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There’s tons of misinformation out there about websites like ours. I’m going to address some of that misinformation with facts. I find myself doing this over and over again.

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A Photographer Needs to Spend $3,298.99 to Justify 13 Inch MacBook Pro

Apple announced its new 13 inch Macbook Pro and got rid of the 15 inch variant.

In some ways, the new 13 inch Macbook Pro doesn’t seem like a bad deal at all for a photographer. When you consider the long term investment, Mac products last a long time for many of us, and they’re able to run lots of software better unless you fully customize a PC. Today, Apple announced their new 13 inch MacBook Pro computer and effectively got rid of the 15 inch variant–giving us only the 13 inch and the 16 inch options. If you want the base model, you’re going to be pretty out of luck if you’re a photographer. Lots of us need higher-end performance not only for photo editing but also because we shoot video or cinemagraphs. The base model is still the 8th generation i5, and to get any 10th gen processor, you need to spend at least $1,800 extra above the $1,299 initial pricing.

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Enter to Win a FUJIFILM X100V in Our Street Photography Contest

We’re teaming up with Fujifilm to give away a Fujifilm X100V in our Street Photography Contest.

Hey folks!

We’re teaming up with FUJIFILM to giveaway A FUJIFILM X100V. In this international street photo contest, participants may enter one original street photograph of theirs. The contest, judged by the Phoblographer’s EIC Chris Gampat, will take place over this month and can be entered using your Facebook or Instagram account. Want to win? Check out the rules below.

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Sony Fans: Join Tonight’s Episode of Pro Camera Reviews 7pm EST

Join us weekly on Pro Camera Reviews.

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. All the details are below.

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Sony Camera Fans: The Next Pro Camera Reviews Episode is For You!

Join us weekly on Pro Camera Reviews.

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. All the details are below.

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We Updated Our World Press Photo Winners Post With More Camera Info

The myriad of cameras that were used by the winners of the World Press Photo awards for 2020 is mind-blowing.

Just over a week ago, we published the list of World Press Photo winners along with enough camera information to blow anyone’s mind. While other outlets posted just the images, we delved a little deeper into each photographer and found out what gear was being used to capture their awe-inspiring photos. The data was fascinating, and the huge variety of cameras being used told us lots about current trends in the world of professional photography. Shortly after our piece went live, we were contacted by a reader who helped us fill in a few blanks in regards to which cameras individual photographers used, and we have updated the post to reflect this. Join us after the break for all the details.

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The Camera in the New DJI Mavic Air 2 Shoots RAW, and More to Know

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is being announced today and has several improvements over its predecessor for the mid-level consumer.

“…the newly added SmartPhoto mode, includes three technologies: Scene Recognition, Hyperlight and HDR photos, which can intelligently identify five types of scenes and optimize algorithms to capture the best photo,” says the Product Manager of the DJI Mavic Air 2 in an interview. Indeed, the company has brought a couple of new features to the drone’s camera, which will interest photographers. Aimed at the consumer, the DJI Mavic Air 2 also weighs only 570 grams. This is around the weight of a bottle of water, according to the press release. But the drone also features a bunch of new smart systems beyond just the camera.

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Want to Play a Game of Photo Bingo With Us? Sign Up!

Sign up to play Photo Bingo with us right now. Join us on Tuesday at 7pm EST.

We know you’re bored. We know you don’t have a lot to do. So why not join us to do something awesome on Tuesday night? At 7pm EST, we’re playing Photo Bingo. It’s free to join, and all you have to do is sign up. It’s limited to 100 people. In the future, we plan on giving away prizes, but we’ve got to start somewhere. If you’re a photographer, you’ll be treated to not only a fun time, but also some interesting information.

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We’re Going to Talk About Our Favorite Fujifilm Prime Lenses, Join Us!

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Join us weekly on Pro Camera Reviews, and tonight’s episode is going to be awesome!

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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Is it Real? How the $500 Apple iPad Air Could Be a Photographer’s Dream

According to reports, the Apple iPad Air might be a powerful, yet cheaper option for creators over the iPad Pro.

For as long as I can remember, Apple has been touting the power and capabilities of their iPad and have often said that their tablets are bonafide PC replacements. Still, to date, that hasn’t materialized. Apple has come close with their line of iPad Pro’s, but they are just too costly to only be ‘almost’ good enough. There are now new reports that suggest a new Apple iPad Air might be in the works, and that it could be a very powerful, yet still affordable option for photographers, and creators who work while on the go. If there is indeed a new Apple iPad Air, it’s going to need a serious bump in specs to be taken seriously by creators. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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These Reactions to a Brooklyn Beckham Photobook Will Make You Laugh

A Twitter thread has resurfaced opinions about Brooklyn Beckham’s 2017 photobook.

Brooklyn Beckham was never going to be the most liked photographer in the industry. As the son of multi-millionaire superstars, he got one of the biggest leg-ups any photographer has received. As a teenager, his work wasn’t the worst we have seen, but it certainly didn’t warrant a photobook and a gig with Burberry! A few years have passed since he burst onto the scene, but even now, people enjoy giving the 21-year-old celebrity photographer jabs on social media.

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The New Epson P700 and P900 Have City Photographers in Mind

If you’re a photographer who lives in a city, the new Epson P700 and P900 are probably going to catch your eye.

We reviewed both the Epson P600 and the Epson P800 a few years ago, and today they’re getting their successors. These printers were made with city photographers that have small studios in mind. They print big, but they’re 30% smaller than their predecessors. Both have a 4.3 inch touchscreen and are designed to work with the new Epson Professional app. Among the new features, there are a couple of things that really stand out to us. Most importantly, all the trays were revamped to address paper jamming problems that were occurring. But also something really cool is the changes to the inks; there’s now less ink tanks and Epson is claiming a 6% color gamut range.

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How a Photographer Lost Big to Instagram After Being Offered $50

After a recent court case involving a photographer and a large media publication, the debate on licensing rights has reopened.

Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair has lost her court case against popular news publication, Mashable. Sinclair took the online-magazine to court after accusing it of infringing copyright law. In an article published back in 2016, Mashable used one of Sinclair’s images. The company is said to have initially offered Sinclair $50 to use one of her photographs, but after she declined, the company turned to Instagram to find a work-around to using her image. With everyone pointing the finger at each other, let’s break down the situation and explore possible solutions going forward.

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Would You Go APS-C or a Cheap Full Frame Panasonic Lumix S Camera?

A cheaper Full Frame Panasonic Lumix S series camera paired up with L mount glass sounds mighty fine.

It’s fair to say that Panasonic has had a pretty rough time of things since they entered the Full Frame camera market. The Panasonic S1 and S1R are not bad cameras, but they have failed to capture the imagination of many photographers because of their price points. During a recent interview with Yosuke Yamane, Director of Imaging Business Division at Panasonic, Yamane told his interviewer that Panasonic wants to expand its product line with more affordable cameras. This statement covers Micro Four Thirds and also includes a possible entry-level Full Frame Panasonic Lumix S. Join us after the break to see why this excites us.

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We’re Talking Fujifilm, Olympus, Film Cameras and Canon Tonight! Join Us!

Our next Episode is on Tonight, Sunday at 7pm EST. Join us here.

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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How You Can Win $3,000 of Fujifilm Gear and More Free Events

The Classifieds are quick announcements sandwiched into a long blog post for photographers during the Coronavirus scare.

We’re rounding up some important news that we haven’t seen anywhere else into a single long blog post. It’s your briefing on a bunch of stuff you may find interesting. All of these are from photography companies. You can see the entire list below. Want to be featured? Send your event/offering with a description and links to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. We will only feature free things right now.

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Pro Camera Reviews: The (Mostly) Landscape Episode

Our next Episode is on Sunday at 7pm EST. Join us here.

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. There’s an open Q and A from the audience towards the end of the show. Every Sunday at 7pm EST.

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Truth Bomb: Camera Systems Are Only as Good as Their Lenses

It’s safe to say that most people buy a camera based on its specs and then they worry about lenses, but you should be looking at new camera systems differently.

Today in the world of photography, it’s the news about new cameras that seems to travel the furthest. This should come as no shock because advancing technology in the gear we use is exciting. This does create a problem, though. More often than not these days, many photographers buy into camera systems based only on the specs of the latest camera. After the excitement of owning a new camera wears off, they realize the camera they purchased may not have available all the lenses they need, or they find that the lenses lack a little something that can bring images to life. This happens far more often than you might think. After the break, we’ll talk about the importance of lenses and why you should buy into camera systems based on the glass, not because of features and specs of a shiny new camera.

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Inspiring Images from ZEISS Photography Award 2020 Winner and Shortlist

We could all use some inspiration right now, and this is exactly what the winner and shortlist of the ZEISS Photography Award 2020 brings.

Since most of us are currently plowing through days of downtime, we might as well take the extra time to get our fill of photography inspiration. The World Photography Organisation recently announced the winner and the nine shortlisted entries of this year’s ZEISS Photography Award. For its latest run, the competition featured the brief Seeing Beyond: Discoveries, which called photographers to submit a series of works that represent the “discoveries that transform our everyday lives.”

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World Press Photo Investigating Recent “Artificial” Plagiarism Claims

There’s a new development in the accusations of plagiarism made against World Press Photo nominee and German photojournalist, Maximilian Mann.

DOCKS, a photography collective made up of five documentary photographers, has published a report on the recent accusations made against Maximilian Mann’s WPP (World Press Photo) entry. As reported on The Phoblographer, Iranian Photojournalist, Solmaz Daryani, claimed that Mann had purposefully plagiarized her work. However, after DOCKS investigated the matter, new information shows it would have been impossible for Mann to have directly copied the work of Daryani.

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If Real, These Ultra-Fast Tamron Zooms Will Be Innovative but Large

The patents for the new E mount Tamron lenses have been filed and, if they go into production, one of them would be the fastest zoom on the Sony Platform.

After holding back for a few years in regard to making lenses for Sony Mirrorless cameras, Tamron has now gone all-in on the platform. We have seen some spectacular lenses from Tamron, including the 28-75mm Di II RXD f2.8, the 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD, and even their new affordable f2.8 primes (which are currently on sale for $299 each). As another sign of intent when it comes to the Sony platform, Tamron has recently filed two patents for ultra-fast zooms and, if they go into production, one of them (a 70-130mm f2) will become the fastest zoom lens on the Sony Platform. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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