Is This Photographer Right to Be Ashamed About His Past Work?

Every photographer has a journey, but should any of us be ashamed of how it started?

In a recent post on Reddit, a photographer shared how he first got involved with professional photography: he produced adult entertainment. Struggling to find a photographer up to the standard he wanted, he took to doing both the production and stills himself. After some time, he left the business and walked away from photography. Years later, he’s now looking to reenter the industry but feels ashamed of his past work. The Reddit poster deleted thousands of images, only keeping what he considered to be artistic. Is he right to be ashamed? More so, was it a good decision to erase years of work?

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If a Canon RF 70-400mm Lens Is Real, Then We’re Excited!

The RF mount lens line up could be bolstered with a new RF 70-400mm f4.5-5.6L lens.

Canon has been doing some magical things in the world of lenses for a while. Their EF mount L series glass is still some of the best you can lay your hands on. Fortunately for photographers, they have been continuing their lens wizardry with their new RF mount lenses too, and we have already been blessed with some genuinely great Mirrorless lenses for the EOS R, RP, and Ra. Now, if recent reports are to be believed, we may be blessed with an RF 70-400mm lens later on this year. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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The Tokina 85mm F1.8 ATX-M FE Costs Just $499.99 (Sample Images)

The Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M is promising good stuff for portrait photographers at a $499.99 price point.

Photographers using the Sony FE line of cameras are being treated with access to a new lens: the Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M. This lens is offering not only a fast f1.8 aperture but also a bit of moisture resistance at the front at a super affordable price point. Unlike their previous 100mm Macro FiRIN lens, they’re claiming the motor won’t blow your eardrums. Even better, this is probably the most affordable autofocus 85mm f1.8 lens available for the Sony FE lineup of cameras. All of the juiciest details of the press release are after the jump.

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Platyball Is Today’s Most Innovative Tripod Head Accessory

Platyball is a new tripod head accessory that promises to make things a lot easier and change the way we shoot.

Tripod head designs have been mostly the same with only some minor improvements here and there. But, a new contraption gears up to change the way we see and work with tripods. Meet the Platyball, the latest from the company that brought us the Platypod flat tripod base. If you’re looking into a tripod head upgrade, this could be right up your alley.

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Hasselblad’s 45mm XCD 4/45P is Ultra Light and Costs Just $1,099

Hasselblad XCD 4/45p

According to Hasselblad, the XCD 4/45P is the lightest digital Medium Format lens in the world.

If you’re the proud owner of a Hasselblad X1D or X1D II and you have been waiting for a small, lightweight lens that can be used while you’re out and about, your wait is over. Hasselblad has just announced that their new 45mm XCD 4/45P is not only super affordable but also claims that it is the lightest digital Medium Format lens (cue dramatic voice-over) ‘in the world!’ Join us after the break for all of the juicy information on this 45mm f4 lens.

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LensRentals: The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 for Z Mount Is “Very Modern”

The team at LensRentals had a challenge disassembling the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 S for Z mount. 

“In a lot of ways, it’s really, really well done,” said Roger Cicla in a brief interview with us about his team’s time trying to repair a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 S for the Z mount. “In a few, it’s very poorly thought out. For example, I would guess a broken filter ring is a $400 repair, it requires complete disassembly.” What the team encountered is a very modern design with the Nikon 24-70mm, and we found the same thing to be true in our review. Part of the modern design has to do with the LCD screen up top. But in addition to that, the lens is a completely new design for mirrorless cameras and also designed to be small. That’s better than lots of other options on the market right now.

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“The Roaring Twenties” Among 2020 Creative Trends Says Shutterstock

Curious about the creative trends that will fly this year? Shutterstock just announced their predictions for global and local trends that will influence the design and visual culture for 2020.

It’s that time of year again when the creative community refers to fearless forecasts on the top creative trends to guide their personal projects and professional work. Among the most trusted is Shutterstock’s annual Creative Trends Report, which is now on its ninth edition. For 2020, the company has identified three major trends, the local favorites found in 25 countries across the globe, and five rising trends set to gain traction.

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Schneider Kreuznach Announces New Additions to the B+W T-Pro Filters

The latest additions to the B+W T-Pro filters are made to accommodate the trend of cameras getting more compact.

If you’re looking for lens filters to protect the delicate front element of your lens, Schneider Kreuznach B+W Filters are among your options. The filter collection just saw a couple of new additions to the T-Pro range, designed with a thinner profile to match cameras that are getting more and more compact. Made suitable for all focal lengths, including wide-angle and telephoto, they are also made with a titanium finish for a unique look.

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Hex Drops New Mini DSLR Sling Bag for On-the-Go Shooters

Photographers looking for a compact carrier for their DSLR essentials have a new, sleek option in the Hex Mini DSLR Sling Bag.

Need a more compact and convenient bag to stash your mirrorless camera or all your DSLR essentials? One of your newest options is the sleek Hex Mini DSLR Sling, designed to serve a variety of uses for photographers and content creators on the go. Honestly, we’re not sure why it’s called the Mini DSLR sling. It’s better suited to mirrorless cameras it seems. But most importantly, it promises to keep your gear organized and protected.

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Opinion: It’s About Time Canon Gave Up on EF Mount

The Canon EF mount had a great run, and some classic lenses will never be forgotten, but it’s time to move on and RF Mount is the future.

We know Canon arrived super late to the Mirrorless party, and we are pretty aware the Canon EOS R, as fine as it is, is still quite far behind the competition in terms of specs and features. One area where Canon is excelling and showing the rest of the pack how it’s done though is with their RF Mount lenses. RF mount glass is some of the best you can get your hands on, hands down. The RF Mount is the future, and it seems as though this has finally clicked with Canon too. Join us after the break to find out more about big C’s decision to bid adieu to the Canon EF Mount.

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The New Paul C. Buff Link 800WS Flash Has TTL for Under $1,000

The new updated Link 800WS flash has been a long time coming, but the wait is worth it.

If you’re a fan of lights from Paul C. Buff, you’re going to love this news. Today, the company announced that the long-awaited 800WS link flash will be hitting store shelves this spring and that it has all of the bells and whistles modern photographers need to produce impressive images. Join us after the break for all of the details, including specs and pricing info.

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“Flora” Is an Upcoming Zine for Double Exposure Fans

If you’re into double exposure snaps and want some creative inspiration, you might want to support this zine project on floral doubles.

Double exposures may not be a recent invention in the photography world, but the last decade saw more and more photographers experimenting with it. We’ve seen this creative technique become popular for portraits juxtaposed with buildings, seascapes, foliage, and flowers. If you’re particularly interested in floral double exposures, we found a zine project you might want to support on Kickstarter.

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Fujifilm, It’s Time for Faster Primes with Weather Sealing (F1.4 and Up)

Fujifilm has been setting new standards with their APS-C cameras, and they have also racked up an impressive library of X Mount lenses, especially when it comes to primes. The F2 lineup is lauded by many for sharp optics, beautiful bokeh, and excellent color renditions. They are also weather-sealed primes with great price points. Their more expensive primes produce even better images, but for some reason, lack weather sealing. This lack of faster weather-sealed primes creates an issue for pros looking to use the system full time, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed. Join us after the break to find out what we would like to see in terms of new lenses from Fujifilm.

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New Computers Announced at CES 2020 Will Make Creators Lives Easier

The computers we are seeing at CES 2020 show that technology in this space is advancing at a rapid pace.

The annual consumer electronics show (CES) kicked off earlier this week, and there have already been some exciting announcements in regard to upcoming photography gear like the Nikon D780. Another segment that has caught our eye, though, is the computer segment. Unless you still shoot film, you need a computer to access and process your RAW files. Some fascinating laptops will be hitting shelves in the not too distant future, which could really help with creating media and photo editing. Join us after the break to see some of the most radical computers announced at CES 2020 so far.

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Fujifilm’s X-T4 Could Launch This March – Here’s What We Want to See

Fujifilm hit a home run with the X-T3, so its replacement will have some big shoes to fill.

Fujifilm has been killing it over and over again with their cameras during the past few years. The success of the X-Pro series, the X-TXX series, and the X-H1 propelled Fujifilm into the spotlight. The star of the show has been the X-T3. This APS-C camera captured the hearts of many thanks to its gorgeous design and fantastic image output. The camera is still young, but it seems that Fujifilm may be ready to replace the X-T3 already with the X-T4, and it could happen as early as March. We love the Fujifilm X-T3, but there are some improvements we would like to see implemented in the X-T4. Join us after the break for all the details and to find out what we would like in the X-T4.

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Shooting with the Unusual Bronica RF645 Medium Format Camera

Curious about the Bronica RF645 and want to know if it’s a medium format film camera for you? Alastair Bird shares his experience in his quick review video.

Thinking of getting into medium format film photography and looking for a camera with which to start your journey? One of the newer cameras you might want to check out — but most likely haven’t heard of — is the Bronica RF645 rangefinder camera. If that just piqued your curiosity, we bring a new video by Alastair Bird that will serve as your quick introduction to this interesting camera.

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Samsung’s Credit Card Sized T7 Touch SSD Backs Up Files in a Hurry

If you need an SSD that can back up your files in a hot fire flash, and that can slip into your pocket, you might be interested in the T7 Touch SSD.

Who remembers back when a floppy disk that could hold 1.44mb of data was the stuff of the future? I remember that, and I remember 5.25-inch disks that could hold 1.2mb or less (yeah, I’m old). Now though, companies like Samsung are making SSD’s that can hold 2TB of data on devices the size of credit cards. Samsung’s new T7 Touch SSD not only boasts rapid data transfer rates, but it can also be secured with your fingerprint. For more details about the new Samsung T7 SSD, head on past the break.

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OmniVision’s New 48MP Phone Sensor Promises to Be a Low Light Beast

Smartphone cameras will progress in leaps and bounds during 2020.

CES 2020 has given us a glimpse of the future in regards to new computers for creators, and some of Nikon’s roadmap for the coming year. But quietly, over in a corner, an announcement from Omnivision about a new smartphone sensor made our ears tingle. It seems as though the digital imaging company has a new 48-megapixel sensor up its sleeve, and it is destined to bring considerable improvements to smartphone cameras by way of excellent low light performance and 8K video. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Lomography LomoChrome Purple Now Comes in 110 Format

With Lomography’s latest news, it’s time to take your parents’ 110 cameras out for a spin with the dreamy LomoChrome Purple.

Looking for the perfect opportunity to bust out your 110 film camera? Now would be a great time as ever, as Lomography has recently launched their prized LomoChrome Purple film in 110 format. If you’ve already tried this famed film in 35mm and 120 formats, why not give it a go in this miniature format as well?

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The Nikon D780 is Just Part of the Company’s CES 2020 Announcements

With the Nikon D780, photographers are getting a 24.5MP BSI BMOS sensor at the heart of a full-frame DSLR.

We honestly didn’t think we’d see new DSLR cameras beyond what was already announced this year, but Nikon is proving us wrong with the new Nikon D780. This camera is a step above the Nikon D750, which will continue to be sold. After the break, we have the specs you care about, along with all the details of Nikon’s newest lenses.

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