Here’s How Bokeh-licious the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f1.9 Images Get

If you’ve been wondering how the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f1.9 performs in actual shoots, this quick video is worth a watch.

In case you missed it, Hasselblad introduced last month three new additions to the XCD lens family, one of them the XCD 80mm f1.9, pegged as the company’s fastest lens ever. That, of course, also means that the mind-blowing wide aperture brings the bokeh-licious aesthetic to the X1D-50c, along with increased light-gathering ability. If you’re toying with the idea of grabbing this lens for your mirrorless medium format camera, you’re surely curious about how it performs during an actual shoot. We got just the right video for you to check out.

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Sports Photography: Five Outstanding Lenses That Will Help You Capture the Play of the Game

Sports photographers need to capture game winning plays, and with these lenses, your odds of  being the MVP of sports photography will improve.

It can happen in the blink of an eye. The game winning pass, the half court shot, the game saving tackle. In these situations you have to be able to rely on your gear to keep up with the action. Lenses for sports photography need to be able to handle the elements well, cover multiple focal lengths, have great image quality, and be fast to focus. These five lenses offer all of that and more.

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New HUAWEI Mate 20 Series Comes with 16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens

If you like your smartphone with not one, not two, but THREE Leica lenses, the newly-launched HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is something you might want to check out.

Huawei continues to make significant enhancements to up its mobile photography game with the announcement of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series. Building on the camera system of their P20 Series, the company equipped the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series with an additional 16mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens that also supports macro distance. With this powerful addition, the company’s latest flagship smartphones promise that you can easily go wide (and fit more people into your group selfies) or get close (to capture as much detail in your favorite latte shot as possible).

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Nissin Announces New Powerful and Compact i400 Flash

The new Nissin i400 flash is an ideal option for mirrorless and introductory DSLR cameras.

If you’re looking into doing flash photography using your mirrorless or entry-level DSLR camera, you might want to look into the new i400 Flash recently announced by Nissin. This new offering is pegged as a compact and powerful all-around flash for several major mirrorless and DSLR camera mounts.

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Opinion: I Dream of a Camera with a CCD Sensor Again

Though CMOS sensors do so well, I yearn for the CCD sensor found in the Leica M9.

Digital photography in my opinion has become too simple; and that’s fine if you’re a beginner but I also think that it breeds a number of bad habits based solely on human laziness. You may call it evolution, but in the world of communications and journalism there is the idea that as we create technology, we become the technology. So we end up just relying on it to do all the things for us. And indeed that is true–I still laugh at my old teachers who told me that I’d never bring a calculator while grocery shopping. These days, I simply order my groceries via Fresh Direct unless I need something specific that I can get a few blocks away.

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Unhappy Backers Report Multiple Issues in the Yashica digiFilm Y35

Backers have started to receive their Yashica digiFilm units, but they’re not happy about it.

If you’re one of the backers who helped bring the Yashica digiFilm Y35 to life, you’re most likely very unhappy about it. Either you still haven’t received your unit or you’ve just discovered that it’s actually a crappy camera with lots of issues. The Kickstarter campaign’s comments section is exploding with all the angry feedback from backers, and the skeptics are most likely relieved that they had no part in this fiasco.

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Review: Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art “Bokeh Master” (Nikon F Mount)

Portrait photographers will love the Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens; and not just for the bokeh!

Marketed by Sigma as the “Bokeh Master,” the Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens is one the latest additions to the Japanese optics manufacturer’s Art series of lenses. The ninth lens in Sigma’s Art series to feature a wide aperture of f1.4 (six for Full Frame, three for APS-C), it is also the longest focal length currently available in the series. Bokeh addicts will sing songs of praise about the Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens, provided that they’ve got the adequate arm strength to wield it.

So with that said, start doing those arm curls–because you’re gonna need it.

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Reports State that Meyer Optik Parent Company is Apparently Bankrupt

Read this especially if you backed via Kickstarter lenses from brands under Net SE and have yet to receive them.

The Internet is now abuzz with reports that Net SE, the German company behind brands Meyer Optik Görlitz, C.P. Goerz, and Oprema Jena and several Kickstarter campaigns, is now officially bankrupt. We first spotted this report over at Mirrorless Rumors, which had German website Photoscala as its source. Given this major development, the chances of backers receiving their pre-ordered lenses or at least their money back from Net SE – who’s also behind Emil Busch A.-G. Rathenau, Ihagee Elbaflex, and SCHACHT – now looks very, very slim.

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HP Announces a Slew of Stuff for Creative Professionals at Adobe MAX

These latest creative solutions recently unveiled at the Adobe MAX could be of interest to you if you’re a long-time HP user.

On the first day of the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, HP Inc. showcased its latest creative solutions especially geared at creative professionals, combining its lineup of high-performance computing systems along with its leading print and packaging capabilities. You may find the announcement’s highlights interesting, especially if you’ve been eyeing the Z by HP portfolio.

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Sony’s New Cyber-shot HX99 is the World’s Smallest Travel High Zoom Camera

The new Sony Cyber-shot HX99 is worth considering if you’re still looking for the compact travel camera of your dreams.

Sony has recently introduced the Cyber-shot HX99, a versatile camera geared for travelers and weekend photographers, and touted as the world’s smallest camera of its kind. It boasts of an upgraded image processor, 4K video recording capabilities, an extreme zoom range, and a bunch of other advanced features packed into an ultra-compact body.

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Review: Canon EOS R (The Mirrorless Camera That Truly Surprised Me)

I genuinely didn’t think that I’d like the Canon EOS R; but I bought one not only for business reasons, but because I actually like it.

If you had told me a year ago that Canon would come out with a camera like the Canon EOS R and that I’d actually purchase one from Adorama, I would’ve laughed in your face. But Canon has genuinely surprised me. The Canon EOS R camera is targeted at the semi-professional and high end enthusiast and can be looked at as a bit of a fusion between the Canon 5D Mk IV and the Canon 6D Mk II but stuffed into a mirrorless camera body and given a few new adjustments that make it a uniquely Canon product vs being another Sony copycat. The camera houses a more than sufficient full frame 30.3MP sensor that is a happy medium between many of the 24MP sensors and the 42MP+ sensors out there in full frame cameras. To that end, one could argue that it is sort of positioning itself to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.

In real life and extended use with the camera though, I can say with all confidence that it’s doing a pretty darn good job.

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Opinion: I Think that Instagram is One of the Worst Things that’s Ever Happened to Photography

Instagram’s role in democratizing photography has also devalued it despite increasing its demand.

If I were to sit here and think about all the apps and communities that have added value to photography, I’d say that Instagram isn’t one of them despite it changing the way that we communicate more in pictures than anything else. I’d give credit to Tumblr, Behance, EyeEm (also questionable due to their AI rankings of your images), and despite how awful they’ve become over the years, 500px and Flickr. These were places and communities for actual creatives. Tumblr was all the rage for a while when it changed, and arguably it’s a place for creatives all over again with just how much emphasis there is on giving credit to creators. Instagram allowed anyone to be a “photographer” and also allowed more people to become professional photographers. But what I actually think is the bigger issue is that it has also arguably devalued the price of an image.

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Flagship Canon EOS R Camera Could Be in the Works for Early 2019

We may learn more about the speculated flagship Canon EOS R ahead of the CP+ 2019 camera and photo imaging show.

There’s only a couple of weeks left before the Canon EOS R is officially released, but there are already speculations about the next step for Canon’s first Full Frame mirrorless camera. According to a report by Canon Rumors, a “full-blown” version will be coming out sometime in February 2019, before next year’s CP+ camera and photo imaging show opening on February 28.

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Michael Muller Shows How Lighting Will Change Your Portrait Photography

This quick video, featuring entertainment and fashion photographer Michael Muller, will show you how to work with lighting to make outstanding portraits.

Still in the dark when it comes to working with different kinds of lighting for portrait photography? Then, we’ve got just the right stuff to inspire and enlighten you. In his quick video, Sawyer Hartman brings us to his shoot with leading entertainment and fashion photographer Michael Muller, who gives us an idea on how he works with lighting to get stunning portraits.

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Here’s Why the Original Fujifilm X100 Is Still Worth Getting Today

If you’re still learning the ropes of digital photography and mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X100 would still be the perfect camera to start with today.

Today’s generation of photographers are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to gear, and there’s always something new to try or buy almost every year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should always go for the latest releases. In his latest video, photographer and cinematographer Casey Cavanaugh tells us why some of the older cameras, especially the original Fujifilm X100, still make perfect shooting companions today.

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The Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Updates Include Lightroom Classic CC

Adobe Lightrooms Classic CC, Lightroom CC, and Photoshop are getting updated, but that’s not the most exciting thing.

Today at Adobe MAX, the company’s annual creative conference, the San Jose based software giant announced upgrades to Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, and Photoshop CC, as well as other applications in the Creative Cloud suite. Adobe also introduced Adobe Premiere Rush CC, an industry first all-in-one video creation and editing application designed with social media creators in mind, simplifying video creation as well as sharing on social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram.

Details about the updates for photography related Creative Cloud applications as well as the full press release can be found after the jump.

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Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8 (The Software Equivalent of an Abusive Relationship)

With today’s update of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8, photographers are getting more of the same.

I’m going to begin this review by stating that during my review period for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8, I gave the program every single advantage that it could truly have. But I’m going to stand very strongly by my next statement: I think that any photographer that continues to use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 8 on the regular is seriously doing themselves a massive injustice and genuinely doesn’t care about the livelihood of their own business–and that goes for whether you’re a professional photographer, influencer, or a blogger/journalist like I am. To that end, if you don’t have a business and you’d just like to spend more time on forums, Facebook groups and your most private Instagram pods complaining about it amongst yourself, then please do. Despite the fact that the Phoblographer partially came up on social media, I’ve never been one to want to willingly engage in toxic discourse and to instead look for solutions. At the same time, realizing that this isn’t going to help you get images out faster and it won’t give you much of what Capture One Pro has been delivering for years now. Capture One has never sponsored the Phoblographer at all; instead I say all of this due to my own experiences, frustrations and for what I’ve implemented as a standard amongst our staffers.

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Leica Instant M Concept Describes an Instant Camera With Leica M Lens

If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s possible to have an instant camera with the revered Leica M lens, the short answer is yes.

Leica may already have its own instant camera in the form of the Sofort, introduced in 2016. But, let’s face it: it feels more like a glorified Fuji Instax Mini than a truly premium instax camera with the Leica brand. Shanghai-based product designer Daniel Huang took up the noble challenge to make the first instant camera designed for the Leica M lens. The result is a minimalist masterpiece that will delight the Leica fans, and intrigue instant photography lovers.

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Cheap Photo: Last Chance to Save Over $2,500 When You Buy The Complete Photography Bundle for Just $89!

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn from the world best photographers; buy this awesome photography bundle before the deal ends!

Today is the last day to save over $2,500 on this incredible photography bundle. Not only can you give yourself the opportunity to learn from some of the best photographers on the planet, you can enter to win over $10,000 in prizes, and your purchase will give back 10% to selected 5DayDeal charities. This is a win, win, win.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T3 (It’s a Crop Sensor Powerhouse)

Fujifilm threw everything and the kitchen sink into their latest powerhouse APS-C camera

While Full Frame mirrorless cameras have certainly dominated the conversation as of late, with seemingly every major digital camera manufacturer on the market announcing or releasing new Full Frame mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm is keeping their focus on their crop sensor camera bodies with the release of their new Fujifilm X-T3. Boasting significant improvements in terms of features as well as performance, the Fujifilm XT3 is targeting photographers and videographers alike that are looking for solid workhorse camera in a compact package.

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