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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Xpert Advice Zone Focusing (1 of 1)ISO 1001-20 sec at f - 5.0-2

When it comes to street photography, one of the best ways to make sure that you have your subject in focus is to use the zone focusing system. This is also called hyperfocal length focusing; which involves using the depth of field and focusing scale on your camera or lens to get the scene and subject sharply in focus. It’s a tried and true method: Bresson and a number of other famous photojournalists used it to capture some of the most iconic photos.

Ever heard the statement “F8 and be there?” Well, that’s pretty much it.

To do this, we suggest starting out by stopping the lens down to anywhere between f5.6 and f11. Then as you focus further out from the camera, more of your scene will come into focus. By looking at the scale, you can see what distances will be in focus. For example, at f8 anywhere between five feet and eight feet may be in focus at f8 with a Fujifilm 23mm f1.4. Then as you move around, just remember to pay attention to the distance that your lens is set to. As subjects and scenes move in and out of it, snap photos and keep moving.

As an added tip, raise the ISO levels up a bit depending on your lighting situations. Aperture priority also helps to make this easier.

Give it a try, the zone focusing method is a tried and true way of coming back with more candid photos.

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

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A while back, Tamron stated that they were working on a killer wide angle zoom lens in the form of the 15-30mm f2.8 lens. Today, the company has made it official. So what’s so special about this lens? Well according to reports, it’s supposed to be able to work with 50MP sensors. But that hasn’t proven yet. What we indeed do know is that it has an f2.8 constant aperture throughout the range.

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens has 18 elements in 13 groups, an XGM lens element at the front (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical), an eBAND coating to prevent reflections, nine aperture blades, and a fluorine coating on the front element.

We’re working on calling one in for review. Want one? Adorama currently lists them for $1,199 and has free shipping for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR mounts.

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Fujifilm is today announcing a couple of new additions to their camera lineup. And when it comes to their new X-A2 and the XQ-2, they’re putting a big emphasis on taking selfies.

No, we’re not kidding.

The new Fujifilm X-A2 has a 175 degree tilting LCD screen so that you can see your beautiful bug before you shoot yourself in the face with that 16.3MP APS-C sensor. It’s being bundled with the new Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 II OIS zoom lens complete with seven aperture blades and delivering up to 3.5 stops of stabilization. The camera also sports the company’s Eye-AF, Macro AF, and multi-target AF modes.

But it’s not alone! It’s being joined by the new XQ2–housing a 12MP 2/3 X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection and the EXR II processor. There are even more cameras being announced too. Hit the jump for more.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Today, we’ve found a bunch of new deals. Film photographers are in for a treat because now there are savings on film. But there are new mirrorless camera deals and Nikon discounts in place. Hit the jump for our curated Camera, lens, and photography accessory deals.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 Mk II first impressions (28 of 29)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.8

The holidays may be over, but there are still loads of deals available if you’re still eyeing that new camera or lens from Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm. Check out our curated deals from B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.

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For CES 2015, Nikon is announcing a refresh to some of their lower end and higher end products. We start with the new Nikon D5500. The D5000 series of cameras have always been a bit of a step up for the enthusiast, but not quite as high as the D7000 series of DSLRs. In our meeting with Nikon, we found the D5500 to be very small–pretty much as small as a Sony A7 Mk II. It’s also equally as comfortable in the hand.

The new Nikon D5500 has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF, and a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750. According to the press release “The Nikon D5500 will be available in early February, in black and red, in two different kit configurations: alongside the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95″

Nikon is also introducing a new version of their 55-200mm f4.5-5.6 that has a compacting and locking mechanism to make it smaller for easier storage and carry. The company claims three stops of VR with the lens and also states that a silent motor has been built in. But they’re also announcing an update to their 300mm f4 lens, with it now being called the 300mm f4 E PF ED VR. This lens is 30% shorter than the now aged version and is also 1.5lbs lighter according to the press release issued today.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lenses will also be available in early February for an SRP of $349.95* and $1,999.95*, respectively.

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