Photo Gear

Mechanical vs. electronic shutter: what are the differences and which one should you use?

Analog technologies are becoming digital. Rolls of film have been replaced by an electronic sensor, and moving mirrors are also slowly becoming obsolete. Yet, there is still one last remaining bit of the past to be replaced: the shutter. The technology here has not yet reached the necessary heights to go completely digital, so there are cameras that allow you to choose between a mechanical and an electronic shutter for each image. Each has its own pros and cons.

An old lens for a modern camera: Which to choose for portrait, macro, or landscape photography

Old manual lenses are popular because they capture interesting details, beautiful bokeh, and for the retro look they imprint on their images. But which retro lens should you choose for your digital camera? It’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of offerings. Save yourself some time – we’ve gathered some tips for you for some tried and true retro lenses suitable for various genres. Whether you’re into portrait, landscape, macro, or street photography, we’ll help find the right lens for you. 

Choosing Sports Photography Gear II: Picking a Lens

Last time around, we discussed what to focus on when choosing a camera for your sports photography. Now that you know how to choose the camera, let’s talk about choosing the lens. A good lens for sports photography is one that’s inexpensive if possible, that’s universal, and that has decent parameters. What lenses meet these requirements, and what should you base your decision on? You’ll learn all this in today’s article.

A Zoner Review: The Manfrotto BeFree GT XPRO Carbon

In today’s review, we’ll be looking at the carbon tripod from the Italian manufacturer Manfrotto. They praise its collapsibility, its low weight, and the built-in 90° column mechanism for macro photography in its top casting. We’ve test-driven it for you and come back with an evaluation and a verdict. Read up on how the Manfrotto BeFree GT XPRO stood up in our testing.

Choosing Sports Photography Gear I: Picking a Camera

Sports photography is one discipline that places some heavy requirements on your gear. Besides the right lens, you need the right camera as well. What should be the foundation for your choice here? There are countless cameras on the market, but not all of them are suitable for sports photography. Based on my practical experience, I’ve written up some criteria that you should follow if you don’t want to make a misstep.

Portraits With an LED Ring Light? Great Lighting, Easy to Carry, and Lots of Fun.

Permanent lights for photography come in a variety of colors and shapes. Among the more exotic of these lights are LED ring lights. And we were interested in seeing what all you can conjure up with ring lights, so we gave one of them a thorough test run. Naturally we didn’t keep the results just for ourselves. We were surprised to see how much this light could do—the effects it produces are attractive, and it’s easy to work with. But we won’t stick to just theory; we’ll also show you how to work with ring lights in practice.

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