How and When I Knew that It Was Time to Upgrade Cameras and Lenses

I grew up in a household where unlike many others in the neighborhood, had digital point and shoots. Instead, my late and technologically inept mother kept disposable cameras close to her heart. My college graduation in 2009, my high school graduation in 2005, my birthdays--they were all caught on film that's now sadly gone due to destruction.

You Can Donate Your Old Camera Gear to Help At-Risk Children

Sony is partnering with thePhoto Startfoundation to encourage people to donate used (and new) working cameras, lenses, and accessories to help at-risk children around the world. The project uses photography to teach and improve self-reliance, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

Review: Capture One 11 (A Blend of Lightroom and Photoshop in One Program)

I've been a Capture One convert for a while now as all our testing involves running RAW files and more through the program. It's simply a better piece of software than Lightroom is; and at this point both versions of Adobe Lightroom feel way too pedestrian for the type of work that I'm doing.

Cheap Photo: Now Is the Time, Get your MOMENT

The best thing about this time of year is the sales, and even if the majority of the money we spend on these savings is for others, that doesn't mean we can't have a deal or two that we take advantage of for ourselves.

Win For Nikon? Sony A7R III Ties D850 on DxOMark

Regardless of how you feel about DxOMark and their camera sensor rankings, the fact is that these numbers are an interesting peek into how one sensor may stack up against another. Probably the two biggest launches of the year in 2017 has been the Nikon D850 and the Sony A7R III.

The Ultimate Mirrorless Camera and Education Guide For 2017

So, as we recently did with most of the camera systems that we cover regularly, we are going to continue putting together these series of ultimate guides based on the various tutorials and lists, and guides that we produced on various topics throughout the last year.

Sony Completes Pro Memory Card Line-up With New CFast Range

Ultra-fast G Series CFast memory cards with up to 510MB/s write speed for photographers and videographers (ASIA PACIFIC, 28 November 2017) Sony today announced the launch of a range of high performance CFast memory cards designed to meet the needs of professional photographers and videographers. The new G Series CFast responds to the ever Read more...

How Much of Minolta is Still in Sony? An Analysis

Sony is a company that in some ways, came out of the blue when it comes to photography. Years ago they bought the Minolta camera business and therefore the Alpha lineup of lenses and cameras. Since then, they've made it evolve over time.

Review: Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm f2.8 Lens (Sony E Mount)

The revamped Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm f2. 8 Lens has been around for a little while now, and it will mostly appeal to the photographers that like the look of old vintage lenses. Indeed, these lenses have different coatings and construction than many modern optics which are designed to be super sterile and sharp.

The Ultimate Sony E Mount Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

We have posted a lot of great Sony guides here over the last year regarding everything from cameras to lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If youre looking for an easy place to get some information on Sonys E-Mount system then you are in the right place.

Similar but Different, the 28mm vs 35mm Debate

It is a question that you may have found yourself asking at some point over the years, 28mm or 35mm? These are two focal lengths that render somewhat similar fields of view, have similar distortion characteristics and are generally around the same size.

First Impressions: Sigma 16mm F1.4 Contemporary (E-Mount)

Sigma recently unveiled their 16mm F1.4 for Sony E-Mount (designed for APS-C sensors) and Micro Four Thirds. While at Photo Plus Expo 2017 Sigma was showing off their new 16mm and we had a chance to play with the lens so here are our initial impressions on it.

Sony is Now More Popular Than Nikon at LensRentals

Canon and Nikon, watch out: Sony is on the rise. Just months after Sony claimed the #2 spot for full-frame interchangeable lens camera sales in the United States, Sony has also passed Nikon at the largest online camera gear rental business in the US.

Making the Most of Mirrorless Cameras: An Introduction

When it comes down to it, theres nothing magical about the mirror in traditional SLR cameras. While it performs a very specific function, the mirror isntrequiredto take a photograph, and plenty of cameras in the pre- and post-digital eras already operate mirror-free.

PONF Multiback Camera Claims To Let You Shoot Film And Digital

The worlds love affair with Film is far from over if the return of Kodaks Ektachrome or the popularity of film emulation presets is not clued enough. But another new project aims to take that to another level, with a camera that featuring interchangeable backs, one capable of shooting film and the other digital.

Cheap Photo: Save Big On Canons 7D Mark II and Panasonics GX8 (and more!)

Canon's 7D Mark II and Panasonic's GH4 are two really popular options right now for photographers, and right now both are available for great deals over on Amazon. But that isn't all, T5i Kit deals are nice (if you aren't set on a newwww camera) and the GX8 is also a good deal right now.

So Uhhhhh, The Minolta Brand is Back and Making Cameras?!

One of the brands of cameras that you would absolutely never think would come back from the dead is Minolta; but according to Photo Rumors your lack of belief in zombies is wrong! Elite Brands, the makers of both Rokinon and Samyang, has seemingly struck a sort of licensing agreement to use the name brand.

Fotodiox Pros New PRONTO Adapter Gives Your Vintage Lenses AF on Sony Mirrorless

It is no secret that one of the best advantages of mirrorless over traditional DSLR systems is the ease of adapting various lenses to your camera. You can use really old vintages lenses for a unique look and feel with ease, but the one thing that you always give up when you use these old lenses is Auto Focus but Fotodiox Pro doesnt want that to be the case anymore (at least on Sony mirrorless) thanks to their new PRONTO lens adapter.

Cheap Photo: Last Call On The Lightroom Preset Mega-Deal

We first shared this lightroom preset deal a few weeks ago, but time is running out on this limited time deal. The deal is over at PhotoWhoa and includes color presets, black and white presets, film look presets, just about every type of preset you can imagine, this pack has it all and it is only $50, so if you are interested now is the time grab it before its gone forever.

Review: Canon Rebel T7i

If you're a person that has been looking to just get into photography, there's a strong chance that you've considered the Canon Rebel T7i. The Canon Rebel lineup of cameras often sell well due to Canon's name, bundles, and aggressive marketing/pricing.

Ultra Budget Bokeh: 10 Creamy Lenses That Wont Break Your Bank

We all love bokeh, after all, what's not to like?! Actually, there is quite a bit not to like in the form of digits on the price tag. The best bokeh is not a cheap thing to attain, but with that said, bokeh is hardly extremely expensive either.

Cheap Photo: Samyang FE 35mm and More Great Items On Sale

Time for another check in on the deals front! Today we have a great selection of deals ranging from fun accessories to some affordable lenses. Additionally, many of the Fujifilm and Panasonic deals that we mentioned in our previous most recent cheap photo check-ins, so make sure and check those out still as well if you have been thinking about it. They likely won't last much longer.

Cheap Photo: Deals on Panasonic, Nikon, Lexar, Rokinon and Sony

Time for another check-in on the currently available deals and sales across the industry. This is always a post to catch if you are on the market for some new equipment, as we all know, this profession/hobby is not cheap and any penny saved could end up a penny earned.

Is a Nikon Mirrorless Full Frame F Mount Camera Possible?

Years ago, Nikon tried something really courageous with the Nikon Df--but if the company were to create a brand new Nikon Mirrorless Full Frame F Mount camera, it would be an announcement that would genuinely shake up the industry.

Could The Citograph 35mm Lens Be The Grab And Go Lens For Street Photographers?

The Citograph 35mm is a new campaign over on Kickstarter by the team at C. P. Goerz. The idea behind the project is to address the issue that we mentioned above that is needing to carry your standalone camera with enormous lenses or carry big and awkward accessory lenses which complicate the smartphone photography process.

Could the Citograph 35mm Lens Be the Grab and Go Lens for Street Photographers?

The Citograph 35mm is a new campaign over on Kickstarter by the team at C. P. Goerz. The idea behind the project is to address the issue that we mentioned above that is needing to carry your standalone camera with enormous lenses or carry big and awkward accessory lenses which complicate the smartphone photography process.

Ahmad Sultan: Northern Pakistan in Crispy Black and White

I got my first camera long before I knew what to do with it. It was nearly 20 years ago, and I used it to document mostly class trips and sports days in school. My first serious foray into the photography world was in freshman year of college.

The Last Call Fathers Day Deal Roundup

Fathers Day, the one day each year where celebrate the men that brought us into this world. Men love their gear and their gadgets, and as you would expect, this means there are some killer deals going on right now as companies compete to try and win some of the many Fathers Day dollars that will be spent.

Deal Alert: Big Savings on Sony Cameras and Lenses

There are a ton of lens and camera deals flying around right now. Nikon, Fujifilm, Rokinon, all have some great deals going on, but featured in our post today we are taking a look at some great savings on Sony lenses that can currently be had:

Vintage Camera Review: Minolta Maxxum 7 (Minolta a7)

No, this isn't the Sony a7, but the Minolta a7 is perhaps one of the best film Alpha mount cameras that you can still get your hands on used. While the Minolta a9 is considered the flagship, there are features built into the Minolta a7 that can make it much more appealing.

Cheap Photo: More Deals Ahead of Fathers Day

Men like their gadgets, and that includes cameras, tech, and related items. This fact is not lost on the industry so as we eek closer to Fathers Day more and more deals of note have begun to pop up. Here are some that stood out to us in the crowd:

Why Small Film Cameras Are The Ultimate Every Day Camera

This addiction of mine began a few years ago and continues into today; it helped spur a movement. Remember a few years ago how Fujifilm came onto the scene with cameras that had retro aesthetics, looked gorgeous and actually functioned well while doing it nowhere as expensive as Leica? Then Olympus hopped on board.

The Profoto B1X Is Promising the Widest HSS Flash Range, More Power

Profoto isn't calling the new Profoto B1X monolight an update, but instead it's a replacement in a pretty big way. Most importantly, the Profoto B1X is offering a lot more LED Modeling light power (which works great double duty for video) and 50% more power overall.

Cheap Photo: Portable Beauty Dishes on Sale

If you want to get out of the studio with your portraiture than having some easily portable lighting in your kit is essential. A great modifier for portraiture is the beauty dish thanks to the beautiful light that they produce.

Cheap Photo: Lots of Fujifilm Camera Savings Right Here

As photographers, not only are we always needing more storage to hold our digital images, but we are needing better ways to backup that data within our various workflows. One of the best ways to do this is with a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that allows you to backup the data on your computer to a separate location within your home (or in some cases offsite).

4 Fixed Lens Cameras You Can Actually Use As Your Primary Shooter

It's easy for those of us with interchangeable lens cameras to look at fixed lens cameras with a bit of a scoff as we think to ourselves about how limiting and basic they are. It is true, for a long time fixed lens cameras were very much a staple of the consumer, and therefor less advanced, segment of the camera market.

Panasonics Digital Camera Business Named in Dwindling Profit Report

It's pretty insane to think that very soon, a very big camera manufacturer could fall--or at least that's what being hinted at with a new report about Panasonic's dwindling profits. In fact, six of the businesses under Panasonic aren't doing so great and one of those listed is the digital camera business.

Cheap Photo: Save Hundreds Off the Phottix Indra360!

TTL studio strobes are all of the rage these days in lighting circles and Phottix's Indra series is one of the more affordable options on the market that has been getting some good reviews. Currently you can pick up the Indra360 for over $400 off, a crazy good deal if you have been in the market for a set of these.

Cheap Photo: Nikon, Fuji, Sony Announce New Savings

Father's Day is coming up and if you are looking to get your hands on the next addition to your father's photography kit then you are in luck because several companies including Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm have just launched new savings on some of their most popular gear.

Cheap Photo: Rokinon Blowout Sale!

Rokinon has developed a reputation for great image quality and even better prices. Today we are excited to share these incredible blowout deals on some of Rokinon's most popular lenses, which were already great deals in their own right.

Cheap Photo: Panasonic, Sony and Fujifilm Savings For All!

Not to be outdone by Sony and Fujifilm, Panasonic has some deals going on right now as well on some of their excellent micro four thirds cameras and lenses. If you have been thinking about jumping into the Panasonic system, then maybe now is a good time.

Sonys Budget $600 85mm f/1.8 Lens Can Keep Up with $1,200+ Lenses

If you’re looking for an 85mm portrait lens for your Sony full-frame e-mount camera, you should seriously consider the ‘budget’ FE 85mm f/1.8 Sony announced back in February. It might have seemed like an afterthought, but this $600 lens can keep up with glass more than twice its price. Photographer Manny Ortiz recently got his […]

The Photographers Guide to Budget Friendly Portrait Lenses

Photography is for sure one of the most popular niches of photography, with many people getting into photography specifically to learn how to shoot better portraits. This not only makes portrait photography a popular starting point for beginners but also a popular target for lens manufacturers when designing lenses.

Portrait Lens Shootout: Sony 85mm f/1.4 vs 70-200mm f/2.8

What’s better for portraits? Is it the versatility of a great 70-200mm f/2. 8 zoom lens, or the bright bokeh-tastic performance of a solid 85mm f/1. 4 lens? That’s what photographer Manny Ortiz set out to discover this week.

Photojournalists Ask Camera Brands for Encrypted Cameras

A new open letter signed by over 150 filmmakers and photojournalists is asking major camera companies to build encryption features into digital cameras and the photos they produce. The letter was published today by the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which “protects and defends adversarial journalism in the 21st century.” They were sent directly to […]

Cheap Photo: Getting Ready For Those Holiday Vibes

It's not quite peak gift shopping time yet, but the deals are coming, fast an furious. Some are limited time, so make sure to check them out and check back often for the latest deals so you don't miss out on the deal of the season.

Five Fast Focusing 50mm Lenses For Mirrorless Cameras

One of the most popular lens focal lengths out there is the 50mm--but they're sometimes worthless if they can't focus quickly. Whether you're a professional or hobbyist photographer, there isn't a reason why you wouldn't want to have a fast focusing 50.

Incredible Deal: The Sony FE 50mm F1.8 for $198!

Sony's FE 5omm F/1.8 is not only one of the best deals in the FE lineup right now, it is also a killer lens in terms of image quality. Amazon has an insane deal on this lens right now bringing the price tag under $200, down from the already great normal price of $250.

Cheap Photo: Panasonics LX100 Is A Killer Deal Right Now

The Panasonic LX100 is one of our favorite semi-pocketable compact cameras. This class of high end compacts offer great image quality and build quality, while also being incredibly compact and portable, making them great travel and family cameras for when the full DSLR/Mirrorless kit is just overkill.

Cheap Photo: Major Panasonic LX100 Deal, Save over $240

In terms of compact fixed lens cameras, one of the best out there right now is the Panasonic LX100 series, and for those interested you can get it for a great deal! Normally around the $800 mark this killer compact camera is currently on sale for under $550, but hurry, this one likely won't last long.

Sony Keeps Its Best Sensors for Its Own Cameras

Sony is one of the heavyweights in the camera sensor business and a company that produces sensors for rival camera companies, including Nikon. But when it comes to Sony’s best sensor designs, the company apparently keeps those precious sensors exclusively in-house for its own cameras.

Cheap Photo: Clock is Running Out on Holiday Deals

Well people, it is officially go time with just under two weeks until Christmas, if you have any more holiday shopping to do online you had better be doing it soon. As we all know shipping this time of year is a mess, and while 2 weeks is normally plenty of time to get something without pyaing for expitited shipping, this is the one time of year where that gets thrown out the window.

Phoblographer Breakfast: Our Favorite Pancake Lenses

Camera, just like breakfast, are better with pancakes, and so the theme of this post today is pancake lenses. Specifically, some of our favorites that we have reviewed over the years. Pancake lenses are a great way to keep your kit small and nimble for things like street photography or travel photography. Lets get into it.

Meet the A6500, Sonys New Flagship APS-C Mirrorless

Sony's A6300 is one of the top performing APS-C cameras on the market, and is right up there with the likes of Fujifilm's X-Pro2 and X-T2 in many respects, but Sony has a new flagship APS-C offering it unveiled this morning, the new A6500.