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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis first impressions product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 4.0

For the past couple of years, overall camera sales have dropped. The drop started before the earthquakes and tsunamis in the Eastern parts of Asia that wrecked factories. For a while, cameras and lenses weren’t put out or announced. Then when new announcements finally came, sales went up again before slowing to a trickle.

The camera, the dedicated camera that is, has hit a point in society where it is a luxury item overall. Despite the economy looking a tad better, folks (we mean those nowhere as discerning as those with dedicated cameras) are very happy with the results that they get from their phones.

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FoodPhoto02_(C) ParikshitRao

All photographs are copyrighted and used with permission by Parikshit Rao.

Parikshit Rao’s journey into photography began with a backpacking trip through his home country in India. His journey outdoors led him back inside where he wanted to learn the craft of studio lighting, which eventually translated into food photography. Rao favors minimalism in his setup and execution, and unlike many food photographers, he shoots vertically. Outside of food, Rao specializes in architectural and travel photography, and has been published in Time Out Mumbai, Rolling Stone and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. More of his work can be found on his website.

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phase one iXU-R_180

If there’s anything I remember from Toy Story, it’s that I should reach for the sky, which is exactly what Phase One is aiming for with its new line of cameras. The iXU-R series is the latest in Phase One Industrial’s cache of medium-format digital cameras for aerial photography, and it comes in three varieties: 80-MP, 60-MP and 60-MP achromatic. As you can see in the picture above, it is literally a box with a lens, and it comes with three dedicated Phase One Rodenstock lenses (40mm, 50mm and 70mm). They’re also USB 3.0 compatible.

The idea behind these cameras is impressive specs in a lightweight package because if there’s anything you need to cut down on with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it’s weight. So, if you’re a film director looking to get high-res imagery of the fjords in Norway, know that this camera, whichever one you get, will deliver.

To illustrate what this series can do, the iXU-R 180 (that’s the 80-MP version) can provide 10,823 pixels of cross-track coverage (read: 10,832 pixels on the long edge), and it’s small enough to fit on your average gimbal. It can also connect with any GPS systems you might be using so that you can accurately capture and transfer data.

Who might use these? Filmmakers, definitely. Amateur pilots in Cessnas who’d love to make some landscapes from the sky. Drone enthusiasts. You know the ones who make those nifty aerial videos of their local beach. Governments, probably.

We estimate these will be very expensive. Stay tuned!

julius motal the phoblographer the girls who ate the world 5Z4A1633

All photographs are copyrighted and used with permission by The Girls Who Ate the World.

Vic, Stayc and Angelato are The Girls Who Ate the World. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the three of them are avid food bloggers who take beautiful and sumptuous photographs of their meals, and they’ve managed to harness the power of Instagram to build a community. After looking that image above, the staff here now has a hankering for a glazed cronut. They’ve got such an eye for light, composition and taste that we had to find out more the moment Angelato pitched their food photography to us.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 extra review photos finals (5 of 5)ISO 64001-30 sec at f - 2.0

In the past couple of years, the trend has been to add image stabilization to wide angle lenses. Why? Because many photographers tend to handhold their cameras and lenses rather than put them on tripods. So that makes a lot of sense when you consider Tamron’s 15-30mm f2.8 VC lens. The lens is targeted at Real Estate, Architecture, Adventure, and Landscape photographers that want to leave the tripod at home while also trying to keep their kit as minimal as possible. Both Canon and Nikon have competing offerings–but neither incorporates image stabilization nor were they probably developed with resolving a 50MP full frame sensor in mind.

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD is a lens with not only vibration compensation, but lots of weight at that. And for the professional photographer, it’s sure to be a constant companion.

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If you’re a Nikon DSLR user, we’re going to urge you to please purchase a bib in order to contain the massive and ungodly amounts of drool that are about to come from your mouth.

What’s that? You’ve got self control?! Okay, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Details are after the jump.

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