KONO!RAMA: The Most Exciting Thing in Instant Photography Right Now

The KONO!RAMA plays off of a very cool, forgotten idea and adds it to Instax film.

Many years ago, photographers put color filters in front of their lenses. It delivered a fun effect if it wasn’t correcting for the lighting. And that’s what the KONO!RAMA is doing in a far more innovative way. The front lens elements of many cameras are various sizes. To get around that problem, you just place the KONO!RAMA right in front of the film pack before loading it up. As you shoot, the effect is applied to the entire pack of film. It breathes new life into your old camera, just in case it’s been in the corner gathering dust. We’ve got more on the KONO!RAMA after the jump.

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Why the New Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 S for Z Mount Is So Exciting

The Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for Z mount is the much more exciting offering of the two lenses being announced today.

My jaw dropped and I became very excited when Nikon briefed us on the new Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for Z mount lens. I’ve been very critical of Nikon. For a while, they were seemingly playing catch up. Nothing they created was unique. Though their Noct lens is one of a kind, it’s not attainable for most folks. With the new Z mount Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, Nikon will have 24 lenses in the lineup. It’s something special. The lens design is totally different from its DSLR predecessor. That’s thanks to the specs on the Z mount. The Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 for Z mount has an almost flat front. And the accessories that come with it will excite so many wide-angle shooters.

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Join Us to Discuss: Why Aren’t Camera Manufacturers Truly Innovating?

Tomorrow on Pro Camera Reviews, we’re talking about innovation in the camera world.

Let’s think about it: camera manufacturers are trying to play catch up to phone manufacturers. Yet phones are more functional in many ways. Powered by software, apps, and AI, phones are highly capable. Traditional cameras are very capable too, but in a much different way. However, camera manufacturers have been struggling for a long time, and the industry needs to evolve. So, we’ll be discussing how and what should be done in the next episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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We’re Hiring: Reviews Editor, Vintage Camera Expert, and Podcast Editor

To continue pushing the needle, The Phoblographer is looking to grow and sustainably expand the staff.

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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Is the Canon EOS R5s a Camera for Real Photographers?

Just make sure you market the Canon EOS R5s for photography and not video, Canon.

2020 has been a year of ups and downs for Canon and their fans. We have been graced with two fine cameras, the EOS R6 and the EOS R5. Unfortunately, Canon’s marketing efforts harmed the excellent EOS R5. Canon pushed the EOS R5 as a camera for hybrid creators (with a massive emphasis on video rather than photography), and it backfired. Still, news about a 90 Megapixel Canon EOS R5s behemoth has surfaced, and if true, this could be the camera Canon photographers start having naughty dreams about. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Lensrentals Finds Canon EOS R5 Weather Sealing “Clearly Superior”

Lensrentals did their famous camera teardown, and this time the Canon EOS R5 was the victim.

We’ve always known higher-end Canon cameras to be very well built. But when the Canon EOS R5 was torn apart by LensRentals, we were shocked. This is the camera that’s supposed to be the equivalent of the 5D series to the mirrorless camera world. And of course, it has to boast comparable build quality. We’ve taken it out into the rain, which is shrugged off. Rain typically hits the top section of a camera. But believe it or not, that’s not the most impressive section of the Canon EOS R5.

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The HP ZBook Fury 17 Has Something Every Photographer Wants

The new HP ZBook Fury 17 should be taken seriously by photographers.

Most working photographers prefer desktops with larger screens. But you can’t always have that. And the HP ZBook Fury 17 seems to have most of what a photographer will need. It’s gargantuan, and there aren’t many camera bags that can even support a 17.3-inch laptop. You can customize the HP ZBook Fury 17 to be more potent than your iMac. It can boast up to 128GB of RAM, 2TB of Hard Drive space, and can use a 10th generation Intel i5, i7, i9, or Xeon processor. Depending on the display you choose, you can also cover 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum. HP is also providing a choice between AMD Radeon or NVIDIA graphics. All these sound great, but the HP ZBook Fury 17 still has an even better feature for photographers.

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The Panasonic S5 Has Something No Other Full Frame Camera Has

The Panasonic isn’t all just about video: there are some great features for photographers too.

You’ve seen the teasers for the new Panasonic S5, and you’ve heard the speculation. Now, we can tell you more about this smaller than Micro Four Thirds, Full Frame camera. Designed for hybrid creators, the Panasonic S5 meets the needs and desires for new ways of self-expression. Yes, that was Panasonic marketing talk. What does it all mean? Join us after the break to get a rundown of the specs. You’ll also hear about some new L mount lenses, and will be teased about a new GH series camera

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The Museum of Cameras is Blue Moon’s Love Letter to the Camera Geek

If the Blue Moon Museum of Cameras were a real place, Google Maps would label it as Heaven.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still being cautious. I don’t really want to use my museum memberships during COVID-19. But it’s been cool to see how the world has adapted. It’s opened up a lot of opportunities. And camera retailer Blue Moon Camera has used this time to create the Museum of Cameras. The museum isn’t at physical location though; it’s parked on their website. Though I’d totally entertain the idea of a physical camera museum, and I’d imagine it would have a cafe, a book store, a used camera store, various exhibits about the history of photography, parties every first Friday night, various photo booths, and a killer weekly newsletter. But until Blue Moon Camera considers making a location where you can smell the film, their virtual portal is pretty awesome.

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Fujifilm Is Now More Valuable Than Canon, Right Before Holiday Season

This major role reversal in the stock market be a sign of things to come in the future

Canon has been king when it comes to the photography world for some time now. However, it appears things might be changing. In what can only be called a shock, Fujifilm stocks surged above Canon on the market yesterday. In doing so, Fujifilm left Canon and a string of other camera and optical manufacturers in their dust. The markets are all kinds of crazy right now, but a more diverse portfolio from Fujifilm could mean larger profits, which in turn, could lead to bigger, better things in the future from them. Let’s discuss after the break.

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LensRentals Finds the Canon RF 600mm F11 Is an Unusual Lens

The Canon RF 600mm f11 is a fixed aperture, collapsible lens, and LensRentals decided to do a big teardown!

Ever heard of a Reflex lens? Well, in some ways, the new Canon RF 600mm f11 is built like one. It has a fixed f11 aperture just like many reflex/mirror lenses from way back in the day. LensRentals decided to take the new Canon RF 600mm f11 apart and see what’s inside. Immediately, they noticed a lack of weather resistance at the mount. This, perhaps amongst everything else, is a huge disappointment. If you’re a wildlife photographer, you’re bound to want to shoot with a 600mm lens outdoors. In fact, Roger Cicala of LensRentals told us a bit more about the lens.

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Will the New Lumix S5 Signal The End of Panasonic’s M4/3 Journey?

Lumix S5

There’s a chance that the smaller, lighter, feature-packed Full Frame Lumix S5 from Panasonic could kill off their Micro Four-Thirds cameras.

There’s about to be another new entry-level Full Frame camera in town in the flavor of the Lumix S5 from Panasonic. The launch event for this new L mount camera has been set for September 2nd, 2020. And while this is certainly exciting, the chirp of crickets from Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds division is deafening. The Lumix S5 is a mini S1, and if speculation is to be believed, this camera will have the same great video features as it’s bigger brother, but it will be packed into a significantly lighter body. If this is the case, it will leave cameras like the long in the tooth GH5s behind, and it may well be the start of the curtains closing on Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds journey. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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I Hope the Sony a5 Is Astonishing, But I Don’t Want One

The Sony a5 sounds like one of the most exciting new cameras to come from Sony in a while if it’s real.

If there’s anything that I’ve learned about Sony and cameras, it’s that the Sony a5 will probably be a flawed attempt at greatness. The camera has been reported to be in the works and may be an entry-level, full-frame camera. The Sony a5 would enter a market already teeming with full-frame camera options. However, the Sony a5 is reported to be something more akin to a rangefinder. For those of us who’ve been in the photo world for years, liken it to a Mamiya 6. For everyone else, think of a rangefinder with a grip and autofocus. Sony has undoubtedly come a long way in the past decade, and there are high hopes for its future. But the Sony a5 is a camera I probably won’t want despite it sounding like almost everything I’ve been asking for.

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The Nikon Df Was Ahead of Its Time, and Now We Need More Cameras Like it

The Nikon Df was a camera designed for stills and nothing else, and we desperately need more cameras like this now.

Eight years ago, the Canon 5D II hit the streets, and it took the industry by storm, not only for being an excellent stills camera but because it could record professional-grade 1080P video too. Once the 5D II was released, every camera manufacturer did everything they could to make hybrid cameras. In 2013, Nikon saw a gap in the market, and they introduced the photography centric Nikon Df. The Df was underappreciated, overlooked, overpriced, and honestly, poorly marketed, but now photographers are clamoring for this camera. Ask photographers what they want now, and you will find that the desire for more photography-forward cameras, like the Nikon Df, is stronger than ever. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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The ASUS ProArt StudioBook One Wants $10,000 From Photographers

The Asus ProArt StudioBook One has been born to handle your 8K video and high-resolution images, but is it worth it?

The photography world is evolving at a blistering pace. It wasn’t too long ago that 24MP camera sensors were considered the cream of the crop, and 1080P video was king, but, in a few short years, we have seen a jump to 61MP and even 100MP sensors in consumer cameras, and video capabilities jumping up to 8K. While this is all well and good, the equipment required to comfortably process images and video at these resolutions has needed to improve too. The new ASUS ProArt StudioBook One will be able to handle everything you throw at it, but it’s $10,000! After the break, we will take a look at what your money will get you, and we will talk about if our desires for more resolution is worth it.

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The Winner (And Runners Up) of the Great Outdoors Photography Contest

Today, we’re announcing the winner and the runners up for our Great Outdoors Photography Contest.

We are done withour amazing Great Outdoors Photography Contest with Olympus, and this has been an awesome contest for me to judge. One winner is getting an OMD EM5 Mk III and a 12-45mm f4 PRO lens. This contest was not easy to judge at first, but then the Editor in Chief inside of me really took over. With nearly 1,000 entries from talented photographers across the globe, you all took a low-risk gamble to win a big prize. And for those of you who are new to the site, I welcome you. I hope that you’ll stick around for the future.

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No, the Canon EOS R5 Isn’t Overheating When Shooting It in Stills Mode

We’re clearing up some misinformation we’re seeing in Facebook groups, comments, on Instagram, etc. about the Canon EOS R5.

We’ve been seeing a lot of really stupid and wrong comments about the Canon EOS R5 across various platforms. All of it is in regard to overheating. Lots of YouTubers have been discovering the heating issues when shooting video across various formats. Admittedly, we haven’t tested it in video. First and foremost, we’re a photography website. Even when advertisers say that they want to promote video-based products on our website, I tell them that the audience is mostly a photo audience that probably barely, if ever, shoots video. But folks online have been saying things like, “Oh good luck with those overheating issues,” when we’re specifically talking about photography. And I think it’s promoting a bit too much misinformation.

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Only a Few Hours Left for the Great Outdoors Photography Contest!

NOT MUCH TIME LEFT!!! We’re teaming up with Olympus to give away an Olympus OMD EM5 Mk III and the 12-45mm f4 PRO lens in our Great Outdoors Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with Olympus to give away an Olympus OMD EM5 Mk III and the 12-45mm f4 PRO lens. In this international Great Outdoors photo contest, participants may enter one original GREAT OUTDOORS PHOTO of their own. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using direct upload, or your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art Solves an Issue with Aperture Rings

They’re claiming that the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art is better than the one they made for DSLRs.

If you’re a Sony E mount user, you’ve got a plethora of 85mm lens options. And today, you’re getting another with the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art. According to Sigma, they’ve made it around 1lb lighter and 1 inch smaller than the previous version. As Sigma is a licensed Sony partner, you can also expect the autofocus performance to be as good as it possibly can be. That means this lens will fully realize the Eye-AF and Face detection algorithms that Sony cameras use. Couple this with weather sealing, Sigma’s aluminum/Thermally Stable Composite build combo, and the edge to edge sharpness they’re touting, and it seems to be a winner. All this for $1,199! But they’re also solving an issue many newer photographers have been facing with aperture rings.

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There Isn’t Much Time Left for the Great Outdoors Photography Contest!

HURRY! We’re teaming up with Olympus to give away an Olympus OMD EM5 Mk III and the 12-45mm f4 PRO lens in our Great Outdoors Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with Olympus to give away an Olympus OMD EM5 Mk III and the 12-45mm f4 PRO lens. In this international Great Outdoors photo contest, participants may enter one original GREAT OUTDOORS PHOTO of their own. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using direct upload, or your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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