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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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Model: Natalie Margiotta

Model: Natalie Margiotta

Mirrorless cameras offer pretty much everything that most photographers need and are the next step in the evolution of cameras (along with smartphones and what they’re capable of). And for many, there is no reason why a portrait lens wouldn’t be in their camera bag. The best portrait lenses are longer focal lengths that allow a photographer to separate elements of a scene from their subject so that viewers will only focus on them. Additionally, wider focal lengths tend to make someone (and their parts) look very distorted.

We’ve scoured our reviews index to find some of our favorite portrait lenses for mirrorless cameras. Here’s our roundup.

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Photography app EyeEm is one of the best ways for a photographer to organically get discovered. You’ll also notice the feed is much different from Instagram. Your feed is filled with handpicked talent and albums so new talent can emerge. If you want to view what your friends are contributing, then you’ll need to specifically go to the “following” tab.

Browsing through the work of the artists on the platform introduces you to some of the similarities with VSCO and Instagram. For example, while lots of folks use their phones to shoot photos, there are many that use dedicated cameras and then upload to the service.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX500 First impressions product photos (12 of 12)ISO 2001-6400 sec at f - 2.0

Yes, we know–one should always shoot RAW. But there are lots of folks out there who are lazy (be honest) and there are situations where you don’t need to necessarily shoot in RAW. Even if it’s not you, maybe a friend of yours will want something with more power and won’t want to go through the issues with post-production. Unfortunately, not everyone is so judicious about their photography and getting everything perfect.

But then again, there are those who are very much for just getting it right in the camera and not worrying about post-production.

No matter what your needs are, these five cameras shoot incredible JPEGs.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer DSLR Maintenance (5 of 5)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 5.6

Lots of sites and folks have talked about the death of DSLRs, and to be honest it probably isn’t too far away until we as photographers experience a whole new revolution. First there was the advent of 35mm film, then color, then digital, and now it’s been proven that mirrorless cameras are quite capable of doing pretty much the same things that DSLRs can.

Tracking focus for sports? Check out the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II. Film-like look? Go to Fujifilm. All the connectivity you could want? Check out Samsung. Full frame? Sony has got it made here. Something more consumer oriented? Nikon’s 1 series pretty much has the market cornered.

Yes, folks like the “pro look” of a DSLR. But the initial complaints about mirrorless cameras are mostly gone. Shutter lag in the viewfinder? Not anymore. Lens selection that’s lacking? Nope. Systems have caught up, and what you can’t get first party, you can get from a third party.

We’d love to read your comments below and we’d also love it if you voted in the poll below.

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Take most of the great things about an award winning flagship mirrorless camera, strip it down a bit more, put it in a smaller body, and make it more consumer friendly and you’ve got essentially the strategy that Samsung is taking with their new NX500. They’re not alone though: Olympus and Fujifilm do pretty much the same things.

4K video? Got it. Great autofocus? Got it. An upgraded sensor that deals with high ISO noise much better? Got that too. We liked the NX300 last year, and its successor has very little to not like.

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