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Recently I spent almost two weeks on a trip to Iceland with a primary purpose of shooting landscapes of the amazing country. It is always hard to guess exactly what I would need, especially considering I am more of a portrait photographer than a landscape photographer and am not especially experienced at landscapes, though like nearly all photographers, I love shooting landscapes.

I want to go through what I decided to pack for my trip to Iceland, why I decided to pack it, and what I would do differently if I knew what I knew now after two weeks in Iceland.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post from former Phoblographer staffer Thomas Campbell

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (10 of 10)ISO 2001-80 sec

I have a confession to make: I wanted all the gear years ago. My entry point was the Canon 5D Mk II many, many moons ago. I wanted loads of L glass and I wanted to qualify for Canon Professional Services. Back then, you needed two pro level cameras, at least three of the lenses on their recommended list, and had to prove that you’re a working professional. It was going to be awesome. So I went on a quest. I started with a Canon 50mm f1.8–the nifty 50 that everyone gets first. After this I scored the 24-105mm f4 L. Next was the old 80-200mm f2.8 L. Then moved onto a 50mm f1.4. Then the 7D. Then a 35mm f1.4 L. Then an 85mm f1.8. Then flashes came into play. And triggers. And light modifiers. Before I knew it, my camera bag was getting really full and I needed another one.

But then other companies started to develop some amazing technology and I wanted a smaller camera. The Olympus EP2 became my next purchase after getting and using a bunch of Canon L glass and primes. It was small, could take great photos in the right situations, and felt great in the hands. But then the EP3 came out–and it was perhaps the fastest focusing camera in the world. And a spiral happened.

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We’ve seen some cool shirts before that show off that you’re a photo snapper, but none of them are simplistic yet beautiful as these new tees. After some back and forth work, Jeff from Faded and Blurred decided to get more into the apparel game and finally came up with these shirts that feature some classic medium format, SLR, and rangefinder cameras against a solid color. Seems simple enough, right? Well beyond this, Jeff is also trying to ensure that the clothing is ethical and that the buyer can trace materials back to where the cotton was grown.

The shirts more or less are $24 a tee; which isn’t so terrible given that it’s got that swanky design and that it’s ethically sourced. Though if you don’t care about the three year old that was forced to help their mom put a shirt together, then you may think that this ia a tad too rich for your blood.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon G1x product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

When walking around the streets of any big city, the best camera is always the one that you have on you. But lots of us here at the Phoblographer love point and shoots. These cameras are lightweight, better than a phone, small, and so low profile that no one will think that you look like a creep. But what we care about a whole lot more is the image quality–and many modern cameras perform more than well enough to please even the most snobbish of shooters.

Here are our picks for the best cameras for street photography.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D810 Product Images-5

Rumors about replacements for the Canon 7D, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and others are popping about like hot oil from a skillet. With Photokina a few months away, there is a lot of interest in the new cameras and lenses that will be announced. This leaves many a shutterbug handling their credit cards in eager anticipation.

And while many photographers will upgrade simply because the can, the rest of us need to be a little more thoughtful about it. Though some of these cameras may boast an exciting new assortment of features, it may or may not be what we need. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Holdfast camera bag with fur review (1 of 9)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 2.8

We don’t normally want to cuddle with the inside of our camera bags, but we’re positive that if our lenses and mirrorless cameras had feelings, then they sure would like to. That’s sort of the idea for Holdfast Gear’s new Explorer pouch. The pouch features waxed canvas, pockets, leather accents, and a furry inside. When we first looked at it, we thought of it as an UGG for your camera.

However, it’s far more impressive than that.

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