Cheap Photo: Sigma Savings Return Just in Time for the Holidays!

Save big on new Sigma lenses this holiday season and build the lens collection of your dreams.

If you have been thinking about buying some new Sigma Lenses this holiday season you’re in luck. Sigma has decided to bring back their lens sale just in time for the holidays! You can pick up the outstanding 85mm f1.4 for your Canon for just $1,099 (and will save $100), and the gorgeous 135mm f1.8 Art for Nikon has a discount of $250 (making it $1,149)! If you’re a Sony user you can pick up the MC-11 Canon EF to Sony E mount converter for just $149! That’s a great deal and will open up a lot of lens opportunities for you. Check out all of the sale on Canon, Nikon, and Sony mount Sigma lenses after the break. Continue reading…

Film Photography: Alive and Clicking in the 21st Century

There are now over 200 different film choices available for film photographers!

This has been driven by a fantastic twelve months of innovation and is a critical milestone for an industry that was on its knees a short decade ago. It is also a great opportunity for the community to celebrate! Here at Analogue Wonderland we have been thoroughly enjoying the celebrations. But we have also taken the moment to reflect on our sales data, breaking down the 200+ films available to understand exactly what is driving the film explosion and expanding on what we can hope for in the coming years.

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Nikon D750 to Sony A7 III: Is the Grass Greener After 10 Months?

Many photographers are ditching the DSLR to move in with Mirrorless cameras, but does it always work out?

Hardly a day passes by when you don’t hear about a photographer moving on from traditional DSLR’s to newer, shinier Mirrorless cameras. While the move to the new technology always sounds like the right thing to do, is the grass always greener on the other side of the photography fence? After the break check in a wedding photographer and hear what he has to say about his experiences with life after DSLR’s. Continue reading…

Street Photography Inspiration: Mexico City at Night with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 56mm f1.2

Been thinking of doing some street photography at night? We have plenty of stuff to inspire you, the latest of which is a quick video of a night prowl around Mexico City.

Every city takes on a different character at night, as you’ve probably seen in a number of impressive street photography projects we’ve already shared here. Today, we’re adding yet another to our inspiration bank: a quick photo walk around Mexico City at night with some stunning photos to boot!

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5 Must Have Pieces of Gear for Newcomers to Sony Mirrorless Cameras

If you’re new to the world of Sony Mirrorless cameras, this guide will put you on the path to fun with your camera.

If you’re fortunate enough to be receiving a new Sony camera this holiday season, or if you’ve already picked up one of the amazing deals on Sony cameras this year, this guide is for you. There are so many lenses and accessories to choose from and it can often be a little overwhelming. One thing is for sure though; you”ll want to move on from the kit lenses that came with your camera as soon as possible, you’ll need a flash, and of course you’ll need a way to carry your new gear around.  After the jump we’ll take a look at five items that all new owners of Sony Mirrorless cameras should put on their shopping list. Continue reading…

Size Comparison: Fujifilm GFX 50R, Mamiya 6, Fujifilm GW 690 III

We put the Fujifilm GFX 50R, Mamiya 6, and the Fujifilm GW 690 III all next to each other to show a size comparison.

For those really interested in what the Fujifilm GFX 50R is like, we’ve got a size comparison for you. If you’ve ever held a Mamiya 6, then you know this camera is bigger. If you’ve ever held a GW690 III, then you know this camera is smaller. For what it’s worth though, the lenses on the film cameras are much smaller than the digital lenses on the Fujifilm GFX 50R.

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Mark Broyer Takes Us to a Foggy Early Morning Stroll in Hamburg

All images by Mark Broyer. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve been following the works of Hamburg-based Mark Broyer for a while now, and definitely enjoying the unique nighttime perspective that he captures his city with. We’ve seen colorful after hours, misty nights, and dreamy harbor scenes, all strong and fascinating all the way to the recent installments. But in his most recent take on this ongoing project, he takes us to an early morning stroll around a Hamburg on the cusp of waking up.

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First Impressions: Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art DG HSM (Sample Images)

The Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art DG HSM has to be one of the largest wide angle lenses that we’ve used in a long time.

I saw the Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art DG HSM originally at Photokina 2018 this year, held it, and thought to myself about just how massive it is. But it wasn’t until getting it back in for review that I truly embraced the idea. The Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is a special lens–it was designed first for cinema and then Sigma decided that they might as well create a stills version too. The company packed everything into here: good glass, color that has a specific look to it, weather sealing, etc. Considering that it is part of the Art lineup of lenses, then we really just have to assume that it’s going to be great. Pretty much every lens that we’ve tested thus far in the Art Lineup has been mostly flawless.

For the week or so that we’ve been using the Sigma 40mm f1.4 Art DG HSM, we’ve been embracing its very token color rendition and look.

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Could The New Fujifilm and Panasonic Organic Sensors Replace X Trans?

These new organic camera sensors offer an exciting glimpse at what could eventually come to Fujifilm and Panasonic consumer cameras.

The world of technology is moving along at a blistering pace which means we get more and more advanced cameras hitting the streets all the time. Fujifilm and Panasonic teamed up a few years ago to create a completely new type of organic sensor so that they could not only make advancements in technology, but so that they could try to steal some market share back from Sony who supply most of the world’s camera sensors. This new co-developed sensor will be capable of 8K at 60 frames per second, and will have a few more tricks up its sleeve. But just imagine what could be possible if in some way it were combined with X Trans. Continue reading…

Portrait Photography Tip: How to Make Your Model Feel Less Awkward

Get better results for your portrait photography by making your model feel more at ease during the shoot.

Want to get into portrait photography and make sure you get beautiful results with every shoot? Before you fuss around with your camera settings, locations, and lighting setup among the most important things you have to learn are posing and directing your models. But you can’t do that until they’re at ease and feel less awkward around you. Here’s a quick video with some suggestions on how to do just that.

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Why Pro Body, Crop Sensor Cameras Deserve More Credit in the World of Professional Photography.

Crop sensor cameras are far more advanced than they used to be, and deserve much more credit in the professional photography world.

Just a few short years ago it was pretty easy to say that APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras could never be used by professional photographers. Crop sensors cameras of yesteryear were known for poor high ISO performance, lacked a lot of features their much more expensive Full Frame brothers had, and often produced images that were lack luster. Times have changed in a major way though. Current APS-C and Micro Four Thirds crop sensor cameras like the Fujifilm X-T3, the Nikon D500, the Olympus EM-1 Mk II, and the Panasonic G9 have been adopted by professional photographers around the globe, and for good reason.  Continue reading…

Four of Our Favorite Wide Angle Lenses Under $500 for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

These great performing wide angle lenses for Sony Mirrorless cameras won’t break the bank.

If you’re a Sony shooter on the hunt for great quality wide angle lenses that won’t scare your wallet but will produce excellent results, you’re in luck. As photographers we are really fortunate there are so many options on the market when it comes to lenses. Just a few short years ago it was hard to find budget lenses that really performed as well as first party glass. Now, thanks to advances in technology, increased market competition, and lower prices, you can indeed find budget wide angle lenses that perform exceedingly well. Continue reading…

Useful Photography Tip #189: A PSA for Those Who Shoot Slide Film

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Lots of film photographers only shoot their film, develop and scan it, and then mess with the scans in post afterwards. But if you’re shooting slide film, then you’re probably denying yourself a whole lot of justice. Those who shoot Ektachrome, Provia, Velvia etc. should really put their film down on a white box, get a magnification loupe, and look at all the beautiful details that the original piece has to offer. There are even apps on your phone that will act as a white box–and all you need to do is take the positives, put it down on the screen, and look at the images with a magnification loupe that will let you cut out excess light around the image.

This, perhaps more than anything, is the magic of slide and chrome film. These films were designed to be cut up (at times) and put into projectors so that we can easily see all the details. It’s where the idea of “slides” come from when you’re in a business meeting and a Powerpoint presentation is being done. In this case though, you’re really just looking a those photos and probably not using a projector. If you don’t have a lightbox or anything that can help you look at the details closer, hold it up to a neutral light source and simply look at the positives. The experience is often magical and can’t be put into words.

COPYTRACK Lets You Track and Get Paid for Your Images Used Without Permission

COPYTRACK promises to help photographers with websites, media outlets, and businesses using their photos without permission.

A good number of creatives now encounter unauthorized or uncredited use of their photos and images. It has become a common problem especially of photographers, regardless of the genre. If you’re a victim of such despicable act, you might want to enlist the services of international copyright enforcer COPYTRACK, especially if you’re determined to collect monetary compensation on top of legal action.

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Review: Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro TTL Battery Powered Monolight (Sony TTL)

The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro TTL is a professional grade monolight with a competitive price tag

The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro TTL Battery Powered Monolight is an improved version of the already excellent Flashpoint XPLOR 600. While Flashpoint may be a relatively new player in  pro grade camera lighting equipment market compared to established European brands like Broncolor, Elinchrom, and Profoto, they have been developing and releasing new products at a rapid pace–putting the old guard on notice with competitively priced products as well as offering support to camera systems that didn’t necessarily get the same level of love from the European brands. For those that may not be aware, Flashpoint is actually one of Adorama’s in house brands, with Chinese lighting equipment manufacturer Godox being the OEM, and the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro can also be found under the Godox brand as the Godox WITSTRO AD600 Pro.

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Cheap Photo: The Fujifilm X-T2 with Kit Lens for Only $1,399

Don’t miss out on these amazing photography deals this holiday season!

The clock is ticking on some of the most amazing photography deals we have ever seen. If you’re looking for a tablet to view and edit your photos on you can pick up the latest gen 32GB 9.7 inch iPad for just $249! If you’re looking for a new camera you’re in luck. You can save over $500 on the Canon 5D Mk IV w/battery grip, and the the Sony A7R II is still just $1,598. The Fujifilm X-T2 w/18-55mm lens is a crazy low $1,399! There are also amazing photography deals on software too like the buy one get two free Photoshop bundle for just $39, and the buy one get two free Lightroom preset bundle for $39. Need more SD Cards? You can save $75 on the 256GB Samsung EVO U3 card. It’s a bargain at just $44.99. Jump through the break to see all the other amazing deals we have found. Continue reading…

The Umbrill Active Pack is a Shock-Proof Camera Backpack with a Built-In Airbag

The Umbrill Active Pack is a camera backpack that brings protection and functionality to the next level with its built-in airbag.

If a camera backpack is your carrying bag of choice, there are now plenty of options. The latest of these is the Umbrill Active Pack, an innovative backpack that claims to be the world’s best intuitively designed bag with a built-in air cushion to provide safety, functionality, and comfort. It could be an interesting choice if you’re still looking for a camera backpack to serve your needs.

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Learn How to Get Stunning Photos Using Parallelism

Looking for ways to improve your photography? This lesson on parallelism should help you get more interesting and eye-catching snaps.

With everyone being essentially photographers now, how do you make your work more insightful and set them apart from the rest? How do you keep improving your photography? The short answer is that you work on your composition. One of the ways to achieve this is to apply the principles of parallelism to your photography. If you’re hearing about this concept for the first time, Switzerland-based freelance photographer Samuel Zeller talks about it in great detail and what it can do for your work.

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“Camera Kids” Aims to Teach Photography to Vulnerable Children Across the Globe

Be instrumental in empowering children around the world through photography by supporting the “Camera Kids” project on Kickstarter.

It’s one thing to teach children to take better pictures with whatever camera they have, and another to empower vulnerable children with it. This is exactly the mission of Through the Eyes of Children (TTEC), a non-profit organization founded in 2000. They soon began conducting the “Camera Kids” photography workshops for children orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi. Now, the organization wants to take their workshops to other vulnerable children around the world, and they need your support to make the next generation of Camera Kids happen.

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There Is No Good Reason Why All Cameras and Lenses Aren’t Weather Sealed

Your phone is most likely weather sealed, so why aren’t all cameras made to the same standards?

The year that this post is written in is 2018: for some really odd reason, all cameras aren’t weather sealed at this point. But it’s beyond that; camera manufacturers need to find some way to step their game up across the board. Let’s start out with point and shoots–last year Fujifilm unveiled the absolute astonishing Fujifilm X100f. The biggest feature it’s missing is weather sealing. Then this year, Sony gave us the new Sony RX100 Mk VI and is charging nearly the price of the X100f. Again, no weather sealing. Why? It boggles my mind.

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The Phoblographer Talks About What You Need to Know About Third-Party Lenses

Been eyeing third party lenses but aren’t entirely sure about them yet? You might get some useful insights from this interview with The Phoblographer himself, Chris Gampat. 

If you’re curious about exploring third party lenses, we have just the right stuff for you. The Phoblographer Editor-in-Chief Chris Gampat recently had a chat with Frederick Van Johnson of This Week in Photo to talk about third party lenses in the latest episode of TWiP Talks. Give this podcast a watch or listen and you may just find out if these non-OEM lenses are worth a go for you!

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