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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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All images by Ron Gessel. Used with permission.

“When I am in New York I always go to Coney Island to shoot there. Especially on a warm summer day; you see the most fascinating people, you see them everywhere.” says photographer Ron Gessel who lives and works in Amsterdam. “Everybody has their own story and I try to capture their stories. For me it is just like a candy shop.”

Before becoming a photographer, Ron trained in graphic design and became an art director for many ad agencies. After teaching himself photography, he started to travel more often. For Ron, photography was always an interest that was only truly awoken during the digital revolution. “It was so much easier to take pictures because you could see the results immediately. Then i decided to combine my profession as an art director with photography.” In 2012, he received the prestigious PANL Award, presented by the Dutch Association of advertising, print and fashion photographers. And just recently, he featured part one of a Coney Island street photography project on Behance.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XT10 first impressions (10 of 15)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Before, we get to the deals, note that the new Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II is available for pre-order.

If you’re a Fujifilm fan, then you’ve got last of the Fujifilm rebates. They end this month, so act fact! They end on the 29th!

You’ve still got time for most of the deals we’ve found on Lexar products that run through most of August. If you’re looking for more gift ideas for the end of summer, you should check out these lenses.

Plus, you get discounts on Sony A and E mount lenses over at Adorama and B&H Photo.

For Canon fans, there are Canon 70D bundles available with a printer or lens and speedlite discounts. And for you Nikon folks, refurbished Nikon camera deals. Plus, you can still get a Fujifilm X Pro 1 and two lenses for $948 with free shipping.

Even better: there are still loads of lenses available for under $200, so go take a look. We’ve also found discounts of at least 10% on over 4,000 camera lenses over at Amazon, some at over 25% off, 50% off, and 70% off. Still in effect, here are some that are 25% off, but there are also lots of wide angle lens options available.Plus, there are discounts on 50mm f1.8 (nifty 50) lenses. More discounts are after the jump. [click to continue…]

Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Fujifilm X100T Product Images (1 of 7)

The Fujifilm X100T–what’s arguably considered one of the best point and shoot cameras out there may be getting a revamp soon and that revamp is said to include a new lens according to reports on Fuji Rumors. The lens has been a concern of ours for a while since the original X100 housed a 12MP APS-C sensor and the iterations after that all had a 16MP APS-C sensor. Whenever we asked Fujifilm about the lens, they always stated that the lens would be able to handle the sensor. And for the most part, they were right.

Apparently though, we’re getting a new lens because Fujifilm’s latest sensor will also be present in this camera. The reports state that the sensor will be the same one that will be in the X Pro 1 successor, and because of that upgrade, the lens will need to be much better.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review sample photos (27 of 29)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.5

“Shoot in RAW! It’s what the pros do. It’s what you have to do to create better photos.”

Yes, in some ways this is true, and in some ways it’s not very smart to limit your own capabilities when it comes to creating images. But if you’re a photographer that shoots in RAW and only tries to edit the images to look like the JPEGs, then you’re pretty much just wasting your time.

RAW files are capable of doing so much more, and in some ways this situation is like purchasing a Canon 1D X when what you need is a Rebel.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (1 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

While Canon and Nikon keep on trucking with their powerhouse cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus have viable and noticeably smaller alternatives. In photojournalism, particularly in breaking news situations, you have to be able to react to split-second changes, and the size and amount of gear you have can help or hinder you. As mirrorless cameras have become more robust, there’s been a gradual shift away from bigger rigs in photojournalism. If a smaller camera can do the job just as well, if not better than a bigger one, why not go for the smaller one? There’s less strain on your neck! With that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists.

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