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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

When we test cameras, we always try to gauge how the autofocus performance works in various situations. We’ve learned how to get the best autofocusing performance from different camera systems and developed better practices to see how good the focusing really can be.

Now if you want your camera to actually autofocus better, you’ll need to know a couple of things.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer NYCC New York Comic Con 2013 exports (26 of 84)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 5.0

Here, we generally talk about strobism and using a flash with radio transmitters. We prefer radio because of how reliable they are, but they’re not the only option. For years, many photographers have triggered flashes and strobes using infrared transmission.

What’s infrared? Basically, it’s another way of triggering flashes to go off and usually requires you to use another flash. There are also limitations but in most situations it’s pretty reliable and it gets the job done.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (4 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

We don’t usually do cheap photo alerts twice in a row, but there are really big Canon, Nikon and Sony discounts/rebates in place that end tomorrow: 3/28/2015.

Canon Cameras and Lenses

– Nikon Cameras and Lenses

– Sony Cameras and Lenses

For even more deals though, check out yesterday’s listing.

RX2

 

Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting on a new patent that features a Curved Full Frame Sensor. Sound familiar? It should. Sony has had this patent for a while, and they keep begin associated with the rumored RX2. But a new patent also shows that this curved sensor will work with lenses that are not only smaller, seemingly have a slower aperture. However, due to the curve and some weird rules of physics, the sensor will let in more light.

When it comes to the full frame game, SAR cites:

29.96mm f/2.06 (likely to become a 30mm f/2.0)
36mm f/1.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/1.8)
36mm f/2.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.8)
36mm f/2.26 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.0)

Now this means that the lenses will be a bit smaller than they normally would be, but it’s interesting how it all works. Sony Alpha Rumors also describes it for smaller sensor if it indeed happens.

Wet like a dog

All images by Joey Tichenor. Used with permission.

“In 2011, I was getting tired of the work I was shooting in Minneapolis both professionally & personally. I wanted & needed to create a fresh body of work to help stand out a bit in my midwest market.” says photographer Joey Tichenor about his photos of surfers. Like every photographer, Joey goes through dry spells of creativity and needs to evolve to become better. For some of us, that means shooting a totally new type of work.

“A lot of the guys that I admired shot environmental portraiture & documentary work which is where I wanted to focus my energy towards rather than the work I’d been doing. I decided that the best place to do this would be out west in California. I also wanted to see if I could build a network of photographers, agency & art buyer contacts out west in hopes of moving there one day.”

Joey tells us the story in his own words after the jump.

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For years, the Canon version was regarded as the best amongst the cheap lenses out there. Sometimes it was under $100 though most recently it’s around the $120 mark. The Yongnuo version is far under that at around $40.

In their test, Kai finds that the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 is pretty darned good–though the focusing motor is probably one of the most annoying parts. They found the Canon 50mm f1.8 II to be faster to focus by a hair and they also found the Yongnuo to be worse than Canon’s. Oddly enough, others (like Tony Northrup) found them to be comparable.

The rest of the video as well as the results of their test are after the jump.

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