5 Popular Cameras Our Readers Purchased During November 2020

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Wow, November has been a whirlwind month. There have been huge sales on the most popular cameras on the market, and you, our readers, have been busy shopping. At the end of every month, we take a quick look at the most popular cameras among our readers. How do we decide which cameras are the most popular? We look at our sales data to see which cameras you guys and gals have been snapping up. This month, there are a couple on the list that may surprise you. Find out which models of popular cameras have found new homes during November.

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These Lights Will Help You Become a Better Photographer

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When you’re first starting out, lighting can be really difficult. We’re just naturally trained to not pay much attention to it. But the skill in photography comes with understanding lights. Best of all, you don’t need the most expensive or highest end lights to get the job done. Instead, it’s easy to do for a few hundred bucks in most cases. For when you’re first starting out, we recommend the following lights to you.

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The First Prime Lenses To Buy For Your New Mirrorless Camera

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Did you just pick up a new camera during the Black Friday sales? If so, congrats on the new addition to your family. If your new camera came with a kit lens or two, they’ll be fine for a little while. However, if you really want to get the most out of your Mirrorless camera, we suggest stepping up to prime lenses. Prime lenses are sharper, focus faster, and have fast apertures, which means you can create gorgeous bokeh. You’ll notice the difference in quality compared to kit lenses instantly. After the break, we’ll show you which prime lenses you should buy first for various platforms.

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The Best Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses Under $1,000

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There are tons of wide angle lenses out there. More importantly, there are a lot of great ones. But not many are under $1,000. And even less of those are weather sealed. These days, that’s the goal for lots of photographers. And luckily, we’ve reviewed a ton of wide angle lenses. So we dove into our archives to find the best weather sealed wide angle lenses. Most importantly, we’ve found some of the most affordable ones and put them in this roundup.

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Love Shooting in the Rain and Snow? These 35mm Primes Are for You

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If you can only carry one prime lens in your bag, we can list dozens of reasons why it should be 35mm. 35mm primes are perhaps the most versatile prime lenses out there. 35mm primes are perfect for street photography, documentary photography, weddings, portraits, events, food photography, and so much more. When you throw in weather sealing, 35mm primes become even better. After the break, we’ll share five 35mm primes that can go with you into the toughest storms. If you want to get shots others shy away from when the storms hit, these 35mm primes are for you.

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We’ve Tested the Best 85mm Lenses for Every Camera System

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For some folks, shooting portraits is the toughest thing. Getting over our own mental barriers is a great place to start. Understanding that everyone is human also helps. Best of all, good communication and teamwork make the dream work. And to add a cherry on top, a solid 85mm lens can create a timeless portrait. We’ve tested nearly every 85mm lens currently on the market. This list rounds up the very best 85mm lenses you can get for every full-frame camera system.

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We’ve Tested the Best Cameras for Portrait Photography

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Fact: a modern master photographer doesn’t need the best technologies to shoot a great portrait: they need creative freedom and light. But most of us aren’t the best of the best. And until we get there, modern tech can help us. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of the best cameras for portrait photography. Most folks refer to lenses, but we also believe there are great cameras for it too.

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Bring It with You Everywhere! The Best 28mm Lenses We’ve Tested

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If you had to have one lens, what would it be? Some photographers would go for 28mm lenses. If you’re experienced, you’ll know just how versatile these lenses are. In recent years, they’ve become good enough for portraiture. What’s more, many of them are built very well. Couple this with the extra pop some have, and you’ll be hooked. Below are some of the best 28mm lenses we’ve tested. And we’ve used almost every 28mm lens on the market.

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We Tested The Best 35mm Lenses for Natural Light Portraits Under $1000

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The 35mm lens has a certain unique look to it. For many of us, it renders what we see in real life. Combine that with the simplicity that natural light offers, and you’ve got a concoction for fun! Lots of photographers adore the natural light portraiture process. And we’ve used tons of 35mm lenses for just that. In this roundup, we’re taking a look at the best ones we’ve found. For sure, these are the best 35mm lenses for natural light portraits. Even better, we’re keeping them under a budget of $1,000!

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The 3 Best Stealthy Cameras for Street Photography Ninjas

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We’re usually the ones that work with interchangeable lens cameras. But personally speaking, all I want is a single good compact camera. Lots have come close. But none are perfect. I want a camera that can do everything. So that means a useful focal length, good image quality, and solid performance. And these cameras are some of the best. What’s more, these are truly Cameras for Street Photography. And that’s very important these days!

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Great Bokeh! 5 Lenses That Render Your Photos Like a Beautiful Dream

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Lots of photographers want better bokeh. But to get something truly unique, you sometimes need a special lens. What helps define bokeh are the lens coatings and the aperture blades. Generally speaking, the more aperture blades there are, the smoother the bokeh can be. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. So if you’re looking for that dreamy look in your photos, know that these lenses have great bokeh!

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The Best Portrait Lens Is One with Je Ne Sais Quoi, Like These Four

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It’s not uncommon to want a softer and more analog look to your images. While you can do that in post-production, lots of photographers don’t want to, so they reach for a very unique portrait lens to help them. Many are confident with their skills. If you can nail the image perfectly in-camera, why bother with the fuss later on? With that said, some portrait lenses are better than others. If you’re looking for a very classic, analog look, we’ve got a few just for you. There are lots of lenses that can do this, but here are some of our favorites.

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Best Photo Gear: The Phoblographer’s Editor’s Choice Awards for 2020

Hands down, this is the best photo gear of 2020.

The year 2020 has been a long and exhausting one for camera and photography reviewers like us. The challenges presented with the photo industry don’t just involve social distancing: travel has also been limited. Additionally, lots of products just aren’t innovative. So when we put together this list, we went back into our Reviews Index and found only the most innovative gear that really pushes things ahead. Otherwise, we’ve also included products that are simply flawless. Here’s our Editor’s Choice Awards list, and also our favorite gear from 2020.

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The Biggest Innovations for 2020 in Photography Technology

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The year 2020 is coming to a close, and we’ve some cool new things in the photo world. There’s a lot for new photographers and professionals alike. Some of the innovations came in the form of lenses, while others came with cameras. Camera technology itself hasn’t taken a large step forward in 2020, but design leaped forward. With the camera industry in an odd place right now, the next 10 years will be pivotal. The industry needs to evolve. And the industry either needs to be about professional tools, luxury goods, and a cult following. Here are our selections for the most innovative things this year.

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Rain Or Shine, These Great 50mm Primes Will Be Fine

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If you need your photography gear to be tough and ready for anything, weather sealed lenses are a must. Fortunately, many lenses now feature weather sealing, as do many cameras. If you love the look that 50mm primes give you, these weather sealed options will be perfect for you. These five lenses will keep out the rain, the snow, blowing dust, and just about anything Mother Nature can throw your way. So, if you need a 50mm prime lens that can take on the elements, check out five of our favorites for the job after the break.

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The Best Cameras to Buy Used or Refurbished

These cameras are slightly on the pricey side, but MPB has them at excellent prices right now.

Some cameras are a bit pricey, and all of us are always looking for discounts. Used cameras are sometimes the best way to go. They’ve already been tested by someone else. And when you buy them, the seller will always tell you about the camera. So we’ve taken a look at some of the best cameras on the market right now. These cameras are the ones we really liked recently. And you can get them at more affordable prices by getting them used. 

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5 Tasty Pancake Lenses That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Pancake lenses have a special place in the hearts of many street photographers and documentarians. They get their name from their small, thin form factor and their weight (or lack of it). With a pancake lens attached, photographers can pick up a camera and walk around with them almost like they’re a point and shoot. After the break, we’ll share five pancake lenses that are fun to use. They’ll also impress with their image quality and overall performance.

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Beautiful Budget Bokeh: 5 85mm Primes Under $800 That Will Amaze You

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Beautiful bokeh for under $800!?! Is that even possible? You bet it is. Sometimes, you can get beautiful bokeh for well under that price too! There are those out there who believe you have to spend over four figures to produce portraits with buttery smooth bokeh. However, this is not the case, and it hasn’t been for some time now. If you’re a portrait photographer who is just starting out or who simply knows that you don’t have to spend crazy money to get good quality, these 85mm primes are for you. After the break, we will share five 85mm primes that will render creamy goodness on a budget.

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4 Macro Photography Lenses That Will Help You See the World Differently

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Macro photography lenses can make the tiniest objects seems larger than life itself.

There are hundreds of items all around you that you likely never take a second look at. A tiny toy, a small flower, seeds or grains, coins, bugs, small electrical components, and so on. We’re just so used to seeing items like this that we don’t think much about them. However, what if we told you there’s a whole different way to see them? Macro photography allows us to get up close and personal with tiny objects, or any object that has immense detail, with ease. Macro photography, while challenging, can be incredibly rewarding. Seeing the often unseen and making it appear larger than life is fascinating. After the break, we’ll share four macro photography lenses that will help you see the world differently.

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These 35mm Prime Lenses Will Help Create Beautiful Portraits

When it comes to portrait photography, 35mm prime lenses are a force to be reckoned with.

We’ve talked many times in the past about just how versatile 35mm prime lenses are. While they might not spring to mind immediately when you think about portraiture, they’re absolutely capable. When people think of portrait photography, they often think of head and shoulder shots or closer. However, there’s something to be said about three quarter, full-body, and environmental portraits. It’s in these categories that 35mm prime lenses excel when it comes to portraits. In this roundup, we’re going to look at five 35mm (and equivalent) lenses that’ll help you create beautiful portraits.

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Professional Photographers Swear By These Mirrorless APS-C Cameras

Small yet mighty, these Mirrorless APS-C cameras offer all a professional photographer could need.

Mirrorless APS-C cameras are absolute powerhouses these days. In fact, the quality of Mirrorless APS-C cameras has improved so much that many professional photographers pick them over other platforms. There is a growing belief that Mirrorless APS-C cameras fall into the goldilocks zone. This is because of their lightweight and incredible output. Modern APS-C cameras feature all of the technology that their bigger sensor brothers do at lower prices too. Here we will take a quick look at four Mirrorless APS-C cameras that can deliver professional results without their Full Frame counterparts’ huge price tags.

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