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Cheap Photo: The Street Photographer’s Notebook is Only $39

We’ve got a special deal for street photographers out there who are just starting out: for only $39, you can get a whole plethora of tutorial material. The Street Photographer’s Notebook by photographer Alex Coghe is a nice starting point for the person who wants to find a way to take their street photography further but is still really getting started. Best of all, it will help you pivot if you eventually find that you want to do something else: therefore giving you a ton of long term value....
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Before the Metabones SpeedBooster, Kodak Had Their Own Design

Back in the 1990s, digital photography was really still just getting its foothold and engineers were trying to figure out a whole number of problems and issues. It was done in a similar way to how the Metabones SpeedBooster gave cameras the ability to use lenses for larger format sensors while both providing more light and field of view. Except for Kodak, it was to solve a significantly bigger problem around significantly smaller sensors. Before most cameras used CMOS sensors, they used CCD sensors–and really small ones too. The sensors in those cameras would be laughable today for the professional photographer, and one of the big problems that needed to be solved was using available lenses....
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Did You Know About This Nikon 170mm F1.4 Lens from Years Ago?

Just imagine the portraits that one could take with a Nikon 170mm f1.4 lens let alone the nightmare that they’d have with focusing. Every time that you’re told that a long telephoto lens would be too big and that no one would buy it, consider it to be complete poppycock. Indeed, a lens like this is possible and even though it’s pretty big and very silver in appearance, it is very well possible....
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The Zenitar 50mm f0.95 for Sony FE Will Need Their Awful Focus Peaking

When I saw the news of the new Zenit Zenitar 50mm f0.95 lens I was truly as excited as so many of you are, but then I remembered just how terrible it is to use the focus peaking feature on Sony FE cameras. Now lots of you may say, “Chris, you can just use magnification.” But the truth is that you shouldn’t have to do that and it really isn’t a faster way of working with the lens because you need to move the focusing point around depending on your scene’s composition unless you’re an absolute master of the focus and recompose method of shooting–and I doubt many of you are. So while the Zenit Zenitar 50mm f0.95 seems to be quite tempting, I’m going to warm folks against it at least initially. ...
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Opinion: The Film Photography World is a Million Times Less Toxic Than the Digital World

I love film and I love film photography. In fact, I adore it. I am enamored with the conversations around it, with the discipline involved in knowing that you need to be more careful and how that translates into digital photography, with the formats and how much more affordable it becomes as you go for larger sizes, the look, and most importantly its people. There are far less frivolous conversations in the film photography world about megapickles (spelled this way purposely) and one brand vs another–instead it’s more about creative intent....
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Cheap Photo: These Cheap 50mm Lenses Are Fantastic Choices

In continuing with our search for really affordable lenses and cameras right around tax time here in the US, we’ve found a number of great 50mm lenses for you all to choose from. We’re trying to ensure that you don’t break the bank at all; and because we’re catering this to full frame shooters, you’re going to find a 50mm lens with glorious bokeh that you’re seriously going to love....
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Here’s a Creative Way to Think About How Lens Apertures Physically Work

When we think about all of the visual graphs in regards to how a lens’ apertures work, there are literal drawings of them. But photographer Nick de Bruijn came up with a special way of explaining how they work simply by using and carefully arranging the lenses themselves. As you can in the image above, the lenses are arranged from top to bottom from 1.2 to f3.5. The way that one is supposed to think about this is the largest aperture is on top (and therefore less closed down) and then smallest is on the bottom. Of course, that all depends on the maximum aperture of the lens–but if you think about the size of this all being in regards to a single lens, then you’ll see how genius this all is....
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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Kodak Film for Professional Photographers

The world of analog film photography is one currently experiencing a Renaissance; and at the forefront of it is Kodak film. Kodak is the last big company producing film that hasn’t cut emulsions but instead is bringing out new ones. Professional photographers used to use Kodak film for years and today the new breed of analog photographers does just that. There are a number of options for photographers to get into–with some of the tried and true emulsions being both Kodak Tri-X and Kodak Portra. Look around the web, and you’ll see tutorials and presets for digital photographers to get the look of these films. But no matter how hard they try, they just don’t recapture the magic of film....
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Cheap Photo: Mirrorless Camera Deals and Lenses for Under $600

Just because Uncle Sam took a chunk out of your wallet doesn’t mean that you can’t get a sweet new camera or lens. We’d like to call this a recession special of sorts, but it really isn’t at all. However, we totally know that many of you are still looking to get your hands on...
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This Signed Andy Warhol Cover of Robin Williams Costs Over $1,000,000

Perhaps a one of a kind, there is currently a really rare signed Interview magazine on eBay featuring Robin Williams on the cover and signed by Andy Warhol. The seller, who has a 100% positive rating by more than 600 other folks, has a very interesting story behind how the piece came about. And if you’re both a fan of Andy and Robin (I’m personally a fan of both) then this is something that is very important to you–if you can stomach the price of over $1,000,000. For a vintage antique dating back to over 30 years ago and for something that is really this rare, it’s still pretty easy for one to question the price. ...
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DXOMark: The Sony a7r III is Just a Hair Better Than the Nikon Z7

Let’s be honest here: Nikon z7 sales haven’t been the best and if anything, DXOMark’s latest tests on the camera are just an ego boost to Sony users. Nikon’s current top end mirrorless camera scored an incredibly 99 points right under the Sony a7r III–which has 100 points. But fear not Nikonians–your beloved Nikon D850 is still king of the full frame charts....
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Get the Tilt Effect with the New Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic

Given what Lensbaby has created in recent times, I have to say that I’m pretty excited for the new Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic. Years ago, I accepted that one never bought Lensbaby lenses for the image quality per se in terms of sharpness and such–but instead they’re bought for their unique look and take on the world. Getting that in camera is often much more fun than working in post-production to do it. But then there is their manual nature where it actively requires the photographer to be more painstaking and take a bigger part of the image making process. For portrait shooting, landscapes, architecture, still life, and the slower types of photography this works out perfectly fine....
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Editor in Chief Chris Gampat’s Kit: Travelling Light with the Sony a7r III

I’m going to move on past the fact that I just referred to myself in the third person and instead focus on the crux of why you probably clicked on this link: you want to know how I do travel work with the Sony a7r III and what’s in my every day carry kit for work. While I adore my Fujifilm gear, not all of my lenses are weather sealed and so I’m sort of limited in certain situations. But all of the lenses and cameras that I own for Sony are weather resistant, and so for that reason combined with their compact size, I tend to bring them with me when I need to get actual work done for the site. While I’m a good enough photographer where I can use anything that you put in my hands, the Sony a7r III provides me with lots of resolution, versatility, performance, and a lightweight package that is also really small....
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Join Us Live Tonight with Tony Gale for Inside the Photographer’s Mind!

Photographer Tony Gale is our next guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind. Our next guest of our once-a-month interview series Inside the Photographer’s Mind is Tony Gale. Tony is a man of many hats. When he isn’t shooting advertising or editorial jobs, he’s working with corporate clients or doing a multitude of other things. The Brooklyn based...
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The Leica Q2 is a Pretty Good Deal; You’re Thinking About it Wrong

At just a little under $5,000 the Leica Q2 is a camera that the company has obviously worked hard on and upgraded in pretty much every way. While it’s still lacking things like a joystick and could probably benefit from a few more buttons, the camera is highly capable and arguably does almost everything else that lots of other full frame cameras with 40MP+ are capable of. However, it’s doing it in a small body that is targeted to photojournalists and those who do lots of work involving candid documentary style moments. And most of all, you can take it out into the pouring rain and not have any problems....
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Someone Needs to Make a Full Frame, Rangefinder Style Camera with Autofocus

My biggest hope for years now were that Sony would take the form factor of their a6xxx series cameras and make it full frame with a few extra upgrades; but we never got it. Then I was looking to both Canon and Nikon to do it. And they never did it. Surely I thought that Panasonic, with their history involving Leica, would be the ones. But alas, I was again disappointed. Like some of you, I fall into the camera of photographers who like the Olympus Pen F, the Fujifilm X Pro 2, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R more so than the SLR style camera bodies. To me, they’re more familiar. Perhaps like you, I was trained on Leicas. The feeling of a Hexar AF, a Contax G2, and a Mamiya 6 appealed to me more than some of the most prolific film cameras of all time....
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Photographer Tony Gale Joins us on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Photographer Tony Gale is our next guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind. In our next episode of our once a month interview series Inside the Photographer’s Mind is Tony Gale. Tony is a man of many hats. When he isn’t shooting advertising or editorial jobs, he’s working with corporate clients or doing a multitude of other things....
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First Impressions: Leica Q2 (This Could be The Most Perfect Leica Yet)

Before I begin this first impressions about the Leica Q2, I should totally apologize. While others have their reviews ready perhaps, I was fighting off pneumonia and so as of my writing this first impressions I’ve had the Leica Q2 in my hands for less than a few hours. But given what I’ve seen thus far, there is a lot of promise for a professional photographer that wants a fixed lens camera in the form of the Leica Q2. It’s weather sealed–as you can clearly tell from my product images. There is indeed a massive full frame sensor in there and Leica’s lenses are often second to none. The build quality and size are also top notch–but I’m seeing a few flaws in certain areas....
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Ocean Guardians Tackles the Issue of Trawling in a Creative Way

“It’s becoming so hard, even with incredible imagery, to get messages to land with impact online.” says Christine Ren, who was both the model and provided creative direction for the Ocean Guardians project. “I won’t stop putting content online digitally, but digital-only is absolutely failing when it comes to conservation storytelling and even non-profit fundraising, in my opinion.” We’ve featured Christine’s work before on Silent Killers and Carbonated Ocean. Christine is passionate about the conservation of our oceans and uses art to get that message across. Specifically for Ocean Guardians, she tackled the issue of trawling. Like any creative who places specific elements in a scene to tell a story, her and photographer Brett Stanley collaborated on a photo series that does a great job of getting a message across. But as I talked about with Christine, we both think that the world needs to start doing more about this than sharing on social media....
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Sample Images: Portraits Shot with the Panasonic 50mm F1.4 Lumix S Pro

The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro lens is the company’s first really high end prime lens offering for the L mount system; and we recently put it through a quick test for portrait shooting. Photographers who are interested in shooting portraits with a shorter focal length like a 50mm lens will be pleasantly surprised at the fact that Panasonic really put a lot of engineering into this lens. In fact, during our meeting with Panasonic they told us that they made it a no compromise lens. It was likened at one point to the Zeiss Otus lineup–which lead the way for the charts over at DXOMark. We’ve updated our Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro first impressions for you, but we’ve got a few further thoughts and the full gallery of portraits after the jump....
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Aaron Graubart’s “Gyotaku” Photos Are Inspired by Traditional Japanese Prints

“We didn’t storyboard the images but we did have a clear idea of how they should look.” says photographer Aaron Graubar about his photos inspired by the traditional Japanese fish printing technique called Gyotaku. “Each set was constructed in layers – the printed background, then in some of the images a glass plate, raised above that was a clear perspex sheet with the food arranged on top so that the food appears to float above the surface. Directional, very hard lighting completes the overall effect.” Aaron continued to state that it was a true collaboration between prop stylist Alexander Breeze (who first had the idea to use this as our inspiration), food stylist Sal Henley and himself....
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Why I Think the Professional Canon EOS R is Going to be Like a 1D

When I say that the professional Canon EOS R is going to be like a 1D series camera, I’m pretty well convicted in my opinion that this is what Canon will be releasing come later this year. Well, I hope it will be later this year and not next year for Photokina. But if Canon is going to enter the professional world of mirrorless cameras, then I’m pretty convinced that they’re going to do what they can to mimic what their 1D series is. This isn’t only in terms of performance and image quality, but also in terms of a camera body and build quality....
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Sample Image Gallery: Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS Lumix S Pro (Panasonic S1)

Recently at WPPI 2019, we had the chance to use the new Panasonic 70-200mm f4 OIS lens for the new L mount cameras. We tested it on a shoot-ready pre-production version of the Panasonic S1; but it will work with any L mount camera like a Leica SL series for example. This lens is Panasonic’s first entry into a working telephoto zoom for the L mount and works with image stabilization on the sensor and in the lens itself. With an f4 aperture, it’s a smaller lens than what it should be, though arguably still larger than what Sony makes. Part of this philosophy is because Panasonic seems to be making no compromises with their new L mount glass....
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Sample Gallery: Panasonic S1 Lumix Pro Full Frame Camera

At WPPI 2019, our staff had the opportunity to play with a Panasonic S1 camera for a while. The Panasonic S1 is the latest offering from the company to photojournalists who want a full frame mirrorless camera. The Panasonic S1 sports dual card slots in form of both SD and XQD–which later on will be firmware upgradable to CFexpress. The unit that we used is a pre-production sample, and we’re pretty positive that there is a Sony sensor at the heart. But we’ve got image samples nonetheless which you can find in our Panasonic S1 first impressions. ...
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Inspiration: 20 of Our Favorite Women Photographers for 2019

“Just 20” we thought to ourselves when putting this list of women photographers together. “It’s going to be so hard to not go over that number!”. That’s because we know the amount of female talent in our industry is almost endless. But we also know our readers have to find the time to eat and sleep too! So, with that in mind, we wanted to make a piece that focused on the best of the best – in our humble (and experienced) opinion.

All the photographers in this article have been featured on The Phoblographer before, hence why we’re extremely confident in their creative capabilities. You’re also encouraged to check out each of their individual features too.

“We want the list” we hear you chant. Okay, let’s get into it…...
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Jonny Baker: Shooting Behind the Scenes at London Fashion Week 2019

When the fashion week season rolls around biannually my camera bags are firmly packed, hotels pre booked and London and Paris are in my sights. The fashion world operates by presenting collections for the following year ahead, so in September the Spring/Summer collections are shown and in February the Fall/Winter collections are presented. For a photographer covering the fashion calendar, a good knowledge of the trends, individual designers and key models can be important in knowing which shows to photograph, as the premier four fashion weeks New York, London, Milan and Paris all have shows overlapping and locations can be a fair distance between one another. Security is very tight at all shows with official press passes checked before entry is given to photographers....
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Jorge Serra Used Light Painting to Create These Stunning Images

“It started has a hobby that soon developed into conceptualised way of approaching new things.” explains photographer Jorge Serra in an email to us before we interviewed him. “I started with film cameras, disposable and what was around. Then moved into digital with a point and shoot, bridge cameras and then moved up to M4/3.” Now, Jorge shoots Sony, with only prime lenses. But of course, gear isn’t everything and you can see in his images. Jorge is a genuine creative that finds ways to tell stories in a single frame. For this project, he explained that part of the creative process was working with City Number Nine–who he is good friends with. And so the comfort they had with each other helped things just flow....
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ProGrade Digital’s Latest CFexpress Cards Have 1,600 MB/S Read Speed

Just in time for WPPI 2019, ProGrade Digital is announcing new CFexpress memory cards that are promising some serious read speeds. They come in two flavors and in sizes ranging from big to massive. The ProGrade Digital CFexpress Cobalt cards are apparently the more affordable option, but we couldn’t find exact pricing on the products. These only have a 325GB and 650GB version with 1,400 MB/s write speeds. The gold version is quite a bit different....
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Creating the Photograph: Mary Ann Wamboldt’s “Pink Kiss”

Photographer Mary Ann Wamboldt is an Ontario based creative that shoots weddings, portraits, and a number of other things including travel photography. She’s been published a number of times and has won even more awards for her work. So when she submitted “Pink Kiss” to our Creating the Photograph series, we were very intrigued. The photo doesn’t have a whole lot of post-production and instead focuses more on in-camera techniques and lighting to get the look that we see. There isn’t any sort of post-production trickery or layer upon layer–instead there is just Mary Ann’s own creativity and technical know how. Here’s how she got the shot....
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Sigma Updates 11 of Their Art Lens Primes for the L Mount

Just in time for WPPI 2019, Sigma is announcing a conversion of a number of their lenses. In the same fashion that they did for the Sony E mount, Sigma is retooling and rehousing a number of their lenses for L mount. Sigma, along with Panasonic, joined Leica to create the L mount coalition in an effort to deliver more full frame mirrorless camera and lens variety to the current market. Just like they did with the Sony E mount, Sigma’s first offerings are a number of their very good prime lenses....
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Strobists and Purist Photographers: We Still Want to Showcase Your Work!

We’ve had a series called Creating the Photograph for years, and we’re looking to revamp it. Hi folks, We’re interested in spreading the word of photography and not necessarily heavy photo editing. To that end we’re looking to revamp our Creating the Photograph series on the Phoblographer. Are you a Strobist? Cool! Do your images...
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This Cool Double Exposure Was Done In-Camera on a Mamiya RB67

If you’ve ever used many higher end medium format film cameras, one of the things that you always have to remember to do is advance the film unless you want a double exposure. Even then, sometimes it happens on accident. But in the case of Danny X, this accident was a really cool one. Danny is a regular poster to R/Analog and shared this image with the subreddit. As you can tell, even if this was an accident, one would mistake it for a very intentional image with a message. It happened while Danny was working with his Mamiya RB67....
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Seriously Ask Yourself: Are You a Photographer, or a Photo Editor?

I’ve been quietly contemplating the idea of whether someone is a photographer or a photo editor; and at the same time whether or not they have the right to say that they’re a photographer or if they’re indeed a photo editor. Go ahead and say “Just shoot and do whatever” but I think that this is a major part of one’s photographic identity. If you screw a light bulb into a lamp, you’re not an electrician. If you clean your apartment, you’re not hired help. If you cook for 25 people for a special dinner you are neither a woman of the kitchen or a chef (and I’ve specifically heard this said before by both genders.) So if you focus on your Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One skills, are you really a photographer?...
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The Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera Lens Only Costs $699

Though the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera lens is quite an interesting focal length choice, it should prove to be more than enough to astrophotographers, landscape photographers, architectural shooters, photowalking and general landscape photography. This is a lens designed for full frame DSLRs and is targeted at DSLR shooters that want the highest quality possible. At only $699, you’re also getting quite a bargain if we’re considering how good Tokina’s latest lineup of lenses have been in the past few years. Given the trend, we’ve got high hopes for the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera. ...
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Special Report: Shooting Street Photography With the Ricoh GR III in NYC

If you were to sit there and compile a list of cult cameras, the majority of them would be analog–but in the digital world one can consider the predecessors to the Ricoh GR III to be cult classics. Along with the Fujifilm X100 series of cameras, the Ricoh GR has been fascinating street photographers for years. Like its film predecessors, the Ricoh GR III is a compact camera designed to be low profile with a sharp lens, fairly simple controls, and designed to let the photographer really just shoot. The Ricoh GR III was announced around Photokina 2018 last year, and it was met with mixed feelings. Some wanted a full frame sensor while others clamored for weather sealing and better battery life. Mentally, I let these things slide and made justifications for why they weren’t included in the camera, but the really big one for me was removal of the little pop-up flash....
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These Leicas Apparently Saved Photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi’s Life

Typically when photojournalists survive dangerous encounters in a war zone, it’s because of some protective gear that they have–but for Gabriele Micalizzi, his Leica cameras saved him. According to a post made on Reddit, the cameras that saved him are the Leica Q and the Leica SL. Both of these cameras have been tested to be incredibly durable by photographers and there are many stories from photographers about how their Leicas survived quite tortuous conditions....
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9 Budget Friendly But Good Sony FE Mount Lenses (Under $600)

Here’s the good news: we’ve tested loads and loads of lenses for Sony E mount; and you can see some in our database right here. And then there’s better news: we’ve scoured through our reviews index to pick and choose some of the best lenses for the money if you’re looking for entry level lenses and budget lenses. If you’re searching for an affordable wide angle prime, then we’ve found one! Want a portrait lens? We’ve got more than one for you!...
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UPDATED Gallery: Fujifilm X-T30 (RAW Image Edits)

We previously published our Fujifilm XT30 first impressions with SOOC JPEG images; but we’ve since then updated it with RAW File sample edits. This is the fastest that Capture One has created support for a new camera. The Fujifilm XT30 that we’re testing is still in the pre-production stage but it is very close to the final production version. And so far we’re liking the camera. ...
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APS-C Sensor Cameras Aren’t Dead, They Just Need to Evolve

Ask any journalist that has been in meetings with camera companies over the past month or so and they’ll tell you about how the general camera market is shrinking and that so too is APS-C. And I genuinely think that APS-C is shrinking because it’s being treated almost like a stepchild. Let’s not even talk about the way that Micro Four Thirds is being treated; but APS-C and Micro Four Thirds both will go the way of compact point and shoots if the industry just continues to treat it as the “budget” option. This comes even after some very aggressive pricing on entry level full frame cameras. I genuinely don’t believe that APS-C is dead or that it should die. Instead, I think that the feature set around it just needs to drastically change in order to make it a viable option along with full frame cameras....
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Useful Photography Top #192: The Essential Tip For Shooting Street Photography With a Mirrorless Camera

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When shooting street photography, mirrorless cameras have always had one major default disadvantage. You’re shooting with the camera and by default there is an eye-sensor. Said sensor detects when your eye (or something) is near the viewfinder and the camera will switch from the LCD screen to primarily using the EVF. This in turn causes some delays with trying to get the shot. It’s not at all like using a DSLR where the OVF is always on and the same goes for a rangefinder. 

So what do you do

To avoid any potential lag and to even help with keeping the camera active and ready to use, lock the camera to using the EVF only and not at all activate the LCD screen on the back. This will mean that when the camera is resting against your body or even in your hand that the EVF will be active and ready to shoot. Couple this with making the camera go to sleep only after a prolonged period of time, maybe say 5 minutes.

Then, every now and again just peek through the viewfinder to get a better understanding of your surroundings and how the EVF will render the scene.

If you want faster focusing, then I can’t recommend highly enough the zone focusing ability. 

Zone focusing helps you get your subject in focus just by moving closer. It’s my favorite method of shooting street and can apply to anything and everything. It may be tougher to do with autofocus lenses but you can use the camera’s viewfinder to see a distance scale of how far away you’re focusing. Then just mentally keep that distance in mind as you’re moving about and shooting. 

We genuinely do hope that this tip helps you out. For more, check out the rest of our Useful Photography Tips....
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Camera Bag Review: Tarion M-02 (The Affordable Backpack for the Roaming Photographer)

I purposely purchased the Tarion M-02 as a counterpoint to a reader’s comment on a previous review of ours claiming that we only review pricey camera bags. The truth that I’ve learned over the years is that that’s simply not true. A lot of work, care and design goes into camera bags with special emphasis on what photographers need like weather protection, quick access, security, etc. And in comparison, most bags don’t really have that. While the comment could surely have come from an ill informed place of internet nerd rage, I often try to do my best to satisfy everyone–and so the Tarion M-02 made me of the belief that I could....
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These 5 Lenses are Complete Monsters But Have Lots of Innovation

There are a few lenses that honestly surprise us and cause us here at the Phoblographer to provide manufacturers with applaud for trying something so incredibly different. While lenses are said and meant to be pretty small as much as possible, some lenses are absolute monsters. These lenses, however, often incorporate some interesting innovations to them. So we’ve rounded up a number of lenses that are really amazing us right now....
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The Fujifilm XP140 Can Go as Deep as 82 Feet Under the Sea

I’d be telling you a complete lie if I said I wasn’t at all hoping for an X Trans APS-C sensor at the heart of the Fujifilm XP140, but when I saw the rest of the specs I was pleasantly surprised. The camera is rated to be able to shoot in 82 feet of water. Practically speaking, you still have the tiny sensor and you need to consider just how little light there is in the deep, but that tells us exactly how functional it is. What that also means is that it could be a fun camera for street photography in the rain–you know, because we still don’t have that weather sealed X100 camera yet…...
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The Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S Has a Little Info Panel on Top of It

In what promises to be Nikon’s first really usable zoom lens in Z mount, the Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is being billed as an option for the pro that wants to shoot weddings, landscapes, portraits, events, etc. We found its older f4 variant to be too soft for our liking, and the Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S has something added to it that is quite interesting. It’s called an ARNEO coating. This coating is designed to cut down on ghosting and flare entering from vertical angles....
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The Nikon z6 and Nikon z7 are Getting New Autofocus Updates, Eye Detection

Coming in May 2019, a firmware update will be of great use to those who didn’t return their Nikon z6 or Nikon z7 cameras out of frustration. Nikon announced today that this new firmware update will address and fix the issues that photographers have been having with the system. The XQD-Card-using-but-otherwise-not-bad camera system has been under scrutiny of many bloggers, reviewers, vloggers, etc. With competition from Sony and others seem to have better autofocus, there have been promotions to get units moving as much as possible. ...
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First Impressions: Canon EOS RP (A $1299 Full Frame Camera)

Alas, we aren’t being treated to Canon’s high end EOS R camera, but with the Canon EOS RP we’re getting a pretty interesting candidate in the mix. The Canon EOS RP is being aggressively priced at $1,299 and has the same sensor at the heart of the Canon 6D Mk II. That wasn’t always my favorite sensor, but after Tony Northrup’s video on it a while back the internet swooned over it again. My issue is that in Lightroom, we found the highlight recovery to be awful but in Capture One it was quite good. Beyond this are some head scratching features in the Canon EOS RP, like silent shooting mode being a dedicated shooting mode with no manual controls in the same way that you get with the Canon EOS M50. This isn’t the case with the EOS R, which has an option for silent shutter photography. Maybe with the professional level camera, Canon will finally take this feature seriously–and during my time in New Orleans with the camera, I heard many other journalists agree....
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Canon Will Be Releasing 6 New Lenses for the EOS RF System This Year

In what I personally find to be the more exciting of the two Canon announcements tonight, the company is announcing their latest lineup of lenses that will be coming on their roadmap for this year. While company already produced some stunners in the form of a 28-70mm f2 L USM, 50mm f1.2 L USM, and a 24-105mm f4 L IS USM, there’s more coming. In fact, some of these are pretty new innovations that haven’t been done by a manufacturer at all, let alone one in the mirrorless camera world....
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Essentials: Cecilia Gallery SD Card Wallet

I was introduced to the Cecilia Gallery SD Card wallet during Photo Plus Expo of 2018. It was thrown in with the camera bag we reviewed and for me personally, it’s been a big upgrade over my old think Tank SD card wallet. The Cecilia Gallery SD Card wallet is probably not for everyone, but it should be as it’s made pretty much better in every single way. Not only can it attach to any loop on your camera bag, but it has a secure clasp to keep your cards safe, is made of leather, and keeps everything nice and compact....
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Review: Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed (How Can You Go Wrong?)

I admittedly took my time with testing the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed because of just so much stuff that we’ve had to test since Photokina and with not being motivated when it came to portraiture. But in my experiences with it, the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed has proven to me that if you’re in the market for an introductory TTL/Manual/HSS monolight when your flashes just aren’t cutting it, this is the only option that really exists. While Godox, Adorama Flashpoint and B&H Impact make usable products I think that the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed does a whole lot for the dollar. With TTL capabilities and a pretty solid build quality, the Interfit Honey Badger Unleashed also boasts a pretty simple to use interface and reliability in a number of situations. And if all you really need is the power, then this is one of the best options on the market....
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Opinion: The “Photographer Friend Rate” is Sacred and Should be Treated as Such

The friend rate is a price tag or sometimes a favor that is done for just friends by photographers. But it applies to more than just photographers; growing up my Real Estate broker mother used to get extra house sales for the plumber who often worked at our house and in return he did services for her for free. It’s an idea that’s based off of mutual benefits. There has to be some sort of connection and in my opinion, it shouldn’t be through a third party. If someone wants you to shoot their wedding, that person should be a pretty darned good friend and not ask for your friend rate just because their friend referred you....
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