Small, Light and Mighty: 6 Fixed Lens Cameras That Still Amaze Us

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Small in size, but big on performance; these slightly older fixed lens cameras will not disappoint.

Sometimes all we want to do is go out and shoot with as little gear as possible. At times, just thought of having to load up your camera bag and then having to lug it around can put a damper on your photography plans, and this, my friends, is where small fixed lens cameras come into their own. Being able to head out the door with a small camera with just one lens can be liberating. Not only will you save your back and shoulders, but you’ll find that you’re forced to be more creative due to only having one lens to play with. If you’re in the market for a camera that you can grab, slip on your pocket or a small bag and head out the door with (and you also want to save a few bucks), the slightly older small fixed lens cameras we have rounded up after the break may be of interest you

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18 Cameras We’ve Reviewed and Loved That Easily Double as Webcams

If you’re looking for a webcam, then take pride in the fact that we’ve reviewed some of the best.

The single most in-demand feature of 2020 is the need for a webcam. The COVID-19 era has made pretty much everything we do digital, and the camera manufacturers are responding. Thankfully, if you own one of those cameras, you’re getting extra capabilities out of them with their webcam features. Even better is the fact that you have a variety of lens focal lengths that make you look your best. Couple this with some nice LED lighting and you’re good to go. We’ve scoured our Reviews Index for some of the most in-demand and best webcams that are originally traditional cameras. Take a look!

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Forget New Cameras, These Older Fujifilm Cameras Are Top Performers

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If you’re looking into buying a camera, perhaps consider picking up a new old stock Fujifilm camera rather than a more modern model.

There’s no doubt that Fujifilm has had a massive impact on the camera market over recent years. Seemingly coming out of the blue, Fujifilm started to revolutionize the camera industry with some stellar Mirrorless cameras that were dubbed the X-series. Since their first offering in 2011, Fujifilm X-series cameras have taken over a whole market segment. Fujifilm’s APS-C cameras are so good that they have found homes in the hands of pros all over the globe. However, did you know that some of Fujifilm’s cameras from just a few years ago were so far ahead of their time that they are still top performers today? Well, they are, and they can be found at bargain prices. If you’re looking for a camera, check out these six Fujifilm cameras from a few years ago that will still blow your socks off.

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Under $750: 7 Older Feature Packed Cameras Worth Your Gaze

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get feature packed cameras these days, and this roundup proves it.

In the not too distant past, spending less than $1,000 on a camera meant that you got a barebones package with hardly any of the modern features that could be found in cameras that were much more expensive; this, however, is not the case today. The market is littered with Mirrorless cameras that were considered to be the cream of the crop just a couple of years ago, and due to the rate at which new models hit the market, these slightly older feature packed cameras can be picked up on the cheap. If you like finding bargains, and you’re on the hunt for a camera that has all the bells and whistles you want, you need to take a closer look at these seven slightly older, yet still, feature packed cameras that cost less than $750 each after the break.

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The Classic Look: 3 Cameras That Capture Black and White Beautifully

Better black and white images start in the camera, and these three deliver some of the best that we’ve seen.

“Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can,” is a quote by photographer Jack Antaonoff. And if you’re smitten with black and white photography, you know this to be true. Even the process of thinking in black and white is an entirely different one that engages your brain like no other. There are super pricey black and white cameras out there that are especially designed for it. And then some cameras shoot both color and black and white. Except that with their black and white simulations, it seems like there’s just an extra layer of charm. So we went through our Reviews Index to scour for a few cameras that we positively adore for their black and white simulations, which begs the question: why do you need these cameras? Well, you don’t. But photography as a hobby is all about passion and adoration. And what better way to fuel your passion than with a camera that does black and white, right?

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These Sony Cameras Helped Create a Cult, and They’re Still Great Today

These Sony cameras may have a few years on them, but in the right hands they can still produce magic.

Sony has been blazing a trail, marching to the beat of their own drum since they purchased Minolta in 2006. Since then, Sony has released some cameras that started a movement, or some might even say a revolution, in the camera world. Sony’s technology made their cameras leapfrog offerings from Canon and Nikon, and those two are still playing catch up today. After the break, we will take a quick look at some older Sony cameras that packed features some manufacturers have only just started adopting in 2020.

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Old But Gold: 5 Old Feature-Packed (and Affordable) Olympus Cameras

These feature-packed Olympus cameras from years gone by still run rings around some of today’s newer cameras.

Over the years, since Olympus waved farewell to the Four Thirds platform and adopted the more popular Micro Four Thirds system, Olympus has released many fantastic Mirrorless cameras. Not only has Olympus gone all in with the M4/3 platform, but they also managed to keep it relevant by ensuring that their cameras are feature-packed. What Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras lack in overall sensor size they make up for it with features such as class-leading IBIS, unmatched weather-sealing, and great AF systems. If you’re in the market for a camera with features that can make even the newest models on the market take a second look, you simply must take a look at these slightly older yet fully loaded (and affordable) Olympus cameras.

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5 Cameras I Dreamed of Owning When I Was Broke

If I had the money I have today, I would absolutely have bought these cameras.

First and foremost, I’m not rich. But, compare my current income to when I was younger and it’s safe to say I’m doing okay. When money was scarce, I would visit my local photography store, salivating and longing for cameras that my bank balance would not allow. Like Wayne Cambell fantasizing over his dream guitar, I would look at my favorite camera and say, “Oh yes, she will be mine.” So, without further ado, here are five cameras I dreamed of owning when I was broke.

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New Vintage: Older Digital Nikon Cameras That Can Still Do a Job Today

There are some older digital Nikon cameras that can still do a top job today, and the best part is that they can be picked up at affordable prices.

We recently took a look at some old but gold Canon digital cameras, and now it’s time to look at some new modern vintage digital Nikon cameras as well. During the DSLR wars, Nikon went head to head with Canon, and they produced some real gems that will go down as some of the best digital cameras ever produced. If you have been thinking about picking up a DSLR with a few miles on the clock so that you can play around, or use it as a workhorse camera that won’t let you down, click on past the break. There you will see which older digital Nikon cameras can still produce glorious images and which ones would still be great cameras to invest in today.

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9 Lenses That Will Turn the Olympus E-M1 III into a Portrait Powerhouse

If you plan on using the Olympus E-M1 III for portrait photography, these are the lenses that should be in your collection.

Many photographers would have you believe the Micro Four Thirds platform isn’t suitable for professional portrait work, but this is fake news. The M4/3 system is excellent for portraits, and the E-M1 III has the best implementation of face and eye AF the platform has ever seen. There are also a plethora of pro-grade lenses that will make the Olympus E-M1 III shine. After the break, we will take a quick look at some fast lenses that will help you create portraits both you and your clients will absolutely love.

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Why the Fujifilm Natura S Is the Perfect, Care-Free Camera for Parties

My affinity with the Fujifilm Natura S has blossomed into carefree, truly fun shooting.

How many of you would buy a pink camera like the Fujifilm Natura S? If you wouldn’t then that’s fine, but it’s a great camera that forces the photographer to really put their trust in it. You’re not worried about apertures, shutter speeds, etc. There isn’t even an option to allow you to care about that. And at parties, the result is a purely fun experience that helps you keep your mind focused on having fun. That’s not at all to say that being serious about your photography can’t be fun, but we’re talking about a party. Think about what you think about when you do party photography and how many photographers are totally in their zone when shooting vs. also knowing how to enjoy what’s happening. And that’s why I think the Fujifilm Natura S beats any camera out there when it comes to party photography.

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End of an Era: The Last Great DSLR Cameras to Consider Buying Today

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DSLR cameras are beginning to disappear, but there are still some fantastic models you can buy and love.

It’s the mid-point of 2020, and we are firmly in the era of Mirrorless cameras. Try as they might, DSLR cameras are waging a war that they will not win, but there are a few DSLR cameras that can give today’s Mirrorless cameras a serious run for their money. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at the last great DSLR cameras that hit the market and can still do a bang-up job for photographers today.

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Old But Gold: 9 Older Digital Canon Cameras That Still Rock

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These Canon cameras may be a bit long in the tooth now, but they can still do a great job in the hands of photographers.

You don’t have to blow large amounts of money on the latest and great cameras to be able to produce excellent results. A lot of older digital cameras, both Mirrorless and DSLR, are more than capable and have tons of features that make them a worthwhile buy even if they are a few years old. Over the next few weeks, we are going to look at older cameras that are still good enough to use today. Forget all the marketing hype about 8K and 12 billion Megapixels: you simply don’t need it. The Canon cameras we have listed after the break are feature-packed, and they can deliver greatness in the right hands. Come and check out which older digital Canon cameras you can get at bargain prices.

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7 of Our Favorite Fujifilm Lenses for Magical Portrait Photography

If portrait photography is your game and you’re eyeing Fujifilm as your platform of choice, these are the Fujifilm lenses you will want to own.

Fujifilm cameras have become firm favorites with portrait photographers thanks to their great build qualities and the number of features packed inside the cameras. Aside from the feature sets of the cameras, the Fujifilm platform has become loved for portrait photography thanks to the excellent lenses available. Fujifilm lenses are well made, and they can help you create some unique images when used in conjunction with the impressive Fujifilm film simulations found in their cameras. If you love portrait photography and wonder which Fujifilm lenses you should add to your collection, this roundup is for you.

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10 of the Best Sony E-Mount Ultra-Wide Lenses for Land and Cityscapes

If you want a lens that will allow you to capture the beauty of nature, or the hustle and bustle of a city, you need to see these Sony E-mount ultra-wide lenses.

There are a plethora of lenses available for Sony cameras, but until recently, options were a little on the thin side when it came to E-mount ultra-wide lenses. Now, though, photographers who use Sony cameras have more choices than ever in this specialty category. If you’re a landscape photographer, a cityscape photographer, or if you like to dabble in astrophotography, and you’re in the market for some Sony E-mount ultra-wide lenses, the ten we rounded up after the break are the ones you should check out first.

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Get More From Your RAW Files With These 5 Accessories for Photogs

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These accessories are a must-have for photographers who want total control over their RAW files.

We have been having a healthy debate recently in regards to RAW files and JPEGS. JPEGS are great for those who want to just go out and enjoy shooting without needing to worry about editing the images later. RAW files are for photographers who want to eek every bit of data out of their pictures. Both are great formats; there’s no right and wrong. But if you like RAW files, and you want to get the most out of them, you should take a look at these five accessories that will help make your images shine.

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5 Weird Vintage Cameras: One of These Gave Photographers Headaches

Everyone lusts after a few specific vintage cameras, but it’s the weird vintage cameras that have really cool tales.

Amongst the oddest cameras you’ve seen and owned, ask yourself, “What did they think when they designed this?” It’s true today that no camera maker makes an odd or bad camera, but there are surely questionable decisions that were made over the years. Early cameras were odd. Russian fakes of various cameras were even odder. And some were just so weird to work with that they were bound to give a photographer a headache. Today, we’re looking at a few bizarre vintage cameras that some folks adore, and some are happy to have gotten rid of.

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Not the Newest, But Great! Seven Mirrorless Cameras You Should Get Now

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Just because a mirrorless camera is old doesn’t mean it’s bad.

Fact: in the past decade or so, no one has really been making a bad camera. So, even though new cameras keep coming out, the older ones are still pretty great. They may not have the latest features, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t take great photos with them. Just look at the work that won at the World Press Photo Awards 2020. Not all of them are new cameras, but they’re still able to shoot great pictures with a competent photographer behind them. So we went into our Reviews Index to search for some old cameras that are still wonderful. Here’s what we found.

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9 E Mount Lenses for Portraits That Get the Most Out of Sony’s Eye AF


If you’re a portrait photographer who uses the Sony platform and want to get the most out of eye AF, these are the E Mount lenses worth a closer look.

Sony has completely revolutionized the portrait photography scene in recent years thanks to the huge advancements they have made in autofocus technology. The eye AF system in place in most of Sony’s cameras is class-leading and hard to beat. The technology has made it easy for portrait photographers of all levels to nail the shot every time they use the camera, but even a system as good as this still needs great lenses to make the most of it. After the break, we round up the best Sony E mount lenses to use if you want to make the most out of the incredible eye AF system found in Sony cameras.

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Shoot for the JPEG: The Cameras We Love With Stunning JPEG Images

If you like to shoot for the JPEG and want a camera that will let you back away from photo editing, these are the cameras worth a look.

We recently posted an opinion piece about why you should shoot for the JPEG instead of the RAW. RAW files certainly have their place, and they can allow all manner of edits during post-processing, but not all photographers want to spend countless hours behind their computers: they’d much rather be out shooting. After all, this is what we love to do more than anything. If you’re a photographer who wants to break free from the rigors of editing images, and you just want to shoot and enjoy the images you create, the cameras we rounded up after the break are the ones you need to take a closer look at.

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Opinion: Instagram Could Really Use AI or Curators for Hashtags

Curated Hashtags were part of what made Tumblr awesome: Instagram could surely benefit from it.

Sometimes I wonder if photographers don’t know the difference between one genre and another, but most of the time I believe folks try to penetrate any hashtag they possibly can in an attempt to get the most traction. It’s pathetic, it’s stupid, and quite honestly it’s a slap in the face of photography. Instagram has proven time and time again that it doesn’t care. They instead serve you ads and keep you on their platform as much as possible. One of the best things they could do is create community-curated hashtags with actual editors, in the same way Tumblr did. Though the now almost-dead platform is pretty much used for porn, well, you know, it did a great job with community curated options.

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