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Cheap Photo: Big Fujifilm Savings on 16MP Based Cameras!

Fujifilm has been gaining a ton of steam since the release of their new 24MP based cameras like the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-T20. That said their older 16MP based cameras are still pretty great too, and they also happen to be on sale right now for some insane savings over their usual pricing....
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Getting The Most Out Of Your Fujifilm 23mm F2 R WR Lens

Fujifilm’s 23mm F2 is one of their newer lenses, the only newer option being the 50mm F2. It is a lens that offers Fujifilm shooter’s that classic 35mm field of view, in a small package with a fast aperture. So what should a new owner of the Fujifilm 23mm F2 know about this lens in order to get the most out of it?...
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Speed Demons: 4 Mirrorless Cameras With Fast Autofocus

In general for the longest time if you wanted to have the fastest and most accurate autofocus you had to drop some major cash on a Canon or Nikon flagship camera. Simply put, smaller and more affordable cameras just couldn’t keep up. Then more and more mid-range cameras started getting decent AF, which was great from an affordability standpoint, but still left a lot to be desired for those who wanted to have fast AF and not have to carry around a brick....
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Three Perfect Mirrorless Cameras For The Advanced Amateur

Are you ready to upgrade from that basic mirrorless kit that you bought to learn photography with? Advanced amateurs make a large portion of the photography marketplace, yet most guides and gear roundups seem to favor people in the beginners or professional category. The issue arises because basic cameras are well, too basic for an advanced amateur to do what they want/need, while professional level cameras are often overkill in terms of features and out of reach financially anyway....
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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds Off the Phottix Indra360!

TTL studio strobes are all of the rage these days in lighting circles and Phottix’s Indra series is one of the more affordable options on the market that has been getting some good reviews. Currently you can pick up the Indra360 for over $400 off, a crazy good deal if you have been in the market for a set of these. If you want to know more about the Indra you can check out our review of the Indra500 here....
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Review: Alien Skin Exposure X2 (Slightly NSFW)

In this world that we are in now with Adobe virtually refusing to fix the simplest of performance concerns with Lightroom after what has been years of complaints now, more and more third-party processing packages and software is getting looked at by photographers....
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Cheap Photo: Major Panasonic LX100 Deal, Save over $240

In terms of compact fixed lens cameras, one of the best out there right now is the Panasonic LX100 series, and for those interested you can get it for a great deal! Normally around the $800 mark this killer compact camera is currently on sale for under $550, but hurry, this one likely won’t last long....
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Studio Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Have you been thinking about getting into more studio photography, be it portraits, still life, product, etc? As we have done now for a few other photograph niches, in this post we will be taking a look at studio photography and some of the essentials to have at your disposal besides the obvious cameras and lenses....
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The Best Lenses For The Canon Rebels, 80D, and 7D Mark II

We have already shared our thoughts on some of the best lenses out there for full frame cameras like the Canon 5D Mark IV, but what about lenses for the Canon APS-C based EF-S cameras like the rebels, 80D,and 7D Mark II? There is no doubt some overlap, but there are some great lenses that we would recommend for the APS-C based cameras that are different from their full frame brethren. So lets get into it....
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Portrait Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Chances are that many of you reading this are portrait photographers, or want to be portrait photographers. Being one of the most popular photography disciplines there is a plethora of information out there on the web to help you decide on the best camera and lens combinations for you and your budget – but what about the other stuff?...
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Photographer’s Toolbox: Landscape Photography Gear Essentials (Besides Cameras and Lenses)

Let’s be real here, if we are honest the only truly essential gear for a landscape photographer with passion and commitment is simply a camera. These days great results can come from utilizing just about any camera, that said, there are definitely some highly recommended items that all – if not most – landscape photographers will agree make landscape photography that much easier and fun to enjoy....
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Cheap Photo: Budget Camera Bundles For Beginners and Hobbyists

When professionals and advanced amateurs find themselves shopping for photography gear they are often looking for one item or two, bundles and kits are usually pointless because they already have many of the extra included items. This is different for beginners and hobbyists though, who may just be getting into photography or upgrading a really old kit. Today we have some great budget camera kit bundles for you all to take a gander at, enjoy!...
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The Best Lenses for your Panasonic Lumix and Olympus OM-D Camera

Are you just getting into the micro four thirds ecosystem? Curious about what the best lenses out there are for your Panasonic GH4 or Olympus OM-D E-M1? Well you are in the right place as today we are taking a look at the best lenses for street, portraits, landscapes, action, weddings and more!...
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5 Essential Tech Items For The Modern Working Photographer

In this day and age being a photographer is more than just carting around some cameras and lenses, technology has become an integral part of the photography equation. This means that beyond your standard photography gear such as lenses, cameras, tripods, and such you also have this array of technology tools that can and do help make a photographer’s life that much easier and hassle free. Today we wanted to highlight some of that tech....
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5 Lenses That Deliver a More Unique Creative Look

As a photographer it is common to fall into ruts with your use of lenses, preferring one focal length or lens over your others, or a certain set of lenses over others. For some these are nice fast prime lenses, for others maybe they are semi-fast zoom lenses, or something else. One thing that is for sure though is that once you get your hands on those lenses that you prefer it can sometimes be hard to find a reason to use a different lens unless the situation specifically calls for that over your usual favorite....
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After The Kit: Five Killer Lens Upgrades For Nikon Photographers

Nikon is still one of the major camera brands out there, despite their recent financial troubles, so chances are some of you may have a Nikon, and some of you may be thinking about which lenses to upgrade to from your kit lens. Today we have 5 really solid lens options for you to take a look at that all offer superior image and build quality over your Nikon kit lens....
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Cheap Photo: 3 Sony A7 Bodies On Sale

If you have been looking into picking up a Sony A7 series camera, maybe thinking about making the switch to mirrorless, than now may be the time for you to jump on that train. Two of Sony’s latest high end A7 bodies, the A7r II and A7s II are both on sale right now, joining the original A7 which has been on its discounted $1000 price point for some time now....
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Perfect Portrait: 4 Great Nikon Portrait Lenses Under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the top budget oriented (aka sub-$1000) portrait lenses for the Nikon System....
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Perfect Portraits: 3 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Sony E System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the top budget oriented portrait lenses for the Sony E System....
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Cheap Photo: Some Fresh Fujifilm Instax Savings

Fujifilm has made a name for itself among photographers with their X-Series, but their real imaging money maker is none other than the Instax line which continues to me among the best selling imaging products on Amazon. They also make for great novelty gifts to clients after a shoot. Lucky for you, they are also on sale right now!...
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Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Canon EOS System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the top budget oriented portrait lenses for the Canon EOS System....
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Cheap Photo: 50mm Lens Savings From Canon, Nikon and Sony

The 50mm focal length is without a doubt one of the most common and popular focal lengths in regular rotation these days. As such, many new photographers are looking to get into the 50mm arena with a fast F1.8 or F1.4 lens, so today we have three deals highlighted for those of you who may be in the market for a new fast fifty. ...
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Perfect Portraits: 4 Budget Portrait Lenses For the Fujifilm X System under $1,000

Portrait photography is no doubt of the those niches of photography that attracts many new photographers to the industry, both as hobbyists and professionals–and finding budget friendly portrait lenses can be tough. That said, the overwhelming majority simply doesn’t have the budget to spend on top class professional portrait lenses, so today we are taking a look at some of the top budget oriented portrait lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series. If you have another camera system no worries, we will be following this up with budget portrait lens roundups for other systems as well....
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Cheap Photo: SanDisk Extreme PRO SD Card Savings and More!

I know, I know, we just featured that big Lexar deal. But we also know that many of you only buy Sandisk memory cards, and so today we have some Sandisk deals that you should see as well. ...
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Our Favorite Budget-Friendly Lenses For Landscape Photographers

Landscape photography is one of those great niches of photography where you can just grab your gear and go, no need to line up a client or model, just drive out to your nearest wilderness area and you are golden. This often makes landscape photography a popular niche for hobbyists and amateur photographers, who by extension are usually looking for budget lenses to built out their kit....
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After The Kit: 6 Incredible Lens Upgrades For The Micro Four Thirds Photographer

Micro four thirds is such an interesting system in that we have this situation where both Panasonic and Olympus lenses work on each others cameras, and each come with their own pros and cons. This can make things a little confusing for new micro four thirds owners, but in reality it makes this system incredibly flush with great upgrade potential, and so today we are going to be looking at some of our picks for the top micro four thirds lenses to consider upgrading to after your kit lens....
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Cheap Photo: Lexar Professional 633x 95MB/s SD Card 2 Packs

I personally own the 32GB variant of these and use them with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and I can’t recommend them enough. They are fast, reliable, and have served me very well over the last year. They come in all of the capacities that you would expect, but specifically I wanted to highlight the 32GB & 64GB 2 packs which are currently on sale....
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The Photographer’s Guide to Budget Friendly Portrait Lenses

Photography is for sure one of the most popular niches of photography, with many people getting into photography specifically to learn how to shoot better portraits. This not only makes portrait photography a popular starting point for beginners but also a popular target for lens manufacturers when designing lenses....
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The Best Budget Lenses For Top Mirrorless Camera Systems

Budget lenses are a necessity for amateur and semi-professional photographers. Not everyone can afford to go out and drop $1000+ on a brand new lens, so the budget oriented shoppers look for lenses in that sub $1000 range to to really give them solid performance without breaking the bank. ...
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5 Ways For Professional Photographers To Use Instagram Galleries

Instagram just launched their latest update and it is one of the biggest changes yet to the world’s most popular photography network. This new gallery post-type opens up a whole new avenue for professional photographers to tell stories and promote their work....
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UNO II Is A Special Backpack Style Camera Bag For Photographers

As photographers, I think we are all always looking for a bag that better fits our particular needs. Be that a larger bag to carry a ton of gear or a smaller bag to grab and go with a basic kit. One thing that always seems to come up is your bag either being too much or too little for a given task – enter the UNO II, a bag that can be whatever you need it to be with interchangeable panels....
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Phottix Ares II Triggers Are Now Available

Phottix has grown a lot over the last several years, one of a few companies to crawl out of the soup of obscure photo accessories, and into the limelight. The company known for their lights and lighting accessories has just released their latest triggers, the Ares II....
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Cheap Photo: Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Rokinon Deals That Make Your Wallet Sing

Happy Tuesday everyone! You made it through Monday and there are now only 3 days left in this work week. There was a ton of killer announcements today from Sigma for CP+, but the purpose of this post is to remind you of some of the killer deals you can get on gear available right now. Have a look!...
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5 Older But Excellent Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying

In the film days you could buy one camera and use it for years upon years, in order to change your look you used different films. These days that dynamic has changed, and now photographers are pressured into buying the latest and greatest cameras after just a couple of years. But taking into account where digital photography is these days, there are still some great cameras out there to be had, many times for a significant discount over their cutting edge brethren....
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DIY ‘Kinoflo’ Lights Using Tungsten Bulbs

In our industry where even the simplest of accessories can seem to be disproportionately expensive the allure of DIY projects can be strong. For every good DIY project there are several that you should just leave to the pros, but that said, today we have a fun one to share with you....
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Sigma Announces New 24-70mm and 100-400mm Zoom Lenses

In addition to the attention-grabbing 14mm and 135mm F/1.8 prime lenses, Sigma has also announced tow new zoom lenses today at CP+, their new 24-70mm F/2.8, and 100-400mm F/5-5.3. Both of which will be very enticing to their respective niches....
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The Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art and Sigma 14mm f1.8 Art Lenses Will Induce All Your Drool

Sigma last made waves with their long awaited 85mm F/1.4 back at Photokina in September, and they aren’t waiting long to make some more with today’s announcements. On today’s docket is several lens announcements including Sigma’s brand new 14mm F/1.8 and 135mm F/1.8 – two lenses that are sure to make some mouths water....
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Black Body Radiation And White Balance: Space Physics in Your Camera

When is the last time you really thought about what is going on inside of your digital camera when you are taking a picture? I’m not talking about the exposure or direct photographic processes but beyond that, into the physics and other scientific processes? If you are like me, that answer is probably never, if ever....
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Fujifilm Announces Organic Sensor Tech Update with Panasonic

It’s been years since Fujifilm and Panasonic teamed up on developing an organic CMOS sensor, and over the years the teams have taken turns in releasing updates about the development of the sensor technology. This week Fujifilm released a new update on the technology, noting that they are making strides towards mass production of the sensor for a wide variety of applications....
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Cheap Photo: $1000 Off the Nikon D750 Kit!

Is it Thursday already? This week is flying bye but that means its time for another cheap photo deals post update. Today we have some great deals on Nikon DSLRs, Canon lenses, a Case Logic Bag and an action camera. Make sure and check this out before you buy, could save you some $$$. ...
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The Best Budget Lenses For Documentary and Photojournalists

While photojournalists, at least those with full-time paid gigs, are a dying bread, the idea of documentary photography and photojournalism, in general, are stronger than ever. More and more people are taking to the streets to document protests, and atrocities happening across the world on a daily basis....
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Sunny 16, Seeing Light, and Improving Your Digital Photography with Analog Techniques

In our digital world with being able to see our images on an LCD or EVF screen moments after pressing the shutter, the art of being able to see light, to know the approximate exposure of a scene prior to taking a shot is a dying art. But back in the analog film days, this was an essential piece to a photographer’s process....
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Fujifilm’s Prime Lens Trinities: Which Is Right For You?

Fujifilm shooters find themselves in an interesting dilemma of late with there now being two clear prime trinity setups that one could choose from. On one hand you have the newer, weather sealed, and smaller F/2 variants in 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm. On the other hand, you have the F/1.4 23mm and 35mm with the F/1.2 56mm....
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How Sue Bryce Creates Her Own Natural Light Look with Strobes

Sue Bryce is a titan of the photography education circuit, with thousands upon thousands of photographers flocking to her workshops and events in an attempt to learn from the queen of glamour portraiture. Bryce has largely built this reputation over the years as an exclusively natural light photographer, but that has all changed now....
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Think Tank’s New Signature Series Bags Are Here; Look Pretty Nice

Think Tank, the maker of popular and stylish camera bags, has today announced their new Signature Series of soft shoulder bags. The new bags are made of a nylon/polyester blend that Think Tank says is as soft as wool, but has the benefit of being water resistant....
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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon and Sony Savings For All

It has been a bit since we did a full cheap photo post, mostly thanks to myself being in Vegas for WPPI last week. So today we kick off your week with some great savings on everything from Instant prints to incredible cameras and lenses. Check it out! ...
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First Impressions: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Lens

In addition to their new 70-200mm F/2.8 G2 lens Tamron also announced a brand new 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5, an ultrawide lens designed specifically for crop sensor cameras. It has a ton of major improvements over the old version of this lens, and it looks to be a great addition to the Tamron lineup....
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First Impressions: Sony FE 85mm F1.8 (Sony E Mount, FE)

In addition to the new 100mm F/2.8 G Master lens that Sony announced at WPPI 2017, they also brought out their new 85mm F/1.8. This should be particularly exciting for money strapped Sony shooters who are looking for an affordable option in the 85mm range....
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Report: Fujifilm May Be Working On A New 18mm F2 Mk II

A staple of the Fujifilm X-Series for some time now has been the 18mm F/2. But as with many of the early lenses launched with the X-Series, it is beginning to show its age and users have been noting the need for an update now for some time....
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First Impressions: Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2

Tamron has announced their newly updated 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2, a lens that offers what look to be several significant improvements over the old Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 model. We have been here at WPPI 2017 and we had a chance to play with the new lens a little bit on the show floor so we are here today with some quick initial impressions....
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