Exclusive: Fujifilm Japan Announces the End of Pro NS 160 Sheet Film, Discusses the Future of Film

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For a while now, Fujifilm Pro NS 160 has been discontinued in the United States (called NPS 160; and today Fujifilm is announcing the news of the discontinuation in Japan for the cut sheet film–120 format will continue to live on. As we’ve seen in the past few years, traditional film photography as we know it has been dwindling and shrinking when it comes to the traditional big two companies.

Of course, this is something that’s upsetting to the film world. Research will show you that Pro NS 160 was popular with portrait photographers (though it was used for a myriad of things) but of course wasn’t really used in a while.

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Cheap Photo Deal: Getting Wide On A Budget

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Today’s highlight deal is the Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, a killer lens for those looking to get wider on a budget. Per our review:;

“This lens handles depth of field very nicely. It is very smooth and enjoyable. You can also be very selective with the depth of field. Using a shallow depth of field with this lens, it’s really easy to the blur the background or the foreground of you subject. At f1.4 the bokeh is really smooth as well as the other ranges. The bokeh is as good or better than most of my prime lenses and achieving it manually allows you to adjust it enough to give it that extra bit of softness.”

  1. Rokinon 35mm F/1.4 (Save $80) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

Today’s update continues after the jump…

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Under $1,000: Three Fujifilm Zoom Lenses for the Travel Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 90mm f2 first impressions product images (5 of 9)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 3.2

Fujifilm’s X-Series of mirrorless cameras are a popular choice for photographers looking to downsize and lose the weight of their full DSLR kit. This also happens to make them popular cameras for travel photography – as well as street photography, and other situations where you still want great image quality but may not want to be lugging around a ton of camera weight. Today we are going to take a look at the top Fujifilm compatible lenses for travel photography that can be had for under $1000, so let’s jump into it.

Also be sure to check out our full guide to Fujifilm lenses.

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Cheap Photo: 18% Off Olympus’ Flagship OM-D EM-1

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Olympus’s flagship OM-D E-M1 is due for an upgrade, by today’s standards, but that means this highly capable and top end Micro 4/3 body is available for a great price. $899 in fact, a steal by today’s market for a brand’s flagship offering.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Save $200) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

Check out all of our deal listings after the jump…

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Cheap Kits: An Intermediate Nikon DSLR Starter Kit

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

If you are serious enough about photography to know that you will outgrow out of a low level Nikon D3xxx or D5xxx series body, then this is a kit for you.

The Nikon D7200, while not Nikon’s top APS-C offering (thanks to the release of the D500 this year) is still in the mid-upper echelon of APS-C cameras on the market, and makes for a great camera for a serious enthusiast or someone looking to go pro on a budget. Our lens recommendations for this kit is the Nikon 35mm F/1.8G, and the Nikon 50mm F/1.8G. The 35mm will offer you that classic 50mm field of field of view that is great for portraits and just walking around, while the 50mm will be great for portraits and when you need a little extra telephoto push. As far as accessories, since the D7200 has two card slots we recommend a pair of these Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards which are fast and offer good capacity, we also recommend this sturdy Zomei tripod to help you keep things steady.

More deals are after the jump.

Cheap Kits is our new weekly Thursday theme in which we will create system theme kits from items on our deal list including a camera, lens(es), and notable accessories. Each week will feature a different brand, and our full Cheap Photo deal listing is still available at the end of the post.

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Cheap Photo: Sigma Savings For The Budget Oriented Photographer

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It may be starting to show its age compared to the competition. But Sigma’s 24-70mm F/2.8 isn’t a bad choice for a photographer looking to grab that popular zoom range on a budget. This is from Sigma’s pre-Global Vision line of lenses, so again, its old. But its more than capable of producing beautiful images, and again – its affordable.

  1. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX (Save $150) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

Check them out after the jump…

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Five Wide Angle Lenses Under $500 for Landscape Photographers

Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 first impressions photos (11 of 19)

Lots of landscape photographers love shooting wide–but they also don’t like to pack too heavy. With the maturation of mirrorless cameras have also come the further development of great lenses from those companies. At the same time though, no photographer wants to spend way too much money. In all honesty, most modern optics are so good that you don’t really need to.

We’ve gone through our Reviews Index to find a few wide angle gems for the landscape photographers out there while keeping the budget to under $500.

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Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques

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This is a syndicated blog post from Sebastian Boatco. It and the images here are being used with permission.

I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways.

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