The New Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Will Cost $1,099 in December

Now that the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 has a price, you’ll know how long to shake the couch down for the extra pennies hiding under the cushions.

Last week Sigma announced they would be releasing a new 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art lens. While the press release was chock full of details and specs on the lens, the price and any potential release date were mysteriously missing. Following another announcement from Sigma today, this new lens won’t, in fact, be free and you’ll have to wait until December to get your hands on it. Join us after the break for pricing and release details. Continue reading…

If It’s Real, the Leica M10 Monochrom Could Be Perfect for JPEGs

Slated to launch in 2020, the new Leica M10 Monochrom should delight cult followers.

As we know, Leica cameras have a cult following for a good reason. Leica cameras set the standard in the days of film with their gorgeous builds, ease of use, and the stunning images that could be created with them. Leica has continued this tradition as they have transitioned into the world of digital cameras. The original Leica M10 Monochrom was launched in 2015, and it sported an 18 Megapixel sensor that deliberately had the color filter array removed. The new Leica M10 Monochrom slated to hit shelves in 2020 is shaping up to be a megapixel monster that could end up being the best JPEG camera ever. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II Ships Soon in 35mm and 120 (Exclusive)

If you’ve been awaiting the return of Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II, then get very excited.

Photographers lamented when Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS was discontinued, but according to Fujifilm Division President Manny Almeda, Millenials were responsible in helping bring it back. Now, Fujifilm is announcing that Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II is returning to the market on November 22nd. Even better, the film is coming in 35mm and 120 formats. But it will only be available in Japan until early 2020 when it comes to the US and other markets. Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II has a remastered formula to make it even better than it was, or at least that’s what Fujifilm claims. They promise high resolution, fine grain, and lots of sharpness. Photographers who love shooting portraits, landscapes, and more are going to have fun with this film. It’s even being touted for night photography.

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Tap and Dye Add a New Camera Bag, Three Straps to Their Legacy Line

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If you’re looking for a timeless camera bag or strap, these new offerings from Tap and Dye may excite you.

If you’re in the market for high quality camera bag, or handmade camera straps, you may be interested to know that Tap and Dye have just announced they added four new items to their Legacy line of camera accessories. Each of these items (the Legacy Utility Tote, the Legacy Adjustable Camera Strap, the Legacy Slim Adjustable Camera Strap, and the Legacy Classic Slim Camera Strap) are made to order in Brooklyn, New York, and will add a classic look to your camera. Join us after the break for all the details. Continue reading…

Photographers in New York Now Have Access to Group Insurance Benefits

American Photographic Artists NY has partnered with Trupo, a freelancer benefits platform with curated benefits (including dental and accident insurance). Now photographers, photo agents, editors, photo assistants, producers and more can get benefits just like full-timers.

Photographers in NYC who work for themselves know how difficult it is to pay for health insurance. If you’re single, it’s not uncommon to pay in upwards of $700 a month for health insurance. To help photographers get a broader range of benefits and save them money, American Photographic Artists NY has partnered with Trupo. Trupo was started by the same folks who brought you the Freelancer’s Union and is designed to make things a little bit more affordable.

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The AI in the Pixel 4 Was Enhanced by Photogs Selling Secrets to Google

Your peers sold their secrets to help Google make the Pixel 4 better at retouching, and that’s not a good thing.

Whether you like it or not, computational photography is changing the face of photography as we know it. Right now, this breakthrough in technology and machine learning is limited to smartphones because, without it, the results from the cameras in the phones wouldn’t be impressive. Still, with their AI algorithms, we know that phones like the iPhone 11 Pro, the Galaxy Note 10, and the Pixel 4 can produce jaw-dropping images. It turns out that, though, that Google is paying photographers to divulge their secrets about retouching (and who knows what else) so that Google can feed this information into their algorithms. While this may make life easier for those who use phones, it will probably end up hurting many in the industry. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

The Canon EOS Ra is Fine, But it’s Not The Camera we Need or Want

The Canon EOS Ra will scratch the itch of Astrophotographers, but it will leave everyone else wanting, and waiting for more.

It has been just over a year since the Canon EOS R arrived on the Mirrorless camera scene. While it may have been lacking features that many expected, over the last 13 months, the EOS R has been updated to the point where it has become a very competent camera. Canon fans want more, though. The EOS R is lagging behind Sony in terms of feature sets and resolution, and Canon has said that a higher Megapixel EOS R camera is in the works. So, when we heard about a new EOS R camera from Canon hitting the market, we got excited, but, unfortunately, it’s not what you’re thinking. Join us after the break to find out more about the Canon EOS Ra and who it’s geared towards. Continue reading…

Maybe It’s Time for Camera Manufacturers to Stop Making Lighting Gear

Companies like Godox circle like vultures, and swoop down to take what they want. So should Canon, Nikon, and others still make their own lighting gear?

There was a time not too long ago where flashes and speedlights from the same manufacturers as your cameras were considered must-haves. Still, because of companies like Godox, the need to spend exorbitant amounts of money on first-party lighting gear has dissipated. Some recent news about a new flash patent Canon has filed has us asking whether or not it’s worth it for Canon and other first-party manufacturers to continue pouring money into lighting gear. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Is Real, and Here’s the Official Specs

The new 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Zoom lens is Sigma’s follow up to the commended 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art zoom lens.

Still haven’t found the right zoom lens for your Full Frame E-mount or L-mount mirrorless camera? Sigma’s latest release could be worth your consideration. If you need extra reach, the new Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art Zoom lens is another option that provides a large aperture, standard zoom and best-in-class optical performance throughout the entire zoom range.

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Panasonic Has Two New Lenses and New Firmware for the S1 and S1R

The new Panasonic lenses and continued updates should make the S1 and S1R more desirable.

If you’re the owner of either the Panasonic S1 or S1R, we have got some news that will make you smile from ear to ear. One thing that has been holding the system back is the lack of lenses. Today, two new Panasonic lenses have been announced that should help alleviate any fears potential new owners may have about buying into the system. Come January, you’ll be able to strap a 16-35mm f4 and a 70-200mm f2.8 lens to the front of your L mount cameras. And on November 19th, you’ll be able to update the firmware of the S1, S1R, GH5, GH5S, and G9. Join us after the break for all the details. Continue reading…

Don’t Click This Link If You Love Your Sony Mirrorless Camera

Rest in Pixels, Sony mirrorless camera. Whatever is happening here, it will remind you to keep your precious camera out of reach of children.

A grisly photo has been making the rounds in photography groups and even Reddit threads that shows a kid in a pool holding a Sony A7 mirrorless camera. If that photo has reached your feeds, we’re sure you had a mini heart attack, especially if you have the exact same camera that you hold dear and take good care of. If not, we have to apologize in advance for the intense cringe that will happen in 3, 2, 1…

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The Camera Market Needs Canon to Stop Drinking Its Own Kool-Aid

Canon’s profits are tanking, and they are losing even more ground in the camera market.

Poor Canon; it seems as though things keep going from bad to worse for the former king of the photography castle. While Canon has been hard at work on all fronts, it seems as though their efforts aren’t producing the results they want. To be fair, earlier on this year, Canon’s CEO did say that he fully expects things to get worse before they get better, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted that their gross profits would tank quite so hard over nine months. Just what does Canon need to do to steady their ship? Continue reading…

What Camera Companies Must Do to Compete With Phone Photography

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The camera market is sinking faster than the Titanic, and phone photography’s popularity is part of the reason why.

We know this is not new news, but the camera market is continuing to tank, and for the first time, the Mirrorless camera market has taken a hit too. The epic rise of phone camera technology and computational photography is part of the reason why. The other part of the equation is camera manufacturers aren’t doing enough to bring mobile photographers into the dedicated camera fold. After the break, we will take a look at the numbers and talk about what Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and others need to do to win over the hearts of those who think their phone is good enough. Continue reading…

Pelican’s New Vault Cases Are Lightweight, Rugged, and Affordable

Pelican Vault Cases

If you’re a photographer who’s an outdoor enthusiast, the new Vault cases from Pelican might be perfect for you.

Keeping our camera gear protected from whatever comes our way while carrying it around is essential. We spend thousands of dollars on cameras and lenses, yet sometimes we don’t store it in bags or cases that offer a much protection. Pelican has been making hard cases for photography gear for 43 years, and their new Vault cases are aimed to protect your equipment while you’re out in the wild. They’re also aimed to be wallet-friendly as well. Join us after the break for specs, pricing, and release information about the new Pelican Vault cases. Continue reading…

Should the Camera Market Be Filled with Top Shelf Gear Only?

Dwindling sales in the camera market and the rise of smartphone cameras means fewer people feel the need for entry-level cameras.

Take a look at any photography blog or any photography YouTube channel and you’ll hear about how lousy camera sales are world-wide. We know the camera market has been in a freefall for the last year, but what’s the answer to this problem? The rise of smartphones with very capable cameras are playing a considerable role in declining sales for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and many others. Now, consumers feel like they simply don’t require a dedicated camera. Should camera manufacturers forget about the entry-level market and focus on high-end cameras only? Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

Redditers Have Had Their Say on The Camera Vs Phone Camera Debate

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The hot topic of dedicated cameras versus phone cameras is reaching its boiling point.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that cameras in phones like the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy Note 10+ have been making waves. Do a quick search on the web, and you’ll come across articles that proclaim that you can now ditch your dedicated cameras because the camera in your phone equals it, but is that entirely true? A video from YouTuber Matti Haapoja explores this a little more. Join us after the break to see what he found out. Continue reading…

The Loupedeck Creative Tool Is for the Photographer Who Does Everything

The new Loupedeck Creative Tool is targeting the multi-media creative that needs to operate in a ton of different spheres.

If you’re one of those photographers who edges into other mediums, then the Loupedeck Creative Tool is probably the next peripheral you need. Loupedeck has always created strong peripherals for photographers and videographers, and this latest product is designed to help those who also edit audio and much more. To that end, its ability to integrate with more software on the market make it more scalable and versatile. That translates into wedding photographers also being able to cut a video and edit audio using the same tool–pun not really, but really intended. Although the Loupedeck Creative Tool only uses USB 2.0 A, it has Bluetooth 5 low energy abilities.

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Magnum and Aperture Explore the Hidden in Latest Square Print Sale

Magnum Photos and Aperture invite us once more to add some timeless work to our print collection in their latest run of the Square Print Sale.

If you’ve been waiting for the next Magnum Square Print Sale, the wait is now over. Beginning today, the Autumn 2019 run of the anticipated sale will feature a selection of over 100 images by renowned international photographic artists, all exploring the theme Hidden. Photography greats from both Magnum Photos and Aperture have come together to bring their own unique interpretations to yet another interesting theme, so we’re sure you’ll find some prized prints to add to your collection.

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WANDRD’s New Universal Camera Cubes Come in a Variety of Sizes

WANDRD’s camera cubes provides more ways to transport and protect your gear.

WANDRD has been making waves in the camera bag sector since their first bag was funded on Kickstarter. Since then, the company has released several innovative bags that appeal to many different types of photographers. Today, WANDRD announced their next line of products; the Camera Cubes Collection. This small assembly of bags are modular by design. Not only will they fit into the WANDRD PRVKE perfectly, but they will also fit into the WANDRD HEXAD, and just about any bag out there. Continue reading…

The New ILFORD ORTHO Plus ISO 80 Comes in Both 35mm and 120

Ilford has been very quiet, but today we’re being treated to the new ILFORD ORTHO Plus film.

Landscape photographers will perhaps be the most interested in the brand new ILFORD ORTHO Plus film being announced today. Ilford has been teasing on Twitter for a while that something new is coming. Today, they’re releasing the details on their brand new film. When landscape photographers load ILFORD ORTHO Plus into their cameras, they’re going to be treated to something absolutely special. According to Ilford, this film is going to render the scenes in a special way to due its design and the new acetate base. But in addition to that, Ilford is announcing a few other products.

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Lensbaby’s OMNI Creative Filter System Gets a Color Expansion Pack

The color expansion pack for the OMNI Creative Filter System from Lensbaby will give you even more creative options.

One of the things we absolutely cannot stress enough at The Phoblographer is just how important it is to get things right in camera. Being able to use software like Photoshop to add effects to your images is cool, but nothing can beat the look of capturing effects in real-time, in-camera. In June of 2019, we reviewed the OMNI Creative Filter System from Lensbaby. The system allows you to add cool light distortions into your images via crystals and wands, and we loved it. Today, Lensbaby announced that they developed a new color expansion pack for the system that will allow you to get even more creative. Join us after the break for the details. Continue reading…