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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

At least every other day, we receive an email or message of some sort asking about what camera someone should purchase. In fact, I’ve been dealing with emails like this for years via the Phoblographer and during my time at B&H Photo. Usually, it’s from someone who knows nothing about photography. A former colleague of mine recently messaged me and said something along the lines of “Hey, the wife and I are thinking about buying a DSLR. I heard the D800 is good. What should I get?”

Granted, he and his wife know nothing about photography and when I tried to tell him that they don’t need a DSLR or anything as high level as a D800, he thought that I was completely insane. Then I offered alternatives from Fujifilm and Sony in the high end point and shoot world. He retorted with “Okay, just tell me this then: Canon or Nikon?”

Again, I told him that a DSLR is over his head, unless he really wants to learn how to use one to its potential. In truth, it’s also serious overkill.

“Why do you want a DSLR?” I said.

“Better pictures.” He said.

“Yes, but you’ll only get better pictures if you really want to dedicate yourself to learning how to use one. And with a kid on the way you won’t have the time.” I returned.

The point though is that not everyone needs a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. To be incredibly honest, most of the work that I do for the site or the paid photography gigs that I do doesn’t require super high end cameras. But to be fair, I have great lighting knowledge.

Still though, I seriously think that everyone needs to stop just reaching for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and instead take a strong look at what the high end point and shoot market is offering. There are loads and loads of great options.

And of course, no one is making a bad camera.



All images and part of the research by Ken Toda. Used with permission.

Leica cameras have more or less always been considered the kings of street photography and documentary work. It has been argued that adding a flash can take away from the stealth approach–but this flash that we found really takes the cake on that claim. Photographer John Oliver got a hold of the camera and showed it off on Reddit. When we asked us about it. He directed us to Ken Toda.

Ken tells us that he got his hands on a book that told the history of Leica and the Leitz company. Apparently, this is a special flash on the III-c model camera above dating back to around 1940. The 35mm cameras and flashes were sold to the US Signal Corp and Navy right before Dec 1941–which is essentially pre WWII.

Ken continues to say, “I did not open the bottom plate unit, but as you can see, on its back there is a slide adjustment (black lines including one red). The main shutter drum is coupled to this bottom trigger devise that has quite complex-precise ‘TIMING’ contact as later applied into III-f model dial on top (numbers around top shutter dial. This IIIc trigger is pre IIIf…”

More images of the flash, camera and pages from the book are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 50mm lens review (4 of 10)

Congratulations! You’ve got your first paid photo gig. This also means that you’re on your way to the dream of shooting full time and getting lots more work. But you’ll need to play your cards rights. Now what? You’re lost, right? You’re nervous, right? Well, you should be.

Just kidding. This will be a breeze if you keep in mind these simple reminders.

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Infographic originally made by Online Product Mail. Used with permission.

Peter over at Online Product Mail created a very educational infographic giving viewers a better idea of how the camera has evolved. It starts with things like the Obscura in ancient Greece and also continues on to show things like the daguerreotype well into the modern day.

If you’re a history nerd, you’re bound to stop all productivity for a little bit.


The folks over at Treat recently emailed us to share their new massive glossary of photography terms originally published on their site. If there is any term that you’ve ever wanted to know, it’s probably in here. You can check it out on their website or hit the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer The Beginning Street Photogrpaher (1 of 7)ISO 1001-250 sec at f - 5.6

We’re going to let you in on a fact of life: no matter what you’re doing, you need to get the shot. No one will sit there and give you the benefit of the doubt that maybe you were nervous; they want you to work to get what you needed to accomplish. And in street photography, you always saying that you’re too shy to capture a moment or get close to a subject will mean that in the end you’re probably not going to produce an image that works. Of course, there are exceptions, but it’s also a generally accepted notion that shooting wide is one of the best options that you can do when shooting the streets.

And even if you’re just getting into the medium, it’s always best to start wide.

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