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A photography podcast. Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake join PetaPixel's Editor-in-Chief Jaron Schneider for a weekly discussion on current events in the photo industry, camera equipment, technology, culture, and more.
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The PetaPixel PodcastJun 14, 2023

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The PetaPixel Awards: The Best of Photography in 2024

The PetaPixel Awards: The Best of Photography in 2024

Thanks again to our podcast sponsor, OM SYSTEM, makers of the ultimate compact camera for outdoor enthusiasts, the OM-5. Recently, we published an awesome film in which we followed OM SYSTEM Ambassador Matt Suess as he explored Idaho’s stunning Sawtooth Mountains with his OM-5. The OM-5’s compact size and class-leading IP53 weather sealing was a critical piece of Matt’s gear as he hiked, biked, and flew in a small plane through the Sawtooth Mountains. Check out PetaPixel Travel Editor Michael Bonocore’s story about the adventure, watch the film, and see behind-the-scenes photos today on PetaPixel. And make sure to visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for the complete list of incredible holiday savings available for OM SYSTEM cameras, lenses, and more! -- We are proud to announce the results of the third-annual PetaPixel Awards where we give honors to a small list of the best new photography products released in the last year as voted by the PetaPixel staff. Started in 2021, the PetaPixel Awards are designed to be exclusive. Unlike other awards that create a laundry list of categories that give every company a chance to be a winner, and we only pick seven products: best in camera, prime lens, zoom lens, smartphone, computer, software, and photography accessory. We are also continuing a final category that we started last year called “Photography Trend of the Year.” Methodology: Because PetaPixel’s staff is entirely composed of current and former photographers, all were asked to vote for first, second, and third place across all categories. First-place votes were worth five points, second worth three, and third worth one. In all cases, those who deal directly with sales and marketing were excluded from voting to retain objectivity. No company is even allowed to submit nominations for consideration in the PetaPixel Awards, as all conversation is conducted internally. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In this episode: 00:00 - Intro 06:43 - Filmic's entire team of 22 people let go by parent company Bending Spoons 10:08 - Panasonic is adding 12-bit RAW via HDMI out to the G9 II 13:19 - Hasselblad finally releases the XCD 90mm f/2.5 16:36 - Concert photographer makes the case for the Sony a9 III 21:09 - The PetaPixel Awards 22:19 - Software of the Year 25:13 - Computer of the Year 26:40 - Smartphone of the Year 33:20 - Zoom Lens of the Year 36:49 - Prime Lens of the Year 41:47 - Camera of the Year 45:43 - Trend of the Year 48:18 - What have you been up to? 55:00 - Tech Support 1:19:09 - Never Read the Comments
Dec 06, 202301:27:36
Chris and Jordan Dig Through a Mountain of Your Questions!

Chris and Jordan Dig Through a Mountain of Your Questions!

You asked, we answered! We got buried behind weeks of your outstanding questions and now we're digging ourselves out. Get ready for a heavy dose of camera education! Attention photography enthusiasts! Get ready to capture those priceless moments with unbeatable deals from OM SYSTEM. Savings of up to $400 on OM SYSTEM cameras, lenses, and more! Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your photography journey, these seasonal savings are too good to miss. Expand your creativity, unlock new perspectives, and capture life's beautiful moments with premium quality equipment from OM SYSTEM. Hurry, these savings won't last long. Visit your nearest camera retailer or visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for more details. Upgrade your gear and capture your world with OM SYSTEM today! We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In This Episode
  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 02:28 - Popular Photography is dead... again
  • 08:05 - Kodak's new Super 8 is a $5,495 limited edition mashup of film and digital
  • 11:58 - Sony will let you add custom gridlines to your a7 IV... for $150
  • 15:45 - Redditor buys a Nikon, gets bullied
  • 21:10 - What have you been up to?
  • 28:06 - Chris and Jordan do battle against the Tech Support question pile
  • 28:43 - How do you properly expose LOG footage?
  • 32:30 - Will you review cameras made for those with disabilities?
  • 35:20 - Why is mechanical rolling shutter or image quality better compared to completely electronic shutters?
  • 36:56 - Why is the EM-1X so cheap?
  • 40:16 - What is the best camera for wedding ceremony video?
  • 44:58 - What is the best environmental portrait lens for Fujifilm cameras?
  • 48:10 - What happened to the curved sensor?
  • 51:15 - What does the "knee" setting do in Panasonic cameras?
  • 52:57 - Is a global shutter better for red-carpet events? What about concerts?
  • 56:35 - Will high heat settings in cameras damage them over time?
  • 1:01:21 - Which are better, "cinema" lenses or standard lenses for mirrorless?
  • 1:05:36 - Why can't I make custom buttons on my Canon do anything I want?
  • 1:09:50 - Helping out with a bad case of GAS.
  • 1:14:28 - Is there any advantage to dedicating a single chip to each component in the RGB spectrum anymore?
  • 1:19:49 - Why isn't open gate recording a more common option?
  • 1:21:48 - How much RAM should I put in a new Apple M3 computer?
  • 1:25:30 - Never read the comments
Nov 29, 202301:30:52
The Most Impactful Tech of 2023 (Feat. Tyler Stalman)

The Most Impactful Tech of 2023 (Feat. Tyler Stalman)

Thanks again to our podcast sponsor, OM SYSTEM. You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get huge savings on OM SYSTEM cameras, lenses, and more! This includes the compact, durable and feature-packed OM-5 camera for just $999. Make sure to visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for the complete list of incredible savings available for OM SYSTEM cameras, lenses, and more! And don't miss our recent film following OM SYSTEM Ambassador Matt Suess as he explored Idaho’s stunning Sawtooth Mountains with his OM-5. The OM-5’s compact size and class-leading IP53 weather sealing was a critical piece of Matt’s gear as he hiked, biked, and flew in a small plane through the gorgeous landscape. You can watch the film here: https://youtu.be/hMCrahmxYNs Check out PetaPixel Travel Editor Michael Bonocore’s story about the adventure and see the stunning photos. -- This week, Chris Niccolls, Jordan Drake, and Jaron Schneider are joined by commercial filmmaker, fellow YouTuber, and podcaster Tyler Stalman to talk about the most impactful tech we've seen this year. While Chris, Jordan, and Jaron all have their opinions on the most impactful technology of 2023, Stalman has his own top list that's worth calling out. He explains why Apple's M-series chips are worth the hype, what he hopes to see from Canon in the next year after its very quiet 2023, and why he is finding himself using the iPhone for video more than ever before. Check out Tyler's latest video and don't miss his podcast either (it's great). We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In this episode:
Nov 22, 202301:23:27
Is the Sony a9 III the Start of the Global Shutter Future?

Is the Sony a9 III the Start of the Global Shutter Future?

We would like to thank the PetaPixel podcast sponsor, OM SYSTEM! Get ready to celebrate the holidays with huge seasonal savings on OM SYSTEM cameras, lenses and more! Holiday promotions begin this Thursday, November 16th. Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for the complete list of savings! It's been a busy week in the photography world, highlighted by the launch of the Sony a9 III. As the first full-frame CMOS sensor camera with a global shutter made for photography, we had to ask: is this the start of widespread adoption of the tech? Beyond the wider implications of global shutters, Chris Niccolls, Jordan Drake, and Jaron Schneider answer some of your biggest questions about Sony's new sensor technology including how it performs at high ISOs (and low ISOs), what problems beyond rolling shutter are actually solved by a global shutter sensor, who the camera will be best for, what some of the downsides of the camera are, and more. It's also been a very eventful week outside of Sony, including an update from the CEWE Photo Awards, another dramatic turn in the SanDisk Portable SSD saga, and the classic episodes of DigitalRev featuring Kai Wong have been taken offline. All this and more in this very packed episode of The PetaPixel Podcast! Note and clarification from last week's episode: Reuters and AP are both members of the Content Authenticity Initiative, our apologies for saying they were not. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In This Episode
Nov 15, 202301:20:25
What Does Content Authenticity in Photos Actually Mean?

What Does Content Authenticity in Photos Actually Mean?

We’d like to take a moment to give a shoutout to our incredible sponsor, OM SYSTEM. You probably know them as Olympus, but they've undergone an amazing transformation into OM SYSTEM. And to celebrate OM SYSTEM week, the second anniversary of the OM SYSTEM brand, they've prepared something truly extraordinary for you. OM SYSTEM is giving away an unforgettable Lindblad Expedition for two to the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland aboard the National Geographic Explorer. And the best part? They are also including an OM-5 camera and lens to ensure you bring back the absolute best images of your voyage.   This is a giveaway you won't want to miss! So, make sure to head over to their website and enter for a chance to win. All you need to do is share what nature means to you. But remember, the clock is ticking. Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel and enter before November 13th! When the M11-P launched as the first camera to support the Content Authenticity Initiative's (CAI) CP2A technology, a lot of questions immediately flooded in: what does it do? How does it work? Does it protect copyrights? Is it like cryptocurrency? The answer is actually surprisingly simple, but the CAI and the companies that have partnered with it have not done the best job of explaining how the technology will actually work for the average photographer and general photography consumer. In this week's podcast, the trio discusses how this system works, how it can be put into cameras, how people are intended to interact with it once the photos are out in the world, and the remaining roadblocks the CAI has to navigate to make the CP2A a standard the average person understands. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In This Episode:
Nov 08, 202301:21:37
The STRANGEST Things We've Seen at Trade Shows and Press Events! (Feat. Ted Forbes)

The STRANGEST Things We've Seen at Trade Shows and Press Events! (Feat. Ted Forbes)

Once again, we would like to thank our sponsor, OM SYSTEM, who make The PetaPixel podcast possible. OM SYSTEM is celebrating a significant milestone this Friday—it’s their 2nd anniversary, OM SYSTEM Day. OM SYSTEM wants to involve the community in their celebration, so, from now until November 13th, they're inviting you to share what nature means to you with a chance to win an OM-5 kit, an incredible piece of photography gear, and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: a five-day Lindblad Expedition for two to Iceland on the National Geographic Explorer.   To participate and get more details, head over to explore.omsystem.com/petapixel. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level and potentially win some amazing prizes. Share your thoughts, share your passion, and let OM SYSTEM celebrate nature with you. This week, Jaron is out so Chris and Jordan are joined by Ted Forbes to reminisce about the worst, weirdest, and downright strangest things they've ever seen at trade shows and press events. But before they regale you with those stories, the trio discuss Apple's new M3 processors and the computers you can find them in and how they feel about the winning entry of the world's largest photo competition being staged. They also talk about TIME magazine's choice to name two Sony cameras and one Canon camera as three of the best inventions of 2023. All that and more in this week's podcast! We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In This Episode:
Nov 01, 202301:15:39
What is REALLY Going on with the Fuji GFX 100 II? (Feat. Jim Kasson)

What is REALLY Going on with the Fuji GFX 100 II? (Feat. Jim Kasson)

This week on The PetaPixel Podcast, the team is joined by camera expert Jim Kasson who explains what he found in testing the new medium format Fujifilm GFX 100 II and why it matters. Once again, we would like to thank our sponsor, OM SYSTEM, who make The PetaPixel Podcast possible. OM SYSTEM is celebrating a significant milestone this Friday—it’s their 2nd anniversary, OM SYSTEM Day. OM SYSTEM wants to involve the community in their celebration, so, from now until November 13th, they're inviting you to share what nature means to you with a chance to win an OM-5 kit, an incredible piece of photography gear, and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: a five-day Lindblad Expedition for two to Iceland on the National Geographic Explorer.   To participate and get more details, head over to explore.omsystem.com/petapixel. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level and potentially win some amazing prizes. Share your thoughts, share your passion, and let OM SYSTEM celebrate nature with you. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In This Episode:
Oct 25, 202301:23:07
CineStill's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

CineStill's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

This week's podcast is brought to you once again by OM SYSTEM. Right now, OM SYSTEM is offering some great Fall Savings on cameras and lenses. Now through November 15th, you can grab the compact, lightweight OM-5 for just $999.99. That’s $200 off its regular retail price. To make your photography experience even better, OM SYSTEM has a special offer on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 lens. This fantastic lens is currently available at half price. Normally $799.99, you can get it now for just $399.99. Don’t miss out! These fall savings from OM SYSTEM are only available through November 15th. Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel or your nearest OM SYSTEM authorized retailer to get your hands on the OM-5 and 12mm lens today! -- CineStill, once one of the most popular film brands, is facing widespread backlash for defending its trademarks in a manner that is being described as intimidation and bullying. CineStill has sold motion picture film and analog photography equipment to still photographers for over a decade, including the company’s popular CineStill 800T high-speed color film. The company now finds itself embroiled in a major controversy within the analog community, and the situation has devolved into allegations of intimidation and harassment. The whole story behind CineStill's current situation is a bit of a long one, but it's worth reading. While we of course recommend reading PetaPixel's coverage, another excellent story worth your time can be read over at 404Media. Chris, Jordan, and Jaron welcome PetaPixel's News Editor Jeremy Gray onto the pod to discuss the situation and present all the facts so you can make your own decisions on how to think of the once-beloved film brand. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. -- In This Episode:
Oct 18, 202301:21:02
Two Never-Before-Seen Lenses Unveiled in One Day!

Two Never-Before-Seen Lenses Unveiled in One Day!

This week’s podcast is brought to you by OM SYSTEM. With the hot temperatures of summer behind us, there is no better season for outdoor photography than autumn. Fall colors, crisp morning air, and golden light all set the stage to capture portfolio-worthy images. The OM SYSTEM OM-5 is the ultimate companion for the outdoor enthusiast. Built to endure your adventures, this mid-range mirrorless camera is a rugged marvel, with its weather-sealed body to safeguard against dust, water, and extreme temperatures, ensuring unmatched durability. The OM-5 offers advanced technology to deliver stunning image quality and exceptional performance in any condition. From breathtaking landscapes to action-packed moments, the OM-5 empowers you to embrace your adventurous spirit while preserving the memories of your journey. Learn more about the OM-5 and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series by visiting explore.omsystem.com/petapixel. -- This week, Canon and Nikon simultaneously released two lenses that have never been made before! Nikon unveiled a 600mm f/6.3 VR S Super Telephoto Prime lens that it promises is the lightest in its class with no sacrifice to image quality. While he didn't get enough time with it to do a review, Chris shares his thoughts on the new Z-mount lens. On the total other side of the spectrum, Canon announced a 10-20mm f/4 L IS STM, a focal range that has never been seen before. Chris, Jordan, and Jaron discuss! Also, we're testing some new microphones, so let us know what you think! We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. -- In This Episode:
  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 03:12 - We have new mics, tell us if they're good (or bad)!
  • 06:52 - TWO new lenses that have never existed before
  • 07:09 - Nikon 600mm f/6.3 VR S Super Telephoto prime
  • 11:18 - Canon RF10-20mm f/4 L IS STM
  • 15:27 - What have you been up to?
  • 23:46 - Tech support
  • 45:13 - Never read the comments
Oct 11, 202359:16
We Ask Google About the New PIXEL 8 PRO!

We Ask Google About the New PIXEL 8 PRO!

Thanks to OM SYSTEM for sponsoring this episode of the PetaPixel Podcast! Remember the photo industry buzz of November 2020? That’s when the highly anticipated M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO lens made its grand entrance. If you blinked, it was gone – sold out within just 24 hours. The aftermath? A three-year period on the backorder list. Navigating through intricate and precise assembly processes, order fulfillment at times extended beyond a year; The excitement is back, though: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO Lens is now available at explore.omsystem.com/petapixel or at your local authorized retailer for $7,499.99 without delay. Get yours today! -- This week, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron are joined by Isaac Reynolds, the subject matter expert on the Pixel cameras at Google. He’s worked at Google since 2014 and is responsible for managing the team overseeing camera design, research, and development. The three discuss the new innovations in the Pixel 8 Pro, the technology that makes it special, and Google's overall design philosophy when it comes to smartphones and cameras. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. -- In This Episode:
Oct 04, 202301:10:34
Our Biggest Disasters While Making Our YouTube Show

Our Biggest Disasters While Making Our YouTube Show

While every video that Chris and Jordan produce looks like it came together flawlessly, a lot has happened behind the scenes you might not be aware of. Thanks to OM SYSTEM for sponsoring this episode! Is your camera gear old? Is it heavy? Not weathersealed? Are you looking to take your photography to the next level? Feeling the need for an upgrade? OM SYSTEM is excited to share their exclusive Trade-In, Trade-Up promotion! Hurry though. This offer ends on October 1st, making this the last week for the Trade-In, Trade-Up promotion. This incredible offer and bonus savings coupon are only available until October 1, 2023, so act fast! Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to upgrade your camera gear and elevate your photography. Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for more details and to kickstart your new camera system journey today! While they are a well-oiled machine, they're not perfect! The duo chats with Jaron about the biggest disasters they've experienced producing their YouTube show over the years and even discuss some problems they had to overcome on very recent episodes. The trio also talks the week's latest news, including Nikon's new Plena, how CFexpress 4.0 might not help your current cameras but it will make your current cards faster, and TTartisan's ridiculously cheap 500mm f/6.3 lens. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe. In This Episode
Sep 27, 202301:16:42
Is There Any Real Benefit to Retro Camera Design?

Is There Any Real Benefit to Retro Camera Design?

This week Nikon launched the Zf, a full-frame retro-inspired camera that packs some serious technology and gives us a glimpse into the company's future. But we have some questions about retro design: is it all nostalgia or is there more to it? This week's episode is brought to you by OM SYSTEM! Get ready to take your photography to the extreme. This morning, OM SYSTEM announced the Tough TG-7, a dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof camera featuring an f/2.0 high-speed zoom lens, RAW recording, and a 4x optical zoom lens to ensure you capture perfection with fast shutter speeds and minimal blur. The OM SYSTEM Tough TG-7 is your key to capturing extraordinary images, whether you're diving underwater, braving freezing temperatures, or exploring rugged terrains. To learn more about the TG-7, visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel. The TG-7 will be available on the OM SYSTEM website as well as authorized OM SYSTEM retailers by the end of the month for $549.99. Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel to learn more. In addition to talking about retro design and digging deeper into their thoughts on the Zf, the trio also chats about the gorgeous ProRes Log profile that is now available on the new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max as well as hits a few of the week's top news stories. Plus, as always, they answer your tech questions and comments. We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio. In This Episode We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe.
Sep 20, 202301:14:42
What We Didn't Say About the Apple iPhone 15

What We Didn't Say About the Apple iPhone 15

This week's episode is brought to you by OM SYSTEM! Get ready to take your photography to the extreme. This morning, OM SYSTEM announced the Tough TG-7, a dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof camera featuring an F2.0 high-speed zoom lens, RAW recording, and a 4x optical zoom lens to ensure you capture perfection with fast shutter speeds and minimal blur. The OM SYSTEM Tough TG-7 is your key to capturing extraordinary images, whether you're diving underwater, braving freezing temperatures, or exploring rugged terrains. The TG-7 will be available on the OM SYSTEM website as well as authorized OM SYSTEM retailers by the end of the month for $549.99. To learn more about the TG-7, visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel.

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This week on the PetaPixel Podcast, the team comes together for a special episode from Apple Park! Chris, Jordan, and Jaron spend some time discussing topics they didn't get to mention in their first impressions of Apple's latest handhelds.

While there is plenty to say about the new iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max, the trio also needed to talk about the new medium format Fujifilm GFX 100 II, a camera that grabbed headlines despite releasing the same day as Apple's big event. A spirited discussion, the team debates who this camera is actually for, what it is best at, and how it fits into an already pretty crowded photo market, especially at its $7,500 asking price.

Finally, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron chat with photographer Blair Bunting and answer some of your questions about his flight to the edge of space.

We used Riverside to record our interview with photographer Blair Bunting.

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In This Episode
  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 03:00 - Who is the Fujifilm GFX 100 II For?
  • 11:28 - What We Didn't Say About the Apple iPhone 15
  • 27:56 - Chris can't sleep
  • 29:14 - Tech Support
  • 37:39 - Blair Bunting answers questions about his photo shoot at the edge of space
  • 01:04:00 - Never read the comments
Sep 13, 202301:13:14
Chris and Jordan have NEVER done ANYTHING like this before!

Chris and Jordan have NEVER done ANYTHING like this before!

This week’s podcast is brought to you by OM SYSTEM! With the hot temperatures of summer winding down, there is no better season for outdoor photography than autumn. Fall colors, crisp morning air, and golden light all set the stage to capture portfolio-worthy images. The OM SYSTEM OM-5 is the ultimate companion for the outdoor enthusiast. Built to endure your adventures, this mid-range mirrorless camera is a rugged marvel, with its weather-sealed body to safeguard against dust, water, and extreme temperatures, ensuring unmatched durability.

Learn more about the OM-5 and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series by visiting explore.omsystem.com/petapixel.

This week, Chris and Jordan published not only their first documentary for PetaPixel but also the first documentary of this style and length in their YouTube careers. "The World’s First U2 Spy Plane Photo Shoot at the Edge of Space" is the story of how photographer Blair Bunting spent the better part of a year planning and training to take a Cold War-era spy plane up to the edge of space to perform a photo shoot that had never previously been attempted, and likely will never happen again.

If you haven't seen it yet, we strongly recommend you watch it first before enjoying this podcast.

The two chat with Jaron about their experience shooting this film, the cameras they used, the lessons they learned, and why they're so excited to finally be able to share it with the world.

In This Episode:

Sep 06, 202301:16:07
What the Heck is Sony THINKING?!

What the Heck is Sony THINKING?!

Yesterday, Sony added two more cameras to its line of interchangeable cameras which brought the line to no less than 18 total choices from entry-level through professional. That is just too many.

Today’s podcast episode is once again brought to you by OM SYSTEM. For over 80 years, OM SYSTEM has been pushing the limits of technology to put the most advanced cameras and lenses in the hands of photographers and visual creators. Whether photographing grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness, documenting the most remote landscapes in the world, or capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments with your family, the OM SYSTEM line of cameras and lenses was designed for the task.

OM SYSTEM is making truly incredible advancements that make the lives of us photographers both easier and more exciting. Visit explore.omsystem.com/PetaPixel to learn more.

Sony has made it a company policy to discontinue camera bodies and lenses as infrequently as possible, which has the advantage of giving buyers more choice when it comes to determining how to spend their money. Continuing to sell the Sony a7 II, for example, even though there a7 IV is the most recent addition to that section of the line allows a photographer to decide to spend less on a camera if they don't think they need as many features.

But on the flip side, it results in a camera line that has an amorphous beginning and end. Seeing so many choices ends up becoming more of a detriment than a benefit. In this week's PetaPixel Podcast, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron talk about this problem and do their best to point out how difficult it has become to recommend a specific camera for a specific use case given the bloated nature of Sony's camera line.

Additionally, the trio talks the latest news including the booming popularity of Ricoh's GR III and a new lens patent from Canon that is easily the weirdest design they've ever seen.

We use Riverside to record all our episodes in our online recording studio.

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We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe.

Aug 30, 202301:18:29
Is Lens Breathing Being BLOWN Out of Proportion?

Is Lens Breathing Being BLOWN Out of Proportion?

Don’t miss out on incredible late summer savings brought to you by the PetaPixel Podcast sponsor, OM SYSTEM! Capture your end-of-summer adventures with style by taking advantage of this exclusive offer: Save a remarkable $699.99 when you bundle the OM-5 body with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens.

Originally priced at $1,998.99, right now, you can own this fantastic combination for only $1,299.99. Hurry, though. This offer is only valid until September 3, 2023. Upgrade your gear today and seize the savings! Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel to learn more.

This week, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron tackle the topic of lens breathing and whether or not it is "blown" out of proportion (pun intended). You see, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki spoke with PetaPixel contributor and former Imaging Resource publisher David Etchells, and Yamaki says that YouTube reviewers might be putting too much emphasis on lens breathing, which could take away development time and emphasis from other important lens manufacturing endeavors. Chris and Jordan obviously have an opinion on that, and they weigh in.

Additionally, the trio talk about the "scam" of printer ink, how Western Digital is now being sued by three groups for the SanDisk SSD fiasco, and Chris and Jordan explain what other lens terms mean so you can be better informed when you listen to their next review.

We use Riverside to record all our episodes in our online recording studio.

Other links:

The best alternatives to SanDisk SSDs

WD refuses to answer questions about SanDisk

Printers that won't scan if they are out of ink

Canon aggressively going after third-party ink sellers

Canon's latest statement about third party lenses

Discussed in this Episode:
Aug 23, 202301:17:47
What is One Piece of Gear You'll Never Get Rid Of?

What is One Piece of Gear You'll Never Get Rid Of?

Thanks to OM SYSTEM for sponsoring this episode! This week, OM SYSTEM proudly marks its participation in the annual World Photography Day celebrations, paying homage to the art of capturing moments through the lens. With a commitment to educating photography enthusiasts around the world about the OM SYSTEM, the brand is excited to announce a week-long extravaganza of online events and content from August 15th to August 19th, 2023.

All offerings during the OM SYSTEM World Photography Day celebrations are free of charge. In addition to the interactive sessions, OM SYSTEM is giving away an OM-5 camera and a 12-45mm lens to one lucky winner.

Participants can learn how to enter the contest and access the full schedule of events by visiting explore.omsystem.com/petapixel.

Whether it be for sentimental reasons, because it's so practical, or because it has become a valuable collector's item, most photographers have at least one piece of gear they'll never get rid of. While Jordan selected an item of extreme sentimental value, Chris went with a piece of equipment that was half that, half practical. Jaron Schneider, on the other hand, went fully practical with the prompt and selected an item that he won't head out on a photo or video trip without.

  1. 00:00 - Intro
  2. 05:53 - For the time being, stay away from SanDisk portable SSDs
  3. 12:20 - Would you buy a Contax G2 for $8,500?
  4. 17:32 - There are no official DJI apps on Google Play; they are all scams
  5. 22:47 - LG put a television in a suitcase
  6. 26:34 - What have you been up to?
  7. 33:41 - The one piece of gear you'll never get rid of
  8. 46:28 - Tech support
  9. 59:59 - Never read the comments

We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe

Aug 16, 202301:18:04
Chris and Jordan's Favorite Travel Camera Gear!

Chris and Jordan's Favorite Travel Camera Gear!

This week's podcast is brought to you by OM SYSTEM. The OM SYSTEM OM-5 is the ultimate companion for the outdoor enthusiast. Built to endure your adventures, this mid-range mirrorless camera is a rugged marvel, with its weather-sealed body to safeguard against dust, water, and extreme temperatures, ensuring unmatched durability. The OM-5 offers advanced technology to deliver stunning image quality and exceptional performance in any condition. From breathtaking landscapes to action-packed moments, the OM-5 empowers you to embrace your adventurous spirit while preserving the memories of your journey.

Learn more about the OM-5 and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series by visiting explore.omsystem.com/petapixel.

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This week, Chris and Jordan join Jaron remotely as they are podcasting from the beach! Given the surroundings, they thought it would be a great time to talk about their favorite travel camera gear. The trio also discusses some of the biggest news stories of the last week and tackles some of the most challenging questions they've been served up yet.

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Topics this week:

  • 00:00 - Intro 04:54 - Nikon is fixing your broken Z8 lugs for free: https://petapixel.com/2023/08/07/nikon-issues-service-advisory-to-repair-loose-z8-strap-lugs-for-free/
  • 08:07 - TTArtisan with the perfect example of soap bubble bokeh: https://petapixel.com/2023/08/07/ttartisans-new-100mm-f-2-8-lens-embraces-soap-bubble-bokeh/
  • 12:38 - The Olympus Tough TG-6 is no more, is a new TG series camera on the way? https://petapixel.com/2023/08/07/the-olympus-tough-tg-6-camera-has-been-discontinued/
  • 18:40 - Camera sales are bouncing back: https://petapixel.com/2023/08/07/mirrorless-camera-sales-are-booming-as-global-tourism-recovers/
  • 22:58 - What have we been up to?
  • 27:10 - Chris and Jordan's favorite travel camera gear
  • 37:11 - Tech support 48:48 - Never read the comments

Other links:

Ulanzi x Fotopro travel tripod: https://petapixel.com/2023/03/31/the-x-aircross-f38-travel-video-tripod-is-remarkably-well-designed/

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Aug 09, 202301:05:46
What the HECK Do All These Camera Terms Mean?!

What the HECK Do All These Camera Terms Mean?!

This week's episode is brought to you by OM SYSTEM, who is happy to introduce their exclusive Trade-In, Trade-Up promotion!

Trade in any qualified interchangeable lens camera for credit towards an exciting camera upgrade. You can unlock even more savings on the incredible OM-1 camera body or the OM-1 with 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II Kit. Not only do you get a $200 instant rebate, but OM SYSTEM is sweetening the deal with an additional trade-up bonus coupon valued at $200. That's double the savings PLUS the value of your qualified camera exchange. This offer is good until October 1, 2023, so visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for more details and to kickstart your new camera system journey today!

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If you've watched lens reviews on PetaPixel, you might have heard some strange terms. LoCA? Bokeh? Ghosting? Breathing? Field curvature? This week, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron address several of these terms and explain what they are and why they matter.

These aren't even all of the important terms, so we'll come back in a future episode to discuss more.

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This week's topics:

  1. 00:00 - Intro
  2. 05:52 - The Sony a6700 doesn't come with any way to charge it
  3. 16:33 - Nikon is reportedly telling some retailers/distributors to tug on Z8 strap lugs
  4. 20:57 - After raising $235K, Abode is actually going to try and take on Adobe
  5. 25:04 - Jaron's opinion of drones is questionable
  6. 33:11 - What have you been up to?
  7. 36:09 - What the heck do all these camera terms mean?
  8. 37:19 - What is "bokeh"?
  9. 42:40 - What is "LoCA"?
  10. 46:47 - What is field curvature and why does it matter?
  11. 52:45 - What is breathing?
  12. 55:11 - What are ghosting and flare?
  13. 57:45 - Tech Support
  14. 1:02:40 - Never read the comments
Aug 02, 202301:15:21
Meet the Artists Behind NASA's GORGEOUS Space Photos

Meet the Artists Behind NASA's GORGEOUS Space Photos

Thanks to OM SYSTEM for sponsoring this episode! Given the space theme, we thought it would be a great time to share a comprehensive guide to astrophotography written by OM SYSTEM Ambassador Peter Baumgarten. Learn how he plans his Milky Way photos, what he looks for in composition, the settings that he will use to capture photos of the night sky, and how he uses the rich and unique feature set of the OM-1 and OM-5 cameras to capture stunning photos of the Milky Way and Aurora Borealis.

Read Peter Baumgarten's complete guide to astrophotography: https://petapixel.com/2023/07/25/a-complete-guide-to-capturing-gorgeous-photos-of-the-night-sky/

Learn more about the incredible line of OM SYSTEM cameras and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series by visiting https://explore.omsystem.com/petapixel

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Since it began its full scientific operations at the second Lagrange point (L2), about one million miles from Earth last year, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has enchanted people around the world. Webb’s photos have inspired many people to learn more about space and look at the night sky with unprecedented wonder and curiosity.

Webb’s stunning images are not beamed to Earth from the $10 billion space telescope in full color. In fact, Webb’s detectors capture monochromatic photos that are exceedingly dark.

Thanks to expert image processors Joe DePasquale and Alyssa Pagan at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, the dark gray raw images come to life in unbelievable ways. Chris, Jordan, and Jaron sit down with Alyssa and Joe to talk about their incredible job, including how they prepare images for distribution, the challenges they face, and how different the JWST is from previous telescopes.

Download Alyssa and Joe's Photoshop documents: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FmJ8ajCP64ngXoZtiDypgzC_seb-5Ru1?usp=sharing

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Episode guide:

00:00 - Intro 03:17 - Interview with STSCi's Alyssa Pagan and Joe DePasquale 45:39 - Canon has a hot shoe problem 49:17 - Tamron is bringing the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 to Nikon Z mount 49:45 - DJI's new drone has a neat battery trick 52:12 - Tech Support 52:27 - What monitor is better for editing? 55:16 - Does the camera mount type make a difference for image quality? 59:27 - What is on Chris's desk/What have you been up to? 1:03:10 -Never Read the Comments

Jul 26, 202301:16:24
If Zuckerberg Hides His Kids' Faces in Photos... Should YOU?

If Zuckerberg Hides His Kids' Faces in Photos... Should YOU?

This week’s podcast is brought to you by OM SYSTEM. The OM SYSTEM OM-5 is the ultimate companion for the outdoor enthusiast. Built to endure your adventures, this mid-range mirrorless camera is a rugged marvel, with its weather-sealed body to safeguard against dust, water, and extreme temperatures, ensuring unmatched durability. The OM-5 offers advanced technology to deliver stunning image quality and exceptional performance in any condition. From breathtaking landscapes to action-packed moments, the OM-5 empowers you to embrace your adventurous spirit while preserving the memories of your journey. Learn more about the OM-5 and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series by visiting https://explore.omsystem.com/petapixel In this episode, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron discuss a Fujifilm X100V that you are even less likely to own than the standard one, a weird Nikon lens that is so rare the seller wants $146,000 for it, changes to the L mount alliance, and a discussion about whether or not you should show your children's faces in photos online. Also, this week is the start of our new segment Tech Support, and Chris and Jordan explain how equivalent focal lengths affect depth of field and also the difference between a global shutter and a rolling shutter. 00:00 - Intro 04:22 - Extremely rare Nikon 6mm f/2.8 Fisheye appears on eBay for $146,000: https://petapixel.com/2023/07/17/extremely-rare-nikon-6mm-f-2-8-fisheye-appears-on-ebay-for-146000/08:11 - Fujifilm is releasing an ultra-rare, limited-edition Disney X100V camera: https://petapixel.com/2023/07/14/fujifilm-is-releasing-an-ultra-rare-limited-edition-disney-x100v-camera/12:00 - Samyang and Astrodesign have joined the L Mount Alliance: https://petapixel.com/2023/07/13/samyang-and-astrodesign-have-joined-the-l-mount-alliance/19:25 - Couple finds out after booking that their videographer was banned from a venue: https://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/14ymttq/photographer_banned_from_venue/24:46 - Mark Zuckerberg hides his kids’ faces online, should you?: https://petapixel.com/2023/07/10/mark-zuckerberg-hides-his-kids-faces-online-should-you/39:35 - What have you been up to? 46:55 - The making of "Asteroid City": https://petapixel.com/2023/07/14/wes-anderson-explains-making-the-desert-town-of-asteroid-city/49:49 - Tech Support 50:24 - How do equivalent focal lengths affect depth of field? 53:07 - How does global shutter work on sensor level vs rolling shutter? 58:20 - Never read the comments


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Jul 19, 202301:15:23
Should You Become a Pro Photographer?
Jul 13, 202301:22:04
Would You Keep Taking Photos if NOBODY Cared?

Would You Keep Taking Photos if NOBODY Cared?

Thank you to OM SYSTEM for sponsoring The PetaPixel Podcast! Recently, PetaPixel Travel Editor Michael Bonocore traveled to the Galápagos Islands with the lightweight, portable, and rugged OM-1. Read about his experience checking off a destination on his photography bucket list and see the incredible photos that he took with the OM-1 camera coupled with a variety of M.Zuiko lenses today on PetaPixel: https://petapixel.com/2022/09/27/photographing-the-diverse-wildlife-and-nature-of-the-galapagos-islands/ Learn more about the incredible line of OM SYSTEM cameras and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series by visiting https://explore.omsystem.com/ We use Riverside to record all our episodes in our online recording studio: https://creators.riverside.fm/Petapixel This week, Chris, Jordan, and Jaron discuss the last week in the news as well as ponder this question: Would you continue to create if you knew pretty much no one would appreciate your work during your lifetime?


00:00 - Intro

06:22 - What have you been up to?

11:11 - Sony ZV-E1 gets 4K 120p

16:30 - NatGeo no longer has staff writers

24:01 - Metalenses are hitting mass production

28:44 - Photographer gets a new lens after last one was broken by a baseball

32:41 - Chris sidetracks us

34:45 - Would You Keep Taking Photos if NOBODY Cared?

57:25 - Never Read the Comments

Jul 05, 202301:13:05
What REALLY Happened with DPReview and Amazon (Feat. Richard Butler)

What REALLY Happened with DPReview and Amazon (Feat. Richard Butler)

This week’s PetaPixel Podcast episode is brought to you by OM SYSTEM. With summer in full swing, wildlife photography season is officially here. Check out how the talented Ben Knoot uses the OM-1’s Pro Capture Mode and read his ten tips for bird photography. We use Riverside to record all our episodes in our online recording studio: https://creators.riverside.fm/Petapixel This week, Chris and Jordan are joined by DPReview editor Richard Butler to talk about what really happened with Amazon, DPReview, and Gear Patrol. Also, Nikon is already recalling the Z8? Phase One has a new $62,490 "travel camera" and speaking of medium format, how about a new stereoscopic camera? 0:00 - Intro 3:39 - What REALLY happened with DPReview and Amazon 26:26 - What have you been up to? 36:00 - Explain the cameras in the DPReview group photo 38:26 - Phase One's new $62,490 travel camera 44:29 - Baseball takes out a photographer's lens at a game 48:04 - Nikon Z8 recall 50:12 - A stereoscopic medium format camera? 55:41 - The Pixel Fold review 58:35 - Never read the comments

Jun 28, 202301:12:09
DPReview Lives!

DPReview Lives!

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, OM SYSTEM! Visit https://explore.omsystem.com/ right now to save up to 40% on brand-new OM SYSTEM cameras and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series. DPReview has been saved! Chris, Jordan, and Jaron discuss the storied publication's new owners and cheer on their future success. After that, the trio dig into Nikon's response to AI called "natural intelligence," talk a bit more about Nikon's two new lenses, then explain what they do to make sure they keep their gear safe when traveling. 0:00 - Intro 5:08 - DPReview has been acquired by Gear Patrol 16:11 - What have we been up to this week? 24:36 - Nikon's "Natural Intelligence" campaign 35:09 - Thoughts on the new Nikkor Z lenses 49:05 - Keeping gear safe when traveling 58:20 - Never read the comments

Jun 21, 202301:15:29
Everything You Know About PetaPixel is a Lie

Everything You Know About PetaPixel is a Lie

We would like to thank our sponsor, OM SYSTEM. Read how OM SYSTEM Ambassador Frank Smith captured incredible 80-megapixel images in Patagonia using the OM-5’s High Res Shot Mode. To learn more about the OM-5 and OM SYSTEMS incredible line of M.Zuiko lenses, visit explore.omsystem.com!

Everything you THINK you know about PetaPixel is a lie, and Jaron, Chris, and Jordan tell you why. Additionally, they discuss their review process and editorial freedom. After that, the trio goes over last week's biggest stories including the bizarre Stockcam, the risky Abode software launch, the performance of Apple's latest M2 Ultra chip, and an absolutely insane new 18K camera called the Big Sky.

0:00 - Intro 3:47 - The Stockcam is for "shooting" photos 8:03 - Abode software tries to take on Adobe 13:44 - Apple M2 Ultra performance 21:32 - The 18K Big Sky camera 32:10 - Everything you know about PetaPixel is a lie 47:01 - What have we been up to? 52:00 - Never read the comments

Jun 14, 202301:09:30
Apple's $3,500 Headset and Nikon's Battery Crackdown

Apple's $3,500 Headset and Nikon's Battery Crackdown

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, OM SYSTEM! Visit https://explore.omsystem.com/ right now to save up to 40% on brand-new OM SYSTEM cameras and the highly respected M.Zuiko lens series. And check out photos from the insane stress test that OM SYSTEM puts all of their cameras and lenses through: https://petapixel.com/2022/05/27/how-om-digital-torture-tests-its-weatherproof-cameras/ Jaron, Chris, and Jordan chat about Apple's wild launch day at WWDC23, Nikon's (alleged) crackdown on third-party batteries, the ongoing saga of Outdoor Photographer (and other photo publications acquired by Madavor Media), the Leica Q series' wrong specifications, Photoshop Generative Fill, and more.

00:00 - Intro! 05:52 - Nikon hates third-party batteries? 10:36 - What is going on with Outdoor Photographer? 15:29 - Leica's Q series specs have been wrong for years 19:15 - Ring cameras are spying on you? 22:35 - Adobe Photoshop Generative Fill 29:59 - Where is Chris and Jordan's Fujifilm X-S20 Review? 34:18 - Apple's huge launch week 52:53 - Never Read the Comments

Jun 07, 202301:08:44