How My Journey For a Perfect Camera Landed me on Pentax’s Doorstep

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I left team Canon after 17 years, and my journey to find the perfect camera for myself took me far and wide before I finally made it home.

We are always in search of the perfect camera. We read reviews, we watch videos, we drool over spec sheets, and we marvel at all the things that modern cameras can do. It is so easy to get caught up in the the new camera spec wars these days that it can be easy to take a wrong turn down the camera highway. After leaving behind Canon and their cameras after 17 years of use, I embarked on a journey to find the perfect camera for me, and it led me down a long dusty road to the last place I ever would have imagined. Pentax. Continue reading…

Opinion: What We Want to See in the Sony a6500 Successor

Sony cameras are pretty great, and apparently the a6500 replacement will blow your socks off.

There’s no doubt about the fact that Sony’s cameras have turned the camera world upside down. From Full Frame to APS-C, Sony cameras have been star performers. The APS-C based A6500 really turned heads when it was released thanks to it’s svelte body, in-camera image stabilization, 4K video, and its incredibly fast autofocus system, but apparently there’s more to come. In a recent interview Sony said that the replacement for the a6500 will ‘exceed all expectations’. Join us after the break to find out more, and to find out what we would like to see in its replacement. Continue reading…

Is Sony’s Eye AF Really Better Than Fujifilm’s? Let’s See!

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Eye autofocus is one of the killer tricks up the sleeves of many Mirrorless cameras, but just how big of a difference is there in performance between brands?

Earlier on this week during a keynote in California, Sony showed off their new eye autofocus and tracking systems that will be available in a few of their Mirrorless cameras.The new eye autofocusing system will be made available via a firmware update to the Sony a9, A7 III, and the Sony A7r III, while the a6400 will launch with both of the new systems already in place this February. Just how good are these new focusing system though when compared to some of the other Mirrorless cameras on the market? After the break we have a video for you that puts the XT-3, the a6500, a6400, a9, A7 III, and the A7r III up against each other. You don’t want to miss this. Continue reading…

Four Mirrorless Cameras that Are Setting the Pace in Early 2019

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These Mirrorless cameras are feature packed, won’t break the bank, and will help you get your foot into the Mirrorless door.

2018 was a great year for Mirrorless cameras. With outstanding options from the likes of Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, and many more hitting the market, the world of Mirrorless cameras has become hard to ignore. If you’ve been on the fence about Mirrorless cameras, but think you may be ready to see if the grass is greener on the Mirrorless side, this round-up is for you. After the break we will take a look at four affordable, Mirrorless cameras that are setting the pace as we head into 2019. Continue reading…

Five Amazing APS-C and Micro Four Thirds Cameras for Wildlife and Nature Photography

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Wildlife and nature photographers spend the vast majority of their time outdoors, capturing images of birds of prey, all the way down to insects that roam around on the ground. But what are the best cameras to consider for these genres of photography?

APS-C based cameras are perfect for these two genres of photography thanks to their crop factors. Canon’s bodies offer a 1.6x crop, Nikon bodies 1.5x, Sony crop bodies have a magnification of 1.5x, Fuji crop sensors have a 1,5x crop and micro four thirds systems have a crop of 2x. What does this mean? Basically any lens you use on your camera will have its focal range magnified. A Sigma 150-600 f5.6-6.3 on a Canon body will have an effective focal range of 240mm-960mm, suddenly you can see why APS-C and M4/3 cameras make sense for wildlife photography.

Here’s a look at five amazing APS-C and M4/3 cameras for both wildlife and nature photography.

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Don’t Buy the Hype, That 31MP Sony Sensor May Be Real, but It’s Not for an A Series Camera

You may have seen news about a new 31MP global shutter sensor from Sony, but don’t get your hopes up

In the world of digital photography one technology has eluded camera makers for years, yet still gets brought up over and over again by photographers as a fix to many issues we have with how current cameras capture a scene. That technology is the Global Shutter. The idea is that a camera sensor could capture a scene at once, and not in a top to bottom scan in conjunction with a shutter mechanism of some kind like most current cameras do. Well, a new report over on Sony Alpha Rumors indicates Sony may have a new 31MP APS-C sensor featuring a Global Shutter. But we don’t think you should pay much attention. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: New Sony Rebates Live Today!

There is no denying that Sony is really hitting their stride right now in the mirrorless market, with their A7 series (still?!) being the only full frame player and the A6xxx series still one of the better options in the cropped markets. So naturally, many of you are looking into picking up a Sony kit either to try out or maybe as a full on switch. Which makes deals like the new Sony rebates that are live today even better…

Sony A6300/6500 Rebates

  • Sony A6300 (Body Only) – [amazon_link asins=’B01BFD1CYI’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’332866ed-162b-11e7-8401-818c81672912′]
  • Sony A6300 (16-70mm Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01MR38UL9′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b3409c24-162b-11e7-946f-67135e8404c8′]
  • Sony A6300 (16-50mm Kit) –  [amazon_link asins=’B007GK50X4′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’467d229c-162b-11e7-be6b-a5b1e06d7182′]
  • Sony  A6300 (2 Lens Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01FEEGCEO’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5d4865ef-162b-11e7-80d1-2b1e95e99e2c’]
  • Sony A6500 (2 Lens Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01M5KP6TW’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’721ac079-162b-11e7-bc47-53abbdd91a92′]
  • Sony A6500  (16-70mm Kit) – [amazon_link asins=’B01M6DKR3S’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7beaa744-162b-11e7-91f1-ff16d8333934′]

If you have been thinking about possibly picking up an A6000 series camera, now is could be a great time to think about pulling that trigger. Don’t forget about the other savings currently going on as well!

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Speed Demons: 4 Mirrorless Cameras With Fast Autofocus

For a really long time in digital photography’s history, you needed to drop major cash on a Canon or Nikon DSLR for the best autofocus. Simply put, smaller and more affordable cameras just couldn’t keep up. Then more and more mid-range cameras started getting decent AF, which was great from an affordability standpoint, but still left a lot to be desired for those who wanted to have fast AF and not have to carry around a brick.

Well, times have continued to advance and now even small low profile cameras are starting to have some really impressive and accurate AF performance, to the point that one can actually use one of these camera and not feel like the AF is holding them back at all.

So today we are taking a look at the various low-profile options out there with fast AF. Enjoy! Continue reading…

Which One? Sony a6500 vs Fujifilm X-T2 vs Fujifilm X Pro 2

If you’re a photographer that’s been looking at the high-end APS-C mirrorless camera options out there, then you most likely know that Sony and Fujifilm are the ones that continue to duke it out over and over again. The Sony a6500 is the company’s latest offering while Fujifilm has two flagship cameras in the form of the X-T2 and the X Pro 2. All of these cameras are highly capable, have the same megapixel count and have similar features. But which is the best?

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