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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fuji X Pro 1 hands on photos (1 of 14)

After much speculation on what lenses Fujifilm could possibly come out with next, the Japanese camera company has updated its road map of glass coming next year. According to the new chart we will see a XF 50-140mm f2.8 lens arriving sometime before towards the end of 2014.

Previously we’ve reviewed the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, Fujifilm’s first telephoto zoom lens that delivered excellent image quality. Our only gripe with the lens was we would have loved to see a constant aperture and now this new telephoto lens will add just that along with weather sealing to complement the X-T1.

Soon after in early 2015, Fujifilm will finally introduce the long awaited 16-55mm f2.8 R WR lens after first announcing it with the X-T1. As a direct upgrade to the already amazing 18-55mm f2.8-4 kit lens, this new all-around zoom lens will add a slightly wider-focal length and constant f2.8 aperture, plus weather-sealing.

Head past the break to see what else Fujifilm has in store for next year.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Sony RX100 Mark III Product Images (9 of 9)

Sony’s RX100 line just keeps getting better with every new iteration. In June 2012 Sony introduced the first RX100–a stunner of a compact camera with a f1.8 lens and great image quality. A year later Sony improved on the formula adding a hot shoe whilst improving autofocus and ISO performance. Now Sony is out with a Mark III version that’s added more apparent upgrades including a popup electronic viewfinder and a significantly faster f1.8-2.8 lens at the cost of some reach. These are admirable improvements that photo gear heads will love but do they make the Mark III Sony’s best premium point-and-shoot camera yet?

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MIOPS High-Speed Photography Trigger 3

High-speed photography is one of those artistic niches that require specialized gear. Luckily for you there are plenty of high-speed triggers but we’ve always been impressed with the Nero Trigger and now its creators are out with a new piece of kit called the MIOPS.

With this small device you can trigger your camera or flash within nanoseconds of a lighting strike or a bullet carving through an apple to capture that decisive moment. The MIOPS also has the added bonus of being completely controllable from an iPhone and other Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices. MIOPS supports a variety of camera bodies from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Sony, and Minolta (sorry Fujifilm and Leica shooters).

The device is equipped with three different sensors to detect light, sound, and lasers. With these sensors the MIOPS can be setup to automatically fire the shutter to capture events such as lightning, fireworks, popping balloon, or a laser beam cut by an obstacle. Users could also plug in even more sensors to the MIOPS such as a pressure pad to add even more options. Alternatively the MIOPS can be programmed to take a timelapse or set your camera up to take multiple frames for an HDR image.

The people behind MIOPS have put up their new device as a Kickstarter project. Currently the funding has reached $153,145, more than double its initial $75,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up your own MIOPS the Basic model sells for $189 or get an MIOPS Ultimate with added smartphone controls for $199. All units are slated to ship this December. Don’t forget to click past the jump to see more images and video of the MIOPS in action.

Via Kickstarter

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer ONA Sahel Strap (1 of 8)ISO 1601-800 sec at f - 2.8

ONA products have long been the sexiest thing in the photo industry–and today they’re announcing a new product that’s designed to help a charity. It’s called the Sahel, and they’re partnering up with a charity: water for the creation of this strap. The Sahel is the company’s newest leather strap that is padded with very soft neoprene. And to attach it to your camera, you’ll use a two buckle system that is really, really simple to work with.

There are also custom rivets holding things together and soft leather (also suede) to attach the strap to your camera. The strap is designed to hold camera kits up to six pounds and is really pretty long. For that reason, it’s best to wear it around your body in a similar fashion to something BlackRapid may make. If you sling it around your shoulder, you’ll have the camera dangling down a little bit below your waist.

When you buy a strap, the proceeds will support charity: water; which is all about bringing clean drinking water to lots of folks around the world that don’t have it.

You can purchase the strap at Charity: Water’s shop or at ONA’s website for $99–which isn’t terrible considering the craftsmanship and the fact that it’s helping a charity. More photos are after the jump.

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All photographs taken by Clemens Wirth. Used with permission.

Known for his quirky and idyllic short videos, many for commercials and film credits, Austrian miniature model artist and macro filmmaker/photographer Clemens Wirth presents a more delicate version of the world. You see, he handcrafts these beautiful miniature characters and places, which he then uses for his videos.

Describing how he got into this craft to The Phoblographer, Clemens explains:

“My passion is macro photography, model building and title design. During my studies I got myself a DSLR camera and started to make my first steps in macro-photography. The world and details you can find in macro photography fascinated me ever since then… For my final project in my studies, I designed a title sequence for a first world war movie called “Herbst”. At first I wanted to work with pewter figures, but the variety was very little, so I searched for alternatives and found model train figures.”

Clemens’ dioramas are not only captured in his videos. They also translate, amazingly we might add, into fine art photographs, featuring beach, space, and other outdoor scenes, that are just as stunning.

In this little planet he’s meticulously fashioned with his own hands, his tiny humans are as still as everything else around them, whether they be horse carriages, rolling flaming balls, water, or  snow, is in constant motion. And the combination, the overall effect is staggering. Clemens’ miniature counterparts are, in more ways than one, lighter and brighter versions of their real life counterparts and better as they are simply much more intimate.

See more of Clemens’ videos and photographs after the jump.

To see more of Clemens’ wonderful work, visit his website. To buy his prints, please visit his Etsy shop.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Low Contrast Black and White Tutorial NEOPAN (1 of 2)ISO 4001-8000 sec

There are loads of films out there that have a beautiful and iconic look to them that die hards will say that you can’t capture at all. But even though this may be true for color film, when it comes ot black and white film it’s a lot simpler. Through lots of careful observations and experimentations, we believe that we’ve figured out the way to make your images look a lot like Fujifilm NEOPAN, or at least come close to it.

Fujifilm Neopan was a black and white low contrast film that was loved by many photographers out there for its graininess and its ability to be so versatile in the darkroom due to the low contrast nature of it. Essentially, what this meant is that it was incredibly forgiving.

But to get that look in Adobe Lightroom, you’ll need to do a little bit of work. However, it’s really quick and really simple.

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