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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.

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Get Morally Toxic Camera Bags at 20% Off with Our Exclusive Code

There’s something for everyone! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with Morally Toxic, the same folks who do 3 Legged Thing! We’re working with them to give you their Onyx camera bags for 20% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. The Reviews Team here have been using these...
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The Best Cameras, Lenses, and More! The Editor’s Choice Awards for 2021

The year 2021 was a fascinating one for the photography tech world. Presented by loads of semi-conductor issues, the photo world took to doing what we’ve been asking for for years. They put out more firmware updates, produced even more lenses, and gave longer life to some of the best cameras. In some ways, we hope that sustainability sticks around for years to come. It also meant that companies tried some things that they wouldn’t have done before. Their brave choices added a lot of sparkle to the current selection of products. So today, we’re rounding up the Editor’s Choice awards for 2021. Here are the best cameras, the best lenses, and the best photo accessories of 2021....
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EXCLUSIVE: 25% off Lenses for Creative Photographers and More!

We’re always saying that the photo world is very sterile when it comes to lenses and image quality. But lucky for you all, there’s hope! The folks at Lensbaby have savings on their lenses and accessories. The photo after this paragraph was shot with the Lensbaby OMNI system of prisms. They can do wonders for your camera and lenses. But then there are also great things like the Velvet lenses, and Edge optics, and so much more. In many ways, they’re some of the best lenses for creative photographers right now! Take a look after the jump!...
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Messenger Bag or Backpack? We’ve Got a Discount for You!

These bags are built very well! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with Morally Toxic, the same folks who do 3 Legged Thing! We’re working with them to give you their Onyx camera bags for 20% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. The Reviews Team here have been...
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3 of the Most Popular Leica Lenses and Why Folks Love Them!

If you’re like me, you’re infatuated with Leica cameras and lenses. They’ve got something completely different that the rest of the industry doesn’t have. And if you shoot with one consistently, it will change the way you approach subjects and scenes. With that said, we’ve reviewed a ton of Leica M lenses. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the most popular Leica lenses. And lucky for you, we’ve reviewed them! Check this out!...
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Nature and Landscape Photography with Fujifilm Cameras Just Got Better!

Since using their 200mm years ago, I’ve always wished for better lenses for nature and landscape photography with Fujifilm cameras. And luckily, the pandemic gave it to us. People were stuck inside or socially distancing. Birding, landscape photography, and nature photography got really popular. Passionate photographers took up these wonderful lenses and shot photos. If you’re looking to go for a hike or heading out to the woods, the new Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD could truly be the perfect lens for you....
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The Nikon 2021 Holiday Savings Are Here!

If you’ve been waiting for those Nikon deals, then this is the time to spring for them. The Nikon z5 got some fresh, new firmware to improve its autofocus. That, and the new Nikon 40mm f2 Z won our Editor’s Choice Award. Both of them are on sale! There are other lenses too, plus stuff...
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Don’t Forget About Our Current Exclusive with Morally Toxic!

Want to try something new! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with Morally Toxic, the same folks who do 3 Legged Thing! We’re working with them to give you their Onyx camera bags for 20% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. The Reviews Team here have been using...
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Choosing the Right Sony FE 85mm Lens for You

There are a bunch of options when it comes choosing a Sony FE 85mm Lens. In fact, there are more options than ever before. You can use them for portrait photography, street photography, sports, etc. Passionate photographers can reach for a higher end, premium lens or something a tad more mediocre. It all depends on your budget. Check out our guide to choosing a Sony FE 85mm Lens. And if you’re inclined, also take a look at our Sony FE Lens Guide and our Reviews Index. ...
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Field Report: Tamron Made the Perfect Zoom Lens for Fujifilm

I’ve been a Fuji shooter for a long time. In fact, the X series system is teetering on being a decade old. For years, the staff and I have far preferred the prime lenses. And from what we know of the lenses you folks buy, so have you! But this year, things changed. A lens came out for Fujifilm that majorly changed things. The Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD came out and things changed a lot. Now, Fujifilm users have a fantastic all-in-one lens that can do everything they need. Taking a vacation soon? Well, you might want to take a look at the perfect zoom lens for Fujifilm cameras....
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5 Lenses with Gorgeous Bokeh Every Photographer Can Lust For

We know, you probably just got over your gear acquisition syndrome. But in truth, it never really goes away. We’d know, we review a ton of products and then have to ethically send them back. And there are lenses with some beautiful bokeh that we’ve always adored. Bokeh isn’t everything, but sometimes you can’t help but stare in awe at the photo you’ve made. And a lot of the time, it can make your subject look even better. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of our favorite lenses with gorgeous bokeh....
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The 2021 Holiday Fujifilm Instant Rebates Are Here, and They’re Great!

They’re here! The Fujifilm Instant Savings for Holiday 2021 are here! The cameras you want are available at fantastic prices. Get the Fujifilm GFX 50R at $1,500 off! Or get the new 50mm f1 R WR for $200 off. Dive in and you’ll see the great deals available right now!...
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An Obvious, Easy Choice. Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 G2 Review

In the long run, I sincerely think that Tamron played a much smarter game than any third-party company I’ve seen. While Sigma will sit there and create lenses that compete with everyone else, Tamron doesn’t do that. The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III VXD G2 is a perfect example of that. At an $879 price point, the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 G2 is far more affordable than Sony’s 24-70mm, and a more attractive option than what Sigma offers. It focuses much faster than Sigma’s products too. Plus there’s weather sealing and even innovations here. How do you beat it? Honestly, I’m not sure you can unless you’re dead-set on getting a G Master lens....
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Morally Toxic Camera Bags are 20% Off Using Our Exclusive Code!

We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with Morally Toxic, the same folks who do 3 Legged Thing! We’re working with them to give you their Onyx camera bags for 20% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. The Reviews Team here have been using these bags for a while....
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These Wonderful Tamron Lenses Have Black Friday Deals

Tamron’s lens deals are here! And lucky for you, we’ve reviewed the vast majority of the lenses currently experiencing savings. Considering getting one of their great prime lenses? Or what about their convenient and incredible f2.8 zoom lenses? Well, we invite you to dive into this guide. You’ll see prices and links to our original...
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One of Panasonic’s Best Cameras Has a Great Rebate Right Now!

Get $300 off! When we reviewed the Panasonic S5 a while back, we were genuinely surprised. We didn’t think Panasonic knew how to make a smaller full-frame camera. But in truth, they did it. In fact, they made it smaller than the Panasonic GH5. And now, it’s enjoying a solid rebate of $300 off. This...
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The Tamron 150-500mm and More Have Special Savings Right Now!

The Tamron lens deals are here! For the past few years, Tamron has become one of our favorite third-party lens manufacturers. Their lenses are fast to focus, compact, lightweight, and built incredibly well. On Sony cameras, they’re incredibly durable if not some of the most durable out there. After the jump, you can find all...
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4 Great Cameras with Image Stabilization for Your Shaky Hands

The best thing about modern cameras with image stabilization is that you can capture things that really weren’t possible before. These cameras give in to the fact that you’re probably amped up on coffee or not always in a stable situation. Combine this with the latest lens technology, and you’ll have something really wonderful to tote around with you. We dove into our reviews index to find some of our favorite cameras with image stabilization. And these are our favorites....
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Sony Camera Owners: Get a Really Affordable Lens at a Deeper Discount

Guess what? The Tamron lens deals are here! For the past few years, Tamron has become one of our favorite third-party lens manufacturers. Their lenses are fast to focus, compact, lightweight, and built incredibly well. On Sony cameras, they’re incredibly durable if not some of the most durable out there. After the jump, you can...
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A FEW HOURS LEFT! 15% Off These Mist Diffusion Filters (EXCLUSIVE)

Act now! Soften the look of that lens that’s way too sharp! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with K&F Concept to give you the K&F Concept Black Mist Diffusion filters for 15% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. Do you think modern lenses are too sharp? Well,...
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Under $700: 3 Budget Macro Lenses for the Frugal Photographer

The best thing ever for a passionate photographer is finding a deal. And luckily, that’s possible in the macro photography world now. Macro lenses used to be specialized. But these days you can get those capabilities pretty cheaply. What’s more, you can go a lot with lenses like these. They’ve become wider and more versatile over the years. We dove into our Reviews Index to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take a look at some of the best budget macro lenses we’ve reviewed!...
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The Panasonic S5 Has a Great Rebate and is a Fantastic Camera!

When we reviewed the Panasonic S5 a while back, we were genuinely surprised. We didn’t think Panasonic knew how to make a smaller full-frame camera. But in truth, they did it. In fact, they made it smaller than the Panasonic GH5. And now, it’s enjoying a solid rebate of $300 off. This rebate lasts only...
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The Leica 28mm Lens: Choosing One for M-Mount Cameras

The 28mm lens is fantastic for street photography and everyday documentary imagery. And for years, photographers have loved the Leica 28mm lens. They’ve reached for various ones too. Ergonomically speaking, they’re a fantastic focal length on Leica M camera bodies. And there are options for different budgets and demands. We’ve got a special treat for the Leica photographer and those interested in their beautiful M-Mount lenses today. Here’s our Leica 28mm lens guide!...
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Get a Great Tamron Weather-Sealed Lens for up to $100 off!

Do you own a small, weather-sealed prime lens for your Sony Camera? Well, maybe you should! The Tamron lens deals are here! For the past few years, Tamron has become one of our favorite third-party lens manufacturers. Their lenses are fast to focus, compact, lightweight, and built incredibly well. On Sony cameras, they’re incredibly durable...
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Our K&F Concept Exclusive Deal Ends Tomorrow!

Soften the look of that lens that’s way too sharp! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with K&F Concept to give you the K&F Concept Black Mist Diffusion filters for 15% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. Do you think modern lenses are too sharp? Well, this can...
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An Innovative Standard. Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD Review

Tamron has cranked the innovation game up really high this time around. The Tamron 35-150mm f2-2.8 Di III VXD does so much that I’m sure other brands will need to look at it. While Sigma sits there creating the same things and fumbling around on anything but image quality, Tamron is killing it. This is the world’s only 25-150mm that starts at f2 and ends at f2.8. It’s weather-sealed, and so too is the USB port built into it for updating the firmware. If you’re a Sony shooter, this could honestly be the only lens you need in your camera bag. This statement is coming from a long-time “prime lens only” photographer. Tamron is seriously making me think differently here....
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Brian Bowen-Smith Frames Pandemic America in a Beautiful Vintage Ford

“I actually never even thought about looking at the world through my car until the pandemic,” photographer Brian Bowen-Smith tells us. “It’s a 1958 Ford F1 hundred that can’t sit too long so every once in a while I will take it out for a spin…When I was photographing my neighbor I noticed that it looked really cool through all of the windows because of the curves.” That’s how BBS Drivebys was born. So Brian took his car and went on a true road trip around America during the pandemic. The result is a timeless look that he got by shooting with his Leica....
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Our Exclusive ProGrade Digital Deal Ends Today!

It ends today! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with ProGrade Digital to give you the ProGrade Digital CFExpress Type B 512GB Gold Series memory card for 15% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. Personally speaking, a few of us have been using these cards for a while....
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A Beautiful Disappointment of a Camera. Nikon ZFc review

If you’re like me, you were all about the hype machine before the Nikon ZFc was announced. Nikon sold it all to the world as something super lightweight. And indeed it is, but it also feels kind of cheap. They took the Z50 and stuffed it into a camera body that doesn’t feel that great at all. But it’s pretty to look at. In fact, writing this review hurt a bit because I was so disappointed with the Nikon ZFc....
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Phoblographer EXCLUSIVE! 15% Off K&F Concept Black Mist Filters!

Get really excited, landscape photographers and those who love the vintage look! We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with K&F Concept to give you the K&F Concept Black Mist Diffusion filters for 15% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. Do you think modern lenses are too sharp? Well,...
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4 Fantastic 24mm Lenses for Professional Photographers

cityscapes, seascapes, astrophotography, and more. Despite this, we need them to have faster apertures. So we went through our archives and reviews index to find some of the best ones made. And we really, really liked these 24mm lenses....
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The ProGrade Digital CFExpress Type B Card Exclusive Deal Ends Soon!

We’re halfway through another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with ProGrade Digital to give you the ProGrade Digital CFExpress Type B 512GB Gold Series memory card for 15% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. Personally speaking, a few of us have been using these cards for a while. And they’re...
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Nikon’s Affordable Gem! Nikon 40mm F2 Z Review!

Let it be known, we’re not fans of most of Nikon’s kit lenses. But the Nikon 40mm f2 Z should replace every single one of them. First off, it’s just under $300. It’s small, has beautiful image quality, impressive weather sealing, and the performance you’d want from a lens like this. And even if it isn’t a kit lens, there’s good reason to buy into the Nikon system just for this lens alone. Combine this with the promising firmware updates Nikon has made to improve their autofocus, and the Nikon Z system is finally starting to spread its wings....
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Photographer Ben Franke on the Thrill of Parkour Photography

“Safety is the number one priority when shooting and I always leave it up to the athlete if they want to do the jump or not,” Photographer Ben Franke tells us about photographing parkour. Ben, like many other photographers, loves his Leica. His work is proof that the decisive moment isn’t just limited to the M-series. But there’s a whole backstory to how Ben gets his shots. And as he tells us, there can be a long time between getting the location just right and the shoot....
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One Lens for Portrait Photography: How to Make the Most of a Single Lens

The goal of every photographer is to pair down their kit. For years, we’ve recommended prime lenses. And for simplicity, we often stick to primes. But zoom lenses like those made by Tamron have been stellar in the past few years. And if you only wanted one lens for portrait photography, you’d need to think carefully about what you’d pick. Recently, we tested two that are truly stellar. And one of them is genuinely bound to amaze portrait photographers everywhere that want one lens for portrait photography....
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The Tamron Holiday Savings Are Here! Get a Great Lens for a Bit Less!

The Tamron lens deals are here! For the past few years, Tamron has become one of our favorite third-party lens manufacturers. Their lenses are fast to focus, compact, lightweight, and built incredibly well. On Sony cameras, they’re incredibly durable if not some of the most durable out there. After the jump, you can find all...
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Exclusive Deal: 15% off ProGrade Digital CFExpress Type B 512GB Card

We’ve got another special FLASH SALE EXCLUSIVELY FOR PHOBLOGRAPHER READERS. We’re partnering with ProGrade Digital to give you the ProGrade Digital CFExpress Type B 512GB Gold Series memory card for 15% off! This is exclusively for Phoblographer readers. Personally speaking, a few of us have been using these cards for a while. And they’re always...
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The 4 Best Weather Sealed Compact Cameras We’ve Tested and Loved

Most of us have been there! Tons of situations arise that just need a good weather-sealed compact camera. Lots of our predecessors used them! 20 years after digital became the mainstay, most cameras are still not fully weather sealed. What’s more, compact cameras have mostly disappeared. But if you really want great weather-sealed compact cameras, look no further. We dove into our reviews index, and we found some of the best just for you....
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Some of Sony’s Best Lenses are a Bit Cheaper Right Now! Go Get Them!

Act soon! There are lots of great Sony deals available right now. You can check out some of them here. But there are a lot more on their lens lineup. A lot of them can be found here at the Sony Store on Amazon. And there are even more. We’ve got the full list after...
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Want a Small But Powerful Full Frame Camera? The Canon EOS R Is It!

Seriously, I still really love my Canon EOS R. If you’re going to reach for the Canon EOS R, we strongly recommend getting the RF 24-105mm f4 L IS or the RF 35mm f1.8 IS with it. Also check out our Canon RF lens guide. I bought the Canon EOS R when it came out...
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Reader Benefit: Extra Entries Into the Sony World Photography Awards

Have you entered yet? We’re proud to announce that The Phoblographer is a media partner for the current Sony World Photography Awards. Lots of folks scoff at the idea of entering modern photography contests. But for years, the Sony World Photography Awards has fascinated editors, art buyers, curators, and more. We’ve featured various winners over...
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We Took Troll Comments and Made Them NFTs

Hi folks! Not long ago, we decided to do something in the nature of a little bit of fun. So we got into the NFT world! And today, we’re officially announcing some of our own NFTs for purchase on OpenSea. That means that yes, we’re selling them for Ethereum. Some of them are limited, and some of them are available in a bit more quantity. Photographers have really been getting into NFTs as a way to make money and to protect their copyrights. Afterall, it’s a better way to secure the authenticity of your work. And in this case, we’re showcasing comments made on our website, and the first blog post we’ve ever made. So go check it out!...
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Your Favorite Sony FE Lenses are Enjoying a Discount Right Now!

There are lots of great Sony deals available right now. You can check out some of them here. But there are a lot more on their lens lineup. A lot of them can be found here at the Sony Store on Amazon. And there are even more. We’ve got the full list after the jump...
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Our Excellent Fujifilm GF Lens Guide Got a Refresh!

If you’re thinking about stepping up beyond full-frame cameras, this is the lens guide you’re going to care about. It’s our Fujifilm GF Lens guide, and you can check it out right here. For years, we’ve worked on reviewing the lenses for this camera system. And if you’re curious about any of them to pair with your camera, you’re in the right place. This year alone, we’ve stayed ahead of many other reviewers out there....
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The Canon EOS R is at a Great Price. Trust us, You’ll Like it!

If you’re going to reach for the Canon EOS R, we strongly recommend getting the RF 24-105mm f4 L IS or the RF 35mm f1.8 IS with it. Also check out our Canon RF lens guide. Years ago, I bought the Canon EOS R when it came out. And to this day, it’s still a...
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If the Olympus Pen F Mk II Ever Comes Out, This is What I Want

really, really do hope that Olympus is considering making another high end Pen F camera. They tend to say that those cameras don’t work for them. But Nikon said the same thing about the Df. Then we got the Nikon ZFc, that’s proving to have a lot of hype. Nikon learned from their mistakes, for the most part. So why can’t Olympus? With that said, I’m still holding out hope for an Olympus Pen F Mk II. I’d love to see one....
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This is the Camera Bag I Bought Twice. And it’s Close to Perfect

The Oliday Journeyman backpack is a bag that I was known to use by many other journalists and folks in the industry. It looks nice, functions well, and overall just feels good. Long-time readers know that we’ve reviewed the most camera bags of any photography outlet still standing. I’d probably argue that we’d done the most, ever. We often get things for free, that we declare, from manufacturers. But I also tend to get frustrated with camera bags. Like you, few of them are ever everything that you want. The Journeyman came so close that I repurchased it. And before you go on, I’d recommend that you not rough it around too much....
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The Largest Real-World Leica L Mount Lens Guide Is Right Here For You!

We jsut gave our Leica L-Mount lens guide a new coat of paint. And you can check it out right here! Lots of journalists contributed work to this guide over the years. As of today’s publishing, it contains 35 independently reviewed lenses for the Leica L-Mount. These lenses include options made officially by the three partners: Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma. You’ll find our table of contents, product images, snippets from our reviews, buy-links, and links to our full reviews for your own perusal. ...
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Grab the Nikon 40mm f2 with a Z5 for a Solid Kit

If Nikon doesn’t make this an official kit lens, I think they’re making a huge mistake. Check this out. If you really love your Nikon cameras, the Nikon z5 is probably your best bet right now in terms of affordability and capabilities. We reviewed it very positively a while back. There are kit lens options,...
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Is the Original Sony a7 Still a Good Camera?

The joke with Sony cameras is that you used to buy a camera and five batteries. Indeed, there was a time when their battery life was pretty dismal. That’s the time that the original Sony a7 comes from. And yet, when I bought mine, I was head over heels for it. This was a time when I wanted more than what my X Pro 1 gave me. I yearned for the full-frame output that my Olympus OMD EM5 lacked. And I demanded the innovation that Canon refused to give us with the Canon 6D. During that time, Sony was the only one to really answer the call. And they changed the industry greatly. They also delivered cameras at a furious pace that made the rest of the industry look like snails. Now, years later, is the original Sony a7 still any good?...
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