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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.

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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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For CES 2015, Nikon is announcing a refresh to some of their lower end and higher end products. We start with the new Nikon D5500. The D5000 series of cameras have always been a bit of a step up for the enthusiast, but not quite as high as the D7000 series of DSLRs. In our meeting with Nikon, we found the D5500 to be very small–pretty much as small as a Sony A7 Mk II. It’s also equally as comfortable in the hand.

The new Nikon D5500 has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF, and a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750. According to the press release “The Nikon D5500 will be available in early February, in black and red, in two different kit configurations: alongside the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95″

Nikon is also introducing a new version of their 55-200mm f4.5-5.6 that has a compacting and locking mechanism to make it smaller for easier storage and carry. The company claims three stops of VR with the lens and also states that a silent motor has been built in. But they’re also announcing an update to their 300mm f4 lens, with it now being called the 300mm f4 E PF ED VR. This lens is 30% shorter than the now aged version and is also 1.5lbs lighter according to the press release issued today.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lenses will also be available in early February for an SRP of $349.95* and $1,999.95*, respectively.

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The Nikon D750 has been a very successful camera getting rave reviews (including our own) and being commercially picked up by many wedding photographer. But all is not well as several D750 owners are reporting a dark band issue that appears on the top edge of the frame. The problem seems to only appear when there’s lens flare in the image where it produces an ugly separation between the top of the photo and the rest of the frame.

Users began reporting the issue a month ago and now after much discussion Tomasz Piotrowski a Polish Nikon forums user on Nikoniarze, has discovered the culprit. Upon comparing two Nikon D750 cameras, Tomasz discovered the source of the problem comes from the autofocus sensor module positioned directly in front of the D750’s mirror box.

It appears the autofocus sensor should sit flush with the bottom of the mirror box. However, the “bad units” afflicted by the dark band issue have a sensor unit that protrudes slightly by just a few millimeters and apparently this small difference is enough to cause a big issue. More analysis after the jump.

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