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iPhone XS Max Review | Portrait & Bokeh Mode | Great But One Big Flaw!

I was able to get the iPhone XS Max on launch day! But the main thing I care about is the camera and some of its newer settings and modes. The one key mode boasted by Apple is their updated Portrait and "select" your bokeh after the picture mode. So I put it to the quick test in this hands on review. Is it really that amazing as its said in the keynote? Well no but I did find the huge flaw in it. Let me know your thoughts. Is it a big deal? Are you getting the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max?

As always "Keep an Eye Out!"

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Canon EOS R Leaked Specs Preview: Canon's Full Frame Mirrorless Home Run?

With Nikon having their big announcement last week, we get pretty much the leaked finalized specs of what Canon will announce on September 5th. Canon is looking to have a promising home run with this camera but one or two key things may be missing. That and an unknown price point at this time. But an ergonomical body, full frame 30.3 megapixel sensor, 4K video and Dual Pixel AF but be what most have asked for. But what are your thoughts? Let me know down in the comments below. I will have a pinned post with the latest information, so be on the lookout for pricing. This is the Canon EOS R, canons mirrorless camera of 2018.

Link: Canon Rumors- https://www.canonrumors.com/here-are-the-first-images-and-specifications-for-the-canon-eos-r-and-the-new-rf-mount-lenses/

 

Nikon Z6, Z7 and Lens Roadmap for 2018, 2019 and 2020

It's official! Nikon announces their first full frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7. Both share a lot of features but I cover some of the key differences as well in the preview video. I also cover the lenses that were announced and give my final thoughts and if the Z6 and Z7 are worth the prices. What are your thoughts? A home run from Nikon or did they miss?
TOC:
Key Differences 01:30
Similarities 03:48
Cons 05:48
Notes/Lenses 07:43
Final Thoughts 08:08

How To Make Any DSLR Camera Mirrorless (2018)

In this video I show you how to make any camera/DSLR mirrorless. Talking about mainly Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras coming up in 2018. This being a big and popular topic right now, I show you how to DIY and hack it yourself. Be VERY careful of how you approach doing this. You may cause some damage, so please follow my tutorial step by step.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and give your thoughts on if you try it at home.

As always "Keep an Eye Out!"

6 Lessons Saul Leiter Taught Me: Street Photography (+GIVEAWAY)

These are 6 lessons that Saul Leiter taught me that helped open my eyes for my own personal photography. Saul was very well known for his style that showed abstract thought, minimalism, his love of bright color and more! I have studied Saul's work for a while and share my findings in the video above. Two other photographers who inspire me right now, who also embody Saul's style, is Joshua Jackson and Craig Whitehead, Sixstreerunder.
Joshua Jackson: https://www.instagram.com/joshkjack/
Craig Whitehead: https://www.instagram.com/sixstreetunder

Main Photo of Saul Credit: Tony Cenicola
Ted Forbes Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJdIJkt3Gz8

I have a Photofile book of Saul's work, paperback book, that I am giving away for anyone who comments down below and leaves a thumbs up on the video.

As always "Keep an Eye Out!"

Fuji's Lens Roadmap 2019-2020: Is Fuji Feeling Pressured By Sony?

With Fuji's recent announcement of two lens, the 8-16mm f2.8 and 200mm f2, they also shared their lens roadmap for 2019 and 2020. In this roadmap we see a Fuji 16-80 f4, 16mm f2.8 and a 33mm f1.0. But the main question is, is this too much? Is Fuji feeling too pressure by Sony? Now I do agree they need more zoom wide angle lenses, but with all of the options expected to be out....I feel its covered since Fuji will not go full frame. Let me know your thoughts though in the comments. Is Fuji trying to hard? Are they being too pressured by Sony?

As always "Keep an Eye Out!"

Nikon and Canon Going Mirrorless (The Unpopular Opinion)

Nikon and Canon are going mirrorless, finally. But is them being forced actually a good thing? Here is my unpopular opinion on the subject. Also, no this video is not about the DSLR vs mirrorless debate.
Both camera brands are being forced to go mirrorless because of how much Sony has done in the full frame market over the past two years. But is Nikon jumping the ball to soon by announcing what they will be doing shortly? Is Canon waiting until 2019 a smart move or something that can be seen as too late?
People like an option of going mirrorless because of the tech you can inlcude. EVF, better video options, smaller size...etc. What do you think? Is this a lose lose situation for Nikon or Canon?

As always "Keep an Eye Out!"

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f/2.8 & Fujifilm XF10 Preview: Fuji's Top Lens of 2018

Fuji announces a few new cameras and lens for a big 2018 gear push. The Fujifilm XF10 is an interesting camera that will cost you around $500 USD. It's a 24 megapixel sensor camera that fits in your pocket with a fixed 18.5mm f2.8 lens. The other big deal and HEAVILY rumored lens, the Fuji XF 8-16mm f/2.8 is official. Is it a bit overpriced? Let me know down in the comments below. Oh, if you care, there's a Fuji 200mm f/2.8 for $6,000 USD.

Broll promo video credit to: FUJIFilm Global
XF10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv3VuEX9R20
8-16mm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA1G2pqdZOM
200mm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO-XQM7kbzg

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III First Impressions & Unboxing: Why over the F4?

I give a hands on unboxing and first impressions of the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III. I "upgraded" from the f4 version for just a few small reasons. But despite the price tag being almost $1,000 more over the f4 you get a lens that feels professional and durable. Also, this lens have an 82mm filter mount allows me to use my current filters that I've used on my Canon 24-70 2.8 II lens. I will have a full review on this lens soon, so stay tuned! What would you like to see in the review? Let me know in the comments below.

As always "Keep an Eye Out!"

Canon 6D Mark II-One Year Later, Why ND Filters Are Useful and How To Expose For The Sky & Subject

On this round of photography questions and answers, we tackle some gear and tips for shooting outdoors. A common request at the moment is about the Canon 6D Mark II and if I would still suggest it after owning it for about a year. Answer in the video. The next two questions involved ND filters and exposure. Why are ND filters key to shooting outdoors and how do you expose for both the sky and subject.
Canon 6D Mark II Review:
https://youtu.be/aOMIRkPdI1Y

You'll NEVER Look At Photos The Same Way Again (Maybe Exaggerated)

I was looking through Instagram and saw a candid photo that Zack Arias posted. Its a photo of three strangers sitting next to each other on a subway car. Later on Zack posted a cropped version of just two of them, which told a different story all together. It never hit me to look back at older photos and try it out to see if I can get a different point of view or story. How about you, did you get a different vibe from the photos? Have you looked back at older work? Should you crop photos? Let me know your thoughts down below. Thank you Zack for allowing me to use your photos.
If you are looking for graphic/animation work, a huge thanks to Ryan Drum:
ryanryandrum@gmail.com
Zack Arias Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarias/?hl=en

PolarPro QuartzLine Filter Review: ND1000, ND16/PL, Long Exposure Photography

I get a hands on review of PolarPro's new filter line, the higher end QuartzLine Series. I was able to test out their ND1000, 10 Stop ND filter, and the ND16/PL, Polarization, filter. My main question with filters is how durable are they and how is the color produced. After using these for a bit of time I am happy to say the color and durability are actually amazing. I highly recommend these and at their current price point, despite seeming high, are very much worth it! I was not paid or sponsored by PolarPro, they simply sent them over to review and asked for my honest thoughts. Check out their filters below and information on their lifetime warranty, if bought from their direct site:
QuartzLine Filters: https://www.polarprofilters.com/products/quartzline-filters
PolarPro Warranty/Buy Back Promo: https://www.polarprofilters.com/pages/quartzline-buy-back

Sony RX100 VI Preview: Huge Fast Zoom Lens, 4K & Still Compact

Sony announces the new Sony RX100 VI, Sony RX100 6. This has been a long time coming but is it worth it? Clocking in at around $1,200 US and launching in July this should do pretty well. It's the "all you ever need" camera as Sony puts it. The biggest features wrap around to 4K video, 120 fps full HD shooting and includes S LOG3 and Hybrid Log. The new RX100 VI uses a 24-200mm zoom lens with an f/2.8-4.5 variable aperture. Its like having a 24-70 and 70-200 all in one pocketable camera. But there are two things missing, still a mic input and 60fps at 4K video. It's looking like Sony is sticking to 24/30 fps in this compact camera line. The other thing that isnt available now is the record time while shooting 4K. Is it still 10 mins? Stay tuned for any updates. That being said, is this the camera for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.