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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 first impressions product photos (6 of 7)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve spent long, countless hours reviewing lots of photo gear this year. And we’ve spent time compiling lists of the best gear. Yes, we know that it’s the photographer who ultimately creates the images, and we’ve had that in mind the entire time that we wrote this list. There’s something for everyone here: the pro, the enthusiast, the semi-pro and the beginner in our roundup of the best photo gear.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

It’s Black Friday here in America. And you still have a chance to win big!. Just a reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Show us your best portrait, and you can snag yourself an awesome portrait shooting kit from Phottix.

Felix Lajos Esser The Phoblographer Films and Film Cameras

Don’t know how and what film to choose for your first analog camera? Photographer Stefan Litster has an excellent video showing off the various film types and formats. Stefan starts the video off by highlighting the size difference between 35mm, 120mm, and 4 x 5 films. Sure there are many more film formats in the world, but these are the three major sizes most people will be shooting today.

The video then moves along and to a light table to compare the various types of film including black and white and color negatives. Stefan also pulls out a loop (essentially a magnifying glass inside a shot glass) to put slide film positives and medium format negatives under the microscope.

There plenty of more information to mine from the video as Stefan goes over the specifics of different films in collection. The quick introduction is a little bit on the long side with a 20 minute run time, but it informative piece for film photography novices. Be sure to check it out after the break and also take a peek at our introductory guide on shooting film

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We’ve been very, very busy this year. Lots of new cameras and lenses were announced and we’ve seen tons of innovation this year across the industry overall. There have been many great products released this year in the photo world and we’re here with a massive roundup of the very best.

Without further ado, we present the Phoblographer’s Editor’s Choice Awards list for 2014. Here you’ll find the best cameras, the best lenses, the best lights, the best camera bags and a whole lot more.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Battle of the 35mm lenses for Canon (1 of 2)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 2.8

Updated with new deals

Hey folks,

We’ve got the massive and essential Cheap Photo list for you that we’ve been curating the entire month. Here you’ll find loads and loads of deals that you’ll want to hit as soon as you possibly can. Hit the jump for more.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GM5 first impressions images (4 of 5)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.0

Want more useful photography tips? Click here.

While this tip may seem completely obvious to those of us that have been shooting for years, we encourage you to pay it forward and share this with those that are newer to interchangeable lens photography.

This is the story of two different people who took the lens off of their camera and put the camera in their one pocket and the lens in their other pocket.

Again: I’m going to repeat that.

This is the story of two different people who took the lens off of their camera and put the camera in their one pocket and the lens in their other pocket.

If you’re a veteran shooter, you know much better than to do this–or at least you know to use a body cap and a lens back cap. But for the less initiated, doing this makes cloth, debris and dust get right onto your camera sensor and at the back of the lens. In both cases, the camera was taking photos with spots in the image and the lens wasn’t working. Why?

Imagine a person putting little bits of dust in your eyes. Would you be able to see? Probably not–and neither can your camera since the sensor is very much like the eye. Then also imagine putting on dirty glasses. Obviously, seeing wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do. That’s what happens when you put a dirty lens on your camera.

But even further, the second person got so much dust on the contacts that the lens couldn’t autofocus. If you want to fix a problem like this, use Isopropyl alcohol or use a special brush to clean the sensor.

And make sure that you maintain your camera. But whatever you do, always protect your camera’s sensor.