Justin Sullivan is One of South Africa’s Most Daring Photographers

SA photographer gives thought to his dangerous wildfire and wildlife photography, with images that are equal parts harrowing and compelling.

All images by Justin Sullivan. Used with permission.

“I always wanted to photograph impactful content,” says Justin Sullivan, one of South Africa’s most daring photographers. “I started chasing fires around the Cape, running up mountains in my shorts and flip flops (sandals)…Looking back now, it was extremely dangerous and irresponsible.” In only six years, Justin’s determination has taken him from the front lines of devastating wildfires, to the epicenter of the war on wildlife poaching.

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KEH Has Great Prices on Used Leica M Mount Gear

There isn’t much out there as unique as the experience that a Leica can give you.

The tactile experience that a Leica M camera and lens give you is unmatched. The feel of sliding a focusing tab into just the right spot is divine. Couple that with the resulting pride from getting the photo yourself and not from autofocus. You’ll end up falling in love pretty quickly with the special package in your hand. So we worked with KEH to curate a few special options, like a Red Leica M9.

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Blast From the Past: 7 Photography Projects That Still Look Good Today

We go into the archives and share photography projects that still hold value today.

Everything moves at a fast pace in the digital era. What’s relevant today is forgotten tomorrow. Photography is no different. With so many photographers around, publications are constantly delivering new and exciting work to their audience. But as new work emerges, previous work doesn’t need to lose its value. So to keep the fire alive, we share photography projects from the past which still remain strong today!

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The Leica 24-70mm F2.8 ASPH SL Addresses a Big Concern

We’re told that the Leica 24-70mm f2.8 ASPH SL will even say “Made in Japan.”

I guess it was inevitable that Leica would use Sigma lenses to boost their lens lineup. And that’s sort of what’s happening with the Leica 24-70mm f2.8 ASPH SL. This lens is for the Leica L mount. It uses Sigma optics and rehouses them in a more rugged metal body. Sigma tends to use something they call carbon-composite. It makes their lenses lighter, even though their Art lineup is still pretty heavy. With this Leica, we’re told it’s still under 2lbs. That’s a bit reassuring, considering that many of Leica’s L mount lenses require you to lift weights. But, when you realize the image quality, internal construction, and build quality, it becomes a bit more understandable. 

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28mm vs 35mm Lens Battle: The Great Debate for Photographers

The debate of 28mm vs 35mm lens is often confusing for lots of folks.

The 28mm and 35mm lens focal lengths are oddly competitive. The 35mm focal length often wins for most who say they see the world this way. But some of us also see in 28mm. So for newer shooters, the decision can be a bit difficult. The best thing to do is to try both. Ideally, get a kit zoom lens and shoot with both focal lengths for a while. Then from there, pick the best one for you. We’re going to look at a few genres and tell you which one is better in our opinion. So let’s dive into the 28mm vs 35mm lens battle!

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Affordable and Surprisingly Fantastic: Fujifilm 27mm F2.8 R WR Review

Kit lenses have a reputation for being lackluster. But then, sometimes cameras are paired with lenses that are excellent to consider, even for photographers not investing in a kit. The Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 R WR is one of those lenses. Equivalent to 41mm on a crop camera, the pancake lens makes a good walk-around kit with the XE4. But does the XF 27mm have enough strength to stand alone outside of the kit?

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Steve Stockhall Opens New Pathways for Photographers in Africa

Steven Stockhall - the Phoblographer - Elephants cross the Okavango.

All images by Steve Stockhall. Used with permission.

“It was a combination of studying the great contributors to National Geographic and spending time in the wilderness that led me to wanting to be both a guide and a photographer,” says Steve Stockhall, photographer and founder of Earth Ark Travel. Steve has quite the portfolio. He documented Prince Harry’s anti-poaching work protecting some of the destination’s last black rhinos. Plus, he’s photographed chimpanzees in Uganda and gorillas in Rwanda. It’s evident that Steve is passionate about trips that matter. Here, he offers advice for planning the ultimate African photographic safari. That includes what gear to pack and clever field tips that can be practiced at home.

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We Found Canon Gear at Tough to Beat Prices

Canon RF cameras and lenses are some of the best in the industry.

Time and time again, this site has been very pleased with Canon’s newest gear. They’ve done a fantastic job and found ways to stay on the cutting edge. Their gear can be pricey or hard to come by though. But at KEH, we found some good prices on gear that you’ll want. Be sure to check out our finds after the jump!

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These Capture One Nordic Style Packs Are One-Click Editing Wonders

These 12 Capture One presets include both a light, soft light look and exaggerated shadows for drama.

Presets tend to be either one-click editing wonders or catastrophes. And then, there are the preset packs where you’ll spend hours sorting through styles to find the ones you actually like. Capture One’s newest preset packs take on a minimalist approach, each with just three variations of two styles for a total of six presets in each pack. The Capture One Nordic Editorial and Nordic Lifestyle preset packs are inspired, as the name suggests, by Nordic art and light.

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From Image Conception To Creation, This Smartphone Makes It So Easy

The Android-based Sony Xperia 1 II makes creating and sharing your images a piece of cake.

Being able to visualize, capture, edit, and share your images instantly is incredible. Being able to do this on a phone that behaves like a traditional camera is even better. The Sony Xperia 1 II is an Android-powered smartphone with incredible amounts of power that can capture, edit, and share your images without breaking a sweat. We have spent the last two months creating with the phone. Thanks to its Sony Alpha-inspired interface, features, and dedicated shutter button, we’ve felt right at home with it. After the break, we’ll show you just how easy it is to create a workflow with the Xperia 1 II that will quickly and easily get your images in front of the masses.

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Today, We’ve Got a Special Treat for Fujifilm Fans: Sales!

50mm prime lenses Fujifilm

There’s a special place in our hearts for Fujifilm cameras!

Fujifilm appeals to those of us who love ergonomics, aesthetics, and the retro feel. There are tons of us out there. Plus many of us like the film simulations that the cameras offer. If you haven’t tried them out, then you’re throwing out a large part of what the system is about. If you’re thinking about getting into the system, take a look at what KEH has! And if you’re a veteran, prepare to be tempted by some great deals!

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The Leica SL2s Autofocus Now Matches Canon and Sony’s Speed

I truthfully never thought I’d see the day this happened, but I was wrong.

Leica has never really struck me as a speedy company. They tend to do things at their own pace and steer clear of competing with other brands. Through and through, they march to their own beat. And today, the Leica SL2s has received a massive firmware update. The firmware slaps the idea that L mount lenses and cameras are slow to focus right in the face. Leica had said a while ago that a big firmware update was coming. Most of the firmware has to do with video, but there are a number of great things for us photographers in here. Specifically for photographers, there’s a huge boost to the Leica SL2s Autofocus system. We’ve updated our review of the Leica SL2s accordingly, so check that out. And head past the jump for more details.

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The New Epson Ecotank Printers are For the Home Office Photographer

There are brand new Epson printers using their EcoTank technology, and Epson targets them at photographers who work from home.

There truly is an odd divide in printing. If you want to print high-end images, then you need a high-end photo printer. Then if you need to just print documents, you need a different printer for that. But with the new Epson Ecotank printers, Epson wants to do it all in one. Better yet, they’re eliminating ink cartridges. The company’s Ecotank printers have been around for years. But these new ones are catering directly to photographers. The Epson ET-8500 and the Epson ET-8550 are both designed for home office photographers. These are dye-based printers, not inkjet-based. That fact alone may draw some hard lines on who uses these.

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5 Photographers Getting the Best out of Fujifilm Cameras (NSFW)

There are some fantastic photographers getting the most out of Fujifilm cameras.

There’s no denying that we’re big fans of Fujifilm systems here at The Phoblographer. We don’t think they’re perfect, and we’re happy to call out their flaws, but when used properly, they’re some of the best cameras on the market. And in this article, we bring five photographers that are creating wonderful images with their Fujifilm cameras.

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Carlos Ocando’s Double Exposures are a Love Letter to the Natural World

All images by Carlos Ocando. Used with permission.

“I guess I’m using photography as a meditative process, and when I look through the viewfinder, everything disappears…” explains Carlos Ocando. He adds, “it’s just me and nature without all the craziness around.” Ocando is a seasoned photographer with a strong portfolio. His double exposures caught our eye, where his images seem like a visual representation of his relationship with nature. In what he describes as a “life-changing” journey, we caught with Ocando to learn more about his story within photography.

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These Tamron Lenses Make a Great Mother’s Day Gift!

Don’t forget about the other Tamron lenses for Mother’s Day too!

This Mother’s Day, Tamron is having some fantastic sales. If you’ve had a new lens in your Amazon cart for a while, this may be the one! This sale is pretty fantastic all around with instant rebates on premium zoom lenses. As an owner of the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD, I can attest. In fact, I can’t recommend that lens enough. But if you’re into birding, their 70-300mm option is a great all-around choice. Searching for a solid, affordable, weather-sealed, and high-quality telephoto zoom for your Sony camera? This is it! Take a look at our list of great Tamron Lenses down below!

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It’s Not Canon’s Greatest Achievement: Canon EOS M50 II Review

The Canon EOS M50 II doesn’t put the EF-M mount in good light.

Canon saw a great deal of success with the original EOS M50. The camera was snapped up by camera newbies and vloggers who wanted a light camera to tote around. It never wowed us with its image quality, but its versatility was delightful. The APS-C Canon EOS M50 II looks to build on that success, but will a few upgrades here and there make it a worthwhile buy in 2021? Can it compete in this market space? Find out in our full review.

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This Affordable Setup Makes Backyard Birding Easy and Fun

Backyard birding is more popular than ever, and the Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 Di III RXD makes it easy to get started.

Backyard birding has become incredibly popular over the last 12 months, thanks to the pandemic. What makes birding so great, though? It’s very relaxing, and it teaches that there’s beauty all around you. You just have to look for it. It’s no surprise that photographers have been clamoring for longer lenses that could help them catch birds in action. Tamron, fortunately, released a lens that everyone could afford just in the nick of time. The Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 Di III RXD is the world’s smallest and lightest 300mm Sony E mount zoom. When paired with a Sony APS-C camera, it can easily create magic. Find out how this lens can help you capture stunning bird images after the break.

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Photography and Elitist Language: Something Has to Change

Members of the Reddit community have spoken, and these are their least favorite buzz words and phrases from the photography industry.

Like any walk of life, the photography industry has its own language. There’s nothing wrong with that. It makes communication more fun and interesting. But let’s be honest, some of the phrases can be slightly cringy and cheesy. In this piece, we look what which “code words” grind the gears of the Reddit community. And we’ll also explore the importance of inclusive language.

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20 Lenses Under $500 We Found on Amazon. You’ll Love This!

We dove into the Amazon search pages to find some of the best deals on lenses right now.

If you’re a Sony, Canon, Fuji or Nikon user, we’ve got something for you. We found a bunch of lenses at under $500 for you to check out right here. Specifically, we found a bunch of prime lenses because we know you love them. Some of these savings won’t last long. And if you’re curious about how these lenses perform, try our Reviews Index or our Search bar on the right.

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