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Canon, Nikon and so many more are offering discounts right now on lenses, cameras and more.

In the edition of Cheap Photo, we show you some of our favorite deals and those that are about to expire. All the best camera deals, lens deals, and discounts are right here.

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Though they’re usually better known for lots of their very premium grade lenses, Panasonic today announced two new lenses: the LUMIX G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. and the LUMIX G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lenses.

The 42.5mm f1.7 is obviously being targeted at portrait shooters, and is a more affordable version than their 42.5mm f1.2 lens. At its heart, it houses 10 elements in 8 groups, a close focusing distance of 12.2 inches, a metal mount, multi-coated lens elements, and POWER O.I.S.

But on the other side of the spectrum is the 30mm f2.8 MEGA OIS lens which is targeted at macro shooters. Panasonic states that it’s got a 1x life-size magnification, a focusing distance starting at 4.13 inches, has a metal mount, and 9 lenses in 9 groups including an aspherical element.

The Panasonic 30mm Macro f2.8 will be available in April and the Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 in May at $399.99 each.

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All images by Lindsay Adler. Used with permission.

Photographer Lindsay Adler has always had incredible and creative ideas that simply make our jaws drop. But recently, she decided to step her game up a bit more and combine video and stills by teaming up with Flixel and releasing the images just a bit before WPPI 2015.

Lindsay set out to create wedding inspired cinemagraphs by using the Panasonic GH4, lots of lighting and majestic sets–which for the most part are typical of Adler’s shoots that also tend to take place in a controlled studio setting. In the video below, she cites that the GH4 was shooting in 4K and therefore gave her enough resolution to create a crisper, better and sharper cinemagraph.

What’s really cool about Flixel is just how simple it makes the act of creating cinemagraphs. In fact, we’re considering putting more of them into our reviews.

Three of the images and the video are after the jump.

Photography and Flixel: Lindsay Adler
Wardrobe: LSC for 4 Season Style Management
Hair and Makeup: Johnny Gonzalez
Model: Aurianna Joy
Set Design: Ivie Joy Flowers

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

With the release of the Olympus EM5 Mk II, many folks were thrilled for the 40MP image feature that pretty much does a special stitching effect. But when we asked Olympus what lenses would work best at delivering the highest image quality, they stated “The Pro and Premium lenses.” Indeed, Olympus has specific designations for these lenses, but those are for just their own glass.

The other big player in the Micro Four Thirds world, Panasonic, also offers some beautiful lenses–as does Voigtlander and other brands.

Here are some lenses that we’ve found that will do the feature justice. There indeed may be more and some of them we haven’t tested, but we have faith in our choices.

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Check out the new Panasonic GF7 and say cheese while you’re at it–or just make duck lips because they totally work too. Yes folks, the brand new Panasonic GF7 is the latest entry into the company’s mirrorless interchangeable lens camera lineup and has a big emphasis on taking selfies–like many other cameras as of recent. The GF7 has a big 3 inch touch LCD screen and a 16MP Live MOS sensor. That sensor can record 1080p 60p video, can shoot 5.8 frames per second, and comes with the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.

The camera also shoots at up to ISO 25,600, has dual shutter buttons, built in WiFi, and has a Venus engine processor.

For $599.99, the GF7 can be yours in pink or black. More images and tech specs are after the jump.

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Lake Street Dive.

Lake Street Dive by Julius Motal.

Many concert photographers will tell you to use primes if you can. The concept just makes so much sense–they have a fast aperture that will help you out in very low lit situations, they take up less room in a crowded music pit, and you can eventually learn to think and see the world in that single focal length. To that end, it makes the picture taking process much more instinctual.

We’ve tested lots of lenses over time, and have found a handful from pretty much every camera system that work out solidly. But we’d be fools to say that it’s all about the gear here. In the end, it’s your ability to get the shot and predict movement that will award you better photos.

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