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Put a camera in front of a street photographer in a given situation, and they will use it based off of the camera and lens’s specific strengths and characteristics. Yes, gear is cool–and it can help you get specific and specialized images, but it isn’t the end all be all for street photography. The most important part of taking a picture is the photographer that composes, frames, and manipulates the images to get a specific look. However, street photographers for some odd reason love to chat about gear and how amazing it is.

Yes, gear is cool. But not many people can tell which image was taken with a Leica or a Fujifilm camera. The debating back and forth along with the gearhounding is unnecessary. If I were to tell you straight up what the best camera for street photography is I would probably say the iPhone and Nexus 5. Why? Because they’re always available, have entire scenes in focus, deliver images that can easily be manipulated in a whole number of ways, and there are people who shoot with them that make their living or supplementary income from them.

With this said, there are loads and loads of street photographers that don’t accept or validate the work of many mobile shooters.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

Though it is rarely ever brought up, the idea of a left-handed camera isn’t really a new one. But one photographer is trying to petition Canon USA on making it more of a reality. Photographer Sylvia Cacciatore is currently running a Change.org petition to ask Canon’s higher ups to design one. The story goes much deeper though. Sylvia is disabled–she had brachial plexus injury at birth that caused complete paralysis of her right arm, which also caused her arm to never fully develop. Indeed, it is a heartbreaking disability that causes lots of limitations.

According to the petition:

“Some of the challenges I experience while using my camera are with the shutter and the settings buttons. The majority of the buttons are located on the right side of the camera and certain shots require quick pressing of certain buttons and dials.  I am unable to do because I have to lower my camera and reach over to the other side to change settings, which has caused me to miss many photo opportunities.”

Sylvia contacted Canon because she wants to make photography her profession, but the reps told her to go for the Powershot line instead. “I felt discriminated against because the challenges I experience with their products appeared too insignificant for them to address.” states Sylvia. “Their lack of empathy made me, as a customer, feel unimportant and it made me lose hope that Canon truly cares about their consumers.”

To be fair, the Powershot lineup is also designed with the right handed in mind but offers excellent image quality like with the G1X Mk II. Sylvia pinged us to inform us of the 1,000 signatures needed for the petition. But it brings up an even bigger issue of ergonomic design for those with disabilities.

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Check out the new Panasonic GF7 and say cheese while you’re at it–or just make duck lips because they totally work too. Yes folks, the brand new Panasonic GF7 is the latest entry into the company’s mirrorless interchangeable lens camera lineup and has a big emphasis on taking selfies–like many other cameras as of recent. The GF7 has a big 3 inch touch LCD screen and a 16MP Live MOS sensor. That sensor can record 1080p 60p video, can shoot 5.8 frames per second, and comes with the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.

The camera also shoots at up to ISO 25,600, has dual shutter buttons, built in WiFi, and has a Venus engine processor.

For $599.99, the GF7 can be yours in pink or black. More images and tech specs are after the jump.

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All images by Simon Chetrit. Used with permission.

Photographer Simon Chetrit has been shooting for many years now, and he’s almost never seen here in Brooklyn without his venerable Pentax 67. Simon has used the camera for many years and bonded with it in some ways. Every photographer has a camera that helped them build their career, and his is the 67. Simon tells us that the camera helped him develop confidence in himself and get over shyness when interacting with strangers on the streets.

Like many other modern film shooters, Simon loves the fact that shooting film forces him to put more effort into the photo before he even presses the shutter.

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Everyone dreams of being a professional photographer at one point in their life or another, but that usually just consists of a myriad of visions of them rolling in money and shooting gigs. Unfortunately, being a photographer requires much more than just that these days.

Are you ready for them?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer TriggerTrap Flash Adapter review images (5 of 12)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 1.4

A while back, Triggertrap introduced the Flash Adapter, which allows Triggertrap to become its own flash trigger. When used with its sound sensor, Triggertrap can trigger a flash or strobe with just a loud sound to make it go off. The setup is very simple gear-wise, but setting this up otherwise can take some work and will need planning and experimentation. But once you have it down, you’ll be able to apply many more creative decisions to your photography.

If you’re a fan of droplet photography or capturing high speed moving subjects, then you’ll want to check this out.

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