Let’s Talk About Gear

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 18)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

It was at a party a few weeks ago here in Istanbul that I asked a working photojournalist what she shoots with. Given that she’s worked in conflict zones, I was curious about her equipment. “Canon,” she told me. I pushed the line of inquiry a bit further and asked, “5D Mark II? Mark III?” She replied, “Yeah, 5D.” That essentially ended the conversation, and it wasn’t the first time a photographer’s given me a vague answer about gear. On many occasions, I’ve heard that it’s not about the camera, it’s about the person holding the camera, and that’s true. Yet, without the camera, we would all just be folks with an eye for composition and a natural sense of light, and the visual record of the past 150 years or so would be virtually nonexistent. The subtext underlying the resistance to talking about gear seems to be that it’s somehow amateurish and unimportant, and that notion is hogwash.

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Op/Ed: Is A Full Frame Mirrorless Camera An Option For a Portrait or Wedding Photographer

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 A7r RX10 Zeiss Lenses (10 of 31)During Photo Plus Expo 2013, I started a debate with several photographers on the viability of  full frame mirrorless cameras for portrait and wedding photographers. We got to play with the New Sony A7 & A7R and we started think about how cameras like these would affect us. While technically and quality wise, the A7 and A7r can measure up to cameras like the Canon 5D MK III or Nikon D800, these camera are cosmetically different. While people should not judge books by their covers, many will. We talked about this, a lot. Here are a few of the things we talked about.

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