Announcing Phoblographer App on iOS and Android (with Minimal Ads!)

Trust me when I say that I can finally breathe a sigh of relief for a very large project that we’ve been working on. And today, we’re announcing the brand new Phoblographer app on iOS, iPadOS, and Android. On there, we’re showcasing a pivotal step in the future of our organization. We’ve been listening to readers, and carefully incorporating your feedback into this design. Plus, there’s even more to come!

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Why Tamron Is the Beginning of a Beautiful Thing for Fujifilm

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When I woke up and read Tamron’s press release on June 21st, I was seriously shocked. It seems like Fujifilm has finally lowered its walls a bit. Tamron announced earlier that the Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD would be the first lens in their lineup to be made for Sony and Fujifilm. I can’t be more excited. Fujifilm has desperately needed to work with third parties more. They’ve worked with Zeiss in the past, but Zeiss has more or less pulled an Irish Good-Bye on the photo industry. Fujifilm also worked with Profoto and a few other brands, but this is incredible. And Tamron will provide something that Fujifilm really doesn’t have but needs.

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Meet The New Compact Camera Combo from Fujifilm!

The Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 R WR will pair well with the Fujifilm X-E4.

The new carry-combo for photographers may be what Fujifilm is announcing today. The company put forth their new Fujifilm XE4 and their 27mm f2.8 R WR. The latter is a refresh on the much-adored pancake lens from the company. And the XE4 is a refresh on a model that honestly we didn’t care much more. But if you want the rangefinder-style body at a lower price, then it’s what you reach for.

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The New Canon 1DX Mk III Could Hint at the Next EOS R’s Features

The Canon 1DX Mk III packs a lot of cool features, and we hope that they’ll be in Canon’s Pro-Grade EOS R camera.

“That’s a great question,” was our Canon rep’s reply when we asked about the new flash modes on the Canon 1Dx Mk III. When doing TTL, the flash settings can be configured to give more priority to ambient light or the flash itself with a selection of the menu. This is only one of the new features on the Canon 1DX Mk III. To be honest, a lot of them seem to be centered around the autofocus abilities of the camera while shooting in Live View. It’s for just that reason that we think the Canon 1Dx Mk III is going to hint at what’s coming with a new Canon EOS R.

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We Asked Nikon Why They’re Killing Their Authorized Repair Program

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After Nikon’s announcement to stop working with Authorized Repair Shops, we wanted to know why.

Perhaps one of the most perplexing things I’ve heard this year isn’t something directly related to cameras. Instead, it’s the news of Nikon’s decision to not work with third-party repair shops. Companies, in general, have been trying to have more control over repairs: Apple is a fine example of this. But Nikon isn’t in the same realm as Apple. So, we reached out to Nikon for an official statement.

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The Sony RX100 VII Hints at Sony a9 Replacement Before 2020 Olympics

The Sony RX100 VII: shoot 90 selfies that look the exact same within a second if you wish.

When companies tend to bring their highest-end technology down to the lowest level of consumer product that they offer, it’s typically a sign of things to come. So with today’s announcement of the Sony RX100 7 (or the Sony RX100 VII), we can almost unquestionably believe that the Sony a9 could be on the way out in a year or so given that the summer Olympics are in 2020. Yes, that means that Sony is marketing the Sony RX100 VII as a baby-a9. With that comes all the autofocus algorithms, fast frame shooting capabilities, no-viewfinder blackout, and processor upgrades that have spearheaded the industry. Of course, we’ve got our doubts.

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The Sony a7r IV Has a 61MP Full Frame Sensor (And There’s More)

The new Sony a7r IV is probably going to make you drool. 

Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo presented some of the company’s latest products for the Digital Imaging Division. Amongst those products is the new Sony a7r IV that includes features like a new 61MP full-frame sensor at heart. It has a whole lot of great features for professional photographers. At $3,500 it’s going to include things like upgraded weather sealing, wireless tethering capabilities, a ton of autofocus points, and much more.

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The Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera Lens Only Costs $699

The Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera is offering a lot of quality at a pretty affordable price point.

Though the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera lens is quite an interesting focal length choice, it should prove to be more than enough to astrophotographers, landscape photographers, architectural shooters, photowalking and general landscape photography. This is a lens designed for full frame DSLRs and is targeted at DSLR shooters that want the highest quality possible. At only $699, you’re also getting quite a bargain if we’re considering how good Tokina’s latest lineup of lenses have been in the past few years. Given the trend, we’ve got high hopes for the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera.

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The Apple iPhone XS Has a Camera that Does 1 Trillion Operations Per Photo

The new Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max are packing some new features that some probably won’t care about.

The day has finally come where we can pretty much squash any rumors involving the new Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max. This is an upgrade to the previous Apple iPhone X. It brings with it a new processing engine and changes the way that it handles apps, graphics, etc. It also does it in a really battery efficient way–or at least that’s what Apple is claiming in their keynote.

But what about the camera?

Our story focuses on the camera. We’re positive you can get all the other news everywhere else.

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Report: Fujifilm Is Exploring the Possibility of Bringing Back Its Black and White Films

With the final sales for their black and white films and photographic paper looming in the coming months, news of Fujifilm investigating the possibility of bringing back their black and white emulsions has sparked some hope.

Not so long ago, the news of Fujifilm killing off its famed Acros 100 black and white film sent many of us scrambling for available stocks. The emulsion in 35mm and 120 formats will be officially discontinued in October this year. And yet, Fujifilm was recently reported to be looking into the possibility of bringing back its black and white films.

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Ferrania Fixes Major Factory Issues, Secures In-House Production of P30 Film

After facing and fixing some issues that made production impossible, Ferrania is finally back on their feet to bring us some precious emulsions.

“Normally, when we are quiet it’s because we are very busy. This time the opposite is true,” Ferrania began in their latest update, referring to their factory being non-functional since February. There, they briefly mention the hardships that have halted production, but also, more importantly, that they’ve fixed the problems and can now continuously produce P30 film.

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The Intrepid 4×5 Mk 3 Large Format Camera Gets a Minor Update

We’re super excited that the Intrepid 4×5 Mk 3 camera is alive and kicking!

A few years ago, the Intrepid 4×5 camera went to Kickstarter to get crowdfunded. Now, the camera is in its third version and the company is still preaching the idea of high quality at a fraction of the price of other cameras. According to the press release, the new Intrepid Mk3 “…sees the addition of leaf springs to securely hold the ground glass/film holders, rear standard tilt and swing and a much larger baseplate for use with all tripod mounts (1/4 and 3/8).” Though that sounds minor, it adds a whole lot more in terms of the durability and lifespan of the camera. Of course you still need to use your own lenses, tripods, etc. But you’re getting the body frame, the ground glass, the bellows, etc. More tech specs are after the jump.
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Coming Soon: The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR

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I guess we can expect the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR to come at Photokina 2018

So if all the stars align just right, I think one of the big announcements we’re going to get this year from Nikon will be the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR that they’re announcing the development of today. This lens is designed to be a “lightweight” 500mm prime lens for photographers who want something like that for their big, heavy, clunky DSLR camera. This announcement is only that the lens is being developed. Why? If I really had to guess, it’s to tease photographers to let them know that something big is coming from Nikon later on this year. And it’s a whole lot better than what Kodak has been doing with teasing us about the existence of Ektachrome recently.

All the details you need are after the jump.

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The Slower Lens on the Sony RX100 VI May Turn Bokeh Lovers Off

The new Sony RX100 VI has a slower lens despite the longer zoom range

With the new announcement of the Sony RX100 VI, there comes with it a number of great technologies but also a number of tradeoffs. Before I go on, I should state that I’ve spent a few minutes with the new camera and that I will get to play with it more later on. But right off the bat, I’ve got a number of theories.

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One Sony Egg Is Left to Hatch: When Will We Get the A7S III and What Will It Be Like?

Lots of folks are waiting for the Sony a7s III

Sony has given us the [amazon_textlink asin=’B06ZY7GNKN’ text=’A9′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d112c10e-4fcc-11e8-acb2-01978c55e0e1′], the [amazon_textlink asin=’B076TGDHPT’ text=’A7R III’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d73c5c53-4fcc-11e8-a437-851952e61f51′], and the [amazon_textlink asin=’B07B43WPVK’ text=’A7 III’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ddae4b39-4fcc-11e8-a04f-0d8d7c0678a6′], so it is only logical that attention has now turned to the A7S lineup. There has been some reporting that Sony could announce the A7S III as soon as mid-late May (in a few weeks). This would make sense: all of the other cameras are out now and have been for some time. So, just taking that at face value for now, what can we even expect to see from the A7S III (or more accurately, what do we want to see)? Continue reading…

Now that Smugmug Bought Flickr, What Changes Are on the Way?

SmugMug promises to bring back the glory days of Flickr and the community it once fostered

Long before the reign of Instagram and Facebook groups, Flickr was the best place for photographers to share and discuss their work, as well as meet some like-minded creatives. Now that photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug has bought Flickr for an undisclosed price, CEO Don MacAskill has expressed his commitment to breathe new life into the photo sharing community and make it a haven for photographers once again.

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The Phottix Luna Ii Is Striving to Be the Only Portable Beauty Dish You Need at $80

Beauty Dishes don’t have to be immobile, just look at the Phottix Luna II!

Phottix has been doing their best to make photographers’ lives easier with quality lighting and lighting accessories for years. One popular product that took away some headache was the Luna, their foldable/collapsible beauty dish. We reviewed it a while back; and it was fantastic. The company just unveiled their new Luna II, their next generation portable beauty dish designed to make utilizing it on the go effortless and as easy as can be. Continue reading…

The Updated Pentax K1 Mk II Improves on Image Quality First and Foremost

The new Pentax K1 Mk II is looking to improve where it matters the most.

I really liked the Pentax K1, and so when we found out about the new Pentax K1 Mk II I was very intrigued to see how the company would improve the camera. To date, I genuinely believe it and the Nikon D850 to be the best DSLR cameras in the industry–but the Pentax was starting to show its age. When it arrives next month in April, I’m also not sure many Pentaxians will necessarily want to or need to upgrade to it. Let’s take a look at the new Pentax K1 Mk II, right before WPPI.

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This Panasonic ZS200 is Looking to Tackle the Sony RX100 Series

With the new Panasonic ZS200, photographers get a whole lot of power in a small, portable, compact camera.

Arguably the lesser star of today’s news, the Panasonic ZS200 is also probably the camera that is bound to sell better than its bigger cousin–the Panasonic GX9. This is due to its fixed lens compact nature, the 1 inch sensor, and a whole lot of other great stuff under the good. The Panasonic ZS200 gets the new L Monochrome D mode that emulates the look of black and white film, and has a 2.330K dot live viewfinder with a magnification of 0.53x. For some that won’t mean a whole lot but if you’re a Leica user and understand the importance of viewfinder magnification–this is pretty exciting.

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