifiers in a single! This extremely transportable, collapsible gadget opens up like an umbrella to kind a 24-inch-diameter dish, and comes with a diffusion panel that lets it mimic a small softbox. It’s obtainable in mounts for the main studio strobes.