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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film Photos Kodak Porta Ektar TriX  (19 of 55)

“Hey Chris, we were thinking about buying a DSLR.”

“What? Why? No, oh god, why?!”

When it comes to answering the camera-related questions of people who are soon to have children, this is usually how the conversation starts. When someone wants to buy a brand new camera, it’s for a good reason like the fact that they’re having a new kid. But there are parameters in place: it needs to be simple to use, it needs to have professional image quality, and it can’t be too expensive. Typical, right?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that many of us photographers have known for a couple of years now: you don’t need an interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR for professional looking images.

No, really, you don’t. What makes the images so great are the combination of the sensor and the lens, but there are fixed lens cameras that can do the same job of many of those cameras in an even more affordable package and smaller. Of course though, there are also a couple of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that do a great job.

Here are five of our favorite cameras for the new parent.

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“DSLRs got big, bloated and fat.” says Kai from DigitalRev in the company’s latest video explaining why you don’t need a DSLR camera. For the most part, it seems like they’re also drinking the mirrorless camera Kool-Aid. Then they go into the technical stuff.

Admittedly, you may want to work with a DSLR because of their bigger versatility and support for using accessories like flashes and lenses–or if you want to work with an optical viewfinder. For what it’s worth though, electronic viewfinders have improved a lot and give you a preview of what you’re going to shoot. Kai also states that DSLRs are loud and uncool. He makes a great point and them not being innovative anymore and reaching their peak.

In fact, most of us use mirrorless cameras.

The video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

Hey Micro Four Thirds users, you’ve got a couple of new special deals in the form of Panasonic lens discounts. That and many more camera deals, lens deals, and discounts after the jump.

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TAP and DYE continually impresses us not only with their high quality, but also their amazing but simplistic design that somehow or another also seems to influence the industry. Today, they’ve announced their new Nero strap: a higher end, more premium option in their LEGACY lineup.

Justin, the company’s founder, states on their site that new Nero strap is cut wider and therefore also adds more comfort. It boasts hand stitched leather using “the traditional saddle stitching technique with weather treated bonded nylon tiger thread for incredible durability and strength.”

This strap is designed for the DSLR folks, but as you can tell it also works well with mirrorless camera offerings.

The Nero is made from Black Horween Chromexcel leather having an 8 oz thickness.

They’re a bit pricy though at $168. Still, they’re also really beautiful.

More images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon T5i camera review product images (3 of 7)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.5

Looking closely at what happens on the inside of a DSLR and how a focal plane shutter works is quite fascinating. The Slow Mo Guys did just that when they posted a new video on Youtube showing us what happens in slow motion when a DSLR fires.

A DSLR works by using a mirror and prism system so that the person can see what the lens sees. When the picture is taken, the mirror moves up, the shutter curtains open, close and the mirror flips back down. They then compare different shutter speeds at slow motion.

What would have been really cool would be if we could see how second curtain flash sync works.

The video is after the jump.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer Mark Wallace recently switched from using Canon DSLRs to the Leica M as his primary camera kit. While many videos like this have been long and thorough, they spend much less time focusing on gear and more time on feature sets–with the most famous being Jason Lanier’s.

Wallace talks about how he is replacing lots of the zoom lenses in his Canon kit with small primes. For example, the 16-35mm f2.8 L is being replaced by the Leica 21mm f3.4 and his 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM II is being replaced by a 135mm prime. He spends a lot of time talking about weight and size–specifically in regards to how it affects him when he is travelling as a photographer. Wallace cites situations where he is wearing over 60lbs of gear and needs to run for a subway or a cab–which can sometimes be all too much of a reality for NYC photographers.

The majority of the video talks about the gear with only the last couples of minutes getting to the real meat of the deal–and could have been cut down tremendously to just focus on the nitty gritty. Mark explains that in a place like where he is in Brazil, DSLRs can get easily stolen. But a Leica rangefinder on the other hand is ignored somewhat. Indeed, rangefinders can be very fooling and are much more low profile except to those that actually know better.

Mark Wallace’s video for AdoramaTV is after the jump.

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