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The Fujifilm GF 80mm F1.7 R WR Is a 63mm G1.3 Equivalent Lens for the GF System

When the Fujifilm GF system launched, one of the first lenses that I expected was the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR. But that consistently was not what we were getting. What I was always told was that “Medium format is hard to make this for!” But I’d always respond with a reminder that the GF format is larger than full-frame, but it isn’t a proper medium format system since it doesn’t even reach a 645 sensor size. To that end, I’ve always believed that a company as innovative as Fujifilm could make f1.2 or f1.4 lenses for medium format. While I think that the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR is a great pivot in the right direction, I’m also hoping that they’ll be able to keep their cameras, autofocus technology, and image quality all pointed in the same path....
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Reader Question: Which Lens Is Better?

A reader contacted us about lenses and wanted to know which is better. We told the reader we’d make this into a full blog post because we’re aware many of you are wondering the same question in some way or another. So, let’s dive into this....
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A Guide to Street Photography For Beginners You Can’t Ignore

As a street photography enthusiast, I like the adrenaline when taking pictures in the public without making people curious. Taking pictures of strangers was often hard; however, I soon discovered that almost everyone likes to be photographed if you respect their privacy and feelings. Street photography is all about documenting life and our society. It does not have to be shot on the streets as photographers also take pictures inside malls, airport, and many other public places. The purpose of these pictures is to capture human emotions, feelings, and soul. This guide is written to introduce you to this fascinating art, which can often become addictive as you start enjoying its different themes....
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Review: Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD (A Great 35mm for Portraits)

Though the Tamron SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD is designed for DSLRs first and foremost, it’s a wonderful lens. I say this because I personally feel like the design of an otherwise positively phenomenal lens was wasted on a DSLR. If this were made for Sony E mount, Canon RF, Leica L mount, or even Nikon Z mount, it would have limited itself severely less. With great weather sealing, a small build quality, and some of the most beautiful image quality I’ve ever seen from a Tamron lens, I’m still scratching my head wondering why this was made for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts....
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This Woman’s Photo Was Painted and Now Costs HKD $4,800

“Sometimes I google myself, treat gallery, or my maiden name ‘Nienass’ to see if there’s anything new,” says Sherri in an email to us about her likeness being used for a painting without her consent or knowledge. “To my surprise, I found the painting of myself. At first, I thought maybe it was a former student or colleague, but I have no affiliation with the artist or gallery.” Now, a lot of things are bound to go through one’s mind. Do you have a stalker? Was this shot in public? How did someone come about getting this image and then painting it for a sale? These are just some of the questions that came to my mind at least when seeing Sherri post about this....
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Special Report: The Leica M10 Monochrom Is Kodak Tri-X in Digital Form

“That’s a new one for you folks,” is what I said when being briefed on the new 40MP sensor at the heart of the Leica M10 Monochrom. Indeed, it’s not just the Leica M10’s sensor with the Bayer array removed. But instead, this is something completely new. The 40MP sensor is optimized for detail and dynamic range. One could argue that it’s mid-way between the Leica Q2 and the Leica M10–but the truth is that it leans more towards the Leica Q2 when it comes to resolution. If you’ve never held a Leica M10 or even know how to use a rangefinder, this camera is the one that will probably make you fall in love with using them. When they’re in your hand and you’re in-tune with how a rangefinder works, you’ll become a totally different photographer. The pictures you take become more about your passion and the moment than anything else. ...
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The Tokina 85mm F1.8 ATX-M FE Costs Just $499.99 (Sample Images)

Photographers using the Sony FE line of cameras are being treated with access to a new lens: the Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M. But this lens is offering not only a fast f1.8 aperture but a bit of moisture resistance at the front at a super affordable price point. Unlike their previous 100mm Macro FiRIN lens, they’re claiming that the motor won’t blow your eardrums. Even better, this is probably the most affordable autofocus 85mm f1.8 lens available for the Sony FE lineup of cameras. All of the juiciest details of the press release are after the jump....
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Can You Use the Constant Light Built Into a Strobe for Photography?

Admit it: if you’re reading this then you probably don’t know a whole lot about lighting. That’s okay. We can supplement the fact that you suck at lighting with a strobe’s constant light, right? This light is called the modeling light and it’s designed to give a preview of what your flash’s output will look like. Lots of photographers want to know if it’s really worth it. The truth is that it’s a very complicated answer. There are lots of times when it’s just easier to use an LED constant light. But more often than not, that’s because photographers don’t know how to light. I have to admit, considering what I know about using a strobe, it was actually harder for me to use a constant light than it was a strobe. So here’s what happened....
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Review: Panasonic S1 (The Camera That Gives L Mount Hope)

When the Panasonic S1 was announced, I’ll admit that I took far less interest in it than I did the S1R. I personally need more color depth, and the lower megapixel sensors just don’t do it for me. But after using it, the Panasonic S1 surprised me. Not only is it capable as a camera, but it’s gotten better with firmware updates. The firmware updates are enough to make me hope that it’s going to dramatically improve even more. And by all means, this is a great camera. But there’s an elephant in the room in the form of its chunky body. ...
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LensRentals: The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 for Z Mount Is “Very Modern”

“In a lot of ways, it’s really, really well done.” said Roger Cicla to us in a brief interview about his team’s time trying to repair a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 S for the Z mount. “In a few, it’s very poorly thought out. For example, I would guess a broken filter ring is a $400 repair, it requires complete disassembly.” What the team encountered is a very modern design with the Nikon 24-70mm. And we found the same thing to be true in our review. Part of the modern design has to do with the LCD screen up top. But in addition to that, the lens is a completely new design for mirrorless cameras and also designed to be small. That’s better than lots of other options on the market right now....
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Can the Yeti Crossroads 23 Backpack Work for a Photographer?

A while back, Yeti pitched the idea of working with the Yeti Crossroads 23 backpack for photographers to me. Working with new vendors is always fun, and experimenting around is too. As a company targeted to the outdoor person, I was inquisitive to see and understand why they talked to me. I mean, I travel a whole lot. But for the most part, I’m a city boy. The country doesn’t scare me, but city life is much better for a legally blind photographer. Nonetheless, I accepted the challenge of working with the Yeti Crossroads 23. It proved to be a reminder that they’re not a photographer’s brand and that pretty much no one is making a perfect camera bag....
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Why Photographers Should Go Shooting with Each Other on Photowalks

Sometimes I think that photographers (especially professionals) do too much to harm one another in fears of competition instead of working to boost one another. But after years of photo walking, I can’t even begin to tell you how much enlightenment I’ve gained from talking to others and how much I’ve spread in kind. Of course, it requires breaks and some time to pass between walks or at least there to be a variety of people to walk with, but we can truly help one another. With all of this should be candidness and transparency with one another. Above all of this, I think what is required of all of us is good intentions with one another....
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Umbrella vs Softbox vs Beauty Dish: Unraveling What Light Modifier to Use

Today we’re giving you a post with less text. The reason for this is simply to just demonstrate how a light modifier can affect a scene. Plus we’re talking about what they can do. So let’s get right into it....
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Adobe RGB vs sRGB: Explaining It in the Simplest Terms to Photographers

Fact: most cameras are automatically set to the sRGB color mode straight out of the box. This applies to JPEG images as said cameras are also typically set to shoot JPEGs when taken right out of the box. But the Adobe RGB color mode is arguably even more important. In the most common vernacular, the sRGB color standard is what has applied to the web for many years. It’s a number of colors and most monitors for years only rendered this color space. As time has progressed though, monitors have become better and so too has the web. This has resulted in more tests being done to accommodate to the Adobe RGB color space–which is much larger than the sRGB color space. But in truth, unless you’re willing to stop worrying about dynamic range and high ISO output, you’re probably not going to care about the Adobe RGB space and the sRGB space for practical reasons....
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Essentials: COSYSPEED Lens Pouches (Help an African Mother Out)

A lens pouch? Why would someone need that in 2020? Well, there are actually a lot of great reasons why–the least of which is to assist travel photographers and photojournalists protect their gear. But most importantly the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches are made in the poorest country in the world situated in Africa. And when you make a purchase, you help out a mother to be able to provide for her family. It’s a simple win-win situation: you get a well-made product, and mom helps her child eat. That’s the initiative behind COSYSPEED’s IndieGoGo campaign at least!...
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The Difference Between a Model and a “Good Looking Face”

The woman in the photo above is an agency model: and years ago on a Tamron press outing did a great job working with a number of journalists. But it brings up something that is very important in the industry, photographers need to understand that just because someone is good looking, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be a great model. In fact, this advice is moreso targeted to novice photographers. While it may be nice to ask someone to pose for you that you met on Instagram, that isn’t at all guaranteed to be a great encounter. Much of this can be shown from the images that are posted in a portfolio....
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How to Get the Most from a 50mm F1.8 Lens for Portraits

Photographers who get into the art form because of their interest in portrait taking will often reach for a lens like a nifty 50–the 50mm f1.8. Though it isn’t the most ideal option overall, these lenses are highly capable. For their affordable price points, these lenses can remain in a photographer’s camera bag for years as a staple option to shoot portraits with. Over the years they have become better–incorporating in better optical formulas, nicer bokeh, arguably better build quality and most of all the ability to keep up with the demands of higher resolution cameras. So if you want to shoot portraits with a nifty 50 lens, then consider the fact that the tool ultimately doesn’t matter; instead, it’s all about how you use it....
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The Nikon D780 is Just Part of the Company’s CES 2020 Announcements

We honestly didn’t think that we’d see new DSLR cameras beyond what was announced already this year, but Nikon is proving us wrong with the new Nikon D780. This camera is a step above the Nikon D750, which will continue to be sold. After the break, we have the specs that you care about along with all the details of Nikon’s newest lenses....
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The New Canon 1DX Mk III Could Hint at the Next EOS R’s Features

“That’s a great question,” is what our Canon reps said to us on the phone when we asked about the new flash modes on the Canon 1Dx Mk III. When doing TTL, the flash settings can be configured to give more priority to ambient light or the flash itself just with a selection of the menu. This is only one of the new features on the Canon 1DX Mk III though. And to be honest, a lot of them seem to be centered around the autofocus abilities of the camera while shooting in Live View. It’s for just that reason that we think that the Canon 1Dx Mk III is going to really hint to us what’s coming with a new Canon EOS R....
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Apple, Google, Huawei and Samsung: The Real Competitors of Traditional Cameras

There is a very big problem in the world of manufacturing and cameras–and it isn’t the camera makers themselves. Instead, it’s phones. Over the past 10 years, camera manufacturers have backed themselves into a very awkward corner for development of products. First phones came for smaller, compact cameras. And over the years they’ve come for the bigger sensor options too with full on marketing campaigns that you don’t need a DSLR for a larger sensor camera. Of course, some of us know better. But those some of us are in a very small minority of consumers. Heck, most folks don’t know what an aperture is and they quite frankly don’t care. They look at a DSLR or a mirrorless camera and they worry about an Auto mode–and that’s it....
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Opinion: Ansel Adams Was More of a Chemist Than a Photographer

This opinion piece is written with some very careful thought about Ansel Adams that I’ve had in my mind for a long time now. He’s a celebrated photographer, and he indeed took a lot of photos during his time. But what really made him famous more than anything else could perhaps be his prints and the development process that came about it all. He’s one of the creators of the Zone system, and that translated into the work he conducted in the darkroom. But think carefully: what makes his work so much different than that of someone else who specialized in laboratory work? Surely, anyone could have shot these same photos, right? But not everyone could have developed the images to be the same thing–which further means that without this process that he created in the darkroom, his images wouldn’t have been anything special....
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How to Shoot Your Photos Like You Would Chrome Film

Though one can argue that they can get the look of chrome film by applying any sort of chrome-like preset to their images, I’d state that you’d be very wrong. Shooting chrome films is arguably the truest form of photography in my mind: you shoot an image and then go develop it. Whatever you get is what you get. It’s stupid to try to push or pull a chrome; you have to work with what you get from the camera on the front try. Some of the best photographers today shoot the same way that they did years ago: like they were shooting chromes. ...
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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Zone Focusing Your Camera’s Lens

If you read or look at a number of tutorials on zone focusing, you’ll see more or less lots of the same things about how to do it. But understanding the reasoning behind it all is much different. Zone focusing was used for many years before autofocus was invented and helped a number of photographers capture iconic images that still influence photographers today. It also aided with the creation of some very famous portraits. And with autofocus being the primary use case for many lenses and cameras out there, the practice of zone focusing belongs to a niche culture of photographers. Arguably, it can be much faster than autofocus in the hands of a skilled photographer. And best of all, it’s usually very reliable. ...
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Street Photographer Glenn Batkin Turns His Lens to Ethereal Butterflies

“Lucky for me they never asked to see a portfolio because unbeknownst to them, I had just purchased my first digital SLR only a month before,” explains Glenn Batkin to us about how he got into photography. This sense of adventure sets the tone for the experimental playfulness that we find throughout his series on butterflies. Glenn is an NYC based photographer and has been shooting for over a decade. His work is mostly documentary-based, and these days he identifies as a street photographer. When you’re used to reacting to things happening in front of you, it seems that photographing a subject like a butterfly could be almost too easy. But Glenn does it masterfully in a way that we’ve never really seen before....
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Here’s Your Last Chance to Win All This Gear! Enter Now! Ends Tonight!

Last Chance! The Gift of Giving Away package is full of photography prizes we know you want! Enter now to get your hands on a bunch of photography prizes totaling over $3,000 in value. We are sharing the chance to win prizes such as a Fujifilm X-T3, a Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens, and...
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Gallery Visit: Collecting New York’s Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious at Museum of the City of NY

“You know it kind of makes sense that it mostly focuses on Manhattan because everything happening there through those years,” my good friend Tyson Ho tells me as we make our way down 5th Ave. The exhibit on the Museum of the City of NY’s 3rd-floor spotlights works from Janette Beckman, Bruce Davidson, Helen Levitt, Ruddy Roye, Richard Sandler, Gail Thacker, James Van Der Zee, Harvey Wang, and others. Those names are enough to make most folks smitten with the romanticism of old New York book their tickets. And quite honestly, the curators did a pretty darned good job. They not only tried to condense the diversity within NYC but also tried to show its unification in a time when we all feel so divided. ...
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Hate the Magic Touch Bar on the Canon EOS R? Try This

While some photographers will endeavor to use the Canon EOS R’s magic touchbar for changing their ISO, that’s not the best use. Personally, I set my lens control ring to aperture and set ISO and shutter speed to the camera’s dials. So then what’s the touchbar useful for? Honestly, not a whole lot while shooting. But where it really comes into use is with playback....
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Thank You for 10 Years of the Phoblographer!

Thank you for 10 years of helping the Phoblographer be one of the best photography blogs on the planet. Hi folks, Today the Phoblographer officially turns 10 years old. It’s been a crazy journey. But, I knew it was one I wouldn’t regret when I quit my day job at B&H Photo many years ago....
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Don’t Miss the Last Chance to Win over $3,000 in Gear!

Last Chance! The Gift of Giving Away package is full of photography prizes we know you want! Enter now to get your hands on a bunch of photography prizes totaling over $3,000 in value We are sharing the chance to win prizes such as a Fujifilm X-T3, a Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens, and...
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Review: Sony 16-55mm F2.8 G (The Best Lens of 2015 in 2019)

In my eyes, the Sony 16-55mm F2.8 G is a great lens that should have come out many years ago. This lens is a utilitarian option for photographers that are steadfastly committed to the a6000 series of cameras. It’s small, got great build quality, good image quality for what this is, and it offers convenience. But in 2019 when this lens was released, Sony should have innovated a lot more. And quite honestly, it shows that even though Sony is an extremely innovative company, they’re still catching up in some ways....
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Using the Zenit 85mm F1.4 for Natural Light Portrait Photography

I’ve had this thought for a long time when it comes to using manual focus lenses: with options like the Zenit 85mm f1.4, you really need a tripod or a monopod to make the most of it. Why? Well, it’s a longer focal length and you need to manually focus it. When you do that, the simple nature of turning the battel means that you’re going to stabilize the whole scene. That’s what I encountered with the Zenit 85mm f1.4 while using it. And unfortunately, it doesn’t have AF/AE contacts. This would have helped alleviate the issue as the Canon EOS R has arguably the best focus peaking and manual focus assistance in the industry....
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Fotografiska New York is the Photography Museum You Really Deserve

New York has been waiting for Fotografiska NYC to open, and the doors are finally open to the public. Fotografiska NYC is a museum specifically dedicated to photography. With a restaurant, cafe, shop, and many levels of exhibits, this is honestly a photographer’s dream spot. And more importantly, it’s open until midnight–so you can go late. So if you’re not feeling like spending time at a bar that night, Fotografiska NYC is a nice spot to go relax. With memberships as low as $150/year and with a ton of benefits, I’m honestly of the belief that this is the best place for showcasing photography in the city. And there are lots of reasons why....
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Review: Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Canon EF on EOS R)

The Tamron 35-150mm f2.8-4 Di VC OSD is a lens that I truthfully took some getting used. This happened even before I even touched it. I mean, why these choices of focal lengths? I know lots of folks adore the 35mm focal length. I can also confirm that folks love the 150mm focal length for macro work. However, the choices in focal lengths are just so odd. Despite my personal gripes, it’s truly a fantastic lens. With great image quality, weather sealing, a small size, a lightweight, and a good feeling, I’ve only got one practical gripe. This gripe is one that I only discovered when using the Tamron 35-150mm f2.8-4 Di VC OSD in the field....
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The Four Ultra Fast Aperture Lenses We’re Absolutely in Love With

Photographers start out typically loving and adoring bokeh that fast aperture lenses give them. But that wears away very quickly when you’re trying to become a better photographer. And after a while, it comes back again. Depth of field is an effective tool for storytelling. But it also helps develop a specific look in the images you have. If you’re using a full-frame camera, some would say that it’s a medium format look. But otherwise, it’s overall just a special dash of magic dust to make your images sparkle. When combined with effective lighting and color usage in the scene, the photos can look special. In the hands of a skilled photographer, these lenses can deliver photos that are truly unique. So we went into our reviews index to find some of our favorite fast aperture lenses....
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It’s Really Easy for You to Win Over $3,000 of Photo Gear

The Gift of Giving Away package is full of photography prizes we know you want! Enter now to get your hands on a bunch of photography prizes totaling over $3,000 in value We are sharing the chance to win prizes such as a Fujifilm X-T3, a Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens, and prizes from...
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The Best Sony Lenses for Street Photography Under $800

Years ago, I never thought that I’d pen an article about the best lenses for autofocusing while shooting street. Let alone, I never expected it to be from Sony. But by and large, they dominate the field when it comes to autofocus algorithms in their Sony a7 and A9 lineup of cameras. Combine this with fantastic lenses that are small, affordable and boast great image quality. There is almost nothing bad that you can say about these lenses and so we strongly recommend them....
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Our Favorite Camera Bags for Street Photographers and Photojournalism

The street photographer needs a compact bag that helps them retain as low key of a profile as possible. When street photographers go for camera bags, they often reach for something that will last them years. These bags are sometimes converted standard Jansport offerings or others, but they’re not proper camera bags. A proper camera...
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Our Favorite Leica M Mount Lenses for the Street Photographer in You

The Leica M mount is a manual focus mount that teaches street photographers to do what so many people don’t today: shoot with intent. How many times have you walked by a photo shoot happening and someone just holds the shutter button down? Or how many times have you seen someone say “I’ll fix it in post.” No, instead the Leica M mount trains you to be in tune with your environment, walk up to a scene, and shoot. You need to be present. And more importantly you need the right lens....
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The Three Best Fujifilm Lenses for Street Photography Under $1,000

Without a doubt, Fujifilm lenses are designed with the documentary and street photographer in mind. From their small size, to their build quality, to the pricing–the company produces some great quality stuff for street photography. Best of all, some of their lenses are designed with zone focusing scales that help you capture the moment even better. Ever better: lots of the lenses are weather sealed. So we went through our reviews index to bring you some of the best Fujifilm lenses for street photography....
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Want to Win Over $3,000 in Free Photo Gear? Here’s How!

The Gift of Giving Away package is full of photography prizes you don’t want to miss! You’ve still got time to get your hands on a bunch of photography prizes totaling over $3,000 in value We are sharing the chance to win prizes such as a Fujifilm X-T3, a Tamron 18-400mm Di VC HLD lens,...
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The Nikon Z Series of Cameras Can Now Support CFExpress

For those of you who own the Nikon Z series full-frame cameras, you’re getting some pretty great news today. Your cameras are getting a new firmware update. Said update will give your single XQD slot camera access to being able to support CFExpress cards. Further, if you want to be able to shoot RAW video with your cameras, you’ll get that in a separate firmware update. However, if you want to shoot RAW video, you’ll need to pony up some money. The press release is after the jump....
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Review Update: The New WANDRD Cubes Don’t Suck, They’re Great!

It’s been a while since we reviewed the WANDRD PRVKE 31 pack and even to this day, we tend to carry it with us on trips. The bag is fantastic in so many ways. Though it was marketed as an optional Tote bag, it’s evident to us that this never worked out. But as a backpack, it has to be one of the most comfortable that we’ve ever tested. In addition to that, the rolltop design allows photographers to carry extra lenses, clothing and much more while on a shoot. They made it even better recently with the addition of their new cubes. These cubes are better built and also have dividers that finally don’t suck. As the ethical alternative and choice to Peak Design, we’re very happy that a company that treats photographers well is doing something like this....
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Before You Edit Your Photos, You Should Check This Out

If you’re one of those photographers who makes more magic happen in post-production than in-camera, then the Datacolor Spyder is the perfect accessory for you. Before you take what that new YouTube tutorial taught you and put it to work, consider whether or not everyone is seeing your image the same. I mean, have you warmed up your monitor? What about the light that’s around you? And where are people viewing your images? The Datacolor Spyder can help you get consistent colors in your photos every time. And right now, you can save up to $100 on color management!...
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Pimp Your Camera: Accessories to Refresh Your Camera’s Boring Look

Here at the Phoblographer, we’re all about aesthetics–and that’s why we think that every photographer should do what they can to truly call their camera their own. Lucky for you, there are a plethora of accessories on the market that are designed to do just that. Some are functional, while others are fashionable. But very few manage to walk the line. For the photographer looking to add some peacock and flair to their camera, we dove into our Reviews Index to figure out just what the best ones are....
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The Best Manual Focus Lenses Photographers Will Love

There are photographers who just never understand how to use manual focus lenses. But there are also photographers that know that using them requires you to be totally in tune with your environment. Think about the way that Leica M shooters think and about how they’re able to predict something before it happens. Being in tune with his surroundings is how Robert Capa was able to capture some of his best images. Indeed, the best manual focus photographer can be quicker than one using autofocus. Manual focus lenses are not only great for photojournalism. They’re also for those moments where slow photography allows you to make genuinely better photos. So we went into our Reviews Index to round up some of our favorites....
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We Asked Nikon Why They’re Killing Their Authorized Repair Program

Perhaps one of the most perplexing things that I’ve heard this year in camera news isn’t really something directly related to cameras. Instead, it’s the news of Nikon’s decision to not work with third-party repair shops. Companies, in general, have been trying to have more control over repairs; Apple is a fine example of this. But Nikon isn’t in the realm of what Apple does. So we reached out to Nikon for an official statement....
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Review: MOAB Entrada 300 (The Darling of Black and White Photography)

Printing is still a large part of running the Phoblographer, and MOAB Entrada 300 is a fascinating paper to us in many ways. Most matte papers that we test have some sort of texture to them. But MOAB Entrada 300 is an oddity in that way. This is a smooth matte paper. The result is a loss of detail when compared to something like a luster or a glossy print. But instead, MOAB Entrada 300 has the look of something almost like Red River Palo Duro papers. The latter is a paper designed to emulate the look of the darkroom. But in this case, MOAB Entrada 300 is for a photographer that really liked black and white. More importantly, it’s for the person printing an image that doesn’t know where they want to place it. To that end, it’s excellent for displaying it anywhere in your home....
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Good News! Autofocus on the Panasonic S1R Doesn’t Suck Anymore

With all of the latest and much more affordable entries into the L mount alliance like the Panasonic S1R, the system is starting to look even more attractive. The photographers that still like big, mammoth, DSLR like cameras are going to be very happy with the Panasonic S1R’s latest firmware update. The firmware update is best done on a PC vs a Mac–and when you’re all done you’ll be rewarded with autofocus that’s going to truly astound you. This statement is said in comparison to the previous autofocus performance. The Panasonic S1R wasn’t going to win awards at all when it came to autofocus performance; and it’s still not going to if we’re being completely honest with our readers. But the performance improvement is synonymous to the way that Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Canon EOS R users felt after a few critical firmware updates improved their cameras. In both good lighting and low lighting, the autofocus performance is faster. But it’s still not perfect....
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Review: Nikon Z 85mm F1.8 (A Beautiful Lens in So Many Ways)

Portrait photographers that work in a studio are going to adore the Nikon Z 85mm f1.8. I have to admit that every time a Nikon unit came in for review, I sort of sighed. We often get these great lenses in that are stellar all around but limited only by a questionably archaic and perplexing camera system. Why did we have to have a single CFast card slot? Why didn’t they choose to make their lenses turn the same way to a camera that everyone else does? But most importantly why can’t the autofocus system be what it is with their DSLRs? At least with the Nikon Z 85mm f1.8, that won’t matter much if you’re working on using it for portraits. It exhibits exceptional image quality in every way imaginable. And it also has the build quality to back it up. So while Nikon has worked incredibly hard on these lenses that are nearly class-leading, they can only go so far....
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Long Term Review: Using the Sony Xperia 1 as an Every Day Camera

As a photographer and a journalist, I always find it hysterical that folks geek out hard about the image quality that cameraphones deliver. Granted, it has improved and just gets better with each generation. But so too does that from dedicated cameras. This doesn’t at all invalidate the advancements that Sony made with the Sony Xperia 1. The phone aside, the cameras, app ecosystem, and functionality are all pretty good. If you’re a photographer with larger paws, I can completely see how the Sony Xperia 1 could be the option you want and need. But if you’re in the short bus like me, then it becomes a tad unwieldy. And if you’re a Sony Alpha camera user, don’t expect the same level of attention to imaging that you get from your a7 series device....
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