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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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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.

Photographer Jason Lanier has been making a big splash in the photo world as of late–and in this case, quite literally! He made a big switch from Nikon to Sony, and a little while back he used their cameras to create a beautiful scene in a Detroit warehouse. Jason’s work proves more than anything though that no matter what system you use, a creative vision and great lighting can still deliver a solid image.

Here’s Jason’s story of how he created the scene above.

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Lake Street Dive by Julius Motal.

Many concert photographers will tell you to use primes if you can. The concept just makes so much sense–they have a fast aperture that will help you out in very low lit situations, they take up less room in a crowded music pit, and you can eventually learn to think and see the world in that single focal length. To that end, it makes the picture taking process much more instinctual.

We’ve tested lots of lenses over time, and have found a handful from pretty much every camera system that work out solidly. But we’d be fools to say that it’s all about the gear here. In the end, it’s your ability to get the shot and predict movement that will award you better photos.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (1 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

Introduced late last year, Sony refreshed one of their initial entries into the full frame mirrorless camera game with the A7 Mk II. The Sony A7, to be honest, is such new technology still that it didn’t need a refresh. But Sony is one of the big innovators of our time in the camera world, so when it came to the A7 Mk II they gave it a couple of slight but well executed updates.

The biggest update to come to the A7 Mk II is the addition of image stabilization to the sensor. It works via a 5-axis system that is very similar to Olympus’s solution. In fact, we couldn’t really tell the difference when we talked to both companies except that Sony’s solution works for full frame sensors.

Besides the 4.5 stops of additional image stabilization, Sony claims that the A7 Mk II has a 35% increase in autofocus responsiveness performance, 40% faster start up time and the XAVC-S video codec.

But is the A7 Mk II worth it for you?

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Today’s Cheap Photo deals round ups looks at a couple of really cool discounts. Canon, Nikon, Sony and more all have discounts, but Yongnuo flash triggers are the cheapest that they’ve ever been. We’ve got your round up of camera deals, lens deals, and photography accessory discounts right here.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Today, we’ve found a bunch of new deals. Film photographers are in for a treat because now there are savings on film. But there are new mirrorless camera deals and Nikon discounts in place. Hit the jump for our curated Camera, lens, and photography accessory deals.

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