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There are dozens of tricks you can use to stealthily take street photos like pretending to take an image of the sky and reviewing your photos to Zack Arias’ method of spending an uncomfortable amount of time in one spot. But one tried and true method has always seeing with your eyes.

Renowned New York street photographer Joe Wigfall explains and shows his method of shooting from the hip in a WNYC Street Shots interview. In the video Joe walks though the busy city with camera held at chest level simply taking images as he moves forward.

By not looking through the viewfinder, Joe can focus on observing his surroundings and look for scenes. What’s more, by removing the need to constantly look through the viewfinder Joe can shoot from all sorts of interesting angles such as overhead, under his arm, near his leg, and even from feet level.

It’s a technique that takes a while to figure out but learning the 35mm and 50mm can be done with time. After that, Joe says it’s just a matter of learning to trust your instincts. In a single trip during his lunch hour or walk to the train, Joe says he takes a hundred photos. This number eventually whittles down to five or three when he finally gets to Flickr, but the process is entirely worth it to get even a single image that really says something.

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Though the Sony A7 series cameras haven’t been out for very long, the company has just announced a newer version: the A7 Mk II–and only in Japan. The camera has the same 24.3MP Full frame sensor that the A7 has but this camera features a five axis stabilization. According to B&H Photo, it also has “improved handling, faster AF, enhanced weather sealing, and the addition of the XAVC S video codec along with the S-Log2 gamma curve.” Indeed, one of the first things that we notice is the new front dial.

The camera boasts 117 phase detection points, 25 contrast detection points, and the same ISO 25600 at the top end plus 5fps shooting capabilities. Otherwise, the new camera sports the same 3.0”1,228k-dot resolution tilting LCD monito and the XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 2.36m-dot resolution. According to the Verge, the company states that the A7 Mk II will lock focus 30% faster.

The company also announced a new 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G SSM II lens for the A mount. The lens features a new nano AR coating to prevent ghosting and flare, enhanced contrast, a new AF motor, weather resistance,

This updated telephoto zoom lens employs a new nano AR coating to better reduce flare and ghosting for improved clarity and contrast. The AF motor has also received a notable upgrade to quicken its overall performance, which pairs well with the weather-resistant design to benefit its use in difficult shooting conditions.

This lens construction incorporates extra-low dispersion glass to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range. It also retains the 3.9’ minimum focus distance of its predecessor and features a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for smooth out-of-focus areas.

Tech specs are after the jump. The Sony A7 Mk II will come in at $1,600 roughly if it ever comes to America.


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We were already pretty satisfied with EyeFi Cloud and their hardware solutions, but today the company is announcing some upgrades to the platform. For starters, anyone can now use it–and this moves comes from the trend that they’ve seen with people using all manners of devices to shoot and store their images. Indeed, the app was a great solution to store them to begin with because it automatically pulled images from both the phone/tablet and your camera. But it was previously only available to Mobi customers. Now, Pro users can use it.

By having the app on your devices, you can now organize everything in one spot. However, it will only store JPEGs–sorry RAW shooters.

But there are also a couple of new enhancements that were made. You can now make adjustments to your images, crop, rotate, organize into folders (which you were able to do before) and even view the EXIF data.

The app’s latest update is available today on iOS, Android and Kindle. Annual memberships are available for $49.99/year and include support for unlimited photo syncing and storage.

Review: Sony A5100

by Kevin Lee on 11/20/2014

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The Sony A5100 is a curious little camera. It combines the compact design of the Sony A5000 with the Sony A6000’s 24.3MP sensor and staggering 179-point phase-detect autofocusing system. Sony claims the camera isn’t meant to become a mid year replacement for the Sony A5000, but rather be a new mid-range system taking the place of the outdated Sony NEX 5T.

Well the truth is you should skip right past Sony’s entry-level camera and get the Sony A5100. With a price tag of $548 (or $698 with the 16-50mm kit lens) the Sony A5100 is the best device and most affordable way to get into the mirrorless camera world right now.


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Fujifilm is announcing brand new Macro extension tubes today. They are called the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16–and both have electronic contacts for auto exposure. Not much information is available, but we know that the Fujifilm X-Series Macro Tubes will cost $99.95 when they launch in December.

From the company’s press release, we can tell that the focusing range will be limited. In fact, Fujifilm cites needing to move the camera back and forth. In fact, the Fujifilm system has a Macro mode that lets every lens focus closer than normal. We assume that they will work with all of the company’s lenses as well as those offerings from Zeiss.

On top of the lenses, a new software will be coming that will let many of their camera shoot while tethered. It’s called HS-V5 and will let the user adjust the settings either via the camera or the PC if they wish. The software will also allow the user to manage the images–just like many other options available out there.

But today, they’re also announcing a new firmware update for the XE-2, XE-1, X Pro 1 and the X30 are all getting new firmware. Those details are after the jump.


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JPH Nikon F3 Diagram

Image by Bellamy Hunt. Used with permission.

Bellamy Hunt, the Japan Camera Hunter, recently published a diagram showing all the parts of the iconic Nikon F3 SLR from way back in the day. The diagram shows just how many parts and pieces went into its design and also show just how intensive it was to design and construct. You can see everything from the shutter unit, how the shutter wheel worked, the pentaprism, tne advance on the film, etc.

Mr. Hunt used the opportunity to tell the story of how he became the Japan Camera Hunter. He notes that it started with the Nikon F3 and falling in love with it. It inspired him so much that he wanted to find these awesome cameras and then re-sell them on the market–which is the bread and butter of his current business. Bellamy does a solid job, and has found things like rare Leica cameras with Nazi insignia.

Head on over to his site to see more of the Nikon F3 Diagram.