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I Sold Every Film Point and Shoot Camera I Have, But Kept This One

I don’t think that it’s even possible for Fujifilm to have created a better camera. The Fujifilm Natura S embodies everything perfect with keeping photography fun. And to keep it extra fun, you should get the pink version. As the perfect party camera, there is a lot to love about it. And even if Fujifilm created a digital version of this camera, I still don’t believe that it would be anywhere as fun as the Fujifilm Natura S. But if Fujifilm were to bring back any film camera from the dead, the Fujifilm Natura S would be the best one to do so even over all of their more serious cameras. Why? Well, why the hell not?...
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The Most Fun I’ve Had. Hasselblad 907X 50C Review

How many of you would believe me if I told you that the Hasselblad 907X 50C is an excellent JPEG camera? Many would probably clamor for my head on a stake. Others wouldn’t believe me. And yet some would agree with me. Of course, a medium format camera is bound to deliver great JPEG photos. But I’m shocked at how good they can be. Granted, the Hasselblad 907X is an over $6,000 medium format camera. It boasts retro looks and feels. And best of all, it’s pretty petite. And if you’ve got the extra dough, you’ll be pretty pleased with it....
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How Shooting Cityscapes with Manual Lenses Makes You Better

On last week’s episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we showed viewers a special segment on manual focus lenses. Chris has always been enamored with them. Him and Brett both believe that you can make you a better photographer. You end up putting more time and careful thought into the image taking process. So here are our extended thoughts....
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Why Do You Love Your Favorite Camera? Tell Us Why It’s Special

We at the Phoblographer would love to cultivate conversations around our favorite camera gear. Hey folks! I think you can agree that there’s a ton of negativity, toxicity, and emotionally jarring things in the media right now. So we want to do our part to remind the world about the things that bring us joy....
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Color Film Photography Was Such a Big Headache for the CIA

We previously reported on how aerial color film photography was a headache for the CIA. But the problem wasn’t just for aerial photography. One document in the late 1960s tells about all the checks and concerns that there was about color film. Today, you’d easily think that it was standard fare. The transition from black and white was a slow one, though. Color didn’t really become the norm until they started to move to digital. One would think that slide film would have done the trick. But that’s not the case. The CIA had many concerns. Let’s put this into perspective. It seemed like everyone wanted it. But the labs, the treasury, and the higher-ups all thought that it would make things too complicated....
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Is the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM for Wildlife?

On last week’s episode of Pro Camera Reviews, Brett told us about his experiences with the new Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM. He’s been testing it on the Canon EOS R6. Overall, it’s a nice lens. But it’s very niche. And he so far believes that it’s only good for a very particular type of photographer....
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Why Flash Duration Is the Photographer’s Secret Weapon!

If there’s one thing that I really adore about flash photography, it’s flash duration. This is a secret weapon that so many new photographers don’t know about. But once you understand it and tame it, you’ll see how much better your photos will be. Flash duration is the subtle difference between that extra pop and a flat image! The 3D look that it can deliver is surreal. You’ll be able to see it and experience it even when not looking at 100%....
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The Truth About Constant Light vs Flash for Photographers

If you are struggling to use more than just natural light, we’ve got just the thing. Many people these days reach for constant light. Tons of YouTube videos show you how to use it. But proper photography needs more than that. Does this mean you can’t shoot great photos with Constant light? You totally can! I don’t know about you, but I can’t name any lifelong photographers who’ve only used constant lighting. I’ve even seen the great Peter Hurley use strobes. But I can name a ton who’ve used flash! And in this cheat sheet, we’ll break constant light vs flash down further for you....
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TTL vs Manual Flash: What Photographers Need to Know

Most photographers realize that flash output is still better than constant lighting. But the biggest struggle is with TTL vs. manual flash output. Most people don’t understand it. And to be honest, most experienced photographers are also frustrated with it. But in time, you learn to tell it what to do. Think about it this way. You use your camera in manual mode, right? And if you don’t, then you at least know how to do so. The strobe and flash output that you can get is similar....
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We’re Looking to Expand the Team and Make Some New Hires

JUST A REMINDER: WE’RE HIRING! Hi everyone, The Phoblographer is doing a call for part-time positions here on staff. Two of them are for international hires, and one positively must be filled within the USA. We pride ourselves on diverse hiring amongst our contractors. It’s important to us and the audience. We’re continuing to evolve,...
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How to Get Sharper Images with Manual Focus Lenses

“Patience is a virtue,” is a quote that I’m convinced was first said by someone who used manual focus lenses. I’m kidding, of course, but the proverb rings true for photographers. Many of us are impatient. And if you enjoy your photography hobby, you should relish the time. And if you’re a professional photographer, then you most likely know how to make the most of manual focus lenses. Most importantly, the passionate photographers among us genuinely care about the artistic methods around shooting photos. Everything else around us is so automated and electronic. And sometimes, it’s nice to go back to the analog ways and do things ourselves. And that’s why creating photos with manual focus lenses can be so rewarding....
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On the Myth of the Leica Photographer Who Doesn’t Have a Ton of Money

I bought my first Leica camera when I was in college, and I wasn’t rich. Then I sold it because I needed the money and only in my 30s did I really start buying into their cameras again. But again, I’m not rich. I purchased used cameras. I bought film cameras. I bought third party lenses. The system is easy to get into if you just go third party or used sometimes. Sure, there’s that whole idea and pride with having the Leica badge on your camera. But if you’re just passionate about the cameras and photography, then the badge won’t mean a thing to you. Why you’d buy a Leica in the first place isn’t all about the tech, it’s instead all about you....
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The Bokeh From This $59,000 Vintage 102mm f1.9 is Stunning!

We’re betting that most of you haven’t heard of the Dallmeyer Super-Six 102mm f1.9. We’ve talked about it before, though, and have seen a few crazy mods for it. But this rare one is for Sony E mount. Better yet, it has full-frame coverage. So if you adore vintage glass, then get your wallet ready. Actually, get the money bags out–because you’ll need them. This particular Dallmeyer Super-Six 102mm f1.9 lens is going for a cool $59,000. With bokeh like this, you don’t need a college education, rent, a car, vegetables, or house renovations. All you need is to fall in love with dem buttery smooth tones....
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Your Camera Sucks. Your Lenses Suck. But How Is Your Creative Vision?

I’m writing this blog post fully knowing and understanding that I haven’t done a truly creative project or even image in a little while. It’s been well over two years since I’ve given myself a project and a few months since I truly created an image. When I say create, I don’t mean document. I don’t mean put a light in front of a model and just shoot. I mean full set creation, manually controlling every aspect of the scene, an original idea, etc. And what I’ve known for many years is that new cameras don’t make you a better photographer. They help you do new things that you couldn’t do before if you use those features. But at the end of it all, you’re the one who creates the images. And a solid creative can shoot sports with a pinhole camera in a very unique way that only they can do....
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Opinion: Clarity Is the Feature Every Camera Needs

When the Fujifilm X Pro 3 launched and added clarity adjustment, I was so incredibly thrilled. Even better: it seemed to add my changes to the RAW files. “Why doesn’t everyone do this?” I wondered to myself. And then, more and more, I started to see camera manufacturers add the feature. But I think that everyone needs it at this point. With so much of a heavy emphasis being put these days on the post-production aspect, there is a vast need to differentiate between a photographer and a photo editor. With a photographer, they do most of the work in-camera. While with a photo editor, they do most of the work in post-production. It’s created a culture of merely just fixing it in post-production. By adding clarity to a camera’s functionality, a photographer can focus on shooting and continue shooting rather than spending more time in post-production. And I think that’s huge....
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Sani/Nation: The Surreal Grief and Loneliness of Quarantine

“I’ve never before included so much practice and rehearsal time for a series’ images,” Christine Ren tells us. We’ve featured her work many times on this site, and it’s always dazzling. “Justin and I spent at least 2-3 sessions of practice shooting at different times of day and with different lighting setups before we layered in sets, props and I brought Sammy in for her and me to rehearse together. All of that incremental prep I think also really shows in the final shots.” The collaboration between Sammy, Christine, and Justin is a result of quarantine. When you’re inside, you tend to get creative for many reasons. And arguably, we’re in a golden age of creativity right now. At least Christine’s series, Sani/Nation, is big evidence of that....
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Explore Your City: Samyang 18mm F2.8 Lens Review

My intro to our review of the Samyang 18mm f2.8 is the last section I’m writing. It’s possibly because I don’t really know how to start it. Why? Well, the Samyang 18mm f2.8 is sort of a one trick pony. It delivers solid image quality on the Sony a7r III. The colors and the contrast are lovely. Couple that with the amazingly low price point and you’ve got everything that the Samyang 18mm f2.8 embodies. Yet if you want the best autofocus performance out of it, you need to buy the Samyang dock. Further, it lacks weather sealing. That limits you from shooting in the rain, which is honestly one of the best things you could do. So for what it is, the Samyang 18mm f2.8 is pretty decent. But I wouldn’t personally spring for it....
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How the CIA Made a Checklist on Photographing UFO Sightings

In the late 1950s, an anonymous man explored space from his backyard using his telescope. Just like many of you, he was fascinated by what’s out there. And what he found intrigued the CIA. Some probably thought that he was crazy. But a report details the high-resolution photography and emulsions he was using to get the photos. Strange objects were appearing not far from the moon. The CIA received things like this all the time. But the outstanding, high-resolution images this man shot began a vintage X-Files series of investigations. It concerned them enough that they started studies almost 62 years ago....
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Why Do You Think Camera Manufacturers Aren’t Truly Innovating?

Camera manufacturers have lost the tech game. They’re not really considered big tech anymore. And they’re not doing anything truly exciting. It’s evident in many ways. But the biggest way is with consumer spending. Most folks have no reason to buy a new camera. In fact, even more folks don’t have reasons to buy an actual camera at all. So why have one? Well, we’re wondering the same thing. So we discussed it on our latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews....
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Photographer Kat Grudko Has a Secret for Better Boudoir Photography

“I think I have to go with a conductor of a small orchestra,” explains photographer Kat Grudko when describing her boudoir photography. “I feel like it is this big thing (in terms of how vulnerable the subject needs to be), but at the same time while I am shooting I am so zoned into every little detail of my subject that nothing else outside of that matters.” Kat is an ambassador for Profoto and is based in South Africa where she mostly shoots lifestyle work. Though on the side, she shoots boudoir. Ms. Grudko explains to us that she’s a sensitive person. She believes that most creatives are and need to tap into that part of themselves. It lets them create from a deeper and more genuine place. This, combined with the vulnerability on a boudoir shoot, are fascinating to us. So we asked Kat to dive deeper with us. And discussed being an empath and a little bit of the cosmos....
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Photographer Evan Baines Studies How to Make a “Good” Military Portrait

“I think the most consistently interesting thing about this project to me is the tension between the individual and the ‘uniform,'” explains photographer Evan Baines to us. Evan has been shooting military portraits for a long time now. And over the years, he’s had many challenging scenarios. One of the biggest ones is the portrayal of women in uniform. It started out with his infatuation with history. So everything used to be done in black and white. Evan said that it helped emphasize medals very well. But then his creative vision and his gear evolved. ...
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Don’t Be Afraid! Cleaning Your Camera Sensor the Right Way

On last week’s episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we showed viewers how to clean their camera sensor. The audience loved it. And lots of folks have never done it before. It’s amazingly simple to do as long as you’re not afraid. You should also exercise a bit of common sensor. Both Brett and Chris use different methods. And we showed off two of the biggest ones on the show....
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No Photographer Needs to Spend Over $650 to Make Great Photos

With the budget lighting we found, Flashes and Constant Lights can do a whole lot for your photography. We get it; lots of you probably don’t need new lenses or cameras. Instead, you should look at lighting: it allows you to play with photography in a different way. So, we found a bunch of great...
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Why Live Composite is One of the Best Things to Happen To Cameras

Unless you’re shooting with Olympus and Panasonic, you’ve probably never heard of Live Composite. In our constant search to move away from editing, this is a feature we adore. It means that a photographer needs to think about something beforehand. They need to be very careful. And best of all, they need to not rely on Photoshop. When someone says, “Photoshop it later,” a part of me dies inside. It’s awful. But with Live Composite, a photographer can stay out in the field creating. If you’re a hobbyist or a professional that really just wants to shoot, we encourage you to try it....
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These 6 Cheap Lenses Have Great Quality, and Are Under $300

We completely understand that photographers don’t have much money right now. Even if you’re a hobbyist, we encourage everyone to try something new. Best of all, you don’t need to spend a ton of cash. You can try a few things to open up your creativity a bit more. So give these lenses a shot....
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KONO!RAMA: The Most Exciting Thing in Instant Photography Right Now

Many years ago, photographers put color filters in front of their lenses. It delivered a fun effect if it wasn’t correcting for the lighting. And that’s what the KONO!RAMA is doing in a far more innovative way. The front lens elements of many cameras are various sizes. To get around that problem, you just place the KONO!RAMA right in front of the film pack before loading it up. As you shoot, the effect is applied to the entire pack of film. It breathes new life into your old camera, just in case, it’s been in the corner gathering dust. We’ve got more on the KONO!RAMA after the jump....
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Stopping Your Lens Down: What Photographers Always Forget About

“LOOK AT THE BOKEH!!!!” Does that sound like you when you were first starting out? Well, unfortunately, many photographers never leave that phase. With so many new people getting into photography, we’ve found it essential to do our part. Just remember that your lens often has more than one aperture. You can even stop it down in half stops, 1/3 stops, and full stops. In general, it’s great to leave it wide open when shooting in low light. But turn off that electronic shutter setting. And learn to focus on the exposure of the scene. More than that, use the storytelling elements that a lens affords you....
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Their Most Gorgeous Bag Yet! Billingham Hadley One Review

It’s hard to not be a fan of navy and brown leather. They work so well together. And the Billingham Hadley One is getting just that color scheme today. I haven’t seen it done this well in years, and this one is exceptional. The Billingham Hadley One isn’t a new bag. But it has given so many photographers high reliability, so you’ve got a winner. Billingham has long created bags for journalists and photographers. But they’ve fallen out of favor in the past few years. You can blame Kickstarters and more flash marketing tactics for that. The Billingham Hadley One is one of those classics that you don’t really need to improve on, though. In a world where mirrorless cameras and lenses are dominating the market, the Billingham Hadley One is a welcome option. Besides being very functional, it’s durable. This bag is also surprisingly comfortable when packed to the brim with cameras and lenses. If I haven’t said it enough, it’s also incredibly alluring....
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The Three Color Portrait Method Will Drastically Improve Your Photos

We’re big fans of keeping it simple if you really can. This is critical for portrait photography. The objective is to put the emphasis on a single person. So you need to find a way to make them stand out. Naturally, the human eye goes to them. You can also use the depth of field and bokeh to single them out. Then there’s also composition rules. But what about composing by color? There are lots of ways to do this. And with portrait photography, it can be a game-changer. The truth is that not every excellent piece of wardrobe works with every scene. So keeping it simple is the best approach. Focusing on using ut, three colors can do a lot for your portrait photography. Let’s take a closer look!...
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This Very Rare $29,995 Leica M6 was Special Ordered by a Royal Family

The Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei edition had only 350 made. Right next to his Rolex watch collection, I could totally see rapper Post Malone owning this rare Leica M6. Currently going for $29.995 on eBay, this isn’t your run of the mill Titanium edition. It’s known as the Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei edition....
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A Beautiful But Incredibly Boring Camera. Fujifilm SQ1 Review

Someone was bound to say it, but Fujifilm isn’t really trying with the Instax format it seems. They’re putting out cameras that spit the film out in various sizes. Some have Bluetooth connectivity, which is very cool. Some are just printers. But lots of them do the same thing: take a photo and spit it out. With the Fujifilm SQ1, I feel that Fujifilm is still not doing anything different. For years, I’ve asked for a higher-end Instax camera. I keep hearing the same things from them: people don’t want it. And I don’t believe that. With Lomography releasing an Instant film back for large format cameras, I have to believe that folks want a higher-end Instax camera. The Fujifilm SQ1 isn’t that camera, though. In fact, it barely does anything at all....
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Why the New Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 S for Z Mount Is So Exciting

My jaw dropped, and I became very excited when Nikon briefed us on the new Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for Z mount lens. I’ve been very critical of Nikon. For a while, they were seemingly playing catch up. Nothing they created was unique. Though their Noct lens is one of a kind, it’s not attainable by most folks. With the new Z mount Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, Nikon will have 24 lenses in the lineup. It’s something special. The lens design is totally different from its DSLR predecessor. That’s thanks to the specs on the Z mount. The Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for Z mount has an almost flat front. And the accessories that come with it will excite so many wide-angle shooters....
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The Lens No One Should Discuss. Sony 28-60mm F4-5.6 Review

“What the hell did you do, Sony?” That’s what I thought as I sat in a Go-To meeting looking at this lens. The Sony 28-60mm f4-5.6 is clearly outshined by the new Sony a7c today. But I’m also wondering why Sony even made it. Sure, a smaller kit zoom is a welcome addition. But they also have small prime lenses. How about their 35mm f2.8 FE? Or the 28mm f2 FE? The Sony 28-60mm f4-5.6 gives you versatility with only a stop of difference between the wide end and the long end. Optically speaking, they also did a decent job. But as I found in my review, this lens shouldn’t be paired with the Sony a7c. Instead, it’s an okay option for the higher end a7 series camera models....
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The Sony a7c is the Best Sony Camera for Leica M Mount Lenses

Pick it up, and the Sony a7c will trigger a feeling. It’s bound to feel like a Mamiya 6 or Mamiya 7 rangefinder camera. You’ll be pleasantly surprised if you’re a rangefinder-style camera lover the way I am. The nostalgia will hit experienced photographers hard. The Sony a7c is the company’s latest full-frame offering. What makes it so unique is a super small camera body. But there’s a big full-frame sensor at heart. Better yet, it pairs so well with Leica M mount lenses. M shooters are bound to be the ones who pick this camera up. Thankfully, it seems Sony improved the manual focus peaking function a bit. That means you’re going to get sharper images when you go about shooting....
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They Finally Did It! Full Frame Rangefinder Style! Sony a7c Review

I’m incredibly elated that Sony made a camera like the Sony a7c. The entire industry is lacking rangefinder-style cameras. Putting a full-frame sensor into one is the icing on the cake. Maybe it will mean that other brands follow suit. Sony made a few sacrifices to create the Sony a7c. This is a real innovation that was proven long ago with the RX1 series. But this camera is different. You can swap the lenses out. The image stabilization isn’t up to par with the other Sony a7 camera bodies. And in some ways, I feel the autofocus isn’t so either. You’re also missing a joystick. But the Sony a7c  has a whole lot going for it otherwise....
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Every Aspiring Photojournalist Needs This Cheat Sheet for Better Stories

You’re a documentary photographer, or a photojournalist, or someone looking to tell a story. This doesn’t include street photography–that’s not photojournalism. But you want to create a narrative in a photo story. Think about the who, what, when, where, how, and why of the story. You need to answer questions. And most importantly, you need to rely on a tried and true method that’s been in use for many decades now. It’s time for you, the photojournalist, to think like a film-maker....
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Join Us to Discuss How to Clean Your Camera Sensor the Right Way

In this episode, we’re going to talk about an inevitable truth in photography. Later tonight, we’re discussing an uncomfortable truth about photography. Many photographers are too scared to clean their own camera sensors. But you shouldn’t be! So, we’re going to do a live demonstration on the show. Join us!...
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In the 1970s, the C.I.A.’s Bird Camera Program Spied on the Soviets

The C.I.A. is no stranger to working with animals. And for a time, the common pigeon was a clandestine photographer in the name of Uncle Sam. In the mid-1970s, the C.I.A. describes what’s called the Bird Camera Program. Tests were done all around the United States to send our feathered friends into the Soviet Union. There, the undercover pigeons would fly from point A to point B. Along the way, a camera would photograph whatever was below on the ground. A modified Minox camera was developed to do that. Minox was a company that was well known for their spy cameras and using the 110 film format to get essential photos. 110 film is around the size of a modern Four Thirds sensor. Many years before Olympus and Panasonic developed the spiritual successor, the C.I.A. was putting it to use for spying....
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Want Better Bokeh from Your Lens? You Should Try This

We all love fast aperture lenses. In the past decade, they’ve all gotten so much better too. The Japanese, Korean and German manufacturers all have an obsession with achieving gorgeous bokeh. So does the company that makes your phone! But they do it in a far different way. We’d all like better bokeh from our lenses. And the key to it all is to do a bit of trickery. Today’s Cheat Sheet focuses on how to get better bokeh from your lens. One of these steps is obvious. But we’re sure you haven’t tried the others. Have you?...
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Join Us to Discuss: Why Aren’t Camera Manufacturers Truly Innovating?

Tomorrow on Pro Camera Reviews, we’re talking about innovation in the camera world. Let’s think about it: camera manufacturers are trying to play catch up to phone manufacturers. Yet phones are more functional in many ways. Powered by software, apps, and AI, phones are highly capable. Traditional cameras are very capable too, but in a...
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We’re Hiring: Reviews Editor, Vintage Camera Expert, and Podcast Editor

To continue pushing the needle, The Phoblographer is looking to grow and sustainably expand the staff. Hi everyone, The Phoblographer is doing a call for part-time positions here on staff. Two of them are for international hires, and one positively must be filled within the USA. We pride ourselves on diverse hiring amongst our contractors....
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Matt Stanman and His Fujifilm GFX Make Beautiful Landscapes

“…I kind of put the camera away for a few years,” says photographer Matt Stanman about how he fell back in love with photography. “Then, Youtube came about, and it reinvigorated my spirit for photography.” Matt has a very complicated and long history of photography in his life. It involved a move from California to Florida–which drastically changes landscape photography. So Matt told us about his love for black and white photography, clouds, and his Fuji GFX system....
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The Colors and RAW Files from the Canon EOS R5 Are Magical

In all my time using Canon cameras, I always felt that Sony RAW files were better. And in some ways they still are. But the RAW files from the Canon EOS R5 are really something else. They’re fantastic! We explored it a bit in a recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews....
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Why New Photography Gear Isn’t Always the Best Gear for You

I’ve learned this lesson twice in the past decade. Actually, I’ve learned it three times. Sometimes the latest camera options aren’t the best products for the year–and this could be a significant reason why so many people buy vintage. But this is why you should always carefully consider any purchase you make or even consider renting from a company like Lensrentals. Photography and photography gear is something that’s so incredibly personal to one another. Paul and Brett both like bigger grips on cameras. On the other hand (no pun intended), I’m more of a guy to like rangefinders like a Leica or something like an X Pro 3. And at times, this means that you wait for a really long time without buying new gear. In fact, sometimes there’s no real reason to buy a new camera with how often refreshes are. Instead, there are much better reasons to buy augments like lenses. But let’s look at three examples I had explicitly in my career....
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Lensrentals Finds Canon EOS R5 Weather Sealing “Clearly Superior”

We’ve always known higher-end Canon cameras to be very well built. But when the Canon EOS R5 was torn apart by LensRentals, we were even more shocked. This is the camera that’s supposed to be the equivalent of the 5D series to the mirrorless camera world. And of course, it has to boast comparable build quality. We’ve taken it out into the rain, which is shrugged off. Rain typically hits the top section of a camera. But believe it or not, that’s not the most impressive section of the Canon EOS R5....
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Many Camera Manufacturers Have Lost the Art of Craftsmanship

Years ago, Nikon made an attempt to buy into the whole vintage appeal and aesthetic with the Nikon Df. Olympus did it with the Pen F. Fujifilm’s entire line of X series cameras does this. And pretty much every Leica that I’ve ever held did too. But these cameras didn’t buy into a hype model; they demonstrated true craftsmanship. This can be found in pretty much every film camera that you hold which doesn’t have electronics in it. There are even cameras with electronics where you can truly feel the craftsmanship. But in recent years, I feel like camera manufacturers have lost their ways. In favor of a newer type of photographer that understands and feels computers more than anything else, the art of a craftsman’s tool has been all but lost to us....
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This Senior Portrait Shoot by Jake Zaepfel Will Make You Laugh

“They look like Sexy Kenny Powers,” I said to photographer Jake Zaepfel in a Facebook conversation. He laughed. In fact, Jake credits the entire thing to his client, Dane. The amazing photos wouldn’t have been possible without Dane’s confidence and personality. It at all happened after an offer that Jake put out blew up on the local news. Essentially, he let seniors have free photography sessions amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In a few weeks, he had 75 senior portrait sessions. And even after I sent Jake the interview questions, he was shooting and editing a wedding. Jake is an understandably busy guy with this much talent. But he walked us through this shoot and his creative vision....
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Photography Trends That We Hate and that Need to Die

Have you ever flipped through Instagram and found a bunch of trends that you hated? Do you like the spot color trend? Or what about the senior portraits on train tracks trend? Well, in our latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we went on and on about the things we hate....
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Quit Your Hate! This Is Great! Canon EOS R5 Review

There was a time when I was angry at Canon. But when the Canon EOS R launched, that anger subsided. It was a nice entry into the serious mirrorless camera world. But the Canon EOS R5 is arguably the camera that they should have launched at the start. This camera can easily become the bread and butter of any professional photographer using it. It can also be a great tool for a multimedia shooter. Better yet, the hobbyist photographer that is passionate about the craft will enjoy what this camera can do. There has been a lot of wrongful bashing of the Canon EOS R5 on the web. And in this review, we’re going to talk to the practicality of it all. Note that before you go on, we’re not sensationalizing things just for clicks. And if you’re a shooter that left Canon for another system, we’re probably going to tell you a few things that you don’t want to hear. So please keep your superiority complexes in check....
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Want a Kodak Black and White Film Guide? Check This Out!

Some photographers have shot their entire portfolio with one film. It’s helped them get a very signature look. But others like to experiment. Today, we’re sure that many of you sometimes wonder which Kodak film to choose. The company has three black and white emulsions that are incredibly popular. T-Max 400, T-Max P3200, and Tri-X 400 are what’s available in America. That’s not to say that you can’t do one genre with only one film. But instead, this is a best practice guide. Not many people can shoot great portraits with T-Max P3200. Similarly, Tri-X 400 is the choice for many photojournalists for legitimate reasons. T-Max 400 is best for the photographer that wants the sharpest ISO 400 film photos....
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