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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 7 product images (2 of 6)ISO 400

After a relatively quiet appearance at Photokina, Sony might have an exciting new Sony A7000 mirrorless camera complete with a new 24MP sensor coming down the pipeline. The camera will more than likely be a successor to the Sony NEX 7 and Sony Alpha Rumors claims it will arrive in 2015.

An anonymous source suggests the camera will be weather-sealed, retain its rangefinder style, and feature full tethering capabilities. On top of this the Sony A7000 will purportedly have a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, which will be great for shooting wide open in daylight. It will also supposedly be the second Alpha camera able to capture 4K footage after the Sony A7s, but it’s not clear whether the Sony A7000 will also need an external recorder to do so. This makes complete sense as the company doesn’t have an APS-C mirrorless camera with weather-sealing. Granted, the A7 series isn’t weather-sealed but is splash and moisture resistant.

Supposedly the Sony A7000 will come kitted with a new mark II version of the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 power-zoom lens with much improved shooting quality. As it stands the current kit lens that comes with all Sony cameras is pretty terrible with poor corner sharpness and rampant color fringing.

Lastly, Sony is also purportedly working on a new Sony Zeiss 16-70mm f4 lens that will also be weather-sealed. It seems like the company is starting to take the higher end production scale even more seriously if any of this is at all true.

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After Sony introduces 4K video recording in the A7s (with external recorder), Sony Alpha Rumors claims that the company is working on an 8K camera. Sony purportedly brought an 8K camera prototype to the BBC headquarters. A source at the event claimed the unit looked similar to the Sony A99 full frame DSLR with a vertical grip. Sony also supposedly said this 8K camera could come to market as soon as 2016.

Despite the both the Sony A6000 and Sony A7s featuring great video options along with Sony’s AVCHD format, the Japanese company still isn’t as popular in the video world as Panasonic or Canon.

Sony might be interested in starting a resolution war with Panasonic, as the electronics firm already has two cameras that record  in 4K including the GH4 and LX100. There are also other mirrorless cameras that can be hacked to take quad-HD footage. However if Sony is in talks with the BBC, and potentially NHK, it could be one of the first big providers of 8K equipment for the television world.

 

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When a photographer travels they often want to carry a compact camera that is low profile, has great image quality, is reliable, and that they can tote around to both have fun and be artistic. Despite how much we always talk about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, they can slow you down so much more when compared to a good point and shoot fixed lens camera. While the typical moniker of a point and shoot camera has always been one that has been looked down on by many of the more bourgeois amongst us, these cameras have indeed become much better over the years. In fact, these compact cameras are so good now that it’s arguable that you don’t need an interchangeable lens camera.

Here are our favorite point and shoots that will make the travelling photographer drool.

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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 Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus product images review (3 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

All images by Mike Randolph of the Travel Photography Blog. Used with permission.

Sometimes we see some incredibly crazy comparisons between products. But the most crazy one that we’ve seen thus far has to be the most recent one by Mike Randolph. He dared to put the aging Sony RX100 against the brand new Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus mounted on the Sony A7r. Seems crazy, right? I mean, the the RX100 vs 85mm f1.4 Otus doesn’t really make sense.

For starters, the RX100 has a fixed zoom lens and a 1 inch sensor while the A7r has a full frame sensor with more megapixels and arguably the best 85mm lens attached to it. And the results? Well, they’d surprise you.

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When shooting macro images, you don’t need the most top of the line gear or even the best camera. What you need instead is an effective setup to give you better images. If you’re using a macro lens with the ambient light in your home, you should know that you can spend a little bit of money and get so much more from the images without needing to crank up your camera’s ISO. This actually results in a bigger loss of details. The best way to do it is to go for an affordable lens, tripod and a great lighting setup for cheap.

Here are some of our favorite items to use for macro photography projects at home for under $500.

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