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The Best Photography Deal Of The Year Is Almost Over — Just Hours Left!

We have been telling you about the 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle for 4 and a half days now, and if you have even a passing capability with mathematics then you know what that means. Yes, The Complete Photography Bundle 2017 is coming to a close and you just have a few hours left to take advantage of this deal before it is gone forever....
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More Vintage Revivals, Leica Announces New Thambar-M 90mm F2.2

Can any vintage or ‘legendary’ camera brands, products, or services of the past who are interested in being revived for modern photographers please raise their hands? We need to get a head count because it seems that 2017 is the year of the revival here in the photography world and that trend continues here today with Leica’s announcement of their ‘new’ Thambar-M 90mm F2.2....
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HUAWEI Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro Feature Dual Leica Lenses With F1.6 Aperture

HUAWEI is joining in on the fake bokeh game with their latest updates to the Mate phone line. Officially unveiled today at IFA Berlin, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were announced, featuring HUAWEI’s Kirin 970 chipset which is the first smartphone chipset to have a dedicated AI neural network processing unit included. As well, the cameras got some nice upgrades too....
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The Complete Photography Bundle 2017: The Catch You Need To Know

Ok, so as we have mentioned before, the best deal on photography education, tools, and software every year is back. In this year’s Complete Photography Bundle you are getting access to some incredible deals at an amazing price, so surely there is a catch – right? Well, yes, but not in the way that you think....
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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm’s Crazy Fall Savings Are Now Live!

Fujifilm just launched their fall savings, and that means some major deals on all of their current lineup of cameras and lenses – yes, even the GFX gear. The list of deals is stupid long, so here are our picks for the top 5 XF lens deals right now, but make sure to scroll down the post a bit further for the full fujifilm deal listing. Believe us, you won’t want to miss this!...
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Tamron Ditching Sony A-Mount For Sony E and Fuji X Lenses?

Now here is some interesting chatter that has cropped up over the weekend! In what shouldn’t really be all that surprising of a move, it is being reported that Tamron will be ceasing their own lens development in regards to the Sony A Mount. Instead, the word is that they will be shifting their focus to a couple of other lens mounts....
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This Facebook Ads Course Will Help Photographers Solve Their Facebook Woes

Have you caught yourself thinking anything along the lines of ‘Facebook isn’t worth my time from a business perspective anymore’? It’s true, the Facebook game has changed, and the days of seemingly endless organic reach and customers are over. However, if you think that means you shouldn’t be utilizing Facebook for market and promote your business then you are mistaken....
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Tips For Shooting Better Natural Light Images Indoors (NSFW)

Working with natural light is one of those things that most photographers start with before moving on into other lighting techniques like speedlights or strobes. But funny enough, natural light is one of those lighting techniques that can be really difficult for some to get a handle on. In this post we are going to go over some of our top tips for getting better natural light photos indoors by seeing your light, understanding it and then harnessing it and bending it to your will....
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Sony’s FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Is The Highest Rated Wide Zoom on DXO

Say what you will about DxO and their testing methodology, but the fact is that it still provides an interesting metric to compare various lenses that you would not be able to test on your own. So it is notable when a new lens makes it to the pack in its designated category; as is the case today, with the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM....
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5DayDeal 2017 Complete Photography Bundle Is Here!

We have featured 5DayDeal and their various packages from time to time over the last year and today we are pretty stoked to announce the launch of 5DayDeal 2017 Complete Photography Bundle. Unlike that last two deals we shared, this one is 100% focused on photographers, and its got some great stuff....
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New App Makes Posting To Instagram From Your Desktop A Reality

Instagram, the social network of choice for most photographers looking to promote their work, is also the greatest annoyance due to not allowing photographers the ability (mostly) to upload images to the service from a computer. A new app called Windowed is looking to change that, and it’s free....
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Nikon Mirrorless To Feature 45MP Sensor, New Mount?

As you have heard, unless you live under a rock, Nikon is working on their professional mirrorless camera system(s) and while nothing is official yet – reports are still getting out here and there giving us tidbits of information about these upcoming mirrorless cameras. The latest report including some major new information about the Nikon mirrorless project....
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Congress is Looking to Make it Easier for You to Enforce Your Copyright

If you have been a photographer for any length of time now the chances are that at some point a person or business has used an image of yours without permission. You would also know, getting any sort of payment from them after the fact and collecting any compensation through a copyright case is as unlikely as it is expensive. Thankfully the US Congress is looking to remedy that – at least partially....
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Manually Tune Your Speedbooster To Achieve Perfect Infinity Focus

A godsend to APS-C camera owners, speedboosters allow photographers using adapted full frame lenses to regain some of the image lost in the crop factor as well as increase the light gathered by the sensor. But every lens is different and not every speedbooster will work great with every lens, however there is a way you may be able to adjust this to achieve better performance with your speedbooster....
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Cheap Photo: $51 Off Lovegrove’s Illumination II, 7 Days Only

Shooting outdoor portraits is the bread and butter of many portrait photographers; chances are at some point in time you are going to want to shoot some portraits outside, and if you don’t do it regularly you may find yourself fumbling about – but it doesn’t have to be that way....
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Joby Updates GorillaPod Flexible Tripods With 15 New Models

For many photographers, a tripod is a necessity, and while they do not replace a standard size tripod in all ways, Joby’s line of GorillaPod tripods have been incredibly popular for minimalist ‘grab and go’ photographers who just need a sturdy place to place their camera. The GorillaPod lineup had been aging though since their last update, but that all ended recently with Joby’s announcement of 15 new updated models....
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SanDisk’s New Industrial and Automotive SD Cards Can Work at -40° C

Western Digital has announced two new lines of SanDisk (WD bought Sandisk last year) SD cards aimed at unique applications and surviving extreme conditions. In terms of what will appeal to photographers, or be used by photographers the most, the new Automotive line could be something that you professionals could consider....
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PONF Multiback Camera Claims To Let You Shoot Film And Digital

The world’s love affair with Film is far from over if the return of Kodak’s Ektachrome or the popularity of film emulation presets is not clued enough. But another new project aims to take that to another level, with a camera that featuring interchangeable backs, one capable of shooting film and the other digital....
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Report Claims Zenit’s Upcoming D1 Full Frame Mirrorless To Be Repackaged Leica M9

We have previously reported on Russian camera maker Zenit and their return to the market, as well as their rumored mirrorless camera projects. The company made waves when it was revealed that they were working on a full frame mirrorless system, raising eyebrows because to this point Sony remains the only player in that game besides Leica. Well, now we are getting new reports that this upcoming Zenit D1 mirrorless camera could be nothing more than the repackaged and repurposed guts of a Leica M9. A move that would be very interesting considering the history of other attempted rebrands....
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Got the New Nikon D850? Here Are Nikon’s Recommended Lenses

Nikon’s D850 has been out for a little while now and if you were interested in one you have likely had a chance to check out all of the first looks and reviews to really make up your mind about if you were going to get one or not. If you are leaning into that yes category, you may be wondering if your current Nikon lenses will be up to the task with that new high-resolution sensor, and who better to ask than Nikon themselves?...
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Google and Moment Announce Moment For Pixel 2 Case At Launch

This is not really anything new, but one of the biggest ways that the big phone makers are setting their products apart from each other is through their cameras and imaging technologies. This trend again reared its head at Google’s launch of the Pixel 2, where they teamed up with Moment to have a specialized Moment for Pixel 2 case specifically for smartphone photographers....
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Adobe Unveils Photoshop Elements 2018 Seeking To Make Being Creative Easier

Adobe, patron saint of the creative arts, has announced the latest version of Photoshop lite – I mean Photoshop Elements. In the 2018 version of the software the company has improved the software’s content intelligence, added more guided edits, and one-click creations to make being a designer photo editor easier for the masses....
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Adding or Subtracting A Matte Look In Lightroom

In the world that we currently live in, everyone is using presets. But many of you out there have skipped over the essential piece of using any preset, or preset system, and that is modifying the looks to better fit your look and style. Just because presets can be one click doesn’t mean that you should use them that way. Matte effects are popular in a lot of films looks these days and they may or may not be something that you like. How can you adjust that on your own in Lightroom?...
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Stroppa Has a Handcrafted Battery and Memory Card Case For Photographers

Have you ever wanted to just grab your kit and go, keeping things minimal with maybe a camera, lens, and not much else? It can be nice to do that now and then, but you always run the risk of leaving without an extra battery or memory card – and we all know how bad that sucks when that happens and you need it. Stroppa made a handcrafted leather memory and battery carrying case that can easily slip into a pocket, or car console so you always have them with you....
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Cheap Photo: Save Big On Canon’s 7D Mark II and Panasonic’s GX8 (and more!)

Canon’s 7D Mark II and Panasonic’s GH4 are two really popular options right now for photographers, and right now both are available for great deals over on Amazon. But that isn’t all, T5i Kit deals are nice (if you aren’t set on a newwww camera) and the GX8 is also a good deal right now. Not to mention the tutorials and education deals we also found for you, check them out!...
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Using A Reflector For Natural Light Boudoir Photography

If you have not heard; reflectors are a natural light photographers best friend. These handy discs help photographers bounce light, filling in the shadows on a subject in a pleasing way. Natural light photography is incredibly popular in the boudoir niche, and today we have a great video showing how to use a reflector to make the most out of the window light given to you....
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Quick Tips on Making the Most of Your 50mm Lens for Portraits

50mm lenses are among the most popular out there, in large part because of their relative ease of use in virtually any situation or niche of photography, but also thanks to their affordability compared to other lenses that photographers may be considering. But let’s say that you just added a 50mm lens to your kit, how could you make the most of it if you were, say, a portrait photographer?...
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22 Years Since The Last Manual Film SLR, Reflex Could Change That

Has this been the month of analog photography comebacks or has it? So far in September, we have seen Kodak Ektachrome, Polaroid, Yashica, and now – possibly the first all manual analog film SLR announcement in 22 years. Let us introduce you to Reflex....
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Tether Tools Adds Tether Block To Its Portfolio of Products

Tether Tools, as the company’s very name suggests, has long been a go-to source for photographers looking for solutions to make their lives easier when shooting tethered. Today the company has announced a new exclusive manufacturing, sales, and distribution agreement to make them the exclusive producer, seller, and distributor of the Tether Block....
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Tips For Experimenting on Personal Shoots the Right Way (NSFW)

I am a firm believer that personal creative shoots are key to photographers growing and pushing themselves forward with their skills. The key to getting better isn’t buying more expensive equipment or binge watching online tutorials. It is getting out there, getting your hands dirty, and using the equipment you have to get the image you see in your mind – through trial and error....
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Cheap Photo: Nikon D610 Savings and Average Joe Workshop Deals!

Nikon’s D850 is busy winning the hearts and minds of DSLR owners on the market for a brand new camera , but another Nikon camera is available for a great deal right now – the D610. Nikon’s budget entry level full frame DSLR isn’t getting talked about much these days but it is a solid performer for anyone interested in a full frame setup on a budget....
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Voigtlander Announces Pricing On Both 40mm Ultron and Nokton Lenses

We posted recently about the newly announced 40mm F1.2 Nokton lens for Sony’s E mount from Voigtlander, but at the time of that announcement, the only pricing information available was Japanese. But that has now been resolved and US pricing for both the company’s upcoming 40mm F2 Ultron and 40mm F1.2 Nokton lenses has been announced....
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Bitplay’s New CLIP For iPhone Works With All Bitplay Lenses

Bitplay has announced their new CLIP for iPhone, which makes utilizing their range of accessory lenses super easy and really simple. The clip isn’t just the name of the product either, it is the description of how it works too....
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This iOS Hack Will Make It Easier Than Ever To Quickly Apply Your Favorite Hashtags

It is the life of a photographer these days, constantly posting our work on social media, constantly trying to get our work in front of the right people to hopefully gain new clients. Often this means using hashtags to help those who may be interested in our work be able to find it easier. However, this can be a long a tedious process if you type out each hashtag on every post, so much so that it can make us dread posting – but it doesn’t have to be that way....
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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm X-E3 Pre-Orders Ahead Of Ship Date & $150 Off The Naked Truth

We just posted out initial impressions on Fujifilm’s soon to be released X-E3 (read that here) and we wanted to just take a second and remind all of you about the pre-order situation ahead of the X-E3 shipments going out next week....
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Yashica Releases Another Teaser Video For ‘Unprecedented Camera’

We have already posted about the news that Legendary camera maker Yashica would be returning to the photography market, though at the time exactly how that would look was not all that clear. Well, in their latest teaser video the company cleared it up… kind of....
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Fotodiox Pro’s New PRONTO Adapter Gives Your Vintage Lenses AF on Sony Mirrorless

It is no secret that one of the best advantages of mirrorless over traditional DSLR systems is the ease of adapting various lenses to your camera. You can use really old vintages lenses for a unique look and feel with ease, but the one thing that you always give up when you use these old lenses is Auto Focus – but Fotodiox Pro doesn’t want that to be the case anymore (at least on Sony mirrorless) thanks to their new PRONTO lens adapter....
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Oprema Jena’s 58mm F2 Biotar Lens Will Have 17 Aperture Blades

We posted recently about the rumored and then confirmed revival of the legendary 58mm Biotar lens by Oprema Jena – a company founded by the same people behind Myer Optik. The company has set out to revive old legendary lenses, much in the same way their sister company Myer Optik has, and their second lens is the Biotar 58mm F2, for which they just launched their Indiegogo Campaign....
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JB Camera Designs Releases Their Custom Fujifilm GFX 50S Wood Grip Base Plate

When you purchase a new camera there is always that desire to bling it out, buy that custom grip or plate, splurge on that hotshoe cover or soft release shutter button. So if you recently picked up a Fujifilm GFX 50S and find yourself with some extra cash and want to bling out your kit a little more – JB Camera Designs has you covered....
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Voigtlander’s 40mm F1.2 FE Lens Officially Unveiled In Japan

Sony’s third-party lens support continues to grow, with new additions to the list being added all the time, most recently via Voigtlander and their new 40mm F1.2 FE lens. The announcement comes from Voigtlander’s parent company, Cosina – which only made the announcement in reference to the Japanese market....
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Lomo’s New Instant Square Can Now Shoot More Than Just Square!

Lomography has been a champion of film and analog photography for some time now, and their latest product, the Lomo Instant Square Camera is just another example of that. But to make their Kickstarter campaign for the Instant Square camera even more enticing they have upped the antie, announcing a new back for the camera that allows it to use standard Instax Mini film as well as the Instax square film it was designed for!...
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Reborn Russian Brand Zenit May Not Be The Leica Rival That Was Promised

A while back we posted about some reports that the reborn Russian brand Zenit was planning to launch their own full frame mirrorless system as part of their plans to get back into the industry to challenge Leica in the luxury camera space. We are following new reports now that this supposed Leica challenger may not be the rival that we were all promised after all....
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Cheap Photo: Panasonic’s LX100 Is A Killer Deal Right Now

The Panasonic LX100 is one of our favorite semi-pocketable compact cameras. This class of high end compacts offer great image quality and build quality, while also being incredibly compact and portable, making them great travel and family cameras for when the full DSLR/Mirrorless kit is just overkill....
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Brevite Is Back On Kickstarter With Their New Hadley Bags

Brevite, the bag company founded by Boston, MA brothers to design and develop bags that photographers could love have announced their newest bag line – Hadley. The idea behind the new bag line, as Brevite puts it, was to take a different approach to today’s everyday-bag market by avoiding bulky backpacks and instead focusing on a simple modular and minimalist design style....
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Legendary Camera Brand Yashica Teases Comeback

If you know anything about photography from before the digital age, then chances are that you have seen or at least heard of Yashica. The legendary camera brand has not been around for some time, but if a recent tease and website launch is any indication – that will soon be changing....
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New Patents Further Point to Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless System

We have been following reports for months now that Nikon is at work on a full frame mirrorless system to take on Sony in the full frame mirrorless segment. These reports have been based, at least in part, on Nikon confirmations of a ‘pro’ mirrorless system that they have in development. However, to this point, no official confirmation has been made in regards to the system being full frame or not. But we have been given yet another clue pointing to a full frame mirrorless system....
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Feature Update #4 Will Improve All Phase One XF Cameras Autofocus For Free

Phase One has announced their latest updates to their XF system camera, which has been called Feature update #4. The long awaited firmware update brings a slew of new features primarily aimed at improving the focusing control and accuracy of the camera – including one feature designed to make focusing and recomposing easier and more accurate than ever....
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The New Phase One 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back Has a Low ISO of 35

We are all photographers here, we all know too well how cameras just see things differently than we do with our eyes. Some of that is lens choice, sure, but some of it goes back to just how the sensor captures the light information it is exposed to. Phase One has just announced their new 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, the brainchild of their collaboration with Sony, and the interesting thing about this sensor is that they are claiming it has been designed to capture color as it is perceived by the human eye....
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Kodak Working Towards Bringing Ektachrome Back To Market In 2018

We have all been interestingly awaiting word from Kodak on their renewed interest in keeping film alive and even expanding upon their currently available film stocks. One legendary Film that we have been watching for closely has been Ektachrome, and if a recent comment reply on Kodak’s Facebook page is legitimate, then we could be seeing Ektachrome back soon!...
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Sony Expands Their PRO Support Organization To Meet Demands of Professionals

One area where Canon and Nikon always had a leg up on the most of the mirrorless brands was in their professional support divisions. These allowed pros to get priority services and support, as well as special access to deals, discounts, and events. Many mirrorless companies have launched similar programs in recent years, with varying levels of success. Today Sony has announced some updates to their PRO system which will no doubt make Sony Professionals happy....
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