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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 3.2

The Canon 7D Mk II has been in development for many years now, and the company’s track record of staying conservative sticks true to this latest product. When the first 7D launched, it made waves in the APS-C world with its super fast FPS rate and its complementary features to the 5D Mk II. Canon’s choices to stick to the safe side and make modest improvements isn’t a bad one per se at all–but we’d be telling complete lies to say that we didn’t expect more.

As far as the feature set goes, Canon has a 20.2MP APS-C sensor at the heart of the camera that also shoots at 10fps, houses dual DIGIC 6 processors, 65 cross type AF points, a 100% viewfinder, a magnesium alloy camera body, dust and weather resistance that is said to be 4x better than the original, GPS integration, a CF and SD card slot, ISO ranges from 100-16,000, a custom movie servo mode and much more.

We took a look at the 7D Mk II earlier last month.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials Medium Format Beginner (3 of 6)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 4.0

While your average Costco or WalMart may be able to process film within an hour, many better labs that do an even better job can take up to a day or more. For many of us who have never developed film but would like to know what’s involved, Youtube user OffTheMainTrack shot his entire darkroom process that involved working with the film inside of a dark changing bag to ensure that the film didn’t get destroyed. But the catch is that it is a timelapse condensed down to four minutes. It involves a lot of patient waiting for the chemicals to work as well as working with the rolls.

The video of how it’s done is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Review images (1 of 13)ISO 4001-800 sec at f - 3.5

When it comes to getting a first prime lens, many of us on the staff reached for the 50mm f1.8–otherwise known as the nifty 50. But as time progressed, almost the entire staff also moved onto the 35mm field of view. In fact, many of my personal friends have too because 35mm lenses could arguably be stated to have a field of view of what you actually see in a scene. But this is one of the biggest debates for prime lens owners: 35mm or 50mm. In a recent video, DigitalRev tried to solve this debate. Kai makes some great points stating that one is a great travel lens and street photography lens and great for working with tight spaces, but when it comes to getting bokeh you’ll want to go for the other (obviously the 50mm).

And just in case you’re curious, you should check out our Sigma 35mm vs 50mm Art comparison. The video on choosing a 35mm or a 50mm lens is after the jump.

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Taking a photo with a tablet

The phone camera generation and technology shift created the rise of yet another device: the tablet. And as people took image after image with their phone, so too did those with their tablets. Before we knew it, tablets were with people everywhere they went. So the photos they shot during vacations, concerts, at restaurants, events, the kid’s first recital, and even more were shot on tablets.

Stop.

For the love of everything that Steve Jobs created you’re blocking my line of vision of whatever we’re all here to see. And sometimes you don’t even want to just shoot a photo. You want to shoot the same photo over and over again. Further, you sometimes want to record a video–you know how long you’re holding your tablet up to record a video? That entire time, I probably can’t see what’s in front of me. Or even if we’re in a sea of darkness, your super bright tablet in total darkness is a complete distraction.

That and you just look absolutely ridiculous when doing it. A tablet is not ergonomically designed for you to hold it outstretched from your body to take a photo and if anything, you’re completely overcompensating with the screen size.

Please. Please. Just stop it.

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This is probably going to be the cutest things you’ll ever see on a surfboard.

Meet Kama, Kamapua’a for short and an Oahu, Hawaii local. Like most Hawaiians, Kama is a natural on a surfboard, and in the warm waters of the Pacific for that matter. Nothing that extraordinary there… except of course the fact that Kama, well, he’s a pet pig and probably has no business being on a board hanging ten (errr, hanging hooves?) other than being, like I said, a natural on it. So move over Dane Reynolds and Kelly Slater. A new power surfer’s in town.

Kama’s surfer human whom he met happenstance during his days as a young homeless pig, Kai Holt, had this epiphany one fateful day after Kama fell into the family pool and started swimming that his furry little friend could quite possibly be a surfing savant. Lucky for them both, he was spot on.

These days, you’ll see Kama riding the waves (and swimming in the ocean with probably zero fear of sharks three times his since that might enjoy him for dinner) like a boss, and if you’re lucky, you might just catch his awesome and adorable talents in person. Today, however, you’re just going to have to be satisfied with a GoPro surfing video Kama made with his human to show off his mad skills. Oh, and also, go follow him on Instagram if you want a daily dose of happiness.

Pigs still cannot fly, but I like to believe there’s still a reason to hope now that they’ve learned to surf. It’s going to be a good day.

Watch the video after the jump.

Via Laughing Squid

 

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With summer well underway and everyone prepping up for their much needed getaways, it’s only right that we feature something absolutely summerrific here at The Phoblographer. So let’s forget about art and culture and that awesome new gadget you’ve been drooling about and just focus on something absolutely trivial for a minute.

Well, actually more like three minutes… while we watch filmmaker Mateo Cabeza’s colorful and literally mouthwatering treat for us on Vimeo.

Most of us turn to ice cream to cool us down during hot and sweaty months, so Mateo’s vibrantly executed Creamlapse, released just a week ago, is probably the most appropriate video you should be watching this summer. This hyperlapse, shot with a Canon 5D markII, features the world’s arguably most beloved dessert, popsicles, and other frozen delights tragically melting into creamy but sad puddles with Bobby Vinton’s “Mr. Lonely” playing in the background.

Creamlapse will most likely make you want to find the nearest ice cream shop and fast, as if it’s dangling tasty bait to a hungry fish, mocking.

See it after the jump.

Via Laughing Squid

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