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As photography becomes more and more accessible to everyone, trends start to shift. It was only a matter of time until selfies became so big that companies started making cameras to make taking them easier. The camera in step with the new trend is the Samsung NX 3000. It is a camera built for self-portraits. It also provides an excellent bridge to help get people off their cell phone and using a real camera.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Samsung NX Mini 1 mm 10.0 sec at f - 13 ISO 160

Wide angle lenses should be tested by every photographer. They force you to get close to your subjects and interact with them if you’re a photojournalist, but if you’re shooting landscapes then they make the capturing process much more straight forward. Sure, they may have distortion issues, but much of that can be fixed with modern software.

You don’t need to be a professional to be able to afford good wide angle lenses either. Many are available at a very affordable price and can last you a very long time in your photography career.

In our travels, we’ve reviewed loads and loads of lenses. Here are some of the best wide angle lenses that we’ve worked with under $500.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX30 first impressions photos (2 of 11)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Get your duck faces ready, kids. On October 14, Samsung’ll be in Hollywood to take a record-breaking selfie with the hosts Nick Cannon and Julianne Hough. We’re not sure what the scope will be, but we imagine it’ll be many extended arms and pursed lips.

The company has an ambitious campaign to get you to ditch your DSLR in favor of the NX30 or the NX Mini SMART Camera. The campaign goes by #DITCHTHEDSLR, and it just wrapped its event in Times Square. If you’ve been thinking of switching systems, and you like what Samsung’s doing, this could be your chance to get a new camera by trading in your old one. You’ll need your camera, a lens and a battery in order to qualify for the trade-in.

Of course, the focus is the NX30 and NX Mini SMART Camera. We haven’t reviewed the latter, but we have reviewed the NX30. We found to be a capable mirrorless camera in the guise of a DSLR. With Samsung’s 85mm f1.4, the NX30’s image quality would shoot up.

The event starts at 10am at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer T3i T3 dslr (1 of 4)

For many years, the Canon 5D Mk II was an incredibly popular camera on Flickr. In fact, it was probably the most popular dedicated camera. However, Flickr’s newest stats on their Camera Finder page now show the Canon T3i to be the most popular dedicated camera. One of the reasons for this the rise of amateur and hobbyist photographers looking for affordable cameras for them to learn on. And with that said, the T3i is a great option. In fact, a quick Google search for the most popular DSLRs reveals the T3i to be the most popular camera amongst Digital Photography School’s audience. Further research show’s the Canon T3i to be Amazon’s most popular DSLR.

Of course though, it isn’t Flickr’s most popular camera.

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NX1 with 50-150MM_1

Just in time for Photokina 2014, Samsung is announcing their brand new flagship camera: the NX1. And for this, it seems like the company is pulling out all the stops. In brief, it boasts a brand new 28MP APS-C BSI sensor, 4K video at 24p, 15fps shooting capabilities, a magnesium alloy body with weather sealing, a new DRIME 5 processor, 205 AF points that cover 90% of the imaging sensor, an old school LCD screen on top for easier readouts, 153 cross type sensors, NFC, WiFi and bluetooth connectivity.

Also published today is our hands on experience–and to be quite honest we were floored by the AF performance. The new sensor has the most resolution of any APS-C sensor out there so far, so it will be very interesting to see how it performs.

In addition to the new camera though, Samsung is also announcing their new weather sealed 50-150mm f2.8 OIS lens. It boasts a four axis stabilization system, and a nine blade aperture.

More specs and images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (6 of 8)ISO 8001-30 sec at f - 4.0

Editor’s Note: This is an OP-Ed. On the other hand, you can call it a rant. In fact, call it a rant.

Five years as an Editor in Chief, two years as a wedding photographer, a half a year at Magnum Photos, and two years as a working photojournalist taught me something: there is such a thing as a very bad photographer. Give them expensive gear, all the lights in the world and more and you’ll begin to see that if you don’t have the vision, creativity, and the know-how when it comes to working with a scene and creating something then there is a strong chance that you’re going to be creating useless garbage.

Trust us, we should know.

This year, the site is turning five years old–and we’ve been reviewing cameras since day one. The technology has become better and better and back then folks used to say that something is a good camera or a bad camera. To a certain point, this is still expressed in forums, in conversations amongst friends, and by people that have nothing better to do with their lives than be trolls. But I’m going to tell you the complete God’s honest truth right now about the world.

Are you ready?

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