Did Canon Miss the Memo That Says Mirrorless Lenses Are Meant to Be Smaller?

It seems as though Canon is having trouble understanding that Mirrorless cameras are supposed to be smaller and lighter.

When Canon introduced their new Mirrorless camera earlier on this year (the EOS R) one of the stand-out features was that the lens mount was so huge. While other manufacturers like Sony have made all things Mirrorless smaller, the latecomer to the Mirrorless party seems to have decided that bigger is better. In a recently released interview, Canon engineers seem to be having a sly dig at Sony by saying that lenses with smaller mounts are far less capable than those with larger mounts.  Continue reading…

Why I Stopped Worrying About Photo Editing and Focused on Getting it Right

As my relationship with the act of recording moments strengthens, I ask myself if photo editing is something I want to do, or rather something I have to do.

Photo editing has become synonymous with the process of taking photos. No matter what photographic genre you practice, the likelihood is that after each shoot you load up your images and start making adjustments. Whether it’s a slight tweak to the highlights or a big pump in contrast, the editing room is where you bring your photo to life. But why? Why are so many of us conditioned to think a photo isn’t a photo until it has been processed in post-production? I decided to free myself of the editing shackles and I haven’t looked back since. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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Two Years Since Leaving DSLRs: the Editor’s Perspective on Mirrorless

It’s been more than two years since I completely gave up on DSLR cameras, and I honestly haven’t looked back.

A few years ago, I was incredibly frustrated with the entire photo industry in different ways than I am today. Though it was only a few years ago, I today see absolutely no reason for anyone to own a DSLR. But a mirrorless camera? I remember years ago when I started this site: I was waiting for the day when I wouldn’t need to carry around the giant Canon DSLRs I had been using. As time went on, I phased out lots of Canon gear until the Sony a7r III and a Metabones adapter made it almost totally obsolete for me. These days I instead reach for the Canon EOS R when testing anything Canon EF mount–but Sony and Fujifilm have stayed a constant in my mirrorless journey.

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5 Weather Sealed Lenses That Compliment Your Fujifilm X Mount Camera

Weather sealed lenses can open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities.

Weather sealed lenses are a thing of beauty. When these weather loving lenses are paired with a solid weather sealed camera, there’s really nothing stopping a photographer from going out to be creative. Snow? No problem! Rain? No problem! Wind blowing dust and debris at your face? No problem. These lenses are built to withstand most of what Mother Nature can throw at us. After the break we’re going to look at five weather sealed lenses for Fujifilm’s X Mount cameras. Continue reading…

Four Up and Coming Documentary Photographers You Should Know About

We will always need to be told visual stories. We’ve highlighted some of the best up and coming documentary photographers who are here to tell them.

The impact documentary photography has on the world is invaluable. It opens our eyes to things happening which we may not normally be aware of. Powerful storytelling can change the way we think, the way we see, and, on an emotional level, the way we feel. Without it, we may not have broken boundaries or changed ideologies. As for the role of the photographer, to produce a high standard of documentary work is no small feat. Thankfully, as with the seasoned pros, there is a new batch of storytellers here and ready to keep sharing the narratives we want to know about.

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3 Mirrorless Cameras Under $600 That are Ahead of Smartphones

If you have been wanting to start your photographic journey with Mirrorless cameras, these three affordable options should be on your shopping list.

Have you been using your cell phone as your main camera? Are you thinking about buying yourself, or perhaps someone else their first real camera? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to really break out into the world of photography. Technology has improved at such a rapid pace that now, even entry level cameras are more than good enough to capture stunning images. Entry level Mirrorless cameras offer so many features, and are so much more capable than any cellphone. After the break we’ll look at three of the best entry level Mirrorless cameras that are feature rich, can capture stunning images, and cost under $600. Continue reading…

5 Essential Pieces of Gear All Newcomers to Canon Cameras Should Own

Getting the most out of Canon cameras is made easy with these five affordable pieces of kit.

If you picked up one of the amazing Canon cameras that have been on sale in recent weeks you’re probably wondering what lenses and accessories you should buy for it. Canon users have access to one of the most robust line-ups of lenses, bags, tripods, flashes, and countless other accessories. This can make shopping for new gear quite overwhelming though. We have put together a list of five items that we think every new Canon camera owner should make a part of their kit. Join us after the break to see what we recommend.

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Three Weather Sealed Camera Bags Under $200 That are Perfect for Winter

Weather sealed camera bags add peace of mind for when you to brave the elements with your gear.

We always talk about weather sealed lenses and weather sealed camera bodies, but what about weather sealed camera bags? Having a camera bag that can withstand the elements is a wonderful thing, especially if some of the gear you carry doesn’t have that luxury. In this round-up we’re going to look at three weather sealed camera bags with amazing build quality, can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at them, and that are under $200!  Continue reading…

Fujifilm: Please Make More Cameras with a Real ISO 100 Setting

After working with ISO 100 on the Fujifilm GFX, I’ve confirmed a long time thought of mine.

Dearest Fujifilm,

Though your camera systems are great, I continue to become more and more concerned about where your camera system is going. When I first became enthralled with the Fujifilm system, the promise of full frame performance with an APS-C sensor held true. At the time, my Fujifilm X Pro 1 put my Canon 5D Mk II to shame. The Canon almost never came out with me and instead I’d have the Fujifilm adorned around my shoulder. But today, I can’t always say the same thing.

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10 Best Street Photographs on Social Media

Lead photo by Jonathan Walker

Due to the popularity of social media, good street photography can often get lost in the mediocre work. But if you dig for long enough, you’re sure to find some gems.

Many people blame social media for the supposed death of street photography. What was once a rich man’s game is now accessible to many and not the few. With that comes great grumblings — “now anyone can put their rubbish pictures out to the world” or “all the good photographs are far outweighed by the bad ones.” Both of those statements do have a ring of truth to them (but we like the idea of photography being inclusive). So, to save you the frustration of scrolling endlessly on your quest for good street photography, we’ve found the 10 best street photographs on social media this week.

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Film Photography: Alive and Clicking in the 21st Century

There are now over 200 different film choices available for film photographers!

This has been driven by a fantastic twelve months of innovation and is a critical milestone for an industry that was on its knees a short decade ago. It is also a great opportunity for the community to celebrate! Here at Analogue Wonderland we have been thoroughly enjoying the celebrations. But we have also taken the moment to reflect on our sales data, breaking down the 200+ films available to understand exactly what is driving the film explosion and expanding on what we can hope for in the coming years.

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Five Must Have Pieces of Gear for Newcomers to Sony Mirrorless Cameras

If you’re new to the world of Sony Mirrorless cameras, this guide will put you on the path to fun with your camera.

If you’re fortunate enough to be receiving a new Sony camera this holiday season, or if you’ve already picked up one of the amazing deals on Sony cameras this year, this guide is for you. There are so many lenses and accessories to choose from and it can often be a little overwhelming. One thing is for sure though; you”ll want to move on from the kit lenses that came with your camera as soon as possible. You’ll need a flash, and of course you’ll need a way to carry your new gear around.  After the jump we’ll take a look at five items all new owners of Sony Mirrorless cameras should put on their shopping list. Continue reading…

Four of Our Favorite Wide Angle Lenses Under $500 for Sony Mirrorless Cameras

These great performing wide angle lenses for Sony Mirrorless cameras won’t break the bank.

If you’re a Sony shooter on the hunt for great quality wide angle lenses that won’t scare your wallet but will produce excellent results, you’re in luck. As photographers we are really fortunate there are so many options on the market when it comes to lenses. Just a few short years ago it was hard to find budget lenses that really performed as well as first party glass. Now, thanks to advances in technology, increased market competition, and lower prices, you can indeed find budget wide angle lenses that perform exceedingly well. Continue reading…

There Is No Good Reason Why All Cameras and Lenses Aren’t Weather Sealed

Your phone is most likely weather sealed, so why aren’t all cameras made to the same standards?

The year that this post is written in is 2018: for some really odd reason, all cameras aren’t weather sealed at this point. But it’s beyond that; camera manufacturers need to find some way to step their game up across the board. Let’s start out with point and shoots–last year Fujifilm unveiled the absolute astonishing Fujifilm X100f. The biggest feature it’s missing is weather sealing. Then this year, Sony gave us the new Sony RX100 Mk VI and is charging nearly the price of the X100f. Again, no weather sealing. Why? It boggles my mind.

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Three Modern Day Masters of Natural Light Street Photography

Ask a photographer what the most important aspect of a good photo is, and they will tell you it’s good light. 

Lighting will make or break a photograph. You could have the most interesting subject in the world, but if it isn’t lit well then you may as well forget about it. From softboxes to strobe lights; flashguns to Rotalights, we have come with wonderful ways of ensuring our sensors capture the best possible images. Unlike manufactured light, however, ambient light is much trickier to take control of. It often requires being a tad more creative and working with what you’ve got. That, overall, demands an adaptable mind that enjoys playing around. With the great work being produced underneath the earth’s sun – let’s take a look at the modern-day masters of natural light.

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I’m Moving On From Flickr; But Here’s What I’ll Miss

Yes, I’m saying goodbye to Flickr. It was only a matter of time, but nonetheless, there are a few things I’ll miss about the platform.

I’ve recently decided to move on from Flickr, and this decision, as some of you may already have guessed, was prompted by their recent announcement regarding the 1,000 photo limit for free accounts. In fact, I’ve already started culling my uploads there to meet this limit before the January 8, 2019 deadline. Many photographers have long moved on from it (including most, if not all the Phoblographer Staff) so I’m sure it’s mostly surprising why it has taken me so long to come to this decision. But I liked being on the platform for a handful of reasons, albeit nostalgic at best given all the choices we have today. So yes, these are also the things I think I’ll miss.

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3 Affordable Specialty Lenses That’ll Wake Up Your Creative Side

Why create images that look the same as everyone else’s when you can use specialty lenses and be radically different.

We as photographers always want images that are super sharp, have perfect color rendition, and have gorgeous bokeh, and while there is nothing wrong with that, ultimately a lot images that are taken end up looking the same. A quick scroll through Instagram will show you thousands of portraits or landscapes for example that are all technically perfect and pleasing to the eye, but honestly they all look the same, and it can be hard to tell one photographers work from another. It’s always nice to nail the perfect shot, but striving for perfection all the time can take the fun out of photography. These three specialty lenses will allow you to channel your creative side, be different from everyone else, and will make photography fun again. Continue reading…

My Affinity with Street Photography: A Love Story Like No Other

Street photography can get negative press at times; accused of being stale and overdone, it’s often looked down upon.

I, however, love street photography and I want to tell you why.

I’ve practiced street photography for roughly six years. When I first started, I would walk around the streets with an old Olympus bridge camera – taking photos of anything and everything. I didn’t actually learn the term “street photography” until two years after I started practicing it. After watching a Matt Stuart documentary, I said to myself, “oh, that’s what I do” – albeit nowhere close to the same standard.

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Three Bang for Your Buck Lenses for the Discerning Cityscape Photographer

You don’t need to spend thousands on wide angle lenses to capture stunning cityscapes.

There seems to be a certain stigma that follows cheaper lenses around these days that really isn’t warranted or deserved; it is something that needs to change. There really isn’t such a thing as a bad lens anymore. Whether you’re looking at wide angle lenses, telephotos, or even super telephotos, you’re going to be able to get great glass for little outlay. When it comes to cityscape photography the wider the lens the better. After all, you want to capture as much of that stunning vista as possible, and fortunately there are some great wide angle lenses available that offer outstanding value for money. Continue reading…

Five Wallet Friendly 50mm Prime Lenses That Will Help You Grow as a Photographer

If you’re new to the world of prime lenses and aren’t sure what your first prime lens should be, look no further than the nifty fifty.

There are so many lens choices available to photographers today it can honestly be difficult to know where to turn when it comes to lenses. Do you stick with the telephoto and zoom style lenses like the ones that came with your camera, or do you enter the world of prime lenses? We can tell you right up front that if you’re serious about your photography, and if you want to improve, prime lenses are the way to go, and the 50mm focal length is the perfect place to start your prime journey.

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Four Affordable Rangefinder Style Cameras That Will Make You Weak at The Knees

Modern Rangefinder cameras appeal to many people with their gorgeous retro looks and outstanding overall performance.

There is something to be said about objects that can make you remember the style and grace of years past. Modern cameras can have a very utilitarian, sterile look and feel to them, and while they’re practical and function well, they just don’t make you feel the magic of photography like older cameras can. Thankfully camera manufacturers know that there are photographers out there that want both gorgeous aesthetics, and stellar performance, and that’s where Rangefinder style cameras come in to play.

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