Canvas Prints: The Badge of Honor for Photographers

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Every time I print something with the intent on hanging it in my own apartment as a decoration, I always choose canvas for great reasons. Providing that they have a matte finish, they absorb light very well–and if you don’t have gallery style lighting (and I doubt you do) then it offers you the most versatility overall. The tradeoff: the can be much more expensive than a print…usually.

Then there’s CanvasDiscount.com; a service that wants to offer you the best option possible at the lowest price possible.

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Getting Into Medium Format Film Photography on the Cheap

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography LCA 120 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Those who state that they can’t use an APS-C sensor camera or smaller are seriously fooling themselves if they don’t at all want to experiment with medium format film cameras. Yes, you’re spending money on film and processing each roll, but you’re also forcing yourself to create better images with more careful and creative intent rather than sitting there shooting away. It’s one of the biggest pieces of advice I tried to teach at a recent workshop where no one came away shooting more than 24 images in a period of six hours.

Now here’s a big secret about medium format film: don’t need to spend a lot of money. Here’s how you can do it all for a couple of hundred bucks.

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How to Get into Film Photography on the Cheap

The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras

Film photography isn’t at all dead; in fact it’s evolving. What’s seemingly disappearing in terms of push and effort on behalf of the more traditional brands isn’t exactly so. The younger generation of photographers embrace the format as a way of trying something completely new that they didn’t really get a chance to use growing up. It’s a departure from the digital world that gets caught up in all the technical jargon and can easily blur the idea of art.

Film can also be an incredible learning tool if used correctly and can also give you lots of really cool and experimental uses with the right mentality. But you’re trying to get into film without breaking the bank, then here’s how.

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The Best Modern Portrait Lenses Under $500

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Some lenses are just designed to give better image quality than others, and some lenses do that while also keeping the price tag down. For years, the Phoblographer has been reviewing lenses in real life situations, and the Reviews Index has lots of those reviews in one spot.

After pooling through the index, the site has rounded up a number of great portrait lenses under the $500 price point for those of you on a budget. These lenses are modern, and are readily available on the market brand new from many trusted photography retailers. If you’re looking for something cheap with solid performance, these are the Phoblographer’s tried and true favorites.

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10 Affordable Lenses for Landscape Photographers

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 first impressions photos (10 of 19)

When it comes to landscape photography, it’s a known fact that you don’t need the most expensive lenses out there. Instead, much of it is about your focusing methods. Still, photographers want some sort of decent image quality and sharpness to the lenses. Luckily, you can get all of that without breaking the bank.

We’ve gone through our database of lens reviews, and rounded up a number of great lenses from amost every manufacturer that are affordable or great prices for what the lenses are.

Looking for a high quality but cheap costing lens for your next landscape photo series? Then hit the jump!

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The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Sony E-mount

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 28mm f2 lens review product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.5

Sony has had a mirrorless camera system for a while. Originally called the NEX system, it has since been incorporated into the Alpha system. The company originally had only APS-C cameras, but they were the first to give the world full frame mirrorless cameras for the E-mount. However, the full-frame E-mount lenses are more expensive and much newer. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable options out there.

In our reviews of reviewing lenses, we’ve compiled lots of information from our Reviews Index and around rounding up our favorite E-mount lenses that won’t break the bank.

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The 5 Best Cheap Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

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Yesterday, we featured five great cheap lenses for the Canon DSLR system; and today we’re taking a look at what Nikon has to offer. For years, photographers always said that you go to Canon for the lenses and you go to Nikon for the bodies. But in the most recent years, Nikon has been updating and putting out new lenses on a faster scale than Canon does. For starters, they’re determined to make loads of prime lenses at f1.8 and the company is also working on updating their other lenses that were otherwise left from the film days.

Over our years of testing lenses and cameras, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most affordable lenses that are available for the Nikon F mount DSLR system. So if you’re looking for the best cheap lenses for your Nikon DSLR, then look no further.

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