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

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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.

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

We’ve been waiting many years for it, and this year the Canon 7D MK II has finally come. Canon in years past has been a very conservative company when it comes to new products. Not many changes have been made to many of their previous offerings with the Canon Rebel series being the most obvious amongst these. The 7D Mk II though is a camera surely designed for current Canon customers and users.

With a modest bump in the megapixel count from 18 to 20.9MP, the 7D Mk II also delivers better high ISO results than many of its immediate competitors. And while this can be a huge selling point, there is something holding that back.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Hasselblad Stellar II Product Images 4

With a name like Hasselblad, you know whatever they announce is going to be expensive. Now the Swedish camera maker has introduced the Hasselblad Stellar 2, a rebadged and slightly redesigned Sony RX100 Mk II that comes at a hefty $2,395. Mind you, the original Sony compact normally retails for $649.99.

Now you might be asking where did the extra $1,746 on the price tag come from? Well there’s the name for starters, the bit of wood (in olive, walnut, padouk, and carbon fiber) along the side adding a substantial grip for the camera, plus the new titanium finish. Here’s how Hasselblad justified the Stellar II’s high price from their press release.

“Hasselblad expands its compact camera line with the Stellar II, not intended to be judged against other cameras, rather, conceived and crafted exclusively for Aficionados, Collectors and Connoisseurs.

In a world of aesthetic redundancy – the Hasselblad Stellar II stands alone as a BOLD, yet refined expression. A rich palette of fine woods was utilised both on the camera and packaging, highlighted by unique finishes and details.”

Aside from some aesthetic flourishes, the Hasselblad Stellar II is completely identical to the original RX100 Mk II. It sports the same 1-inch BSI-CMOS 20-megapixel image, 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 zoom by Carl Zeiss lens, 1080p video recording, and integrated Wi-Fi as well as NFC. Check out more images of the Stellar II after the break.

Via PC Magazine

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sony a7 mk ii

Earlier on this week, Sony announced the A7 Mk II in Japan. But today, they’re finally announcing it here in the US. The camera is the world’s first full frame mirrorless camera with image stabilization built into the sensor. It uses a five axis stabilization system they Sony claims is not the same that Olympus has despite the partnership between the two companies. The company also claims around 4.5 stops of stabilization from the new image stabilized sensor. It will work with all of the lenses that Sony has created as well as third party options, though they state that some lenses aren’t compatible.

It houses the same 24.3MP full frame sensor in the A7 but adds a 35% performance improvement in autofocus responsiveness. In fact, it boasts 117 focal plane phase detection AF points and 25 contrast detection points. Sony also states in their press release that AF and AE now work while tracking subjects.

The Sony A7 Mk II gets a boost in the video capabilities by bringing with it the XAVC-S video codec that was previously only on the A7s. You also get time code, picture profiles and dual video recording to an external recorder and the SD card inside.

Sony is also claiming a 40% start-up time–which is a big problem with the current A7. It will come in at $1,700 body only on February 9th when it launches. But the company is announcing much more.

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New York City - Snow - Doyers Street - Chinatown

All images by Vivienne Gucwa. Used with permission.

Vivienne Gucwa is a photographer that had quite the tough start, but her story is one of perseverance that uses photography as a mechanism to cope with stress. She is the creator of the Tumblr NY Through the Lens, and has recently released a beautiful photo book containing her images of the iconic city.

Ms. Gucwa is a New York native that had to leave the nest at an early age and learn to fend for herself. During this time, she was trying to maintain the same life balance that we all try to manage. And like many others, she went on long walks–which eventually turned into her becoming a street photographer.

Some of her most captivating images were shot in the snow–especially since the city turns into a totally different place during phases like this. We talked to Ms. Gucwa about her photography, marketing, and how she ultimately became a successful photographer.

Be sure to also check out Vivienne on Instagram, Twitter, and Google +.

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Photo by Lou Manna. Used with permission.

Photo by Lou Manna. Used with permission.

With America’s Thanksgiving almost upon us, it’s ony obvious that you’ll be getting photos of someone’s turkey in your social media streams. Creating the photo that stands out amongst the herd though has to do with, well, literally creating it. Simply capturing the moment sometimes isn’t enough. And for that, we turned to four well known professional food photographers that we’ve interviewed previously.

Here’s what four professional food photographers have to say about how to get the perfect Thanksgiving turkey photos.

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