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Win a Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 Di VC USD Lens!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC product images (2 of 5)ISO 1001-320 sec at f - 2.0

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with Tamron to give away one a new SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens, to one lucky winner in the world. Want to win this contest?

Check out the details below:

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The SunDisc is a Reflector and Softbox in One


A brand new Kickstarter is looking to change the way that photographers use light modifiers. It’s called the SunDisc–and it’s a new product that tries to solve the problem of whether a photographer should pull out their reflector or their softbox. To do this, the SunDisc provides multiple surfaces such as reflective white, silver or soft gold. When you want to use it as a softbox, you just take the reflective surface off and expand the reflector’s body to function as a softbox.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GX8 extra review photos product shots (1 of 10)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

Today, Panasonic is announcing a new feature that will be coming to some of their cameras. It’s called “Post Focus” and according to the press release, it “allows anyone to capture multiple photos with multiple in focus points through a single release of the shutter.”

So how does this work? Essentially the camera takes a photo of a scene and moves the focusing back and forth–similar to a video term called rack focusing. While focusing through the scene, the camera chooses different focusing points and shoots at those different points. Then while viewing the image afterward, you can select the focusing points and save that file as a separate 8MP image.

Panasonic is recommending that this be used with non-moving subjects; and are especially pushing it for macro photography, portraits and landscapes.

The Post Focus function will be available on the DMC-GX8, DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ300 by updating to the latest FREE firmware upgrade, which will be available at GMT 1:00 a.m. on November 25, 2015.

Too bad I sent the GX8 back to Panasonic already, this would have been cool to test and see in person.

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Today, DxOMark released the results of their Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk II evaluation. So what did they think? To be honest, in some ways it’s as expected but in other ways the results are a tad perplexing. Before I go on into an initial analysis, I’m going to preface this with saying that in real life shooting results, none of these numbers with the exception of the high ISO results are really significant enough to effect your work and post-production output.

So what am I talking about?

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Hey folks,

The Phoblographer has forever had an extremely strong analog community, and I’d argue that of all the large photo blogs, this site has the strongest. So I’m looking directly at you folks for this next round of features. If you make your own cameras, I’d love to talk to you about the process and feature them on the site. That means beer can pinhole cameras, hand made 4×5 cameras from wood, etc. Let’s talk about them.

Details on how to pitch yourself are after the jump.

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Editor’s Note: it also works for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6.

For quite a while, if anyone really wanted compact and really good quality interchangeable lens converters for their phone, you had to use the offerings from Moment. But today, Photojojo is trying to challenge that with the release of their new Iris lenses. The company is announcing a wide angle, fisheye and a macro lens which all mount to your iphone using what seems like a glorified hair tie.

Hair accessory aside, the lenses have an aluminum build to them and actually use glass elements. That means that they’re bound to have better image quality than alternative with a plastic element. Each lens also has its own cushioned lens cap/case. Additionally, the case can be left on and always holds the mount for you so you can put the lenses in quicker. It’s not as straightforward or as low profile as the Moment solution (which uses a small plate).

PhotoJoJo will be sending them my way to test, and believe it or not, I’m really eager to try something new. Would I use them for serious work? If the iPhone can be used for serious work and photographers can make a living off of Instagram, then of course they can.

More images are after the jump.

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One of the biggest things every Kickstarter backer worries about is whether or not a scam is being backed; and a new lawsuit is hinting that could be the case with the Digital Holga Kickstarter that was reported on back in August.

A reader, who would like to remain anonymous, received a letter from Thomas Alvord, General Counsel of Funded Today–the company responsible for the marketing behind the Digital Holga. The lawsuit is against Alex Ng and Dennis Wong of Smartgears Global Limited–which was behind the Digital Holga– for breach of contract, and non-payment. The letter goes on to say that the company is over two months behind on payment and helped Alex and Dennis raise over $700,000 CAD. Generally, this is extremely commonplace with companies or individuals hired out on a freelance basis for one reason or another and in the most well intentioned of cases is because of a sufficient lack of funding.

But this gets even more interesting.

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The Nikon D5 is Now in Development

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2014 Nikon D4s images (5 of 5)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 3.5

That’s it.

No, really–I’m not even joking, that’s the press release. Well, the fact that Nikon is developing the new full frame 35mm sensor Nikon D5 DSLR and that they’re developing a new Nikon SB-5000 speedlight along with a new Nikon WT-6 wireless transmitter.

So what other details are there? Nothing, the press release is an entire page and more than half of the page is an About Nikon statement.

We’re bound to see the new Nikon D5 at Photokina next year along with the new flash. If Nikon is smart here, there will be radio transmission. But what would be even cooler is if the Nikon D5 had a radio flash transmitter built in that can trigger their own flashes. It’s surely possible.

What features do you think it may have?

Hey Sports Photographers: Want an Interview?


Hi folks,

Something that the Phoblographer has been lacking for a while is good sports photography coverage. But I’m looking to change that; and if you’re a sports photographer, I’d love to interview you.

Details on how to pitch yourself are after the jump.

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Go! Go! Today, Adobe is announcing the newest update to Adobe Lightroom, which brings back the old import interface so your computer doesn’t nearly crash every time you use the program. Rejoice!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, Adobe Lightroom 6.2 caused lots of photographers (myself included) many headaches due to a new import system. It makes photographers look at this very beautiful visual and choose where to import from, then when you select that folder or location, it brings up the images. From there, you select which ones you want and click import. Then you pray to the Lightroom gods that your computer doesn’t crash and force you to import all over again. What was really annoying though is the fact that Adobe seemingly took out the “Eject SD Card after import” option. But today, we’re getting the old import back. Nice try on doing something new Lightroom, but please don’t change–at least not yet.

But beyond that, Adobe Lightroom 6.3 offers more bug fixes and new camera and lens profile support added in.

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