Anthony Thurston Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.

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5 of Our Top Camera Bag Picks for Portrait Photographers

If you own a camera, then you are likely asked to do portraits from time to time, regardless of if you do them professionally. You may have a successful portrait photography business, or maybe you just have a passion for them as a hobby; whatever your purpose for shooting portraits is, the fact is that you are going to need a solid bag to carry your kit around in....
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These 6 35mm Equivalent Lenses Are Great for Portraits

Just because you are shooting on a smaller sensor doesn’t mean that you aren’t taking portraits. So what if you’re wanting to do some environmental portraiture with something like a 35mm equivilent, what lenses should you be looking into as a crop sensor shooter? Lucky for you that is exactly what we are going to be talking about today....
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Photographers: It’s Time To Admit That APS-C Isn’t So Bad

There has long been this stigma against ‘crop sensor’ cameras in the photography community; likely dating back to the crop vs full frame marketing campaigns that went on back when the differences in performance between them was, in fact, significant. The truth is though, that the time has come for the industry to stop all the sensor hating; APS-C isn’t so bad and honestly, it gets the job done....
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These New SIRUI SR Tripods Will Support up to 55Lbs of Professional Gear

Traditionally, Tripods have played a very important role in the process of photography. They are usually the first thing a photographer grabs when they are in need of a stable base for their camera. Everything from long exposures to product photography and landscapes wouldn’t be the same without these tools in the hands of the photographers wielding them. SIRUI, as a company, has a long and well-regarded reputation as a maker of quality tripods, and today they continue in that tradition....
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9 Full Frame 35mm Lenses That Are Great at Portraiture

In portraiture, it is common for people to think of longer focal lengths, such as an 85mm or 135mm. But the reality is that these days many portraits and hybrid photographer are choosing wider focal lengths for their portraits, focal lengths such as 50mm and 35mm. But with so much of the education and literature out there on the topic approaching it from the perspective of shooting with longer lenses, how is one to know what lenses they should consider if they are looking into wider fields of view?...
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Report: Adobe Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for iPad

Say what you will about Lightroom CC, but what Adobe has done here over the last year or two in developing a single cohesive experience for users across mobile phone and tablet experiences as well as on traditional computing platforms such as laptops and desktops has been impressive. Now, according to a Bloomberg report, Adobe is taking what they have learned through that endeavor and have shifted their Photoshop strategy in a similar direction, with a full functional Photoshop app for iPad....
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Cheap Photo: Up to 33% off on 15 Deals from Canon, Sony, Sigma, and more!

There may not be any earth-shattering deals from one brand or another right now; but there are still some excellent savings to be had on the gear that you need to round out your kit. As well, Back to School and Photokina are just around the corner, so even more deals are on the way – no doubt....
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The Fujifilm X-T3 Could Be Built In China; But Do We Care?

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the Fujifilm X-T3 is coming soon, we have been hearing about it for months, even if unofficially. The discovery today by Nokishita of the registration of an X-T3 in China only confirms what we have all been expecting from Fujifilm, however, it also introduced a new ripple into this picture of the upcoming Fujifilm flagship camera. Apparently, the X-T3 itself will, in fact, be manufactured in China; a first for a Fujifilm flagship camera, these have previously all been built in Japan....
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This Lightroom Trick Will Let You Change The Color of Objects In Your Images

Lightroom is an interesting piece of software, on one hand, if all you want to do is apply a preset or make some basic adjustments to your image it can be an incredibly simple and straightforward experience. On the other hand, if you want to take things to another level in your postprocessing workflow without leaving Lightroom there are some more advanced ways that you can tweak and modify your images to great effect. One such method is this way to adjust the color of specific objects in your images within Lightroom utilizing the adjustment brush....
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Firmware Roundup: New Updates for Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 and Canon 6D Mark II

Firmware updates are simultaneously one of the best things about today’s technology and one of the most annoying things. On one hand, it is great that we can get updates from companies to improve the performance or resolve unwanted issues with the gear we have spent so much money on. But on the other hand, it can be annoying to have to do the process and there is always the off chance that the update bricks your gear for one reason or another. But pros and cons aside, Tamron and Canon owners take note because today both companies released some updated firmware for some gear that you may own....
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5 of Our Top Camera Bag Picks for Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers. You may know one or you may be one. Regardless of your status, there is one thing about wedding photographers that’s a given; they potentially have a lot of different gear that they need to take with them to a shoot, from cameras and lenses to lighting and other accessories. This requires a solid bag, or bags, to accommodate and protect such a large kit while at the same time remaining easy to transport and access....
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Luminar 2018 Gets New Camera Profiles and Plugin Support; DAM Coming

Image processors are constantly being updated to take advantage of the latest cameras, fine tune their processing engines, and fixing issues that we all run into from time to time. Skylum today unveiled an update to both the MacOS and Windows version of their Luminar 2018 software, both of which are now onto version 1.3.0. Though this could be confusing for some because support for various features is different on MacOS and Windows....
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The Laptops Photographers Should Be Considering in 2018 and Why

A laptop, not unlike a camera, is a major investment for a photographer in 2018 and if you are one of the many who are possibly looking to upgrade their laptop this year then you are going to want to have a look at this post. Towards the end of 2017, there were some major advancements made to the Intel processors that are used in most modern laptops, these changes saw improvements of up to 40% over comparable laptops sporting the processors being used in laptops throughout 2017. This sort of improvement is not your average year over year performance improvement, this one was major, and something you need to pay attention to....
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The Moment Pro Camera App Brings DSLR-like Controls to iOS and Android

Sometimes it is nice to just take out your phone and capture an image in the moment, but sometimes it would be really great to have more control over the image that you are capturing. This is especially true for photographers who shoot with dedicated cameras because we know what we want to capture, and auto-exposure/exposure compensation just doesn’t cut it. This is where having a quality camera app on your phone can be a great thing, but finding an app that has all of the features that you may want can be a challenge. There are a lot of options out there, each one with their own take on various features, and today Moment is launching their Moment Pro Camera App with what they are calling a DSLR-like shooting experience....
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The Flashpoint XPLOR 400Pro TTL Monolight Offers a Lot of Power and TTL

There have been rumors flying over the last week or so about the possibility of a new Godox 400ws moonlight to sit between the Godox AD600Pro and the Godox AD200. The reports started with some leaked images, but now things have become official, with Adorama launching their listing page for the Flashpoint XPLOR 400Pro TTL Monolight. For those unaware, the Flashpoint branded XPLOR monolights are basically rebranded Godox lights, and the listing for this one specifically mentions the Godox AD400Pro; hence why we are considering this information to be official....
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Cheap Photo: Save on These 6 Awesome Tutorials and Great Gear from Canon and Nikon

Don’t worry, there are still some excellent gear deals and savings to have a look at later on in this post. But first, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite deals right now over at Photowhoa, where you can get some great tutorials and tools on a budget....
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Five of Our Top Camera Bag Picks for Street Photographers

Street Photographers, you may know one or you may be one, but regardless of your status, there is one thing about street photographers that’s a given. Unlike other professions where the luxury of taking their camera bag off their back to be set down is a possibility, for most street photographers this is not an option. They must be able to carry their gear around comfortably for long stretches of time, and let’s be honest, not all camera bags out there are going to be good for that type of use. Today, we wanted to highlight some of our top camera/gear bag picks for street photographers in mind. As well, if you have a big street photography kit or a small street photography kit, it makes no difference, we will have options below that appeal to a wide variety of photographers with varying amounts of gear....
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This Camera Brand Stereotypes Meme Is Hilarious and On Point

In the photography world it is not uncommon for photographers to become really attached to their gear, and their cameras specifically. These tools become an extension of us, so it should come as no surprise that we can have some strong feelings about their performance and capabilities. But at the same time, we can all probably relate to knowing that one photographer (at least one anyway) who has drunk a little too much of their brand name Kool-Aid and never shuts up about it. Well, assuming you know someone that fits that description, today we have a hilarious meme to share with you....
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The Holdfast Gear Money Maker Solo Is for You Single Camera Shooters

Holdfast Gear and their Money Maker line of premium leather camera straps have long been favorites of trendy wedding photographers. Their high-quality construction and premium materials look great and gave these photographers the ability to look great and carry their dual camera setups in style but without compromises. The original money maker could be configured in a dual camera or single camera setup, but the strap was optimized for that dual camera configuration. Single camera shooters who wanted a stylish yet functional strap optimized for solo camera use were out of luck, until now....
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Kodak: It’s Been over a Year, Where Is Ektachrome?

Kodak was riding high and making big waves back in January of 2017 when the super brand announced that they would be bringing back one of their most beloved films, Ektachrome. The analog photography community was buzzing, the analog revolution of growing, the film was making a comeback, Kodak was making a comeback. But that was a year and a half ago, and updates have been very few and far between, with one coming back in November, and slightly more recently with some test shots....
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The Optimal Settings for Uploading Videos to IGTV in Premiere Pro

Unless you were living under a rock in the last couple weeks then you have no doubt heard about Instagram’s new foray into the video realm with their new IGTV platform. Video on Instagram has gotten progressively more popular, especially since the introduction of IG Stories, and now Instagram has taken that next step to give us all a great video experience in addition to the great image experience that we currently enjoy....
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4 Great, Weather Sealed, Prime Lenses for the Traveling Photographer

Travel photography is an interesting segment of the photography world, it is a project that requires versatility from a photographer’s kit while at the same time requiring the footprint of that kit to remain as minimal as possible to reduce added fees and weight. As such, many travel photographers, or photographers who will be traveling often reexamine their kits looking for any way to add versatility while reducing their footprint and weight.

These weather sealed prime lenses will pair perfectly with your existing camera providing you with excellent image quality without compromising on being able to handle the elements....
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Lens Design Matters – Why Focusing DSLR Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras Is Such a Pain

We need to talk about something, something that is usually glossed over when people talk about switching to mirrorless and using DSLR lenses. The performance is simply not great, it is usable sure, but you simply can’t get the performance out of them that you are used to on your DSLR, nor that you could enjoy if you used native mirrorless lenses. There is a reason for this, and the reason is likely a lot different than you are thinking it is....
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Photographers: It’s Time to Start Watermarking Your Images

We won’t get too much into the specifics of what is going on with this Virginia Federal Court case in which the court found that using images that you find online can be constituted as fair use. Chances are you have heard about this already, or if you haven’t, a simple search can give you all of the information about it really quickly. What we wanted to do is talk about what you can do to combat this sort of blatant infringement, since the courts are apparently unable to sufficiently protect you....
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Cheap Photo: Holiday Savings from Canon, Nikon and More!

Who doesn’t love a good holiday to celebrate? These are always the best times to buy the gear that you have been thinking about buying thanks to companies looking to capitalize on the joy of a holiday to separate you from your money. This July 4th is no different and several companies have some good deals that you should be taking a look at!...
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Yashica Demonstrates New digiFilm Styles in July Kickstarter Update

You may recall last year when Yashica burst back onto the scene with some vague teases regarding a return to the camera market. After several weeks of teases, it was revealed, through the launch of a Kickstarter campaign, that Yashica was coming back to the camera market in a very interesting way. Instead of launching just another digital camera, and rather than launching some sort of advanced modern film camera, the company instead revealed their plan to base their new camera on something they were calling digiFilm....
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5 of Our Favorite Portrait Lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series

Portrait photography. Chances are, if you own a stand alone camera you are probably using it to take portraits, at least on occasion. So it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that you may be in the market for a good lens for just that purpose; portrait photography. Well, if you are new to the Fujifilm X-Series or to mirrorless cameras in general you may be wondering what your options are for good portrait lenses. ...
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Popular Fujifilm RAW Converter Iridient X-Transformer Adds X-T100 Support

In the world of RAW processing, Fujifilm’s RAF files are a pain in the ass for RAW converters to work on, thanks completely to the special algorithm that is required to read their special X-Trans color information. This has lead to slower import times and questionable image quality from the major RAW converters used in Lightroom and other major image processing engines. One third-party alternative, X-Transformer, takes your RAF files and processes them with its own RAW converter engine (which is known to handle RAF files very well) and outputs an Adobe DNG file that can be read and used in software like Adobe Lightroom much easier....
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6 of Our Favorite Budget Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

Nikon may not be the shinning pillar on the hill that it used to be, but Nikon DSLR cameras still enjoy their status as some of the most popular stand alone cameras on the market. Everyday someone new buys a new (or new to them) Nikon DSLR and needs to start the process of building out their photography kit – only to find that this hobby is way more expensive than they had realized. But fear not, quality budget lens options for Nikon do exist, and we are here today to share some of our favorites with you....
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After 6+ Months with Capture One, I’m Coming Back to Lightroom

If you have been reading the internet for the last year or two you would have been hard-pressed not to notice the uptick in photographers that were unhappy with Adobe Lightroom and it’s nearly constant performance issues. Unsurprisingly, this also is when we started to really see a rise in photographers denouncing Lightroom in favor of PhaseOne’s Capture One Pro, a longtime favorite of professional retouchers that hadn’t really caught on with the masses....
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Cheap Photo: Save Big on These 10 Nude Photography Tutorials

Shooting good nudes is a lot harder than the uneducated individual may think; posing and lighting are key, as is the direction that you give to your model or client in order to produce the sort of results that you are after. So, if you have been struggling with shooting nudes or if you are just curious about the process, then we suggest taking a look at one of these 10 excellent tutorials!...
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This New Pentax-D 50mm F1.4 SDM Is the Perfect Compliment to the K-1 Mark II

Canon has their L series, Sony has their G Master series, and Pentax has their Star Series. That is, at least, what Pentax is going for with their latest lens lineup for their full frame K-1 and K-1 Mark II cameras. The new Star Series lenses, which are meant to be their highest quality premium optics, is being launched today with the HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mm F1.4 SDM AW. Mouthful of a lens name aside, this actually looks like an excellent addition to the Pentax lineup for those of you rocking a K-1 body....
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Fujifilm Drops Firmware Updates For Three X-A Series Cameras

If you are a Fujifilm photographer rocking one of the firms latest X-A series cameras like the X-A5, X-A3, or X-A20 then rejoice, because the company has just dropped new firmware updates for these cameras which is aimed at upgrading their performance and capabilities as well as fix previously discovered issues with the cameras. The Fujifilm X-A series is company’s budget-oriented line of cameras that feature a traditional bayer sensor design and not the unique Fujifilm X-Trans technology featured in Fuji’s higher-end X-Series models....
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Report: Canon 7D Mark III, 80 Mark II, and EOS M5 Mark II Incoming

Photokina is coming up and that means that most of the manufacturers are going to be announcing some new gear that we all want to talk about. In our last Photokina report, we discussed some interesting reporting surrounding Canon’s mirrorless ambitions and the potential of them announcing an EOS M5 Mark II at the world’s premiere photography industry event. Now there are some new reports corroborating those previous reports as well as some new information on a couple of other new APS-C announcements coming down the pipe....
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Don’t Buy the Hype, That 31MP Sony Sensor May Be Real, but It’s Not for an A Series Camera

In the world of digital photography there is one technology that has eluded camera makers for years, yet still gets brought up over and over again by photographers as a fix to many issues we all have with how current cameras capture a scene, and that technology is the Global Shutter. The idea that a camera sensor could capture a scene at once, and not in a top to bottom scan in conjunction with a shutter mechanism of some kind like most current cameras do. Well, a new report over on Sony Alpha Rumors indicates that Sony may have a new 31MP APS-C sensor featuring a Global Shutter, but we don’t think you should pay much attention....
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The Long Awaited Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master Will Cost You $12,000

For true sports and wildlife photographers wanting to use the Sony mirrorless system there was always one really big – glaring, really – hole in their lens ecosystem still, hast super-telephoto prime lenses for shooting sports and wildlife from a distance. There were some ways to work around this, either through adapters, or by utilizing slower lenses – but today Sony finally made good on their promise to fill that gap, and they have done so with their long teased FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS....
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4 of Our Favorite Third-Party Lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series

Fujifilm has an excellent reputation with their lenses, and overall their price to performance among other brand name lenses is up there with the best of them. they are so good, in fact, that many times there seems to be no reason to even purchase third-party lenses because the price to performance ratio won’t be much, if any, better. That said, that doesn’t mean there are not some excellent third party lens options out there, some of which do, in fact offer things not currently available in Fujifilm’s XF lens lineup....
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Day to Night: Making the Holy Grail of Time Lapses

There is nothing quite like watching a well-done time lapse video sequence. These simple, yet nuanced video clips are created by combining a ton of still frames at a constant interval over a set period of time and then combining them all on a video timeline to create a video clip. But in locations where the light changes rapidly, getting your exposure to be consistent throughout the time lapse can be difficult. As well for long time lapse videos, for example, those covering a period of time during the day and into the night, many photographers can struggle with how to shoot and process this sort of project....
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The MagMod Magbox Is a Fresh New Take on the Softbox

People don’t like change, and often times things that could be done better or more efficiently aren’t because people are comfortable with the inefficient way. MagMod has built their business on reinventing photography lighting accessories with their easy to use a system based on magnets, and now they are back with their take on an off-camera lighting setup – The MagBox. But they didn’t stop with just reinventing the softbox in their image, they have also added the MagShoe and MagRing to fill out the system, even more, making this a compelling product....
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The Killer Family Portrait Kit for Micro Four Thirds Photographers

Shooting family portraits, either for yourself or for paid clients, is a common task for photographers to be enlisted into doing.  But if you are new to family portraits, or to photography in general, maybe you are finding yourself wondering about what sort of kit you should have if you want to be doing more family portraits. Maybe you usually specialize in sports photography or landscape photography and your cousin Jane asked you to take care of the family reunion portraits this year.

Whatever your reason for being curious, we have you covered. In this post we will be sharing our thoughts on the ideal family portrait kit setup for you Micro Four Thirds photographers. Now if you’re ready, let’s get into it....
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The Killer Family Portrait Kit for Nikon Photographers

Shooting family portraits, either for yourself or for paid clients, is a common task for photographers to be enlisted into doing. But if you are new to family portraits, or to photography in general, maybe you are finding yourself wondering about what sort of kit you should have if you want to be doing more family portraits. Maybe you usually specialize in sports photography or landscape photography and your cousin Jane asked you to take care of the family reunion portraits this year....
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10 Tips for Optimizing Lightroom Performance in 2018

There is no doubt, over the last year or so Adobe has done a lot to improve and optimize performance in Lightroom, but that doesn’t mean that there are no issues with performance in Lightroom here midway through 2018. If you are more than just a hobbyist photographer than chances are that you spend quite a bit of time in Lightroom, and by extension, you likely run into performance issues more often than a casual user would. These slowdowns and optimization issues can be incredibly annoying and often result in additional stress that you simply don’t need....
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The Fujifilm GFX 50R: What We Would Like to See

You have all no doubt heard about Fujifilm’s GFX mirrorless medium format system, and its launch body, the GFX 50s (read our GFX 50s Review). The camera is no larger than your average professional-level DSLR but it packs an impressive 51.4 megapixel medium format sensor. The only real downside to the system is that its rather expensive, but some reports from the last year have indicated that its possible a more affordable option may be coming from Fujifilm at Photokina in the form of a newly minted Fujifilm GFX 50R....
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Cheap Photo: Save Up to 28% Off These Canon and Nikon DSLRs

We have definitely had a lot deals lately from the Mirrorless market but that doesn’t mean that there are not still some excellent deals to be had on your standard DSLR cameras from big brands such as Canon and Nikon. So if you are still holding out on going mirrorless, but need to upgrade your kit; these deals below may be just what you are looking for!...
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Essentials: Recommendations for the Mirrorless Camera Portrait Photographer

Portrait photography is often a reason for many people to initially get into photography. Be that for taking portraits of their children or family, or simply just having an interest in capturing images of people. But regardless of the reason behind it, this has led to some serious information overload with all things related to portrait photography. You can find gear recommendations down to the brand and the portrait style niche. This is a blessing and a curse....
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PowerXND Mark II ND Filters Blow Through Kickstarter Goal – Again!

Back in 2015 Aurora Aperture was launched on Kickstarter with their PowerXND 2000 ND filter, which featured an impressive 11 stops of ND coverage while maintaining excellent color accuracy and image quality. The campaign was a huge success for the company, which saw them blow through their funding goal by over 500%. Now, three years later, Aurora Aperture is back with a new version of their PowerXND system, the PowerXND Mark II. ...
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Cheap Photo: These Mirrorless Camera Bundle Deals May Be Just What You Need

Who doesn’t love to save some hard earned cash on the new toys and gear that we want to add to our kits? In this quick midweek Cheap Photo update we are featuring nine deals for you that we think you could take advantage of. Want more? Keep scrolling for even more savings....
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This Voigtlander 110mm f2.5 Is the Latest Addition to the E-Mount Ecosystem

It seems like we can’t go more than a couple of weeks lately without some new E Mount lens being announced or newly available. This time the lens in the question is from the team over at Cosina Japan, who have launched their latest Sony E- Mount compatible Voigtlander branded lens, the new Macro Apo-Lanthar 110mm F2.5 FE. This is a manual focus only lens, so that may curb some of your enthusiasm, however, the Voigtlander brand has long been known for their superb quality, so if you can get over being limited to manual focus, this looks to be an interesting release for Sony shooters....
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Sigma Begins Shipping 5 E Mount Art Lenses And We’ve Reviewed Them All!

Lots and we mean LOTS, of photographers, were really happy back earlier this year when Sigma announced that they would be releasing a ton of their Art series lenses in the native Sony E Mount. This, finally, meant that Sony A7 series owners could take advantage of Sigma’s well regarded Art Series without the need for an adapter and settling for subpar AF performance. It’s been months now, and many of you have been chomping at the bit for these lenses to be made available, and that day has finally come, with Sigma announcing today the availability of the Sony E mount version of 5 Art prime lenses....
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A Canon Large Format Digital Camera Could Be Really Cool, But That’s Not What We’re Getting

If you have been into photography for any length of time you should likely understand the idea that generally bigger is better when it comes to imaging sensor size. Smaller sensors have gotten pretty good over the years, but no matter what, cameras with larger sensors have always had that ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ leg up over cameras with smaller sensors. While most sensor manufacturers seem to be focusing on making their smaller sensors better and better, Canon has chosen to go the opposite and just make the worlds biggest CMOS sensor – which is a whopping 20cm square....
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