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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (7 of 12)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma has been knocking it out of the ballpark with its prime lenses and next up it could announce a 24mm f1.4 Art lens at Photokina. Sony Alpha Rumors claims the lens will arrive later this September and October priced above Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art lens.

For all types of sensor-size cameras, the Sigma 24mm f1.4 will be an extremely popular prime lens since it affords such a wide focal length with a giant aperture. While Nikon and Canon have their respective high-end, full-frame 24mm lenses, Sony shooter will really appreciate the new alternative. Currently photographers shooting Sony have a few choices between Sony’s 24mm f1.8 for e-mount cameras and the Rokinon 24mm f1.4 designed for full-size Sony Alpha models.

Previously we heard early reports Sigma would also launch a 135mm f2 DG OS lens complete with a long focal length and built-in optical stabilization. There’s a still a chance we will see this tight portrait lens at the German photo show as Sigma is prone to introduce more than one lens at these big events.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica T first impressions images (15 of 15)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Today, Leica is announcing a new chapter in their life: the Leica T. Leica’s new T camera is one that is aimed at the user that wants something that they call “simpler.” It isn’t aimed at the same audience that uses the S series and the M series. Instead, it’s for the enthusiast. As such, it comes with a plethora of options and accessories that one can use for the camera.

But we can say with full knowledge that this isn’t a camera for everyone–especially considering the price.

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I find few things as satisfying as putting together wall art that has a truly personal touch. Why buy a random print from Target when you can easily make something that really says something about you? The crafting world has fallen hard for bunting in recent years, and although I’ve seen dozens of bunting kits sold online, I’m more given over to handmade bunting. It not only has a more authentic touch – it’s cheaper, too!

I’ve made polaroid photo bunting throughout my apartment with a few cheap supplies I had already stocked and some polaroid photos of my friends and my favorite vacation spots. The beauty of this project is that you can buy really cute clothespins or paper clips to hang your items with, or go super simple with whatever you have at hand for a shabby chic touch. Check it out:

Editor’s Note: this is a guest blog post by Jessica Michelle Fregni. It was originally published on Bee’s Beautiful World.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC image samples (22 of 36)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 2.8

Many folks have heard of them. A long time ago, we wrote an introduction to the rule of thirds, but it’s been in serious need to a revamp. The Rule of Thirds is one of the biggest rules in the photography world that every instructor and other photographers tell you to follow. But it is very easy to get too caught up in that and not focusing on subject matter.

And in the end, subject matter and content are king. To that end, the rule of thirds can sometimes be thrown right out the window.

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Photo by Alex Pines

Photo by Alex Pines

With the recent stirrings that have been happening in regards to concert photography first with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and then with Three Days Grace, we decided that it’s important to take a look at the legalities and ask about how to deal with situations like this. So we decided to ask our good buddy Nicole Fara Silver. Nicole is no stranger to the Phoblographer, we interviewed her a while back about shooting better concert photos. She is a freelance photographer for Rolling Stone and has years of experience under her belt.

Given what’s going on right now in the photo world in regards to bands, here’s what Nicole had to say.

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Here’s a big dose of adrenaline for you today: a remarkable BASE jump off the World’s Tallest Building.

World Champion BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen just set a new world record on Monday, April 21, for jumping off of Burj Khalifa’s pinnacle and the video that recorded their jump is nothing short of exhilarating.

At 2,722 feet, Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds the title for the world’s tallest building. People have, in the past, BASE jumped off this towering structure before. In fact, Nasir Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan set the world record back in 2010 for doing the exact same thing, only at 2,716 feet.

This time however, Reffet and Fugen broke that previous world record by launching off 6 feet higher. BASE jumping is no easy undertaking but this one is even tougher than usual. Not only did these two go through three years worth of intensive BASE jump training in Switzerland and Dubai, jumping off helicopters and the Lauterbeunnen Mountain, before their record-breaking jump; but they also had to, with the help of several people, set up and attach a special 3×9-feet rigging to the pinnacle so they could use it as their launching platform.

Of course, they made it look like a piece of cake in the video, as terrifying as it was to watch, let alone experience first hand. To us spectators, the whole jump was an adrenaline-pumping, mind-blowing experience. To Reffet and Fugen, it was so much more. It was a dream coming true.

Watch their insane jump after, well, the jump.

Via Gizmodo

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