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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.2

We’ve got to give it to Olympus–despite the fact that Sony seems to have the larger overall mirrorless camera market share, Flickr’s most popular mirrorless camera for 2014 was the Olympus OMD EM5. Who can blame you when the current price is only $599. This camera is the one mirrorless camera that seemingly changed everything. It had a retro SLR style camera body, great image quality that holds up even today, fast focusing, and pretty much all of the features that a photographer will need.

In fact, I still use mine.

The report from Flickr, which was published last month and referenced by company reps in conversations with the Phoblographer, shows that the EM5 was not only popular last year but also for 2013. Yes, we’re talking about gear here, but it also means that the camera is solid enough to still be a popular option. In fact, the Canon 5D MK II and Canon Rebel 600D are still popular DSLR options amongst the community.

However, when it comes to actual camera ownership and popularity across the community there is a clean battle between Apple, Canon and Nikon trying to edge its way into the otherwise awkward three-way battle. Yes, your beautiful Apple product is popular, but it also means that the community has evolved into something that’s all about creating beautiful images instead of focusing on gear overall.

More statistics are after the jump, but we wonder how this might affect future mirrorless camera sales if at all. We’re probably thinking too deeply into this, but when a camera is just so damned good, why bother to upgrade at all?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi CF Adapter C Ming review images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

For many years now, EyeFi has been trying to find a solution to make their cards function better with CF cards and the cameras that use them. The technological problem has to do with the metal in these cameras and the SD/CF card being placed sideways. But recently, the company started to recommend the C. Ming adapters for their SD cards.

If you’re a person with one of these DSLRs and shoots both RAW and JPEG, your workflow and marketing may benefit from a card like this.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-10 sec at f - 2.0

When Profoto first announced the B1 500 TTL light, it rocked the industry. This light is the world’s first monolight that can shoot at full TTL exposure metering with Canon’s DSLRs. The company promises that a Nikon version is coming later on as well as further improvements to the Canon version. This light is capable of not only shooting at full TTL with Canon DSLRs and cameras, but it can also shoot in manual mode. With an interesting design incorporating the battery into the unit itself, it’s also not going to take up more room in your camera bag when you factor in dividers and the like.

Capable of shooting at 500 watt seconds of power, the monolight is pretty much around the output of six speedlights. Those tend to sell for around $500 a pop. And while Profoto’s B1 500 is around the same price (at least according to MAP) you still get the space advantage and much better color consistency. Plus, there is no need for extra batteries for each monolight because they’re integrated in.

But Profoto’s B1 500 TTL is best for wedding photographers and high end portrait/product photographers. However, it could convince others to jump on the bandwagon.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials The Mobile Headshot photographer (1 of 6)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 4.0

Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend. 

After taking a short break, we’ve decided to head right back into the Essentials for what we think an environmental headshot photographer would use. So what exactly do we mean by this? Well, here in NYC, lots of photographers like using a combination of natural/ambient light and blending it with flash. And due to the fact that they’re on location and sometimes without assistants, they tend to try to pack as lightly as possible.

While we often recommend using monolights, they aren’t as portable as a couple of hot shoe flashes placed in the absolute right positions to give the right amount of kick.

And for that, we recommend the following.


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sigma recently updated one of their most famous and well designed lenses: the 30mm f1.4. If you weren’t familiar with this lens, it is amongst the most recommended pieces of glass for APS-C DSLR photographers. It renders the near equivalent of a 50mm field of view depending on what camera you’re using. This lens has always been known to be sharp, compact, and permanently attached to the camera of some photographers.

Then, Sigma decided to make a good thing better. And today, we have the second version of this lens–which is now included in their Art lineup. Upon receiving our review unit though, we were treated to a very delightful surprise.


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styleshoots-ultimate-photo-studio

We all know the hassle with taking pictures of the latest fashion trends for our glossy magazines and designer outlet e-stores, right? No, not really. We don’t have a clue, because we’re not running a fashion e-commerce. But apparently, those that do are in dire need of a dedicated studio solution, according to a company from the Netherlands. They invented the StyleShoots, which is a dedicated, stand-alone, all-in-one photo studio for fashion e-commerces. And what the thing does is amazing. Not only does it take pictures with a built in Canon 5D Mk II, it also makes them ready for publishing by analyzing the structures and adding a true alpha-transparency background–something that can take quite a while if you have to do it by hand (second-assistant underscan rotoscopers will know what I’m talking about.) Finally, for extra convenience, the whole thing is operated by touch via an iPad.

So, if you’re running a fashion e-commerce and need to find a solution for the time-consuming editing process of your product shots, why not pay them a visit at their new NYC showroom? Details on the StyleShoots website.