Is Your Camera Overheating? Chill Out! Try Some of These!

To prevent your camera from overheating in the summer, try these tips.

It’s a fairly common problem with all sorts of cameras. You’re out shooting, and you suddenly feel the camera get pretty hot. We’ve had it happen with a lot of ones we test, and we always try different approaches. Some of these are tried and true methods for years now. While you can’t overcome all overheating issues with your camera, there are some you totally can. So we’ve rounded up a list of things every photographer should try. The next time your camera really starts heating up on you, give one of these a shot.

Continue reading…

Great for a Sony a7 Series Camera: Samyang 45mm F1.8 Review

The Samyang 45mm f1.8 lens provides a unique experience for the Sony a7 camera system.

Contrast–that’s one of the things I think of when we talk about Samyang lenses. The Samyang 45mm f1.8 is no exception here. For a super affordable price point, you’re getting character in a lens. It doesn’t have some of the features that licensed companies have, but with the addition of the Samyang Lens Dock, you can make your own additions and adjustments. If you’re a hobbyist, you’re going to love this lens. Most of those folks care just about image quality, bokeh, and having a fast aperture. In fact, this is the closest thing to an alternative nifty 50 on Sony. If you want something in between a 35mm and 50mm field of view, the Samyang 45mm f1.8 could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Continue reading…

You’ll Want to Read This If You’re Planning on Buying a Vintage Camera

If you’re in the market for a vintage camera, our latest infographic covers everything to look for before taking the plunge.

While we cover the latest and greatest cameras on The Phoblographer, some of our favorites actually happen to be vintage cameras. Although vintage cameras lack most of the advancements we enjoy in today’s cameras, they offer a different shooting experience. They are products from a bygone era, more akin to mechanical tools rather than the full-fledged computers that cameras are today. The shooting experience with a vintage camera is often much more tactile and evokes a sense of nostalgia. If you’re planning on purchasing a vintage camera of your own, here are the things you should be on the look out for.

Continue reading…

The 10 Best Lenses According to DXOMark (July 2020 Edition)

According to the boffins at DXOMark, the lenses listed in this roundup are the best you can attach to your cameras.

The old saying is that your camera is only as good as the lenses you use. Well, if you want to attach the best lenses to your camera, you might be interested to see which lenses DXOMark believes to be the best of the best at the end of July 2020. Check out the top ten lenses according to DXOMark, combine them with our real-world tests, and you will have a much better idea why these lenses have been ranked the way they were. If you want some of the best lenses around, take a look at the top ten performing lenses according to DXOMark for July 2020.

Continue reading…

Astrophotographer Jason De Freitas Enjoys Shooting with Film

All images by Jason De Freitas. Used with permission. Be sure to follow him on Instagram.

“Initially astrophotography interested me more than photography in general – the fact that such stunning images of space could be taken by amateurs from home surprised me,” says film photographer Jason De Freitas. “As an engineer the technical aspects of astrophotography attracted me towards it.” He’s an engineer during the day, but when night comes he adores the process involving film. For him, he found that shooting with film really did not only slow him down, but made him a better photographer.

Continue reading…

While in Mid Air, Bradley Wentzel Photographs Planes Like No Other

All images by Bradley Wentzel. Used with permission. Be sure to follow him on Instagram.

Most folks try to photograph other airplanes from the ground, but Bradley Wentzel is a special type of creative. He photographs from the air. This isn’t just a photography job, but also one of complete orchestration. “Directing aircraft in flight was the biggest learning curve,” says Brad. “With most other subject matter, you have the freedom to walk around, crouch, move forward and backwards, etc. pretty freely, but when you are in the air with another aircraft, those basic functions can become difficult. There’s no room for guess work or error when planes are just a few feet away from each other so there is a lot of planning ahead of time with all of the pilots and people involved.” If that doesn’t sound like a lot of pressure to you, then we’re not sure what does. In fact, I originally thought Bradley was piloting and photographing at the same time. But this sounds even more intense.

Continue reading…

Wrong Time or Bad Photos? Why These Photo Books Are Failing

Are you looking for photographic documentation of what the world has become due to COVID-19?

I’ve previously written about the importance of street photography during these unprecedented times. Having visual documentation of how communities, governments, and countries have responded to the pandemic will serve us well in our search for understanding and education. How the content is delivered is varied. It could be through websites, newspapers, and even photo books, to name just a few examples. But timing is everything. Some photographers are already trying to sell photo books covering the topic, and it begs the question: is it too soon?

Continue reading…

The Best Camera Sensors in July 2020 According to DXOMark

If you’re looking to buy a camera that has the best output, you need to check out the best camera sensors, according to DXOMark.

While there’s a lot more to a camera than just the sensor it uses, when DXOMark performs their lab tests, they assign a ranking to each camera based on its sensor performance alone. We know this cannot possibly give you the best representation of what a camera might genuinely be like (that’s what our real-world reviews are for). Still, these tests can give you a strong indication of just how good the sensor can perform in optimal scenarios. If image quality alone is all that’s important to you, you’re going to want to see which camera sensors deliver the goods consistently. After the break, we will break down the best camera sensors in July 2020 per DXOMark.

Continue reading…

Capture One’s Beyond Collection Gives Your Images a Film Inspired Look

The Capture One Beyond Collection offers a lot of versatile styles for photographers that have a fondness for classic analog imagery.

Capture One is introducing two new style packs today: Beyond B&W and Beyond Film. These style packs take inspiration from timeless black and white images and classic film emulsions, respectively. While created with classic film stocks and imagery in mind, the Beyond Collection aren’t designed to emulate the look of film emulsions like styles from RNI or Mastin Labs do. Both new style packs were created to provide a quick and repeatable workflow for photographers and photo editors. Like other style packs from Capture One, the Beyond Collection styles packs installs easily with a simple double click and work right out of the box. We got a chance to test-drive these new styles before their public release. Head on after the jump to check out the results.

Continue reading…

Shanyn Fiske: Why the Fashion Industry Should Heed Peter Lindbergh

All images by Shanyn Fiske. Used with Permission. Be sure to follow her on Instagram.

“I agree with Eliott Erwitt’s idea that black and white photography is interpretive,” says fashion photographer Shanyn Fiske. “I do think of photography as interpretation, and monochrome most easily lends itself to that goal, especially when I’m trying to capture an emotion or a fleeting thought.” Shanyn doesn’t describe herself as a typical fashion photographer. She’s a late bloomer. She came from the academic world and adores the study around paintings, photography and literature. What’s more, Shanyn is working to try to change the ideals of what the fashion photography world is all about. She joins the fight with many other women and POC to get the word across, and during my time supporting it, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone put it as eloquently and plainly as Shanyn does.

Continue reading…

You’ll Want to Come Back to Canon: Canon EOS R5 First Impressions

The Canon EOS R5 is fantastic and checks off so many boxes.

What’s going around the internet about the Canon EOS R5 is all about video issues and overheating in 8K video mode. But if you’re a photographer and don’t really care about that or you want to shoot in a different mode, then I’m sure you’re going to love the Canon EOS R5. This camera has most of Canon’s best technology packed into one body. New to it is image stabilization, and it can deliver up to 8 stops of IS with specific lenses. There’s also the token weather sealing and a brand new sensor from Canon. We all thought we’d get a 50+ MP sensor, but we’re getting a 45MP full frame sensor. For most photographers’ needs, that’s enough. Let’s dive into this camera!

Continue reading…

Look at History: Why I Think the Sony a7s IV Is Coming Next Year

Today, we’re getting the Sony a7s III, but I seriously think that the Sony a7s IV is coming next year.

I think it’s incredibly fair to say that Sony has made some significant changes to the entire Sony a7 lineup of cameras with the Sony a7s III. You’ve got touch menus, a new menu system, the new CFExpress A card type, the lowest base ISO they’ve ever had, etc. crammed into it. There’s a lot of technology, and Sony voted to still hold back in some ways. It still has a 12MP full frame CMOS sensor, and it shoots 4k video. Sony is working to really create just the best 4K video that one can get, and that’s very fair. But it’s also the opposite of what they used to do with releasing cutting edge and bleeding edge options to let the market adapt. Instead, Canon and Panasonic are doing that. The roles have reversed! But it may mean that Sony has another trick up its sleeve.

Continue reading…

The Sony a7S III Finally Brings a Feature Every Photographer Wanted

The Sony a7S III has a ton of new features that make it ideal for photographers who need extreme low light capabilities.

At long last, Sony has announced the new low light monster that photographers and videographers alike have been waiting five years for. The Sony a7S III is real, it’s here, and it’s ready to get to work. While the Sony a7S III is geared more towards videographers and all things video, let’s be clear that the Sony a7S series of cameras have always been competent stills cameras too! After the break, we will take a closer look at the Sony a7s III and all of the new features that will make it the perfect companion for those who need to use unthinkable ISO settings.

Continue reading…

Why Prime Lenses Are Better Than Zooms: All the World in a Single Frame

When it comes to choosing between prime and zoom lenses, prime lenses are superior in many ways, as our latest infographic shows.

When it comes to choosing the right lenses for our cameras, some photographers gravitate towards zooms while others prefer primes. Those who prefer zooms love them for their convenience factor. Despite this, many photographers opt to shoot with prime lenses instead. What exactly makes prime lenses superior to zoom lenses? Let us show you with our latest original infographic.

Continue reading…

The Ideas Behind Why Smaller Sensor Cameras Are Better Than We Think

Lots of folks love to hate on smaller sensors like APS-C and Four Thirds, but they’re a lot better than you may think.

Does anyone remember APS-H? It was a format primarily used by Canon in a variant of their 1D camera models. Back then, they had one full-frame camera for high megapixel shooting and one APS-H camera for sports shooting. APS-H was a 1.3x crop factor, and sports photographers loved the combination of lower megapixels, excellent high ISO performance, and most of all, the extra reach it gave their camera lenses. But then Canon did away with it and went full frame with the option of a crop factor. The truth is that photographers loved their APS-H sensors, and we just adapted to using a full-frame. And for what it’s worth, APS-H is still a great example of why smaller sensors can be better.

Continue reading…

Enter to Win in Our Great Outdoors Photography Contest with Olympus!

Want to win? 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.

Continue reading…

9 Terrific Lenses That Deliver the Goods on Sony APS-C Cameras

E Mount Lenses

There are some cracking lenses for those who use Sony APS-C cameras like the A6100, A6400, and A6600.

Sony APS-C cameras are small, yet incredibly powerful cameras that pack some of the best autofocus technologies in the business, and they are capable of delivering fantastic images too. While you can use full-frame lenses on cameras like the a6100, a6300, a6400, and a6600, the weight of them can often harm the user experience. However, fear not, as Sony and some third-party lens makers have some pretty fantastic APS-C specific lenses that can help you get the most out of your camera. After the break, we will take a closer look at nine lens options for those of you who are thinking about switching to, or who currently use Sony APS-C cameras.

Continue reading…

He Sold This Leica for College Money, It Returned on His 30th Birthday

When he had to sell his Leica to pay for college tuition, he never would have believed it would someday come back to him.

In the year 2008, the United States of America went through a crippling economic recession that affected everyone. And one man desperately needed money to finish his classes at University. Knowing student debt would plague many Millenials his age, he chose to ensure that he didn’t have any debt. So he did well, maintained scholarships, and sold things. He lived at home with his mother who had poor health and dealt with a massive rift in his family. He commuted every day. He did over five internships before graduating. And he had a lot of writing under his belt before he donned his cap and gown. He escaped debt-free. But in order to do that, he had to sell his Leica camera. Nothing in life comes without sacrifices.

Continue reading…

Daniel Sackheim, Director on True Detective, Shares His Photography

All images by Daniel Sackheim. Used with permission. Please follow him on Instagram.

“The artists I have the greatest admiration for are those that never stop growing. Like the Beatles and Picasso,” says Daniel Sackheim, whose name you may be familiar with if you liked True Detective, Game of Thrones, Ozark, and The Walking Dead. “They got restless doing the same thing and as a result their art was constantly evolving. I don’t want to stay static.” Daniel’s fantastic story of how he got into image making is one many can relate to in regard to getting closer to people. From his earliest days, he’s evolved into an accomplished Director and is currently returning to the world of still photography, Daniel’s cinematic vision translates well into his photography–and I guess we could say vice versa. We had a chance to talk to him about his recent work and about who his idols are.

Continue reading…

This Photographer’s Custom Made Tilt Shift Lenses Look Like Sci-Fi Props

All images by Jin Kim, used with permission.

When we first laid eyes on this custom made tilt shift lens on Reddit, we thought it was a prop from a science fiction movie. Our attention was piqued and we had to learn more. It turns out they are tilt shift lenses that the Redditor’s father, photographer Jin Kim, had custom made. Tilt-shift photography is a popular genre of photography that involves manipulating depth of field and perspective. Real world objects often take on a toy like appearance in resulting tilt-shift images. Specially designed tilt-shift lenses or adapters are required to achieve this effect practically in-camera, but they can be costly and challenging to use. This has resulted in some photographers opting to simulate the effect during post-production using programs like Photoshop instead. The same principle can also be applied in reverse to magnify the depth of field, but commercially available lenses and adapters don’t cater to this kind of tilt-shifting. To tackle this challenge, Jin Kim came up with some interesting DIY solutions. Jin was kind enough to share the stories behind his custom made lenses with us.

Continue reading…

Deal Alert! The Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS Is Just $699! What a Bargain!

You can save over $300 on the fantastic Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS.

If you’re in need of a versatile wide to normal lens for your Fujifilm camera and you want to save a huge chunk of change, we have found a great deal for you. Right now, you can save over $300 on the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS! For just $699, you can make this 15-36mm equivalent, image stabilized lens a part of your lens library. Find out more about the lens after the break.

Continue reading…