Tune In for Episode 2 of Pro Camera Reviews; We’re Talking Macro Lenses!

Pro Camera Reviews Episode 2 airs Live on March 29th at 7pm EST; register here.

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Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show by the Reviews Team of the Phoblographer. Join Gear Editor Brett Day, Reviews Editor Paul Ip, and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat as they candidly discuss the products they’re actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. Open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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Profoto’s A1 Sees a Price Drop Which Makes It a Little More Competitive

For a limited time, the Profoto A1 is a more in line with the price of other speedlights, but there are more affordable options.

The Profoto A1, a roundhead Speedlight, burst on to the scene a few years ago with an eye-watering price of $995. Since then, many manufacturers have released versions of roundhead speedlights, which cost far less, and prices of flashes and lighting have generally come down dramatically since then as well. The Profoto A1, which is a solid speedlight, seems like it has been on perma-sale for $795, but it has now dropped to $595, which still far exceeds the price of many other options out there. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Intrepid 4×5 Now Available in First Ever Limited Black Edition

Finally, the Intrepid 4×5 is now up for grabs in a sleek, all-black edition, but for a limited time only.

Large format photography is still very much alive, so if you’re keen on getting into the craft, now is one of the best times to grab a camera and get started. There are plenty of options, both old and new, but if you have a taste for large format cameras in modern classic designs, the newly launched Black Edition Intrepid 4×5 will surely be of interest. But, you have to be quick; this gorgeous version of the popular Intrepid camera won’t be up for grabs for long.

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Lomography Fantôme Kino Is a Black and White ISO 8 Film

The latest addition to the Lomography black and white film family is a super slow ISO 8 film.

While the photography industry has been reeling from event cancellations and global lockdown, Lomography still decided to bring some good news and announce their newest black and white film. Dubbed Fantôme Kino Black & White ISO 8 Film, this super slow emulsion is geared toward film photographers who want to capture the dramatic of the everyday in punchy, cinematic aesthetic.

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ComparePresets Lets Photographers Observe Presets Side by Side

ComparePresets is a brand new website that’s letting photographers figure out which presets will work best with their cameras.

I’m a little shocked that ComparePresets wasn’t available sooner, or rather that this idea hasn’t been around much longer. Pitched to us a while ago, we’ve been playing with ComparePresets for months now in its various iterations. And today, it’s launching in full glory. The website lets you navigate through the world of presets with a lot of ease–and absolutely free too! The navigation and the defining process are pretty straightforward and all this lets photographers figure out exactly what they want. In fact, it specifically does this through a blind taste test first. In all honesty, I didn’t like it at first. But then I realized that this is probably for the best.

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Loupedeck Introduces New Profile Creator For Their Loupedeck Creative Tool

The Loupedeck Profile Creator allows creatives to build custom profiles as well as program custom actions and adjustments using shortcuts, keys, delays, etc

Loupedeck is introducing the Loupedeck Profile Creator feature today for their recently launched Loupedeck Creative Tool editing accessory. The Loupedeck Profile Creator allows users of the Loupedeck Creative Tool to create unique profiles for any application aside from those already supported by the editing accessory. Photographers will be able to program custom actions and adjustments using shortcuts, keys, delays, and more without any programming know-how. For photographers and retouchers out there that like to stream their editing sessions, Loupedeck is also announcing their integration with Streamlabs as well. Head on after the jump for the full press release.

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HVSQ Ver. 2 Lets You Shoot Instax Square Film with Various Medium Format Cameras

The HVSQ Ver. 2 is an interesting contraption to consider if you want to shoot instant film, specifically Instax Square film, with your medium format camera.

Instant photography is very much alive, albeit with limited film options. Because of this, we’ve been seeing some bright minds coming up with accessories like instant backs to help increase our options for cameras that can accommodate the instant films available today. Instant backs that allow you to shoot Instax films using Hasselblad cameras have been particularly popular in recent times. The latest of these is the HVSQ Ver. 2, the second version of the Instax Square film back made by Shenzen-based photographer John Yang for the Hasselblad V-System.

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Join Skip Cohen University and the Likes of Scott Kelby for Free Webinars

Skip Cohen University

Starting today, the free afternoon Skip Cohen University webinars will remotely connect photographers of all skillsets with leaders in the industry.

Being stuck inside is no fun for anyone, but there are some things we can do to help pass the time. Learning new skills is one way to make the most of the extra time you may now have on your hands, and Skip Cohen University is offering up free lunchtime webinars with the likes of Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, and Anne Geddes. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Pro Camera Reviews: Our New Gearhead Show Starts in a Few Hours

Join us on Sunday at 5pm EST for a brand new live show by the Phoblographer. Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show featuring discussion of the products our Reviews Team of the Phoblographer are actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. It will include open Q&A from the audience towards the end of the show, and will air every Sunday at 5pm EST. Sign up via Eventbrite and you’ll receive an email link to join us. Continue reading…

A Possible Canon RF 24-150mm F4 Is Making Things Very Interesting

Canon is busy when it comes to RF mount lenses, and this means great things for EOS R cameras and other potential RF Mount platforms.

Until very recently, things had been quiet on the Canon Mirrorless camera front. But, one segment of their business has been making a ton of noise – their RF Mount lens department. Every couple of months, it seems that new patents are filed by Canon for new RF mount lenses, and almost like clockwork, a new RF mount lens patent has emerged. This time it’s for an RF 24-150mm f4 lens. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Sign Up For Our Free New Photography Gearhead Show: Pro Camera Reviews

Join us on Sunday at 5pm EST for a brand new live show by the Phoblographer. Pro Camera Reviews is a new web show featuring discussion of the products our Reviews Team of the Phoblographer are actively reviewing and the gear they’ve just reviewed. It will include open Q&A from the audience towards the end of the show, and will air every Sunday at 5pm EST. Sign up via Eventbrite and you’ll receive an email link to join us. Continue reading…

Does the New iPad Pro Offer Anything New for Photographers?

The new iPad Pro certainly looks slick, but we’re not sure it’s ready to replace your laptop just yet.

We’re not going to lie; we have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the new iPad Pro for a while now. Yesterday, Apple finally delivered. The iPad has grown from its early days of being a content consumption device into a capable content creation device. Apple’s slogan for the new iPad Pro is ‘your next computer is not a computer,’ but is it really ready for creatives to use full time?

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Luminar 4.2 Adds Enhanced AI Features For Composite Skies, Portraits

Skylum continues to add more AI features to its popular photo editing software with the new Luminar 4.2 update.

Skylum has been making waves since they released their AI-based photo editor, Luminar 4. It has caused something of a divide between photographers as it rides a line between being an excellent basic photo editor, and a digital content creation platform that can effortlessly alter photos and blur the lines between what is real and what is not. Whether you love it or hate it, one can’t deny the power of the software, and now the Luminar 4.2 update has added even more AI-powered features to the software. Join us after the break for all the details.

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This Adorable Lego Camera Combines a Folding Design and a Mirrorless Camera Back

Albertino of Instax Magic has done it again with yet another fun DIY camera project: a colorful, folding-style Lego digital camera!

Last time we heard from Albertino of Instax Magic, we were impressed with his attempt to revive a 90-year-old Zeiss Ikon Trona folding camera. He did it in a way that a lot of us most likely didn’t expect: using Lego bricks. Now, he’s back with another Lego masterpiece, this time a colorful digital camera inspired by his five-year-old son. If you’re looking to tinker around with a lego camera project and want some inspiration, this will certainly give you some ideas!

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And the Winner of Our Landscape Photography Contest with Tamron Is…

We’ve selected a winner for our Landscape photography contest!

As the Editor in Chief of this website, I sincerely want to thank everyone who entered our landscape photography competition. In the final days of the contest, I started going through the images and fell in love with a lot of them. Many of the photos taken were positively breathtaking, and many of you are incredibly talented. My final choice goes to Instagram user @kincaid_kreation_photography, proving that Instagram is more about an algorithm than just having solid work. Our winner doesn’t have the largest following, but considering the quality of the work, they should. This image is mesmerizing and one can get lost in it. From the beautiful night sky to the seaside view, I can imagine myself in serenity there, by a beachside fire, sitting on a log. It’s a stunning photo. Please contact me at chrisgampat{at}thephoblographer(dot)com and I’ll arrange the lens to be shipped to you. Furthermore, we’ll also interview you about your work. If you don’t respond, we’ll select another winner.

A big thanks again to everyone who participated. Stay tuned, we’re going to be doing more contests.

Heads up: Copyright Registration Fees Are Set to Increase on March 20th

Beat the deadline and get copyright registration on your work before fees increase.

One thing we talk about a lot around these parts is copyright, and why you should be getting your work copyrighted. Time and time again, we hear horror stories about how a photographer had their work stolen and how getting the law on their side was an uphill battle. You can protect yourself quite easily with copyright registration, but be warned that the fees to apply for copyright protection are about to increase. Find out the details after the break.

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The New Seagate IronWolf 510 SSD Is for Creative Professionals

Photographers looking to maximize the performance of their Network Attached Storage devices should give Seagate’s new IronWolf 510 SSD a look.

As the resolution of the latest digital cameras continues to increase, raw files have been ballooning in size as well. As a result, many photographers and creatives have turned to Network Attached Storage devices to centrally store and manage their data. Seagate’s IronWolf 510 PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD was designed specifically for photographers and creatives with highly demanding workflows that involve massive amounts of data stored on NAS devices. With caching speeds of up to 3 GBps and 1.8 million hours MTBF (mean time between failures), the Seagate IronWolf 510 SSD is perfectly suited for multi-user creative environments that rely on cache-enabled NAS devices to operate around the clock. Head on after the jump for the full press release.

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Coronavirus: What Photographers are Doing to Cope

With events and gatherings across the globe being canceled due to Coronavirus, even creative activities like photography are put on hold.

All over the world, events and gatherings, including photography events and workshops, are being canceled as part of measures to keep the COVID-19 from spreading further. Social distancing is also in effect to prevent the spread of the virus, so that means no shooting portraits with models and even strangers out in the streets. Client work and paid projects are also affected, making this dreaded disease such an ordeal for professional photographers. The biggest question, therefore, is how are photographers holding up? What are they doing to deal with the onslaught of COVID-19?

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A List of Photography Events Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19, take note if you’ve been planning to attend any or all these photography events and gatherings.

Given the precautionary measures necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, events, shows, and gatherings of all kinds across the globe are being postponed or cancelled — some well-known photography events included. The CP+ (Camera and Photo Imaging Show) 2020 was among the first that got cancelled last month. If you’ve marked your calendars months in advance and have been looking forward to attending, chances are they’re already canceled or postponed; others most likely will soon follow. In case you’re looking for updates, here are just some of the events we got wind of that were originally scheduled but will no longer push through or have been moved to later dates.

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Reveni Labs Creates a Very Tiny Light Meter for Vintage Cameras

If your vintage camera doesn’t have a working light meter, the tiny device designed by Reveni Labs could be just what you need.

Given the popularity of film photography today, many vintage cameras are being granted a new lease on life. However, some of them either don’t have built-in light meters or no longer have working light meters. For shooting situations and films that need precise exposures, a reliable light meter will be necessary. Not everyone has the budget for, or access to handheld light meters: others simply don’t like working with them. For this, Canada-based Reveni Labs has created a modern yet tiny light meter that easily pairs with hundreds of cameras. Sounds like a big step up from the paper light meter that has been a popular option for film photographers!

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DXOMark: Sony’s A9 II Sensor Beats the 1DX II, Is Worse Than the A7 III

According to DXOMark, Sony’s A9 II sits 21st in their sensor database with an overall score of 93.

The Sony a9 II hit the shelves just in time for the upcoming 2020 Olympic games, but a few eyebrows were raised when the specs of the camera were released. The Sony a9 II uses the same sensor as the original a9, it has the same amount of AF points, the same base ISOs, the same screen and EVF, and, apart from a deeper grip, the camera is identical in appearance as well. The new Sony did feature an updated image processor, but how much difference has that made to the camera? Let’s find out after the break.

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