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Yes, there were leaks. The Panasonic GX8 is indeed real, and it’s quite beautiful. This camera isn’t said to succeed GX7 but instead live above it. It’s the company’s flagship rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and lives alongside the GH4 as a flagship camera for the company.

Available in black and silver, the camera has Duel IS that works via the lens and sensor. This feature works for HD video, but not 4K–which the camera shoots. The GX8 sports a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor–the highest resolution Four Thirds sensor to date. The camera also has an exposure compensation dial in addition to a splash and dust proof design.

The GX8 has the same Venus Engine as the GH4 but provides a 1/3 stop better performance when it comes to dynamic range.

The sensor can shoot up to ISO 25,600. The camera includes a tiltable EVF and OLED screen. Panasonic claims that it has a 0.07 AF speed responsiveness in addition to 200% more focusing accuracy than the GH4 and focusing abilities down to -4 EV.

With the electronic shutter, you can shoot to 1/16,000; but otherwise the max shutter speed is 1/8,000. The camera can also shoot tethered. On top of this, there is WiFi and NFC connectivity. When it launches, it will be available for $1,199.99.

But that’s not all.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens review product images (2 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Today, we’ve found a number of lenses from pretty much every manufacturer and mount for under $200. Go take a look.

If you’re still interested in the lens deals that we’ve found, then you’re in luck. We’ve found discounts of at least 10% on over 4,000 camera lenses over at Amazon, some at over 25% off, 50% off, and 70% off.

Still in effect, here are some that are 25% off, but there are also lots of wide angle lens options available.Plus, there are discounts on 50mm f1.8 (nifty 50) lenses.

More discounts are after the jump.

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What does a photographer need from a lens when it comes to shooting concerts? To be honest, all you need is a fast prime lens with a semi-wide to normal field of view. Many concerts are held indoors (though there are surely a wealth of festivals held outside) and when you’re right up against the stage what you’ll need the most is the ability for your camera to soak up all the light it can and stop fast moving action. At the same time, you sometimes don’t want to spend a whole ton of money because your gear is sure to get banged up.

In a situation like this, you’re best off going with a solid prime lens. We went through out reviews index and scoured for affordable options for the photographer who wants to shoot concerts and eventually get into music shooting.

Here are some great affordable options for an aspiring concert photographer.

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Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (3 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Great news, the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens is getting $100 off and going for $849. But be sure to check out our review before you go buy one, our comparison to the original and to the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art.

Still going on: we’ve found a bundle deal on a Canon 70D Bundle for $789 after a rebate, plus Nikon savingsNikon summer bundle deals as well as so much more.

$400 off the Sony A7r, Zeiss lens rebates, $299 for the Olympus EPL5, a discount on the Fujifilm XT-1, $499 for the Olympus OMD EM5, $200 off on the Fujifilm X100T, Tamron lens discounts, Lexar card specials.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon G1x product images (1 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

For the person that wants to get serious about photography, know that you don’t need a DSLR or a mirrorless camera or even one with interchangeable lenses. You won’t necessarily get better image quality and for what it’s worth there are other cameras with DSLR sensors in them that give you a more compact size and great performance. That and you won’t need to figure out the big problems like why you shouldn’t put a lens in one pocket and a camera body in the other pocket with no caps (we can hear the experienced shooters shrieking) or like the intricacies of your diopter.

Indeed, there are fixed lens cameras that can do an incredible job that can take professional quality images and that you can probably even do pro-style work with.

Here’s our list of the best cameras that will help you get serious about photography.

PS: Yes, you want pro-quality. But absolutely nothing will make you shoot like a pro except having creative ideas, vision and knowledge in addition to some very good marketing skills. True pros can shoot with anything you hand them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II product images first impressions (4 of 5)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 3.5

Of any mirrorless camera system, the Micro Four Thirds coalition has the most lenses available. Between both Panasonic and Olympus, the system has lots of lenses–but when you consider how open they are to working with third parties then you’ve got even more lenses that are supported. Indeed, new lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras seem to come out almost every month.

In our years of reviewing lenses, we’ve tested and played with lots of different optics at all different prices. We’ve rounded up our top choices for the best and cheapest lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. So if you’re looking for the best cheap lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, then look no further than right after the jump.

Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this article, we mistook one lens for another. We apologize for our humanity.

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