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First Impressions: DJI Mavic Air (The Drone That Fits Into a Coat Pocket)

Today, the new DJI Mavic Air was announced to an absolutely astounded crowd. Designed to be put into a coat pocket and carried anywhere along with your phone, the remote and all the other stuff that you normally bring with you the new DJI Mavic Air also brings with it a lot of technology built right into it. For starters, there is a 3 axis gimbal that works in conjunction with the 12MP camera. At the heart of the camera is a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. Not that big, we know–but everything you’re shooting also has a very deep perspective. There are cameras and sensors all over the body to help protect it from crashing into things. Additionally, the antennae were designed to be fit into the landing gear yet face outward to ensure that the signal connection stays strong. It’s designed to be high wind resistant and has some pretty cool features such as a smart pathing technology and hand gestures that are built in....
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Review: Peak Design Slide Lite Strap II (On the Sony a6000)

With the Peak Design Slide Lite strap, you’ve got a brand new option and some cool innovations from the favorite company of many outdoors photographers. The Peak Design Slide Lite strap is a camera strap designed for lighter cameras–like mirrorless options. But to be honest, I think that it’s more than good enough for most APS-C DSLRs. It uses Peak Designs quick release system and has soft seat belt webbing along the entire area of the strap. Additionally, the Peak Design Slide Lite strap has a very quiet but subtle handsomeness to it that in my mind actually makes it sort of stylish....
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Quick Review: Manfrotto Magnetic Background Mount and Lastolite Urban Collapsible Concrete Backdrop

This post may genuinely sound like an ad, but it really isn’t as I’ve followed FTC laws since the first days of this blog. Instead, it’s just genuine praise for pretty much everything about the system with the exception of folding the damn backdrop back down into a portable configuration. Many photographers probably have some sort of at home studio setup. I know some that personally use paper and I’ve always instead reached for muslins and canvas. In fact, it’s not unusual for me to go around Etsy to find painter’s canvases that were on the floor to prevent paint from damaging said floor, cashmere blankets, Persian rugs, etc. But with the Manfrotto Magnetic Background Mount and Lastolite Concrete Backdrop, you genuinely get a solution to a problem that you never really thought you had simply because we’ve been doing things in a certain way for so long. Backdrops typically need to slung over a bar of some sort and then adjusted. But with this combination, you can throw that idea out the window....
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Review: Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E Mount)

When testing the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens, I realized that in many ways it has to be a perfect lens for photographers who use Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras. It’s around a 24mm f1.8 field of view when shooting wide open, and can suit the needs of so many photographers due to its versatility. Of course I’m talking about the focal length and how good it can be as a walkabout lens; but I’m also speaking to the autofocusing abilities, pure image quality, and the little bit of weather sealing that the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary boasts. The f1.4 aperture gives it the ability to shoot in very low light and also to be able to get beautiful bokeh when photographing people or things. As I found out with the Sony a6000, it’s also pretty solid for video....
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Review: Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR (Fujifilm GF)

When Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR, I was incredibly excited. While most folks would think of this lens and something closer to the normal range, one needs to remember that this is medium format. Instead, it’s something closer to my beloved 35mm field of view. In the older days of medium format, lots of photographers reached for primes like this. With modern Fujifilm’s glass, coatings, and designs you can be sure that the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR is be quite a performer. This is a lens that will easily find its way in the hands of professional photographers. The you consider the weather sealing, the 35mm f2 equivalency with the compression of a 45mm lens, the feel, the relatively small size, and the overall lightweight system that the Fujifilm GFX is and you get yourself a fantastic option....
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Inside the Photographer’s Mind Episode 2: Charlie Naebeck

Photographer Charlie Naebeck was on the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind For our second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we interviewed Charlie Naebeck. Charlie is a photographer here in NYC, and also a teacher. What’s special about Charlie is the fact that he started out in street photography, then got into portraiture,...
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Review: Capture One Film Styles (Capture One Pro, New Version)

Capture One Film Styles, as it was properly called, were styles (otherwise known as presets) created by a third party developer. But recently, Capture One decided to make their own. Indeed, with more people coming to Capture One, there are great reasons why they needed to do something like this. One of the biggest things that people want to do is more or less what they did in Lightroom but with the enhancements and superior RAW editor in Capture One. For those photographers, it means those film-like presets. As a film shooter on the regular, Capture One Film Styles is sort of an awkward situation....
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The Easiest Black and White Film Emulsions to Start with

The saying goes that with most black and white film, you can get all of the forgiveness in the world. For the most part that’s true; and that’s why so many schools encourage students to start out with black and white film if they’re teaching film photography. Indeed, black and white film shooting also makes you think in a different way about the images that you’re going to shoot–and that teaches you to look at scenes in a way that digital won’t necessarily do. With lots of new photographers getting into the game, many are also trying to experience film for themselves for the first time. Why? Well, lots of these new folks haven’t had that experience....
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Inside the Photographer’s Mind Airs Today at 6pm EST on AdoramaTV!

Today, the second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind airs. You’ll be able to catch it live on Adorama TV at 6pm EST. You can attend the show live for free via EventBrite.As a refresher, Inside the Photographer’s Mind is an extension of the interviews that we do on the website–bringing into the world our chats with photographers about how and why they create the photos that they do. There’s a little bit about gear, and a little bit of education–but this is mostly about psychology and art more so than anything else. So for our second episode, we have photographer Charlie Naebeck....
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Review: Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2 (Wrist Strap)

If you were to look at the Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2, you wouldn’t necessarily notice the upgrades, but when you take a closer look you’ll see that they’re quite apparent. One of the company’s first products was the Camera Leash: a wrist strap with a bit of flair, sturdiness and a major deviation away from many of the other strap manufacturers out there years ago when they were introduced. Some said that they were vanity, others like myself saw them as a deviation away from not looking like I was owned by one particular camera brand and as a very subtle way of standing out from the crowd. And the Holdfast Gear Camera Leash 2 does that still, but at this point is still much more familiar to photography audiences across the world. It’s still made of very durable leather, it’s been improved to be soft to the touch on the interior, and the way that it connects to the other Holdfast accessories has been vastly improved. ...
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The Hasselblad H6D-400C Can Shoot Up to 400 Megapixels

Though you may rarely need it, the new Hasselblad H6D-400C multishot camera is claiming to have some really big tech inside of it. For starters, it’s a camera body that uses the Hasselblad full frame 645 100MP sensors with 16 bit RGB color readout and 15 stops of dynamic range. If you shoot in TIIF multishot with 6 images to create a 400MP photo, your photos can be up to 2.4GB in size. Additionally, it had flash sync up to 1/2000th. When you’re in the studio, you’ll be able to utilize the USB 3.0 C readout when you’re tethered. What’s more, it also shoots 4K video and has a 3 inch touchscreen LCD....
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Review: IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone (Canon EF Mount)

When the IRIX 11mm f4 Blackstone came in for review, I tried to figure out what I’d exactly do with a lens like this. It’s super wide and has full frame coverage. It’s too slow to really work effectively for astrophotography, but it is surely good enough to use for a day of fun walking about in Brooklyn. But in addition to that, it’s also got the quality from IRIX that I’ve come to respect. This company is a European based one that uses Korean optics along with their designs to create lenses that are much different from everything else that every other manufacturer is making at the moment. At the core, it’s still a lens; but the design is something that I haven’t seen from any other manufacturer out there. So if you’re not paying attention to IRIX just yet, maybe you should start....
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Leica’s New Lenses for The SL System Target Portrait Photographers

If you have any major doubts about the Leica SL camera system, you should perhaps reconsider. Not only does it have a great sensor at the heart, but it also is built like an absolute tank of a camera. Is it expensive? Yes. But you’ll be getting a number of very nice lenses that you can use such as the newly announced Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f2 ASPH. and the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f2 ASPH. These lenses are targeted at the portrait photographer and for those photographers who want technical masterpieces from their glass....
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Review: Leica TL2 (The Camera I Never Thought I’d Like)

When the Leica TL2 was offered to me for review, I was a bit on the fence about it. Though I had only spent brief periods of time with it in the past, I genuinely thought of it as something like the Canon Rebel of mirrorless cameras in the Leica lineup. But in truth, I was very wrong. The Leica TL2 is a mirrorless camera really designed for rich enthusiasts. I wouldn’t do a job with it even though I can due to its quality. But what’s most amazing about the camera is not only its build quality–which is incredibly solid, but the fact that it actually takes really great images. Part of this is thanks to the fantastic Leica lenses for the system. When you hold the Leica TL2, you start to realize that it is a piece of kit that really shouldn’t be discounted at all....
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The NuBox 1 Interchangeable Lens Box Camera is Now on Kickstarter

A little while back, we reported on the NuBox 1–the world’s first interchangeable lens box camera that is an ode to the old Kodak Brownie cameras and many others. Today, the NuBox 1’s creator Robert Hamm is officially announcing the Kickstarter project that he’s been planning to do and working on for a really long time....
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Reminder: Inside the Photographer’s Mind Episode 2 Goes Live on January 17th!

January 17th at 6pm EST the next episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind! Sign up for Free Via our EventBrite. Photography has two sides to it: capturing and creating. Some photographers lean in one direction over the other while others balance the two. The Phoblographer, Madavor Media and Adorama TV invite you to join Chris Gampat...
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Review: Rokinon 12mm f2 (Fujifilm X Mount)

Whenever wide angle lenses come in, I’m always super excited because a lens like the Rokinon 12mm f2 is always bound to be fantastic but also really cool with the way that it renders the world. Rokinon has always been known as a manufacturer that delivers stunning quality at a really affordable price point. Granted there are sometimes tradeoffs like it being manual focus (which isn’t that bad if you know what you’re going for) and there have been a variety of reports on quality. But Rokinon has pledged that they’ve improved, and if you look at their higher end lineup of glass then that makes sense. In the case of the Rokinon 12mm f2, it’s a lens designed for APS-C cameras; and what better system to test it on than the Fujifilm X series?...
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The Complete Guide to Manual Settings on Your DSLR Camera

Everything you need to know to start shooting in manual mode. This is a syndicated blog post from Format originally done by Brit Weaver. Ready to get more creative with your photography? At first, having a digital or analog SLR camera is an exhilarating and intimidating experience. Most beginners play it safe with the automatic modes,...
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A Photographer’s Introduction to Copyright Infringement

The folks over at Imagerights have released an essential guide to copyright infringement for photographers that you can check out after the jump!...
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January 17th: The Next Episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind

.Tune in next week to the next episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind! Sign up for Free Via our EventBrite. Photography has two sides to it: capturing and creating. Some photographers lean in one direction over the other while others balance the two. The Phoblographer, Madavor Media and Adorama TV invite you to join Chris...
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Review: The Platypod Ultra (The Smallest Tripod Replacement)

The Platypod Ultra is used by a number of photographers after getting its funding off of Kickstarter, but the truth is that I purposely put off doing this review because I really wanted to understand what this product is and does. They constantly tout it as a replacement for a tripod and honestly I think that in most situations, that’s completely wrong. Instead, it’s more of a combination of a Gorillapod, a tabletop tripod, and a really giant camera plate of some sort. Photographers have used it to get recording done in a variety of places and while I’ve heard of a number of other journalists using one, I’ve never actually seen them do it. Perhaps the absolute best use of a Platypod I’ve seen is from photographers who find a way to use it in a situation where tripods are illegal. The Platypod Ultra is touted to be their latest and best yet. And if you’re the type of person that likes carrying around zip ties, I think that it probably could be. But to be brutally honest, I can’t see it as a total replacement for a tripod at all....
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Review: Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black)

During my review of the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod, I started to wonder more and more why photographers actually need tripods these days. I mean, just think about it: cameras and lenses have image stabilization in them these days. Why would I really need a tripod today if I wasn’t shooting video? Well, landscape photographers have had the answer for years. Tripods like the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod are fantastic compositional tools in the same way that manual focus lenses force you to put more time into the image making process itself. They force you to think in a different way and really work to get what’s important to you. It may mean moving back and forth, adjustments, etc. But otherwise, you’re not fully inclined or forced to really make those movements unless you have a specific goal in mind. And a tripod like the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod can surely help with this due to its light weight and awesome build quality....
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The Ricoh Theta’s Android Developer Program is Opening Up

The Ricoh Theta is getting a brand new update today with the RICOH THETA V partner program. It essentially lets developers develop for the platform using the 360 camera. More details are after the jump....
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The Panasonic GH5S is Designed to Take on Low Light Situations

The rumors have been flying around for some time now, and today we’re getting the brand new Panasonic GH5S mirrorless camera at CES 2018. This new camera has a 10.2MP Four Thirds sized sensor–the lowest number of megapixels on a sensor this size since 2009 when Olympus introduced the Olympus Pen EP-1. This low light capable sensor is being targeted at the video world, but is also an option for photographers who just happen to shoot a whole lot in low light. To that end, the sensor can capture images at up to 51,200 ISO–which doesn’t sound like a whole lot when you consider what many other cameras are capable of doing these days....
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Film Emulsion Review: Ilford Delta 400 (35mm and 120)

While I really do enjoy the look of Kodak Tri-X 400, almost nothing in black and white has made me drool like Ilford Delta 400. Ilford Delta 400 I always felt delivered those inky, beautiful black levels that I’ve alway been smitten with. It’s a beautiful film for street photography, for portraits, for candids, etc. It’s just a simply gorgeous film that consistently delivers foe me everything that I want in a photo. What makes Ilford Delta 400 even better for me is the fact that it pushes well, pulls well and looks good no matter what emulsion you’re shooting it at. I’ve shot it in both 120 and 35mm and found both types of results to look pretty fantastic. Ilford Delta 400 doesn’t have the characteristic grain that Kodak Tri-X does, but instead it’s a very classic look. It isn’t as gritty as Tri-X, and for that reason you shouldn’t necessarily use it as such....
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The Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF has Autofocus and Weather Sealing

Rokinon has been systematically working on updates for a number of their lenses; and the latest is the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 AF. This is an autofocus lens designed for DSLRs–not Sony full frame mirrorless cameras the way that some of the previous versions have been. This lens isn’t the fastest wide angle prime, but it’s instead designed to be pretty affordable at $999. Rokinon’s autofocus lenses look a bit like their SP lineup of glass, but they’re not. There is no weather sealing and typically they don’t have a metal exterior, etc. But in this case, Rokinon is giving you all that and even more–which is nice if you’re a higher end Canon DSLR owner. This big announcement is just in time for CES 2018....
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A Modern Photographer’s Introduction to Portrait Lighting Essentials

The art of portrait lighting is the art of bringing out the essence of an individual—identifying the person’s personality and facial features, and coming up with a lighting scheme that will synchronize with them. Many photographers fall into the habit of using a stock setup for all of their work without consideration of the person they’re photographing. Some can pull this off quite well, creating a body of work that takes some variability out of a series of images....
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The Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Could Be Perfect for Travel Enthusiasts

Ahead of CES 2018, Sony is announcing a brand new lens for their APS-C E mount system cameras, the Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS. This new lens is being targeted at consumers and enthusiasts who need a versatile range zoom lens while also keeping the aperture fairly wide open. In addition to that, this lens boasts a $600 US price point. The press release is after the jump....
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I Decided to Shoot Some of Our Product Images with an Apple iPhone 8 Plus

“You’re part of the problem now.” is what a friend jokingly told me when I sent him a post that the Phoblographer made on Instagram recently. We showed off product images of the new Vinta Type II backpack since we received a prototype in the mail. During my testing, I decided that I’d try something totally new and different: shooting product images with my new Apple iPhone 8 Plus. Now, I’ve shot product images with phones before but I never thought that they could really compete with dedicated cameras at all. Part of that is due to the way that flash and lighting works. Even natural lighting couldn’t do enough justice to the product images that we shot. But cameraphones have had a very long time to mature and these days I think that with the right light, they’re incredibly capable. In fact, they’re so capable that the iPhone finally gave me product images that I’m seriously content with....
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The New Adorama XPLOR 600 PRO TTL Offers More Features

We rated the Adorama XPLOR 600 monolight very highly when we reviewed it; and now we’ve got sort of an upgrade. The new Adorama Flashpoint XPLOR 600 PRO TTL monolight is apparently not being billed as an upgrade; but instead it’s going to live alongside the original. Why? I’m sort of not sure....
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Ricoh GR-E Reported to Have 36MP Curved Full Frame Sensor, 28mm f2.4 Lens

If you’re a fan of the film Ricoh cameras, then you’ll probably be all over the Ricoh GR-E. Awhile back we reviewed a little known camera *CLEAR SARCASM SLAPPING YOU IN THE FACE RIGHT HERE* called the Ricoh GR II. It turned out to be a fantastic camera for street photography and for every day carry situations. Fans and I have been wondering if there would ever be an update. I have to tell you, it looked pretty dismal....
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Film Emulsion Review: Fujifilm Velvia 50 (35mm and 120)

Perhaps one of the most magical films out there is Fujifilm Velvia 50 due to it being one of the last slide films available for purchase. It’s a favorite of landscape photographers everywhere not only due to its beautiful, vivid colors, but its low ISO that allows for incredibly detailed images. Fujifilm Velvia 50, like many other films, is better at medium and large formats; but arguably the most popular option is the 35mm film. Why? Well, it’s the format that most amateur and hobbyist photographers know. Talk to them about medium format and they’re not sure what to think or do. Either way, Fujifilm Velvia 50 still looks great at the smaller formats....
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Vintage Camera Review: The Polaroid SX70

The Polaroid SX70 is a camera that is one of the most iconic and well known analog film cameras ever made. It was designed to be simple to use, compact, yet versatile. But in today’s culture, it is a camera that is often associated with the hipster culture and many people don’t even know that film is still made for it. Using film from the Impossible Project and Polaroid originals, your Polaroid SX70 is an option that is bound to not only look great on a bookcase, but also will be fun to use. Many companies tend to buy them up, refurbish them and then flip them onto the web for sale....
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The Digital Equivalent of Finding Old Rolls of Film is Reviewing Old Hard Drives (Sort of)

This is a piece that I’ve been putting off, writing, rewriting, and reformatting in my head for the past year. Why? Well, it’s a personal story and I personally needed to grow more as a photographer and a person to really tell is and relate the feeling that I’ve got about an issue that’s still plaguing memory keepers everywhere: preservation. Years ago, we’d print all our photos and file them away in albums. Or you’d file your negative away similarly. But that doesn’t happen any more. We simply upload to a web service and hope that that stays. And as time goes on, we realize that we’ll probably lose a whole lot of images that we forgot about....
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Please Don’t Be a Reckless, Stupid Photographer

This post isn’t necessarily meant to talk down to photographers; specifically the ones who have only joined in the past few years, but more about giving a little bit of sage advice from a calm standpoint. The truth is that we live in a world where people love to risk their lives and sneak into places for Instagram likes much to the support from people who don’t care about your well being, and that we also live in a world where photographers sexually harass women. Both of these things give photographers very bad names and label all of us in a way that changes what people think of us. And the honest truth (if you can seriously be that real with yourself for a moment) is that you’re not sorry and you’re not considerate until you get caught or until you’re at the center of it in some way or another simply because the internet and commenting makes it so simple for us to mentally disassociate from something because we can so easily move onto the next thing....
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Review: Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L (Don’t Call it a Fanny Pack)

When the Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L came in for review, I was almost put off by it. You see, the Peak Design Messenger bag left a very bad taste in my mouth because of how little thought was really put into making it both versatile and comfortable at the same time. But after a few back and forth emails between the Peak Design team and I, I found out that thePeak Design Everyday Sling 5L is perhaps one of the best bags for a photographer that wants to carry a minimal kit for a day out. If you’re a biker in a big city and you don’t want to feel as if you’re carrying the equivalent of a small person, thePeak Design Everyday Sling 5L will ensure that that doesn’t happen. It’s small and so it really only permits a camera with a lens and perhaps an extra lens with small pockets for a bit more stuff. But one of the absolute best things about it is that it doesn’t look like a camera bag at all....
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You’ve Got Less Than 24 Hours to Enter and Win $1,000

Less than 24 hours left to help us build a better Phoblographer through this survey. Just a reminder about filling out our survey. Here’s the deal: In 2009, when I started this website, I knew where I wanted the website to be in 10 years, but I didn’t know exactly how it would get there....
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The Phoblographer’s Most Popular Posts of 2017

Curious about what our most popular posts were this year?...
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Only a Few Days Left to Enter our Survey and Win $1,000

You’ve got a few days left to help us build a better Phoblographer through this survey. Just a reminder about filling out our survey. Here’s the deal: In 2009, when I started this website, I knew where I wanted the website to be in 10 years, but I didn’t know exactly how it would get...
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Flash Review: Profoto A1 (Canon Version Using Sony Air TTL Trigger)

When the Profoto A1 was announced, I was very curious. Granted, I love lights that are as small as speedlites, but I thoroughly enjoy the power that a full blown monolight provides. I was reminded of that even more so on a recent Sony Press trip. In many ways and for the wedding photography crowd, the Profoto A1 could be the absolute most perfect light ever made. It offers a whole lot of color consistency, has a fast recycle time, works best with fast lenses, is small, and can integrate with whatever supported camera system you have when used wirelessly. It isn’t that bad for location shoots either. Then consider just how fantastic the battery life is and how critical that is to wedding photographers, and you have a product that seems perfect if you’re a working pro....
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Film Emulsion Review: Ilford Delta 3200 (35mm and 120)

Ilford Delta 3200 is a black and white film that could be perfect for photographers shooting concerts, street photography at night, or anything that requires you to shoot in near darkness like a wedding reception. Like the other Delta films, it’s fairly contrasty but perhaps the least contrasty of the bunch. Characterized by a strong grain in the images and a fair amount of sharpness, Ilford Delta 3200 deserves to be used with your fastest lenses and while using a camera that is handheld. You can surely use it any way that you’d like, but in most other situations it would be more logical to use a slower ISO film. Instead, Ilford Delta 3200 should be brought along when you want to go out at night....
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Review: Meural Canvas (The Photo Frame Every Photographer Needs)

I first encountered Meural at a gallery event hosted by Lomography, so when the Meural Canvas came about I was incredibly excited to try it out. When one thinks about photo frames and they’ve been in the industry for years, they think about what’s essentially the precursor to the standard tablet device. But you see, the Meural Canvas is more than that. It’s a picture frame that connects to an outlet, has WiFi, and uses gestures from the user to interact with it. Oh yeah, and there’s a mobile app and a membership plan that comes with it. Unlike reformatted Apple iPads though, the Meural Canvas has a matte screen and so it prevents reflections a great deal and enhances the images by providing its own backlighting. It also not only shows off photos, but can do videos and things like cinemagraphs. Then consider the fact that there is real wood and a ton of metal inside and you’ve got yourself one hell of a device that you’ll want your photos to be on–but only if you either have the money for it or have a justification for actually using one for commercial reasons as a photographer....
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Our CineStill 50D Review Now Includes the 120 Emulsion

We’ve updated our CineStill 50D review to include the 120 emulsion. 120 CineStill 50D came out after a campaign that the company put out. So what do we think? Essentially, CineStill 50D is in some ways an unpredictable film. It’s gorgeous, but it will probably be never as popular as CineStill 800T. The reason for this is because of its very low ISO. Think of it in some ways like Kodak Ektar and Kodak Portra 160 put together. It’s capable of delivering some beautiful images but it’s also sort of unpredictable in that sometimes it leans more towards one emulsion than the other. It’s a gorgeous film and I’m sure to use it again perhaps when out and about hiking or something. But at the same time, I’m not sure why I’d particularly go for it vs Velvia 50 if I’m shooting landscapes. ...
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Review: 4VDesign LUSSO LARGE TOP Camera Strap (Super Comfortable)

The 4VDesign LUSSO LARGE TOP camera strap is a camera strap designed for big DSLR cameras. Unlike the company’s Lusso Slim, it’s also, well, large. The strap, which will find a great home with photographers who use medium format film cameras and DSLRs alike, is designed to harbor a lot of weight accordingly. Part of this is due to its very large shoulder pad but the other part is due to its beautiful yet durable construction. The straps are handmade in Italy and use Italian leather. But they’ve also got quite a bit of canvas integrated into the designs. And of any strap that I’ve used for DSLRs recently, this strap has some of the best construction that I’ve seen....
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NuBox 1 is the World’s First Interchangeable Lens Box Camera

When you go about looking at box cameras, you probably think about pinholes or something like a Kodak Brownie. But now, a darling of the analog world is seemingly returning in the form of the NuBox 1. Created by photographer Robert Hamm, this camera has a working lens, aperture and shutter speeds. Robert has done videos online such as an investigation into whether or not Instax is actually film. Robert is claiming that the lenses also have no vignetting to them....
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PONF Camera: Creating a Digital and Film Hybrid Camera

“We signed an agreement with SONY for their full frame and APS-C sensors,” is what Raffaello Palandri tells me about the progress of his project. You see, Raf is in the process releasing some very groundbreaking technology. Years ago, we were able to create cameras that could take film backs and digital backs–but only in medium format. Indeed, one could shoot with their Contax 645, Mamiya 645D or Mamiya RZ67 using film camera backs and then switch out to medium format digital whenever they wished. But now that technology is trickling down the line into full frame and APS-C cameras. Raf is the Director behind a project from R&T Global Services Ltd. that is trying to put together what they’re calling a Multiback camera....
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Review: Peak Design Capture Clip v3

The Peak Design Capture Clip V3 is Peak Design’s latest evolution of the original Capture Clip that helped them get famous off of Kickstarter. This latest version is a massive jump forward in many ways. Designed by a former Apple engineer, the Peak Design Capture Clip V3 is made mostly of a single piece of aluminum. When you look at it and feel it, it feels super slick. Plus it’s smaller than previous versions. And like the other Capture Clips, it’s designed primarily to house your camera in a reliable place with little to no movement. During my testing, I found this to be the best Capture Clip yet in many ways. But in other ways, I found it to be a pain for the landscape and adventure style photographer....
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We’ve Updated Our Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 Review (Includes 120 Now)

Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 continues to impress us. As perhaps one of the best new film emulsions on the market, Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 is a film every photographer needs to try. It’s a near infrared film that works best for street photography but can also work for a variety of...
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Time is Running Out! Enter to Win a $1,000 Gift Card!

Time is running out to win a $1,000 gift card just by filling out this survey. Just a reminder about filling out our survey. Here’s the deal: In 2009, when I started this website, I knew where I wanted the website to be in 10 years, but I didn’t know exactly how it would get there....
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Review: Luminar 2018 (Is it Really an Adobe Lightroom Killer for Photographers?)

Luminar 2018 is the latest offering from MacPhun, now Skylum for photographers who want a better editing solution for their images. Luminar, which has been around for a while now, is the company’s flagship product in many ways and is not only available for the Mac, but also for Windows computers. While much of their marketing is targeted to consumers and hobbyists I can totally see how Luminar, with maturity, will be able to take on a lot of what Adobe is trying to do and how they’re trying to shift things. On a recent press trip, a number of photographers and photography-based journalists were introduced to Capture One; and a lot of them liked it vs Lightroom....
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