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Need an easy way to make a monopod?

Purchase a 1/4 X20 screw about 1/2 in long (or the size screw of your tripod mounting hole on the bottom of your camera), and take a strong cord or strap (what every you have handy), and build your own!

Tie the cord to the screw (or glue it so you don’t lose the screw) on one end of the cord. Form a loop a bit larger than your foot at the other end of the cord or strap. Make the length of the cord just long enough so; when holding the camera up to your eye to shoot, the other end(loop) is in such a position that you can put your foot in the loop and pull the cord upward, tight. This tension will keep your camera steady for shooting. When done, roll it up and put it in your pocket. Cost? Under a couple of bucks even if you have to buy everything.

The mounting nut should be a “Self Locking Nut” so it will stay tight when inserting the thumb screw into the tripod socket.

This tip comes to us from Ronald Stein: Green Valley Camera club of Green Valley, AZ. More images are after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Leica M Edition 60 Product Images 1

Almost all of us have set our sights on new gear. The number of lenses and cameras available across systems is substantial, and the ones we want aren’t necessarily the ones we need. If you’re not careful, you run the risk of burning through more cash than you have, and while the new gear may be nice, you might find that you don’t have as much use for it as you originally thought. Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a thing, and here are some tips to avoid succumbing to it. [click to continue…]

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Sensor Sizes and Crop Factors

In a post on its Facebook page, Ricoh Imaging’s France outpost wrote in no uncertain terms that the development of a full-frame Pentax DSLR is underway, according to Photo Rumors. Two people aired their discontent over Ricoh’s apparent lack of full-frame, but Ricoh smoothed their ruffled feathers with a promising announcement. Of course, there’s no word on what the specs are and when this will actually come to be, but Pentax enthusiasts rejoice, full-frame is on its way.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (5 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

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When it comes to seeing through a viewfinder, many folks don’t ever bother to adjust the diopter of their camera. But the truth is that you really should adjust it lest your eyes strain when looking through this very small hole. The problem though is with people not knowing how to properly adjust it for themselves.

For starters, consider your eyesight. If you wear glasses you’ll know whether you’re near sighted or far sighted. Depending on your prescription, you’ll want to adjust the diopter accordingly. Diopters often have a +2 or =3 setting to enable photographers to adjust what they see through the viewfinder for their vision.

Both EVF and OVF work differently though. With an EVF, it’s mostly a matter of looking through the viewfinder, turning on text displays and adjusting the diopter until you can see the text correctly. But when working with an OVF, it can become much trickier as what you’re seeing is optical and not electronic. For optical viewfinders, we recommend taking the lens off, pointing the camera at a light source and looking at the focusing points through the viewfinder. Then adjust the setting accordingly until you see them the clearest. When this is done, you’ll have set the diopter for your eye.

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It’s true: film is still alive and kicking. In fact, this year we saw the release of many more film cameras than we’ve seen in such a short amount of time. It seems like manufacturers are finally getting it and that all the fun that is involved in shooting film is finally reaching a larger market.

To celebrate this recent trend, here are five new film cameras that you should get very excited about.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic LX100 first impressions product images (2 of 6)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 5.0

With Photokina 2014, Amazon has all the new products that have just been announced on a single page.

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