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It looks like the Fujifilm X100s is about to get an update of some sort very soon. Mirrorless Rumors got a hold of evidence allegedly leaked by photographer David Hobby. the EXIF data of some of the images (which were now taken down)  state that they’re from a new camera called the X100T. This sort of makes sense, as it’s the next letter in the alphabet. However, the S in the nomenclature stood for speed–and we’re not sure what T could stand for.

Fuji Rumors is stating that the camera will boast a 24MP APS-C sensor with faster AF, a new fixed lens, a tilting screen, a new EVF, and a wider phase detection area. These are all upgrades that the X100s needed since the lens attached to the camera was more or less the same as the X100–and the larger megapixels need to work with a newer lens for more resolution.

It’s about time for an X100s update anyway since there have been no major firmware updates to the camera in a while. We’re just going to have to wait and see what comes this way.

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As the saying goes, quality lenses are a lot more important than good bodies when it comes to investing in camera gear. They last longer, retain their value more, and have more utility overall than, say, buying the latest DSLR that will become obsolete in 3 to 5 years. But if you are into photography for the first time, you’ll likely buy an entry level camera that comes bundled with an inferior, even crappy, kit lens. Or is it? Do you really need quality gear to take good pictures? Spend thousands of dollars on red/golden rings lenses?

It is no surprise that people often hold camera manufacturer’s kit lens in low regard. They used to be plagued with issues like sharpness, aberrations, chromatic fringing not to mention a gimmicky build quality with slow, noisy autofocus. However, these times have long gone and the kit lens has long evolved ever since then. Nowadays, modern kit lenses have mostly addressed these numerous issues and have made them strong choices for the beginner (but also advanced) photographer.

Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post from Wei Xi Luo, the owner of Photographio. It was used with permission.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus product photos (4 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

It’s a fact: your lenses are much more important than your cameras. They almost define the image quality that will come from the sensor, and they far outlast any DSLR or mirrorless camera made these days. But in order to make sure that these lenses last that long, you’ll need to properly maintain them and calibrate them for the best performance.

And here’s how.

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The Phoblographer and BorrowLenses are teaming up to go vintage for an Instagram Giveaway! You have a chance to win a vintage medium format rangefinder camera: specifically the Fujifilm GSW690 II. This leaf-shutter, fixed lens aging beauty shoots 6″×9″ exposures on 120. You can also take home a $250 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate so that you can still rent something from the modern age.

Hit the jump for the rules.

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Canon 7D

The road to Photokina 2014 is getting shorter and shorter, but new speculations and rumors are coming every day concerning what the 7D’s successor will be like. And according to CanonWatch, the company may put the next generation of Dual Pixel AF into the camera. Dual Pixel AF is what the company uses in its 70D camera to give it excellent autofocusing abilities in the video and live view modes. Indeed, it is quite effective–though it isn’t as fast as the fastest Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony offerings. It’s quite seamless though for videographers that need to autofocus. At this stage in the game though, many videographers will still only manually focus lest focus pullers and lens operators get out of a job.

Though Canon Watch gives the report some credit, we’re not totally sure that Canon would make such a move. For starters, they don’t like cannibalizing their own product lineups and are a very conservative company when it comes to making decisions like this. However, they made that move with the 5D Mk II when it came out and it changed the way that videographers work on set. So with that said, it may be a bit too early to introduce the next generation of Dual AF for the company. It would also mean that the 7D successor would in some ways be better than the 5D Mk III. This happened originally when the 7D came out–everyone wasn’t sure if it was higher or lower in the tiers than the Mk II. Indeed, it was lower.

But the folks that would love to use technology like this may be professional bird photographers when used in conjunction with the faster motors in Canon’s super high end L glass. Adding video to their skillset could be a nice way to help them market themselves more to editors and magazines looking for new and compelling content.

We’re going to have wait until Photokina 2014 to see what’s coming for sure.

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All images by Fabian Palencia. Used with permission

“Growing up, I skateboarded with my friends, and we were always looking for new, undiscovered skate spots. Skateboarding really introduced me to NYC.” says Fabian Palencia when talking about how he became inspired to get into street photography in the first place. “By the time I was 10/11, I had been to every borough by train.” Fabian’s approach to street photography is very rooted in street skating and graffiti.

“I think about what kind of people live somewhere, what do they eat? How do they make a living, what’s their hustle? I grew up in Jackson Heights, which has a vibrant street culture. There was so much going on all around me, I wanted to explore it all. I still do. I want to understand.”

Fabian’s images are clever, candid, and capture moments that would otherwise have New Yorkers not thinking to take a photo. He touts around a 5D Mark II with a couple of prime lenses, an iPhone 5S and a Hasselblad 500CM. He uploads his images to his Tumblr, Instagram and Eyeem. Mr. Palencia states that he has an emphasis on travelling light–and so he’ll either just carry his iPhone or his camera and one lens. “Too much gear takes away from the experience, and my work is really about me experiencing the world around me.” says Fabian.

Mr. Palencia is drawn to characters that personify their environment. By that, he means that every neighborhood in New York has their own personalities and the area reflects on the people there. In order to shoot the images, Fabian practices the art of being invisible–or at least as best as possible. Then he gets close and tries to capture the scene. When asked further about the method, he explains that he isn’t into exploiting people, or their pain. He believes that there is enough of that out there, and in those same environments there is a lot of love. “I want to tell that story. A NY love story.”

Considering that most of his work is on platforms like Eyeem, Tumblr, and Instagram (though he is building a website) he believes that the social imaging world is very democratized in its current state of shooting, sharing, not using the best equipment, and not needing an art degree. “My education in the arts was passing blackbooks around to my friends, looking at graffiti, going to museums and looking at peoples work online.” states Fabian. “Without the internet, I’d have never become a working photographer. I’d still be shooting, no matter what, but knowing I’m part of a greater whole inspires me to push myself to make better photos.”

Here are more of his images.

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