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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH4 product images for review (1 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.8

The folks over at the Camera Store have updated their Mirrorless Party video, and this time around everyone has changed a bit more. The video features Panasonic, Leica, Samsung, Sony, Olympus, Nikon and Fujifilm.

Oh right, and at some point Canon shows up. That’s better than Pentax at least!

The video parodies each company and their marketing/characteristics like Sony’s lack of native lenses, Fujifilm’s quietness, Samsung’s quiet confidence, Panasonic’s 4K video shooting feature and more. You’ll enjoy the good portion of time that the personified Nikon camera spends talking about himself.

The Mirrorless Party 2015 is after the jump. Get ready for a bit of a chuckle.

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After our standard Pro zoom lens shoot out, we decided to put the telephoto lenses against one another. As mirrorless camera systems have evolved and continue to develop, they’ve had to meet the demands of professional photographers who have picked up their systems. One of the classic zoom lenses that many photographers tend to reach for is the equivalent of a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. These lenses are great for portraits, events, weddings, landscapes and pretty much anything that you can think of due to their versatility.

So with Fujifilm, Samsung, Olympus, and Panasonic all offering their own versions, which one is the best?

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Mirrorless camera manufacturers have been working at creating better lenses and building out their systems. Very recently, the manufacturers with APS-C and Four Thirds sensors came up with constant aperture pro zoom lenses for their cameras.

Now don’t get us wrong: no manufacturer is making a bad lens or camera. In fact, all of them are superb. So with that in mind, we went about rounding up the information that we collected and figuring out which lens delivers the most pleasing results based on the specific system that they work with.

Our results are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX500 First impressions product photos (3 of 12)ISO 2001-1250 sec at f - 2.8

Over the weekend, we spent some quality time (and way too much time on airplanes) in Hawaii with Samsung testing the first Nx500 cameras. Their Nx300 was an excellent camera in many ways and the Nx500 improves on it in many ways. to begin with, the camera is basically the very lite version of the company’s flagship NX1. With a 28MP APS-C sensor, it can resolve lots of detail.

The camera also shoots 4K video at a 1.7x crop factor where the NX1 takes the full scene and scales it down instead; to each their own though.

The Nx500 very much feels like its older counterpart but in ways also feels classier. You’ll be tempted to use the selfie screen feature more than once, and when paired with a small prime lens it’s bound to make for a great street photography camera. Additionally, it sports two exposure dials for easier and quicker exposure controls in manual mode rather than needing to use the iFunction button on the lenses, and it comes in white, brown or black.

After two days with the camera, it’s very apparent that it is in no way the Editor’s Choice award winning NX1. But it’s still quite the enjoyable little snapper.

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Samsung’s got a new camera on the horizon–the NX500. It sports a 28MP sensor and 4K video. The company is cashing in on the selfie craze by outfitting the camera with a 180-degree tilting LCD. As with all of Samsung’s offerings, the NX500 is filled to the brim with wireless connectivity, which makes sharing to Facebook, Instagram and the like a breeze. In terms of megapixel-count, it goes toe-to-toe with the NX1, but it takes design notes from the NX300, its predecessor, making it a lighter NX option.

While there’s no word on price yet for the Samsung NX500, it will be available in Black, Brown and White this March. It seems like an ideal choice for enthusiasts and street photographers, though given its resolution, we’re sure it’d be a boon for portraitists, too.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (12 of 12)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 5.6

In the world of photography–be it that the craft is carried out professionally or leisurely–it has always been a matter of dispute whether a prime lens is preferred over a zoom lens, or the other way around. We here at The Phoblographer tend to think rather pragmatically about this: each has its own merits and downsides, and it clearly depends on what you’re up to. Let’s however for a moment assume that you lean towards using prime lenses–or you want to. After years of lens testing lenses, we think there are five essential focal lengths that every photographer should try at least once. These are the 24mm super wide-angle, the 35mm wide-angle, the 50mm normal, the 85mm short telephoto, and the 135mm telephoto.

Before you go on, we also want you to remember that no one is making a bad camera or lens.

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