Beautiful and Affordable: 7 Vintage Soviet Lenses to Adapt to Your Camera

If you want to get the authentic vintage look for your digital snaps, these beautiful and budget-friendly vintage Soviet lenses are your best bet.

The dreamy look of retro photography continues to be a popular aesthetic even for digital photography, and nothing is better than achieving it using the real deal. Vintage Soviet lenses make great options for adapting to your digital cameras because there’s still a fair number of them available for cheap. To help you make the best choices, we’ve done a bit of looking around for some vintage Soviet lenses to score today.

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Innovatronix’s CPFLASH 550W Flash For Smartphones Will Cost $199

The portable 550ws CPFLASH 550W is perfect for mobile photographers who need a lot of light in a small package.

Flashes and strobes for mobile photographers are coming at us thick and fast these days. As smartphone cameras continue to offer greater flexibility, the need for off-camera flash solutions is increasing too, and now, another OCF (off-camera flash) option will soon be available. The Innovatronix CPFLASH 550W promises to be a feature-packed light for both photographers and videographers, and it has a price tag of just $199. Find out all of the details after the break.

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This Couple Is an Adult Entertainment Photographer Duo (NSFW)

Want to know what it’s like being a photographer in adult entertainment? Here you go…

“Now and then, you suddenly realize that there are naked people having sex right in front of you,” says Luke from the adult content site, Bright Desire. Alongside his wife, Ms. Naughty, Luke is shooting and photographing content that looks to break the status quo of the industry. In what they call “feminist porn,” their ethos is to make adult material inclusive of everyone that is a break from the view of the male gaze. But, aside from the polarizing topic of ethics in the adult industry, what is it like being on set? More so, what is it like photographing adult content? We discuss all that and more as we sit down to talk with Luke and Ms. Naughty.

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Lensrentals Reveals Sony in Second Place for Rentals in 2019

Curious about this year’s most in-demand photo and video gear? Lensrentals shares some insights through their most popular rented products for 2019.

As we’re getting ready to close the year and welcome the next, companies are almost done consolidating their figures and reports for 2019. Lensrentals, for example, has just completed the data on their rental equipment for the outgoing year. Their findings prompted them to share some insights about the most in-demand photo and video equipment of 2019.

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7 Powerful Digital Cameras That Focus on Stills First and Video Second

Innovative cameras - Nikon D850

It seems most digital cameras these days are focused on video and stills, but not all photographers need or want video features.

Mirrorless and DSLR cameras seem to offer the best of both worlds when it comes to photography and videography. While the latter of those two is great, not all photographers need cutting-edge video features in their cameras. Fortunately, there are digital cameras that have been made with purists in mind. They can record video too, but these cameras are first and foremost for stills. The digital cameras listed here were definitely built with photography in mind. Continue reading…

Vikki Martinez Communicates Personality Through Self-Portraits

All self-portraits by Vikki Martinez aka Elvikkin. Used with permission.

“I have too many ideas and wanted an outlet for them,” explains Vikki Martinez, aka Elvikkin. You only have to take a look at her photography to understand what she means. Through her creative imagery, Martinez illustrates a mind bursting with thoughts and visions. Although her self-portraits may suggest she’s still figuring herself out, they deliver a message that says she’s confident in her creative capabilities. Looking at her portfolio is so much fun. To have the right balance between deeper meaning and light-hearted creativity isn’t easy to achieve. And yet, at only 23, Vikki is killing it! Her work is full of personality, color, humor, and excellent technique. If you need further evidence that she speaks for who she is through her photography, take a look at her YouTube channel. She’s certainly a character, and it’s great that she is comfortable enough to show this through both her photography and videography.

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HOOP Combines a Ring Light and Gimbal for Photo and Video Use

HOOP makes sure your camera is stabilized and your scene is well-lit, all in a convenient package.

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to have a gimbal with a ring light, we now have the answer for you. The creators of GoLapse are back with HOOP, the world’s first ring light and gravity gimbal in one. This tool promises to keep your camera stable and pointed where you want while also lighting up the scene with a powerful LED ring. With many photographers also doubling as videographers or doing some occasional video work, this contraption could just be another nifty tool to add to the arsenal.

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Manfrotto Adds Three Premium Models to Their Befree Traveler Tripods

Manfrotto gives professionals on the go more options by adding three premium models to their award-winning traveler tripods.

If you’re doing a lot of travel photography, landscape photography, and videography, you might be interested in Manfrotto’s latest additions to their Befree traveler tripods. Now, professional photographers and videographers have more options with the release of the carbon fiber versions of the Befree Advanced, Befree Live, and the new Befree GT collection.

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Old But Not Obsolete: 40 Killer Lenses That Aren’t Brand New

These lenses are old, but far from obsolete!

There is one truth in photography that goes back about as long as the art form has been around, and it is that the image is only as good as the glass used to create it (well, to a point at least). Maybe you have heard the saying that you are ‘investing’ when you are purchasing new lenses? Well, that is because its true: you are investing in your photographic future. New cameras come out with sweeter specs every single year, but new lenses (those with enough of an IQ or performance boost over your current glass to justify another purchase), those maybe come around every 5-10 years.

So, while the draw to buying the latest and greatest, most expensive lenses on the market is normal, one should really, honestly, and truly consider older lenses on the market as well. That is the point behind today’s post – to highlight some of the top ‘old’ lenses for each major system that we think are still well worth picking up, especially if you’re working on a limited budget. Continue reading…

Pinhole Pro S Lens Turns Your Digital Camera into a Wide Angle Pinhole Snapper

The Pinhole Pro S Lens is promising some fantastic fun!

Looking for something new to spice up your photos and videos? If you’re curious about what you can do when you mix pinhole technology with modern digital cameras, here’s something up your alley. Joining Thingyfy’s family of Pinhole Pro lenses are two new ones for your wide angle shooting pleasure using your DSLR and mirrorless camera.

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Mads Peter Iversen Revels in the Beauty of Nature Through Landscape Photography

All images and words by Mads Peter Iversen. Used with permission.

Danish photographer Mads Peter Iversen may have eased into photography from commercial videography, but you can say taking his sweet time enabled him to discover the kind of work that resonates with him. In between juggling his time in Aarhus and Silkeborg, he’s jumping from one breathtaking location to the other to create his beautiful fine art landscape snaps. In this submission, he shares with us the beauty and grandeur of nature that motivates him to do artful landscape photography.

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Nick Collingwood: Instant Film Wedding Photography

All images by Nick Collingwood. Used with permission.

“People loved the nostalgic quality and texture that the instant film had plus the couples loved that it was a photo memento they could hold almost immediately.” says Photographer Nick Collingwood, who describes himself as a motion designer by day and film addict roughly 24/7. “…With the slower process for the Polaroids, it puts the importance on creating interesting situations to photograph on film vs capturing candid shots made easy with modern autofocus cameras.”

Based in Brooklyn, he has an affinity for Super 8 and Instant film. This love of the analogue world and culture was recently turned into a business of his: he second shoots as a wedding photographer and focuses on weddings.

Oh yeah, and he loves talking about gear.

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The Panasonic GX85 Sports a Special Monochrome Mode

Today, Panasonic is announcing the new Panasonic GX85–a camera that wasn’t such a well kept secret. The Panasonic GX85 has a 16MP Four Thirds sensor that has had the low pass filter removed. It also has 5 axis stabilization. The camera can also shoot 4k video, has post-focus mode, can shoot at up to 8fps, and claims low light focusing abilities down to -4EV.

Even cooler: it’s got a special new L Monochrome mode that appeals to the black and white photographer in all of us. It’ll be available at the end of May for $799.99. The press release is after the jump.

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High Quality Walkaround Lenses For the Hobbyist Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f1.4 L II review without vignetting (1 of 1)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 1.6

Photography isn’t necessarily just about making money–it’s also a big hobby of many people. Just look at Photowalks; they’re fun events where folks get together and shoot just for fun. And if you’re looking for a single lens to stay glued to your camera during that time, then you’ll see just how many there are for not too shabby prices.

The Phoblographer has done loads of reviews on lenses, and this in post you’ll see a compilation of some of the best and most memorable that the site has tested.

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Iwan Groot’s Landscapes Beautifully Capture the the World

Coastal Reflections II

All images by Iwan Groot. Used with permission.

“Experience is better than theory–go out and shoot regularly and you will get better, and the more you get to know nature the more enthralled you get by it and learn what to show off to others.” says photographer Iwan Groot about how he’s learned photography in the past couple of years. “Even on days when you are not photographing pay attention to when the sun sets or rises, when is there atmospheric darkness, how many clouds are too much for what you like, how light hits mountains or the clouds and the colors it makes in different situations.”

Iwan grew up in the Ivory Coast and Senegal; and he’s travelled a lot in area where there is much to do after work. So he went about finding new places to take pictures. Iwan took a specific interest in Astroscapes–photos of the earth and the night sky that create compelling and beautiful sights. From that, he’s also a highly capable landscape photographer.god

He tells the Phoblographer that his talents came from constantly trying new things, learning and embracing post-production while creating realistic images.

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Review: Canon 5Ds

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds review image product lead photo (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

For years, Canon was a bit behind on the megapixel wars–their highest range was in the 20’s for a long time with both Sony and Nikon trailing ahead and offering higher resolution imagery in a full frame 35mm sensor. But this year, that changed. Back in February, the company announced a 50MP beast of a camera: the 5Ds R and the 5Ds. The former removes the low pass filter and therefore gives users higher detail at the expense of not as great high ISO performance.

The Canon 5Ds doesn’t only have the low pass filter and a 50MP sensor, but it still has the same 50.6 MP full frame sensor. The camera also sports 61 AF points, multiple exposure mode, ISO range to 6400 from 100, 5fps shooting, the ability to use a cropped portion of the sensor, 3.2-inch, 1,040k dot LCD monitor and face recognition during Live View mode.

It seems like it has loads to offer, right?

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First Impressions: Canon 5Ds

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds first impressions product photos (1 of 10)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

The Canon 5Ds, the not-quite-successor-to-the-Mk III-but-a-hint-of-bigger-things-to-come, was announced earlier this year–and whoa did it make headlines. The camera packs a 50.6 MP full frame sensor that can resolve enough detail to prove to you that you need to take better care of your skin, weather sealing that is rated to be top notch, 41 AF points, and a new mirror system to minimize camera shake when handheld.

Indeed, not only is this one heck of an innovation, but not many lenses can even resolve something around 50MP.

We’ve had the camera in for a couple of days now–and we’re going to be spending lots of time shooting landscapes, architecture and portraits with it. And so far, we’re not sure that we’re worthy of this much power.

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Where the Photo Industry is Going in Five Years: A Talk With Manufacturers About How They Envision the Future

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (10 of 10)ISO 4001-25 sec at f - 4.0

“The industry and the state of technology is evolving or developing so quickly I frankly cannot guess what will be five years from now. I am not certain if you’d asked me this during January 2014 I could have predicted the state of affairs today, Dec 1, 2014, just one year later.” stated Henry Posner, Director of Corporate Communications at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio in NYC.

Indeed, technology these days moves so fast that we’re not sure anyone would be able to tell. Not many could have expected that a product from Apple introduced around five years ago would have improved to the point where many use it as their main camera every day. Nor did we think that it would spur the creation of an app that allows a new breed of photographers to make a decent living off of shooting photos for advertisers.

However, it is the job of manufacturers to have some sort of foresight into the future and be able to predict how the industry will evolve and technology will progress. But that’s a tough job–and one that is much easier said than done given the viral nature of the internet and social media.

To get an idea of how the industry may change, we talked to the representatives of many leading manufacturers. What they had to say may be quite understandable.

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The New Datacolor SpyderCHECKR® 24: Camera Color Correction for Photo and Video

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Color management in photography and videography extends well beyond display calibration – it includes color control from beginning to end, from capture to final output. In this article, we’ll explore a new tool that helps you ensure that your image capture is well controlled and that your capture device delivers vibrant accurate color – whether you’re using, for example, one camera on set, different cameras in different lighting conditions, or multiple cameras on set at the same time.

Editor’s Note: This is sponsored guest post on behalf of David Saffir for Datacolor.

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DxOMark Confirms the Red Epic Dragon Sensor Outperforms the Nikon D800E

Red Epic Dragon body

Red has been teasing the photography and videography world for along while before the release of their new Epic camera sporting the Dragon sensor. Right from the beginning there was word that this new sensor would be revolutionary in terms of image quality, especially concerning dynamic range. And indeed, when first footage taken with the Red Dragon surfaced, we were stunned by the quality it delivered. It seemed as though Red hadn’t promised too much.

Now that the latest-generation modular cinema camera is nearing availability, everybody wants to know how it really performs. Lucky for us, the people over at DxOMark had the chance to play with a prototype unit and put it throught their regular testing procedures–with amazing results. Usually, DxOMark only tests still cameras, so for testing the Red Dragon’s performance, they had to extract stills from the 6K raw footage the Red Dragon records.

What they then found when they analyzed the resulting images is nothing short of spectacular. DSLR fanboys hold your breath, because what comes now might totally shatter your beliefs. The Red Epic Dragon’s sensor scored an overall 101 points in DxOMark’s test, the highest score any camera tested by DxOMark has ever achieved. But it’s getting even better. In both dynamic range and color depth, the Dragon sensor managed to outperform the both the Nikon D800 and D800E, while in color depth it even managed to outperform top-level medium format models from Phase One.

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First Impressions: Sony RX10

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Sony RX10 First Impressions

When Sony recently announced the RX10, they had us scratching our heads a bit. What everyone really expected was something along the lines of the Fuji X100 and Nikon Coolpix A, i.e. an APS-C version of the RX1. Instead, what we got was a superzoom compact–but what a superzoom compact it is. Sporting the same 1″ sensor as the RX100 Mk II, the RX10 features a huge 24-200mm equivalent lens with a constant f2.8 aperture.

In addition, it has a tilting screen and, unique among all fixed-lens compacts, an LCD info screen at the top. At this year’s Photo Plus Expo, we spent some one-on-one time with it.

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