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Category: Reviews

28 Jun

DJI Spark: The Full Review

The latest and smallest drone has finally hit the market and the technology it packs does not disappoint. The DJI Spark is the most compact and portable drone to hit the shelves. Weighing roughly 0.5 pounds and as tall as your typical smartphone, the Spark is truly the most advanced compact drone. Now, just because it is tiny, it doesn't mean that it lost all of it's awesome technology. Photo via DJI On the contrary, the Spark now boasts Quick Launch with FaceAware technology that automatically detects your face and lifts off from the palm of your hand. By turning on the drone with the camera facing you and clicking the power button twice, the Spark will automatically detect...
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11 Jan

Lumoid’s Favorite Cameras of 2016

If you didn’t get the new gear you were hoping for during the holidays, it’s not too late for a little from-me-to-me present. And with some seriously powerful cameras released in 2016, why not start the new year off right and go for something that will completely change the way you shoot. So if you’re in the market for a new camera, or just want to drool over the new gear that’s out there, this list is here for you. 1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Fans of Canon’s 5D series rejoice! The new Mark IV is even more powerful than the previous cameras in the series, with an upgraded 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with an advanced DIGIC 6+ Image...
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14 Nov

Your New Favorite Lens: The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

If you're a Canon shooter in the market for a new, professional quality wide angle lens, then look no further because the Canon EF 16-35mm at f/2.8L III USM is here, and it's your new best friend. Measuring in at 3.5" x 4.4" and weighing in at 1.4 lb, this lens is slightly heavier than its predecessor, and slightly larger than a 24-70 f/2.8 II. Its exceptionally high quality makes it worthy of its L series designation, and will leave you drooling over its stunning results - whether you're a professional or amateur shooter. This lens has a large, 82mm filter size. You can always avoid the cost of the filter by simply not buying it, but only when the filter is...
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1 Sep

Coming Soon: Canon’s Newest Addition, the EOS 5D Mark IV

Emerging from a long line of well-loved DSLRs in the Canon 5D series, such as the original EOS 5D and the Mark II which introduced full HD video capture to DSLRs, the Mark IV certainly has a lot to live up to. Not to worry - it delivers! While not radically different in appearance from its predecessor (a strategic choice, as it allows photographers familiar with the other cameras in this line to be readily comfortable with it), it comes with amazing upgrades that make it one of the most complete DSLRs on the market. New features include a larger hand grip, 4k video capture, an upgrade AF system, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC and GPS, Dual Pixel autofocus, better weather-sealing and a 3.2...
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24 Jan

Alien Skin Exposure X: More Than Just a Bunch of Filters

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Alien Skin Exposure X was released late last year, and according to the company, it is an easy and faster way of organizing, editing and enhancing your images. While it does all of the above, I found it to be a better RAW image processor that gave me fast access to my files without having to upload them like I do in Adobe Lightroom. The Exposure X software can act as a stand-alone image-editing suite, or as a plug-in for both Photoshop and Lightroom. Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to use it, and here’s what I found. Organizing With Exposure X The Alien Skin Exposure X User Interface One of the strengths of Exposure...
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11 Jul

Lytro Light Field Camera Uses Simple Trick for Complicated Results

We’ve watched photography take off in some pretty fascinating directions over last 10-15 years and can only imagine where it’s headed over the next decade-plus. Among the more amazing pieces of tech during that time span has been Lytro’s Light Field Technology. While we shy away from using the term “game changer” – the tech inside the sensor Lytro developed is taking imaging in some incredible new directions. The entire notion of aperture and focus becoming adjustable after the image is captured, adding this kind of interactive perspective, is just a dazzling piece of imaging tech. The ability for even a beginner to choose what part of an image is in focus after the shot is taken blew us away when we first...
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9 Apr

The Future of Photography Through Lytro’s Illum

Photography is a world primarily dominated by Canon, Nikon and, to a lesser extent, Sony for decades. Photographers are loyal to their brands like dogs to their master. Who hasn’t gotten into an argument with someone that shoots with a brand other than yours? Breaking into this ultra-competitive world is a tough move with photographers so entrenched in their own brands. However, forward-thinking Lytro just might be on the verge of changing photography as we know it with their newest creation – the Illum. While they won’t be making users dump their top end DSLRs just yet, Lytro’s offering is one of the coolest cameras on the market. The Illum is cutting edge – so much so that it looks like...
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