Three Perfect Mirrorless Cameras For The Advanced Amateur

Are you ready to upgrade from that basic mirrorless kit you bought to learn photography with? Advanced amateurs make a large portion of the photography marketplace, yet most guides and gear roundups seem to favor people in the beginners or professional category. The issue arises because basic cameras are well,…too basic for an advanced amateur to do what they want/need, while professional level cameras are often overkill in terms of features while being out of reach financially.

So today we are looking at that sweet spot for the advanced amateur, between the $900 and $1900 price point. We will be looking at some of the best mirrorless options out there right now to try and help you sort out which may be the best option for you with your next upgrade.

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Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds Off the Phottix Indra360!

TTL studio strobes are all of the rage these days in lighting circles and Phottix’s Indra series is one of the more affordable options on the market that has been getting some good reviews. Currently you can pick up the Indra360 for over $400 off: a crazy good deal if you have been in the market for a set of these.  If you want to know more about the Indra you can check out our review of the Indra500 here.

  • Phottix Indra360 TTL –  $999.00

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Phrame.it Protects Your Polaroid Prints From Fading Due to UV Light

One of the biggest problems with prints from the Impossible Project has to do with how UV light degrades the images over time–but a new solution from Phrame.it is looking to counter that issue. The Kickstarter initiative is for the creation of picture frames with acrylic glass designed to protect your images from UV light while also giving the appearance that the image is floating in air. If you’re a person that shoots a whole load of Impossible Project film, then it makes a whole lot of sense for you to show off your snaps this way vs putting them in a box shielded from the light of day.

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Review: Lensbaby Trio (Fujifilm X Mount)

Lensbaby has always had a very interesting lineup of optics; and the Lensbaby Trio is no exception. Lensbaby has never gone for the clinically perfect and sharp optics but instead sharp optics with a twist–pun not intended. Sometimes they’re super soft, sometimes they’re very sharp and you can throw the focus off in one way or another. But with the Trio, you’re getting an interesting combination. You get a set of 28mm f3.5 optics that switch out turret style. You’ve got the ability to focus but not to change the aperture setting at all.

What this results in are either your preference for one optic over the other or you wanting to have a lot of fun.

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Using New Camera Lenses with Old School Film Emulsions

One of the cooler things about owning a camera with a legacy lens system is that you can use their lenses with old school film cameras loaded with fresh film. That typically goes for lots of new lens options on the market. To be clear, this means that Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Leica M, and Sony/Minolta A mount lenses can all work seamlessly on your film cameras and your digital cameras without the need for an adapter. In fact, for a really long time I’ve used the Canon EOS Elan 7 as a backup camera body of sorts.

So what happens when you use new lenses with film? Those of you who grew up with film may say nothing special. But for those of us who started in digital, we say differently.

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Alleged Photos of the Fujifilm Instax Square Camera Have Popped Up

Lead Image courtesy of Brooklyn Film Camera’s Instagram

Many of us have been waiting pretty eagerly for the Fujifilm Instax Square camera and format to hit the market since its announcement at Photokina 2016. The images, which come from Brooklyn Film Camera’s Instagram via R/Polaroid, seem to be pretty legitimate. Around the internet and within the industry, the format is said to compete against the Impossible Project’s options and to allegedly replace Fujifilm Instax Wide. Though at the moment, it isn’t clear or seemingly possible that the format will work within camera’s like the SX-70 or Type 600 Polaroid, Impossible Project0, and Mint camera options on the market.

However, it surely does seem reasonable that Fujifilm Instax Wide could be on its way out. It’s popular with the prison system and businesses, but it hasn’t seen the widespread success that Instax Mini has seen. For those of us who adore the larger format, this is pretty sad.

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Cheap Photo: 3 Sony A7 Bodies On Sale

If you have been looking into picking up a Sony A7 series camera, or maybe thinking about making the switch to mirrorless, then now may be the time for you to jump on that train. Two of Sony’s latest high-end A7 bodies, the A7r II and A7s II, are both on sale right now, joining the original A7 which has been on its discounted $1,000 price point for some time now.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Does Instant Film Not Work So Well in Cold Weather?

If you’re one of those photographers who uses Instax film, Impossible Project film, or have your hands on a little bit of Fujifilm Peel Apart, then you’ve probably noticed just how frustrating it can be to use instant film in cold weather. This is an issue photographers have been facing for a really long time, but if you consider it carefully you’ll realize how much it makes sense.

In this short article, we’ll explain exactly what happens.

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