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All About the Gear

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A candid discussion about your favorite photo gear.
Edit 4K Video on iOS – with LumaFusion!
Jun 30, 2018 • 40 min
In this video we dive into the reality of editing HD and UHD video on the iPhone or iPad. Is it possible? Have the hardware, operating system and software evolved to the point where mobile editing has become a serious workflow alternative? Imagine the…
A Look Inside the GNARBOX!
Jun 22, 2018 • 35 min
In this interview I speak with the co-founder and CEO of GNARBOX. GNARBOX has created a wireless hard drive that enables photographers and video content creators to lighten their load with a fully mobile workflow. No laptop needed. Tim and I dive into the…
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – All About the Gear
May 18, 2018 • 29 min
Blackmagic Design is known for creating high-end, robust cameras for content creators of all skill and experience levels. In this interview I sit down with Bob Caniglia from Blackmagic Design to discuss their latest cameral release — the Pocket Cinema 4K.…
Panasonic Leica 200mm f2.8 – All About the Gear
May 10, 2018 • 3 min
Panasonic and Leica have been hitting out of the park lately with some stunning lenses for the micro four-thirds platform. The latest being the Leica 200mm f2.8 lens. The first thing I noticed was the small size and relative heft of the lens. The first…
The Panasonic Lumix G9 – All About the Gear
Apr 4, 2018 • 8 min
The Lumix G9 is one of the latest camera releases from Panasonic. It’s significant in many ways, one of the main reasons being that it’s squarely targeted at “stills” photographers (versus video shooters). Panasonic asked questions, listened, then…
TWiP is BACK! 501
Jan 20, 2018 • 87 min
In this show @Frederick Van Johnson @Steve Brazill and @PhotoJoseph briefly discuss TWiP’s hiatus, then tear into GoPro and the failure of their Karma Drone. Then we’ll discuss low-light photography tips and finally we’ll round things out with a panel…
Drobo 5C Review
Oct 28, 2016 • 3 min
Drobo has established itself as the “understandable” RAID solution for people who need to store A LOT of data, and need to store it safely. With its “Beyond Raid” technology, the company addresses several concerns plaguing photographers. First, we are…
The END of All About the Gear?
Oct 28, 2016 • 1 min
Hello fans of All About the Gear! It’s been some time since the guys have posted anything for this show and for that I personally apologize. However, All About the Gear is not dead! We’re just switching formats. Instead of focusing exclusively on cameras…
Canon G7X II Review
Aug 1, 2016 • 49 min
The Canon Powershot G7X II is the latest in a somewhat confusing line of compact cameras, most of which are based on the same 1” sensor. Compared to the low-end G9X, the G7X II adds a touch & tilt rear LCD, but doesn’t include the electronic viewfinder…
Ricoh GR II Review
Jul 11, 2016 • 56 min
The Ricoh GR II is a street-photographers’ favorite that is rarely reviewed or even mentioned. After hearing raves about the GR and new GR II from fellow street photographers, Doug decided it was time to check it out for himself. In this episode, we turn…
Canon EOS 80D Review
Jun 13, 2016 • 51 min
The Canon EOS 80D comes three years after the popular 70D, one of the company’s most popular APS-C mid-range cameras. Among a crowded market of 24MP APS-C bodies, the 80D stands out for its video and Live View capabilities. Positioned between three-digit…
Nikon D500 Review
May 30, 2016 • 65 min
The Nikon D500 comes more than 6.5 years after the D300, Nikon’s last semi-pro APS-C body. It may have been worth the wait as the D500 may now be the go-to camera for sports and nature. By using the same autofocus sensor as the full-frame D5, Nikon has…
Panasonic Lumix GX80/GX85 Review
May 16, 2016 • 52 min
The Lumix GX80 (GX85 in North America) is Panasonic’s latest 16MP micro four-thirds (MFT) mid-range camera. Essentially the same body as the GX7 and smaller than the GX8, the new camera includes excellent in-body 5-axis image stabilization, a tiltable…
Travel Gear Review
Apr 18, 2016 • 57 min
Doug and Gordon go beyond just cameras and lenses and take a look at some of the other gear they use and recommend, specifically for travel photography. Some of the gear mentioned in the show: * Fujifilm Instax Camera * F-Stop Bags * Billingham Hadley Pro…
Sony a6300
Apr 11, 2016 • 65 min
The a6000, launched two years ago, has been one of Sony’s greatest hits in digital still photography. It remains one of the kings of continuous autofocus, particularly among mirrorless cameras. Sony’s long-awaited update, the a6300, has primarily been…
Fujifilm X70
Mar 28, 2016 • 40 min
The Fujifilm X70 is a smaller, less-expensive X100T-style camera. That means Fuji’s excellent 16MP APS-C X-Trans sensor, a fixed 28mm f/2.8 full-frame equivalent lens (vs. the 35mm FFEQ on the X100T) in a package that’s just a bit too large to fit in most…
Fujifilm X-Pro2
Mar 14, 2016 • 34 min
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the company’s new flagship X-series model, replacing the four year-old X-Pro1. The X-Pro2 occupies a unique niche as an interchangeable-lens autofocus rangefinder camera. It’s that improved hybrid optical/electronic range/viewfinder…
Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Feb 1, 2016 • 47 min
To kick off 2016, Doug taps Gordon’s extensive knowledge of all-things MFT to bring you this roundup of the best micro four thirds lenses. Starting with kit zooms, they go through fisheyes, wide angle, normal, telephoto, macro and extreme telephoto glass.…
All About the Gear – 2015 Wrap Up
Dec 21, 2015 • 45 min
As we close out another great year of photographic gear, Gordon and Doug review their favorites. Once again those big DSLR vendors, Nikon and Canon, don’t have anything new that makes the cut. Here’s a rundown of Gordon and Doug’s favorites: * Sony RX100…
Canon G9X
Nov 30, 2015 • 30 min
The Canon Powershot G9X is the latest, smallest and least-expensive addition to Canon’s GX line. Using the same 1” sensor as the G3X, G5X, G7X and the Sony RX100 mk III, the G9X is the smallest and most-pocektable 1” sensor camera on the market. While you…
Sony a7S II
Nov 16, 2015 • 49 min
The Sony a7S II is the second high-ISO “S” model and the sixth overall in the company’s a7 line of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It shares the improved body with the other “mark II” models (better weather resistance, in-body image stabilization, enhanced…
Fujifilm X-T10
Nov 2, 2015 • 40 min
Fujifilm’s X-T10 is a great low-cost entry into Fuji’s line of X-Trans sensor interchangeable-lens cameras. You can now get the same great mage quality of the company’s flagship X-T1 for just half the price. In fact, for only US$1,000 you can get the new…
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Oct 19, 2015 • 43 min
The OM-D E-M10 II brings 5-axis in-body image stabilization to Olympus’ smallest micro four-thirds body. The camera also features an excellent OLED electronic viewfinder, much-improved controls, a fast electronic shutter and a new focus-bracketing…
Panasonic Lumix GX8
Oct 5, 2015 • 57 min
The Panasonic Lumix GX8 is the third in the company’s “GX” line to which they’ve added weather sealing, a fully articulating LCD, 4K video, 4-axis in-body image stabilization and a 20MP sensor. The GX8 is a great mid-range micro-four-thirds camera that…
DxO One
Sep 21, 2015 • 41 min
The DxO One is a unique camera. Like the Sony QX cameras, it depends on a smartphone for its viewfinder/display and controls, but the One is iPhone-only and connects via the Lightning port rather than WiFi. For years, special guest Alex Lindsay has begged…
Sony RX100 MK IV
Sep 7, 2015 • 44 min
The Sony RX100 mk IV is a rare beast: the fourth generation in a very successful line of cameras. But at US$950, it’s also the most-expensive point-and-shoot compact that fits in a pocket. The mk IV is the same size as its predecessor, but has a number of…
Sony A7R MK II
Aug 24, 2015 • 46 min
The Sony a7R mk II is already being heralded by many as Camera of the Year. While most camera “sequels” add a new feature or two, Sony has put their best-of-everything technologies into the successor to the a7R. Is it the ultimate do-anything camera? At…
Leica Q
Aug 10, 2015 • 47 min
The Leica Q is the first of what could become an entirely new product line for the German manufacturer. It includes a non-interchangeable 28mm f/1.7 Summilux autofocus (!) lens coupled with a gorgeous full-frame sensor. At US$4,250, the Leica Q is hardly…
Canon 5DS
Jul 27, 2015 • 46 min
Nearly three years since the release of the popular 5D mk III, Canon has finally brought out the much-anticipated 50.6MP 5DS and 5DSR. Yes, these are the current leaders in the megapixel wars, beating out the 42MP Sony A7R mk II by a few months and…
Panasonic Lumix G7
Jul 13, 2015 • 42 min
The Panasonic Lumix G7 replaces the two-year-old G6. It’s quite similar to the GX7, positioned between the GF7 and top-of-the-line GH4. Since it uses the same sensor (ie, same image quality) as the GX7, GM5 and GF7, why would you opt for this new model…
Canon T6i/750D and T6s/760D
Jun 29, 2015 • 46 min
Gordon and Doug look at two new Canon cameras: the Rebel T6i and T6s, also known as the 750D and 760D, respectively. (Yeah, it’s confusing.) The original Rebel was the first under-$1,000 DSLR and now boosted to 24 megapixels, these new models continue as…
Panasonic Lumix ZS50/TZ70
Jun 15, 2015 • 33 min
The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 (ZS50 in North America) is one of the “super zoom” or “travel zoom” compact cameras, whose most-notable feature is a 30x optically stabilized zoom lens. That would be the equivalent of a whopping 24-720mm lens in a full-frame…
Nikon D5500
Jun 1, 2015 • 55 min
The Nikon D5500 is the company’s third camera in the D5xx series, positioned as a solid entry-level body between the D3300 and D7200. All three share the same image quality. The differences? The D5500 is Nikon’s only DSLR with an LCD that is both fully…
Canon EOS M3
May 4, 2015 • 48 min
Did you know Canon has a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera? Well, they do, but not in the U.S. The Canon EOS M3 follows the original “M” launched in 2012 and updated to the M2 a year ago. The new EOS M3 sports a number of substantial improvements…
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Apr 20, 2015 • 58 min
With a new 40 megapixel mode and improved in-body image stabilization, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is already one of the hottest cameras of the year. As All About the Gear approaches its second anniversary, CameraLabs.com’s Gordon Laing joins host Doug Kaye to…
Doug Shoots Film!
Apr 13, 2015 • 51 min
What’s gotten into Doug? He hadn’t shot a roll of film for more than 15 years, but after collecting used M-mount lenses (Leica and Voigtlander) to use with his Sony a7-family cameras, he suddenly realized, “Hey, I could buy an old Leica and try shooting…
Samsung NX1
Mar 30, 2015 • 38 min
Samsung isn’t typically included when we discuss major camera manufacturers, and the company’s earlier models were in fact unimpressive. That’s why Frederick and Doug were so surprised when the Samsung NX1 turned out to be one of the best APS-C cameras…
Fuji X-100T
Mar 16, 2015 • 42 min
Fujifilm’s X100 series of cameras have built a very loyal following including some high-profile photographers. So what’s new in the third generation of this retro-styled fixed prime-lens mirrorless camera? The X100T sports improved controls, a better EVF…
Sony A7II
Mar 1, 2015 • 44 min
Barely a year after its introduction of the first A7 camera, Sony has brought us an upgrade: the A7II. It’s the fourth A7-series body, now sharing the stage with the high-resolution A7r and the high-ISO A7s. So what’s changed in the Sony A7II? The big…
Panasonic Lumix GM5
Feb 16, 2015 • 39 min
According to the manufacturer, this new Panasonic Lumix GM5 is the world’s smallest micro four-thirds camera, replacing the same-size Lumix GM1. The sensor is the same as in the Lumix GM1, but the new camera sports a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF)…
Lytro Illum
Feb 2, 2015 • 40 min
A year ago we reviewed the original Lytro camera. Doug didn’t think Lytro was really in the camera business, but rather into technology licensing. But that camera’s successor, the Illum, is much more like what we think of as a camera, albeit with…
Canon 7D Mark II
Jan 19, 2015 • 24 min
To say that this upgrade to Canon’s popular 7D has been “long anticipated” would be an understatement. It’s been a long five years since Canon announced the original. Frederick and Doug ask, “Was it worth the wait?” The Mark II has excellent autofocus in…
All About the Gear – 2014 Wrap-Up
Jan 5, 2015 • 54 min
It’s that time of year once again. Frederick and Doug look back on the gear of 2014 and then into the crystal ball for what we might expect in the year to come. 2014 was a year in which mirrorless cameras continued to gain on more-traditional DSLRs, a…
Fuji X-30
Dec 22, 2014 • 32 min
The Fujifilm X30 is a replacement for the X20. The new camera has an electronic viewfinder instead of a rangefinder and includes a lot of new features. It’s relatively inexpensive at $600 including the non-interchangeable 4x zoom lens, but it’s still too…
Nikon D750
Dec 9, 2014 • 40 min
Although discontinued two years ago, the Nikon D700 was one of the most-loved digital cameras ever made. Six years since the D700 was introduced, Nikon has finally come out with the 24MP D750. Is the D750 a worthy successor to the D700? Doug and Frederick…
Apple 27″ iMac Retina 5K
Nov 24, 2014 • 48 min
After a year of anticipation, Apple have finally announced its 27” iMac with Retina 5K Display. It took less than an hour for both Frederick and Doug to jump on in with both feet and place their orders. Now that the wrapping paper has faded, and they’ve…
Nikon D810
Nov 10, 2014 • 33 min
Nikon’s original D800 and D800e 36MP monsters, launched in 2012, were impressive — even groundbreaking — but also flawed in some ways. The company’s new D810 is an evolutionary refinement of the pair. Though lately most innovations in the digital camera…
Panasonic Lumix LX100
Oct 28, 2014 • 43 min
The new Panasonic/Lumix LX100 is getting a lot of buzz for being the smallest still-image camera that can also shoot 4K video. It seems to be aimed directly at Sony’s third-generation RX100 mkIII. Did Lumix hit the target? Doug and Frederick dive deep…
Sigma DP2 Quattro
Sep 1, 2014 • 30 min
Based on Sigma’s new and unique Foveon X3 sensor, the Quattro can capture images of remarkable color, clarity and depth. But according to Doug, that’s only for certain subjects and under the right conditions. The question is whether the quality is worth…
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
Aug 18, 2014 • 35 min
Panasonic has just released the latest in their eight-year series of “bridge cameras” — the Lumix FZ1000. It’s as easy to use as a point-and-shoot but the size of a small DSLR because of its 16x zoom. Who’s this camera for, asks Frederick? For almost…
Sony RX100 MK III
Aug 4, 2014 • 31 min
Sony updates its very popular Sony RX100 Mark III with a new third version. The camera is already being heralded as the best-ever compact or point-and-shoot. But at $800, it’s also the most expensive. The new model touts a cool pop-up electronic…
Sony A7S
Jul 15, 2014 • 50 min
The Sony A7s is being heralded as “Camera of the Year” by some reviewers, Frederick and Doug take a look at the third camera in Sony’s a7 series. While offering a sensor with only 12MP, the a7s is getting a lot of attention for a sensor that can shoot up…
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Jul 7, 2014 • 40 min
The long-awaited latest Lumix “G” flagship camera breaks new ground: It can shoot 4K video and save it directly to an SD card. So this week we invited video guru Dave Dugdale to join Doug and Frederick and give us his two cents. Doug put the GH4 through…
Sony A6000
Jun 24, 2014 • 35 min
The a6000 replaces Sony’s NEX-6 and at only $600 (body only, street price) you might think this is just another entry-level camera, comparable to a point-and-shoot. But you’d be wrong. Sony claims this is the world’s fastest autofocusing mirrorless camera…
Fuji X-T1
Jun 9, 2014 • 60 min
Based on previously using the X-E1 and X-E2, Doug started this review with quite high expectations. And while the X-T1 is certainly one of Fujifilm’s greatest cameras to date, he didn’t find that it comes up #1 by every criterion. Controls? Autofocus?…
Olympus OM-D E-M10
May 27, 2014 • 23 min
The OM-D E-M10 is Olympus’ smallest and least-expensive micro four-thirds camera to date. Is it an entry-level MFT body? A good second camera? And how does it stack up to the venerable E-M5? Doug & Frederick put the new puppy up against it’s larger, older…
Nikon D4s
May 12, 2014 • 32 min
Nikon’s latest flagship camera can shoot at an amazing ISO 409,6000. As Frederick says, “It’s so sensitive, it can see the future.” But is that claim hype or reality? And who should spend $6,500 for this camera? Doug spent three weeks shooting with this…
Nikon D3300
Apr 21, 2014 • 35 min
What’s new in the entry-level DSLR market? The Nikon D3300 is the latest candidate in this niche. But the real question for most buyers isn’t whether it’s the best DSLR at this level, but whether one might be better off with a comparable mirrorless…
The Lytro Camera
Mar 17, 2014 • 23 min
The Lytro is the first commercially available light-field camera. There’s been a lot of buzz (and even controversy) surrounding this revolutionary focus-later device, but it’s not clear whether this is an important development or just a gimmick. Frederick…
Nikon Df
Mar 3, 2014 • 28 min
The Nikon DF (for “Digital fusion”) is at first glance the technology of a Nikon D4 sensor (at half the price of a D4) in a D600-class body that touts compatibility with classic Nikkor lenses. But that’s just the full half of the glass. Doug spent three…
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Feb 16, 2014 • 55 min
The Best Micro Four-Thirds Camera Yet? Olympus claim the OM-D E-M1 has the fastest autofocus of any camera, but is that really true? The E-M1 also has a new 16MP sensor, but does it deliver better images than the popular OM-D E-M5, which now sells for…
Sony A7
Jan 27, 2014 • 50 min
The long-anticipated Sony a7 and a7R have been called the cameras of the year by some. Doug was an early fanboy, but does the a7 live up to the hype and his expectations? The a7 and a7R are the first full-frame, mirrorless, autofocusing…
Sony QX10 Lens Camera
Jan 13, 2014 • 22 min
Are the QX “lens cameras” upgrades for mobile shooters? Killers of the point-and-shoot? Darlings of the hacker/maker crowd? Doug and Frederick discuss the $250 QX-10 and its more-serious brother, the $500 QX-100. Could one of these cameras be in your…
Panasonic Lumix GX7
Dec 30, 2013 • 36 min
Doug loves the new Panasonic Lumix GX7. It’s fun and easy to use, has great controls and is highly configurable. It even passed Doug’s no-user-manual test, which not many cameras can do. Could this be the perfect micro-four-thirds (MFT) camera, more than…
Fuji X-E1
Dec 3, 2013 • 32 min
Doug has fallen in love with Fujifilm’s little X-E1 and her younger sister, the new X-E2. But Frederick digs deeper and gets Doug to explain the real strengths and weaknesses of this unique camera system. About the Fuji X-E1 Sporting a 16MP sensor using…
Canon 70D
Nov 19, 2013 • 30 min
Nikon vs. Canon? Doug discovers what it’s like to use one of those “other” cameras, in this case the new Canon 70D. He and Frederick explain the buzz about autofocus technologies: contrast, phase-detection and hybrid. About the Canon 70D Canon introduces…
GigaPan Epic Pro
Oct 10, 2013 • 21 min
Creating gigantic pixel large format images doesn’t necessarily require the use of Hubble sized optics and sensors. Using commercially available hardware, you can use your existing camera, along with software to shoot and stitch together amazing mosaics…
Sony RX1R
Sep 30, 2013 • 32 min
In this episode of All About the Gear (AAtG), Frederick and Doug rendezvous at T-Rex in Berkeley, CA to have lunch and discuss Doug’s findings after giving the Sony RX1R a try. This full frame Sony mirrorless camera looks to be positioned as a stiff…
Fuji X-100s
Sep 9, 2013 • 53 min
In episode #3 of All About the Gear, Doug Kaye and Frederick dive into the famed Fuji x100s camera. Find out if this little beastie lives up to all the hype, and if it’s actually the perfect walk-around camera. This camera sports a fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens,…
Leica M9
Aug 23, 2013 • 52 min
In this second episode of All About the Gear, Doug Kaye reveals his observations of the Leica M9. It’s an expensive piece of kit, but some folks say it’s worth every singe penny. Can this Bently of cameras justify its price tag? And does the image quality…