The Phoblographer’s Top Ten Stories of 2013


Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!

Canon EOS 6D#10: Our Review of the Canon 6D

The Canon 6D was one of the hottest new cameras in early 2013, making the 35mm full frame DSLR experience even more affordable, especially for the photography enthusiast. In our review, we loved its great image quality as well as its quick autofocus. Our Canon 6D review saw a total of almost 31,000 views in 2013.

Review: Canon 6D

Pinhole 2012-best#9: Making a Six Month Pinhole Exposure From a Beer Can

Long exposure photography can yield interesting results, but what we usually think when we read the term are exposures of a couple minutes at the outmost. What Matt Bigwood from the UK did instead was to convert a beer can into a pinhole camera and set it up to take a picture–with a six month exposure. This post has been visited just over 32,000 times this year.

Making a Six Month Pinhole Exposure From a Beer Can

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D7100 product images (7 of 7)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 5.6#8: Our First Impressions with the Nikon D7100

Rather interestingly, our first impressions with the Nikon D7100 received more clicks in 2013 than our full review of the camera–39,000 vs. 38,000. The camera, which is Nikon’s DX format flagship model, sports a 24 megapixel sensor without a lowpass filter, promising outstanding sharpness and detail.

First Impressions: Nikon D7100

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X100s product images (1 of 6)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 11#7: Our Review of the Fujifilm X100s

Building on the huge success of the original X100, Fujifilm upped the ante with the X100s by introducing its proprietary X-Trans CMOS sensor into the fixed-lens enthusiast’s compact, and making the camera even better by improving its autofocus. Our Fujifilm X100s review has been visited over 39,000 times in 2013.

Review: Fujifilm X100s

OMD-EM5-vs-EP5#6: Which One? Olympus OM-D E-M5 or PEN E-P5

When the latest model in Olympus’s PEN series of mirrorless cameras, the E-P5, was presented this year, it had a lot of people scratching their heads, because specs wise it’s almost identical to the OM-D E-M5 from 2012. In this post, which has been visited almost 44,000 times this year, we help you choose between the two cameras.

Which One? Olympus OM-D E-M5 or PEN E-P5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (2 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8#5: Our Review of the M.Zuiko Pro 12-40mm Lens

The M.Zuiko Pro 12-40mm lens was launched together with the OM-D E-M1 camera body earlier this year, and immediately created a lot of buzz. With its superb image quality, quick autofocusing and weather sealing that ideally complements the E-M1 camera, the lens has received our Editor’s Choice award. This post has been visited just over 50,000 times this year.

Review: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 (Micro Four Thirds)

EM1 Grip Base-8#4: Our Slightly NSFW Review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1

While our review of the M.Zuiko 12-40mm Pro lens was already quite popular in 2013, even more of you were curious about our review of Olympus’s top-level Micro Four Thirds body, the OM-D E-M1. In our review, which has been visited 53,000 times in 2013, we assessed that the E-M1 was one of, if not the best mirrorless camera of the year.

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Micro Four Thirds) (Slightly NSFW)

#3: This is Why Your Pictures Suck

Not a review for a change. This article was written by one of our latest team members, Ibarionex Perello. As the title suggests, in this post, which has seen just over 100,000 page views this year, Ibarionex talks about why your pictures suck, and what you can to improve your photography.

This is Why Your Pictures Suck

0120110417-EddieAdams#2: Photography History: Eddie Adams’ Pulitzer Winning Image

Eddie Adams’ picture of a Viatnamese General about to shoot a captured Viet Cong is undoubtedly one of the most famous and most disturbing war images captured in the 20th century. In this post, which was visited over 114,000 times this year, we take a look at the story surrounding the photograph.

This Week in Photography History: Eddie Adams’ Pulitzer Winning Image Was Captured

DYbqYCL#1: Mugshots from the 1920s

And finally, our most popular post of the year: a series of 1920s mugshots from Australia that was visited almost 137,000 times in 2013. What we–and you, our readers–found especially fascinating about these was the fact that they don’t look like mugshots at all, but rather like fancy portraits taken in a professional studio. Rarely has crime looked as fashionable as in these pictures.

Mugshots from the 1920s are Significantly Cooler Than Mugshots from Today

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