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Venus Optics is Showing Off (Sort of) 12 New Lenses at Photokina

While the new 17mm f1.8 and 12mm f1.8 for Micro Four Thirds lenses from Venus Optics are probably what will appeal to photographers a lot more, the company is also announcing a new cinema lens. That, and there are new variants on a number of their optics. The company’s press release explains it way better than I can....
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The Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is the Lightest of the Big Four’s Lens Options

Yes, we know that Fro Knows Photo leaked it before; and now we can officially admit that the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master is real. This lens isn’t just an 24mm though and we can say with certainty that there really is innovation here. It’s got dust and splash resistance on top of being smaller and lighter than the options from Sigma, Canon and Nikon. Traditionally wide angle lenses with fast apertures were always huge. But with Sony’s new design for the Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master, photographers who own a Sony FE camera are bound to more or less glue this lens to their body....
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2018: This is the Year of the Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Full frame mirrorless camera: I genuinely feel like in every portal, group, and forum that I step into there is a conversation about all this. It’s been a long time coming. Leica was the first to the scene nearly 10 years ago with the Leica M9. Then Sony came along with the Sony a7 and Sony a7r. Heck, even Hasselblad and Fujifilm released mirrorless cameras with bigger sensors than full frame 35mm. And then this year, Nikon and Canon finally decided that they’d step up and give us the Nikon Z6, Nikon Z7, and the Canon EOS R. It’s about time. Barring a few players, the world of DSLRs and APS-C cameras was starting to get kind of dull. Combine this with the fact that Apple, Google, Samsung and Huawei are trying to give everyone a reason to not buy a bigger camera and you’ve got a photography world that needs to modernize....
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Opinion: The Fujifilm XT3’s Sensor Still Doesn’t Output Images That Look Totally Like Film (But They’re Nice)

The Fujifilm XT3 (or as they call it, the Fujifilm X-T3) is the company’s latest evolution to their SLR style camera body designed to be a workhorse for many photographers. Despite a whole lot of great and absolutely fantastic things built into the camera, I personally am wondering what Fujifilm’s goal is here with the idea of the X Trans sensor and Film Simulations. One of the reasons why I was so smitten with the X Pro 1 was the fact that it delivered images that really looked like well shot and developed film. To some extent, the Fujifilm XT2 did too but only really with Acros. With the latest iteration, the Fujifilm X-T3, the company is delivering a new 26.2MP X Trans Sensor that delivers the most beautiful colors of any APS-C sensor that we’ve seen. But at the same time, the film simulations just don’t feel right....
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What the Canon EOS R Needs Via Firmware Updates

Let’s be frank here, one of the only ways that the Canon EOS R will really truly survive beyond the glorious lens selection with this much competition is through constant support of the camera. Look at Fujifilm–you can purchase a Fujifilm X-T2 and at the end of the camera’s life cycle you can feel like you’ve got a brand new camera due to how Fujifilm treats their customers. Canon hasn’t always had this same mentality and so it’s time to embrace it even more. After using the Canon EOS R for an extended amount of time, I really think that it’s going to need a few updates via firmware to get folks moved away from other systems....
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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Dance Photographer Omar Z Robles

In our most recent episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind (hosted at Adorama) we interviewed Omar Z Robles about his journey as a dance photographer over the years. Omar first started out as a mime and then went back to school to rediscover himself. He found photography and got into shooting street photography. Over time, it turned into working with dancers on the streets to create a type of image that has become iconic on Instagram over and over again. While Omar feels like he still does some sort of documentary process with his work, he feels like he is a creative director of the most part. ...
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Review: Tamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

When the Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is mounted to something like the Canon 6D Mk II, the hobbyist photographer is bound to get a great lens for capturing wildlife. Tamron’s record for creating stellar lenses over the years is continuing in many ways with the Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, but when arguably it also still isn’t a perfect lens. There are a lot of wonderful things about this lens though such as the weather sealing, relatively light weight of the lens, smallish size when it comes to being stuffed into your camera bag, and of course the image quality. But to be very honest, I’ve seen and used better lenses....
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Camera Bag Review: Tenba Cooper DSLR Backpack

Perhaps products that I spend the most time on for reviews here at the Phoblographer could be camera bags; in fact I spent two months reviewing the Tenba Cooper DSLR Backpack before I decided to sit at my desk and pen this review. The Tenba Cooper Slim messenger bag was well loved by us, but what they were severely lacking was a backpack style of camera bag. Having admittedly seen the prototype of this a few years ago under non disclosure, I was quite surprised with how the final version of the Tenba Cooper Backpack DSLR edition turned out. The final bag is one designed for city photographers who have a bit more time to churn out their images. It won’t accommodate a 13 or 15 inch laptop. Instead, it barely fits an iPad Air 2. Instead, it’s more specifically designed to hold your gear and any other necessities that you need while out and about....
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Nathan Wirth Used an Infrared Sony a7r to Get These Spooky Redwood Photos

Maybe I’ve been watching too many horror movies, but if you look at Nathan Wirth’s latest series Among Giants just the right way it can appeal super spooky. The series is a number of infrared photos shot of some of the giant redwood trees here in the US. The addition of the infrared nature to the images makes them look eerie, ethereal and at the same time gives off a haunting beauty to them. We got to ask Nathan a bit about the new series....
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The 4 Best Weather Sealed Prime Lenses for the Sony FE System Under $1,000

You’re out shooting some photos on a photowalk, having fun, and suddenly a downpour starts. It’s happened to both the best and the worst of us. Luckily, if you’re a Sony FE camera owner then you can rest assured knowing that your camera will most likely be able to withstand the abuse. But then you have to worry about your lens. Is it splashproof? Would you trust it while you’re out photowalking or even when you’re on a set or a gig where the rain suddenly starts coming down? Well, we went through our Sony FE Lens Guide and rounded up some of our favorite lenses....
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If The Fujifilm GFX 50R is Real, It Needs These Features

One of the most exciting announcements that could be coming at Photokina 2018 is that of a brand new Fujifilm GFX 50R. This camera is slated to be the most affordable digital medium format camera on the market thus far. For those of us who have been looking at medium format as a serious option, it could be a major entry point. Years ago Pentax tried to do this with their Pentax 645 system and arguably weren’t able to capture the market due to pricing being akin to those of Canon 1D and Nikon D5 levels. But the new Fujifilm GFX 50R is reported to be even more affordable–nearly on the level of Sony’s a7r III and a few other cameras on the market. ...
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Sample Image Gallery: Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS USM (Canon EOS R)

We’re still actively testing the new Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM for the Canon RF camera system. On the Canon EOS R, it seems to be a great walkaround lens. Is it big? Yes. But it’s also highly capable in most situations. It gives the Canon EOS R the image stabilization that it needs in certain situations....
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Sample Image Gallery: Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM (Canon EOS R)

This post is pretty literally just a massive gallery of photos that we’ve shot using the new Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM. Be sure to also check out why we love it for portraits....
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The Apple iPhone XS Has a Camera that Does 1 Trillion Operations Per Photo

The day has finally come where we can pretty much squash any rumors involving the new Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max. This is an upgrade to the previous Apple iPhone X. It brings with it a new processing engine and changes the way that it handles apps, graphics, etc. It also does it in a really battery efficient way–or at least that’s what Apple is claiming in their keynote....
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First Impressions Review: Profoto B10 (Canon and Sony)

As you can already tell, I’m a fan of the newly announced Profoto B10 light. For years I’ve been looking for something that is more powerful than a small hot shoe flash. I wanted something that stayed small and it didn’t need to be as powerful as the B1, B1x or the Einstein E640 that I used to call my bread and butter light. With the sea of products that Godox releases and that B&H Photo and Adorama rebrand, you’d think that there are lots of great lights out there. And there are; but they’ve got problems....
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Special Report: Using the Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art Lens and Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter With the Canon EOS R

One of the things that I was honestly most curious about with the new Canon EOS R was how not only Canon EF mount lenses adapt to the system, but more importantly how lots of the alternatives from third parties like Sigma will fair. For a little while now, the only Canon EF mount lens that I’ve held onto was the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art that I’ve used adapted to the Sony FE system using a Metabones adapter. But with the new Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter for the EOS R, photographers will be able to get the most from the system. In my tests though, I didn’t really find it necessary in every situation. Instead, I found it to still more than do the job....
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Wednesday: Omar Z Robles Is Our Next Guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Tune in! Omar Z Robles honestly needs no introduction and he’s going to be our latest guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind. The next guest for our on-going live and in-person interview series is Omar Z Robles. Photographer Omar Z Robles is a dance photographer here in NYC and also an official Fujifilm X photographer....
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We’ve Updated Our Sony FE Lens Guide; Go Take a Look!

Hey folks, Just a quite note to tell everyone that we’ve updated our ongoing Sony FE lens guide. It now has a number of the newer zoom lenses that have come out and some fantastic options in the third party market. Go take a look!...
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Special Report: The Canon EOS R is Winning My Heart as a Portrait Photographer

Full disclosure, this piece is being written on an all expenses paid trip by Canon to Hawaii with a number of other journalists; but as I’ve stated before with not only the launch of the Canon EOS R, I’d much prefer to be at home in NYC testing a camera like this on my own terms and with little interference from a manufacturer for ethical reasons. I’ve built this site on now almost 9 years of winning trust and we’ve recently rightfully earned a bump from Google for being a verified and ethical reviews website....
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Dear Zeiss: Please Bring Back the Contax T2 Film Point and Shoot Camera

In my mind, the film Renaissance is bigger than we’d like to think; but it can be even larger. When speaking to friends who handle sales in the film world, the sales of film itself isn’t necessarily up anymore than it was compared to digital. However, the sales of Instax and instant film is really up there. With folks like Kendal Jenner and Chris Helmsworth using the Contax T2, people have been looking to get their hands on it. The prices on eBay skyrocket to $2,000 and even higher in some cases. Indeed, it is a popular film camera that is highly sought after partially due to its celebrity status. While many of us know that it’s not the camera that takes the picture (it’s the photographer, you dummy) there is certainly appeal about the Contax T2....
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First Impressions: Canon EOS R (Canon’s First Full Frame Mirrorless Camera)

The new Canon EOS R camera was announced tonight. As expected and reported on previously, it is a full frame mirrorless camera that offers up a whole lot. While there surely is innovation with this camera that is very unique to the Canon EOS R, the major innovations arguably come with the new lenses that were also announced....
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The New Canon EOS R is Probably Going to Be The Next Thing You Argue About With Sony Fanboys

Today, Canon is announcing the new Canon EOS R camera that we’ve all been waiting for. The camera was announced today in Hawaii with a bunch of journalists, YouTubers, and others in attendance. Canon not only announced the new full frame Canon EOS R mirrorless camera, but they also announced four new lenses and three new adapters for their DSLR lenses. So let’s get right into the new products....
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How Photo Walking Helped Me Get Out of Obesity and Gave Me a Better Life

I posted a joke the other day to my personal Instagram: I can only have fun when I bring three or more cameras with me. Except in some ways, it isn’t a joke. I’ll bring an Instant film camera and any combination of either two film cameras, two digital or one of each. These cameras are what I’ll take with me for a day of actually getting out there and photo walking–which has become more and more of not only a rediscovered hobby of mine, but a way of life. Since giving it a genuine effort since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 35lbs, beat obesity, have a normalized heart rate, a better blood pressure, and I’ve challenged my creative mind in ways that I never had the time to do previously....
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Review: Canon 70-200mm F4 L IS USM II (Canon EF)

When the Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS USM II was announced, I thought that it would make for a fantastic travel photography lens and one that will appeal to enthusiasts quite a bit. Canon, after all, decided to do a revamp of the lens rather than the most minimal amount of effort that they put into their f2.8 option. Though I’ve given Canon quite a bit of heat over the years, this new Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS USM II is where I’ll concede to them; they created a fantastic lens that is lighter than lots of telephoto prime lenses out there. With some solid autofocusing abilities, great image stabilization of over four stops, light weight, and good optics, I need to give Canon a lot of credit for the Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS USM II....
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Review: Rokinon 14mm F2.8 AF (Canon EF)

When I heard about the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF lens, I was a tad shocked. I mean, a new autofocus lens for Canon DSLRs? Really? Why not just continue to focus on mirrorless cameras instead of going for a dying format? Alas, Rokinon has created this lens for DSLR shooters; specifically those that use Canon EF mount cameras. It isn’t their highest end offering, but it has features that make it almost so. For starters, the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF has autofocus in it. That’s a big one for Rokinon who traditionally has been a manual focus lens maker. Then there is weather sealing. Yup; when I first started working with this lens, I didn’t think that there was. It wasn’t until I removed it from the camera that I felt and saw the rubber ring on the back of the lens....
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Review: Stroppa Flat Camera Strap (So Gorgeous, Yet So Simple)

I’ve always personally been more of a leather and canvas guy when it comes to my camera straps, but after I was given the Stroppa Flat Camera strap I was pleasantly surprised. The material looks like a lighter version of the sailing rope style bindings that you’d find at Home Depot, but this is softer and yet quite durable. The Stroppa Flat Camera strap is also one that isn’t exactly low profile depending on what color you get. I was given both black and red; but the red is arguably the more stylish of the two. For the photographer who doesn’t want leather or canvas, the Stroppa Flat Camera strap could be an affordable and versatile option....
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What I Learned After One Year of Trying to Make My Own Zine

It’s 2018; who the hell in their right mind would want to sit there and create a zine? Well for one, me. In fact, tons of photographers do it for their own marketing purposes. Emulsion, my latest zine and experiment with my company, was more or less a labor of love for a year. Editorially, I had no help. Business wise, I need to thank my good buddy Justin Kirck for helping to keep me sane throughout the process. Kickstarting this was difficult, going through all the submissions was daunting, laying out and coordinating all the assets was draining, and getting all of this printed was as smooth as could have possibly been done from Blurb with all the variables we had. But after a year, I did it. Though I’m very forward about typically saying “we” on this blog, this venture was something specifically spearheaded and done by me....
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The New Nikon D3500 has a Battery Life Rating of 1,550 Shots

While the rumors have been flying about the web for a while, you can confirm today that the Nikon D3500 is indeed real. The D3xxx series of cameras have always been their most entry level DSLRs and to that end, they basically take leftover product and rehash it into something more standard, basic and amateur. But one specific line from Nikon’s press release today is really grabbing our attention. Nikon put a brand new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor inside the Nikon D3500. In an email with Nikon, they clarified that it is the same sensor that is in the Nikon D5600....
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Dance Photographer and Fujifilm X Photographer Omar Z Robles Is Our Next Guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Omar Z Robles honestly needs no introduction and he’s going to be our latest guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind. The next guest for our on-going live and in-person interview series is Omar Z Robles. Photographer Omar Z Robles is a dance photographer here in NYC and also an official Fujifilm X photographer. His work...
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Review: Cub and Co XQR Strap and Camera Bag System

I’ve often been a big fan of the things that Cub and Co does, but with the new Cub and Co XQR system I’m scratching my head. This is a product that I’m not exactly sure I understand though I will fully admit that there are things about it that make it innovative and much different from everything else out there. For that, Joel and the folks at Cub and Co should be applauded. But as far as usefulness goes, I’m not exactly sure that I can condone using a system like this....
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The New Sony SF-G Series TOUGH SDXC Cards Claim to be 18 Times Stronger Than Normal

We all knew that SD cards are pretty tough and rugged, but these new Sony SF-G Series TOUGH SDXC Cards are claiming to be even more rugged than a lot of the other options. In fact, Sony says that this is the world’s first monolithic structure with a completely sealed one-piece molding. What that results in is no empty space within the card and therefore prevents dust and debris from getting in there....
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Did Nikon Drop the Ball By Giving the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 a Single XQD Slot?

Before anyone thinks that all I’m trying to do is be a Sony Champion or just sling some mud, please hear me out and know that I don’t think that Nikon’s decision could be all that awful of an idea. Really? You say! Yes; although Sony themselves eventually gave up on the Memory Stick Duo format that was pretty awful, the better part of me likes to think that Nikon and consumers who actually purchase the cameras are going to approach this situation in a much different way....
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New Video: Nikon Z Series Cameras and Lens Overview (More Sample Images)

Earlier this week, we got to play with the new Nikon Z7, and while playing with it, we found that we really liked it. We’ve also compared the Nikon Z series to the Sony series of cameras, We discuss a bit of that in this latest video too....
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Opinion: Why I Really Want a Lower Base ISO on the Fujifilm X-T3 (But Probably Won’t Get It)

There’s a whole lot of talk about the Fujifilm X-T3 online, and while we still don’t know the specifics about the camera, we’re very positive that it probably won’t be what we really would like it to be. For a long time, I’ve really wanted Fujifilm to offer sensors with lower ISO settings. With the GFX 50S, I’m super happy about the lower ISO settings especially with studio work and landscape work. But with the APS-C cameras, the company has typically started their ISOs at ISO 200 in order to help the cameras perform better at higher ISOs. While this is surely commendable, I’m not so positive that many photographers shoot above ISO 12,800 on a regular basis. In fact, I personally rarely shoot at ISO 6400. ...
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First Impressions: Nikon Z7 (With the Nikon 35mm f1.8)

Upon initial thoughts, the Nikon Z7 has a whole lot going for it: except, you know, the single card slot and a card format that almost no photographer uses. But at the heart, there is a 45.7MP BSI full frame sensor that is capable of producing images that are super crisp. On top of that, you can cram Nikon’s very simple DSLR style interface into the camera and their ISO range from 64-25,600. It seems like a win-win on many accounts when you also consider the weather sealing, the fact that the autofocus is actually very good (like Sony level good) and that there is image stabilization built in. Indeed, I can say with all certainty that the Nikon Z7 is going to be taking home a number of awards this year–and rightfully so....
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What Do the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 Do That the Sony a7 III and the Sony a7r III Cannot?

The obvious question being asked after tonight’s earlier announcement is whether or not these cameras are the ones that you want next. So we took a look at the specs. Full disclosure, we haven’t handled the Nikon products yet, but we will later....
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR is the Less Exciting Announcement Tonight

This is arguably the lesser announcement of tonight. It’s still a pretty big one, but let’s be honest; no one cares anywhere as much as they do about the new Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 tonight. Below is the press release....
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The Nikon Z Lens Roadmap Shows They’ve Got the Pro Market in Mind

We’re pretty confident that this image of the new Nikon Z Lens Roadmap is going to solve a lot of questions and crush any upcoming rumors. With a big new camera system coming out, one of the biggest concerns that folks may have about the new Nikon Z system is lenses. Thankfully Nikon is spilling the bean here and we know what’s coming in the next few years–providing that they stick to their word....
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(ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW) The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 Were Designed Specifically for Higher Grade Lenses

Yes, that first sentence and title may sound a tad crazy, but the way Nikon sees it, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 represent the philosophy that bigger is better. They’re not really alone either–look at what Sigma has done with their 85mm f1.4 Art lens and the 135mm f1.8 Art lens. Plus, look at Nikon’s own 105mm f1.4 G lens. Indeed, when Nikon went about designing the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6, they had future lens design in place. One could argue that smaller is better when you look at some of the smaller Sony prime lenses and those from Zeiss out there. But instead, it looks like the mirrorless world may be getting big again if Nikon has their way....
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How Photographer Steven Magner Uses a Lens Filter to Get a Special Effect in the Night Sky

Photographer Steven Magner’s interest in photography started at a young age when his grandmother bought him a Fujifilm MX-1200 for Christmas in 1999. He’s always been a landscape and wildlife photographer in Connecticut until he moved to Los Angeles to work as a graphic designer. It was there that he got into architectural photography and the effects of the photo bug’s bite grew infectious. Today, his wife refers to his camera as “his mistress.” Upon looking at his work, we were in awe at some of the stuff that he made at night. His secret – a little filter from Hoya....
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First Impressions: Panasonic LX1 II (Maybe the Best Cam for Street?)

I’m not going to lie, I was wondering if the Panasonic LX1 was ever going to be replaced, and today Panasonic is announcing their new Panasonic LX1 Mk II. The camera keeps pretty much everything that was great about the Panasonic LX1 but replaces the internals. Basically, take the Panasonic GX9 and smush it into this body. Yes, the lens is still a zoom–and though I’d much prefer it to be a fast prime I can totally understand why Panasonic would create a lens like this. But if you combine it with the Monochrome effects, it’s bound to be a camera that’s almost perfect for street photography. At least, in concept and theory it all makes sense to us....
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Review: Leica M10P (The Quietest Mechanical Shutter on the Market)

When briefed on the Leica M10P, I was proven that it is the quietest Leica camera ever made. In fact, it boasts the quietest mechanical shutter that we’ve ever worked with. Photojournalists are amongst those who would value something like this coupled with the WiFi capabilities and the touch screen features. Combine all this with the lack of any sort of big red dot, and you’ve got yourself a pretty low profile camera. But like all things Leica, you’re paying quite the price for that....
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Why Nitpick on Lens Sharpness If You’re Going to Edit the RAW?

This is a genuinely serious question that came up as I was reviewing the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 in comparison to the Sony G Master lens. To me, it seriously makes no sense to sit there and complain about the color, the sharpness, etc. One can talk about the bokeh for sure as it’s bound to be different; but otherwise we’re positive that folks won’t be able to tell the difference between any of the 24-70mm lenses out there if they had the same depth of field. It’s stupid and I don’t believe that most can....
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Film Emulsion Review: KOSMO Foto Mono (35mm Emulsion)

The film renaissance has given us a number of fantastic new film emulsions that we should all be supporting in some way or another, and for the sake of KOSMO Foto Mono I genuinely hope that everyone and their mother finds out about it. I’ve shot a number of photos with KOSMO Foto Mono loaded into my Hexar AF that I’m completely over the moon about. When it was first announced, there were photographers on the web that were coming out with pitchforks and stating that it was just a rebranded Fomapan film. Indeed, it is a new film stock produced by Fomapan and Stephen Dowling, the man behind KOSMO Foto Mono, says that this is only the start of what he’s going to be doing....
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Film Emulsion Review: Kodak TMax P3200 (35mm, New Version)

It started with Kodak teasing the new Kodak TMax P3200 on Instagram and Twitter–much unlike Ektachrome, Kodak TMax P3200 is actually real and you can buy it immediately. Indeed, they brought it back from the dead as the black and white film world was severely lacking in any sort of variety when it came to high ISO black and white films. Of course there’s Delta 3200; but otherwise there is nothing else out there. The re-release of Kodak TMax P3200 was seen by many to be a very good move and insight into Kodak’s commitment to film and film photography. At the moment, it’s only available in 35mm; but that’s more than enough for many photographers out there....
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Video: 3 of Our Favorite Film Point and Shoot Cameras

Last week on our IGTV channel, we released a video on some of our favorite point and shoot film cameras. And if you’re not following The Phoblographer on IGTV yet, you really should be. This episode started out with quite a funny joke that you’ll need to tune in to watch!...
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Dear Manufacturers: Small Cameras Deserve Nice, Small, Wrist Straps

I think that you can agree with me that photography (as we’ve traditionally known it) and cameras have become more of a luxury product over the years. We’ve found ways to commodify workshops on a larger scale, phones have decimated your compact camera sales, and you really have to convince someone to actually purchase your camera let alone actually bring it with them. There are of course those big, ugly straps that you’ve been using for years that more or less appropriately label your fan boys and girls. But I genuinely think that it’s time for a change....
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In the US, Sony Is Now #1 in Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Sales

Though Canon may be #1 in Japan for mirrorless cameras, Sony has taken the #1 spot when it comes to full frame cameras overall in the US. The news comes to us via a press release delivered by Sony today. They’re also announcing that they are in the overall #1 position when it comes to dollars and units; which they’ve been for 6 years now. According to Sony, 4/10 full frame cameras sold during this period are Sony....
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How Modern Day Documentary Photographers Use Medium Format Cameras

How many of you photographers out there have sat there, looked at the work of some of the greats and were in awe of the medium format look? If you’re reading this article, I’m positive that a number of you have. When it comes to documentary photography though, smaller formats have always dominated the scene. Why? Well, it’s easier to capture more critical moments with smaller formats due to how the laws of physics and depth of field world. But when that doesn’t mean that medium format doesn’t work. Lots of fantastic projects were done on medium format; and I’m positive that in the hands of the right photographers, digital medium format can do the same....
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Getting My Portrait Taken: The Story of a Portrait Photographer Getting the Camera Turned on Him

One of the things that many photographers speak of is empathy for your subjects; while I hate the romanticizing of the idea that should honestly just be common sense, I agree that you should always do unto others as you’d have others do unto you. Blame Catholic schooling for that. If you want to turn the camera onto other people, you shouldn’t be that person that says “Oh I don’t like having the camera turned on me.” If that’s the case, then why do it to others? Why not instead work to make yourself feel better in front of the camera or find a way to work with a photographer to do that? This has been my belief for years and in my eyes, there’s no exception to this rule. In order to have true empathy for your subjects, you need to step into their shoes and live a day in their lives. When you combine this with a few recent life changes that I’ve made, it adds up and becomes something that it worth putting forward in photos that are representative of who you are....
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