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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After purchasing a Sony A7, the way that I shoot and do my daily routines have changed. But one thing that really kills me (and the camera) is the battery life– it’s just not the same as my Nikon D700. It runs out much more quickly. If you follow my Instagram feed you know I try to go on a photo walk every morning. Sometimes I forget to charge a battery or two though. But with some of the latest generations of cameras, there is a way around that problem. Cameras like the SonyA7 and the Samsung NX300 have something interesting in common: they share a similar micro USB plug for charging–the same plug that’s on most android phones. I recently found out that I can use a portable battery, like the Anker® Astro E5, to keep the battery alive.
Now when I forget to charge my batteries I plug-in my camera on a train or while taking a coffee break. This can all happen in my bag and the camera can stay out of sight while charging.
However, this can’t replace the for need extra batteries. Extra batteries are great for the moments when you need power right away. Having a battery charger is great for those calm breaks when you are not focused on taking pictures. You just have to remember to keep your battery packs charged. If you want to take this to a another level you can get a solar pack. On crazy long days of photography you can keep you mobile devices charged. If you are a photojournalist your always ready. Our world is becoming increasingly mobile there are even more natural disasters happening. Don’t let the lack of power prevent you from getting a shot, ever.
When Samsung first announced their 16-50mm f2-2.8 lens, we were incredibly excited that they offered something quite different from their previous products. The last very serious lens that they released was their 85mm f1.4, but now the company boasts a whole new level of professional quality–or at least that was the intent.
Samsung’s 16-50mm f2-2.8 incorporates weather sealing into the design, which works perfectly with the company’s NX30 camera. It also is quite a beefy optic to hold while shooting. But beyond this, the lens was designed with 9 aperture blades and 18 elements in 12 groups. And at its pretty hefty cost, we can gladly say that this is one of the best lenses that we’ve tested for street photography.
But as we all know, a lens system works with the cameras that are available to it.
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Could the Samsung NX1 look anything like this?
A recent report indicates that Samsung may be working on a high-end model to complement its line of NX-series mirrorless cameras. The new camera, which could be called the NX1, will allegedly sport a much more substantial body reminiscent of the Mamiya 6 medium format rangefinder film camera of the olden days (or the Mamiya 7/7II pictured above, which looked just like it.) Apart from that, the NX1 will purportedly be equipped with loads of amazing features.
The electronic viewfinder of the NX1 is said to be the highest-resolving on the market according to the report, and it will feature some kind of new technology. Likewise, the sensor–which is, unfortunately, still APS-C and not full-frame, as many will have hoped–is said to sport 28 megapixels and to deliver outstanding performance especially at higher ISO settings. Autofocusing will allegedly be of a hybrid nature like that of the Sony A6000, yet with more AF points.
The reported release date of the camera is this fall, which means it’s possible that we’re actually going to see it at photokina. The body along will reportedly cost $1,300, and in kit with the 16-50mm lens (we assume it is going to be the f2-2.8 version) the NX1 will sell for $2,300. As always, take this information with a grain of salt, as there is currently no way of verifying it. We’d sure be excited to see a camera like this, though–although we would’ve been even more excited about a full-frame mirrorless camera from Samsung.
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Samsung has carved a little niche for itself in the mirrorless camera space. So far, we’ve been impressed with the image quality and built-in WiFi sharing functionality of the NX30 and NX300. The company claims that it’s second in the compact system camera market, and now it’s looking to expand its horizons with a new 1″-sensor camera. The NX Mini is not only smaller than Samsung’s previous APS-C camera bodies, it also requires a whole new NX-M lens mount…and yes, it has a 180-degree flip-up screen for selfies.
The NX Mini is a bold step for Samsung, whereas Fujifilm has stuck to its APS-C-sized guns and Olympus with the Four Thirds sensor. But this new smaller camera brings a host of questions as to the quality of its diminutive sensor and how many lenses we can expect for this new, smaller mount. While there’s no way to answer the latter question for now, we can find out what Samsung’s smallest camera yet is cracked up to be.
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Tired of lugging around your full-sized DSLR around? Samsung hears your groans and on June 4th it’s hosting a Ditch Day event at New York City‘s Times Square, letting everyone trade in their bulky mirror flipping camera for a mirrorless one. The free event is being held next week from 12PM to 6PM and it will let everyone try out Samsung’s full line of cameras from the Galaxy Camera 2, NX Mini, NX30, and NX3000.
Samsung hopes to showcase what its mirrorless cameras can with a set of slot cars racing down a speedway. Photographers can also partake in high-resolution selfies with the NX Mini and panoramic shots to create wide, sweeping images of Times Square.
Visitors so taken aback by the quality of Samsung’s mirrorless cameras will even be able to trade in their DSLRs for a new Samsung NX30 camera coupled with the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 OIS lens. Additionally attendees could receive a $50 rebate towards the purchase of a Samsung NX camera when they pledge to #DitchtheDSLR on Twitter.