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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

We’ve been waiting many years for it, and this year the Canon 7D MK II has finally come. Canon in years past has been a very conservative company when it comes to new products. Not many changes have been made to many of their previous offerings with the Canon Rebel series being the most obvious amongst these. The 7D Mk II though is a camera surely designed for current Canon customers and users.

With a modest bump in the megapixel count from 18 to 20.9MP, the 7D Mk II also delivers better high ISO results than many of its immediate competitors. And while this can be a huge selling point, there is something holding that back.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 15mm f1.7 review product photos (2 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens is a small, well designed lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera system–and we dare say that it is our favorite autofocusing lens for the system, too. Designed to be almost a pancake but with a wide f1.7 aperture, it pairs very nicely with some of the system’s medium to smaller camera. With nine elements in seven groups and seven aperture blades, it’s a fairly simply designed lens but whatever magic that Panasonic put into it makes the lens sing with pure image quality.

Introduced earlier this year, this lens is very heavily targeted at the street photographer and the person looking to take general candids and images due to its 30mm field of view.

And when our review period is over, we’re going to be very sad to say goodbye to it.


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Though kit zoom lenses are rarely the ones that you’d want to see tested by a lab, DxOMark today released their results on the Canon 55-250mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM–a lens that was announced a little over a year ago. And according to their results, it’s not looking too good. When scored against its closest competitors that the company has in their database from both Nikon and Sony the Canon lens falls a bit short. Nikon takes the lead and Sony just barely beats out Canon’s offering though shows itself to have the strongest sharpness of the three.

More of an analysis is after the jump.


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The Canon G7x is a bit of an odd duck–while the company for many years has chosen to carve their own path for their products, the G7X is billed as being the little sibling to the G1X Mk II. But at the same time, it comes off as a nod to Sony’s RX100 series of cameras. In fact, it even uses a 1 inch sensor–though the company does not state where they got it from. But there are also characteristics of the camera that hold true and are in line with the S series that they created many years ago. For starters, there’s a giant control ring around the lens that clicks and that has always been looked at as a successful addition.

And while this sensor, a fair zoom lens, WiFi and a touchscreen all make up what the camera is, it also feels like Canon purposely tried to cripple the G7x.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica M60 review images product photos (2 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

The Leica M60–some may argue that it’s it’s overpriced; actually, everyone would argue that. The camera was announced at Photokina 2014, and it’s quite the unconventional offering. It comes with the very expensive and wonderful Leica 35mm f1.4–the new version announced only a couple of years ago. The entire kit itself comes up to around $16,000. Yes, that’s a lot of money and there are only around 600 of these cameras being made. It is the ultimate special edition and collectors camera.

But in all honesty, the Leica M Edition 60 is the camera that every digital Leica should be. Why? Take it from a guy who was trained on and cut his teeth in the photo industry on their cameras. The philosophy behind shooting with a Leica in the streets has to do with ease of use, speed, and relying on your own knowledge. You’re more or less a master. It doesn’t involve sitting there chimping an LCD screen and hoping that you got the shot.

No, this camera is for the master of the streets. And in the one hour that I had with the camera, I’ve never been captivated by a single digital image taking device in my career yet.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Roundflash dish review product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Roundflash has been creating collapsible and portable light modifiers for years. They started with the original Roundflash Ring flash, then they upgraded the Ring flash to version two. But now, they’re out with their take on the beauty dish. The dish is meant to mimic the look of an actual beauty dish–except that the version from Roundflash provides a permanently attached diffusion sock. That’s totally fine if you prefer your beauty dishes to have extra diffusion besides the bounce and reflection that they already have implemented.

Beauty dishes are best known for their work on fashion shoots and portraiture. But in recent years, they’ve become more popular amongst the wedding crowd for photographers that want their clients to have a swanky, high end look to their images.

And the results? Well, surprising is a really big understatement.

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