(UPDATED WITH SAMPLE PHOTOS) Phase One Has Two New Zoom Lenses From Schneider Kreuznach

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All images by Antony Spencer. Used with permission.

If there is any company that’s been pumping out medium format lenses as of late, it’s Phase One. Today, they’re announcing two Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Zoom lenses for their XF camera system. With that said, they offer full frame 645 format coverage.

Both lenses sport a signature blue ring–kind of like how Canon has that big Red ring to signify that their product is an “L” lens.

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Review: DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x Zoom Viewfinder Eyepiece Magnifier

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One of the biggest reasons for my moving away from DSLRs has to do with seeing through the diopter, but the DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x zoom viewfinder eyepiece magnifier has made me want to give them a genuine second try. If you’ve been a reader of the Phoblographer for many years, you’ll know that I’m legally blind and that my vision has been degrading over the years (both a blessing and a curse in some ways.) This is a big reason why I went to EVFs–because they’re capable of giving me a histogram, a high resolution image in a small area, and other smart previews like white balance and ambient light in the scene. Sony, Fujifilm and a number of others have done a fantastic job with EVFs though at times it’s easy to miss seeing exactly what’s in front of you and not a digital readout of it.

With medium format DSLRs it tends to be much easier; but when you work with full frame and APS-C DSLRs, it’s tougher overall to peer through that little viewfinder. But the DSLRKit Zoom Eyepiece is changing my opinions.

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Cheap Photo: Here Are 8 DSLR Lens Savings You Won’t Want To Miss

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Friday! That glorious day of the week where we get to sit at work, dreaming of all that we will accomplish over the weekend… but end up sitting on the couch for a date with Netflix. Today’s Cheap Photo Highlight is all for you DSLR owners, take a break from that binge session and take note, these are some of the best DSLR lens deals we are currently aware of.

Plus the rest of our full deal listing, after the jump…

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Review: WANDRD PRVKE Pack Camera Backpack

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I’ve had a love/hate relationship with backpacks designed for photographers: but the PRVKE Pack may be the only one that I actually like with the exception of the Langly Alpha Pro. When the Kickstarter launched, it was very aggressively marketed to be the only backpack that the travelling photographer needs. To that end, the PRVKE pack has loads of space, dividers, expandability, features that try to turn it into a tote bag, and other features that makes a whole lot of sense when used during actual travel. In fact, I’ve taken it on two press trip and many a shoot.

For the most part, WANDRD has created the perfect camera bag for photographers.

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Review: Impact Powersync 16-80 Radio Flash Transceivers

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Radio flash triggers like the Impact Powersync 16-80 have always fascinated me: if you get your bag run through an x-ray at the airport, they’ll give you trouble for your camera gear. They’ll rough house the camera–but put a radio flash trigger in there and they won’t bat an eye despite the fact that they’re capable of triggering something from a far distance and boosting their signals. Over the years, radio flash triggers have become even more powerful and even more capable; that’s the idea embraced by the Impact Powersync 16-80 flash triggers.

Impact, which claims to formerly be a B&H Photo house brand, has had a bunch of hit or miss products over the years though they’ve improved quite a bit. These triggers not only serve to set off flashes and studio strobes when connected, but also serve to trigger your camera as a remote shutter release when provided with the according cable. They do their job, and they do it quite well.

But for the more 4.0 (as opposed to 2.0) photographers amongst us, this product may have come too late.

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Has the Pentax K-1 Come Too Late?

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Before the Pentax fans come out with pitchforks and try to DDoS this site into oblivion, hear me out.

Pentax Ricoh recently announced their K-1 DSLR: the company’s first full frame DSLR. It’s been the answer to what many folks have been asking for for years. Pentax has had one of the most decorated histories in photography. They had the Auto 110 SLR, the K-1000, some of the most unique focal lengths out there, the Pentax 645, the Pentax 67, and many more. For years, Pentax cameras were in the hands of many photography students.

But when digital came along, the company kind of went into obscurity. Their initial products weren’t really the best performers until they started to put rugged builds and excellent features into their entry level DSLRs and move the improvements up the line. Even today, they’re the company that offers fantastic products but that aren’t really talked about that much. They’ve got the most APS-C DSLR lenses out there of any company and they’ve always had a very loyal core following.

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