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Wait, what? When Sony first introduced its SLT series of A-mount cameras sporting a translucent mirror, the whole idea was–or so we thought–that the mirror wouldn’t have to flip up because, you know, it being translucent and all. But now it seems that Sony decided combining classical SLR flip-up mirror tech with a translucent mirror would be an even better idea. And we actually have to agree.

The problem with the SLT technology is, that the mirror isn’t actually tranclucent, but only semi-translucent. That means that part of the incoming light gets deflected towards the AF sensor, while the majority passes through the mirror and hits the sensor. The technology is pretty clever because it allows for permanent live-view while providing phase-detection AF at the same time, but whith it comes a slight loss of light because the semi-translucent mirror is fixed in position and doesn’t flip up during exposure like that of a regular DSLR.

With a semi-translucent mirror that actually flips up during the exposure, Sony could solve the light-loss problem, and still have phase-detection AF and live-view at the same time. Realistically, though, Sony probably won’t ever put this technology into one of its A-mount cameras, and the reason for that is fairly simple: they already have sensors that sporting phase-detection pixels, namely those of the A7 and A6000 E-mount cameras.

So instead of further developing its SLT technology, our bet is that in its next generation of A-mount cameras, Sony will dump the mirror once and for all, and instead rely on its on-sensor phase-detection AF. Technically, this would mean that all future A-mount cameras would essentially become mirrorless, but with a much longer flange-back distance compared to the E-mount system, and with a more traditional DSLR look compared to the styling of the majority of Sony’s E-mount cameras.

As always, this is just speculation at this point and to be taken with a grain of salt. However, the way Sony has been innovating lately, the above scenario seems rather probably to us.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (7 of 12)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma has been knocking it out of the ballpark with its prime lenses and next up it could announce a 24mm f1.4 Art lens at Photokina. Sony Alpha Rumors claims the lens will arrive later this September and October priced above Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art lens.

For all types of sensor-size cameras, the Sigma 24mm f1.4 will be an extremely popular prime lens since it affords such a wide focal length with a giant aperture. While Nikon and Canon have their respective high-end, full-frame 24mm lenses, Sony shooter will really appreciate the new alternative. Currently photographers shooting Sony have a few choices between Sony’s 24mm f1.8 for e-mount cameras and the Rokinon 24mm f1.4 designed for full-size Sony Alpha models.

Previously we heard early reports Sigma would also launch a 135mm f2 DG OS lens complete with a long focal length and built-in optical stabilization. There’s a still a chance we will see this tight portrait lens at the German photo show as Sigma is prone to introduce more than one lens at these big events.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica T first impressions images (15 of 15)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Today, Leica is announcing a new chapter in their life: the Leica T. Leica’s new T camera is one that is aimed at the user that wants something that they call “simpler.” It isn’t aimed at the same audience that uses the S series and the M series. Instead, it’s for the enthusiast. As such, it comes with a plethora of options and accessories that one can use for the camera.

But we can say with full knowledge that this isn’t a camera for everyone–especially considering the price.

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I find few things as satisfying as putting together wall art that has a truly personal touch. Why buy a random print from Target when you can easily make something that really says something about you? The crafting world has fallen hard for bunting in recent years, and although I’ve seen dozens of bunting kits sold online, I’m more given over to handmade bunting. It not only has a more authentic touch – it’s cheaper, too!

I’ve made polaroid photo bunting throughout my apartment with a few cheap supplies I had already stocked and some polaroid photos of my friends and my favorite vacation spots. The beauty of this project is that you can buy really cute clothespins or paper clips to hang your items with, or go super simple with whatever you have at hand for a shabby chic touch. Check it out:

Editor’s Note: this is a guest blog post by Jessica Michelle Fregni. It was originally published on Bee’s Beautiful World.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC image samples (22 of 36)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 2.8

Many folks have heard of them. A long time ago, we wrote an introduction to the rule of thirds, but it’s been in serious need to a revamp. The Rule of Thirds is one of the biggest rules in the photography world that every instructor and other photographers tell you to follow. But it is very easy to get too caught up in that and not focusing on subject matter.

And in the end, subject matter and content are king. To that end, the rule of thirds can sometimes be thrown right out the window.

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Photo by Alex Pines

Photo by Alex Pines

With the recent stirrings that have been happening in regards to concert photography first with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and then with Three Days Grace, we decided that it’s important to take a look at the legalities and ask about how to deal with situations like this. So we decided to ask our good buddy Nicole Fara Silver. Nicole is no stranger to the Phoblographer, we interviewed her a while back about shooting better concert photos. She is a freelance photographer for Rolling Stone and has years of experience under her belt.

Given what’s going on right now in the photo world in regards to bands, here’s what Nicole had to say.

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