7 Digital Cameras That Had the Most Beautiful Shutter Sounds

These cameras whispered sweet sounds into your ear when you shot with them.

The past two decades of photography showed photographers constantly asking for quieter shutters. It went hand-in-hand with the requests of wedding photographers, street photographers, and photojournalists. And like those shutters, the voices of some echoed really loudly throughout the internet. Then manufacturers developed the silent shutter. Photographers who needed it used it, but some of us miss the romance of the beautiful shutter. Digital photography lacks the sensory stimulation of film. You can’t smell the sensor, and the sounds are that of a soulless machine. But these cameras had beautiful shutter sounds. Hopefully, camera manufacturers will bring that back.

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The Best 85mm Lenses Under $700. We’ve Reviewed Each of These Too!

The 85mm lens is essential for landscape, portrait, and street photographers.

There aren’t many lenses that can as versatile as an 85mm lens. We learned a while back that it’s a great choice for basketball. And we’ve known for a while that it’s great for portrait photography. But 85mm lenses also help landscape photographers focus on specific details really well. And for street photography, it can make a cinematic-looking image. But you’re on a budget, so we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best 85mm lenses for under $700. Here are the best of the bunch.

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3 Tools to Help Photographers Deliver Their Best Images

These tools are great for the photographer who isn’t stuck in the Mac ecosystem.

Many photographers have felt a little burned by Apple in the past few years. So, we experimented with various computers, printers, and monitors to cater to this. Many photographers end up never jumping ship because they don’t even know where to start. They care about a few things: ergonomics, the performance of their favorite programs, and ease of use. For the past few years, we dove into exploring some of the best computers for creatives. But we didn’t stop there: we look at printers and monitors too. Here are some of the best tools we’ve used in the past year. We’ve used these to deliver the best images to clients and also for our coverage.

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The 3 Best Compact Cameras for Travel Photography

If you’re thinking about traveling, these are the best compact cameras on the market.

There aren’t a whole lot of compact cameras out there. In fact, there are a lot more interchangeable lens options on the market. But a good compact camera is sometimes all you need. Think of it this way, these cameras are the same ones you’d buy but with a fixed lens attached. You’re not going to change the lens at all. And on most occasions, folks will be perfectly fine with that. So we paged through our reviews index to find the best compact cameras for travel photography. And these three are the only ones you’ll care about right now.

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Choose One: The Only Lenses You Need for a Road Trip

There are very few things as enjoyable and freeing as a nice road trip: use these lenses to get the most of it.

It’s pretty exciting to just get in a car and go on a road trip. The random experiences always create new memories. Documenting those memories and being creative tend to add to the fun of it all. On a road trip, packing minimally can be essential. So, we’re recommending five lenses that you’ll want to bring along. In truth, you’ll only really need one, but we’re letting you make that choice for yourself.

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These Leica Lenses Render a Medium Format-Like Look You’ll Adore

These lenses have a look that’s bigger than full frame!

In the past few years, super-fast aperture lenses have become a bit of a trend. Photographers love the look they can deliver: a medium format look on the full-frame format. That’s why lenses like those aren’t just for bokeh lovers. They’re also for those of us who want a completely different look. So, we dove into our Reviews Index to search for some of the best Leica lenses for just that occasion.

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Cast a Spell! 3 Lenses for Natural Light Portrait Photography Magic!

There’s a bit of wizardry going on with these lenses.

No one can deny that corny, romantic feeling that you get around the golden hour. If you’re a natural light portrait photographer, you know that it’s one of the best times for it. Everything naturally looks better as the world turns from golden to blue. To that end, certain lenses and cameras are just better at helping you capture and create that magic moment. Essentially, it’s all about color and light. So we dove into our Reviews Index to round up some of our favorite lenses.

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The Best Leica Lenses for Black and White Film Photography

Black and white film lovers rejoice!

Film has to be one of the most fun photography experiences we have! Some of us just want to create in a completely different way. Indeed, film does a lot of things that digital doesn’t. When used properly, it will ultimately make you think more about your photos before shooting. You’ll pay a lot of attention to the frame before you shoot. And eventually, you’ll become a master of the format. If you’re looking for the best Leica lenses for black and white film photography, check out our selects.

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We Tested 3 Best 50mm Lenses Under $500. Here They Are!

The 50mm lens is the standard for many photographers, and everyone grows from it.

When photographers start out, they usually go for a 50mm lens if they don’t reach for a zoom. It’s indeed the best way to grow as a photographer. A 50mm lens is incredibly versatile. In fact, some of the best lenses made are 50mm lenses. So, we dove into our Reviews Index to choose some of the best. Specifically, we looked for options under the $500 mark. Trust us, you’re going to love these. Here are the best 50mm Lenses under $500.

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The 3 Best Affordable 35mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

The 35mm lens is one of the best portrait lenses to make the viewer feel like they’re there.

We’ve tested a bunch of 35mm lenses over the years. The good news is that they’ve become progressively better for portrait photography. Photojournalists and editorial photographers use them these days. 35mm lenses deliver a look that makes us feel like we’re right there in the picture. Bringing people into the photo makes it that much more exciting. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best 35mm lenses for portrait photography. More importantly, we made sure that they were affordable.

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The 3 Best Instant Film Cameras for Your Next Party

These instant film cameras will shoot photos you and other guests will love.

If you’re going to a party, there’s no reason not to bring instant film cameras. They’re so fun. You point, shoot, and get the photo. What’s better than that? You can then get back to drinking and hang out with those you care about. And better yet, it’s almost impossible for anyone to look bad with instant film. That’s because of just how big the lenses are and how they work with the film. And yes, you’re shooting real instant film–sort of like Polaroids back in the day. Check out this guide on choosing the best instant film cameras.

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3 Great Gifts for the Fine Art Photographer on a Starving Artist Budget

The fine art photographer is usually experimenting with lots of ways to make new images.

The essence of a fine art photographer is summarized in one word: play. They’re often playing around and trying new things far more than other photographers. They don’t care about algorithms. They march to their own drum. And most of all, they often don’t have much of a budget to work with. Sometimes their creations are born out of pure boredom. But these tools won’t bore them at all. We went into our Reviews Index to find some of the most fun things to satiate your creative appetite. 

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3 Camera Messenger Bags Our Photographers Use All the Time

Many photographers prefer messenger bags over backpacks–and these are some of the best we’ve used.

Sometimes all you need is a smaller bag than a backpack. That’s why lots of photographers love reaching for camera messenger bags instead. They’re positively perfect for mirrorless cameras. And if you’re not planning on bringing a whole lot around with you, why not get one? Of course, there’s a concern about weight distribution. But these bags are the most comfortable and ethical options we’ve used. We went through our camera bag reviews and our Reviews Index to figure out what camera messenger bags were best. Here’s our selection.

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3 of Our Favorite Manual Focus Lenses for Street Photography

Street photography is sometimes much easier and faster if you use manual focus lenses.

When is the last time you truly felt like you were being romanced by a lens? For many street photographers, that only comes with manual focus lenses. As a play on words, street photographers like to zone focus. Colloquially, that means that you’re focusing on a specific zone away from you. But one could also interpret it to say that you’re in the zone when you’re shooting. With manual focus lenses, you’re always going to get what you need and want as long as you’re careful. That’s not always the case with autofocus. So we looked at our Reviews Index to find some of the best manual focus lenses for street photography.

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3 Lenses We Love for Cityscape Photography. They’re Small Too!

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We tested these lenses for cityscape photography and positively love them–we’re sure you will too.

Let’s start this off by telling you one big thing that you positively don’t need for cityscape photography–big lenses. Big lenses can be heavy and sometimes make you not want to shoot. They also don’t necessarily give you the best image quality (a myth in the photo industry). When you’re traveling or on vacation, you want to pack light. You also need lenses with great features that can also be very versatile. Lucky for you, we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of our favorite lenses for shooting photos in big cities. You’ll love these lenses for Cityscape Photography!

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3 Exceptional Lenses That Will Always Shoot Flattering Portraits

There’s no need for a beauty filter when you’ve got lenses like these!

The secret to flattering portraits starts with an attitude. Part of it could be word choice when working with a subject. Some subjects need music to make magic happen. Then there’s the outfit choice, the lighting and all. Of course, a lot of it has to do with your creative vision. So we dove a bit into our reviews index to find some of the best lenses for flattering portraits. With the right lens and communication skills, you can shoot photos that don’t need any post-production. Here are three lenses we love for flattering portraits–and a pro tip for you too!

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3 Lenses for Portrait Photography with Vibrant Colors

To create portraits that are as vivid as paintings, you need a lens that makes them look that way.

Color in portrait photography is so important. We use neons to add separation to our subjects. We also specifically choose wardrobes that add contrast to an image. So with portrait photography, there’s a big need for more vibrant colors. Luckily we dove into our Reviews Index to find just the things for you. In our 11 years of reviewing over 700 lenses, we believe that sometimes the newest ones aren’t always what you need. But these three lenses for portrait photography are fast, weather-resistant, and have unique colors.

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It’s Time to Photowalk! Enjoy It with These Lightweight Lenses

No one wants to drag along something heavy, so check out these lightweight lenses!

If you’re a passionate photographer, then you probably love photo walking. It’s a fantastic social activity that can also be done solo. And no matter what, it’s a great idea to bring along a lightweight lens. There’s nothing worse than having extra weight on your hike. Similarly, a lightweight lens is just what the doctor ordered to help you clear your mind on a photo walk. So we went into our Reviews Index and found some of our favorites. These lightweight lenses are bound to be some of your favorites.

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The Best Fujifilm Cameras and Lenses of the Past Decade

We’re rounding up the Fujifilm products we think are the best of the past decade.

Fujifilm has been a major digital camera player for almost a decade now. When the X100 first was announced, it turned so many heads. Its good looks and features were a slap in the face of the boring camera market. And we’ve got them to thank for the whole ergonomics revolution. Indeed, they’ve been an incredibly important company this past decade. So we’re rounding up some of the best cameras they’ve made.

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Five Fantastic Mirrorless Cameras That Deserve More Attention

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These Mirrorless cameras are better than many people would have you believe, and they’re competitively priced too.

Visit any site on the web or any mainstream YouTube channel, and you’ll see that most will sing the praises of any flagship camera. You’ll also find that unless a camera is a flagship, they’re often written off and aren’t given a fair chance. We don’t do that here at The Phoblographer. We give every camera a fair shake. If it’s worthy of praise, it will get it. If the camera has shortcomings, we’ll address them. We will never write them off just because. In this roundup, we’ll focus on five cameras that were considered “dead on arrival” to many. We, however, see the value in them and gave them honest reviews. These Mirrorless cameras have seriously flown under the radar, and we think they deserve more attention. Find out what cameras we’re talking about after the break.

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Retro Looks, New Tech – These Mirrorless Cameras Have the Lot

Beautiful looks and all the tech you could ever need – these Mirrorless cameras have both.

There’s just something special about retro-inspired Mirrorless cameras. On the one hand, they give us all the feels from the glory days of photography. On the other hand, they give us everything we need in a modern tool: great autofocus, fast burst rates, touchscreens, great EVF’s, and more. If you want your camera to make a statement and get you through any shoot you can imagine, check out these five retro-inspired Mirrorless cameras.

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