For $500, the New Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro FE Lens Is Yours

The Phoblographer Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro full frame E mount FE lens (4 of 7)

Today, Sony is introducing their fourth 50mm lens to their E mount: the Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro lens designed for full frame E mount cameras (otherwise called FE mount online.) The new lens, which sill cost $500 is being billed at the general shooter. It offers a 1:1 macro capability and focuses as closely as around 6.3 inches. The Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro lens also offers focus switches on the side including a limiter and hold button.

With a weight of 8.3 oz, Sony is targeting the lens at both portrait shooters and macro photographers.

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Every Photographer Needs to Say No to Some Photo Gigs

ISO 12,800. Shot with the Nikon D810

One of the toughest things that every photographer has to learn is how to say no–but once they do, they eventually find out just how incredibly empowering it is. You, yes you reading this piece, are most likely a person that defines yourself as a photographer. If you aren’t then the chances are that someone or various people in your circles define you as one. It’s a label, and for that reason you’re probably looked at as the “friend with a camera”–which is a common term that agents for actors and actresses use. Of course, this also means that you’re in some way or another the old reliable person to take a picture. 

And let’s be honest, you’ve probably gotten the inquiries from your friends and family who generally don’t understand exactly what you do, your interests, or your specialties. If you’re still starting out, you probably don’t even know your own interests.

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Review: ZKin Yeti Backpack (Camera Bag)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer ZKin Yeti camera bag product images (4 of 13)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

For a while now, I’ve been on the search for the perfect camera bag; and in some ways the ZKin Yeti is a contender. It’s a beautiful camera bag with lots of space and great access for a working photographer. Considering the fact that I’m usually a messenger bag man, this bag does quite a bit to justify itself as something seriously worth looking at.

To be honest, not only does it have low-profile great looks–but it can also be a great option for traveling or shoots that require extra from you.

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Review: Olympus 300mm f4.0 IS PRO (Micro Four Thirds)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 300mm f4 lens review product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

If you’re a Micro Four Thirds camera user, you’re most likely the type of person that loves to shoot street photography–but the Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro is pretty much a far fetch from anything that a street photographer would use. Billed as one of Olympus’s Pro lenses, this one is designed for wildlife, sports, etc. Complete with weather sealing and a fairly light weight overall, what you’ll be most happy with is the fact that it’s also pretty small.

With an f4 aperture, you’ll probably never want or need to stop it down.

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5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR Lens

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Recently, Fujifilm announced their 23mm f2 R WR lens for a very affordable $449 price point. This is the second lens in their lineup to offer an alternative traditional focal length for photographers that want an affordable lens and can’t afford the f1.4 versions. In many ways it follows the same formula that the 35mm f2 R WR does in comparison to the 35mm f1.4 R.

Considering this, there are loads of reasons why the 23mm f2 R WR lens should be very exciting for lots of Fujifilm camera users.

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First Impressions: PowerVision PowerEgg Drone

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer The PowerVision PowerEgg drone product images (4 of 14)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 2.8

When you look at drones these days, many of them have a very similar design. But as of recently, things have started to change. And with today’s announcement of the new PowerVision PowerEgg, things are really starting to look different. For the uneducated, the Portal-Turret-Looking-Drone may not even look like a drone. But indeed, it’s a beautiful product that wants to promise users a simple experience and a fun time overall.

More importantly, it will change the way you look at a drone.

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Contrast: How to Get The Most Out of Your Portrait Lens

Model: Bec Fordyce

Portrait lenses are available in all sorts of different focal lengths, prices and types. They’re the bread and butter of many of us as photographers, and they can help us put our creative vision forward onto pixels and film. These lenses, like all other modern lenses, are capable of doing awesome things overall.

In fact, you can make the output of an affordable $250 lens look like that of a higher end product before you even bring the image into Lightroom.

Here’s how.

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How to Figure Out What To Charge For Your Portrait Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Kodak Delta 400 sample portrait extra Naveed (1 of 1)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 2.0

One of the biggest mysteries that any photographer that wants to go pro and semi-pro is what to charge for their portraiture services. It’s pretty tough and a lot of it is usually figured out by the company we keep. Many photographers will sit around asking their friends, parents, peers, colleagues, etc what to charge. But that’s one of the worst things to do because you’re probably not going to be targeting or trying to get money out of these people!

Instead, you’ll need to target a completely different demographic of folks. This isn’t an end all solution post, but it will surely help.

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