Opinion: The Canon 6D Mk III Should Be the Last DSLR They Make

The Canon 6D Mk III would satisfy the hobbyist photographers that the series was designed for.

Canon has proven that they’re capable of creating great mirrorless cameras. They’ve also said there will be no more EF lenses made unless there was a specific and high enough demand for them. But that obviously hasn’t stopped third party lens manufacturers. I also think the Canon DSLR deserves one last hurrah. This would be perfectly immortalized in the Canon 6D Mk III. And just think: Canon would basically take existing technologies that they’ve had for years and recycle them enough to not cannibalize their other products. If it ever came to be, the Canon 6D Mk III would possibly be a final hit for all DSLR lovers.

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The Ultimate Canon Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Canon’s DSLR System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are planning to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Canon, which has continued to lead the digital camera marketplace with the dominance of their ever popular EF-based DSLR system.

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The Best Canon Cameras For Low-Light Photography

As we recently did with the Fujifilm cameras, today we wanted to take a look at the current Canon lineup of cameras to discuss the best options for you in low-light performance is something that you are looking for from your next camera purchase.

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Review: Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus (Canon EF)

The Milvus lineup of lenses from Zeiss are more or less their workhorses; and with the addition of the new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens, I’ve never been more convinced that they’re the absolute best lens maker on the market. Yes, Sigma–that mean even above what you’re capable of. While Zeiss’s mentality has always been about MTF charts and curves, in the past few years they’ve been working on a transition that’s catering not only to that crowd, but also to those who care more about the stuff that can’t be measured in a lab. For example, Zeiss lenses have always had a special character about them–I’ve seen folks on our Facebook page talk about it fairly often when their optics come up.

So what’s even more appealing about the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens is that they’re targeting at portrait photographers.

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In Camera Double Exposure? Here Are 4 Great Cameras To Consider!

Double Exposures, in the original meaning, was when a photographer exposed a frame of film twice. When done by accident the results were likely bad, but when done artistically, with forethought and intent, the results could be really special. Obviously these days with digital sensors there is no frame to expose twice, so our cameras must be programmed to mimic this. Some rely on photoshop to mimic this effect, but for many, getting it in camera is the preferred method.

As noted above, not all cameras offer such functionality. So if this is a feature you are looking for, which cameras should you be considering? Here are some great camera options that we would recommend.  Continue reading…

5 Older But Excellent Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying

In the film days you could buy one camera and use it for years upon years, in order to change your look you used different films. These days that dynamic has changed, and now photographers are pressured into buying the latest and greatest cameras after just a couple of years. But taking into account where digital photography is these days, there are still some great cameras out there to be had, many times for a significant discount over their cutting edge brethren.

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Jonny Baker’s Lifestyle Street Portraits Focus on Street Fashion

All images by Jonny Baker. Used with permission.

“Initially the impact fashion magazines had on me created my desire to develop my career and pick up the camera,” says Tel Aviv based photographer Jonny Baker about why he wanted to get into the Street Fashion genre of photography. “Bill Cunningham was a big inspiration to me. I today move around my city capturing the fashion conscious and the natural facial expressions which Bill gave to the world. The street is the worlds best catwalk and I have the best view point moving around the streets photographing it’s people.” Jonny equates his need for his camera being on the same level of people needing coffee to start their day. He thrives off of knowing that he can capture any moment at any time of the day.

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Review: Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L III USM (Canon EF)

For years, the saying used to go something like “You go to Canon for the glass, and you go to Nikon for the cameras.” But as technology has progressed, it’s debatable that both companies are making solid products if that whole statement isn’t swapped. While Canon’s lenses don’t score the highest numbers at DXOMark (except in sharpness where they take a big lead), you can’t exactly sit here and fault a lens like the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L III USM. Websites around the world can sit here and measure things like sharpness, distortion, vignetting, etc. But they can’t measure things like bokeh or pure character that a lens like this can deliver. As the third update to the popular Canon lens, it begs the question as to why Canon hasn’t decided to go wider to properly compete with the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G option. Instead, you get some overlap with the 16-35mm, 24-70mm, and the 70-200mm lenses. Even if you went with something like the 11-24mm, you’re going down to f4 instead of f2.8.

Then you remember something: photography isn’t always all about the numbers.

But with weather sealing, some incredible sharpness, and overall great quality to the lens, Canon is showing the new school of photographers that they’re not going to go down without a fight to the likes of Sony.

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Upgrading from the Canon Rebel: A Guide on Choosing Your Next Camera

One of the most popular dedicated cameras out there today has to be the Canon Rebel in all its iterations. They’re honestly fantastic cameras that are quite capable of producing professional level results. At a certain point in a photographer’s progression though, you’ll often find they’re a bit lacking and that you may want more. But at the same time, a photographer also has to make the decision on whether they want to stick with the same system or move to another.

To help you out, we’ve gone through our reviews index to figure out what’s best for you.

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First Impressions: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 19)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.8

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 was announced earlier this year–aimed at landscape, real estate and architectural photographers, this lens represent’s the company’s attempt to take on the likes of the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L and the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G. For the past couple of years, Tamron has been putting out incredible lenses that have impressed us over and over again. At first sight, we were impressed with the size of this one–it’s huge!

With 9 aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and a front element so large you can’t use a filter, there is bound to be lots that pro photographers will love about it.

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Review: Canon 50mm f1.8 STM (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens review product images (2 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Of all the cheap 50mm lenses made, Canon’s nifty 50 has always reigned supreme as the niftiest thanks to both image quality and affordability. Very recently, however, the company chose to update its formula for the lens. The Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is a lens that, like its predecessors, is still priced rather affordably and also performs very well for the price point. In every single way, this lens is a step up and improvement from the previous version and with that in mind, it will surely serve a new generation of budding photographers very well.

But it’s not totally perfect.

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The Phoblographer’s Top Ten Stories of 2013


Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!

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Reader Letter: A Camera for My Model Daughter

Canon EOS 6D

When I first started the Phoblographer, I used to answer certain reader emails in the form of a post. Because the site grew so fast, i cut it out. But today I received a message via 500px that made me chuckle and also think to myself just how confused many consumers are. And trust me, there are tons of them. This letter came from a woman whose daughter is travelling around and who became very confused with what camera to get. Her daughter is a model, and her photographer shot with one camera but a company advised her to get another one.

So which direction does she go in?

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Review: Canon 6D

affordable full frame cameras

Canon EOS 6D

Canon’s latest full-frame offering comes in below the 5D MKIII in the lineup, but offers an easier entry point for those looking to upgrade to a full-frame camera. With the exception of the now discontinued 5D MKII body (which one can still buy), the 6D presents itself as the least expensive full-frame body available brand new from Canon. Adorama was kind enough to supply us with a unit for review, and the following is a summary of my experience with Canon’s EOS 6D Full-Frame Body.

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Cheap Photo: Full Frame Cameras from Canon May Fill You With Holiday Cheer Unless You’re a Nikon User

Canon EOS 5DmkIII

I believe it’s safe to say that 2012 was THE year for full frame cameras. We saw lots of big announcements, and now as the year is coming to a close we are getting big savings! Continue on past the break for some deals on full framers from Canon for today’s Cheap Photo.

I have some great deals for you today, courtesy of Amazon.com, just follow the link, and pick up your choice of either a 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II or a 6D.

5D Mark III – $2975.00 (Body Only)

5D Mark II – $1529.00 (Body Only)

6D – $2099.00 (Body Only)

6D – $2699.00 (With EF 24-105mm f4L IS lens)

Canon DPP, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor Updates Are Here

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 6D Hands on review first impressions product images (6 of 6)ISO 1600

Canon has released updates for its photo editing software including Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52, EOS Utility 2.12.3, and Picture Style Editor 1.12.2. Updated features includes support for Canon’s recently released EOS 6D and EOS M cameras which you can find here on Canon’s site.

The full details of the updates are:

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52:

  • Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
  • Supports new lens (EF24-70mm F4L IS USM).
  • Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
  • Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.

Changes for EOS Utility 2.12.3:

  • Supports EOS 6D.
  • Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.

Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.12.2:

  • Supports EOS 6D, EOS M.
  • Applied Noise Reduction processing to when displaying images.
  • Added support for the new Picture Style file (.pf3).
  • Changed the user interface of the Tool Palette.
  • Added the Tone curve (RGB) function.
  • Added the Six Color-Axes adjustment function.

Via The-Digital-Picture

Movie Files from the Canon 6D Need to Go Through an Editor or ImageBrowser EX Or Else They Won’t Work on YouTube

Canon issued a product advisory about the 6D recently. Apparently, there is some sort of bug that doesn’t allow video files right from the camera to be uploaded to YouTube because the popular video sharing site doesn’t recognize the file format. Weird, huh?

The workaround: Edit the goddamn file to begin with because no one wants to see your unedited videos of kittens (yes we do) or to save the file via ImageBrowserEX and then upload it to YouTube. But for many, that still means that you need to use Canon’s software to begin with.

More details on the product advisory after the jump. Also be sure to check out our first impressions with the camera.


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Op ED: 7 Reasons Why Nothing Has Convinced Me to Give Up the Canon 5D Mk II

The Canon 5D Mk III was announced a while ago and with all the rumored build up to the newly announced Canon 6D, I’m still disappointed. As a Canon customer for five years now, my first serious DSLR purchase was the 5D Mk II with two lenses. That system grew and evolved based on the work I did (at one point even adding on the 7D) and it now comprises of the 5D Mk II, 35mm f1.4 L, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8, and lots of flashes.

The Mk III added on some extra bells and whistles to the 5D Mk II that I really didn’t care about but that were nice. At the end of my 5D Mk III review, my Mk II’s autofocus started to act up. But after cleaning the contacts, it worked almost as well as the 5D Mk III’s. The 6D is designed to be an entry level contender in the full frame market (despite how nice it looks); and to be honest it’s still not convincing me that I need another full frame DSLR.

Editor’s Note: Available for Preorder

B&H Photo: Body Only / Kit

Amazon: Body Only / Kit

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Canon’s Highly Rumored 6D Surfaces to Challenge Nikon’s D600

And here it is: the Canon 6D DSLR designed for those of you who believe the 5D Mk III to be out of reach. Rumors have been circulating for some time now and the camera that has been designed to rival the D600 will have some interesting features. First off, this is essentially a full frame sensor in an APS-C camera body. But because of this, there are some physical limitations to the new camera: like shutter sync speed.

The full spec list and extra photos are after the jump.

Editor’s Note: Available for Preorder

B&H Photo: Body Only / Kit

Amazon: Body Only / Kit

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Canon Updates The Top Tier of Their PowerShot Line: G15, S110, and SX50HS

Along with the Canon 6D, the company also decided to bring some extra guns to the party in the form of some small sidearms. Joining the new entry-level Full Frame DSLR are the new Powershot G15, S110, and SX50HS point and shoots. Traditionally, these have been Canon’s top end of the bunch with the exception of the G1X.

So what do these new cameras have to bring to the table?

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