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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH4 product images for review (1 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.8

The folks over at the Camera Store have updated their Mirrorless Party video, and this time around everyone has changed a bit more. The video features Panasonic, Leica, Samsung, Sony, Olympus, Nikon and Fujifilm.

Oh right, and at some point Canon shows up. That’s better than Pentax at least!

The video parodies each company and their marketing/characteristics like Sony’s lack of native lenses, Fujifilm’s quietness, Samsung’s quiet confidence, Panasonic’s 4K video shooting feature and more. You’ll enjoy the good portion of time that the personified Nikon camera spends talking about himself.

The Mirrorless Party 2015 is after the jump. Get ready for a bit of a chuckle.

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After our standard Pro zoom lens shoot out, we decided to put the telephoto lenses against one another. As mirrorless camera systems have evolved and continue to develop, they’ve had to meet the demands of professional photographers who have picked up their systems. One of the classic zoom lenses that many photographers tend to reach for is the equivalent of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. These lenses are great for portraits, events, weddings, landscapes and pretty much anything that you can think of due to their versatility.

So with Fujifilm, Samsung, Olympus, and Panasonic all offering their own versions, which one is the best?

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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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Mirrorless camera manufacturers have been working at creating better lenses and building out their systems. Very recently, the manufacturers with APS-C and Four Thirds sensors came up with constant aperture pro zoom lenses for their cameras.

Now don’t get us wrong: no manufacturer is making a bad lens or camera. In fact, all of them are superb. So with that in mind, we went about rounding up the information that we collected and figuring out which lens delivers the most pleasing results based on the specific system that they work with.

Our results are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Xpert Advice Fill flash (1 of 1)ISO 6401-15 sec at f - 1.4

Using the on-camera flash can be tough to do if what you want is soft, even lighting. However, it’s totally possible to do just by taking a few quick steps before you shoot. First off keep in mind the main rules of exposure when working with a flash:

- Shutter speeds control the ambient light

- Aperture controls the amount of light from the flash that affects the scene

- Flash output is a consistent setting when manually managed

- ISO controls the overall sensitivity to the scene

To start off, we encourage you to shoot with your camera in manual mode or aperture priority and get a balanced exposure of your scene. Before you shoot, turn on the flash and go into the menu of your camera (like the Fujifilm X100T) and select fill flash. Then you’ll need to fine tune it, so find the flash compensation menu. Turn the flash power down quite a bit; -2/3rds is a great place to start. Then take the photo.

From there you can either choose to open the aperture up or raise the flash output. But no matter what you do, the shutter speed won’t affect the flash output. It will only affect the ambient light, so you’ll need to find a way to blend the ambient lighting, aperture, flash output, and ISO.

This is easier to do if you attach a flash to your hot shoe and use something like the wide angle diffuser that it includes. The key to this is that it spreads the light over a larger area–therefore making it seem like you’re working with a larger light source and in effect a softer light. While a low power output with the wide angle diffuser can work well, so can bounce flash.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi Mobi Pro card product photos (3 of 4)ISO 2001-1600 sec at f - 1.4

The EyeFi Mobi Pro was announced a couple of days ago, and to be honest it almost seemed like their company was facing opposition on all sides. With pretty much every camera out there offering WiFi connectivity, why bother using an EyeFi Card? If you have an older camera, sure–we get it. But why otherwise? EyeFi Mobi offers seamless transfers to your phone, but most folks are very selective to begin with.

Then came along EyeFi Mobi Pro–a total integration of their Mobi and EyeFi Pro cards. The new EyeFi Mobi Pro allows you to transfer RAWs and JPEGs to your mobile devices and your computers. Additionally, Mobi Pro and the EyeFi Mobi app can show and read the RAW files on your phone.

Seems perfect if you’re all about a mobile workflow, right? Well, it is for the most part.

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