Loupedeck and Adobe Get Cozy With A New Plugin For Photoshop

Owners of the Loupedeck CT and Louepdeck Live will be treated to seamless integration into Photoshop with the free plugin.

Loupedeck has been trying to make what we do behind the scenes as creators easier for a few years now. The company’s innovative controllers give quick access to the most common functions in post-production software. Using sliders and dials to control tools in programs like Lightroom, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Illustrator, and more is incredibly intuitive. In fact, these tools can even make editing fun. Now, Loupedeck is making its Loupedeck Creative Tool and Loupedeck Live even better with a free Photoshop plugin. This plugin will enhance the user experience and will make you much more efficient. We have all the deets about the update after the jump.

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Our Guide to Canon RF Mount Lenses Just Got a New Lick of Paint

Canon has been busy pumping out new Canon RF Mount lenses, and we’ve been busy reviewing them.

During the last year, Canon has been busy innovating in the camera lens space. The RF mount has come on in leaps and bounds in a short amount of time. It is quickly becoming an excellent, well-rounded platform. We have also been busy putting Canon RF mount lenses to the test in the real world to see if they can stand up to the levels of abuse Canon claims. We’ve just updated our Canon RF mount buyers guide so that you can quickly see just how well each lens performed. For all the details about the update, skip past the break.

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Our Buyer’s Guide for Nikon Z Mount Lenses Is Now Better Than Ever

If you’re a Nikon user or plan to be one, you need to bookmark this guide for Nikon Z mount lenses.

We have been working tirelessly to provide our reviews of Nikon Z mount lenses ever since Nikon announced their Mirrorless platform. While Nikon currently might not have the largest selection of Mirrorless lenses, we know that the library will continue to grow. We started the buyer’s guide for Nikon Z mount lenses so that those interested in the platform could have an easy to find guide that could help them with their lens purchases. We launched the guide last year, and have now updated it with new reviews. Head on past the break for all the deets.

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The Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR Looks So Tempting

Photographers should be excited about the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR being announced today.

If you weren’t already in love with Fujifilm’s lenses, then the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR will give you a major reason to be. Just imagine it: a weather-sealed wide-angle zoom lens with Fujifilm Velvia. In my eyes, this is precisely what landscape photographers have wanted. As a 15-35mm equivalent lens, it’s going to serve lots of landscape photographers well. But I also think that cityscape shooters will appreciate it. Most of all, the lens is weather-sealed–unlike its predecessor. And if it’s anything like some of the more recent Fujifilm lenses, then we’re very excited about it.

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Sadly, The Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II Aren’t Innovative

Both the Nikon Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 II aren’t doing anything unique for Nikon.

While in the call with Nikon the other afternoon, I showed visible excitement for these new cameras. The Nikon Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 II can probably expect a refresh in another two years. But honestly, I think next might be a better choice. As the presentation went on, they kept listing cool and exciting features, but I began to realize they were all things other manufacturers have. In some ways, the current iteration of Nikon feels like Sony Part II. This barely resembles the innovative company I knew for the better part of the past decade. The Nikon Z6 II and the Nikon Z7 II aren’t doing anything to change the game. Instead, the company is relying on their lenses and their image quality to keep up. Sadly, I’m not sure it’s going to be enough.

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Our Buyers Guide for Tamron Prime Lenses Just Received a Big Update

If you’re in the market for Tamron prime lenses, take a look at our buyer’s guide.

Tamron has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. The quality of the lenses they’re putting out has shot through the roof. Photographers who use Tamron lenses can expect outstanding image quality and excellent build quality. One thing that hasn’t gone through the roof though is their prices. In fact, they’re still some of the most affordable prime lenses available. We’ve reviewed most of the Tamron prime lenses on the market, and we have now updated our Tamron prime lens guide so that you can find all the reviews (and any future Tamron prime lens reviews) in one location. For more information about our guide for Tamron prime lenses, head past the break.

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We’ve Updated the Most Comprehensive Sony Lens Guide You’ll Find

Our Full-Frame Sony lens guide is one of the most comprehensive guides you’ll find online.

Sony users know how blessed they are when it comes to the number of lens choices they have. Sony has worked hard to build up it’s E Mount platform over the last few years. They have also worked diligently with third-party manufacturers like Zeiss, Rokinon, Tokina, Samyang, and Tamron. Sony has made it so that that their users have the most extensive selection of lenses available. Over the years, we too have worked hard on providing real-world reviews on these lenses. We have been helping you make better purchasing decisions, and we aim to continue doing that. We’re happy to say that we’ve just completed a massive update to our Full Frame Sony lens guide. Head past the break for more details.

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Opinion: Pentax Has Apparently Realized That DSLRs Can Capture Video

If the word on the street is to be believed, we may be blessed with a Pentax APS-C DSLR that’s designed for videography.

2020 has thrown many curveballs at us, but nobody saw this one coming. Pentax is apparently working on a new APS-C DSLR that will be video-forward. Over the last few years, we have seen some incredible developments in the world of cameras and their video capabilities. The GH5s is legendary, the new Sony a7s III is perhaps the best on the market for 4K. The Canon EOS R5 can shoot 8K and so on. In the past, Pentax has rivaled perhaps an 80s camcorder when it comes to video capabilities. Still, apparently, Pentax feels left out, and they want a piece of the video action too. Let’s talk about this totally bizarre piece of Pentax APS-C DSLR speculation after the break.

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Come Work for Us! Gear Heads Need Apply to Our Latest Positions!

Have you applied yet?

Hi everyone,

The Phoblographer is doing a call for part-time positions here on staff. Two of them are for international hires, and one must be filled within the USA. We pride ourselves on diverse hiring amongst our contractors. It’s important to us and the audience. We’re continuing to evolve, and you can be part of one of the most significant changes we’ve made in many years. Check out the listing below.

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After the New Update, the Panasonic S1 Seems to Be the Best Webcam

Our Panasonic S1 review has been updated to reflect new changes.

Panasonic is a company I thought would’ve been the first to figure out this whole webcam hack situation. They were behind all the other folks, but it was very worth the wait. Today, we’re announcing an update to our Panasonic S1 review. The camera has received firmware updates massively improving the autofocus. The professional photographer it was targeted to now has something very usable. However, you’ll get the best results with the Panasonic Lumix S Pro lenses. Further, we’ve still found problems in low light, and this is all across the board for Panasonic products, even with the new S5.

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We’ve Made New, Thought Provoking Findings in Our Leica M10R Review

The Leica M10R review we did when the camera first came out sent waves through the camera world.

It’s never my intention to get people to not purchase a camera. It’s only ever been our intention to report our findings. Amazingly, we stopped people from buying the Leica M10R. We’ve got a reputation for finding issues with lenses and cameras that no one else even bothers to look for. And that was the case with the Leica M10R. I got a ton of emails about this camera over time, and I’ve dealt with them accordingly. We found a significant problem with the camera’s compatibility with Capture One 20. Leica champions Adobe Lightroom with editing, but the Leica M10R shoots the universal DNG file. We test all our RAW files in Capture One 20 as industry manufacturers openly champion it over Adobe support. But we’ve also just found C1 to be so much better. Capture One support for the Leica M10R still isn’t available, but you can edit the RAW files. Nevertheless, you’ll get slightly better performance in Adobe Lightroom.

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Unsplash 2020 Awards Continue to Make a Mockery of Photography

The Unsplash 2020 Awards add Polaroid and Ikea to the list of companies who do not value the work of photographers.

If you’re unfamiliar with Unsplash, don’t worry. You’re going to get a crash course in why this virus of a company is hated by photographers worldwide. You see, Unsplash is a community-driven stock photography website that preys on photographers who don’t know better. Unsplash disguises competitions as a way to get creators to upload images and give up all ownership rights. Companies like Nike, Ikea, Polaroid, Peak Design Squarespace, and others use those images royalty-free in their ad campaigns. We’ve reported about Unsplash in the past, and we’ll continue to lead the charge against them. If you couldn’t tell, we’re totally against the Unsplash 2020 Awards. Let’s discuss why Unsplash and the companies supporting them are nothing but cancer to photography and photographers.

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A 50MP Sensor Sony a9 Series Is Great, but a Pro Body Would Be Better

The Sony a9 series of cameras have great specs but have been lacking in build quality and handling.

We are big fans of the Sony a9 series of cameras here at The Phoblographer. These specialty cameras have continually blown us away with their impressive specs and the results they can help produce in real-world scenarios. However, we have been less than impressed with their overall build qualities and handling. For cameras that are supposed to be for professional sports photographers, they leave a lot to be desired. Still, if the news about a new Sony a9 series camera is accurate, these issues may be a thing of the past. Join us after the break to find out more about what might be coming from Sony in early 2021.

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RawShotz Appallingly Asks Photographers to Give RAWs Away for Free

Photographers need to do all they can to stop RawShotz from giving their RAW files away for free.

“RawShotz was born out of a desire for designers and creatives to have access to free, untouched, raw images while giving professional and amateur photographers full creative attribution and unlimited digital storage,” is the line that caught my eye. An email came to the Editor’s inbox here at the Phoblographer the other day about this company. It’s a brand new stock image company that’s taking things further by violating the rights of photographers. While those like Unsplash try to blindside photographers with tactics and working with companies like Moment and Peak Design, RawShotz is going the next step. They want you to give your RAW files away for free. We understand that there are many new photographers out there, so we’re going to break this down in a straightforward way. Our intention is to look out for photographers since the photo world doesn’t really enjoy the same copyright protections shared by the music and video worlds.

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The Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art Makes Sacrifices

Coming in at $799, the Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art will launch in late October without a significant feature for macro photographers.

The Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art has had rumors around it for a while now. And guess what? It’s real! Sigma says that the bokeh is so delicious that each shot will be just like having a bite of ice cream. Well, they’re not really saying that. In fact, they’re not at all. But with a 1:1 macro focusing claim, you’re surely going to get lots of bokeh. Couple that with the durability of the Art series, and you’ve got a pretty nice lens. The cherry on top of the sundae is the $799 price point. And like ice cream, too much of a good thing isn’t the best. So, of course, there’s a caveat.

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Fujifilm XS10: IBIS Will Be Great, But Weather Sealing Is A Must-Have

A new mid-range camera called the Fujifilm XS10 sounds excellent, but Fujifilm needs to break their trend of omitting weather sealing from their more affordable cameras.

Brace yourselves. Another new camera might be with us soon—this time in the flavor of Fujifilm. Speculation has been rife for some time about a possible new mid-range camera from Fujifilm. It appears that it might be called the X-S10. This new SLR style camera will compete or replace the current X-T30, or it could even sit alongside the X-T30. Another new line from Fujifilm might complicate things, though. Not a whole lot is known about the new Fujifilm XS10. Still, we have a few ideas regarding what it should have. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Canon EOS R7: Do We Need a New RF Mount APS-C Camera?

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If noise about a new Canon EOS R7 turns out to be real, the days of Canon EF-M cameras might be limited.

Over the last two years, we have seen Canon grow their presence in the Mirrorless space. Full-Frame RF Mount cameras have come on in leaps and bounds, and many have re-joined the Canon fold. One area that Canon really needs to work on, though, is streamlining its offerings. Currently, Canon’s Mirrorless cameras are spread across two different mounts; EF-M and RF. This is incredibly confusing to consumers, especially as EF-M cameras offer no clear upgrade path to the newer RF mount. So, it comes as no surprise that there’s some noise about a potential Canon EOS R7. To me, this model number suggests it could be a Mirrorless replacement for the aging Canon 7D series, and honestly, this is what it needs to be. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Why Do You Love Your Favorite Camera? Tell Us Why It’s Special

We at the Phoblographer would love to cultivate conversations around our favorite camera gear.

Hey folks!

I think you can agree that there’s a ton of negativity, toxicity, and emotionally jarring things in the media right now. So we want to do our part to remind the world about the things that bring us joy. And we’re starting with you. We know that tons of you have your gear allegiances. The cult of Pentax indeed has a ton to say. The church of Sony often touts that its technology is so strong. Erstwhile, the Clan of Fujifilm adores its tactile feelings. So we’d like to share your thoughts with our community in a new series we’re doing called, “My Favorite Camera.” Ideally, folks will share a story, and we’ll have lots of back and forth in the comments about this kind of stuff. Here’s how to submit.

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We’re Looking to Expand the Team and Make Some New Hires

JUST A REMINDER: WE’RE HIRING!

Hi everyone,

The Phoblographer is doing a call for part-time positions here on staff. Two of them are for international hires, and one positively must be filled within the USA. We pride ourselves on diverse hiring amongst our contractors. It’s important to us and the audience. We’re continuing to evolve, and you can be part of one of the most significant changes we’ve made in many years. Check out the listing below.

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Polaroid Hopes the Force Is with the New Mandalorian™ Polaroid Now

The Mandalorian™ Polaroid Now camera will be joined by child themed instant i-Type color film too.

Ah, Star Wars. The epic space franchise that keeps on giving will be making waves again this Fall. The second season of The Mandalorian™ will be hitting TV’s around the country in late October. As you might expect, themed merchandise will be flooding shelves at the same time our new favorite Star Wars characters make their return. Polaroid (do you remember them?) has decided to get in on the themed gear action with a new Mandalorian™ Polaroid Now. This release will surely delight all who feel the force flowing through them. Join us after the break for all the details about this themed instant camera and some new child inspired film.

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The Analogue Wonderbox Is a Film Photographers Big Dream Come True

The Analogue Wonderbox subscription nets you three new films each month.

Have you decided to start shooting with film but are overwhelmed with all the choices? Do you already shoot film but want to learn about more varieties? If either of these sounds like you, you’re going to love this. A British based company, Analogue Wonderland, has just announced a new subscription-based service for film lovers worldwide. Find out more about the new Analogue Wonderbox and why we think this is such a great idea after the break.

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