Someone Needs to Make a Full Frame, Rangefinder Style Camera with Autofocus

There are too many SLR style full frame Mirrorless cameras out there and not enough rangefinder style.

My biggest hope for years now were that Sony would take the form factor of their a6xxx series cameras and make it full frame with a few extra upgrades; but we never got it. Then I was looking to both Canon and Nikon to do it. And they never did it. Surely I thought that Panasonic, with their history involving Leica, would be the ones. But alas, I was again disappointed. Like some of you, I fall into the camera of photographers who like the Olympus Pen F, the Fujifilm X Pro 2, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R more so than the SLR style camera bodies. To me, they’re more familiar. Perhaps like you, I was trained on Leicas. The feeling of a Hexar AF, a Contax G2, and a Mamiya 6 appealed to me more than some of the most prolific film cameras of all time.

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Eight Lenses and Accessories That Make the Most of Your Fujifilm X-H1

The Fujifilm X-H1 can produce stunning images with the right lenses.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is a fantastic camera for many reasons. Powered by a 24.3MP X-Trans sensor, the Fujifilm X-H1 is perfect for genres ranging from portraiture to landscapes, street photography to photojournalism, and documentary photography to wildlife photography. The Fujifilm X-H1 has 5 axis in-body image stabilization which makes it easy to use in low light situations, and makes it perfect for videography too. When you throw in Fujifilm’s color science and awesome film simulation profiles, excellent image quality, and solid build you can understand why the Fujifilm X-H1 has such a strong following. A camera is nothing without lenses though, so let’s take a look at some lenses and a couple of accessories that will allow you to get the most out of the Fujifilm X-H1. Continue reading…

Reviewed: 7 of the Best Cameras for Astrophotography

These cameras will absolutely blow you away when it comes to astrophotography thanks to their incredible high ISO performance.

There are few genres of photography that are quite as rewarding as astrophotography. The thrill of pointing your camera to the skies and being able to see the magic that hides in plain sight is truly a magical experience. Getting great astrophotography shots is possible with any camera really, but there are a few that stand out as star performers thanks to their impeccable image quality, and virtually noise free images up to ISO 6400. Use one of the seven cameras we suggest and you’ll be over the moon with your results. Continue reading…

Seven Weather Sealed 24-70mm Zoom Lenses That Shrug Off Mother Nature

When it comes to zoom lenses the trusty 24-70mm is hard to beat, especially when it’s weather sealed.

The 24-70mm focal range is loved by thousands upon thousands of photographers around the globe for good reason. 24-70mm lenses (both f2.8 and f4 versions) are perhaps the most popular zoom lenses around thanks to their versatility and their outstanding overall performance. These zoom lenses are suited perfectly for documentary photography, photojournalism, wedding photography, event photography, and even portraiture (especially environmental portraits), and the fact that the seven we have selected here are weather sealed makes them even more special.
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10 of the Best Wide Angle Lenses For Stellar Astrophotography Images

These fast, wide angle lenses will help you create truly stunning starscapes.

Astrophotography season is right around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, so we thought it would be great to take a look at some of the best wide angle lenses that are well suited to this genre of photography. In the past, astrophotography was really only for those who could afford wide angle lenses (primes and zooms) that had apertures of at least f2.8, but now you can get some truly stunning wide angle lenses that are perfect for this genre for very little outlay. Continue reading…

These Cheap E Mount Lenses Are Must Haves For The Sony A7 III

These Sony E Mount lenses aren’t only affordable, they’re incredible performers too.

The Sony A7 III is a fantastic Full Frame Mirrorless camera that can be picked up for the low price of $1,998. The camera is absolutely packed to the rafters with features such as class leading eye autofocus, 4K video, 10 FPS burst mode, and 5 axis in-body image stabilization, but as we know, cameras are nothing without lenses. Fortunately there’s a plethora of affordable Sony E mount lenses that will allow you to churn out quality results over and over again. The bang for your buck E Mount lenses we will be featuring here cover everything from fast wide angle primes, to telephoto zooms and everything in between.  Continue reading…

These Are Future Iconic Street Photographs from the Modern Era

Sit in any street photography workshop and you’re likely to see iconic images from the 60s through to the 80s – but we want to look at the future iconic images that were created in the modern era.

As time moves forward, so will the stories that are told to future generations. Street photographers working today will eventually become legends of the past. They will pass their work down and their teachings will be told. Photographs once deemed as top quality will move onto being iconic. An iconic street photograph can be one of high worth, an instantly recognizable frame, or one that, even in the present day, you know will stand the test of time. So whilst tutors today may be eager to show Henri Cartier Bresson’s decisive moment, we want to show you some street photographs that are an excellent benchmark for where the bar is set in the present day.

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Get The Most Out of The Sony A7r III With These G Master Lenses

When you have a sensor as powerful as the 42.4 MP beast inside the Sony A7r III you’ll need the best Sony G Master Lenses available to get the most out of it.

If you have gone out and have splashed some serious cash on the super impressive Sony A7r III, it only makes sense to pair that beast of a Full Frame sensor up with the best glass that Sony makes. Sure, any lens will yield great results, but if you want to see all of that super fine detail the 42.4 MP BSI Sony Senor can render, you’re going to need the best of the best, the crème de la crème, the kings of the Sony jungle, and they come in the form of Sony’s G Master lenses. Continue reading…

Why I Think the Professional Canon EOS R is Going to be Like a 1D

Canon hasn’t released their professional level EOS R camera yet, but when they do it will probably be like a little 1D series.

When I say that the professional Canon EOS R is going to be like a 1D series camera, I’m pretty well convicted in my opinion that this is what Canon will be releasing come later this year. Well, I hope it will be later this year and not next year for Photokina. But if Canon is going to enter the professional world of mirrorless cameras, then I’m pretty convinced that they’re going to do what they can to mimic what their 1D series is. This isn’t only in terms of performance and image quality, but also in terms of a camera body and build quality.

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Inspiration: 20 of Our Favorite Women Photographers for 2019

Women photographers rock! In this piece we showcase 20 of the very best.

“Just 20” we thought to ourselves when putting this list of women photographers together. “It’s going to be so hard to not go over that number!.” That’s because we know that the amount of female talent in our industry is almost endless. But we also know our readers have to find the time to eat and sleep too! So, with that in mind, we wanted to make a piece that focused on the best of the best – in our humble (and experienced) opinion. With Women’s History Month being

All the photographers in this article have been featured on The Phoblographer before, hence why we’re extremely confident in their creative capabilities. You’re also encouraged to check out each of their individual features too.

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Five Fantastic Street Photographers Using Their Smartphones

As smartphone cameras improve, many street photographers are opting to use it as their main weapon of choice.

Smartphone street photography has risen in popularity over the past five years. The cameras are getting crisper and the technology is getting smarter. The best part about them from a street photographer’s perspective is that photographers can carry them in their pocket, meaning it’s always readily available. The specs and capabilities are still lacking compared to the normal mirrorless, bridge, and DSLR, which means using them isn’t always an easy thing to do. There are street photographers, however, doing a mighty fine job when it comes to creating quality smartphone images.

In this article, we look at five who are doing great work.

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Build the Perfect Portrait Kit with the Sony A7 II for Under $2,500

If you’ve been thinking about stepping up to Full Frame cameras for Portrait work, and of doing it with the Sony A7 II, this is how you can on a budget.

If you have been using crop sensor cameras for a while, and want to step up to a Full Frame cameras to get a little more depth of field for your portraits. this round up is for you. For under $2,500 you can get a portrait photography setup that includes the Full Frame Sony A7 II, the essential lenses for portraits, and a few accessories. Before you know it you’ll be set to capture portraits that will delight your clients. Join us after the break to see our recommendations. Continue reading…

10 Stylish Camera Bags Perfect for Street Photographers

These camera bags are ready to hit the streets, and they’ll look good doing it.

Camera bags don’t get a lot of attention, but they are an important accessory; definitely one that every photographer needs. They need to match our own personal style because in a way they are an extension of us, so it’s important that we choose our camera bags wisely. Street photographers need camera bags that are stylish, comfortable, easy carry around, must be able to hold the essentials, and they need to be able to withstand the elements. We’ve selected 10 camera bags from our extensive list of reviews that would be perfect for street photographers. Continue reading…

The Industry Needs to Stop Taking Photographers Image Rights ASAP

We’ve noticed a disturbing trend regarding image rights and it just seems to be getting worse.

There are a ton of services out there that market themselves as the perfect way for photographers to get their work seen by, and possibly even purchased by major brands and organizations, all you have to do is sign up to use, upload your images and then wait for all of that exposure to pay off; only there’s a catch. A lot of these services state in the small print that you will be giving up all image rights, and that you can never claim to be the photographer who took the image. Wait. What? The saying “if it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true” definitely rings out here, and a recent report about another image rights grab has just confirmed that this issue is just getting worse. Continue reading…

Street Photography: Confrontation and Bad Advice From My Former Self

Lessons in street photography don’t always age well. Over time, our education deepens and our perspective matures – leaving us a little red in the face over words we once spoke.

Several years ago I wrote an article giving advice about managing confrontation in street photography. I spent time putting together an action plan, including ways in which you can avoid confrontation altogether. At the time I thought it was gold. I shared it as much as I could, and in fairness, a lot of people thought it was good – I imagine they were as green as I was. Looking back, there was some terrible advice in it. So terrible, in fact, I’ve removed the piece. Let’s take a look at what went wrong and I what I wish I knew then that I know now.

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The Best Fujifilm Prime Lenses For Every Genre of Photography

Fujifilm shooters are spoiled rotten when it comes to razor sharp, fast prime lenses–there are just so many good ones.

Prime lenses are simply the only way to go if you need super sharp, fast lenses. Their ability to shoot in low light situations, and the blistering speed at which they can acquire focus makes them ideal for just about any genre of photography. Fujifilm camera users sure have their fair share of prime lenses that can be used in any situation, and they’re all rock solid. From street photography to portraiture, and wildlife to documentary photography, you’re covered multiple times over. In this round up we’re going to take a look at the best prime lenses for every type of photographic work. Continue reading…

Seriously Ask Yourself: Are You a Photographer, or a Photo Editor?

This has come up in a number of situations where I see loads of tutorials on how to make an image look a certain way.

I’ve been quietly contemplating the idea of whether someone is a photographer or a photo editor, and at the same time whether or not they have the right to say that they’re a photographer or a photo editor. Go ahead and say, “Just shoot and do whatever,” but I think this is a major part of one’s photographic identity. If you screw a light bulb into a lamp you’re not an electrician. If you clean your apartment you’re not hired help. If you cook a special dinner for 25 people you are neither a woman of the kitchen or a chef (and I’ve specifically heard this said before by both genders). So if you focus on your Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One skills, are you really a photographer?

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Eight Wide Angle Lenses Under $700 for Landscapes on APS-C Cameras

These wide angle lenses are perfect for landscape photography, even with APS-C crop factors thrown into the mix.

When shooting with APS-C based cameras, getting a true wide angle lens can be slightly challenging. With crop factors ranging from x1.5 to x1.6, it’s vital to take into account that the lens you shoot with will not be quite as wide as you thought. For example, a 15mm wide angle lens on a APS-C based camera will have an effective focal length of 22.5mm-24mm depending on the crop factor of your camera. Fortunately there are some spectacular lenses out there that are still nice and wide even with the crop factor of your sensor. The best part is that you can get some optically stunning lenses for under $700. Continue reading…

Special Report: Shooting Street Photography With the Ricoh GR III in NYC

The Ricoh GR III is the successor to one of the most celebrated digital cameras in the street photography community.

If you were to sit there and compile a list of cult cameras, the majority of them would be analog–but in the digital world one can consider the predecessors to the Ricoh GR III to be cult classics. Along with the Fujifilm X100 series of cameras, the Ricoh GR has been fascinating street photographers for years. Like its film predecessors, the Ricoh GR III is a compact camera designed to be low profile with a sharp lens, fairly simple controls, and designed to let the photographer really just shoot. The Ricoh GR III was announced around Photokina 2018 last year, and it was met with mixed feelings. Some wanted a full frame sensor while others clamored for weather sealing and better battery life. Mentally, I let these things slide and made justifications for why they weren’t included in the camera, but the really big one for me was removal of the little pop-up flash.

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9 Budget Friendly But Good Sony FE Mount Lenses (Under $600)

If you’re looking for cheap but really good lenses for Sony FE cameras, then you’re in the right spot.

Here’s the good news: we’ve tested loads and loads of lenses for Sony E mount; and you can see some in our database right here. And then there’s better news: we’ve scoured through our reviews index to pick and choose some of the best lenses for the money if you’re looking for entry level lenses and budget lenses. If you’re searching for an affordable wide angle prime, then we’ve found one! Want a portrait lens? We’ve got more than one for you!

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6 Sharp Prime Lenses For Sony E Mount Cameras Under $600

These prime lenses will help you get the most out of your Sony APS-C crop sensor camera.

Sony has done an outstanding job with their APS-C camera line up. The old Sony NEX system really started changing people’s view about crop sensor cameras. The release of the a6000, a6300, and the a6500 and all of the new technology they brought to the supposedly ‘non-pro’ APS-C camera world continued to push boundaries and made them firm favorites with photographers all over the world. The new Sony a6400 with its crazy fast autofocus system is about to hit the shelves, and we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some prime lenses that will really get the most out of this, and all of the other Sony APS-C cameras on the market.
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