Here Are the Advantages a Messenger Bag Has for Photographers

Most photographers swear by their messenger bags.

How does the saying go? You can pry it from my cold, dead hands, right? Well, that’s how some photographers feel about their messenger bags. Messenger bags have a unique appeal to those who want to be more fashionable or old school. They’re very functional and have lots of uses. The wider ones can act as a platform for doing other things. They also can hold all the gear you really need. We’ve reviewed a ton of them over the past decade. So in this infographic, you’ll learn what we’ve come to know.

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The New Sigma 100-400mm for Sony FE Makes Us Really Wonder

The new Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a lot more affordable than the Sony G Master option.

We’ve been testing the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM on the Sony a7r IV for a little while now. It’s making us wonder whether it’s worth it over the G Master option. It’s a lot more affordable for sure, but you’re sacrificing a few things. So, we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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The Ten Sharpest Lenses You Can Buy According to DXOMark (01/2019)

If you’re looking for some new glass, you should check out the top ten lenses that have been given high scores by DXOMark.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as getting some new glass for your camera. Buying good quality lenses is incredibly important, after all they will determine if you’ll be able to get razor sharp shots or create the bokeh you may desire. Lenses are also incredibly expensive so it’s worth doing your research. Fortunately sites like DXO Mark can be used to see how the lenses you’re interested in perform. There results provided on the top ten lenses aren’t the be all end all, but the information you can get from DXO Mark can help you make a decision that’s right for you. Join us after the break to see the top ten lenses you can buy according to DXOMark.

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Size Comparison: Fujifilm GFX 50R, Mamiya 6, Fujifilm GW 690 III

We put the Fujifilm GFX 50R, Mamiya 6, and the Fujifilm GW 690 III all next to each other to show a size comparison.

For those really interested in what the Fujifilm GFX 50R is like, we’ve got a size comparison for you. If you’ve ever held a Mamiya 6, then you know this camera is bigger. If you’ve ever held a GW690 III, then you know this camera is smaller. For what it’s worth though, the lenses on the film cameras are much smaller than the digital lenses on the Fujifilm GFX 50R.

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The 2018 Phoblographer’s Editor’s Choice Awards: Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Sigma and More!

We’ve tested out a whole lot of cool new products this year. Want to know what our favorites were?

2018 was a pretty interesting year for cameras, lenses, and more. It’s a Photokina year and arguably the last really good one we’ll see for a while. But that also means many manufacturers save their top of the line products for the end of the year. In some cases, they’re yet not even available. But we scoured through our Reviews Index to find some of our favorite cameras, lenses, bags, lights, etc.

Without further adieu, we’re going to dive into it (in no particular order)!

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Kodak ProImage 100 Film: Neutral Skin Tones, Sharp Detail, and Gorgeous Greens

Portrait photographer Max Heinrich does portrait and street shoots to test the Kodak ProImage 100 and reviews it favorably.

Kodak released the Kodak ProImage 100 35mm film to select markets, including Asia and Latin America in 1997, but – surprise, surprise – it wasn’t until around the middle of this year that it finally made the emulsion widely available in Europe. Of course, Munich, Germany-based photographer Max Heinrich of the YouTube channel Analog Insights quickly snapped up a few rolls to see what fuss is all about for himself.

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Studio C-41 Explores The Phoblographer’s Top 10 Film Gear Reviews

We can’t assure you won’t be G.A.S.-stricken after plowing through our favorite film gear reviews!

Our very own Chris Gampat very recently had a fun chat with Bill Manning for the latest Studio C-41 podcast, and we want to share with our readers what went down. After talking about Chris’ beginnings and how he got started with The Phoblographer, they dug deep into the main event: his top 10 film gear reviews.

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5 Irresistible Portrait Lenses for Nikon DSLR Photographers

Beyond Canon there probably isn’t a more well known photography brand than Nikon, the big two have been dukeing it out in this field for decades. We have already covered Canon’s portrait lenses, so today we take a look at Nikon and share our picks for some of our favorite portrait lenses in the Nikon F mount.

Before get started, I would like to note though that these lenses are not in any particular order, this isn’t a ranking or stat sheet, it’s just meant to provide some good direction for Nikon shooters who are looking into portrait options. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Eight Beautiful 50mm Lenses for Portraits

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus lens review product images (6 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

While the 85mm lens is very popular amongst the portrait photography community, some folks prefer to reach for the 50mm focal length. Some do this because they use an APS-C sensor camera while others just genuinely prefer the wider field of view. In general though, we’ve tested this and much prefer the 85mm focal length.

Based on requests and searches on our site, we decided to search our Reviews Index and round up some of our favorite 50mm lenses for portrait photography. Each one has a pull quote from our reviews along with a sample image. For the absolute best results with any lens though, work with the color channels in Lightroom.

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Eight Fantastic 85mm Lenses for Portrait Photographers

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (1 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

The 85mm lens–it’s a classic and one of the most popular focal lengths for portrait photographers. This focal length is highly valued for many reasons–but above all else it compresses the view of the portrait subject just enough to render them flattering while allowing the photographer to maintain a close, intimate proximity to the subject. Beyond this, everyone loves bokeh and focal lengths like this offer lots of it.

We’ve scoured our Reviews Index to find and compile some of our favorite 85mm lenses just for you and have also included sample images from each of our reviews.

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We’ve Updated Our Sigma Prime Lens Guide! Go Take a Look!

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (3 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma is arguably the finest lens manufacturer at this current time, and we’ve been hard at work reviewing all of their lenses. But it’s the primes that fascinate us the most, and that’s why we’ve added to our Sigma Prime Lens guide.

Most recently, we’ve added the 24mm f1.4–which we found to be a solid lens overall and even sharper than the 35mm f1.4 Art. Plus it has wonderful bokeh.

In the guide, you’ll also find much older lenses, extreme telephoto lenses, and much more that have been tested by us over the years. Want to see how the newer 50mm f1.4 Art compares to the older version? Go take a look!

We hope you enjoy the Sigma Prime Lens guide and we will continue to update it as time goes on.

Long Term Test: Canon 7D Vs Nikon D300s

Both the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D have been reviewed in different situations and at different times. However, when a review is complete, there are still issues that arise with the cameras way afterward. After using both for a prolonged period of time, this is the posting that will weigh the pros and cons of each camera against one another after they have been used in conditions and situations that most users of these cameras will find themselves in. Further, problems that did not arise before will now be noted.

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