7 Lenses That Really Changed the Photography Game this Year

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Lens innovation over the past few years has mostly focused on pure image quality. But it’s obvious that we’re at a point where both cameras and lenses these days are so good it doesn’t matter. So lens manufacturers have needed to do something else to make them all much better. With that said, new innovations have produced better lenses, and allowed photographers to have even more creative freedom when working with them.

We went through our reviews and found a bunch that have come up this year.

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Essentials: The Traveling Outdoor Landscape Photographer

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Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend at the moment. These aren’t sponsored at all; if they were we wouldn’t have any trouble saying it.

Now is as great a time as any for us to bring back this long dormant series on the Phoblographer. In our Essentials series, we put together special kits for photographers to use in specific situations. You’ll find that lots of these are appealing for one reason to another.

If you’re a traveling landscape photographer always in the great outdoors, you typically need something lightweight with solid image quality that is very reliable. Sure, some folks may love their DSLRs, but once you go mirrorless it’s just so tough to go back. With that said, here are some items that we really digg right now.

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Samyang Announces New XP 14mm f2.8 and XP 85mm f1.2

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Samyang is announcing today two new additions to their lineup of lenses: the XP 14mm f2.8 and the XP 85mm f1.2. The company and its sister Rokinon have created only manual focus lenses for years, but the Korea based company has been making strides with autofocus optics very recently too. These two options are manual focus only.

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The Best Photography and Cameras Deals for Cyber Monday 2016

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If you click any link today on the search for Cyber Monday Deals, this is only one that should truly matter.

We all known that Cyber Monday is the better shopping day because you can take care of it all in your pajamas! Many deals from Black Friday have been extended, and you can find those below, but we also have some new savings for you to enjoy so make sure and check out today’s listing.  Continue reading…

Debunking the Myths and Stopping the Hate on Micro Four Thirds

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This post isn’t designed to spew hate on Micro Four Thirds camera systems, but instead it is to clarify a few myths and ideas around why people just don’t like the system. For some, it’s simply because the sensor isn’t a full frame option at all. There are many photographers out there that hate Micro Four Thirds and APS-C sensor cameras because of all this, and it even seems to translate into marketing at some points. It’s something that is said over and over again. It’s not uncommon to hear “Too bad it’s Micro Four Thirds.” Even further, I’ve even tried to convince professional journalists that Micro Four Thirds is more capable than they believe–to which I’ve actually succeeded.

So with that said, my intention here is very personal: to make you realize that there are billboards in NYC everywhere with the marketing terms “Shot in iPhone.” And if the iPhone can produce a billboard, how can a Micro Four Thirds sensor not? Indeed, it actually can.

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