Flickr’s Most Popular Dedicated Camera of 2015 is the Canon 5D Mk III

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (2 of 10)ISO 200

Flickr released information about the site in their year in review infographic published today, and while it’s always been evident that there are loads of great photographers on there, it’s also evident that it’s just a dumping ground for the iPhone. Apple remains at the top of the most used cameras with of course the iPhone 6 taking the lead, but even beating out the Samsung Galaxy lineup are Canon DSLRs. While the Rebel series used to be the most popular, the most used dedicated camera on Flickr right now is the Canon 5D Mk III–which is also enjoying a bit of a discount for the holidays. What this means is one of two things: that many people are trying to move up to full frame or there are lots of really serious photographers on Flickr conflicting with all the iPhone folks.

Next up are the Samsung Galaxy phones and after that the Nikon D7000 takes the lead, which is an older camera but still an incredible one that everyone raved about on its release.

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LensTag: The Nikon D7000 Was the Most Stolen Camera of 2013


Own a Nikon D7000? Well according to the latest infographic from Lenstag, either lots of D7000 owners were careless or thieves really want one–but in this case it seems like many. According to the infographic above, the D7000 was the most stolen camera of 2013. Interestingly enough though, Canon lenses were stolen the most. The latter makes a ton of sense: when I was a former pit shooter, photographers would very often misplace their lenses or things would end up just gone. Otherwise though, the 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II is still also a very sought after lens that is quite expensive and yields wonderful image quality.

We did an interview earlier this year with the guys at Lenstag, and you should check it out to see how your gear can be protected.

Via Petapixel

Nikon Updates Distortion Control Profiles on Many of its DSLRs


If you’re a Nikon DSLR owner, you’re in luck. The company has today offered a firmware update for lots of their cameras–and this one is specifically about distortion control. The firmware updates the lens profiles to tell the processor exactly how to react to certain images from certain lenses. The data is meant to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing.

Version 1.09 is available for Nikon D4, D800(E), D90, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, and D3100 cameras.

Firmware download links: Mac | Windows

Installation instructions: Mac | Windows

Distortion control can usually be found in the green camera menu of your DSLR–but consult your manual just in case.

Via Nikon Rumors

Magic Lantern is Hacking Nikon Cameras, RAW Video Possible

My Nikon D700

Correction: Vitaly is actually the one working on this. He’s famous for his GH2 hack. This isn’t the Magic Lantern team.

Second Correction: We originally were told by Reddit that Vitality created the hack. They were incorrect, and we were incorrect in our reporting. The real source is Simeon Pilgrim and talks about the project here and here.

Canon DSLRs have been stealing lots of the spotlight recently with the hacked 5D cameras. Magic Lantern, who did the hacks, are now stating that Nikon’s cameras are being hacked now. Mitch from Planet 5D has seen an early sample from a D700–but it’s only recording around 1.5 frames per second. That’s essentially a time lapse. However, the D7000 can record at 24p.

There are loads of Nikon cinematographers, and we’d be really interested to see just what happens in the HDSLR video game now.

Sample video is after the jump.

Via Planet 5D

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Nikon Hackers Remove Time Limits for Video on the D3100, D5100 and D7000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon d5100 product shots (4 of 4)

Nikon may not have Vitally or Magic Lantern behind them but they do have support from some diligent hackers. Today these brave souls have unlocked the first door to Nikons encrypted guts. Inside was the ability to record video without a limit of the usual 29 minutes. This patch is available for the D3100, D5100 and the D7000. Depending on the quality that you choose you are still limited to the archaic limitations of FAT32 of a 4GB maximum file size. A beta tester released these times on the dedicated forum page for the patch:

1080p 30 frame high quality – ~24 minutes
1080p 30 frame normal quality – ~42 minutes
1080p 24 frame high quality – ~24 minutes
1080p 24 frame normal quality – ~42 minutes
720p 30 frame high quality – ~42 minutes
720p 30 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
720p 24 frame high quality – ~49 minutes
720p 24 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
640p 30 frame high quality – ~59 minutes
640p 30 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes

Of course we at The Phoblographer can’t be responsible for whatever you decide to do with your personal time. If you would like to jump head first into the hack head over to the announcement page. Thanks to DIY Photography for the heads up.

Cheap Photo: Amazon Has Stuff for Sale; Are You Surprised?

We’re really, really quite surprised that Amazon has stuff for discounted prices right now. Here in NYC, it’s bright and sunny outside and its nearing 60 something degrees. And then I look at my calendar and I say, oh wait, it’s December.

So on the inside, I’m crying because there is no snow; but it’s okay! Because Amazon has cameras and lenses at discounted prices. And so, the circle of life continues.

Nikon D7000 Body Only for $896.95

Nikon D600 with Kit Lens for 8% off

Nikon 28-300mm for $1,046.95

Canon 5D Mk III for $2,990

Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 for Nikon

When I got my hands on this lens a few weeks ago, I was really excited to pop it on my D7000 and take some shots with it. The build quality is truly as good as it gets, and Zeiss’ history of top-notch optics assured me that this lens would be lots of fun to shoot with.

I’ve now shot with this lens a handful of times, and have come up with a pretty clear conclusion about it. Does it live up to my initial expectations?

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Why the Fuji X100 Will Eliminate Your Fear of Street Photography


I’ve been told by friends and colleagues that street photography came as a breath of fresh air into an otherwise mundane world of shooting landscapes and studio portraits, while many others, myself included, found it to be inherently uncomfortable in just about every way possible. Finding the beauty in the commonplace, and capturing it without disrupting your environment isn’t something that comes easily to all, but it seems we can all agree that there is a certain type of candid allure on the streets that simply can’t go undocumented.

Also be sure to check out our Editor in Chief’s post on how the camera retaught him street photography.

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What’s In My Bag: Andy Hendriksen Edition

I’m the new guy here at The Phoblographer, so it’s time I inaugurate myself by explaining exactly what I carry with me when I go out shooting.

I’ve been taking pictures since I was a kid, but only recently have I taken the time to evaluate my gear and shape my camera bag around exactly the type of photographs I’m taking. Having moved to Los Angeles recently, street photography seemed like an obvious transition for me. I fell in love with it, and it is now my primary style of shooting. I’ve now molded my gear around my needs, and while very simple, it handles just about anything I can throw at it. Let’s take a look!

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The Complete Nikon D7000 Review

The Nikon D7000, a DSLR falling between the Nikon D90 and the D300S on Nikon’s charts, is a fantastic camera. Commercially available around $1200 USD since last fall, the Nikon D7000 is a great bang for your buck. It produces great images with its 16.2 MP CMOS sensor, 2,016-segment RGB meter and 39 points of auto-focus. The dual memory card slots can take SD, SDHC or SDXC. The D7000 also continues Nikon’s tradition of great low light performance with high ISO capabilities. The camera shows that Nikon is working very hard to make better DSLRs.

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Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 5)

I’ve enjoyed my time with the Nikon D7000. It is a quick, easy-to-use camera, with comfortable controls and a nice set of features. Nikon has created a compelling new lineup of cropped-sensor “prosumer” cameras, with the D3100, D5000, and D7000. The D7000 gives up only a little ground to its D300s big brother, including a beefier body, faster frame rate, more autofocus points, and a few ergonomic upgrades (like a dedicated autofocus button). The D7000, however, doesn’t feel dumbed down or cheap. It has proven to be a great camera, one that I was happy to have along to both professional shoots and family outings.

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Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 4)

The Nikon D7000 is a sturdy camera of modest size (for a DSLR). With easy creative controls, a wide dynamic range, great autofocus, and a wide selection of available lenses, it’ll make a great vacation camera. To the classic Nikon “prosumer” niche (think D70, D80, D90…) the D7000 adds fun, easy, and respectable video recording, with autofocus and optional manual control. It’s a great camera for a day in the city, which is exactly how we’ve tested it on Day 4!

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Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 3)

The Pentax K-5, Mamiya RZ33, and Nikon D3 (from front to back)

The Nikon D7000 is a nimble camera, tough and straight forward. It has Nikon’s trademark field-ready ruggedness. It also has the right tools to work in a studio, with only a couple features, Nikon has reserved for more expensive models. Certainly, when working with studio strobes, it’s important to have manual exposure, manual white balance, and a way to trip the flashes (I used an Elinchrom Skyport wireless trigger which slide’s onto the D7000‘s standard hot shoe).

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ISO Torture Test: Pentax K-5 vs. Nikon D7000, which is better?


There has been some debate, on this site and on others, about the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. Both are new on the market, packed with their respective company’s hottest new features including 16+ CMOS sensors that deliver wide dynamic capture, great color, and smooth detail. Both have made favorable impressions with reviewers, including myself. To address some of the comments we’ve been getting regarding grain and image quality, as well as to satisfy my own curiosity, I decided to set up a little informal test up to push both cameras to the extremes of high ISO and noise and the results are pretty interesting.

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Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 2)

My first outing with the Nikon D7000 was to the grand opening of Mountain View, CA’s Computer History Museum. Working with a good friend, Shawn Clark of Versatile Light in Miami, FL, I ran a red carpet photo studio with on-site printing. The very hip event was an excellent test for the camera, with drastically mixed lighting, and a strong color palate. While not distracted with pesky clients, I was able to cruise around with Nikon’s newest DSLR and put it to the test. Continue reading…

Field Test: The Nikon D7000 (Day 1)

I’ve enjoyed spending time with our new Nikon D7000. It’s a great camera with a thoughtful and innovative feature set. It is thoroughly capable and easy to operate. Nikon has used the camera to start a new naming convention and also to introduce a couple control layout changes that show this is a carefully designed offering from the company. Continue reading…

What Snowpocalypse Taught Me About My Photography

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160) Aperture f/8.0 Focal Length 44 mm ISO Speed 200

To end 2010, Mother Nature gave the North East Corridor of the United States its fourth blizzard. It was amusing to me because not many days earlier we posted 10 Winter Photography Tips That Everyone Should Know. The snow came thick and fast, blanketing the region. In New Jersey, where I live, a state of emergency was declared. I had to go to work anyway. It was an adventure and I got to put my photography skills and tricks to the test. My day started with low light shoveling. Then I did the commute to work, and then the commute home. Through all of this, I was capturing images.

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