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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 35mm f2 review product images (2 of 6)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Zeiss has always been known for their quality, precision, and craftsmanship since before their rangefinder days. And while going through our Reviews index, we found that we skipped over this one. Sure, it’s been out for a while, but the Zeiss 35mm f2 delivers a look that many will fall in love with. In today’s world of lens technology progressing super fast, does Zeiss really need to update this lens? Or can it still find a home with a niche crowd?

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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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Photographer Miguel Quiles recently set out to prove that you don’t need to best camera and lens setup in the world to deliver amazing photography results. Instead, he wanted to teach folks about how important lighting is. As part of a blog post for the Photoflex lighting school, he decided to pit a Canon 5D Mk III with an 85mm f1.2 L lens against a 7D with a 50mm f1.8. Then he used the same lighting setup with each camera kit, edited the results and compared them.

If you’re not looking at the images at 100% (and most clients that you’re shooting for won’t) you won’t really be able to tell the differences between the images, nor would you have any particular issues with them. In fact, with even more editing in Lightroom (which is really just the push and pull of a couple of sliders) you can make them look even more similar.

What Miguel was overall trying to show though is that you don’t need a really expensive camera setup to shoot better images; just effective lighting.

Check the video out after the jump.

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Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Mark IV Product Image 1

Metabone, the makers of Speedboosters, are out with a new Mark IV version of its Canon EF to Sony E-mount lens adapter. The new smart adapter adds support the Sony A7 and A7R letting users mount all their full-frame Canon glass while retaining nearly same autofocus performance and aperture control.

The added Sony full-frame E-mount support means there’s a bigger inside hole, which will also makes the adapter better suited for tilt-shift lenses. Metabones has also added a new a matte anti-internal reflection coating to prevent any additional light from bouncing around inside the lens adapter.

As with the company’s other smart adapters, this one will let the camera power and full communicate with any Canon glass. This includes aperture control, AF motors, relaying EXIF information, and in-lens image stabilization. Of course the translation won’t be one-to-one, but the Sony A7 family of cameras all have focus peaking to lend a helping hand when dialing in your frame manually.

Metabone’s new Canon EF to Sony E-mount smart adapter is available now for $399. We expect Metabones will update the rest of its adapters with the same design soon and hopefully users will also be able to attach their full-frame Nikon glass to full-frame E-mount cameras shortly. Click past the break for more images.

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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.

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony Rx100 Mk III and Canon G1x Mk II comparison (6 of 7)ISO 400001-60 sec at f - 1.8

Two of this year’s best point and shoot cameras are the Canon G1X Mk II and the Sony RX100 Mk III. Both cameras share a decorated lineage and both are aimed at the enthusiast that wants a pocket camera with a large sensor.

But just which one is better?

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