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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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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 58mm f2 Biotar images (4 of 4)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 8.0

It’s Cyber Monday, and there are even more deals happening right now in the photo world. If you want the best camera deals, the best lens deals, and the best photography accessory deals then you’ll find them right here.

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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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