Four Reasons Why We’re Thinking About the Death of DSLRs All Wrong

Read any consumer publication or self-proclaimed guru on the web and they will tell you that the death of the DSLR is coming. With the heralding of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras combined with exceptional image quality, fast focusing, and lots of features in a smaller package, why wouldn’t one think that the DSLR has reached the end of the road?

Allow me to smack you in the face while you pretend to know what you’re talking about.

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Whats in My Bag: Social Media Coordinator GServo

 

My Current Favorite bag, Tamrac Evolve 8

Well it’s the end of the year and I am looking at what I have and planning for the future. When Chris Gampat and Travis Lawton did their list, I started working on mine. For me this turned into a new year’s cleaning and reorganizing. It has been a quite a journey since I set out on my photography path. In this time, I have collected a good amount of gear. The funny thing about my kit is I do not havee a lens that cost over $300. My equipment is very low cost as compared to many people I know. However, it works for me. I am happy with everything I own. My gear has been an exercise in thriftiness and resourcefulness. Now I do not carry all of this stuff all the time, but it does rotate throughout the week depending on what I am shooting.

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The Best Budget Off-Camera Flashes and Constant Lights

Many people are already intimidated enough by off-camera lighting that isn’t ambient or natural. But the truth of the matter is that you really don’t have to be if you’re willing to experiment a bit, analyze your mistakes and then re-evaluate your approach. In no time, you can actually learn to master the flash quite well. Then there is the issue of cost: which can be settled quite easily.

Here is a list of some of the best flashes, monolights and constant lights from a guy that has experimented and own three different camera systems and has played with lots of different lighting units. Note that all units named in this round up have been tested by me.

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Review: Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye (For Nikon)

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I was extremely pleased with the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 and to this day still believe that it is one of the best lenses I’ve tested. So when the new 8mm f3.5 fisheye was announced, I was pleasantly surprised to test it out. Being an all manual lens and coupled with the Nikon D5100’s electronic rangefinder abilities, I thought to myself that this lens has to perform exceptionally well.

And then the testing began…

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The Best Budget Lenses and Accessories for Canon DSLR Users Shooting Video

Rokinon Cine 35mm top of lens

We’ve written before about the best budget lenses, the best accessories for HDSLR cameras, the right Canon lens for you and we even listed a bunch of autofocus lenses for DSLR videography. But what if you need to start shooting more video to help your business grow? Sure, you can spring for the autofocus lenses but they’re not always the most affordable and photographic lenses aren’t always the most ergonomical when it comes to shooting video. Instead, you may want to spring for some of these bad boys: providing that you have the right accessories too.

After having real-world and live testing, we bring you the guide to the best lenses for shooting video (and lots of other accessories too.)

With this said, always remember: vision comes first.

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Battle of the Ring Flashes: Orbis vs Ray Flash (As Tested at NYC Comic Con in Practical Use)

Comic Con has been over with for a little while now, but if it has solidified anything that I’ve been taught it’s that your lighting is paramount. The lighting on a convention floor won’t always be ideal, and you can even take your on-camera flash’s capabilities a bit further with a light modifier. Last year, I tested the Orbis at the event and this year I took the Ray Flash—a close competitor. Though the Orbis and Ray Flash have received shining stars from us, here’s a test from us in practical use for portraits.

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Review: Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

I have a deep passion for macro photography. When I got into DSLR photography, I bought the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro to multitask as my zoom and my macro lens. Lately though, I wanted a more specialized lens for macro photography. With the 70-300mm I have to zoom lens all the to the widest focal length, then switch to macro mode, etc. With the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, I don’t have to do that. This is why I chose to test it out. So does it make the cut for my photography?

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The Sigma SD1 Foveon sensor better be amazing

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With the SD1 becoming available in early June we’ve just received some more detailed information about this new offering from Sigma. The really groundbreaking aspect of it is its’ Foveon sensor. With the Foveon each pixel captures Red Green and Blue signals simultaneously instead of separate pixels dedicated to each channel and interpolating that data later. The result is a whopping 40MP image and the claim is that you gain greater color fidelity and less color noise. The questions are two-fold.  First, will this be true, and second, will it have a market?

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The Complete Olympus E-5 Field Review

Speculation has been abound on the interwebs about the death of the Four Thirds format of cameras and the embrace of the extremely popular Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Olympus E-5 is Olympus’s latest DSLR at the time of writing this posting, and it is perhaps one of the best DSLRs I’ve tested. This complete review of the Olympus E-5 is not only a compilation of the entire review that I’ve here on The Phoblographer, but will also include my experiences with it at the workplace. Finally, it is a desperate plea to Olympus to not kill the format, but instead find a different way to market it.

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Field Review: Gary Fong Puffer (Day 2)

When light gets the best of you and there is not enough of it to to properly illuminate a shot, a flash is needed. Only having a pop-up flash, it is what is used. The light it gives is a little harsh, but when a Gary Fong Puffer is placed in front of it, that all changes. Looking Like Darth Dukus’s Ship from Star Wars the Phantom Menace, the Gary Fong Puffer, when placed on the hot shoe of your camera adjust the quality of the light coming off your pop up flash, spreading it out, giving it better coverage and a better look to the light as seen in my self-portrait post.

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Times Square Has Changed

Times Square in the rain

My buddy Geoff Fox grew up knowing Times Square for what it was back in the old days, “scuzzy strip of sleaze.” He’s a weatherman and fellow photographer, and over at his blog he reminisces about what Times Square was and how it has changed for what he thinks was for the worse. The posting is complete with photographs of the new Times Square.

In my honest opinion. I’ve always hated the place. You get bored of it pretty quickly when you’re a very young New Yorker. More photos of the Square after the jump. Be sure to check out Geoff’s blog posting as well.

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