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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Phase One XF Camera System Can Shoot 80MP Still Photos

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There were rumors around the web, and it seems like they were indeed true. Today, Phase One is announcing their new XF camera system that uses the IQ3 digital backs and includes a new focusing system called the Honeybee Autofocus Platform. This system uses a CMOS sensor and is said to have a floating point architecture system. Plus, it can focus using spot, average or hyperfocal length style–the latter is best for wide angle primes.

The company’s new IQ3 digital back (also being announced today) can shoot up to 80MP images and is a full frame 645 sensor instead of being cropped. But in case 80MP is too much, you can also use the 50MP and 60MP IQ3 backs also being announced today. The interface of the backs are very much centered around touch control. The system has a 1.6″ touch screen with a capacitive design while the other 3.2″ screen will be the one you’re mostly looking and interacting with. This screen has a retina display, and if you think that’s cool then consider that the sensors are being touted as having 13 stops of dynamic range (14 stop in the 50MP version) and can shoot 60 minute long exposures. These imaging sensors are CCDs–and while we know for a fact that they’ll perform very well at lower ISO settings we wonder how they’ll fair at higher ISOs in comparison to the Phase One CMOS sensors.

Phase One is also stating that the camera has an upgradeable OS–which sounds very interesting for what it is.

The camera also has can be used with either a 90 degree prism viewfinder or the new waist level finder. The company is touting just how bright the viewfinder is.

Besides the system and the backs, Phase One is also announcing two new lenses that are designed to last beyond 100MP. The Phase One Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses  come in at 35mm f3.5 and 120mm f4 Macro. They’ve been given a special blue ring around the body to signify they they’re ready for what’s to come in the future. No pricing is set yet for the Phase One XF Camera System and its components, but don’t expect them to be within the reach of the modern man.

Update: Pricing listed after the jump.

With all of this comes the announcement of the new Capture One Pro 8.3 which adds support for the new Canon 5Ds, Canon 5DsR, Olympus TG-4, new lens support and fixes for both Mac and PC systems.

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DigitalRev Gives 10 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a DSLR

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“DSLRs got big, bloated and fat.” says Kai from DigitalRev in the company’s latest video explaining why you don’t need a DSLR camera. For the most part, it seems like they’re also drinking the mirrorless camera Kool-Aid. Then they go into the technical stuff.

Admittedly, you may want to work with a DSLR because of their bigger versatility and support for using accessories like flashes and lenses–or if you want to work with an optical viewfinder. For what it’s worth though, electronic viewfinders have improved a lot and give you a preview of what you’re going to shoot. Kai also states that DSLRs are loud and uncool. He makes a great point and them not being innovative anymore and reaching their peak.

In fact, most of us use mirrorless cameras.

The video is after the jump.

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How Becoming Blinder Taught Me to Shoot Street Photography Faster

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“Slow down!” said a videographer to me one day when I was shooting a video for Cosyspeed in Berlin about my street photography.

“What? Why?” I retorted.

“You’re moving too fast!”

And that’s when I realized that I’ve finally learned how to shoot street photography very, very fast. There’s a major problem though: I’m going blind. My left eye is legally blind and barely usable even with my glasses and my right eye does most of the work. With that said, I needed to train myself to capture images without even looking sometimes. But it’s tough to do and requires you to have a completely clear mind, lock onto moving subjects with your eyes, feel emotions and moments, and use zone focusing methods in addition to Sunny 16 methods. When combined together, I learned how to shoot street photography faster.

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