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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 35mm f2 review product images (2 of 6)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Zeiss has always been known for their quality, precision, and craftsmanship since before their rangefinder days. And while going through our Reviews index, we found that we skipped over this one. Sure, it’s been out for a while, but the Zeiss 35mm f2 delivers a look that many will fall in love with. In today’s world of lens technology progressing super fast, does Zeiss really need to update this lens? Or can it still find a home with a niche crowd?

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Last year, Nikon has a photography contest in the same fashion that they do every single year since 1969. But in the recent years, they’ve started to ban the use of film cameras in their contests. Each year that this happened, photographers have begged and pleaded to allow the format to be accepted again. However, Nikon’s contest rules and information states that

Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. We will not be accepting any entries taken on film.Scans of photographs taken by film cameras are not eligible.”

Essentially, the contest has become a full on digital camera situation for both stills and video. But considering that you can win the equivalent of 1,000,000 yen; we wonder why it really matters if you’ve shot with film or not. Nikon is also really trying to target the younger photographers by offering them the equivalent of 300,000 yen in free Nikon products.

This year’s contest is about home. So an entire theme around this may be simpler to create with a video than stills.

If you want to enter, you can check out the rest of the guidelines.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MyMiggo camera strap large review images (6 of 9)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 4.5

Feast your eyes on some of the ugliest gear that we’ve ever reviewed. They’re called the Miggo strap and wrap–and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. The company coins their products as being able to totally protect your camera one second then allowing you to shoot with ease the next. The straps are made from Neoprene–which helps to absorb some bumps and scratches, but this material seemingly from the Superman universe sure has its kryptonite.

And while it may be a nice idea in theory for sure, we’re not sure that we’d want to tote one around.

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Review: Nikon 1 AW1

by Kevin Lee on 07/02/2014

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon AW1 in the rain (1 of 1)ISO 64001-60 sec at f - 3.9

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, Nikon is in the midst of the worst identity crisis out of all the camera manufacturers. In just the last few years the Japanese camera company has announced three-redesigns of its Nikon 1 V series and recently just announced the fourth version of its 1 J lineup. If seven cameras released in a short while wasn’t enough already, last year Nikon introduced the AW1, a ruggedized mirrorless camera designed to go underwater 49ft, arctic environments, and bounce back from a hard fall from 6.6ft.

It’s uniquely tough even amongst other weather-sealed mirrorless cameras such as the Fujifilm X-T1 and Olympus OMD EM1—but this camera is as equally out of place for the same reasons. Starting at $800 with an equally ruggedized 11-27mm f3.5-5.6 lens, the Nikon 1 AW1 comes with a hefty asking price as the world’s first and only underwater interchangeable lens shooter. Now the question is whether or not Nikon has put together a rough and tumble camera the photography was asking for or does the AW1 fall flat?

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Not every photographer wants a prime lens. Not every photographer wants to change lenses. Some situations demand one lens that can do almost anything. This is where the AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR comes into play. Believe it or not a lens like this does have a use despite our groans about variable aperture–and it’s about convenience.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 35mm f1.8 lead image (1 of 1)ISO 1001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Nikon released their 35mm f1.8 G ED lens earlier this year, and when it was announced it whetted the appetites of full frame lovers everywhere. Though not a direct replacement for the company’s previous lens offering, it was designed with the full frame customer in mind. We believe the 35mm focal length truly shows what the human eye sees and it is a lens that can be used for anything like street photography, wide portraits, events, weddings, candids, food, etc.

With the ability of focus as closely at 9.84 inches and housing seven aperture blades, 11 elements in 8 groups, and weighing 10.76 oz, it is a lens that will probably be on the camera of many a photographer looking to step up their game and become more serious with their craft.

And while we’re confident that this lens will satisfy most customers, we also know that later on you’ll want so much more.

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