January 2017

Arcus from Moshi: A backpack for the fashion-forward photographer

I have amassed quite a collection of photo backpacks over the years, in all shapes and sizes. Most are purely functional, and even those that look good, like my , clearly define themselves with functionality first. So I was very curious when Moshi, known for their fashionable accessories, asked me to test out their new Arcus backpack prior to launch at CES. I was impressed that while it is stylish, it could also fit my laptop, tablet, phone, paperwork, jacket, and camera with two lenses. So I was happy to give it a try. What I found was a pack that will make a lot of consumers happy, although it may not be rugged enough for most professionals.

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Retro camera for those with Leica envy

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)Right from the first look the screams retro, and reminds one of a Leica. Its square-shaped, solid-metal, body, with large control dials on top is a definite throwback. At first blush, so is the Rangefinder (which under the hood turns out to be a lot more than that). As with Leica, a carefully-curated selection of high-performance lenses complement the camera itself. The design may be retro, and a few of the features, but the Fuji X-Pro 2 packs a punch when it comes to the latest technology, features, and premium image quality. You won't be sacrificing anything in those areas by moving to one.

Deluxe Safari to Botswana and South Africa

Date: 
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 09:30 to Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00
May 5-25, 2018 (10 nights -- 4 nights each at 2 deluxe camps, 2 nights in Johannesburg)
Optional post-trip extension

Ultimate wildlife safari to world-class reserves in Botswana and South Africa

We'll be visiting two of the best wildlife photography locations in Africa -- MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa, and Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. To ensure we have plenty of time to explore and experience wildlife behaviors, we'll spend four nights at each camp. To maximize our time, we'll be flying to and between the camps on private charter aircraft. Prior to our wildlife adventure, we'll tap into the rich cultural traditions of South Africa by spending a day with a local expert in Soweto. The time in Johannesburg also gives us some time to decompress from our international flights, and adjust to the time change before we head off into the bush.

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Lots of new drones for photographers shown at CES

My initial goal was to survey the drone announcements at CES 2017 earlier this month, but it soon became clear that there were far too many. Literally dozens of companies, with likely well over a hundred new models. Many of them are amazing for photographers. In particular the updated GDU model, with a modular gimbal and support for a camera up to 5 pounds, is intriguing. You can .

2017 will be the year of user-generated 3D and VR content thanks to new capture devices

CES 2017 was chock full of new 180-degree, 360-degree, and 3D/VR capture devices, priced from $150 to many thousands of dollars. No matter what your budget there was one being shown that would work. Of course, you need to pay more to get more, but there are even pro-quality devices around the $1,000 mark – a fraction of what they have been previously. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, and also provided some definitions of the terms used by exhibitors to describe their devices in .