Cheap Photo: Sony A7 III for $1,798, Fujifilm X-T20 for $599

The instant $200 rebate on the Sony A7 III and other impressive camera deals should not be missed.

Need a new camera? Want to save some serious money at the same time? We thought so! Check out these fantastic camera deals. The Sony A7 III with a large accessory bundle can be yours for only $1,798! The Nikon Z6 with an FTZ adapter is at an all-time low price of $1696.95, and the new Nikon Z50 with two lenses has a pre-order discount of $150! The Canon EOS R with an accessory kit can be yours for only $1,799, while the Canon EOS RP is only $999! There are also deals on Fujifilm cameras like the X-T20, which is a crazy low $599, and the Panasonic G7 with two lenses for only $497.99! Check out all of the incredible camera deals we have found after the break. Continue reading…

Don’t Click This Link If You Love Your Sony Mirrorless Camera

Rest in Pixels, Sony mirrorless camera. Whatever is happening here, it will remind you to keep your precious camera out of reach of children.

A grisly photo has been making the rounds in photography groups and even Reddit threads that shows a kid in a pool holding a Sony A7 mirrorless camera. If that photo has reached your feeds, we’re sure you had a mini heart attack, especially if you have the exact same camera that you hold dear and take good care of. If not, we have to apologize in advance for the intense cringe that will happen in 3, 2, 1…

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Does Anyone Remember the Budweiser Can Camera?

You’ll surely be the life of the party if you take along this cool Budweiser can camera.

If you’re a fan and collector of quirky yet cool cameras, we’re sure you’ll love our latest vintage find. This Budweiser Can point-and-shoot camera looks like it was made for parties and will instantly steal the show wherever you go! There’s only a few of them lurking around, so if this sounds like something you want to add to your camera collection, step right up and decide!

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Grab This Rare Set of FOUR Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Platinum Cameras for $39,995

Here’s your chance to snag not one but FOUR limited edition Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Platinum cameras in different colors.

Looking for the next gorgeous Rolleiflex camera to add to your collection? Our latest vintage find will let you add not one but FOUR units of the limited edition Rolleiflex 2.8 FX Platinum, made as part of a commissioned project with the American fine art nude photographer, Jock Sturges. If you’re particularly interested in special edition cameras like these, we’re sure this eye-catching set will suit your fancy!

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There Are Cheaper Solutions to Chimping Than the Fujifilm X Pro 3

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 is targeted at those who want to stop chimping. But surely there’s a cheaper solution?

The announcement of the Fujifilm X Pro 3 has plenty of people talking within the street photography community. The decision to hide the LCD screen, and emulate a build that pays homage to an analog camera, is attractive to many. Designed to prevent people from chimping (the act of reviewing each image after it’s been shot), the Fujifilm X Pro 3 comes at a hefty price. Starting at $1,799.95 (and going up to $2699.99) the camera certainly isn’t a cheap fix to a widespread problem. If you don’t have the cash to drop on this camera, check out these more cost-effective methods that will help prevent you from chronic chimping!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Basic Photography Composition Tips

If anyone has come to you for advice on how to take better photos, here’s a quick photography cheat sheet you can share with them. 

We have to start somewhere when learning a new skill or hobby, and photography is no different. Whether it’s shooting with a new camera or taking better photos with a smartphone, there are some essential basic photography rules you would need to practice. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will help you master four composition techniques and start creating visual masterpieces.

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First Impressions: Sony A9 II (They Made It Better Than the Original)

The newly announced Sony A9 II improves upon the original flagship with ergonomic changes and a brand new BIONZ X Image Processor.

At the beginning of the month, Sony announced the next iteration of its top tier A9 flagship, the A9 II. The most noticeable changes Sony has made to the A9 II are physical and with the body itself. These include the more pronounced handgrip, the improved buttons on the rear of the camera, and improvements made to the various dials on top of the camera body. While the Sony A9 II retains the same stacked 24.2MP BSI sensor as the original A9, it is now paired with an upgraded BIONZ X image processor. This leads to even faster AF/AE performance and accuracy. As expected, Real-time Eye AF, Real-time Eye AF for animals, and Real-Time Eye AF for video recording are supported. We expect Sony to introduce further improvements down the line with future firmware upgrades. The A9 II’s autofocus system can now track subjects continuously even when shooting at apertures larger than f16. When shooting continuously, the Sony A9 II is capable of capturing images at up to 20 fps when using the electronic shutter, or 10 fps with the mechanical shutter (twice that of the original A9). Both SD card slots are UHS-II compatible as well, which will surely help minimize the amount of time images are stuck in the buffer waiting to be written.

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The Best 85mm Lenses for Pro Portrait Photographers (That Bokeh!)

85mm is the sweet spot for portrait photographers, and these 85mm prime lenses are some of the best around.

There are lots of lenses on the market that are considered portrait lenses, but the 85mm focal length is perhaps the sweet spot for portrait photographers. This focal length sits nicely between 50mm and 135mm offerings, and it gives photographers the ability to either capture great 3/4 length shots, or beautiful headshots. The 85mm prime lenses we have listed after the break are some of our favorites across multiple platforms: we’re sure portrait photographers everywhere, whether new to the genre or well decorated, will love the performance of them. Continue reading…

This Collection with a Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Negative Is Going for $2 Million

This Hiroshima Atomic Bombing negative is part of a collection that is going for $2 Million. Two. Million. US Dollars.

If you’re a history buff or a photography memorabilia collector with a particular interest for World War II items, you’ll find our latest vintage find fascinating. But, we have to warn you that it’s a collection that costs a fortune for its historical value. The star of the show is a negative from the Hiroshima Bombing which is claimed to be the only negative from the historic event to be auctioned off after going undiscovered for 74 years.

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Nay Jiménez’s Food Story Is an Invitation to a Banquet of Colors

All photos by Nay Jiménez. Used with Creative Commons permission. 

When it comes to food photography, color is essential to produce a maximum mouth-watering effect. It’s also an effective creative component to present food in a different way, as today’s featured food photography project shows. If you’ve ever wanted to capture food through an out-of-the-box approach, we’re sure the vibrant editorial snapped by Chile-based creative director and photographer Nay Jiménez will give you lots of ideas!

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Conceptual Photographer Katinka Schuett Explores the Idea of Space

All images by Katinka Schuett. Used with permission.

“I like to plan pictures in advance and to deal intensively with picture ideas during the research phase,” explains conceptual photographer Katinka Schuett. “Conceptual photography leaves a lot more control than other photography subjects and allowing me to work with the subject very consciously.” Katinka is one of the two winners of the Female in Focus photography award recently. Her project, Cosmis Drive, revolves around the exciting intersection of conceptual images and realistic scientific components. It’s also an exploration of the human desire to communicate with the unknown. Below, we delve deeper into the ideas present throughout her body of work and discuss her artistic journey as a photographer.

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How You’re Alienating Women in the Photo Industry (And Don’t Know It)

As a woman, I can only speak to the microaggressions directed in gender-specific ways towards myself.

It’s been years of subtle stripping of humanity, constant questioning of my intellect, experience, and skill, and underminings of my opinions and feelings. I’ve already written about quite a few. Here, however, I’m speaking to a broader picture – the sense that we don’t belong because we didn’t pass enough ‘”tests” with a gearhead, or a demeaning comment about women was made in your presence, and how that divides and alienates women from the photographic community.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting During a Zombie Apocalypse (Fun!)

We think a zombie apocalypse won’t stop some photographers from taking photos. In case that’s you, we found just the photography cheat sheet!

The folks of Brooklyn-based photo imaging retailer Focus Camera came up with an interesting scenario for an infographic: what would it be like for photographers to shoot during a zombie apocalypse? What would they need? The result is a photography cheat sheet aptly titled, Framing The End Of The World: How to Take Photos of a Zombie Apocalypse and Live to Tell About It. Obviously, this is done in the name of humor, so in the spirit of the Halloween season (while it’s still not that far past yet), let’s just have fun with this funny photography cheat sheet!

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The Tamron 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD Is $200 Off, and There’s More!

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These Tamron lenses have been deeply discounted just in time for the holidays!

If you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to some new glass this holiday season, and you want to save some money, you’re going to love the deals on these Tamron lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras. You can pick up the impressive Tamron 70-210 f4 for just $599 thanks to its discount of $200, and its larger brother, the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2, has a discount of $100. Landscape shooters should snap up the 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD with it’s $100 discount, and prime lovers should add the 45mm f1.8 to their library of lenses while they can get it on the cheap (it’s just $399!). Check out all of the savings on Tamron lenses after the break. Continue reading…

The Camera Market Needs Canon to Stop Drinking Its Own Kool-Aid

Canon’s profits are tanking, and they are losing even more ground in the camera market.

Poor Canon; it seems as though things keep going from bad to worse for the former king of the photography castle. While Canon has been hard at work on all fronts, it seems as though their efforts aren’t producing the results they want. To be fair, earlier on this year, Canon’s CEO did say that he fully expects things to get worse before they get better, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted that their gross profits would tank quite so hard over nine months. Just what does Canon need to do to steady their ship? Continue reading…

Eric Van Nynatten Makes the Best of Havana’s Natural Lighting

All photos by Eric Van Nynatten. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Havana remains one of the most popular cities for travelers with an affinity to old-world charms, especially intrepid photographers and visual artists. We’ve featured a lot of projects that support this, and we’re more than happy to include another to the list. While some of the scenes and locations may be familiar, we think there’s a unique mood to the perspective captured by New York City-based Eric Van Nynatten. But, if you have yet to visit Havana and still dream of prowling its charming streets, we think this series will entice you.

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What Camera Companies Must Do to Compete With Phone Photography

Phone photography

The camera market is sinking faster than the Titanic, and phone photography’s popularity is part of the reason why.

We know this is not new news, but the camera market is continuing to tank, and for the first time, the Mirrorless camera market has taken a hit too. The epic rise of phone camera technology and computational photography is part of the reason why. The other part of the equation is camera manufacturers aren’t doing enough to bring mobile photographers into the dedicated camera fold. After the break, we will take a look at the numbers and talk about what Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and others need to do to win over the hearts of those who think their phone is good enough. Continue reading…

8 Powerful Lenses That Make Wildlife Photography Easy

These lenses will get you closer to the action on your next birding or wildlife photography trip.

There’s always talk about street, portrait, sports, landscape, and the documentary genres of photography, but little about the wildlife and birding genres. It seems as though lens manufacturers are taking note of the growing popularity of these two categories: there are more and more lenses suited to this type of work that are hitting the market. Wildlife photography and birding photography may sound easy, but I can assure you that if you aren’t skilled and do not have lenses with great reach, you will struggle. We have picked out eight lenses for various platforms that will help you get closer to the action. Check them out after the break. Continue reading…

When Photographers See Models as Human Props Instead of People

Sometimes photographers forget that models are human beings.

Models provide opportunities to learn, they reignite inspiration, and connecting with them provides an excellent excuse to get out of our editing caves and meet with other creatives. As such, several members of The Phoblographer staff and I joined a model on the last day of the Photo Plus Expo and discovered a story deserving of discussion that unfolded right before our eyes. Usually, photo walks are quite fun and create great ways to connect with other photographers. But, this walk became a different sort of revelatory encounter. As the model who was hired to help with the photo walk joined us, we watched what we’ve probably seen all too often on the set of a shoot: a slow but steady dehumanization of the young woman in front of us: beautiful, photogenic, and seen as a prop instead of a person.

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5 Photographers Shooting the Streets with Medium Format Cameras

We believe medium format cameras still have their place in street photography. These photographers prove it.

Medium format cameras sure are fun to use. It’s no surprise photographers are out on the street using them on a daily basis. Most opt for a film camera, because, let’s face it, most people don’t have the $10,000 (and then some) to buy digital. The image quality of medium format cameras is awesome, and the novelty is intriguing. After spending some time enjoying the work of some street photographers who are using medium format, we thought, “let’s write an article about it.” So, we did, and here it is: five photographers using a medium format camera for street photography. Enjoy!

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Cheap Photo: Get Cyber Monday Prices on Select Flashpoint Lights Now

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Prices won’t go any lower on these outstanding Flashpoint lights before Cyber Monday.

The season of crazy sales is upon us, my friends. In fact, you can start getting top-rated gear on the cheap now. Flashpoint lights are some of the most popular in the industry. They are affordable at their regular prices, but they are now even cheaper. You can get the Flashpoint lights we have listed at Cyber Monday prices now. The Flashpoint Zoom Li-Ion (Godoxo V860) is a workhorse flash that comes with a rechargeable battery. Right now, you can pick one up for just $129! If you want one with an R2 trigger so you may use it off-camera, you can get one for only $188! Need a light with enough output to overpower the sun? The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 PRO TTL is a steal at $799! Check out the Flashpoint light deals after the break. Continue reading…