How to Get Better Battery Life From Your Sony Camera

Sony camera users have known for a long time that the battery life on their cameras tends to be pretty bad overall. This is especially the case with their mirrorless camera lineup. If you’re using your Sony camera professionally, you’re going to need to bring a lot of batteries with you to a gig if it’s a day long event. But if it’s a quicker gig, then it does the job.

Of course, there are many things you can do to get just a bit more juice out of your camera.

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The Jollylook: A Vintage Style Instax Film Camera Made from Cardboard

Every time a new Instax camera gets announced it’s a genuinely great reason to get excited: and a new Kickstarter called the Jollylook wants to inspire to many others. The Jollylook is a foldout camera made from recycled paper and cardboard with some glass elements for the lenses and the shutter and aperture are made of thick paper and laminated cardboard.

Quirky, but indeed kind of cool too!

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The Long Awaited Fujifilm X100F Has the 24.3MP Sensor, Acros Simulation

Fujifilm has made a metric ton of announcements today, and along with the others, we have ourselves the long awaited X100 update, the newly minted Fujifilm X100F. Beyond the X-T line of cameras, probably the most popular line of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is the X100 series, and since Fujifilm unveiled their latest X-Trans sensor technology last year photographers have been clamoring for an updated X100 with the new tech. Continue reading…

Concepts and Better Composition Composing of Landscape Photography

Landscape photography, like any other genre, has its many-what I will call-“unofficial rules”.

There are rules about how to expose a scene using methods such as the zone method developed by Ansel Adams, exposing to the right to get as much detail as you can from the shadows, or even bracketing multiple exposures and creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. And then there are rules for composition. The most famous of which-and one you probably learned of first-the Rule of Thirds.

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Those Cool Medium Format Viewfinder Photos: Not as Simple as You’d Think

Everyone loves looking at all those really cool photos and videos showing off exactly what a medium format viewfinder of some sort shows off. For the most part though, they’re a lot harder than you’d think to pull off effectively. Many photographers simply tend to use Photoshop or Lightroom to brighten up that specific area that you see within the viewfinder. Part of this has to do with the lighting in the area and another part has to do with just what type of camera you’re using.

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New Reports Say Fujifilm’s Medium Format Will Feature Interchangeable Viewfinders

We have been following the developing reports regarding Fujifilm’s possible entrance into the Medium Format Mirrorless market, which as of right now still point to an official announcement on this upcoming Monday, September 19th.

Today some new and really interesting reports have surfaced saying that this new Mirrorless Medium Format camera will in fact feature interchangeable viewfinders, much like the old modular film medium format bodies of the past. This keeps in line with the thought that Fujifilm would be using its film-style looks that have helped make the X-Series stand out from the crowd.

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Review: DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x Zoom Viewfinder Eyepiece Magnifier

One of the biggest reasons for my moving away from DSLRs has to do with seeing through the diopter, but the DSLRKIT 1.08x-1.60x zoom viewfinder eyepiece magnifier has made me want to give them a genuine second try. If you’ve been a reader of the Phoblographer for many years, you’ll know that I’m legally blind and that my vision has been degrading over the years (both a blessing and a curse in some ways.) This is a big reason why I went to EVFs–because they’re capable of giving me a histogram, a high resolution image in a small area, and other smart previews like white balance and ambient light in the scene. Sony, Fujifilm and a number of others have done a fantastic job with EVFs though at times it’s easy to miss seeing exactly what’s in front of you and not a digital readout of it.

With medium format DSLRs it tends to be much easier; but when you work with full frame and APS-C DSLRs, it’s tougher overall to peer through that little viewfinder. But the DSLRKit Zoom Eyepiece is changing my opinions.

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Review: Canon 80D

While the name can often confused when verbally addressed, the Canon 80D is a camera targeted highly at the semi-professional market of photographers. It’s a step above their Rebel DSLRs but below the 7D Mk II flagship camera in the APS-C realm. However, it has features that lots of the lower end crowd may really like.

To be very honest, there are lots of things about the 80D that make it my favorite that Canon has put out in a while. But on the other hand, there are things about it that make me wonder what the heck they were thinking.

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