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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (1 of 10)ISO 1001-100 sec

Photographers often fixate on the big-ticket items such as the big camera or lens. And while those items can make a big difference in our photography, there are some more affordable items which can prove just as important for our photography. Whether you invest or all of these items, they can undoubtedly make a difference with your photography.

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Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Products

Since the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix G1 as the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera that is not a rangefinder, most major manufacturers have hopped onto the bandwagon and created their own mirrorless systems. Even Canon and Nikon, who are still propagating the DSLR as the only viable tool for professionals, had to get their respective pieces of the cake. But in today’s jungle of mirrorless camera offerings, it’s easy to get lost. Here’s a guide to help you find the right mirrorless camera for you.

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Western Digital, WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage, Hard Drives, Cloud Storage, Software, Accessories, NAS, Network-Attached Storage

In an age when photos are transferred every which way, wires can make moving images around a real pain between our PC to a Mac to an iPhone to an Android tablet to—you get the idea. Cloud storage has been a great solution, but for the old hard drive diehards and privacy conscious, storing one’s files on a device they have nearby can add that extra peace of mind that let’s photographers sleep easily at night.

Western Digital’s My Cloud Drives are that happy medium. Serving up local cloud storage drive, it blends the ability of having a drive you can access out of the office with all the safety of knowing it’s on top of your desk and not some Amazon S3 server in Dallas.

Can the WD My Cloud really offer the best of both physical and cloud storage worlds? Read on to find out in our review.

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Panasonic GM1, Richard Franiec, Grips, Accessories, Micro Four Thirds

The Panasonic GM1 is a great little camera and it’s the tinniest Micro Four Thirds camera out there. But while the super small form factor is nice, it’s about as ergonomic as a holding a fat wallet and to fix this issue Richard Franiec has created a CNC sculpted grip made especially for the GM1. Imaging Resource first spotted the custom grip that adds a bit more camera body for photographers to grasp onto.

The best thing about all Franiec’s grips is they are CNC’ed out of bead-blasted and anodized aluminum making it lightweight just 0.7-oz (20g). It’s also remarkably better than Panasonic’s official grip, which comes on a support bar that ends up blocking the battery and memory card compartments while you have to screw into the tripod mount. Franiec’s grip does not do any of that by sticking onto the camera’s frontside and it melds pretty nicely with the GM1’s original design.

Richard Franiec’s grip for the Panasonic GM1 is slated to ship in late January 2014, priced at $35 plus shipping. The grip is available for preorder directly from Franiec’s site here, and why not check out some of his other grips while you’re at it. See more images of the grip after the break.

Via Imaging Resource

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH3 product images (4 of 12)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 5.6

UPDATE: Holy cow, these went quick! It seems that the Amazon GH3 deal was quite the thing with the photo community, as it’s already sold out. The camera is now back to US-$ 948, which is still $351.99 off the list price.

When we look at these incredible deals that our friends over at 43rumors dug out, it seems like Black Friday is already here, even though it’s still a couple days away. Currently, you’re able to buy the Panasonic GH3–the company’s current Micro Four Thirds flagship camera–for as little as US-$ 698. That’s $600 off the list price! Also, there are rebates on several Olympus cameras and lenses. Full list below.

Panasonic GH3 body: US-$ 698 at Amazon.com (SOLD OUT!)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 body: US-$ 799 ($200 off) at Amazon.com (black or silver)

Olympus PEN E-P5 body: US-$ 899 ($100 off) at Amazon.com (black, silver or white)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 body: US-$ 449 ($100.99 off) at Amazon.com (black, silver or white)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 body: US-$ 369.99 ($129.01 off) at Amazon.com (silver or white)

More Olympus rebates at Amazon.com (lenses and accessories)


It’s often said that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. That’s certainly the case with photography, where I’ve made plenty of them. However, I’ve learned that there is always something to be learned from my past errors, which sometimes have the benefit of helping others. Here are 7 mistakes that I’ve made that you may or may not have made already, but which should be avoided whenever possible.

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