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I have used lens adapters on mirrorless cameras–just like loads and loads of other users do. When I made the decision to buy the Sony A7, my previous experience with adapters influenced my purchase. Instead of buying Sony lenses, I would keep on using my Nikon lenses. It had been suggested one would have to be insane to use Nikon lenses with a Sony camera, which doesn’t make sense to me. With this decision I knew there would be some sacrifice. Yes, it would have been easy just to buy another Nikon camera, but I wanted something that was full-frame and mirrorless. Nikon is not creating the cameras that I want, but I love my Nikon glass.

And with that, begins my story of what I lose with adapters.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus product photos (4 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

It’s a fact: your lenses are much more important than your cameras. They almost define the image quality that will come from the sensor, and they far outlast any DSLR or mirrorless camera made these days. But in order to make sure that these lenses last that long, you’ll need to properly maintain them and calibrate them for the best performance.

And here’s how.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D810 Product Images-5

Rumors about replacements for the Canon 7D, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and others are popping about like hot oil from a skillet. With Photokina a few months away, there is a lot of interest in the new cameras and lenses that will be announced. This leaves many a shutterbug handling their credit cards in eager anticipation.

And while many photographers will upgrade simply because the can, the rest of us need to be a little more thoughtful about it. Though some of these cameras may boast an exciting new assortment of features, it may or may not be what we need. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Holdfast camera bag with fur review (1 of 9)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 2.8

We don’t normally want to cuddle with the inside of our camera bags, but we’re positive that if our lenses and mirrorless cameras had feelings, then they sure would like to. That’s sort of the idea for Holdfast Gear’s new Explorer pouch. The pouch features waxed canvas, pockets, leather accents, and a furry inside. When we first looked at it, we thought of it as an UGG for your camera.

However, it’s far more impressive than that.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (7 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

With the rise of everyone and their mother purchasing a DSLR camera of some sort, it was only a matter of time until someone tried to do better consumer education about lenses and how to improve your photography through them. And for that, we applaud Canon today with the launch of their albeit cluttered website: Explore Lenses.

The site has a couple of categories: macro, zoom, telephoto, prime, wide-angle, STM, tilt-shift and fisheye. And each of them gives slight insight and an introduction to what each lens does. Then it makes you move onto the next step–which is nice for folks that know nothing about DSLRs, lenses or photography. The website also has other areas to click that one way or another just lead you to the short introductions. We’re sure that Canon will fill this in more or at least somehow or another lead customers over to the education portal. Interestingly enough, they also don’t have a link to purchase any of the Canon lenses.

In the mean time though, we’ve got a couple of excellent lens guides for you in the form of our Best Budget Lens guide and best starter lenses for Canon users.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials Medium Format Beginner (1 of 6)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.0

When the time comes that 35mm film or the sensor format just isn’t cutting it anymore, consider medium format. Though the film can surely be costly, it is also still capable of delivering some beautiful results are comparable and many times better than full frame 35mm DSLRs.

On the other hand, you could just be looking for something else to give a try.

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