Did You Know About This Nikon 170mm F1.4 Lens from Years Ago?

If you want to get your hands on the Nikon 170mm f1.4, you’ll need at least $50,000 to start.

Just imagine the portraits one could take with a Nikon 170mm f1.4 lens, let alone the nightmare they’d have with focusing. Every time you’re told that a long telephoto lens would be too big and that no one would buy it, consider it to be complete poppycock. Indeed, a lens like this is possible, and even though it’s pretty big and very silver in appearance, it is very well possible.

 

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The Zenitar 50mm f0.95 for Sony FE Will Need Their Awful Focus Peaking

If you’re considering the Zenit Zenitar 50mm f0.95 lens, then just remember one of Sony’s biggest problems.

When I saw the news of the new Zenit Zenitar 50mm f0.95 lens I was truly as excited as so many of you are, but then I remembered just how terrible it is to use the focus peaking feature on Sony FE cameras. Now lots of you may say, “Chris, you can just use magnification.” But the truth is that you shouldn’t have to do that and it really isn’t a faster way of working with the lens because you need to move the focusing point around depending on your scene’s composition unless you’re an absolute master of the focus and recompose method of shooting–and I doubt many of you are. So while the Zenit Zenitar 50mm f0.95 seems to be quite tempting, I’m going to warn folks against it at least initially.

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Here’s Why a Fujifilm Full Frame Camera Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon

If you’re waiting for a Fujifilm full frame camera, we hate to say this but it doesn’t seem to be in the company’s plans.

Fujifilm has already launched some pretty landmark cameras of the digital age, but there’s still one thing missing in their line-up: a Fujifilm full frame camera masterpiece. Despite the clamor for it, the company has made it clear in a recent interview with Fujifilm’s Shinichiro Udono, Jun Watanabe, and Takuya Noguchi at the CP+ 2019 by French website Photo Trend.

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Thingify Unveils Pinhole Pro X, the World’s First Zoom Pinhole Lens

If you’re feeling experimental with your digital camera, Thingify has just announced the first zoom pinhole lens, Pinhole Pro X, for you to play with.

Thingify, the Toronto-based company that brought us a bunch of quirky professional pinhole lenses for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, are at it again with a new creation. This time, it’s touted as the world’s first zoom pinhole lens, and now the third in the Thingify Pinhole Pro range of lenses.

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This Signed Andy Warhol Cover of Robin Williams Costs Over $1,000,000

If you’re a fan of Robin Williams and Andy Warhol both, then this is your collectible dream.

Perhaps a one of a kind, there is currently a really rare signed Interview magazine on eBay featuring Robin Williams on the cover and signed by Andy Warhol. The seller, who has a 100% positive rating by more than 600 other folks, has a very interesting story behind how the piece came about. And if you’re both a fan of Andy and Robin (I’m personally a fan of both) then this is something that is very important to you–if you can stomach the price of over $1,000,000. For a vintage antique dating back to over 30 years ago and for something that is really this rare, it’s still pretty easy for one to question the price.

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Inside Work in Process: Australia’s Latest Analog Film Lab

Ever wanted to build your own darkroom or even dreamed of opening your own film lab? You might want to take notes from our guy Brock Saddler.

It’s been a while since we last touched base with Brock Saddler, the Australia-based photographer who showed us how to hack the Bronica ETRS to shoot Fujifilm Instax Mini Film. While he hasn’t been successful yet in creating a seamless version of this project, he was actually busy with something else: his own film developing lab. It was something that was always in his mind, and he was happy to report that he was finally able to set it up and get it running for the past 8 months.

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DXOMark: The Sony a7r III is Just a Hair Better Than the Nikon Z7

DxoMark says that the Nikon Z7 really falls behind the Sony a7r III in high ISO performance

Let’s be honest here: Nikon z7 sales haven’t been the best and if anything, DXOMark’s latest tests on the camera are just an ego boost to Sony users. Nikon’s current top end mirrorless camera scored an incredibly 99 points right under the Sony a7r III–which has 100 points. But fear not Nikonians–your beloved Nikon D850 is still king of the full frame charts.

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Dubble Announces Stereo-Inspired “Transitional” Specialty Film

Dubble is at it again; a new treat for film photographers with a taste for the fun and the experimental.

Are you a film photographer looking for something fun to shoot with? Count on Dubble to deliver exactly that. This time, it’s another vibrant film (why of course) called STEREO. As you probably have guessed, the name alludes to the 3D red and cyan glasses once used to view stereo photographs. This inspiration comes alive in the STEREO as yet another experimental emulsion Dubble crafted in collaboration with revolog, and is described as a “transitional specialty film”. And it does just that, with a full frame starting in red tint then gradually fading into full frame in blue tint. So, essentially, you get two different hues, and twice the fun in your snaps!

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Does Canon’s Next Mirrorless Camera Need to Be a 70MP Monster?

A new report suggests the next Mirrorless camera in Canon’s EOS R line-up may have a sensor bursting with megapixels.

As the Mirrorless race heats up, more and more reports are hitting the circuit in regards to what road Canon may take in regards to their next Mirrorless camera. We have already seen a mid-tier Mirrorless camera in the EOS R, and we now have the entry level EOS RP as well. So, where does Canon go next? If reports are to be believed, they will try to win users over with a 70MP monster. Continue reading…

Think Tank Announces Three Stylish Vision Shoulder Camera Bags

If you’re a fan of Think Tank camera bags then you might like their new offerings.

Think tank have been making quality camera bags for many years now and they have built up a solid fan base for good reason. Today the Think Tank camera bag library has grown by three as the company has just announced a new line of camera bags called the Vision Shoulder series. Join us after the break for images of the new bags and to find out more about them. Continue reading…

Get the Tilt Effect with the New Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic

The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic is bound to offer a refreshing take on creative photography.

Given what Lensbaby has created in recent times, I have to say I’m pretty excited for the new Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic. Years ago, I accepted that one never bought Lensbaby lenses for the image quality in terms of sharpness and such, but instead bought them for their unique look and take on the world. Getting that in camera is often more fun than working in post-production to do it. But then there is their manual nature, where it actively requires the photographer to be more meticulous and take on a bigger part of the image making process. For portrait shooting, landscapes, architecture, still life, and the slower types of photography this works out perfectly fine.

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What We Hope Will Be in the Fujifilm X-Pro 3

The Fujifilm X Pro 2 has developed a cult following, and the expectations for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 are high.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is used and loved by photographers all over the globe. The Rangefinder style camera with the excellent X-Trans III sensor is loved because of its gorgeous retro looks, ease of use, and the quality of the images it produces. Expectations are high for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3; nothing but the best will please Fujifilm fans. A recent report suggests that the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 could hit store shelves later this year. There’s a lot riding on this release, and below is what we think it will take to win people over. Continue reading…

Join Us Live Tonight with Tony Gale for Inside the Photographer’s Mind!

Photographer Tony Gale is our next guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind.

Our next guest of our once-a-month interview series Inside the Photographer’s Mind is Tony Gale. Tony is a man of many hats. When he isn’t shooting advertising or editorial jobs, he’s working with corporate clients or doing a multitude of other things. The Brooklyn based photographer is also a Sony Artisan, a Manfrotto Ambassador, an X-Rite Coloratti and the American Photographic Artists society National President. To say that Tony is busy is an understatement. And we’re talking to Tony not only about his work, but how he’s gone about managing everything that he’s done in a world where you need to be more than just a photographer.

You can catch it live on Adorama TV on March 13th at 5pm EST by following the Phoblographer or Adorama on Facebook. Or join us live at the Adorama Event Space via EventBrite!

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Adorama’s New Video Series Explores Ethical Travel Photography

If it’s been your dream to get build a career travel photography, Adorama’s new documentary series will inspire you.

Travel photography is one of the biggest, most inspiring genres to get into, for the obvious reasons of unique experiences and unforgettable photo opportunities. In their new video series, Adorama adds an extra dimension to the craft by inspiring us to practice ethical travel photography. It’s definitely something to consider whether you’re new to the genre or quite far along into it, so go ahead and add it to your watch list!

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This Signed Garry Winogrand Print is Yours for $12,500

Here’s your chance to snag a signed Garry Winogrand print if you’ve got some serious cash to spare.

Print collectors, retro lovers, and street photographers will surely find our latest vintage discovery a fascinating piece to add to their collection: a signed print by Garry Winogrand, one of the most influential street photographers of the 20th century. If you’re fascinated by his definitive and visually compelling snaps of American life during 1960s, you’ll definitely want to get a hold of this print.

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The New Billingham AVEA Pocket Range Camera Bags Attach to Your Bag

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These new Billingham camera bags will offer a stylish way to carry more while on the go.

Billingham makes some truly gorgeous, handmade camera bags. While they may be a little more expensive than other camera bags on the market, you truly get what you pay for as we found with their Rucksack 35. If you’re fortunate enough to own one of Billingham’s camera bags then you might be interested in their newly announced AVEA 7 and AVEA 8 pocket range accessory bags. Continue reading…

This (Likely Rare) Diane Arbus Print is Yours for $5,000

Looking for the next item to add to your growing print collection? You might want to consider this (most likely) rare print by Diane Arbus.

Attention vintage fans and print collectors! If you’re in the mood to expand your stash of retro memorabilia or rare prints, you might be interested in our latest previous find: a most likely rare Diane Arbus print. In the listing, by Washington-based ebay seller serialpug, the black and white print is described as a 17″ by 17″ photograph of Blaze Starr. It appears to be fixed to a cardboard backing, but most of the backing has also been ripped off. The photos show that the print has scratches and discoloration throughout. Other flaws mentioned rough edges, a visible crease, and some bubbling. It bears no signatures or print information anywhere. The print is being sold in ‘found’ condition and may need to be restored. It’s listed at $4,999.99 but the seller is open to information and offers on this piece, as the condition is likely to dictate a different price.

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The New Yongnuo YN450 Is Unfortunately One Giant Mess of a Camera

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While it’s a great concept with some good ideas, the Yongnuo YN450 is a swing and a miss.

Ears perked up, and eyes were wide open throughout the photography world late last year when Yongnuo announced that they would be making a hybrid camera that ran on Google’s Android software, and would feature a Canon EF Mount for lenses. The camera sounded pretty good; it promised easy connectivity to popular social media sites, and a user friendly interface that tens of millions of people around the world are familiar with. But between the announcement and now, you know what has really hit the fan. Continue reading…

DXOMark: Nikon Z6 Slightly Worse Than the Sony a7 III

The guys and gals at DXOMark have stumbled out of bed to start sensor testing once again.

DXOMark are back at it with serious camera testing and they have started off with a bang. The Nikon Z6 is the first camera that has been tested by these guys for a long time (with their recent moves to really focus on phones), and apparently it will be the first of many as we go forward through 2019. The Z6 is of course one of Nikon’s first Mirrorless cameras, and while it and its bigger brother the Z7 have had a somewhat rocky start to life, things seem be improving thanks to the promise of regular firmware updates. But how does the Z6 sensor perform in DXOMark’s tests? Join us after the break to find out. Continue reading…

Photographer Tony Gale Joins us on Inside the Photographer’s Mind

Photographer Tony Gale is our next guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind.

In our next episode of our once a month interview series Inside the Photographer’s Mind is Tony Gale. Tony is a man of many hats. When he isn’t shooting advertising or editorial jobs, he’s working with corporate clients or doing a multitude of other things. The Brooklyn based photographer is also a Sony Artisan, a Manfrotto Ambassador, an X-Rite Coloratti and the American Photographic Artists society National President. To say that Tony is busy is honestly an understatement. And we’re talking to Tony not only about his work, but how he’s gone about managing everything that he’s done in a world where you need to be more than just a photographer.

You can catch it live on Adorama TV on March 13th at 5pm EST by following the Phoblographer or Adorama on Facebook. Or join us live at the Adorama Event Space via EventBrite!

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Making Copyright Infringement Claims Is Now Harder for Photographers

Be proactive and copyright all of your work, especially pieces you plan on sharing with the masses.

Being able to share our work with millions upon millions of people is great. You can snap a picture, it can go viral, and someone may even want to buy your work. Unfortunately, there are those who like to skip that last part and just take what’s not theirs. In the past, if you had noticed that your work had been taken illegally you could register a copyright for your work, and then you could start proceedings against the party who infringed on your property. But a new U.S Supreme court ruling has changed all of that. Continue reading…