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PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Vlog (Sony a7R III, Nikon D850, Guests & More!)

I vlog the entire PhotoPlus Expo 2017 from New York City. I was able to get hands on with the Sony a7R III, Nikon D850, Sigma 16mm 1.4, Fuji 80mm 2.8 Macro and much more. I had more goals to hit like the new Peak Design black backpack and more. It was crazy to see Sony take over Nikons usual spot as well. Special guest appearance by Jared Polin, FroKnowsPhoto. Thanks for any viewer for stopping me to say hi, it was awesome to meet in person! What were some of your favorite parts of PhotoPlus 2017?

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 Hands On First Impressions: PhotoPlus 2017

I get a quick hands on first impressions with the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 for Sony and Micro 4/3rds cameras. This is a pre-production model so I wasn't able to take photos with it. But its important to cover and wanted to shine some spotlight on it. The lens was super lightweight for being an f1.4 and was actually pretty tiny. There is no news on its price or announce date yet, the guy hinted to it being a few weeks away. So we will see, but if the price is right, it will easily sell.

Fuji XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro Hands On First Impressions: PhotoPlus 2017

I got hands on with the new Fuji XF 80mm f2.8 macro lens. This is going to do very well for Fuji on their x mount line of cameras, updating an older 90mm lens. This new macro will be about 120mm due to the crop factor, has OIS and will cost $1,200 bucks. It's coming out in November, so stay tuned. I have this set to be on loaner so we can do a full review. If you own a Fuji, is this a lens that interests you?

Sony a7R III Hands On First Impressions: PhotoPlus 2017

I got a quick hands on with the Sony a7R III at PhotoPlus 2017 in New York City. I wanted to share my first impressions using the camera at the Sony booth and having a chance to test it out for a short time with a model. The camera feels amazing, its very fast and its af speed/eye autofocus is top notch. The only downside I noticed with this quick hands on was that the screen and menu navigation wasnt fully touch enabled. That was a bit of a let down.
Stay tuned for more coverage of Photo Plus 2017, full vlog coming soon!

Sony a7R III Preview: Is the Sony A9 Now Pointless?

Sony announces the new Sony a7R III. But at $3,200 is the Sony A9 kind of pointless? That may be a bit extreme to say but this new a7r III is a beast with 42 megapixels, full 120 fps HD, 4K video, dual SD cards and a lot more. Sony used some of what was in the A9 and includes a touchscreen with a user friendly, joystick!
Let me know your thoughts below. Is this a worth upgrading too or did you expect more?

Polaroid OneStep 2 Review Hands On with i-Type Film In NYC: Polaroid Is Back

I give a hands on review of the new Polaroid OneStep 2 using the newer I-Type 600 film in New York City. I show how the new film looks and its coloring. The Polaroid OneStep Two is a welcomed release by Polaroid/Impossible Project in 2017. This camera is priced just right at around $100 bucks. The big change about this is not needing a battery for the newer film but still being versatile and able to use older 600 film. To be able to use the I-Type film, you can charge the One Step 2 through micro USB. This is simple to use and just fun. Sadly the film is still overpriced.
Polaroid OneStep 2:

Polaroid 600 Film, I-Type:
BHPhoto:  I-Type
BHPhoto:  600 Vintage Film

Why I Prefer Flash Over Natural Light

This is why I prefer using flash over just natural light for my work. This is not a dig at anyone who just uses flash or natural light and this is the main point of this video. The labeling the industry gives people of being pro or not pro. After a good collab between Jason and Irene a ton of questions and comments were brought up on this topic of flash photography vs natural light. It's simple, there is no one is better over the other. It comes down to what the photographer needs to use for the job they are doing. Do I work with natural light, of course, but I also know flash to help improve the situation.

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Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC G2 Full Review: Is It Really Worth $1,200?

I give a full review of the new Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC G2. Is this really worth the $1,200 USD price tag? This version 2 of the Tamron 24-70 is a big step up from the first version. It's a bit faster, more accurate and quieter. But it does have one slight flaw I noticed. Zoomed out at 70mm, I did notice the lens hunt at times. But I wouldn't let that deter you from buying this lens. If you are on a budget and dont want to spend almost $2,000 for a lens, give this Tamron a look. Its very much worth the money.
Thanks to BHPhoto for sending this out for review

Canon Rebel SL2/200D Review: Dual Pixel AF & A Vloggers Dream

I give a full hands on review of the Canon Rebel SL2 or 200D. I also vlog for a bit and show how the dual pixel autofocus works in this $550 USD camera. Be it a smaller price tag and body build, is it an actual good camera? Yes, oh yes it is. Now the Canon SL2 is targeted at beginners no doubt; body layout, 5 fps, single SD card slot and 9 af points. There are a few design flaws as well as shown in the video involving the screen and where the mic connects. But I would highly recommend this camera to anyone starting out or wants a reliable camera to vlog with.

Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC G2 vs Canon 24-70 2.8L II: Which To Buy?

I put the Tamron 24-70 2.8 G2 vs the Canon 24-70 2.8 II head on. This is a popular request as Tamron's newest 24-70 is in high demand. A key point on paper is the price difference; the Canon runs around $1,750 USD and the Tamron G2 $1,200 USD. But is the extra $500 worth it? Tamron does have one huge offering over the Canon beat, the VC, Vibration Control noted to 5 stops. It also is built a bit heavier as well. The two major things noticed is the Tamron at around 70mm hunts at times and has heavier vignetting wide open at f2.8.

Meike 85mm F2.8 Macro Lens Review: Macro/Portrait Lens Under $300

I give a hands on review of the Meike 85mm f2.8 Macro Lens. This is a full manual lens that is affordable with a $299.99 USD price tag and is a good combo for macro and portrait photography. It is very well built, no weather sealing, but I would definitely say its worth adding to the camera bag if you dont mind figuring our your settings to get the proper exposure. This is available in 5 mounts, only two have shipped right now. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Micro Four Thirds.

Canon Rebel SL2/200D Unboxing & First Impressions: Wow It's Small!

I give my first impressions of the Canon Rebel SL2/200D. In the unboxing we see what comes with this tiny camera but also learn that it packs a punch for around $600 USD. This EOS SL2 has two main features that many should love for video; Dual Pixel AF and a fully articulated touch screen. Getting DPAF in this camera is a steal. Stay tuned for the full review coming soon of this SL2 and 200D.

Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC G2 First Impressions, Unboxing & First Look Hands On

Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC G2 First Impressions, Unboxing & First Look. This is the most requested lens to test right now, right before the Sigma 24-70. This Tamron 24-70 version 2 only costs $1,200 and has 5 stops of Vibration Control. I give my first impressions and hands on first look of this desired lens. Is it a hefty lens? How does it compare to Tamron's newest set of lenses? Find out in the video below.
Thanks to BHPhoto for sending this out for review:

Polaroid OneStep 2 Preview: Polaroid Is Finally Back + New i-Type Film

On Polaroid's 80th anniversary, they announced the new OneStep 2 film camera. Back in May of 2017, Impossible Project bought the Polaroid brand name and the IP with it. This is the first film camera coming out under the Polaroid name in a long time. With this we get a fully analog camera that houses a 60 day charged battery that you can power through USB. It used the same old 600 film but also now a new i-Type film.

iPhone X, 8 & 8 Plus: Why I Will Not Upgrade, 1 Key Feature Missing & "New" Camera Specs

The new iPhone were announced today. I discuss why I will not be upgrading, for the first time in a while, to the new iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus. To be honest, there just is not much that grabs my attention. Between all three phones the two biggest features are wireless charging and dual lens image stabilization. But that's about it. Plus the rising cost of phones is getting out of control. The iPhone X, 64gb model, will run at $999....thats insane. There are slight upgrades, like 4K video at 60fps and now 240 fps at 1080p. If you are an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus user, I feel the iPhone 8/8 Plus just isnt a real upgrade. If you are a 6/6s user, that feels a bit better. The iPhone X stands on its own...but lets have this discussion below, is it really a good phone? Is it worth $999-$1299 bucks?
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