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Artisan Obscura is another one of the companies jumping into the pool of elegant and beautifully designed accessories for cameras. The company was started in 2013 after being an idea in 2012;, but they had more than just manufacturing pieces of art for cameras in mind. They’ve partnered with a non-profit company in their local Denver area to find a way to give back to the community.

“We utilize responsibly sourced wood and keep our footprint small, which isn’t that difficult as our products are small enough that we can get about 30+ soft shutter buttons out of a 1″x8″ block of wood!” is what the company states on their website. Yes, all of their soft shutter releases and hot shoe covers have a bit of swag, but they also carry with them a fine sense of elegance and craftsmanship.

Think about it: how many of you could easily take a piece of wood and turn it into a beautiful button with smooth texture, a nice feel overall, and how many of them could you make by hand each day?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (1 of 25)ISO 4001-15 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve got the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR lens in for review right now. When the lens was first announced, we syndicated photographer David Kai Piper’s blog post about it. Now that we’ve got it in we’re putting it through its paces.

So far: I personally am not a major fan of the way it feels. To be fair though, I say this about every single zoom lens. I’m very much a prime lens shooter and this feels like a big, chunky, Campbell’s Soup beefy type of lens that most other folks may digg if they’re into the cow. It’s a bit heavy to use with the X Pro 1, though it still feels balanced. What’s great about this lens though is that it’s got a full aperture ring like the company’s other higher end zoom optics.

As far as the image quality goes, we haven’t seen anything like this. This lens makes photos from the older sensor sing with details and quality. The bokeh could be smoother, but we’ve also only spent a number of hours with the lens as of the writing of this piece.

More product feature images and sample images are after the jump.

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A rendering of Kodak Portra 400, which in the right light looks surprisingly like the actual film.

A rendering of Kodak Portra 400, which in the right light looks surprisingly like the actual film.

Really Nice Images isn’t as popular as VSCO or DxO for their film renderings, but they’re claiming that with All Films 3.0 that they can fool even film photographers. And from what we’ve seen so far, we have to agree. We’ve reviewed Really Nice Images’ Film presets for Lightroom before, and thought that the renderings were already solid. But what they’re adding in now is an analog softness feature. They stated that they added this in to eliminate the differences between the ultra sharp high megapixel cameras and film.

As for film renderings, the package includes Agfa, Kodak, Fujifilm, and Ilford.

The Really Nice Images All Films 3.0 package is priced at $122 and organised by 5 sub-packages based on film types: Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Check them out here.

More image samples are after the jump.

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Every single photographer should try to shoot with film consistently at least for a month. Why? Because film makes a photographer pay more attention to a scene than they do to the LCD screen of their camera. The slow process of pay attention to the subtle details, finding the right light because you’re locked into a single ISO setting, slowly focusing on a subject and ensuring that they’re totally in focus, getting the exposure just right to balance the highlights and shadows, and knowing that you’ll only get a handful of chances to capture the scene is all part of what can help you become a better photographer.

Some of the best photographers out there are very detail oriented. And as long as you have the pressure on yourself to get the shot right in a single frame, you’ll be better off.

Don’t know where to start? Here are five films that every photographer needs to try.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Usually we try to split our Cheap Photo Deals up a bit more, but Adorama just sent us a crazy discount deal for a Nikon D810 and AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens kit. What usually costs $4596.95) is now $3,696.95 after $900 Instant Rebate, and the deal exposure on 2/28/15. That’s a $900 Instant Rebate On Nikon D810.

More deals are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 5.6

In today’s Cheap Photo, we’ve rounded even more camera deals, lens deals, and photography deals and discounts. Nikon fans, Fujifilm fans and photographer who want the Sony A7 are in for a treat.

 

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