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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (2 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

Your lenses are much more important than your camera is. They do a big job of helping to determine what kind of image quality comes out of the camera. And in the same way that you’d treat your camera with lots of care, you should be treating your lenses even better. You know some of the basics already–or at least you think you do.

To get the most from your lenses, you’ll need to understand how they work.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 first impressions product photos (6 of 7)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve spent long, countless hours reviewing lots of photo gear this year. And we’ve spent time compiling lists of the best gear. Yes, we know that it’s the photographer who ultimately creates the images, and we’ve had that in mind the entire time that we wrote this list. There’s something for everyone here: the pro, the enthusiast, the semi-pro and the beginner in our roundup of the best photo gear.

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Whether you think it’s hipster or not–let’s be frank, instant film cameras are cool. Who cares if they’re hipster? There are ways that you can make them seem much less so. But even if you have that stigma, the cameras are still capable of producing beautiful work that editors, models, and people in general love. Heck, an entire app was created to emulate the looks of these cameras!

Picking the right one though isn’t so simple. There are many options available both old and new–and you really just need to get the right one for you. That’s much easier said than done though.

Here’s our Guide to Instant Film Cameras and picking the right one for you.


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Image via DC Watch

Image via DC Watch

Sony outed two surprise announcements yesterday with the Sony A7 Mk II and the 70-300mm f3.5-5.6 G SSM II A-mount lens. According to DC Watch, Sony is also working on improving some of its older Alpha-series glass with a 24-70mm f2.8 ZA SSM II lens and 16-35mm f2.8 ZA SSM II lens.

Sony announced the two fast zoom lenses will have improved autofocus speeds. Additionally the glass will come weather sealing against dust and water. The lenses are expected to arrive by the beginning of spring next year.

Sony also announced updates to its lens road map. Although this year is nearly out, there are still a few more FE-mount lenses we can expect including a Sony PZ 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS, 28mm F2, and Zeiss 35mm f1.4. Leading into 2015 Sony will also release a FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS lens. Check out the full lens road map after the break.

Via Photo Rumors

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Fujifilm is announcing brand new Macro extension tubes today. They are called the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16–and both have electronic contacts for auto exposure. Not much information is available, but we know that the Fujifilm X-Series Macro Tubes will cost $99.95 when they launch in December.

From the company’s press release, we can tell that the focusing range will be limited. In fact, Fujifilm cites needing to move the camera back and forth. In fact, the Fujifilm system has a Macro mode that lets every lens focus closer than normal. We assume that they will work with all of the company’s lenses as well as those offerings from Zeiss.

On top of the lenses, a new software will be coming that will let many of their camera shoot while tethered. It’s called HS-V5 and will let the user adjust the settings either via the camera or the PC if they wish. The software will also allow the user to manage the images–just like many other options available out there.

But today, they’re also announcing a new firmware update for the XE-2, XE-1, X Pro 1 and the X30 are all getting new firmware. Those details are after the jump.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (4 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

“I don’t work for DxOMark. I’m not interested in numbers. I’m interested in what comes out of the camera.”

Continuing the trend of photographers talking about why they switched, Fuji Rumors shared a video from Lukas Gisbert-mora on why he chose to leave Nikon for Fujifilm.

First he talks about the problems first: which have to do with the battery levels and the video capabilities. This is what happens with cameras that have an EVF, but Fujifilm has lacked on the video capabilities for a while. They’re also only starting to pick up speed.

Lukas also admits that Fujifilm’s flash capabilities are nowhere near Nikon’s. In our testing, we have to agree. PocketWizards with a Lumopro LP-180 are much better–but that offers manual capability. If you want TTL usage, there aren’t many good radio trigger options with the exception of Yongnuo–and they’re hit or miss.

So why did he pick Fujifilm?

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