Sigma Mount Converter MC-31 Will Cost $679, Ships February 27

The wait is now over for the availability of the Sigma Mount Converter MC-31, the development of which was announced in September 2019.

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for availability and shipping updates on the Sigma Mount Converter MC-31, the wait is now over. The company has finally announced today that shipping will begin on February 27th, and will retail for $679 from authorized Sigma dealers.

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Cheap Photo: We Found a Ton of Really Good Photo Accessories on Sale

If you’re looking to make your life as a photographer easier, you need to check out these awesome deals on photography accessories.

We have found a ton of great photography accessory deals so that you can make your life easier on the cheap. Need a new camera bag? The Tenba DNA 15 Messenger is down to just $159, the portage Kenora 4th gen is only $69, and the LowePro BP450 AW II has a discount of $121! Want to get more out of your image edits? Check out the Datacolor Spyder X monitor calibrator, which is only $127.44, or pick up the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet for $348. There are also incredible deals on storage (a UHS-II Lexar Card for just $23.94), tripods (Vanguard tripods starting at just $79.99), camera care items, and more. Check out all of the great deals on photography accessories after the break.

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The PiXLIGHT Speedlight Works With Any Camera, iOS and Android Too

If you have been looking for a Speedlight that can work with your smartphone and your regular camera, take a closer look at the PiXLIGHT.

There are has been a fair amount of innovation in the Speedlight and strobe markets recently, especially around lights that can be used with our trusty smartphones. PiXLIGHT has been working hard to bring their vision of a rechargeable, works with any camera or phone, off-camera flash to life as well, and so far, their Kickstarter campaign has far exceeded their expectations. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Lomography Simple Use Film Camera Now Comes with LomoChrome Metropolis

Need a quick LomoChrome Metropolis fix? The Lomography Simple Use Camera now comes loaded with this popular film, ready for you to grab and shoot.

In case you don’t have a Lomography Simple Use Film Camera yet, here’s a great chance to pick one up. The reloadable camera is now available with the popular LomoChrome Metropolis film, so you can give both a go for your next photo walk or epic adventure. Check out this camera and film combo if you’re looking for something lightweight, easy, and fun to shoot.

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Film Photography Tutorial: Creating Stunning Galaxy Double Exposures

Whether you’re looking for something experimental to do on film or simply want to give your snaps the stellar treatment, this galaxy double exposures trick is worth a try!

Film photography is especially known for encouraging all sorts of creative experimentation, which eventually popularized techniques like double exposures during the digital age. The often cool results and happy accidents are among the things that encourage today’s generation to shoot film. If you’re yet to try double exposures on film or want to do something different with it, we’re sure this quick galaxy double exposures tutorial by United Kingdom-based Kate Hook is right up your alley.

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Review: Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM (A Work of Art)

The Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM is arguably one of the most innovative zoom lenses made for Mirrorless.

After first laying eyes on the Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM nearly a year ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect when the review unit came in. What I didn’t realize is that it would quickly become one of my favorite telephoto zoom lenses. What’s more, it’s the first 70-200mm f2.8 lens I seriously considered purchasing. The secret to the Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM is the size. It becomes larger when it’s fully zoomed in, but, when set to 70mm, it’s shockingly small. Attach it to the Canon EOS R, and you can easily stuff it into a messenger bag. Then consider the image stabilization, Canon’s lens character, and the beautiful image quality it delivers. And let’s not forget that it survived a photo walk in the rain. In comparison to Sony’s option, the Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM is much more practical.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

If you haven’t tried shooting portraits with a 35mm lens, our very own photography cheat sheet should be able to help with some quick tips!

We don’t usually reach for the 35mm lens when it comes to shooting portraits, but when it’s the only lens available during a shoot, or you want to experiment with different focal lengths, it pays to know how to work with it. A common scenario you may find yourself in while using this lens street portraits during a photowalk around town. For today’s photography cheat sheet, we bring some simple tips to help you make the most of the extra coverage provided by 35mm lenses for portrait work.

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Juanita Escobar Photographs the Story of Women in a Conflict Zone

Since 2015, Colombian documentary photographer Juanita Escobar has been immersing herself in the vastness of the land surrounding the Orinoco River, diving deep into the lives of the women entangled in the Colombia – Venezuela border crisis.

While border crisis issues typically suggest big picture narratives and large-scale issues, Colombian documentary photographer Juanita Escobar has chosen to focus her efforts on the complex lives of women who have settled along the Orinoco River. Straddling the Colombian and Venezuelan border, the river is a symbol of geographical divide, border conflicts, and numerous adversities that Juanita has found women, in particular, vulnerable to. In her long-term documentary series, she has been traversing the expanse surrounding, immersing herself in the lives of the women who now call it home.

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These Third Party X Mount Lenses Complement Fujifilm’s Film Simulations

There are some great third party X mount lenses available for your Fujifilm cameras.

Recently, Sigma told the world that they would love to make lenses for the Fujifilm X mount platform. Still, because Fujifilm will not play nice and share their algorithms with third parties, Sigma said they would have to walk away as they do not have the time to reverse engineer Fujifilm’s AF system. You would think this means that you cannot use or buy third party lenses on your X mount camera, but you would be wrong. You can actually get your hands on some fantastic third party X mount lenses; you just have to know where to look for them. In this roundup, we will share a few of our favorite third party X mount lenses.

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The Photoville FENCE is Now Accepting Submissions Until March 6th

It’s that time of the year again for photographers to join Photoville FENCE for a chance to get our best work showcased in nine major parks and downtowns across North America.

If part of your photography goals this year is to showcase the best of your work so far, you might want to start preparing your submission for this year’s leg of Photoville FENCE. Not only will you have the opportunity to have your work showcased in nine exhibitions, but also stand the chance to be one of two artists who will receive prizes totaling over $20,000.

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Josef Koudelka Exhibit to Showcase His “Exiles” and 1980s Panoramas

Mark your calendars and plan your visit to the Ernst Leitz Museum for an upcoming solo exhibit by Josef Koudelka featuring some of his most personal works.

Looking for the next photography exhibit to inspire you and expand your creative storytelling? The upcoming solo exhibition of influential street photographer Josef Koudelka is definitely not to be missed. Titled “Exiles and Panoramas,” it’s set for March 6 – August 23, 2020, at the Ernst Leitz Museum in Wetzlar, Germany. Whether you’re an ardent fan of Koudelka’s work or are looking for something to squeeze into your German adventures, this is a great opportunity to view some of his most personal and celebrated works.

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The NONS SL42 is the First Instant/Instax M42 Mount SLR Camera

NONS Sl42

The Nons SL42 takes Instax cameras to a whole new level, and it’s bargain-priced too.

We all know and love Instax cameras. The ability to be able to capture and print candid moments with our friends is quite honestly, priceless. Instax cameras are great, but have you ever wished for an affordable interchangeable lens Instax camera that could use some classic vintage lenses? If so, you need to check out this Kickstarter campaign for the NONS SL42, the world’s first M42 mount interchangeable lens camera that uses Instax film. Click past the break for all of the details.

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Review: ONA Monterey Camera Bag (A Surprisingly Great Rucksack)

The ONA Monterey really annoyed me, and then I started to like it.

My story with the ONA Monterey is one that involves the search for a bag that I can call my companion bag. In the same way that a photographer has a companion camera, I’ve never really found the truly perfect camera bag. While the ONA Monterey comes close in many ways, it’s required that I break it in. And in the long run, it’s going to simply just end up being a victim of the abuse that I throw at my gear. Though I doubt it’s going to survive like a Tenba, WANDRD, or Billingham bag will, I sincerely hope that I’m wrong. Able to accommodate a 13-inch laptop and every mirrorless camera system that doesn’t rival the size of DSLRs, the ONA Monterey isn’t perfect. But it’s pretty close.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing 20mm, 105mm, 200mm for Portraits

Today’s photography cheat sheet looks at three focal lengths that you may not have used for portraiture.

When it comes to portrait photography, a lot of us typically start shooting with 50mm or 85mm lenses, as they are the most used and recommended focal lengths. However, some of us eventually think about experimenting with different lenses and see what they can do to improve our results. This is where today’s featured photography cheat sheet would come handy, especially for those who are wondering what wide-angle, short telephoto, and telephoto lenses can do for portrait work.

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No, Vegans, Film Photography Is Not Vegan Friendly

The stereotype of someone being a vegan and a film/analog photographer is very counterintuitive.

Unfortunately for many analog shooters, there is still a stigma against us who shoot film. Because we like old school things and we like the actual connection with our subject while not worrying about all the digital things, we are often also associated with vegans. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe they just think it’s part of the culture. But the truth is film photography isn’t vegan-friendly. In fact, it’s pretty far from it.

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Cheap Photo: The Sony a7r II 54% Off, X-T30 $799, Olympus EM5 III $999

Save hundreds, and in some cases thousands, with these camera deals!

Are you ready to pick up a new camera? Do you want to save hundreds, heck, even thousands of dollars? Sure you do. We have found some outstanding camera deals for you. The Sony a7r II saw its price slashed by over 50% (it’s just $1,398), the Fujifilm X-T30 can be yours for only $799, the X-T3 is just $1,199, and the GFX 50R is down to only $3,499. The new travel-friendly Olympus E-M5 III is down to just $999, and you can pick up the Canon EOS R for the low price of $1,799. Click past the break to see even more incredible camera deals.

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Patents Show Sony’s E Mount May Get 7 New Tamron F2 Prime Lenses

The Tamron f2 prime lenses will likely be cheaper options for those who want to build a solid lens library on the cheap.

Tamron took a good long while before fully committing themselves to the Sony E mount. But if recent news is anything to go by, they plan on making up for the lost time. No fewer than seven patents have been filed in Japan for new Tamron f2 prime lenses. This news should be welcomed by those who want to build a nice, affordable lens collection. Join us after the break for all the details.

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PolarPro’s LiteChaser Filter System Aims to Elevate Mobile Photography

PolarPro Litechaser Filter System

If you use your iPhone 11 as your primary camera, the PolarPro LiteChaser Filter system should help open up more creative avenues.

There is no denying that the cameras in today’s phones are seriously impressive, but content creators are handicapped by a lack of pro-grade accessories that can help them get more out of their cameras. PolarPro, known for creating filters for conventional lenses, has taken note of this and have created the PolarPro LiteChaser Filter system. It should help mobile creators get more out of their setup. Join us after the break to learn more about PolarPro’s new filter system which includes, a case, grip, ND filter, variable ND’s, and circular polarizers.

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Carl Warner Makes Landscape Images from Food, and It’s Breathtaking!

The impressive and unique work of Carl Warner will inspire you to look differently at food as subjects for photography and visual storytelling.

A highly-creative blend of food photography, still life, and advertising photography, Carl Warner’s work is a perfect example of imagination on overdrive. “I create scenes in the studio that sometimes look like real scenes, but scenes that are in nature basically made out of other things,” he described his own work in a quick interview with Wex Photo Video. While he has also expanded his style to working with other materials, food items remain his best-known medium for creating what he calls food landscapes, or foodscapes.

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Review: VANGUARD VEO Travel 41BK (The Worst Bag We’ve Ever Used)

No photographer should reach for the VANGUARD VEO Travel 41BK.

Every now and again, I search online for what I think could be the perfect camera bag, and the VANGUARD VEO Travel 41BK seemed to be just that thing. It’s small, lightweight, well built and stylish (at least in the photographs). When it came to experiencing and using the bag in real life, I was super disappointed. I wasn’t sure why there were so few product images online, but I eventually learned. This bag is honestly the worst thing I’ve ever used. And my review is to let everyone know that the VANGUARD VEO Travel 41BK is a bag to steer far away from.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Avoiding Common Lens Filter Issues

Ever encountered trouble with your lens filter and didn’t know how to fix it? Chances are, you’ll find a solution in today’s photography cheat sheet.

Some of us may already know how useful lens filters can be in getting us closer to our desired results. But, as with many things, we sometimes get into a bit of a pickle with these accessories. If that has happened to you and have been scratching your head figuring out a solution, we bring some troubleshooting tips from yet another photography cheat sheet via Digital Camera World.

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