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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r and Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 lens samples (1 of 1)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.0

We’ve reported before on the Sony A7r getting a new update, and Sony Alpha Rumors has more reasons to believe that it’s on its way soon. More than that, they also believes that an update to the A6000 is coming.

The Sony A7r Mk II is said to include better autofocusing, which was our biggest gripe with the A7r. A new processor will also be incorporated to keep high ISO noise performance down according to previous reports. The camera is also said to have the same sensor–which gave out more than enough resolution.

Sony introduced the A7r in late 2013, and since then the A7 has received a refresh. It’s about time that the A7r get it–which it probably needed more than its siblings in the A7 family of cameras.

EPL6

Announced in 2013, the Olympus EPL6 is only now coming to the US after being available in only Japan and Europe. At a very affordable price of $299, the camera sports a 16MP MOS sensor, TruePic VI engine, a 3 inch 614k dot LCD, 35 AF points, 3 axis in-body IS and a timelapse mode. The camera is positioned below the EP5, EPL7 and the OMD EM10; which both have many more features than the EPL6.

The camera doesn’t have WiFi built in but in Europe and Asia the camera came with a WiFi SD card. According to B&H’s listing, that isn’t included in the box.

At the price point, it’s a great camera for someone looking to get into interchangeable lens cameras.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A99 Aquarium photos and landscapes edited (5 of 15)ISO 50

Hey folks,

As the site continues to evolve and April is wrapping up, we’re moving from the Analog/film medium over to featuring/interviewing/working with landscape and adventure photography in the month of May. But we’re not looking for any ordinary landscapes or adventure work, we want to see only your very best. Alternatively, we can probably work with you if you pitch a tutorial of some sort related to landscape photography or adventure photography. We’re mostly interested in photo projects for the adventure genre, but for landscapes we just want our jaws to drop when looking at your images.

Overall though, we want to work with photographers. Even though we’re a site that loves gear, we’ve never thought that it was paramount and we want to work with photographers that put their creative vision and business savvy first. As always, that doesn’t mean that we won’t work with enthusiasts though.

So how do you pitch it us?

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why. Emails not explaining these things will most likely be sent to the wayside.

– Show us websites of yours.

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your project is really cool.

Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series. This series is all about artificial lighting and pretty much nothing else; so it needs to be crafty.

Thanks folks!

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief

 

XF16mm_Front Upper View

 

Fujifilm is announcing their new 16mm f1.4 lens today; and it’s quite the shocker. For starters, the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is the company’s first weather sealed prime lens–which we’ve been waiting for for a while now. This 24mm equivalent lens is not only weather sealed, but features the push/pull focusing ring for quick access to manual focusing mode and a working depth of field scale.

The new Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR can focus as closely as 6 inches, the newest auto focusing motors which the company claims allow it to focus within 0.11 seconds and can work in temperatures down to 14°F. As far as construction goes, the new lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 2 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration. The elements also have a nano-GI coating that reduces ghosting.

Best of all, it is said to have nine aperture blades–which also means that even though this is a very wide angle lens, it should have really nice bokeh at the right distance and aperture setting.

The FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR will be available in May 2015 for USD $999.95 and CAD $1149.99.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (4 of 10)ISO 200

One of the worst things that someone can do to a photographer is mess with their camera in a way that makes it not functional. In fact, that’s what Magic Lantern apparently did as an April Fool’s Joke on its community.

Magic Lantern, which unlocked RAW video shooting on Canon DSLRs, released a new build for its community. Members downloaded it, and got the equivalent blue screen of death with a camera. For those of us that remember the DOS days of computer operating systems, we remember this all too well. Just imagine it coming up on your camera.

This forced folks to revert back to the older version and later on someone went through the code and found a section labeled as “Joke mode.” With that, folks knew that it was all just a joke.

What a scare, right? In fact, many members of the community were enraged and didn’t think that it was alright. However, all of their images were still there and no major harm was done physically to the camera. To the photographers who probably hyperventilated and had the equivalent of a meltdown, we’re not so sure.

Via Boing Boing

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony Rx100 Mk III and Canon G1x Mk II comparison (5 of 7)ISO 400001-60 sec at f - 1.8

It looks like Sony may be trying to get into the Four Thirds world–or at least that’s what some crazy report is stating on Sony Alpha Rumors. According to the site (which is usually pretty darn accurate) Sony will be launching two cameras with Four Thirds sized sensors and that are meant to directly compete with the Panasonic LX100.

But in addition to that, one camera will also have a 24MP APS-C sized sensor while the 4/3 sensors are 20MP and 16MP. We truly wonder if these will be 4/3 sensors or if they will be a little bit larger and more similar to what Canon did with the G1X series of cameras. These will also most likely be more premium offerings than the RX100 series; which have sold tremendously well and continue to evolve into better cameras. The combination of a small size and powerful image quality seems to be the sweet spot for many consumers.

Knowing Sony, the cameras are bound to have fast zoom lenses–though we’d be more partial to something closer in relation to the RX1 and the fixed prime lens on the camera.