Camera Fans Are One of the Worst Parts of Photography

I’m a user of various camera systems. If you’re on the Phoblographer’s reviews team, then you’re bound to be a brand agnostic. You can use pretty much any camera and camera system that’s thrown at you. And over the years, I’ve seen cults of camera fans become a very ugly part of photography. For anyone that’s shot for years, this isn’t anything new. But the culture around camera fans and loyalties are awful, divisive things that get in the way of making better pictures and having a more sustainable photo industry.

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Could a Digital Pentax 67 Make Us Fall in Love with DSLRs Again?

There is no doubt in my mind that, if there is one company barely hanging in there in the photo industry, it’s Pentax. They haven’t made the monumental mistakes Nikon has in the past, but they’ve run into a lot of unfortunate events. Hoya more or less gutted them a little more than a decade ago. Samsung never ended up buying them. And the Ricoh company hasn’t done much with Pentax. But now, they’re starting to make an effort with building more factories. If anything can grab our attention again, it would be something different: like a digital Pentax 67.

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Shoot Kodak Gold 200 with These Great Medium Format Cameras

If you’re as excited about the new Kodak Gold 200 120 like a lot of film photographers are, then you’re probably considering getting a new camera to shoot with it. Lots of beautiful images can be made with Kodak Gold. In the 120 format, you’re bound to get even better colors than in the 35mm format that it’s been known for for years. Luckily for you, we’ve got some tips and a list of our favorite medium format cameras right here for you. Better yet, we’ve tested all these cameras ourselves.

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The Best Film SLR Cameras for the New Film Shooter in 2022

The pandemic turned photographers back to film in droves. If you’re looking for the best film SLR cameras to choose from while you’re just getting into film, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve reviewed a whole lot of them over the years we’ve been around. And more importantly, the options we’re choosing in this list suit a slew of criteria. A lot of them have mechanical shutters. Some of them don’t, but then we recommend that you not spend an arm and a leg. But most importantly, we’ve done full and thorough reviews on all these cameras. Dive in with us!

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7 Years Later, the Pentax 645Z Is Now Supported in Capture One

Today, Capture One 21 is getting several enhancements ahead of the release of Capture One 22. To kick this off, some users will see a 500% collection load-speed improvement. I’ve known about this in beta for a while, but didn’t test it. I’m pretty sure that the folks who will see the most significant changes are using Apple M1 laptops. Then there are improvements with both Sigma and Fujifilm tethering. Capture One let us know exclusively about another big one: the Pentax 645Z will finally be supported.

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Pentax: Two Years Ago, You Got it Really, Really Wrong

Back in 2019, Ricoh believed that some folks would leave mirrorless cameras and return to DSLRs.

I know that Pentax fans and readers will be furious. But people come to this website because we often voice our informed opinions. In this case, Ricoh seriously messed up. We can start with how they haven’t created a mirrorless camera and continue to produce DSLRs. But we’re choosing to hit home on an article from a few years ago. Further, I wish and hope that Ricoh Pentax finally wakes up and realizes a major problem that they can fix.

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Why We Need a Beautiful, Retro-Style Digital Camera with a Top LCD

There are many times where I just want to look down at the screen and shoot.

Think about the schools of thought which use dedicated cameras. They use either the viewfinder to shoot or the LCD screen. And the LCD screen is used in a variety of different ways. Time and time again, I really just want the old-school medium format style magnified finder. You, of course, know what I’m talking about. It’s when you look down into the camera, and there is a hood with a magnification prism. It’s standard on TLR cameras and things like the Mamiya RB67. But I really think that it’s time that digital camera manufacturers make one. Follow me into a dream, if you will!

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Opinion: The DSLR Is Dead, and Supporting it Is Useless

It’s time to let go of the DSLR because it’s dead and over with.

Let’s round up a few facts in this post. The DSLR is dead. A while back, Canon said they weren’t going to make any new DSLRs or EF Lenses unless there’s a demand. Nikon has dropped most of their DSLR line and is committed to mirrorless. And Sony officially discontinued their A-mount products. It took way, way too long for all this to happen. Mirrorless was the future back then, and it’s the standard today. Lots of professional photographers still shoot with DSLRs, but DSLRs are massively inferior. You can’t tell me that a DSLR is built like a Leica SL2s. And you can’t make me believe a Canon Rebel is lighter than a Sony a6700. But there are two brands that are still holding out as far as we know. 

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Don’t Sell Your DSLR Lenses, Give Them New Life

Put your DSLR lenses on a film camera and give them new life.

Of course, you could adapt them to your mirrorless camera. But generally speaking, your DSLR lenses are too big for your mirrorless camera. Instead, why not consider getting back into film? DSLRs were the direct evolution of film cameras. And if you really want to keep using them, it just makes sense to use them on another format. Maybe you’ve never shot film. I’ll judge you for a bit, but you really should. It teaches you so much about shooting and photography that you wouldn’t know otherwise. I’m not saying that you should shoot only film, of course. But you’ll see how you start creating differently.

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Super Stars: 3 Digital Cameras with Astrophotography in Their Blood

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With features designed to make astrophotography easy, these digital cameras should be no-brainers for Astro fans.

There are cameras out there designed to make specific genres of photography easy. There are cameras designed for wildlife, sports, portraiture, and more. Believe it or not, there are even cameras designed just for Astrophotography. Whether you like capturing the Milky Way, deep space objects, or star trails, these cameras will help you do it all with ease. If you’re ready to shoot the stars, check out these three incredible cameras.

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There’s Been a Big Decline in DSLR Sales During the Pandemic

While Mirrorless camera sales have suffered, but DSLR sales have dropped off so much that the end for them might be close.

Let’s not beat around the bush here. The DSLR is dying. It pains me to say that because I’m a huge DSLR fan. I will, of course, still be able to use my DSLRs for many years. Still, recent sales figures show that the platform is dying a quick death. The pandemic has ravaged the camera industry, and there have been huge drops in sales across the board, but just wait until you see the DSLR sales numbers. After the break, we’ll discuss the latest numbers from CIPA, and we’ll ready ourselves to say farewell to DSLRs.

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The Story of the Rare $10,000 Golden Pentax LX Camera

The Pentax LX was a really cool camera, and it comes in gold!

We try to find really, really cool things here on The Phoblographer. Our Vintage series is all about that. And the latest search bore quite a bit of fruit. At the same time, it’s also the ultimate paradox. We can all agree that this is a camera you’d never want to bring outside with you. Instead, it would stay in a safe or under some thick glass. But if you know anything about the Pentax LX, you’d wonder why they did this. Another part of your brain might lust for it.

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You’d Never Guess What Cameras We’re Using for Fun

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed what cameras we use for fun.

We test cameras every month. But there are some that really, truly stand out to us more than others. These are the ones that we jive with. They’re our favorites. And specifically, we use them for fun. Being a professional camera tester isn’t easy, but we continue to love photography. So when we just want to have a bit of fun, we use a few key cameras. In this latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we show you what we’re smitten with right now.

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Ultra-Wide Zooms: 5 Affordable Options You’ll Want To Use All the Time

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Ultra-wide zooms are spectacular lenses. Honestly, they’re one zoom that we recommend all photographers have in their lens bag. Ultra-wide zooms are perfect for landscapes, cityscapes, astrophotography, environmental portraits, architectural photography, and so much more. We recently took a look at 5 premium ultra-wide zooms that all landed around the $2,000 and up mark. However, there are plenty of fantastic options that have much lower costs of entry. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at five ultra-wide zooms that are relatively affordable, and that will deliver images that will make you grin from ear to ear.

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You’ll Have Lucid Dreams About This Wonderful Pentax Camera

I think creating another Pentax mirrorless camera would be pretty easy for them to do.

I’m about to propose an idea that’s positively insane. First off, it involves Pentax. They’re a camera company with an incredibly rich history. If you’re a film shooter, you probably swear by your Pentax 67. And currently, they’re choosing to simply stick to DSLRs. Why? I’m not sure. Gear Editor Brett Day I know still likes his Pentax DSLRs. But I’m visually impaired and have been long over them. Reviews Editor Hillary Grigonis still owns a Nikon DSLR. Overall, there’s a minority of folks who still like them. However, I think that Pentax gave up prematurely on mirrorless cameras. Their last solid entry was the Pentax K-01. It was oddly received at the time with its APS-C sensor inside a K-mount body. We liked it back in the day, according to our review. I believe it’s time for Pentax to bring it back.

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The 10 Most Popular Cameras of 2020 Per Flickr’s Camera Finder

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Flickr has seen a bit of a resurgence in 2020. The photo-sharing platform has turned into a buzzing community again. I have been using Flickr to personally catalog my images and to interact with other photographers. So far, it has been great. After going through my account and getting things set up, I decided to dive into the website’s metrics to see what the most popular traditional digital cameras per Flickr’s camera finder are. Aside from smartphones (which take the top spots), you might be surprised to learn that DSLRs are still king. Mirrorless cameras are very much the flavor of the month, but there are so many DSLRs still out there. Still, Mirrorless cameras aren’t far behind. After the break, we’ll show you the ten most popular cameras in 2020 based on figures from Flickr.

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Curved Sensors Could Really Shake Up the Faltering Camera Industry

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Let’s face it; after a good few years of Sony innovating in the camera space, things have suddenly come to a screeching halt. In the last two years, there have not been any real major improvements to modern Mirrorless cameras. Sure, sensors pack more megapixels, autofocus systems are a bit faster, and EVF technology and video technology have improved too. However, the updates to these systems have all been incremental. None of them really stand out as being innovative. Now, though, news has emerged about curved sensors going into mass production. What could this mean for the camera industry, and will we see them anytime soon? Let’s talk about this.

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The 20 Most Popular Cameras with Our Readers in 2020

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Wow, we’ve almost made it to the end of 2020. What a wild year this has been. Still, even with everything that has been going on, we were blessed with lots of new cameras. And you, our readers, have been busy adding new gear to your collections. If you didn’t know, we recap what the most popular cameras have been at the end of every month. These roundups are compiled based on how many units of each camera our readers have purchased. Now, we’re ready to show you the most popular cameras of 2020. Some of the most popular cameras will come as no surprise. Still, there are some fascinating inclusions on this list.

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An Ode to the Cutest Digital Cameras Ever Made: The Pentax Q Series

The Pentax Q series of cameras were in some ways a horrible idea that didn’t embrace their toy-like nature enough.

If you’ve been in the photo industry for around a decade, you probably remember this cutie: the Pentax Q series. These cameras were all about being tiny and fun, but they didn’t embrace it fully. This was a toy camera that tried to do all the things bigger cameras could at a time when the technology wasn’t available yet. And that’s sad. If it were around today and it embraced its flaws, the Pentax Q could be an incredibly fun camera system.

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5 Rugged Cameras That Are Hot Performers In the Cold

These Mirrorless cameras can work in extremely cold conditions longer than you can.

There has been a lot of talk about cameras when they get too hot in 2020. Did you know that it’s not just the heat you need to worry about, though? We’re just a short time away from blistering cold temperatures. The cold, just like the heat, can shut your camera down and can put you out of commission in a snap! If you’re a photographer who shoots out in the extremes and you need rugged cameras that can brave the cold, this roundup is for you. After the break, we’ll share five rugged cameras that will still perform flawlessly in the extreme cold this winter.

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The 5 Most Popular Cameras with Our Readers During October

Some of the most popular cameras during the month of October might surprise you.

Ten months down, two to go! We’ve almost made it through 2020. Hallelujah! Still, even with everything going on, our readers have been giving plenty of cameras new homes. At the end of every month, we take a quick look at the most popular cameras. How do we decide which cameras are the most popular? We look at our sales data to see which cameras you have been snapping up. This month, there are a couple on the list that may surprise you.

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