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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon G1x product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

When walking around the streets of any big city, the best camera is always the one that you have on you. But lots of us here at the Phoblographer love point and shoots. These cameras are lightweight, better than a phone, small, and so low profile that no one will think that you look like a creep. But what we care about a whole lot more is the image quality–and many modern cameras perform more than well enough to please even the most snobbish of shooters.

Here are our picks for the best cameras for street photography.

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I have used lens adapters on mirrorless cameras–just like loads and loads of other users do. When I made the decision to buy the Sony A7, my previous experience with adapters influenced my purchase. Instead of buying Sony lenses, I would keep on using my Nikon lenses. It had been suggested one would have to be insane to use Nikon lenses with a Sony camera, which doesn’t make sense to me. With this decision I knew there would be some sacrifice. Yes, it would have been easy just to buy another Nikon camera, but I wanted something that was full-frame and mirrorless. Nikon is not creating the cameras that I want, but I love my Nikon glass.

And with that, begins my story of what I lose with adapters.

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I recently did something stupid. A lens came out that caught my interest: The MS Optical Perar 24mm f4 Super Wide. I’ve been maintaining my photography fund and has the cash to buy it. To use the lens, I needed an an adapter because I work with a Sony A7. I could have bought a Metabones Leica M Mount Lens to Sony NEX adapter. But instead I took the cheap route and bought a $7 adapter from eBay. But it didn’t work. So there I was sitting there with this nifty new lens and no adapter to use it. The mistake I made was not making the proper investment.

Here are reasons for making the proper investment.
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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (8 of 9)ISO 4001-400 sec at f - 1.4

When a new photographer picks up a camera, they’re very prone to making tons of mistakes that are understandable. But making sure that they get corrected is important to ensuring that you get the best images and your camera delivers the best performance.

Here are a couple of ways that rookies mess up often.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 70D Portraits of Jesse (10 of 11)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Harsh, mid-afternoon sun is the bane of every photographer’s existence. Given the choice, very few of us would opt to schedule a shoot around high noon. As the name suggests, this is the irritating time of day when the sun reaches its highest elevation in the sky. With no cloud cover to diffuse it, you end up shooting in painfully bright conditions that cast spotty, unappealing shadows on everything; notably human faces. Many photographers, especially natural light shooters, prefer to work either first thing or later in the day to take advantage of the near-perfect light resulting from the Golden Hour. But sometimes, we aren’t awarded that liberty to choose. Since overcast days aren’t available by request, here are a few things to keep in mind next time you find yourself stuck making the best of a bright mid-day sun. [click to continue…]

4808_SB-700-AF-Speedlight-front Many think of flash as a tool you use only when there isn’t enough available light to shoot with. If it’s dark, simply pop up the built-in flash and make the photograph. Never mind that the photographs don’t look especially good. The direct, hard lighting a speedlight delivers may not produce fine-art, but at least it ensures that we got something usable. However, flash can be an incredible creative tool especially when you have the flexibility of an external flash to work with. It’s an investment that provides more than just power, but choices that can improve the look of a photograph. [click to continue…]