Cheap Photo: Sigma Savings For The Budget Oriented Photographer

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It may be starting to show its age compared to the competition. But Sigma’s 24-70mm F/2.8 isn’t a bad choice for a photographer looking to grab that popular zoom range on a budget. This is from Sigma’s pre-Global Vision line of lenses, so again, its old. But its more than capable of producing beautiful images, and again – its affordable.

  1. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX (Save $150) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Best Bokeh on a Budget: 16 Lenses Under $350

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC mirrorless extra sample photos (26 of 46)ISO 1001-500 sec at f - 1.4

When you’re looking for great bokeh, you don’t always need to spend lots of money on lenses. Sure, higher end lenses can end up having better bokeh, but through use of depth of field effects, maybe a flash and careful subject placement you can create images that have bokeh that pops.

We’ve scoured our Reviews Index for a number of lenses with great bokeh and that are available for no more than $350. Check these out!

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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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