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4 Sep

Nikon D810 vs. Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D810 and Canon 5D Mark IV are the same in the sense that they are both high-end DSLR cameras sitting in the semi-pro class. Other than that, there are plenty other similarities, several significant differences and many small ones. D810 has been released in 2014. while the 5D Mark IV has joined the party two years later, in 2016. In this short comparison, we will see where exactly one cameras trumps another, and whether the recently-released 5D Mark IV can justify its steeper price tag against the older, more affordable D810. Body Both the D810 and 5D Mark IV come in highly durable, weather-resistant bodies with comfortable and deep grips. Both come with magnesium-alloy chassis with high quality plastic and rubber finish where...
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4 May

Drones vs. DSLR Photography

It's a no brainer that DSLR photography still trumps drone camera capabilities, but before we deem DSLR reigning king, let's take a look at some categories where we can closely compare the two. Image Quality Now many of us think that DSLRs blow drones out of the water when it comes to image quality, but it has become apparent that drones are becoming very capable of producing very high level shots. Drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 boast the best cameras on the market today attached to drones with technical specs including 1-inch sensors and 5.2K video resolution. Don't get me wrong, capable high resolution camera bodies like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D4S take breath...
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21 Mar

What You Need To Know Before Renting a Drone

Whether you're interested in renting a drone for a specific shoot, expanding your photo portfolio to include aerial shots, or just want something to take with you on your travels, your friends here at Lumoid have you covered. Renting a drone has never been easier and is a great option if you're not sure which one you want, if you need it for a shoot or vacation, or don't have the funds to splurge on buying one just yet. Before you start flying though, we've outlined a few things to consider before renting. Know the Rules and Regulations As excited as you are to rent a drone and get started flying, make sure you know all the rules and regulations that go into...
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15 Feb

Heavyweight Battle of the Drones: Phantom 4 vs. Mavic Pro

As the commercial drone market starts its long awaited boom, there has only been one clear front runner to lead the charge. The French company Parrot has struggled to produce top of the line products and American born GoPro just entered the drone scene with a major setback due to the recall of the Karma drone. That leaves us with two primary players, DJI and 3D Robotics (3DR). With strong initial funding, 3DR seemed to go round for round with DJI, but as time wore on, 3DR shifted its emphasis toward software solutions. Hence, DJI remains the only strong candidate in commercial drone hardware manufacturing. That leaves us to wonder, which of the DJI drones will continue to dominate the commercial...
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13 Feb

Why Ultra High ISO Makes All The Difference

Dropping thousands of dollars on a camera with ultra high ISO capabilities (we’re talking ISO 100,000 or above) is frankly overkill for many types of photography -- portraits are best captured with natural light, wildlife photography is really only possible during the day and fashion photography happens mainly in the studio. But there is one scenario in which an ultra high ISO can make the difference between a decent image and an outstanding one - and that’s when it comes to long exposure nighttime photography. Shooting at night introduces a world of difficulties that photographers don’t face during the day. Not only does nighttime shooting require an entire set of equipment not necessary in the sun - from tripods to cable releases to...
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30 Jan

Everything You Need To Know About SD Cards

As photographers, we’ve all had experience with SD, or Secure Digital, cards. These thin memory sticks look like a smaller, modern cousin to the floppy disc, and have the power to hold thousands of high quality images or hours of movie quality video. SD cards come in a range of sizes, both physically and in terms of capacity, which can make choosing the right one for your needs a difficult task. Whether you’re looking for an SD card for your phone, GoPro or DSLR camera, this article will help ensure you purchase the perfect card to fit your shooting requirements. SD cards technically come in three different sizes, but only two are commonly used today: SD and microSD cards. Regular SD cards...
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16 Jan

Camera Sensors: When Bigger Really Is Better

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to camera sensors, the stereotype holds true. If you’re in the market for a new camera, or are comparing the quality of two cameras, the first place to look is inside, at the sensor. Image quality is largely dependent on sensor size, meaning cameras with larger sensors will produce higher quality images than cameras with smaller sensors. This is due to the fact that larger sensors have larger pixels, which means they’re better at reducing noise, can record more information, have a larger dynamic range and perform better in low light. There are a few major camera categories, each of which has a corresponding sensor size. Medium Format Medium Format cameras have the...
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7 Nov

No, Your iPhone Camera Isn’t Just As Good As A DSLR

Movements like the 'Shot on iPhone6' campaign make some DSLR owners tremble with the fear that, at the end of the day, their expensive equipment is overkill compared to the recent high quality of cell phone cameras. But tremble not, you DSLR enthusiasts. Because, although the newest cell phone cameras might have breathtaking quality, they will never - or at least no time in the near future - live up to the power and complexity of a DSLR. As cell phone technology advances, and apps like Instagram become more and more popular, everyone now thinks they're a professional photographer. Gone are the days of complicated large format cameras and hours spent working over chemicals in a darkroom with expensive sheets of film. Gone, even, are the days of...
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13 Oct

Cleaning Your Camera Sensor Is Not As Scary As It Seems

If you’ve noticed small, black spots appearing across your photographs, then it’s probably time to clean your sensor. Like any invasive surgery, cleaning a camera sensor can be a dangerous operation. It requires careful preparation and execution, and if done improperly, can cause irreparable damage to your camera. But for those who are brave enough to take their camera sensor’s life into their own hands, we have some words of advice before beginning the procedure.    It’s not always obvious when your sensor needs to be cleaned, because depending on the camera settings, the dust spots might be too blurry to be really visible in some images. In order to check for sensor dust, take a wide shot of a light...
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23 Aug

Fujifilm’s New Cameras Are Retro-Chic Outside, Premium Inside

On my desk at work are three cameras. One is a Canon 6D that I use all the time. One is a Nikon N50 film camera which I never use and hate the way it looks. And, most beloved, a Pentax K 1000. It's a camera I wish I used more before because it exudes a classic coolness that's missing in my main camera. Never heard of a Pentax K1000? Here's what my baby looks like: Image: Ken Rockwell It's simultaneously sleek and industrial, reminiscent of a bygone era in photography. It's quintessentially a camera: classic and utilitarian. Frankly, it's a look that I wish newer DSLRs would embrace. I'd love to see more camera makers break out of...
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