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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 4.0

“The industry and the state of technology is evolving or developing so quickly I frankly cannot guess what will be five years from now. I am not certain if you’d asked me this during January 2014 I could have predicted the state of affairs today, Dec 1, 2014, just one year later.” stated Henry Posner, Director of Corporate Communications at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio in NYC.

Indeed, technology these days moves so fast that we’re not sure anyone would be able to tell. Not many could have expected that a product from Apple introduced around five years ago would have improved to the point where many use it as their main camera every day. Nor did we think that it would spur the creation of an app that allows a new breed of photographers to make a decent living off of shooting photos for advertisers.

However, it is the job of manufacturers to have some sort of foresight into the future and be able to predict how the industry will evolve and technology will progress. But that’s a tough job–and one that is much easier said than done given the viral nature of the internet and social media.

To get an idea of how the industry may change, we talked to the representatives of many leading manufacturers. What they had to say may be quite understandable.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica T first impressions images (8 of 15)ISO 2001-25 sec at f - 4.0

A reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Fujifilm has provided an X-T1 kit for us to giveaway in our landscape photo contest.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (2 of 8)ISO 8001-25 sec at f - 4.2

Fujifilm users have some big changes to look forward to. According to Fuji Rumors the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will feature a new 24MP non-organic X-Trans sensor plus room for two SD cards. The updated Fujifilm flagship will also purportedly get a few other upgrades including a new tilting screen and Wi-Fi.

A new source speaking to the rumors site also suggested a camera will come in the 2nd quarter of 2015, which could be any time from April to June. Previously, we’ve heard early reports the X Pro 1 successor could come any time between January to December of next year so we’re going to take this news with a grain of salt.

Whenever it does drop, the Fujifilm X Pro 2 has been rumored to cost 20 to 30% more than the X-T1, putting it in the ballpark of $1559.94-1689.93 for just the camera body by itself.

On a separate, tangentially related note Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki let loose that it’s may make Sony E-mount lenses in an interview with Imaging Resource. Yamaki explained that Sigma has been getting a lot of requests to make lenses as the market of E-mount lenses is still surprisingly nascent. What’s more, Yamaki also hinted at the possibility of taking existing Sigma FF lenses and adding an E-mount option as well.

Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art on a Sony A7s? Yes please.

Via Fuji RumorsSony Alpha Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 58mm f2 Biotar images (4 of 4)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 8.0

It’s Cyber Monday, and there are even more deals happening right now in the photo world. If you want the best camera deals, the best lens deals, and the best photography accessory deals then you’ll find them right here.

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Whether you think it’s hipster or not–let’s be frank, instant film cameras are cool. Who cares if they’re hipster? There are ways that you can make them seem much less so. But even if you have that stigma, the cameras are still capable of producing beautiful work that editors, models, and people in general love. Heck, an entire app was created to emulate the looks of these cameras!

Picking the right one though isn’t so simple. There are many options available both old and new–and you really just need to get the right one for you. That’s much easier said than done though.

Here’s our Guide to Instant Film Cameras and picking the right one for you.


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Fujifilm is announcing brand new Macro extension tubes today. They are called the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16–and both have electronic contacts for auto exposure. Not much information is available, but we know that the Fujifilm X-Series Macro Tubes will cost $99.95 when they launch in December.

From the company’s press release, we can tell that the focusing range will be limited. In fact, Fujifilm cites needing to move the camera back and forth. In fact, the Fujifilm system has a Macro mode that lets every lens focus closer than normal. We assume that they will work with all of the company’s lenses as well as those offerings from Zeiss.

On top of the lenses, a new software will be coming that will let many of their camera shoot while tethered. It’s called HS-V5 and will let the user adjust the settings either via the camera or the PC if they wish. The software will also allow the user to manage the images–just like many other options available out there.

But today, they’re also announcing a new firmware update for the XE-2, XE-1, X Pro 1 and the X30 are all getting new firmware. Those details are after the jump.


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