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Review: Fujifilm XF1

The Fujifilm X-F1 Compact Camera is the latest model to come out of the X-Series that breaks into a new class of camera for the series. While the X10 grazed the compact camera field, the X-F1 bravely enters and takes the center stage as their flagship pocketable compact camera. Bowing up to larger competitors like the Canon S100 and Sony RX100, this camera takes a stand as a new way of addressing a common consumer market. With its exclusive lens extension system and the trend-setting retro return to leatherette and metal bodies, this camera boldly stakes its claim in the top shelf as a premium compact camera. ...
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Review: Fujifilm X-E1

The X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is an interesting take by Fujifilm on the EVF cameras that have been dominating the mirrorless category for a couple of years now. Since the mirrorless camera by nature does not allow for a true through-the-lens viewfinder, if manufacturers wanted to put a viewfinder on the camera they had to used an electronic one. That is, until the Fuji X100 came along. (I’m leaving digital rangefinders out of this statement because they are not the same thing as a mirrorless camera although they are functionally similar)...
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Review: Think Tank Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag

Yes, another Think Tank bag review. You know why we do so many of these? Think Tank likes people to try out their bags and receive feedback on the good and the bad about their products. They have been so willing to do this with the staff of ThePhoblographer.com that we almost continually have another Think Tank bag review in the works. Which makes sense, because they are one of the most prolific bag makers on the market today. The Think Tank Retrospective 40 bag is another shoulder bag in their long line of professional products, paired in release with its larger cousin the Think Tank Retrospective 50 which was reviewed by Bobby Zhang recently....
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The GoPro Hero 3 Gets Some Serious Love with Polar Pro Filters’ New Accessory

People love their GoPro cameras. They are unique little cameras that have the ability to adapt to almost any shooting condition and make sure that you get the shot. Great for action sports coverage and numerous other situations, one thing that almost always is needed is a good filter to make sure it makes the mountain scene really pops or that the underwater clip looks less blue and more like real life....
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First Impressions: Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Camera

Even before I had a chance for a first impression, I really did not have great expectations for the Fuji X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Camera. I like what Fuji is doing with their X-Series and I am really excited about the directions that the company is heading in the mirrorless market; but, when I heard that it would be an EVF only camera and completely ditch the hybrid viewfinder that made both the X100 and X-Pro1 so groundbreaking, I was less than ecstatic. How can an EVF camera ever hold it’s own against the kind of ingenuity and classic camera experience that the Fuji X-E1’s predecessors offer?...
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Photoshelter Rounds Up The Year In Review With 57 Reasons to Love Photography in 2012

At the end of every year it seems fitting to look back and see what has changed and take account of what has been accomplished in our midst. Photography culture is no different. Allen Murabayashi, the Chairman and Co-Founder of Photoshelter took this time to put together a brilliantly introspective look at the whole of photography in the year and highlight some really great points....
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Future Update to Capture One May Give Silkypix the Slow Painful Death it So Richly Deserves

CaptureOne users rejoice! According to Phase One Crew member Lionel12 on the PhaseOne/Mamiya Leaf forum, X-Trans support is on the way....
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Will.i.am Introduces His Awkward Rendition of a Great Idea From the Artefact Group Introduced Originally in 2011

I am a big proponent of the idea that the world, particularly the creative world, is built on remixes of old ideas and influences of our places and cultures that we grow up in. Anyone who has watched the excellent documentary series Everything is a Remix by New York based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson can see where I am coming from on this. Apple has built an entire industry and brand out of this, Led Zepplin became famous by rehashing old blues songs, and our particular avenue of photography is built on the shoulders of the giants who came before us. Not to discredit those creating new works at all, but it must be understood that there is influence and collaboration (intentionally or not) in everything that we do. Camera design is no different....
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Holiday 2012: Recommended Messenger Bags for The Sophisticated Urban Dweller

These bags carry the cameras we love to use, the items that help us accomplish those images we are after, and they make us look devilishly good while doing it. Nothing does this better than a well made messenger bag. Whether you really are an urban dweller, a suburbanite, or just someone looking for a new way to cart around your favorite kit, these excellent messenger bags were made to help you do it well. Find out which one might fit you perfectly after the jump....
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Holiday 2012: Recommended Items for the Discerning Film Photographer

I have been a dedicated film shooter for the last year after selling off all my digital equipment in a frenzy and learning to develop my own B&W at home. I have had some tough and frustrating times with film, but there is really nothing quite like watching the image come to life after waiting a spell since you actually took the image to see it. The payoff when I see client’s faces light up after seeing the images for the first time since the shoot is just too big to put a price tag on.

However, all this glory only comes from some serious learning and some special equipment. If you have been shooting a toy camera for any period of time you know how drop dead simple exposure science can be, but as you progress there are things you desire to do with you images that take more than just a chance exposure and leaving it up to Walgreens’ abysmal lab. To take your film photography to the next level with just a few wishlist items, take a short perusal of this suggested equipment list and prepare for even more film photography fun!...
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First Impressions: Fujifilm X-F1

The Fujifilm X-F1 Compact Camera is the 5th camera in the popular X-Series. This camera is marked like the rest of the series by a reminiscent return to the heyday of camera design (In my opinion, of course) with leatherette accents and simplified manual controls. This model is the most compact of the bunch, even smaller than it’s slightly bigger brother the X10....
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Lomography is a Potential Suitor for Kodak’s Dwindling Film Photography Business

This came as a bit of a surprise to me after paging halfway through the interesting BBC article on the Lomography brand’s history and subsequent film mini-renaissance; but, apparently there is currently some speculation that the company may be poised for a takeover of Kodak’s professional and consumer photography brand and trademarks. Just check out this short cut from the BBC article that makes any film nut’s pulse quicken after the jump:...
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500px Decides the Timing is Right for Adopting Creative Commons Licensing Options

In a bid to broaden their user base and allow for more flexibility for their current members, 500px has adopted the ever-widening Creative Commons Licensing options set for their site. New and longtime users of the popular photography social networking site can select from the 6 options that Creative Commons offers when uploading their photos to the site for sharing. This is pretty monumental, as they are the only other major player in online photography sharing to offer this option to their users. While it may seem like a mute point to most and a thorn in the side to some, allowing for the attributed sharing of creative works is not a new idea (just take a look at the history of copyright and the recent paper published then quickly pulled by the RSC on the subject of copyright law). ...
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Kodak to Make Renewed Attempts at Resurgence on Loans from Numerous Banks

With every last bit of the Kodak that photographers know and love slowly fading into the oblivion that houses 3.5” floppies and the X-Files, more news almost always seems to be bad news. With Kodak needing a serious restructuring, what the management has decided is that further debt is necessary....
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ONA Continues to be the Sexiest Thing in Photography Bags Ever

One thing about photographers is that we are a visual bunch. Always on the lookout for things that intrigue us, our physical clothing style and accessories are something that we are always aware of, that is if you aren’t Bill Cunningham. While he is content with one particular style of his utilitarian garb, he is always watching what other people are wearing, which is yet again a testament to this. If he saw someone in the streets of NYC carrying this bag, I promise it would catch his eyes. Above is the updated Italian Leather Brixton, there are also two new women’s bags: the Palma and Chelsea. Forget the Kelly Moore bags, these are serious shooter’s accessories that command respect and the price tag that accompanies them. ...
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Samsung Opens Wide with Their New Android Galaxy EK-GC100 Smartcamera

The world is amazingly open now with the advent of the digital age. We have constant access to any and (almost) all information there is available in the world, and people are changing the nature of the game in almost every sector of the public domain with open-source sharing and platforms. Cameras are no exception now. With the first fully open-source camera now on the way, the new Samsung Android Galaxy EK-GC100 Smartcamera is poised to be the first fully modular (in the digital sense) camera for hackers and camera enthusiasts to mod to their heart’s content....
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Mirrorless Cameras Gained Strong Growth Everywhere in the World But the US

In the world of photography, micro-technologies rapidly change. This is why we continually have updated models in numerical form and why it seems like a slow climb in terms of real changes in the cameras because the changes are very small and typically contained within the confines of the camera body. Not much has changed in macro terms in the world of cameras since the introduction of Kodak’s DCS digital camera back integrated into the body of a Nikon F3 SLR....
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Carl Zeiss Lenses Endure Hours of Vibrations in Their Stress Tests

Carl Zeiss is known for their decades of precision optics and world-renowned quality. All this would be nil if the lenses could stand up to a jolt now and then right?...
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Useful Photography Tip #45: Closing the Distance in Your Photography

Most photographers are aware of the phrase coined by the famous (or infamous, depending on your view) photographer Robert Capa “if your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” If you are not aware of that quote you should Google his name and oogle his images for a bit. While he was never deemed the world’s greatest photojournalist, he is responsible for two of the most famous war photographs of the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War of 1936 with his signature flair for being right in the midst of the action. Even as a war photographer who was having to dodge bullets to get the framing he desired, he saw the immediate value of closing the distance between him and his subject for that shot. While the majority of our readers will never step foot into a war zone to capture an image, there are some valuable lessons to be had in getting closer to your subject....
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Lomography’s Champagne Editions Will Be Great Companion to a Cocktail Party: Encourage You to Bring More Wine

Whats classier than a Diana F+ loaded up with some slide film and slung around the neck? Nothing, if it happens to be one of the new Champagne Editions! Lomography has rolled out four new special edition cameras that are being minted in celebration of their 20th anniversary....
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Instagram Names Which Filters Are Used By All the Cool Kids

If you are an Instagram user and desire to boost your followers with some simple tips, paying close attention to what the pros are doing is a great way to go about that. ...
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RED Slashes the Price of the Epic Tomorrow

The electronics industry is a odd entity when it comes to pricing and value of the products contained within. It is one of the few markets where there are significant advances in the technology of the products yet a continual decline in the price values of said products. The camera industry niche is no exception....
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Q+A On the Lomography Belair X 6-12 Camera and Lenses

We posted on the new Lomography Belair X 6-12 Folder medium format camera the other day when it was announced, but we had some questions on a few specifics that were not fully explained in the press release. Of course, being the wonderfully inquisitive people that our readers are, we fired off a few questions that were raised to our contacts at the Lomographic Society and wanted to share the responses with you folks. ...
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Lomography X-Pro Sunset Strip 100 Film Au Naturel

In the Lomo world, there are two things you do with film: shoot it through a plastic lens or pinhole, and then you cross-process the film to accent the flares and ghosting and other anomalies that occur as a result of the toy lens. However, some truly magnificent images are to be had from normal processing, and the new Lomography X-Pro Sunset Strip 100 Film is no exception....
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Canon Releases Firmware Update for the EOS 5D Mark III, Provides Uncompressed HDMI Output

For all of you video geeks out there that have fallen in love with your new Canon 5D Mark III there is wonderful news for you this morning. In addition to all the glorious features of this modern marvel, you can now shoot uncompressed HDMI video directly through your DSLR! Now when you tether your Canon 5D Mark III to an external recorder through the HDMI port you can capture completely uncompressed HDMI video in all it’s high definition quality....
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Tripod Giveaway Photo Contest from 3 Legged Thing

In this post, 3 Legged Thing launches a photo contest with the prize being one of their new tripods! Read More at ThePhoblographer.com...
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