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Tested and Recommended

Photography is both an art and a craft. The Luminous Landscape tries to recognize the creative aspects through our tutorials and essays, and equipment though our product test reports.

Since we began publication in 1999 we have gained a reputation for independence from any commercial bias or product favoritism. What bias we do have is a simple one – the best tools for the job. I care less about MTF charts and S/N ratios than I do about a product's over-all usefulness and appropriateness for the task. Yes, sharpness is important. Low noise is also good. But, if the camera, lens or other device gets in the way of getting the shot, it won't make the grade no matter how sharp or noise free it might be.

I've been a photographer and photographic journalist for more than 40 years, and have used just about every major piece of photographic equipment brought to market during that time. The products reviewed on this site are always either purchased, or on short-term loan. We accept no freebies!

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This page lists equipment which is currently on the market and which I have recently reviewed on this site. Much of it I currently own and use for my own work. Most of these products are available from B&H Photo, this site's only advertiser. Others, that B&H does not sell, are linked to their respective suppliers or manufacturers.

The only products listed here
are ones that I have personally tested,
use in my own work, and can personally recommend.

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Canon SX30 IS 
Vs. 
Panasonic Lumix FZ100

 



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Sony HX5

The Samsung EX1 (TL500 in some markets) is among the latest group of small digicams to offer a fast lens,raw capability and fin performance.

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Reviewed May, 2010

 

Canon Powershot G11

The G11 is unusual because, for what may be the first time, a camera manufacturer has reduced the megapixel count on a camera model. With its new articulated LCD, and optical viewfinder, along with solid metal construction, the G11 will appeal to many photographers looking for a pocketable camera.

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Reviewed October, 2009

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

This is the least expensive and smallest of Epson's Pro series printers, but its image quality is unsurpassed. If one doesn't need to use large rolls and has limited desk space, it's hard to imagine a better printer, either for the money or on an image quality basis.

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Reviewed October, 2009

Leica M9

The Leica M9 is a classic reborn. This is a full-frame digital M with 18 Megapixels, no AA filter, and no need for IR filters on the lenses.

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Reviewed September, 2009

Panasonic Lumix GF1

The battle for pocket-sized cameras with large sensors heats up, and with the GF1 Panasonic becomes the current leader.

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Reviewed September, 2009

Canon TS/E 17mm F/4

One of the most exciting lenses to come along from Canon in a while, or from any company for that matter. A premium priced lens, but with unique capabilities.

Reviewed August, 2009

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Sony A850



The Sony A850 offers identical image quality and almost all of the features of the flagship A900 for under $2,000. The best value in a full frame DSLR as of Summer, 2009.

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Reviewed August, 2009

 

Epson Stylus Pro 7900 / 9900

Epson 7900
Epson 9900

Epson has been building some of the world's best printers for decades, and they have been a leader in inkjet and pigment ink technology for commercial and fine art photographic printing. With the new Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 printers they have produced what are likely the highest quality, most robust printers to date. A new milestone.

Reviewed May, 2009

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Panasonic Lumix ZS3 (TZ7)


Panasonic Lumix ZS3

There are many pocket digicams available. None are ideal for the serious photographers, but for anyone looking for a so-called Compact Super-Zoom, the Panasonic Lumix ZS3 is at the top of my list.

Reviewed April, 2009

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Canon 5D MKII

The Canon 5D MKII was first reviewed here in a Preview Report in September, 2008, then by videographer Chris Sanderson in a report from Antarctica, as part of a comparison with the Sony A900, and in a 3-Way shootout with the Nikon D3x and A900. Clearly it's a major contender in the full-frame DSLRs sweepstakes. For Canon users it represents tremendous value not only because of its video capability, which many are smitten with, but because of its full-frame sensor, high ISO capability and extremely high image quality.

Reviewed March, 2009

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Phase One P65+ Back and 645 Camera


Phase One P65+


Phase One products are available from independent VARs worldwide

At about US $40,000 and with 60 Megapixels resolution the Phase One P65+ back isn't for everyone; not their pocketbooks nor necessarily their needs. But if you have the scratch, and can afford to itch it (sorry for the pun), this back combined with a medium format camera system such as the Phase One 645, is possibly the highest quality imaging device available this side of NASA.

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Reviewed March, 2009

 

Nikon D3x


Nikon D3x

It took Nikon a long time, but with the D3 they finally introduced their long-awaited full frame camera, and with the D3x trumped the competition in terms of resolution and image quality. Is this the best DSLR available at this time?

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Reviewed March, 2009

Hyperdrive COLORSPACE UDMA

There are many devices available for backing up files in the field without the need for a laptop computer. One stands above the rest.

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Reviewed December, 2008

Sony 500mm F/8 Mirror Telephoto
Autofocus Lens

The world's only autofocus 500mm catadioptric – for Sony (K/M) DSLRs.

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Reviewed December, 2008

LensAlign

Ensuring perfect focusing capability with selected DSLRs. The end of backfocus problems.

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Reviewed December, 2008

Sony A900 DSLR

Nikon and Canon meet their match. The world's highest resolution DSLR at the lowest price, with Zeiss lenses to boot.

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Reviewed December, 2008

Panasonic Lumix G1

Small, light and able to produce high quality images. The first of a new breed.

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Reviewed November, 2008

Kiboko from Gura Gear

Is this the best backpack style camera bag on the market? I think so.

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Reviewed November, 2008

 


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