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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

 

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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.

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Kai over at DigitalRev had a chance to play with Canon’s new 11-24mm f4 L USM lens and he seems to believe that it isn’t so great for street photography. Why? It’s really wide, he states. In fact, he believes that it sees around corners (really, but not really) and you need to get very close to a subject.

To do the tests, he goes to tiny little shops in Hong Kong with the big lens–then believes that the images that it can get are awesome.

While it can create awesome images, Kai still believes that you need to use the wide angle lens to fill the scene with interesting things to look at. The video is after the jump.

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HX90V

HX90V

Sony’s got two new cameras on deck: the HX90V and the WX500. Both are compact zooms with 30x optical zoom, 18MP 1/2.3-inch sensors, built-in wi-fi, 5-axis image stabilization and full-HD video. They also sport an ISO range of 80-3200 (expandable up to 12,800) and an aperture range of f3.5-6.4. They’re identical in nearly every way with one crucial exception.

The HX90V has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, whereas the WX500 has none. Sony is positioning the WX500 as an entry-level camera to its premium compact family, while the HX90V is for more serious users. The top of the line cameras are still the RX10 and the RX100 Mk III & its predecessors. The undisputed king of Sony’s lineup is the RX1.

Sony’s new additions won’t break the bank. The HX90V is a sixth of the price of the RX1. The WX500 is an eighth. They’re affordable options with what seems to be a good degree of versatility. Of course, we won’t know until we test them, but they look promising for casual photographers.

The HX90V will be available for $429 in black at the end of June. The WX500 will be available for $329 in black and white at the end of June

More photos and specs after the break.

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