A Love Letter to the Bronica ETRs: A Beautiful Camera

Do you remember your first medium format camera? If you’ve never had a medium format camera that shoots film, I recommend that you get to eBay and go hunting. They’re a magical experience. Anyone who says they don’t ever need to shoot film is clueless. It’s synonymous to a coming-of-age experience that teaches you and helps you evolve into a new person. After all, no one stays in that post-college stage of their life for long. (If they do, people around them tend to end up leaving.) Photographers have to grow. And perhaps more than any other camera I’ve used, the Bronica ETRs taught me precisely this lesson. 

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The Perfect Memory Card for a New Sony Camera

I’ll be honest, it’s hard to get excited about memory cards sometimes. But the ProGrade Digital CFExpress Type A card is one you seriously can be excited about if you’re a passionate photographer. And even if you’re not receiving gainful financial compensation from photography, this could be the card for you. We’ve tested a bunch of the new Sony cameras that take the new format. And each and every time, we noticed the same thing.

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The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium Has Loads to Love at a Good Price

The editing tablet market is usually dominated by the Bamboo models from industry-leading Wacom, but several competitors have sprung up in the last few years. Most notable among these have been Huion and XP-Pen. In addition to them, Apple has thrown its hat in the ring with the launch of the Apple Pencil some years ago for usage on their iPad and iPad mini models. Now there’s a new player in the market who’s making heads turn with their Pen Tablet models – Xencelabs. They are designed by industry veterans with over three decades of experience and with sizeable input from artists worldwide. The Pen Tablet models attempt to make inroads in an established market. Can Xencelabs woo digital artists and photography editors with their products? We got our hands on the Pen Tablet Medium model to test out.

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The Yashica 45mm F1.7 Is a Beautiful Dream to Shoot with When Adapted

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There are lots of awful things that can be associated with the name Yashica. But this is more so the case if you’re considering a modern Yashica. Vintage Yashica, on the other hand, is as appealing as vintage Rolex. That’s to say that there’s a ton of hype, and it’s well deserved. So after Junior Photo Editor Feroz Khan interviewed Terry Godlove, I thought I’d buy one of his creations. Luckily, I scored the Yashica 45mm f1.7 lens. This is the legendary lens that was on the GSN Electro 35. Let me tell you, it’s a dream on digital.

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Get Excited to Party! BIFI Confetti Film 35mm Review

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It’s always the best idea to try something new. New experiences open us up and make us change our minds about how we think about things. That’s why the film renaissance has really solidified in the past year. But rather than using the same old film over and over again, it’s great to try something new. So I bought some Brooklyn Instant Film Initiative Confetti Film. Here in the USA, things are finally starting to look up after a super difficult time. At least here in New York, we’ve got the virus much more under control. That’s why I think that Confetti Film by the Brooklyn Instant Film Initiative is the perfect film to get your hands on right now.

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The Best Kit for the Traveling Documentary Photographer

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It’s time to travel again! Parts of the world are opening back up, and folks are eager to explore again. Bringing along the right camera can sometimes be confusing. We’ve done a lot of traveling over the years, and we learned that some gear just holds up better to sudden changes than others. It’s fair to expect your camera gear to handle changing conditions the same way your phone can. And of course, it’s obvious that you’d want the best image quality. So, we put together a great kit for you that will have the documentary photographer covered for most situations.

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The 3 Legged Thing Roxie Helps the Canon EOS R5 Capture Better Birds

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Camera brands that work with third parties for support are fantastic. That’s part of how Sony got to where it is right now. Today, Canon users are getting the new 3 Legged Thing Roxie, a special bracket designed for the Canon EOS R5 and the Canon EOS R6. Of course, its primary use will be birding and wildlife. For both of those cameras, it works surprisingly well once its design is understood. If you’re a Canon EOS R owner, the 3 Legged Thing Roxie will also work, however the sizing will be apparent. If you’re using a telephoto lens with a camera like the Canon EOS R5, the 3 Legged Thing Roxie might even be consideredessential.

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Essentials: These Zeiss Cleaning Solutions Are Great for Photographers!

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If you have been around The Phoblographer for a while, you’ll know that we take gear cleaning pretty seriously. I mean, why wouldn’t we? We, like you, spend lots of money on cameras, lenses, and gear that we want to last for a long time. Cleaning plays a big role in making your equipment last longer, and it ensures that it performs at its peak. We were recently given a chance to put some Zeiss Optics cleaning solutions to the test. We have to say that we’re pretty impressed. Not only can the Zeiss Optics cleaning solutions keep your cameras and lenses clean, but they can even stop your glasses from fogging up! This is huge for photographers who wear glasses in this new masked age we find ourselves in. Find out more about these cleaning solutions after the break.

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Tiffen Pro Mist Filters Return the Magic to Your Lenses

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For years, I’ve complained about overengineering in camera lenses. Japanese manufacturers have worked to create a crystal clear look with no character. It’s all sterile. You can fix it in post-production, but many of us don’t want to do that. We’ve spent years honing our craft, and we know exactly what we want. This is one of the biggest reasons why I adore the Tiffen Pro Mist Filters. They easily attach to your favorite lenses, and they bring back the analog look of things.

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The One Mask That Doesn’t Fog This Photographer’s Glasses

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Like many of you, I didn’t think the pandemic would last this long. But, here we are in February 2021. And I’ve been on the hunt for the right mask. I’ve searched for a mask that doesn’t fog my glasses up when shooting. For lots of us, that’s already a problem even without a mask. The thought occurred that maybe I needed something better than multi-layer neck gaiters and standard hospital masks. So, the credit card came out for a $55 mask. Specifically, I bought the Filson X Runabout collaboration mask. In fact, I bought four of them after my first experience.

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A Great Idea, But It’s Not for Everyone: KUVRD Universal Lens Hood

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Every year we get exposed to photography accessories that are meant to revolutionize the game. Sometimes, these accessories come along and make our lives easier. However, most simply fail to live up to the hype surrounding them. You may have heard about a company called KUVRD. They made a product that really was excellent in their universal lens caps. So, when they announced the universal lens hood, we were excited. We’ve spent some time with the new KUVRD Universal Lens Hood, and we’re both amazed and dismayed. Find out why below.

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The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is a Travel Photographer’s Boon

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We understand that most photographers aren’t incredibly technical. However, we’re super practical. And the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD makes practical sense for a photographer. The simplicity is a dream that every photographer yearns for. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done when you’re out on the road. When you’re back home, it’s easy to back up on a RAID if needed.

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One Little Item Has Been Saving My Camera Sensors for Over a Decade

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Around the time that I started The Phoblographer, I reviewed an essential piece of kit. It’s called the Arctic Butterfly. And without it, I’d be lost as a photojournalist. This little tool is no larger than a high-end pen. It even feels right at home nestled in the pages of a journal. But most importantly, it cleans your camera sensor. If you do the job correctly, you’ll get great results. And if you exercise a bit of common sense, the Arctic Butterfly will be an essential tool in your camera bag. I’ve had mine for over a decade.

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A Great Guide for Street Noobs: Essentials of Street Photography Review

If you’re like me and you’re new to street photography, The Essentials of Street Photography guide is an eye-opener that you need to read.

I have long admired photographers who can effortlessly hit the streets and capture the world around them. Even though I consider myself an outgoing guy, street photography has always induced feelings of fear. Am I going to get yelled at? Will someone threaten me? How do I approach someone? All of these questions race through my head, and I know they race through other photographer’s heads too. Capturing candids of people going about their daily lives is a lot harder than it sounds. So, when I had the opportunity to read The Essentials of Street Photography, I jumped at the chance. It’s really quite amazing what you can learn just by picking up a simple book. Is this street photography guide right for you? Find out in our essentials review.

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Juggling a Bunch of Filters? The Haida M10 Filter Pouch Has You Covered

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Neutral density filters and circular polarizers are essential tools for many landscape photographers. They control the amount of light camera sensors are exposed to and help reduce glare. Outdoor lighting conditions can be unpredictable and vary greatly depending on the time of day and weather conditions. Consequently, you’ll often find landscape photographers carrying numerous filters of varying strengths to compensate (let’s not forget the filter holder and adapter rings too). That’s a lot of moving parts to toss into your camera bag. If you’re one of these photographers, the Haida M10 Filter Pouch may be just what you need (especially if you’re using Haida’s M10 Filter Holder System).

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The Battery Mags Organize Camera Batteries in the Space of a Small Lens

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The old joke used to go that you’d buy a Sony camera, two lenses, and 10 batteries. That’s changed a bit these days, but no manufacturer makes a battery that lasts for an insanely long time. So to keep your camera batteries organized, Battery Mags were developed. They’re exactly what you’d think they are: magazines that hold your cells when they’re not in use. And that’s all they do. Made using 3D printing and available for pretty much every manufacturer, the Battery Mag is for photographers with a ton of batteries for their cameras. Better yet, it keeps everything sorted if you use more than one camera system.

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A Perfect Union of Form and Function: 3 Legged Thing Bucky Tripod

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For photographers that shoot landscapes or long exposures regularly, a reliable tripod is an essential tool in their arsenal. Most photographers only care that a tripod is stable and functions without fail. A tripod is a tripod is a tripod, right? What else is there to be said? With the just-announced 3 Legged Thing Bucky tripod, the British photography accessory maker is trying to elevate a tripod beyond a mere utilitarian device while expanding its functionality. To top it off, they want it to look great too. We had the opportunity to test drive the 3 Legged Thing Bucky Tripod along with the new AirHed Vu ball head before their release today. Both the tripod and ball head are part of 3 Legged Thing’s new Legend line of tripods and accessories. While the Bucky tripod and the AirHed Vu ball head certainly make for an excellent pairing, do the functions follow the form? Let’s find out.

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Tested: The PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers Cut Down Glare Well

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Circular Polarizers have become more and more important in my work, and the PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers act almost like the dehaze tool does in Lightroom. With a reliable build quality to them, my only complaint has more to do with the laws of physics and how they perform on wide-angle lenses. But if you want to get rid of reflections, get better colors in a scene, and bring out a ton of details in-camera, then the PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers are an essential item for you. What would otherwise take you time in Lightroom or Photoshop can be eliminated from the start in-camera with the PolarPro QuartzLine Circular Polarizers. And best of all, if you’re using a camera with an EVF, you can clearly see the effect on the scene.

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Essentials: The SnapIt Boards for Photographers Who Shoot Products

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If you’re a photographer who needs to shoot their own products in stylish settings, we’ve found the SnapIt Boards to be fantastic. Here at the Phoblographer, we’re regularly reviewing new gear. Since the site’s inception 10 years ago, we’ve been all about shooting our own product images. That means we need different settings and locations, plus we need to stylize each shoot. For the past few months, we’ve been loving the SnapIt Boards. They’re durable, reusable, look great, and they store very easily.

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Essentials: The Leica 75mm F1.25 Pairs Well with Kodak Ektachrome 100

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No matter how many photographers say that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I’m not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is capable of. “But the price!” is what the IRL version of the Simpson’s Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom’s basement. Yes, the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is expensive. But the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux isn’t a purchase you make because it’s logical or because you’ll get the greatest images out of it. Quite honestly, you buy it because you want it. And to hit home even harder, I’m positive most of you are into photography because you want to be. It’s a hobby that has practicality, unlike watches and whiskey. And if you pair the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux with a fine film like Kodak Ektachrome, the resulting images are bound to remind you why you adore this hobby so much.

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Essentials: COSYSPEED Lens Pouches (Help an African Mother Out)

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A lens pouch? Why would someone need that in 2020? Well, there are actually a lot of great reasons why, the least of which is to assist travel photographers and photojournalists protecting their gear. But most importantly, the COSYSPEED Lens Pouches are made in the poorest country in the world, situated in Africa. And when you make a purchase, you help a mother provide for her family. It’s a win-win situation: you get a well-made product, and a mom helps her child eat. That’s the initiative behind COSYSPEED’s IndieGoGo campaign!

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