Could Third Party Lenses Make the Canon M Mount More Popular?

The Canon M Mount needs help, and third party lens manufacturers might give the platform the boost it needs to succeed.

The Canon M Mount has been snickered at by just about everyone except those in Asia. Cameras like the M100 and the M50 have made Canon’s first Mirrorless platform a raging success in Japan, but it has not been well received elsewhere. This is partly because Canon dropped the ball on M Mount lenses. Until the new M6 II was announced, things were super quiet on the M Mount front. Sigma has just shaken things up by announcing that three of their popular APS-C lenses will be coming to the platform. The trio of lenses (the 16mm f1.4, the 30mm f1.4, and the 56mm f1.4) are available now at bargain prices. Join us after the break for all the details. Continue reading…

5DayDeal: The $89 Complete Photography Bundle Will Help You Grow

The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2019 will help you achieve everything you’ve ever wanted in Photography.

When it comes to photography, there is so much to learn. You need to know about lighting, composition, posing, and post-production, to name a few of the vital steps. While learning all of these skills can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to the Complete Photography Bundle 2019 from 5DayDeal it’s now easier than ever to expand your skill set and master many other different areas of photography. Best of all, you’ll be taught by some of the most well-known photographers on the planet for just $89. Find out more after the break. Continue reading…

Nathan Wirth Captures the Ethereal Beauty of Streams Leading to the Sea

All photos by Nathan Wirth. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When it comes to adding a dose of drama and depth to an image, black and white will never go out of style. It even works for shooting sweeping vistas, as our growing list of impressive monochrome landscape easily shows. Novato, CA Nathan Wirth has been one of our go-to photographers for this, as our previous features of his work will prove. Today, we take a look at one of his most recent works in which he captured the simple but dreamy beauty of streams flowing back into the sea.

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Five Factory-Sealed Leica R4 Units Are Up for Grabs!

Gather your Leica and film-loving buddies, because there are enough SEALED Leica R4 bodies for five of you!

Not so long ago, we gave a heads-up on a limited edition Leica R4 in “used but not abused” condition. But if the gleaming gold and snakeskin leather are too much for you, we’re happy to report you can also snag a Leica R4 body in its classic chrome version. But there are actually five units available in our latest vintage find, so there’s enough for you and four of your Leica buddies or fellow vintage camera collectors!

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Canon RF Mount Lenses

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Here’s a gateway to all the reviews we have completed on Canon RF mount Lenses.

Canon has been hard at work the last few years when it comes to their new Mirrorless cameras and RF Mount Lenses. While the platform is only in its infancy, Canon has already produced some top-drawer lenses to mount on their R series cameras. Canon RF mount lenses have been receiving rave reviews for good reason. Their superb optics and excellent build quality mean these lenses are some of the best in the world of Mirrorless. We have been hard at work reviewing them and have created a buyers guide. This guide is an easy place to access our real-world reviews for anyone who needs information about all Canon RF Mount lenses. Continue reading…

Save 97% When You Buy the Complete Photography Bundle 2019 ($89)


The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2019 is the most complete photography learning package you can get your hands on.

The 5DayDeal is back and is bigger and better than ever before. Have you ever wanted to learn from the most respected photographers in their fields, but been put off by the price of the courses? If so, the $89, Complete Photography Bundle 2019 from 5DayDeal is the bundle you’ll want to get! From October 3rd to the 8th you can save $2,957 on 28 courses from the likes of SLRLounge, Nick Page, Serge Ramelli, Chris Scott, Jerry Ghionis, Matt Granger, and many more. Not only will you get some of the best tutorials ever made, but you’ll also help out countless charities too. 5DayDeal donates 10% of each sale to Make a Wish, Orbis, and many others. Find out more after the break. Continue reading…

Sony Officially Announces the Sports and Photojournalist Focused A9 II

The Sony A9 II should delight sports photographers and those working in the field.

It seems like we have been talking about the Sony A9 II for a while now, but Sony has only just officially announced their new flagship camera. The original Sony A9 took the sports photography and photojournalism worlds by storm when it was released in 2017. Sony is hoping the A9 II will have the same kind of impact the original had. Join us after the break to find out more about the specs, and the pricing of the new Sony A9 II. Continue reading…

The New Chasing Dory Drone Get’s You Under The Waves For Just $349

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The Chasing Dory Drone will open up underwater photography to many photographers.

Underwater photography is an incredibly exciting genre, but it’s also one that can be incredibly expensive. Buying waterproof housing for cameras can set you back hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. As you can imagine the cost rules out this type of photography for many, but the guys at Chasing are looking to change that with their new underwater drone called Dory. The Chasing Dory drone is a small, lightweight underwater drone that will open up underwater photography to photographers who cannot afford those expensive housing units for cameras. This campaign on Kickstarter ends on October 20th, but it has already smashed it’s initial goal of $30,000.

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The Portrait Editor Adobe Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Editing portraits is a unique process with specific challenges.

Uneven skin tones, awkward face shapes, and unfortunate blemishes must be dealt with in each photo. That means editing the photos usually takes longer than planning and executing the shoot! The right portrait photo editing software can shave hours off the post-processing stage, so it’s important to use one that not only has all of the features a professional photographer needs, but also makes the work progress quickly and smoothly as well.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Guide to ISO Settings

Once you are seriously into photography, you hear the term ISO a lot. But what does it really do? Which settings do you use? Find the answers in today’s photography cheat sheet.

ISO is one of the elements that comprise a well-exposed photo. It’s definitely one of the things you should master, especially when you want to learn how to shoot in manual mode. If you’re struggling with ISO settings and what they do to your photos, we have precisely the stuff to help you. Whether you’re shooting with a film or digital camera, this quick photography cheat sheet should work well for you.

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Review: GNARBOX 2.0 (An Almost-Perfect Drive for Travel Photography)

Although it doesn’t yet feel like a finalized product the GNARBOX 2.0 has steadily improved since we began testing it.

While reviewing the GNARBOX 2.0, we discussed our experiences with influencers, photographers, and other members of the press. We have one big thing in common: we travel all the time, and editing on the go is an annoying process. But the GNARBOX 2.0 is trying to solve that issue by helping photographers integrate their editing into the cloud as that’s where things are headed for photographers. But for a segment of us, I don’t believe things are quite there yet. If you’re a user of Adobe Lightroom Mobile and a few other apps, GNARBOX 2.0’s apps will integrate with them and allow for simple, on-the-go editing. But photographers can also use the file and folder system within iOS (if you’re still loyal to the ghost of Steve Jobs). Still though, editing from an iPad Pro isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. More importantly, if you’re more used to using Capture One Pro, you’re going to need to edit on a laptop anyway. And after conversations with a ton of other creatives and testers, I’m unconvinced that GNARBOX 2.0 is ready for market.

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Cheap Photo: The Sony a7r III Received a Nice Price Drop

We’ve found some mega camera deals on both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

The great thing about new cameras being released is that the previous generation of cameras can be had on the cheap. Guess what? They’re still as impressive today as the day they were made. Case in point: the Nikon D500 DSLR is still one of the best cameras you can get for sports, action, and wildlife photography and it can be yours for only $1,496.95. The Canon 80D with Dual Pixel AF is a steal at $999 too. Prefer Mirrorless? No worries. The Full Frame, Sony A7 II with a 28-70mm lens is only $998, the Sony A7R III is down to $2,498, and the Panasonic GH5 is a bargain at $1,397.99. See all of the camera deals we have found after the break. Continue reading…

Scopio Is Like Netflix for Stock Images, But We’re Not Entirely Sold on It

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Stock image services are a dime a dozen these days, and they promise the world, but you need to be careful out there.

Before everyone had a phone in their pocket, stock imagery was a lucrative platform for photographers to sink their claws into. Now that stock images have completely flooded the numerous services out there, the money that can be made has dwindled to a pittance. In the case of Unsplash, you make nothing. We recently came across another site that specializes in stock images, and it doesn’t seem too bad. With that said, we urge caution out there in the wild world of copyrights. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

The New Racing Inspired Vi Vante Classic Tread Camera Strap Is Out Now

Vi Vante Classic Tread strap

The Vi Vante Classic Tread is a seriously slick looking camera strap.

One of the best ways to add some character and flair to your camera is to add a strap that has personality. For the most part, camera straps are made to be incredibly utilitarian, and while that’s fine, the overall design of the straps is an afterthought. There are a few companies that consider design just as important as function. One company is Vi Vante, and its new camera strap, the Vi Vante Classic Tread, is a great example. This racing-inspired camera strap could be just what you need for your fast-paced life as a photographer. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

The Libra Trackpad and Keyboard Turns Your iPad Into a Mac Alternative

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The Libra Trackpad and Keyboard should help you get much more out of your iPad Pro.

The Apple’s iPad Pro is an incredible devices that allow media and content creators to get work done while on the road. The iPad can do just about as much as a Mac, but the on-screen keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. The Libra Trackpad and Keyboard from Sentis is aiming to make the iPad Pro more user-friendly for those who require a mouse and a keyboard. Join us after the break to find out more about this innovative iPad add-on. Continue reading…

Are Cheap Lenses Really Worth it for Photographers?

With 12 years of experience behind me as a photographer, I’m not quite sure that I can make the vouch for cheap lenses.

When you’re first starting out as a photographer, the appeal of cheap lenses is really high. I mean, how else are you going to take better pictures without actually learning how to do something with your camera or lighting? There are tons of cheap lenses out there on the market. Despite a dwindling photography market overall, it seems like cheap new lenses come out of nowhere pretty much every week. It’s wonderful that there is so much variety on the market because of the fact that competition simply makes us all better. But if I really had to think about it, no cheap lens has ever given me a whole lot of satisfaction.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Aerial Photography Using Drones

Thinking of venturing into drone photography? Today’s photography cheat sheet has some useful tips to help you get started.

The advent of drone photography was a blessing for aerial photography enthusiasts and professionals and continues to be a popular approach to capturing sweeping vistas and stunning scenery. Since there are budget and pro drone cameras available today, it’s easy to see why more and more photographers have been picking it up. if you’re set to get your own drone camera soon, you may find today’s photography cheat sheet useful for your practice.

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How to Not Be a Jerk Photographing Cosplayers at New York Comic Con

Heading to New York Comic-Con this year? Check out these useful tips to elevate your cosplay photography to the next level.

Every October, thousands make their pilgrimage to Manhattan’s west side and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to attend New York Comic-Con. For those unfamiliar, NYCC is an annual celebration of their diverse fandoms, ranging from comic books, video games, movies, tv shows, pop culture, and everything in between. Last year’s NYCC had a record-breaking attendance of a quarter of a million people, and that number will likely increase this year. What was once considered geeky or nerdy is now woven into the fabric of pop culture. In recent years, more and more people are openly embracing and expressing their love of the numerous fandoms of which they’re a part. For many convention-goers, cosplaying – the act of dressing up as and embodying their favorite characters – has become a rite of passage. The rise of cosplaying’s popularity has also led to an influx of photographers attending conventions like New York Comic-Con in hopes of capturing the many cosplayers roaming around the convention hall. If you happen to be one of these photographers, this article was written with you in mind. Continue reading…

Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Instax Printer

Fans of Instax Mini prints will appreciate the usability refinements Fujifilm incorporated into their new Instax Mini Link smartphone printer.

Fujifilm’s Instax line of instant cameras and mobile printers have been dominating the instant photography market. Today, they’re unveiling their brand new Instax Mini Link smartphone Instax printer. Instant cameras have seen a massive resurgence in popularity in recent years thanks to their ability to capture moments instantly and spontaneously. One thing that sometimes leaves people wanting more with instant cameras is that most of them tend to have plastic lenses. Plastic lenses result in less than stellar image quality. With most smartphones capable of capturing photos with excellent images quality these days, smartphone printers give you the best of both worlds. We had a chance to test out the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link before it’s official launch. Head on after the jump to see whether or not it’s worth the upgrade. Continue reading…

We’ve Updated Our Rokinon Buyers Guide with All of Our Latest Reviews

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If you’re in the market for some quality primes at affordable prices, you should checkout Samyang and Rokinon lenses. 

Over the years, the staff here at The Phoblographer have reviewed almost two dozen Samyang and Rokinon lenses. We have always been impressed with the quality of the optics in their lenses, and more recently the build quality of their newest lenses. We now have an updated Rokinon and Samyang Buyers Guide available to anyone who wants quick access to all of their lenses we have reviewed over the last 10 years. Interested in a new but affordable lens?

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Matthew Cohen Brings Out His Inner Child in Impressive Toy Photography

All toy photography and words by Matthew Cohen. Used with permission.

Three years ago, I was sitting in my apartment having buyers remorse after receiving a pricey action figure I had purchased. After the initial cool factor wore off, I was wondering what I was going to do with this potential dust magnet I had bought. I ended up stumbling upon an entire community of toy photographers, a hobby I wasn’t aware even existed. It was inspiring. Photographers like Sgt. Bananas (Johnny Wu) and Noserain (Richee Chang) brought out my inner child and I thought to myself, “Hey, I want to do this too. I can do this.” I grabbed an old point and shoot and a plastic tripod I had laying around and began to teach myself toy photography.

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