The Best Lenses for the Fujifilm X Pro 2 and the Fujifilm X-T2

Photographers who use the Fujifilm X series system professionally (or are interested in doing so) will be amazed to know there are a number of fantastic lenses available to use for the system. Of course, despite the fact that the company’s system hasn’t been around for as long a period of time as some others, they’ve been able to do quite a bit in a short amount of time. The Fujifilm X series system has a lens for nearly every single type of photographer–and the system is just going to continue to grow.

We peered into our Reviews index to find some of the best gems.

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How Professional Photographer Mark Weinberg Gets On Top of the Game

All images by Mark Weinberg. Used with permission. Intro written by Cassie Boorne.

Mark Weinberg is an award-winning freelance photographer based in New York City. He specializes in commercial and advertising photography and has worked with an impressive roster of clients including Target, West Elm, One Kings Lane, Food52, Kenneth Cole, Aveda,  and Whole Foods Market. We interviewed Mark about how he built his freelance photography business in celebration of his upcoming online workshop, Building a Photography Business.

We have a special discount for Phoblographer readers at the end of this post.

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In the Studio: Creating Professional Photos With the Instax Wide Film

If you’re one of those people that has always wanted to create a professional looking image with Instant Film, then you’ve come to the right place. Is it difficult? Not really; but it will surely require you to think in a different way.

On January 15th, The Phoblographer’s Chris Gampat will take you into the studio to create Instant Photos that look like they were professionally shot while still retaining that lo-fi charm that everyone loves. You’ll learn about posing for a portrait, idea generation, lighting, light modifiers, and so much more.

You can find out more on our EventBrite page for the event.

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Understanding the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Medium Format Mentality

It’s no secret: lots of photographers are drooling over the idea of shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera. The idea of owning something bigger than full frame 35mm (though not even the size of true digital 645) is something that is bound to attract a whole lot of photographers. Then consider the fact that everyone and their mother is a photographer these days. Everyone will want a medium format camera because they’re becoming more and more affordable. Though for what it’s worth, I’m very positive that not everyone understands medium format.

In fact, you may honestly want to stick with 35mm, APS-C, or even Four Thirds.

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Hilarious Craigslist Ad Asks For Lots from a Professional Student Photographer

Lead image by Jason Chen.

When we’re all starting out and trying to go from hobbyist to pro photographer, it isn’t uncommon of us to use Craigslist and get trapped in the whole world of trying to justify someone actually paying you for your services. Quite often, photographers will put up a faux craigslist ad to express their disgust–such as with the case of one ad from Richmond, VA.

The faux ad calls for a student photographer that owns loads of professional DSLR gear including a full frame camera.

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Life After Instagram for Photographers

Back in 2012, Facebook did something that in many ways hurts small businesses–and it just moved over to Instagram. Limiting the number of followers you get to post your messages to on a normal basis doesn’t help smaller businesses that often don’t have the funds to dedicate to social marketing can hurt their business: and in this case it’s the business of photography.

Besides the complete misunderstanding by the general public on the difference between “photography” being daily snapshots of life and “Photography” being carefully done images with intent, we face the fact that communities aren’t really so friendly to us with piracy, etc.

So what’s next for us?

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Professional Photographers: Get 10% off on Your Taxes This Year

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Hey photographers,

If you’re a professional photographer, I’ve got a special deal for you today. We all know that tax season is upon us, so if you’re looking to get your taxes done still, HHG Enterprises is offering you a 10% discount if you mention the Phoblographer on your taxes this year. I’ve been using them for a while now and have never had a complaint.

So how do you do this? Shoot them an email at HHGEnterprises[at]gmail[dot]com and mention the Phoblographer. They’ll take it from there.

Now go get your taxes paid!

The Canon 80D is Targeting the Semi-Professional Photographer

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Today, Canon is announcing their brand new 80D–and they’re trying to target it at the new breed of photographers who typically shoot on the side for extra cash. It isn’t quite the 7D MK II–which is mostly targeted at sports and wildlife photographers. But it’s still quite feature packed.

The Canon 80D features 45 cross-type AF points, 100% viewfinder coverage, a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a DIGIC 6 image processor, built-in WiFi, NFC, and a vari-angle 3 inch LCD screen. There is also a new auto white balance mode that the user will have to specifically set that will allow the setting to skew closer to the warmer side or the cooler side depending on what you select.

But there’s a whole lot more!

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