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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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I’ve had a hit and a miss relationship with Samsung’s cameras. In my personal opinion, the company has had a penchant for eschewing buttons in favor of big touch screens, which is not something I look for a camera–call me old fashioned. Beyond capturing a photograph, the camera has to be ergonomically sound, and good ergonomics, in my book at least, hinges on well-placed buttons and dials, which the NX1 has in spades.

Samsung’s flagship camera is a breath of fresh air–a powerhouse of a camera with the body and heft of a DSLR and the speed and versatility of a mirrorless camera. Of course, Samsung places a huge emphasis on connectivity, and the NX1 is filled with Samsung’s usual wireless fare.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (6 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

When it comes to portrait focal lengths, Samsung has always delivered beautiful lens offerings, So when the 50-150mm f2.8 OIS came in for review, we were ecstatic to see what it offered. The lens is billed as one of their high end offerings–and so incorporates weather sealing, a rugged body, and lots of controls around it. To boot, the lens also delivers beautiful image quality overall.

With 20 elements in 13 groups comprising the inside, the lens is also an internal focusing and zooming one.

And to be quite honest, this lens has to be one of the best telephoto zoom lenses that we’ve tested here on the site.

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Model: Bec Fordyce

Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

I LOVE umbrellas–they’re so incredibly versatile and can be used creatively in images with the right ideas. After reading the words of many great photographers, I’ve started to feel that it’s about time for me to step my own photography game up with new ideas and concepts. And so when I called model Bec Fordyce over to shoot image concepts involving umbrellas with a light hidden inside, she was excited about it.

So was I obviously–as the EIC of this site, I don’t get to shoot often for myself. Testing cameras and lenses involves finding a way to not be too creative but still achieving a lovely image at the same time. The site’s philosophy though is to embrace creativity and to not worry too much about what’s done in a lab. Real photographers afterall don’t shoot in a lab. They shoot in real life.

And that’s how the story of “the Windy Umbrella” began.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 4.0

“The industry and the state of technology is evolving or developing so quickly I frankly cannot guess what will be five years from now. I am not certain if you’d asked me this during January 2014 I could have predicted the state of affairs today, Dec 1, 2014, just one year later.” stated Henry Posner, Director of Corporate Communications at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio in NYC.

Indeed, technology these days moves so fast that we’re not sure anyone would be able to tell. Not many could have expected that a product from Apple introduced around five years ago would have improved to the point where many use it as their main camera every day. Nor did we think that it would spur the creation of an app that allows a new breed of photographers to make a decent living off of shooting photos for advertisers.

However, it is the job of manufacturers to have some sort of foresight into the future and be able to predict how the industry will evolve and technology will progress. But that’s a tough job–and one that is much easier said than done given the viral nature of the internet and social media.

To get an idea of how the industry may change, we talked to the representatives of many leading manufacturers. What they had to say may be quite understandable.

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