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  • Glazer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Cameras, Lenses & Accessories

    Every year we see a release of new cameras and lenses, many of which we want to buy, immediately. We get excited to see new advances in technology or new focal lengths in lenses. This year was no exception to some pretty stellar announcements in the world of photography. For the holiday season, we’ve put together a sampling of the best cameras and lenses available!

     

     

    Canon EOS R

    This new camera from Canon offers a full frame sensor in a compact body, with a user experience that will be enjoyable for new and existing Canon camera owners alike. Offering a 30.3 megapixel sensor, a broad ISO range, 4K video and much more. This camera would be great for those interested in a broad spectrum of genres, including travel, landscape and of course, creating video. Consider paring the EOS R with the new Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM, a compact, versatile wide angle macro lens. 

    Tenba offers a great selection of camera bags suited for a variety of cameras. We love the DNA 11, large enough to hold a camera, an additional lens or two, tablet, accessories and more, with velcro/latch locks on the front or zippered top access. The DNA 11 is available in Copper (pictured), Cobalt and Graphite, as well smaller and larger versions. For Camera Strap options, check out the Peak Design Leash V2, available in Black or Ash.

     

     

    Canon EOS Rebel T6 Kit with 18-55mm & 75-300mm Lenses

    The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is a great camera for those just getting started in photography, or those who are ready to upgrade an older camera, to this newer model. At this price point it is a steal of a deal. The Rebel T6 camera offers an 18 Megapixel sensor, wifi and more! Included in the kit are two zoom lenses, which will give you great flexibility in photographing a variety of subjects.

     

     

    Fujifilm X-T20 with 18-55mm f/2.8 – f/4

    From Fujifilm the X-T20 is a robust, camera. With a vintage vibe, a compact body, a 24.3 megapixel sensor, Fujifilm film simulations and much more. When paired with the 18-55mm lens, this is a great option for a day outing, or even an extended journey.  The Fujifilm X-T20 is also available, body only in Black or Silver .

    A great option to carry your Fujifilm X-T20 is the Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L, small, lightweight, yet carries the essentials. Available in Ash (pictured), Sage or Black. For camera straps, check out the Peak Design Leash in Ash!

     

     

    Fujifilm X-H1 

    Fujifilm announced the X-H1 earlier in 2018. Offering 5-axis in-body image stabilization, a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 4K video and more. This camera bridges the gap from Fujifilm’s smaller cameras, into a great option for photographers who are capturing action, like sports or dance, as well those creating video content. Pair this up with an essential lens like the 35mm f/1.4 or go all in with a cinema lens like the MKX18-55mmT2.9.

    Check out the Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L in Charcoal (pictured) or Ash to carry your new X-H1 with lens attached, a couple more lenses, tablet, accessories, batteries and more. The Curve from Black Rapid is a great camera strap option too!

     

     

    Lensbaby SOL22 or SOL 45

     

    This year Lensbaby announced the new SOL 22/45. A fabulous and fun lens, allowing you to create images with smooth blur and bokeh, but tack sharp, focus on your subject. Through the tilt option with the lens you can isolate your subject for a truly unique perspective. Available for Sony, Canon, Nikon and Micro 4/3rds cameras from Panasonic and Olympus.

     

     

    Nikon Z7 w/24-70mm Lens

    New from Nikon, their first full frame mirrorless camera. Featuring Nikon’s familiar menu system, grip and aesthetic, this camera marks a new era in their offerings. Compatible with the new Z Mount lenses, like the 24-70, or any Nikon F-Mount lenses (with an adapter), the possibilities are endless in image creating with this camera.

    From Ona with love the Bowery available in a variety of colors in canvas or leather, pictured is the Leather Bowery in Cognac. And how about that vibrant camera strap from COOPH!

     

    Nikon D850

    One of Nikon’s Flagship DSLR’s, the D850 is the most recent in their DSLR line-up, offering up a 45.7 megapixel full frame sensor; weather resistant, rugged exterior, tilting touch screen, extended ISO range and much, much more. Pair up this fantastic updated camera with the 58mm f/1.4 lens for fabulous portraits, food photography, and beyond.

    To accompany this kit we like the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, 20L available in Ash, or Charcoal (pictured). And don’t forget a solid, flexible Peak Design Slide Camera strap in Ash or Black.

     

     

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III with 14-45mm f/3.5 – 5.6 lens kit 

    Capture high quality images and smooth video in this compact, easy to use camera from Olympus. A great option for every day photography but can handle more in-depth techniques like night photography, street photography and more. 

    For your new kit, you could add a great leather wrist strap, locally made by Gordy’s, or an awesome, compact sling back like this Think Tank Photo Turnstyle.

     

     

    Panasonic LUMIX G9 

     

    This powerful, sturdy, yet lightweight camera, offers options the filmmaker in your life will love, as well being a camera great for still photography. Just a few of the impressive options on the G9 include: 4K 60p Video & Slow Motion Effects, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.0, Dual SD Card Slots, and much, much more. Consider pairing the LUMIX G9 with the 12-60 G Leica DG f/2.8 – f/4 Lens, featuring high standards of detail & sharpness. As well this lens is built for the outdoors, a professional grade lens features a splash / dustproof / freezeproof design, a great choice for those drizzly Pacific Northwest explorations.

    Consider accessories like the Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover to hold your new Panasonic Lumix G9 or a cool strap like this braided rainbow camera strap from COOPH.

     

     

    Sony RX100 VI


    Sony continues to build and improve on the technology in the RX100 series, the newest, RX100 Mark VI includes: a 24-200mm Zeiss zoom lens, 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 24 fps continuous shooting mode, 4k video; just to name a few options! This little camera fits in the pocket and would be a great choice for someone who’s really seeking a lot of camera, in a little camera body.

    WINTER SALE 2018!!

    Join us for our Winter Sale Event December 14 – 15. 2018! We will have great in-store discounts, as well representatives from a multitude will be on hand at our store to help demonstrate gear and answer your questions, this holiday season.

     

  • Hands on with the Fujifilm X-T3

    It’s that time of year, autumn. A fave for many of us, as temperatures start to cool and leaves start to change. And of course… new cameras are announced. With so many new tools on the market, we thought we would take some time to get out in the field with them, create some images and share our experiences.

    Recently I took the new Fujifilm X-T3 out for a stroll through the Japanese Garden at the Washington Arboretum. The fall colors were in full force and the koi were angling for snacks, which we of course obliged.

     

    If you have used cameras like the Fujifilm X-T1 or X-T2, the Fujifilm X-T3 is going to feel like home. Moving from the X-T2 to the X-T3 will be a very easy shift, as the body doesn’t really have any changes. The eye-cup is perhaps the most noticeable change, it extends out just a bit more than on the X-T1/X-T2. Fujifilm has done this because the X-T3 now has a touch screen for auto focus or auto focus/capture. You will also feel very at ease with the menu system, it’s very similar to that of the X-T2 /  X Pro2 / X100F, with some new features added.

    If you are new to the Fujifilm lineup or considering making the jump to the Fujifilm system, you will find great joy in working with these cameras. While it has it’s cool, vintage looks, it feels great in the hand and the controls are thoughtful. With easy access to Shutter Speed and ISO via control dials and aperture via aperture rings on the lenses, you are good to go. If you are someone who prefers a larger camera body, there’s always a vertical grip available!

    Some updates from the X-T2 on the X-T3 include

    • A new: 26.1MP X-Trans sensor and X-Processor 4
    • Touch Screen for Focus, or Focus and Capture
    • Increased Frames per Second, up to 30 fps depending on camera settings
    • Bracket mode speeds increased
    • Flicker Reduction
    • Bluetooth and Wireless functionality (connect to Instax Printers, mobile phones, etc…)
    • Color Chrome Effect

     

    The new sensor, color and film simulations

    I’ve always had a fondness for the results from a Fujifilm X Series camera (just ask anyone, they will tell you so!), this sensor has delivered some beautiful files. Now with more megapixels, we need a little more storage. The file sizes are between 7-11 mb per JPG and 57-59 mb per RAW file, these will vary based on the information in the images.

    Something to consider enabling when capturing vibrant colors would be the new Color Chrome Effect. With this effect enabled, you will see more depth and gradation of colors like reds and oranges which are historically more challenging to photograph. Fujifilm cameras now have 16 Film Simulation options, including the newer Eterna. If you want to utilize the film simulations, I highly recommend going with the RAW(F) setting for your file type. This gives you the base RAW file and a JPG with that simulation applied.

    Increased Frames per Second & Bracket Mode

    What I immediately noticed when decided to try the bracketing mode, is that the speed of capture increased significantly over the X-T2. Typically with the X-Series cameras you most often have the option to do up to 9 frames in a burst, with 1/3rd, 2/3rd, 1 stop or more increments. I most often just do 3 images with 1 stop increments. In my opinion, with the dynamic range of most cameras on the market, using 1/3rd stop between each is too little and 3 stops between each could be too much. So my go-to is 1 stop for each. This gets me solid range of highlights, midtones and shadows, for blending into a HDR via Lightroom or Photoshop.

    This gives you an idea of the information in the shadows, mid-tones and shadows. Then taking the image into Lightroom and using the Merge to HDR function I had the following results:

     

    I recommend leveling up your editing game and doing a little retouching, even on something like this, you can get rid of the leaves and other elements that could be distracting using a program like Photoshop.

     

     

    Speaking of dynamic range, I thought I’d share one image where I pulled the highlights and pushed the shadows somewhat dramatically. This displays the broad amount of information in these files. The before image on the left, the after image on the right.

     

     

    Flicker Reduction

    For those of you capturing video or using electronic shutter in low light, you will want to enable this, it will reduce those lines you sometimes see in these situations.

     

    Bluetooth and Wireless

    Many of the Fujifilm X Series cameras now have these capabilities, one of the joys is the ability to send files to your phone via their Cam Remote app, or control the camera via this app. You can also send images direct to select Instax Share Printers. The Instax Share SP-2 creates Instax Mini Prints and the Instax Share SP-3 creates the newer Square Prints.  Options between cameras and printers will vary based on camera model and printer model.

     

    Overall…

    These are just a few things that make this camera a great option for photographers. The Fujifilm X-T3 is a great update to the Fujifilm X-T2, or X-T1, if you are ready to upgrade.

    If you have been contemplating diving into the world of Fujifilm cameras and are seeking a camera that is lightweight, yet robust with fabulous image quality, the Fujifilm X-T3 may just be the camera you’re seeking.

    The Fujifilm X-T3 is available for purchase with Glazer’s! You can also rent it  through Glazer’s Rentals department.


    All of the images in this article were captured in the RAW file format by Kate Hailey, using the Fujifilm X-T3 and the 23mm f/2 lens (except the shot of the X-T3 with SP3 printer). Images were edited using the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, in many cases, using their rendition of the Velvia Film Simulation with some basic, sharpening and color adjustments. 

  • Just Announced: Panasonic LUMIX S1R & S1

    In keeping with tradition, news from Photokina has not disappointed.

    Panasonic wowed us with an announcement of two new Full Frame Mirrorless bodies, the LUMIX S1R and the S1. Some of the most popular cameras, in the LUMIX line up to date have included the GH5/GH5S, especially for those capturing video.

    The LUMIX S1R and S1 offer 4K 60p video recording function and the Dual I.S. image stabilization system. This key feature will be something filmmakers on the go will really look to in this system. The camera will have a tilting touchscreen and dual card slots: one XQD and one SD.

    The LUMIX S1R boasts a 47 megapixel sensor and the S1 will have a 24 megapixel sensor.
    With the release of the LUMIX S1R and S1 there will new three new lenses, a 50mm f/1.4, 24-105mm and a 28-70mm; with upwards of 10 more lenses in the road map through 2020.

    Additional announcements included a strategic cooperation between Leica Camera, Panasonic and SIGMA: the L-Mount Alliance. This collaboration enables Panasonic and SIGMA to make use of the L-Mount standard developed by Leica for their own system. This opens up the spectrum of possibilities.

    Panasonic anticipates the S1R and S1 will be available in early 2019.