We’d like to call it jewelry! The Phoblographer has given away some really cool stuff as part of our membership program. This month, the Phoblographer is giving away a beautiful Nikomat EL camera to one lucky subscriber. It’s overall in pretty great condition and brings with it the patina and aging that makes its beauty …
It was only a matter of time until the hype took over. When the Fujifilm X100V became hot on the 2nd hand market, the prices rose. With the Fujifilm X100VI announcement, it seems we’re seeing the same craziness. After that, a whole lot of other craziness happened. The company created a ton of hype with bought media. We stated that it’s the best toy camera of 2024 in our review in progress. And the company announced that the X100V is now discontinued. Now that Fujifilm announced that they’re only making 15,000 pieces a month, guess what happened.
Good lenses for birding can often be really pricy. Sure, you’re getting better quality for the money typically in some respect. But in other ways, you don’t always need it with how good modern cameras are. And that’s also why we like Tamron’s lenses like the 70-300mm f4.5-6.3. They’re affordable, lightweight, built durably, reliable, and …
You might not care about Micro Four Thirds, but you should be paying a lot of attention to what’s going on right now. A while back, we reported on the new OM System OM1 Mk II — which we called the world’s most expensive firmware update. We said this because we sincerely felt that most of the updates to the camera could’ve really been a big firmware update that the brand could’ve charged a bit of money for. Apparently, we weren’t alone in this thinking. A new petition has appeared online after the announcement of the camera from OM System users demanding more.
If you’re used to the perspective of your smartphone’s lens but crave higher-quality shots with a dedicated ILC, the Viltrox 28mm f1.8 deserves your attention. With swift autofocus, respectable sharpness, and true-to-life colors, it stands out as an above-average lens for Nikon Z-mount or Sony FE-mount cameras. Notably, neither Sony nor Nikon currently offer a 1.8 version of this focal length in their mirrorless lineup. Viltrox is consistently impressing with each lens release, presenting a challenge to mainstream manufacturers.
We’ve seen and interviewed lots of photographers who channel paintings as inspiration. Photographer Hellen van Meene has channeled this idea for many years. Instead of meditating on the ideas of Baroque and impressionist paintings, she finds faith in the ideas of Dutch painters. Like photographers Robert Claus, Neal Auch, and Dorota Gorecka, Hellen finds beauty in the light around her. In a new gallery exhibit at Yancey Richardson, some of her latest photographs adhering to this style will be on display. The images explore the formative years of young women and turn them into a beautiful time that so many of us look back on with fondness.
There aren’t too many modern lenses these days that make you enjoy the process of photography. This is why many new manufacturers are giving younger camera owners the vintage experience by releasing beautiful manual focus lenses. Giving you some classic retro feels and results and reconnecting you with the overall joy of making photos is the Artralab 50mm f1.1 Lunalumen Z-mount lens. It’s been a while since any lens has made me want to carry it around for use and for others to admire.
The new Laowa 10mm f2.8 Zero Distortion lens is the latest option coming from the company for photographers. And it’s doing something that the Japanese manufacturers haven’t been doing: delivering a claim of zero distortion at such a wide angle. But this gets even crazier. It’s available with autofocus for Sony E and Nikon Z mount. It’s a manual focus lens for Canon RF and Leica L. This lens doesn’t seem to have weather resistance, but with that aside, it surely seems to be challenging what the Japanese are doing.
The new Fujifilm X100Vi has just been announced. And for $1,599.99, you’re getting pretty much the same camera that the X100V was. You’re also getting arguably worse battery life, the same lens lacking better weather resistance over a more pixel-dense sensor, another film simulation, and that’s it. But truly, so far we’re very disappointed by this camera. And we’re going to dive into why you don’t need to upgrade to it.
For the past few days, I’ve been testing a fashion accessory: the Fujifilm X100VI. I’d like to otherwise call it the best toy camera of 2024. To be frank, the deepest emotions within me want to label this camera as the embodiment of the word “meh.” At least, that’s the best way that I can describe the one that I’m using. But there’s also another way to say it: the end of a 13-year-long honeymoon. Sometimes, the best thing a photographer can do is finally give up on those who continue to quit on us — and I truly feel that’s what Fujifilm is doing here. When I say that the Fujifilm X100VI feels like a betrayal to the TikTok hype machine, I’m very honest. Don’t believe the influencers.