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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon 20mm f1.8G ED Product Images (5 of 12)

Right now, there are loads of Canon 70D bundles available with a printer. Plus, there are refurbished Nikon camera deals.

Still going on: if you purchase a Fujifilm X Pro 1, 35mm f1.4 and 18mm f2, you can get the entire package for $948 with free shipping. Indeed, we still use the Fujifilm X Pro 1 for our testing and the camera’s quality is still very top notch.

Not interested? There is still a dead where we found number of lenses from pretty much every manufacturer and mount for under $200. Go take a look.

We’ve also found discounts of at least 10% on over 4,000 camera lenses over at Amazon, some at over 25% off, 50% off, and 70% off.

Still in effect, here are some that are 25% off, but there are also lots of wide angle lens options available.Plus, there are discounts on 50mm f1.8 (nifty 50) lenses.

More discounts are after the jump.

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Mary and Tommy's Engagement (27 of 46)ISO 100

Shooting engagement sessions is one way to start to dip your toe into eventually photographing weddings. The session typically tells some sort of story in a way that combines aspects of photojournalism and portraiture, and it’s designed to make the happy couple not only become more excited about marriage but also to be put on the wedding invitations. After you’ve spoken with and planned the session with your couple, you’ll need to get the right gear.

Here are a couple of lenses that we recommend from our reviews index.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 19)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.8

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 was announced earlier this year–aimed at landscape, real estate and architectural photographers, this lens represent’s the company’s attempt to take on the likes of the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G. For the past couple of years, Tamron has been putting out incredible lenses that have impressed us over and over again. At first sight, we were impressed with the size of this one–it’s huge!

With 9 aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and a front element so large you can’t use a filter, there is bound to be lots that pro photographers will love about it.

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Photography app EyeEm is one of the best ways for a photographer to organically get discovered. You’ll also notice the feed is much different from Instagram. Your feed is filled with handpicked talent and albums so new talent can emerge. If you want to view what your friends are contributing, then you’ll need to specifically go to the “following” tab.

Browsing through the work of the artists on the platform introduces you to some of the similarities with VSCO and Instagram. For example, while lots of folks use their phones to shoot photos, there are many that use dedicated cameras and then upload to the service.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM Lens

DXOMark hasn’t been kind to Canon; and their latest tests are even more brutal. According to the site’s findings, there are many lenses that score higher numbers and are overall much sharper. One of DXOMark’s favorite lenses is the 100mm f2–and when you look at the sharpness you can see that the 40mm f2.8 STM is scoring higher digits. Sure, these lenses can’t totally be compared in terms of what they’re capable of, but what ever happened to the idea that L glass is superior to all others? Photographers still buy into that idea even though we know it’s not necessarily true.

Even more embarrassing: the company’s 50mm f1.8 II rates in higher than the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM.

Despite it being a completely new lens, it rates nowhere near many other new offerings. Sony, Zeiss, Sigma and Nikon seem to dominate the top 10 on the list. To Canon’s credit, nothing that is remotely close and a full frame lens is available for comparison on the site. The closest competitor would be the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, which we just got in for review.

Also, do keep in mind that these numbers are qualitative and don’t at all affect someone’s creativity.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX500 First impressions product photos (12 of 12)ISO 2001-6400 sec at f - 2.0

Yes, we know–one should always shoot RAW. But there are lots of folks out there who are lazy (be honest) and there are situations where you don’t need to necessarily shoot in RAW. Even if it’s not you, maybe a friend of yours will want something with more power and won’t want to go through the issues with post-production. Unfortunately, not everyone is so judicious about their photography and getting everything perfect.

But then again, there are those who are very much for just getting it right in the camera and not worrying about post-production.

No matter what your needs are, these five cameras shoot incredible JPEGs.

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