Introducing The Cheap Photo Dedicated Deals Page & Daily Update Format

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (2 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 5.0

For the longest time, if any of you wanted to check on the latest photography related deals and savings on The Phoblographer our running list on our (usually) daily Cheap Photo blog posts have been your best option. But we realize that having to dig through the feed to find the latest Cheap Photo isn’t ideal, and doesn’t make checking up on the latest deals relevant to you very easy. So we set out to fix that, and today we are officially unveiling our solution – the addition of the dedicated deals page. We are testing the concept out now, so if you have feedback, please let us know, we are all ears.

More details on how this will work are after the jump.

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Mikko Lagerstedt’s Invisible by Day Series Will Make You Want To Stay Up Tonight

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All Images By Mikko Lagerstedt. Used with Permission. 

“Certain aesthetics appeal to me when I shoot at night. It’s a lot about the mystery of long exposures.” Mikko Lagerstedt, a Finland-based night photographer, tells the Phoblographer. Lagerstedt’s series Invisible by Day focuses on some of the beauty of this world that is unseen during the daylight hours. “When you photograph at night, you can capture a particular atmosphere to your photos. At night, everything looks different, and it inspires me to capture unique looking landscapes.”

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Cheap Photo: 18% Off Olympus’ Flagship OM-D EM-1

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Olympus’s flagship OM-D E-M1 is due for an upgrade, by today’s standards, but that means this highly capable and top end Micro 4/3 body is available for a great price. $899 in fact, a steal by today’s market for a brand’s flagship offering.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Save $200) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Cheap Kits: An Intermediate Nikon DSLR Starter Kit

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 24mm f1.8 G product images (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

If you are serious enough about photography to know that you will outgrow out of a low level Nikon D3xxx or D5xxx series body, then this is a kit for you.

The Nikon D7200, while not Nikon’s top APS-C offering (thanks to the release of the D500 this year) is still in the mid-upper echelon of APS-C cameras on the market, and makes for a great camera for a serious enthusiast or someone looking to go pro on a budget. Our lens recommendations for this kit is the Nikon 35mm F/1.8G, and the Nikon 50mm F/1.8G. The 35mm will offer you that classic 50mm field of field of view that is great for portraits and just walking around, while the 50mm will be great for portraits and when you need a little extra telephoto push. As far as accessories, since the D7200 has two card slots we recommend a pair of these Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards which are fast and offer good capacity, we also recommend this sturdy Zomei tripod to help you keep things steady.

More deals are after the jump.

Cheap Kits is our new weekly Thursday theme in which we will create system theme kits from items on our deal list including a camera, lens(es), and notable accessories. Each week will feature a different brand, and our full Cheap Photo deal listing is still available at the end of the post.

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Cheap Photo: Sigma Savings For The Budget Oriented Photographer

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It may be starting to show its age compared to the competition. But Sigma’s 24-70mm F/2.8 isn’t a bad choice for a photographer looking to grab that popular zoom range on a budget. This is from Sigma’s pre-Global Vision line of lenses, so again, its old. But its more than capable of producing beautiful images, and again – its affordable.

  1. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX (Save $150) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Review (In Progress): Sony 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master (Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G Master lens product images review (1 of 13)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.8

When you consider a camera system, one of the most important lenses to look out for is a 70-200mm equivalent–and Sony has been working on delivering that in the form of the Sony 70-200mm f2.8 OSS G Master lens for full frame E mount cameras. With weather sealing, a white body, 18 groups with 23 lens elements, and a constant f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range coupled with a small size overall–there is a lot of love about this lens.

Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the changes we’ve been doing here on the site, we’re once again changing our review format. First impressions reviews will be completely replaced with a fuller and fuller review that will be updated overtime. Readers will be given notifications on when the full review is complete. Each section will also be rated with stars and an overall cumulative rating. Additionally, comparisons will be made. If parts seem incomplete it’s because they’re still being worked on

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Review (In Progress): Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 FE product images review (3 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

The release of the Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 for full frame E mount cameras begs the question “just how many 50mm lenses does one need?” In truth, just one–but the strategy is a smart one for the company. You see, years ago camera manufacturers used to offer loads of different lens options. You’d get a 50mm f1.8, f1.4, f2, etc. Leica still does this and to some degree, Zeiss does too. But with Sony, you’re getting something different.

This new lens isn’t part of the company’s G Master series of optics and instead it’s a lens that was created in collaboration with Zeiss. It boasts dust/moisture resistance, 11 aperture blades, and other cool features including Zeiss T* coatings that are bound to give you that Zeiss-like look though probably not as clear as their Milvus lineup of lenses.

Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the changes we’ve been doing here on the site, we’re once again changing our review format. First impressions reviews will be completely replaced with a fuller and fuller review that will be updated overtime. Readers will be given notifications on when the full review is complete. Each section will also be rated with stars and an overall cumulative rating. Additionally, comparisons will be made. If parts seem incomplete it’s because they’re still being worked on.

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