Camera and Lens Features

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Hands-on with the Pentax HD FA* 50mm F1.4 (for real this time)

One of the most keenly-awaited lenses for a while, the new Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 is finally here, and we've been using it for a few days. In this article, we're updating our initial impressions on the basis of our recent shooting with the K-1 II.

Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH: more fun than a Nissan Versa

Only Leica could have made the Noctilux-M F1.25 75mm ASPH – a manual focus prime lens that weighs more than a kilo and costs as much as a new car. We've been using one for a little while - click through for our take on what it's like to use.

First Impressions: Sony FE 400 F2.8 GM OSS

Read our first impressions of Sony's new pro-level 400mm F2.8, from the sidelines of a professional soccer match.

Shooting polar bears with the $12,000 Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Award-winning wildlife photographer Roie Galitz shares his experience shooting polar bears with the new Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR in one of the harshest places on Earth. Find out why Galitz calls his $12,000 behemoth "a dream lens."

Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

This highly-specialized lens is perfect for sports, action and wildlife photography. Check out these first sample images for a taste of what it's capable of.

Huawei P20 Pro hands-on: 3x zoom lens leaves the competition behind

A few days testing Huawei's new flagship device has us convinced that it's the most advanced smartphone camera to date.

Hands-on with the Sony a7 III

Sony's a7 III mirrorless camera includes many features from its more advanced a9 and a7R III siblings, but at a more aggressive price point. Here's a quick hands-on tour of some of the most notable upgrades and improvements to Sony's 'basic' full frame model.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with the Pentax K-1 Mark II and D FA* 50mm F1.4

We stopped by the Ricoh-Pentax booth at this year's CP+ show in Japan and got a chance to handle the new K-1 Mark II as well as a near-final version of the upcoming Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4. We even got a chance to informally test the K-1 II's crazy high ISO and hand-held Pixel Shift feature - click through to read our impressions.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Laowa 'Magic Shift Converter'

Venus Optics has been making some very interesting lenses in the past couple of years. and at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, the company is showing off an innovative 'magic shift converter'.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 50-200mm F2.8-4 ASPH

The Leica DG Vario 50-200mm F2.8-4 ASPH is the third and final lens in Panasonic's latest premium zoom lens lineup, and we had the chance to handle it in person at this year's CP+ show in Japan. Check out how this high-end tele-zoom handles in our slideshow.

CP+ 2018: First Look - Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master

At the CP+ 2018 show in Yokohama, we made a beeline for the Sony booth to feast our eyes on a prototype of the company's upcoming 400mm F2.8 G Master super telephoto lens.

CP+ 2018: First look at new Tamron FE-mount 28-75mm F2.8

The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is the first third-party standard zoom to be created natively for the Sony FE mount. We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama, where we got our hands on a prototype.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Tokina's 50mm F1.4 and 20mm F2

Tokina has recently released the 50mm F1.4 'Opera' and FíRIN 20mm F2 AF lenses, and we stopped by their booth at CP+ 2018 to get a feel for them.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with the new Tamron 70-210mm F4 VC

Tamron's new 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is a compact alternative to heavy (and pricey) F2.8 zooms. Take a look at our hands-on slideshow to see just how compact it really is.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' & 70mm macro

Sigma's new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a beast, weighing in at 1.6 kilos. We're at the CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, where we just got our hands on what Sigma is calling the 'bokeh master'.

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

We've had the chance to take a closer look at Samsung's new flagship smartphone and its improved camera system during the launch event in Barcelona. Here's what you need to know.

More than a speed light: Shooting with the Rotolight Neo 2

The Rotolight Neo 2 is an LED light panel with the capability to fire its LEDs fast enough and bright enough to act as a strobe. Is it enough to make stills photographers re-think their old-fashioned speed lights? Read on and find out.

Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a powerful, pocketable travel zoom compact camera, with an impressively long lens. We've had our hands on one.

The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been

While it shares a name with one of Leica's most popular and affordable cameras of the 1970s, the new CL is separated from its namesake by more than just years. We've been using one for a few days - click through for a detailed first-impressions report.

Is the future of beginner photography a bright orange camera with no buttons?

A Bay Area startup offering a pay-by-the-photo camera service cleverly addresses the pain points photographers experience when they pick up their first DSLR. But can it survive the smartphone?

Gear of the Year 2017 - Allison's choice: Google's HDR+ mode

They say seeing is believing, and that's exactly what happened when one DPR staffer took the Google Pixel 2 out for an afternoon shooting under challenging conditions.

Gear of the Year 2017 - Barney's choice (part 1): Leica M10

As 2017 winds down (yeah, we're shocked too) it's a great time to reflect on the past year. Over the coming week's we'll revisit some personal favorite cameras and lenses that we encountered this year, and what made them stand out.

Shooting the Presidents Cup with the Sony a9

Believe it or not, sports and live music photography have a lot in common – your reaction time as a photographer is crucial. Veteran music photographer Jeanette D. Moses gave the Sony a9 a try at a pro golf tournament recently – and was very impressed with the results.

Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4

Zeiss just announced a new prime lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs: the Milvus 25mm F1.4. It's very big, very heavy, and should be very high-performing – and we just got our hands on one.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN 'C': hands-on and additional details

Sigma has used the Photo Plus Expo show in New York as a launchpad for an all-new lens – the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary. It's a fast, high-quality prime for cropped-sensor Sony E-mount and M43 cameras.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

We're at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, where Fujifilm is showing off its new XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and GF 45mm F2.8 R WR prime lenses. Click through for a closer look.

Leica's 'new' Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 costs $325 per aperture blade

Leica's newest lens is one of its oldest. The Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 is a (slightly) modernized recreation of a classic 1930s design, famed for its unique soft focus look. We just got our hands on one.

Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

Canon announced four new L-series prime lenses recently: the TS-E 50mm, 90mm F2.8L and 135mm F4L Macro, and the 85mm F1.4L. We just got our hands on them.

Hands-on with the impressively small Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon's new PowerShot G1 X Mark III combines a 24MP APS-C sensor and hybrid autofocus system in an impressively compact body. Canon has been showing it to us at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York.

Hands-on with new Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

Tamron just announced a new 100-400mm telezoom, pitched at enthusiasts and professionals. The 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is the lightest in its class, and packs some impressive features. And we just got our hands on one.

Sony a7R III sample gallery
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The Sony a7R Mark III is here and we get our hands on one for a few hours while at a press event in New York City. See our sample gallery.

Video: Sony a7R III first look

Sony took the wraps off its a7R III this morning, and we've put together a short video highlighting its standout features.

Hands-on with the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 and 45mm F1.2 Pro lenses

We take a hands-on look at the new 17mm F1.2 Pro and 45mm F1.2 Pro lenses from Olympus, a pair of fast primes that promise excellent optical performance and beautiful bokeh in a compact, lightweight package.

Google Clips is an AI-enabled hands-free camera that costs $250

After some expected hardware update announcements, Google's "one more thing" turned out to be a tiny, hands-free camera designed to automatically capture everyday moments.

The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need

From landscapes to motocross and white water kayaking to a wedding, exactly what can't the D850 do?

Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV is here, and it's all about speed and autofocus. We got our hands on the camera in New York City today so you can take a look at what's new.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

Fujifilm has just taken the wraps off a brand new camera: the X-E3. They kindly loaned us a prototype for a few days, and we've given it the hands-on treatment.

Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is superficially quite similar to its predecessor, but despite inheriting many of the same features, the feature set has been tweaked to make the new camera easier – and more fun – to use.

Ricoh Theta V hands-on
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Ricoh's new Theta V brings a host of new features to the candybar-shaped 360 camera, from improved performance to live 4K video streaming. Take a tour of the 'V' in our hands-on slideshow.

Hands on: Nikon D850
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The Nikon D850 is here, and it is quite the specimen. Built for speed, resolution and 4K video capture, it appears to be a DSLR powerhouse. Take a closer look at Nikon's newest addition.

The Leica TL2 is a good, slightly silly, but great-looking camera

The TL2 is Leica's latest mirrorless camera, and brings several refinements over its stylish predecessors. In this article, we'll explain what you need to know.

The Olympus TG-5 is the best rugged compact you can buy right now

It's not perfect, but the TG-5 can go where most smartphones and traditional cameras can't. Throw in Raw capture, 4K and 20 fps bursts and you've got yourself a winner.

The same but different: Canon EOS 6D Mark II shooting experience

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II brings more resolution, better autofocus and faster continuous shooting to Canon's entry-level full-frame camera. And we've had the opportunity to shoot with one.

Meet the EOS 6D Mark II - Canon's entry-level full-frame DSLR

Rumors have been swirling around for a while, and Canon has just unveiled the long-awaited successor to the popular and long-serving EOS 6D. Read all about it in our hands-on preview.

Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D

Canon's latest entry-level DSLR is here. The new Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) is the belated successor to 2013's Rebel SL1, billed at the time as the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market.

Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over

Reliable 3D tracking, a fast burst rate, deep buffer, responsive touchscreen and impressive battery life also contributed to an excellent shooting experience.

Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F

If you had to choose one camera to bring along for the ultimate West coast road trip, what would it be? DPR's Sam Spencer choose the X100F.

Hands-on with Sony's new 16-35mm and 12-24mm wide-angle lenses

Sony's just released two new ultra-wide-angle lenses, and perhaps what's most surprising about them is their size and weight - or lack thereof. Read more

Professional powerhouse: Hands-on with the full-frame Sony Alpha a9

Live from New York it's the Sony Alpha a9! Our team is getting their hands all over the a9 and the new 100-400mm, and we've added some comments about the most important new features. Read more

Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4

Panasonic has announced a new ultra-wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds mount: the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4. We got our hands on a pre-production copy to take a closer look.

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