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Photokina 2016 is going to be a very big time for the photo industry if what we’ve seen so far for this year is any hint of what’s to come. One thing that’s been on the mind of Fujifilm camera owners is if a full frame mirrorless camera or a medium format camera would be on the way at all. For years, Fujifilm was well known for its very good medium format film cameras; and in some ways it would make a lot of sense if an X Trans sensor found itself stuffed into a medium format rangefinder style camera or even a proper 645 DSLR.

But how likely is this to really happen?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X Pro 2 product images review (1 of 12)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

The Sony FE lens selection is continuing to grow, and now, they’ve got a number of good lenses with full autofocus at a pretty affordable price point. A couple of years ago, the company launched their a7 and a7r cameras with two main lenses (not counting the kit). And today, they’ve expanded quite a bit with the help of Zeiss and a couple of other third party offerings. Sony alone now has 20 lenses!

But if you’re looking for a solid prime lens, then there are three solid choices available.

For more, we encourage you to check out the Phoblographer’s guide to Sony FE Mount lenses.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (4 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

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What is street photography? That’s a question that a lot of photographers can’t really answer. Why? Well, when you think about it, it’s a term that could mean that you literally just go out into the streets and shoot photos. But that’s not what it’s recognized as in the art world and that’s also not how it’s associated amongst those of us who do it.

In recent years, another trend has popped up that stems from street photography. It’s called Urban Geometry: and it’s a different type of capture process that revolves more around art vs documenting the human condition.

For those of you who are confused, keep reading.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X70 review color and dynamic range (2 of 2)ISO 16001-60 sec at f - 2.8

In 2008, Canon spearheaded a charge for a major state of innovation that would forever change the industry. The Canon 5D Mk II was announced: and not only could it shoot HD video but it could also resolve loads of details, handle ISO noise pretty well and had great dynamic range rendition. At the same time, Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs was taking off a bit more than it already had as the world marvelled at his HDR photography. I did it, you did it, advertisers did it, etc. All of that created a world where photographers sit there and complain about the dynamic range on the internet because they have a computer and an avatar. For a while, it made sense; but the year is now 2016: and the truth is going to hurt for many of you still stuck in 2005.

Are you ready?

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Decoding Human Social Connections

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This is a syndicated blog post from Bluepace. It and the images here are being used with exclusive permission. As you read through this piece, think carefully about documenting social connections between others.

This post is about the psychology of human connections. It’s about our need for social interaction, the things we attach to, and the barriers that restrict us. We also attempt to discuss roots of negative human behaviour in the hopes of stimulating individual exploration.

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The Problem with Modern Optics

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This blog post has ben syndicated by Yannick Khong. It and the images here are being used with permission.

When I wrote about the right kind of lenses at the beginning of this year, I laid out clear indications of characteristics people should not be buying for most photographical practices. I then wish to talk about modern lenses.

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This blog post was syndicated from Chris Gouge. It and the images here are used with permission.

I wrote in last weeks blog post about conquering fears, how photographing people in the street isn’t as scary as most people think and how usually people won’t even notice you.  In my time of doing street photography, while although a relatively short time, the vast majority have either not noticed or ignored it, assuming I was taking a photo of something else, a few people have played up to the camera and a very small number have very politely asked me not to take their photo.  However, while I was in Madrid I encountered my first confrontation and angry subject.

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Always Be Prepared

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This blog post was syndicated from Eric Kim with permission.

You never know when a good photo opportunity will present itself to you.

Always be prepared.

I’m not sure if you know this— but I’m actually a Boy Scout (Eagle Scout)— and “always be prepared” was our motto. Whenever we got ready for a camping trip, we made sure we had all of our supplies, and we always planned for contingencies or “what-ifs?”

I’ve tried to always be prepared in many different ways in my life. For example, I try to add a buffer to my schedule when making appointments (if I think I will be able to meet a friend at noon for lunch, I add an hour-buffer and tell them to meet at 1pm for lunch), I try to add a buffer to my finances (I try to live below my means, although this is very hard, and try to keep cash in the bank just in-case for emergencies).

The most important case of being prepared in photography is to always have your camera with you— for those “what if” scenarios.

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A while back, a piece made its rounds on the web about how Instagram the mobile photography is changing photojournalism. In terms of the progression of the photography world, this makes lots of sense. But at the same time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is a photojournalist–especially because it takes a lot more than just having a phone and a will to tell a story. However, almost anyone can be a photojournalist–though it brings up a lot of potential problems.

My biggest problem is one that I’ll get to in a little bit: but ones that can very validly be argued have to do with editorial neutrality and how trained photojournalists understand this vs specific framing of stories. Additionally, there are issues involving trained photojournalists being able to gain press access and knowing how to deal with folks who may potentially be a danger to the person. Just because you’ve got an iPhone doesn’t mean that you’re a photojournalist or specifically know how to create a wonderful image. And when this work is done by sanctioned photojournalists, it makes lots of sense.

Then there is the biggest problem.

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Has the Pentax K-1 Come Too Late?

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Before the Pentax fans come out with pitchforks and try to DDoS this site into oblivion, hear me out.

Pentax Ricoh recently announced their K-1 DSLR: the company’s first full frame DSLR. It’s been the answer to what many folks have been asking for for years. Pentax has had one of the most decorated histories in photography. They had the Auto 110 SLR, the K-1000, some of the most unique focal lengths out there, the Pentax 645, the Pentax 67, and many more. For years, Pentax cameras were in the hands of many photography students.

But when digital came along, the company kind of went into obscurity. Their initial products weren’t really the best performers until they started to put rugged builds and excellent features into their entry level DSLRs and move the improvements up the line. Even today, they’re the company that offers fantastic products but that aren’t really talked about that much. They’ve got the most APS-C DSLR lenses out there of any company and they’ve always had a very loyal core following.

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