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When it comes to cameras there are two categories that many are split into: DLSRs and Mirrorless cameras. Rangefinders are a sub-division of mirrorless cameras that have been around for years and years. In fact, they’re older than SLR cameras and are largely unchanged in their basic design and functionality since their inception.

But with more cameras being more retro looking, how do you exactly tell the difference between the two?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus product images review (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

DxOMark recently finished their evaluation of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus lens in the labs. And according to them, it’s the best performing 85mm lens that they’ve tested. Indeed, with a $4,490 price tag we would expect the same thing. According to them, the two Otus lenses perform just as well as the company’s 135mm f2 on Canon DSLRs. But when it comes to Nikon DSLRs, the 55mm Otus slightly edged out the 85mm. Additionally, it outperforms any other 85mm lens out there–which only makes sense given the high end audience that this lens was designed for.

The company’s finding reaffirm ours in our real world test of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus. We found the 55mm to be slightly sharper and also found the bokeh on the 135mm f2 to be better. Granted that’s a longer focal length.

Head on over to our full review of the Otus for more.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

At least every other day, we receive an email or message of some sort asking about what camera someone should purchase. In fact, I’ve been dealing with emails like this for years via the Phoblographer and during my time at B&H Photo. Usually, it’s from someone who knows nothing about photography. A former colleague of mine recently messaged me and said something along the lines of “Hey, the wife and I are thinking about buying a DSLR. I heard the D800 is good. What should I get?”

Granted, he and his wife know nothing about photography and when I tried to tell him that they don’t need a DSLR or anything as high level as a D800, he thought that I was completely insane. Then I offered alternatives from Fujifilm and Sony in the high end point and shoot world. He retorted with “Okay, just tell me this then: Canon or Nikon?”

Again, I told him that a DSLR is over his head, unless he really wants to learn how to use one to its potential. In truth, it’s also serious overkill.

“Why do you want a DSLR?” I said.

“Better pictures.” He said.

“Yes, but you’ll only get better pictures if you really want to dedicate yourself to learning how to use one. And with a kid on the way you won’t have the time.” I returned.

The point though is that not everyone needs a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. To be incredibly honest, most of the work that I do for the site or the paid photography gigs that I do doesn’t require super high end cameras. But to be fair, I have great lighting knowledge.

Still though, I seriously think that everyone needs to stop just reaching for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and instead take a strong look at what the high end point and shoot market is offering. There are loads and loads of great options.

And of course, no one is making a bad camera.

 

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Leave it to Ricoh/Pentax to create one of the flashies DSLRs around–and we’re not talking about something strobists would particularly love. The company recently announced the new KS-1 DSLR that stands to be their entry level model. Before we even get to the major tech specs though, we think that it’s totally worth it to note the LED lights along the side of the camera and also bring your attention to the fact that the back has even more LEDs. It’s a pretty cool design concept, but we’re not sure that everyone would want the attention brought to their digicam.

Moving to what really matters, the camera houses a 20MP APS-C CMOS sensor capable of producing images at up to ISO 51,200. The camera also has in-body camera shake reduction on the sensor, an AA filter simulator, 100% viewfinder, 5.4fps shooting capabilities, 1/6000th shutter speed shooting, and a 3 inch 921K dot LCD screen on the back.

By modern day standards, the screen is a bit antiquated. However, with different colors and coming in at a price of $749.99 body only, you can’t complain very much.

More images are after the jump.

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One of the main characteristics in digital photography is that you can shoot more at no extra cost. With film, every frame is money spent, which can inspire more carefully thought-out compositions. If you’re footing the bill, that’s something to keep in mind. DSLRs, on the other hand, lend themselves to a certain laziness–a sort of haphazard shooting that can lead to large crop of bad photos, and when you’re sitting down to edit, you don’t want to trudge through the muck. This isn’t always the case, but it happens.

More importantly, whether you’re at a concert, a party, on assignment or anything else, you’ll want to use the film mentality while taking advantage of digital’s inherent capacity for multitudes. One of the worst feelings is when you realize during the editing session that there’s a shot you need that you didn’t get for whatever reason. It’s happened to me and many others, I’m sure.

Shooting more often entails having several different angles of the same scene. It means that you have more options to work with, some of which could possibly be repurposed for future projects, but it also means that you need to be just as judicious in your editing process. Don’t allow a photo through that doesn’t fit the bill entirely, but don’t delete it. You might be able to use it somewhere else.

Working with more photos can be overwhelming at times, but it’s easier to cut down than having to struggle to find the right one in a smaller batch. Exercise care in shooting means you’ll have an easier time editing because it feels far better to deal with a batch of good photos than a mixed bag.

When you shoot more, you also stand a greater chance of getting the perfect shot. Why settle for anything less?

Canon 7D Mark II FIFA World Cup

Image courtesy of North Light Images

In the photography world it’s quite common to see unannounced DSLRs tested at major sporting events and it seems the Canon EOS 7D has been spotted at the FIFA World Cup. North Light Images received an image of a completely shrouded DSLR amongst a line of regular sports shooters.

There are only two possibilities here. Either our overly protective photographer had the foreknowledge of a coming torrential Brazilian rainstorm, despite the weather in Rio de Janeiro being a consistent 100+ degrees Fahrenheit. Or this is indeed the rumored 7D Mark II and the sports shooter tried to cover the camera with what appears to be a makeshift bed sheet veil.

It’s not really a stretch to imagine Canon wants to test its new flagship APS-C sports camera at an athletic venue. During the 2014 Sochi Olympics the Nikon D4s made a less embarrassing cameo. Canon Watch also attests this is the rumored DSLR has been fitted with the Japanese camera company’s newly rumored 100-400mm lens.

Everything else we know about the 7D Mark II is it could feature a 20.3MP sensor, 19-point phase detect autofocus system, 8fps burst mode backed up with a 15 RAW image and 126 JPEG buffer, plus a 1040k dot touchscreen. Lastly Canon Rumors picked up on a recent tip that suggests that Canon will announce the 7D Mark II as soon as September 5th, midnight.

Via Canon Watch