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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tokina 70-200mm f4 Pro first impressions samples (6 of 8)ISO 1001-1000 sec at f - 4.0

When any photographer starts out, they have a vast journey ahead of them. Photography has so many different paths and intertwining roads that it can be tough to navigate on the path to either becoming a professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist. It takes refinement and what you’ll find is that you’re going to shed skin in order to keep growing and changing like an animal sheds an exoskeleton.

Here’s some advice that we have for the folks who are on the journey to finding their own photographic style.

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All images by Evan Thompson. Used with permission.

Underneath San Francisco is a network of old tunnels that very few photographers explore; but Photographer Evan Thompson has recently shared his photos of these very little known places with the world. He tells us that they’re still mostly a secret and that most folks keep it to themselves so as not to give away the secrets. He was inspired by the recent wave of photographers that love to go urban exploring and to places where no one else goes to.

We talked to Evan about the dangers of something like this and his creative vision in the network.

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Agfa APX 25

Today, Fujifilm is announcing two new additions to their X series lineup: the 90mm f2 and the rumored X-T10. First up, we’re most excited about the company’s new 90mm f2 Super EBC XF that has weather sealing incorporated into the body. The lens has seven aperture blades, 11 elements in 8 groups, can focus as close as 24 inches and on the 1.5x crop camera bodies gives you a true 135mm field of view with an equivalent full frame depth of field of f3 when shooting wide open.

You’ll probably never want to stop this lens down anyway, though you’ll surely need to so that you can get your subject in focus.

Then there is the X-T10, which is a stripped down version of the X-T1 and targeted at the enthusiast. Prices and tech specs are all after the jump.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Fujifilm Xpert Advice Portrait Lens Photo (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.4

Lots of folks will tell you that you should always focus on the eyes when shooting a portrait. Why? Because eyes are the metaphorical windows to the soul. It’s very easy for those photographers to also get caught up in shooting portraits with their lenses wide open all the time.

Don’t do that–especially when working with portraits.

If you’re shooting a portrait and the eyes are all that’s in focus, you’re not giving your portrait subject more depth. Instead, try stopping down just a little bit to ensure that the eyes are not only tack sharp but that you also have a bit more in focus–like their face. Sure, the eyes can tell you a lot but so too can the face.

With Fujifilm’s X series interchangeable lens cameras, you don’t need to stop down a lot. Because of the 1.5x crop factor of the APS-C X Trans sensor, you’ll have more in focus at a given aperture than you will with a full frame camera. That means that at f1.2 on the 56mm f1.2 lens, you’ll have the equivalent depth of field of 1.2 x 1.5 which = f1.8’s equivalent depth of field with a full frame camera. So try getting more of your subject in focus rather than just concentrating on just their iris.

For even better results, use Fujifilm’s Astia film rendering. This film was developed for portraiture due to the soft colors and the way that it handles skin tones. We’d also be doing you lots of injustice if we told you to not worry about lighting. Backlighting your subject is often a great method, but try to go for softer light like that from a window.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

Camera FV-5

We’ve currently got the new Sony 28mm f2 lens for the full frame E-mount camera system in for testing, and so far it seems about as impressive as many of Sony’s other lenses. It’s a tad larger than their 35mm f2.8 but no where as large as the 35mmm f1.4. The focusing performance is quite snappy with the Sony A7 and as far as the image quality goes, it’s not a slacker. If you’re a stickler about vignetting and distortion, then you’ll need to be wary of the corners but otherwise there is very little to complain about. Even with the vignetting, the images still look incredible.

We’ve got to do more testing with this lens first, but more will come in the future. Here are some of our first image samples.

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Olympus 7-14mm f2.8

Today, Olympus is officially announcing their 8mm f1.8 fisheye lens along with their 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Both lenses are tailored to the higher end user and so they also have weather sealing which is fully complete when using the higher end Olympus OMD products.

We knew about these lenses, saw them, and spent significant amounts of time with the a while ago. Tomorrow, we will have our first impressions posts with both lenses. But in the mean time, the tech specs are after the jump.

Want them? The 7-14mm f2.8 will go for $1,299 while the 8mm f1.8 fisheye will go for $999.00.

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