FINALLY! I've tested the R5, A1, and Z9 in landscapes, travel, portraits, and wildlife and I'm finally ready to make my choice. Tony and I review the results of each test, the pros and cons of each camera, answer the questions you've had in the comments, and I announce my final choice.
Many photographers doubt their work and their talent and question if they have any right to be a photographer at all. DON'T GIVE UP! I'm passing along tips on how to change your mindset to become a better, happier, photographer and it's backed by research done by Dr.Carol Dweck. I read her book, Mindset, and distill her research into tips that can help every photographer become a long-time learner and a lifelong photographer.
The camera industry is changing, the photography industry is changing, and professional photographers are struggling. Tony wonders if it's time to say goodbye to a bygone era and laments a time when photography was booming and the industry was growing. Are the best years behind us? Chelsea argues that photography is more exciting than ever. Everyone has a camera, more people get to share their point of view and write history, and more people than ever can share and enjoy photos. Meanwhile, the camera industry has the coolest tech ever! Animal EYE AUTO FOCUS??? Amazing. We have cameras with 30 frames per second and cameras in our pockets that can do computational photography. Are times a bit tough for pros? For some. But others are utilizing the ubiquity of photos and videos online by expanding their skill into video work, drone work, social media marketing, education, and more.
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Tony Northrup discusses the two new Canon APS-C cameras for the RF mirrorless mount: The Canon R7 (a 32-megapixel sports & wildlife-oriented camera) and the Canon R10 (an entry-level vlogging & lifestyle camera).
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Chelsea & Tony Northrup discuss the rumors of the new Sony Alpha medium format mirrorless camera, with a BIGGER sensor than the Fujifilm GFX cameras. MORE megapixels, too, with up to 200 megapixels... and it has one more trick: A CURVED SENSOR! We discuss the rumors, whether making a medium format camera in 2022 makes any sense, and what we think Sony might actually release.
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Sony recently announced that they were the #1 camera manufacturer, above Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic in several important segments... But their data tells only part of the story. Tony Northrup digs into WHY this is very important (something photographers using Pentax can totally relate to). He then analyzes several data sources, including BCN, Nikkei, and Google Trends, to determine who is really number one (for both all digital cameras and mirrorless cameras).
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Sources: https://www.statista.com/statistics/264337/cipa-companies-shipments-of-digital-cameras/ https://petapixel.com/2022/01/10/mirrorless-cameras-drive-the-fortunes-of-camera-manufacturers/ https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/digital-camera-market-report-2022-2027-industry-trends-share-size-growth-and-opportunities https://www.pentaxforums.com/lenssearch/?format=ff https://petapixel.com/2022/01/14/fujifilms-market-share-in-japan-soars-thanks-to-the-instax-mini-evo/ https://www.dpreview.com/news/8247704752/bcn-r-data-shows-that-canon-and-sony-controlled-the-japanese-camera-market-in-2021 https://fstoppers.com/business/bcn-2021-awards-canon-and-sony-lead-while-olympus-remains-strong-544810 https://petapixel.com/2021/08/09/canon-and-sony-made-up-70-of-weak-camera-sales-in-2020/ Google Trends: http://trends.google.com
Chelsea and Tony Northrup reveal their favorite cameras of all time from $200 to $7,000. Included are Canon, Nikon, Sony, Mamiya, Leica, and more!
Tony and Chelsea talk about how they accidentally became YouTubers, the mistakes they made along the way, the things they did that actually worked, and how you can learn from their experience.
Tony Northrup and Chelsea review the hits and misses of their 2021 predictions and also make camera predictions for 2022. Will Sony release a Z5 competitor? Will Canon release a high res R5 called the R5C? Will Nikkon release long glass for their wildlife capable Z9?
It's that time of year again! Tony and Chelsea pick their winners of the year for the best computer, lens, accessories, drone, innovation, consumer camera, and pro camera.
Tony reviews the latest Canon Rumors (via canonrumors.com), including the Canon R5c, a video-centric cinema camera with 45 megapixels, 20 FPS stills, and 8k/30 or 8k/60 video. He also covers the Canon R1, Canon's flagship mirrorless camera, with at least 30 FPS (but probably more like 40 FPS), 8k video, and a battery that will shoot all day. Also, what happened to the Canon R7 and R10? When will we see the APS-C Canon RF cameras??
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Tony digs into why all the most successful camera companies, including Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, and Fujifilm, are Japanese.
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The answer is complex, with 4 major turning points: 1) In the 1940s, WWII's divided occupation of Germany set it back, while the United States' occupation of Japan seems to have helped the Japanese camera companies 2) In the 1950s, the Korean war brought many photojournalists to the US-occupied Japan, and David Douglas Duncan, in particular, had great success with Japanese lenses on their Leica cameras. In the US, Joe Erinreich promoted Nikon heavily. 3) In the 1990s and 2000s, US digital camera companies (such as Kodak and Polaroid) failed to transition to the digital era. 4) In the 2010s, the transition from conventional cameras to smartphones saw non-Japanese camera companies (such as Samsung) exit the market. Japanese camera companies didn't have the freedom to easily exit the industry because of the legal challenges around layoffs. Sources * Software is second class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqMSWuSeDPA * This discussion https://www.photo.net/discuss/threads/the-quality-mechanical-camera-japan-vs-germany.416815/ * Ehrenreich: https://www.nytimes.com/1973/02/09/archives/joseph-ehrenreich-65-dead-brought-nikon-camera-here.html http://www.klassik-cameras.de/WestdeutscheSLR.html * By User:52 Pickup - Based on map data of the IEG-Maps project (Andreas Kunz, B. Johnen and Joachim Robert Moeschl: University of Mainz) - www.ieg-maps.uni-mainz.de., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4951565 * By Yokosuka City Council - Welcome Yasuura House in Red Fox, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17725027
Chelsea & Tony Northrup discuss the pros and cons of buying used camera gear and give some tips on what to look for to make sure you get a good camera. Tony talks about why shutter count might not be as important as you think and how buying a used camera can save you money and frustration.
On this spooky episode of the Picture This! photography podcast, Chelsea & Tony Northrup talk about ghost phots, orbs, spirits, ectoplasm, and other spooky things caught on camera. The original spirit photographer, Mumler, is discussed. Abe Lincolns ghost is seen. And every type of ghost photo is analyzed, dissected, and explained so that you can recreate a ghost photo of your own!
We've made some mistakes buying gear: grey market lenses that couldn't be fixed, flakey adapters, off-brand batteries, the list goes on. We've also received many messaged and emails from YOU that outline how common it is to buy the wrong camera, incompatible lenses, features that don't work, and more. On this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast, Chelsea & Tony Northrup talk about the most common gear buying mistakes and offer a few tips on how to make more informed choices when making your next purchase.
Polaroid started with a patent and a toddler's simple question, "Why can't I see the photo now?", and became one of the biggest companies in the world, suffered bankruptcy, turned into a multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme, and was saved by adoring fans. In this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast, Tony Northrup and Chelsea Northrup take you through the highlights of Polaroid's exciting history.
They aren't pretty, you probably shouldn't try them, but these crappy camera/photo hacks actually got the job done! In this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast Tony and Chelsea discuss the worst camera/photo hacks they've used to work around the mistakes that arise when you're out taking photos. Some of them are shameful, like using a table as a tripod, and some of them are clever but all of them are hacky.
Tony and Chelsea Northrup discuss the misunderstandings clients have that stress out photographers: editing our photos, asking for discounts on already underpriced shoots, wanting all of the raw photos, thinking the camera does all of the work, and more.
We've all seen naturally talented photographers take beautiful photos with ease but is that enough to support an entire career? In this episode of Picture This! Photography podcast, Tony & Chelsea discuss the many traits of successful photographers and how it takes much more than talent to have a successful career. If you are naturally talented, don't let overlooking other traits hold you back! If you don't think you're talented, don't worry, there are other things you can do to compensate and still find success.
Will canon always be the number one camera brand or will Sony pull out ahead? Which camera company is more innovative, popular, and invested in cameras? Tony & Chelsea debate which camera company will come out on top, Canon or Sony?
We all see the latest and greatest features advertised every time a new camera comes out but which features actually work and which ones will you benefit from having? In this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast, Tony and I delve into each feature we have tested, the ones that have disappointed us, the ones we love, and the ones that aren't needed for certain photographers. If you've found yourself wanting to upgrade for eye AF, higher frame rates, more megapixels, pixel shift, and more, you won't want to miss this one.