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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (5 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

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When it comes to seeing through a viewfinder, many folks don’t ever bother to adjust the diopter of their camera. But the truth is that you really should adjust it lest your eyes strain when looking through this very small hole. The problem though is with people not knowing how to properly adjust it for themselves.

For starters, consider your eyesight. If you wear glasses you’ll know whether you’re near sighted or far sighted. Depending on your prescription, you’ll want to adjust the diopter accordingly. Diopters often have a +2 or =3 setting to enable photographers to adjust what they see through the viewfinder for their vision.

Both EVF and OVF work differently though. With an EVF, it’s mostly a matter of looking through the viewfinder, turning on text displays and adjusting the diopter until you can see the text correctly. But when working with an OVF, it can become much trickier as what you’re seeing is optical and not electronic. For optical viewfinders, we recommend taking the lens off, pointing the camera at a light source and looking at the focusing points through the viewfinder. Then adjust the setting accordingly until you see them the clearest. When this is done, you’ll have set the diopter for your eye.

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It’s true: film is still alive and kicking. In fact, this year we saw the release of many more film cameras than we’ve seen in such a short amount of time. It seems like manufacturers are finally getting it and that all the fun that is involved in shooting film is finally reaching a larger market.

To celebrate this recent trend, here are five new film cameras that you should get very excited about.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic LX100 first impressions product images (2 of 6)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 5.0

With Photokina 2014, Amazon has all the new products that have just been announced on a single page.

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All images by William Rugen. Used with permission

Food photography is something all of us have dabbled in at least once but could you imagine taking a photo of every meal you had for a year? William Rugen has and in his Consumed photo series you can see a visual record of his gastronomic adventures from 2010. It’s a lovely, colorful collage of tasty morsels from the diner breakfast to a sushi lunch, late night pizza, and everything in between.

William began his Consumed photo series looking for a yearlong photo project that would require him to carry a camera with him at all times. “For me, the more I shoot, the more I see,” he quipped.

Looking to his previous work, William would often take photos of his meals and hotel room to stay in a photographic groove. It was a trick he picked up in 2008, when he was on the road taking snapshots of America after nearly 200 years of manifest destiny (otherwise known as the westward expansion of the United States) for another project called Western Dioramas.

With the idea in hand, William began carrying a Canon G11 in his pocket everywhere. “I only used the on-camera flash, usually with a rear curtain sync and used it on almost all the photos as a way to give them a bit of pop,” he explained. Click past the break to hear the rest of William’s story and seen more food pictures.

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A very long time ago, I hacked a beauty dish to work with a speedlight by stuffing a Gary Fong Lightsphere into the back of it. It worked well enough–and now it seems like the idea has caught on. RoundFlash recently announced their new RoundFlash Dish–a flash modifier that connects to your speedlight and gives off light almost like a beauty dish. It seems loosely based off of their very excellent RoundFlash Ring Flash Version 2.

Inside of this unit is a mirror that bounces the light backward and into a reflective area that then spreads the light out and evenly. Plus, it has a built in diffusion dome for even softer light.

It attaches to the head of your flash via a belt system and only costs around 69 Euro. If it’s anything like what the RoundFlash Ring Flash is, we’re super excited for it.



We’re teaming up with Sigma to give away a brand new 85mm f1.4 lens in your choice of mount. Want to know how to win? Check out the super simple rules after the jump.

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