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While some photographers will tell you to take the flash out of your camera’s hot shoe, others love using it in that position. No matter what you’re doing, the only thing that matters is making sure that the light looks beautiful. This can be done with the flash on the camera or off ot it and the way to do it is usually with a flash modifier of some sort. But there are also a couple of tips and tricks that you can use to make it look even better.

Here are some of the best flash modifiers for your speedlights (speedlites) along with some tips on how to use them.

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Review: Nikon D750

by Kevin Lee on 11/07/2014

Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D750 Product Images (11 of 14)

The full frame camera world is getting a little bit bigger every year. Nikon and Canon introduced their respective entry level full frame cameras two years ago and now Nikon is at it again with a prosumer level DSLR labeled the D750.

The new camera fits snugly between the the entry level D610 without showing up the D810 made for professionals. As such it’s inherited a few features like the Nikon 810’s image processor and metering system. And yet it has Nikon’s newest autofocus system plus a faster 6.5 frame per second burst rate, which should make it the most viable camera for shooting sports outside of the Nikon D4s. Additionally the Nikon D750 also has a few new tricks of its own including a newly designed 24.3MP sensor, tilting screen, as well as being the first Nikon full frame camera to sport built-in Wi-Fi transmission.

On paper Nikon D750 looks like one of the most interesting DSLRs to come out in years—but is this camera all glitz and no substantive image quality? Find out in our review.

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Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on a Canon Rebel XT

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on a Canon Rebel XT

While DSLR battery is overall still ahead of mirrorless camera battery life, there are tweaks that you can do to make it last even longer. But this time around, we’re not talking about tweaking the LCD screen settings or anything like that. Photographer Chris Winter came up with a cool hack involving an external battery that mounts into the hot shoe and fools the camera completely.

In the video below, he explains how he used a DC coupler to trick the camera into thinking that it was plugged into a battery or power source of some sort. With that in mind, he hooked the camera up to an external battery that provided power via that type of terminal. What he found in real life use is significantly extended battery life.

Granted, at the same time he put a giant battery around the size of a portable hard drive on top of the camera. Another option would be to get a battery grip (many third parties make them) that stores two batteries. If you don’t mind having a giant battery on top of your camera though, then this shouldn’t be a major problem at all. Just remember to get arms for the camera to allow you to mount other accessories.

A solution like this is best for DSLR videographers over photographers unless you’re using the Live View LCD screen. Overall, it’s an excellent solution for photographers shooting a timelapse.

Chris’s video on How to Increase Your DSLR Battery Life is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A77 Mk II first impressions images (3 of 9)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 2.2

Though this report seems a bit crazy to hear, Sony Alpha Rumors is stating that the company may kill off almost all of their DSLR lineup of cameras to push consumers more towards the mirrorless options and pros more towards both mirrorless and DSLR (or SLT in Sony terms.) Instead, only the top end of the cameras will survive: with those being the A77 and the A99 series. Hopefully, this will also help to fix the marketing with all of the cameras now being included in the Alpha series.

Ever since the company announced that both E and A mounts are in the Alpha series, many have been very confused.

If the A mount is to only continue with two cameras, what that may also mean is that the next A77 or A99 models may be positioned more towards a higher level enthusiast than the pro. They’re a company that has always gone after that market segment more than professionals–with the exception of the company’s first full frame camera: the A900.

There is also the chance that the report isn’t true at all because of all of the consumer oriented lenses that Sony has created over the years. It would be a total waste to abandon all of that production.

Canon See Impossible

Update: It’s a major let down.

It seems Canon has a big announcement coming tomorrow. Over the weekend Canon printed a teaser ad in the New York Times filled with cryptic text and bold statement that the camera company can “SEE IMPOSSIBLE.” The text posted in full past the break is all a bit nonsensical, however the ad also included a link pointing to a website with a countdown clock.

As of this writing, the countdown clock has whittled down to just over 24 hours, which means we will see what Canon has in store for us at 9am tomorrow. At Photokina the camera maker put on a rather flaccid show with the most exciting bits being the Canon 7D Mark II and Canon G7x. So perhaps this is the camera that could finally get us excited about Canon after so long.

There are plenty of theories as to what this camera could be. For instance the rumor mill has been churning about a high-megapixel DSLR to best the 36MP Nikon D810. Another theory is Canon could introduce some amazing new glass or even a mirrorless camera we’ll actually care about. The possibilities are nearly endless so let us know what you think Canon will announce in the comments below.

Via Canon Watch

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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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