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Allan Weitz

Allan Weitz

A graduate of the High School of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Allan Weitz started taking pictures when digital meant doing something with your fingers. Currently the host of the B&H Photography Podcast and a member of the B&H Explora writing team, his work has appeared in (and on the covers of) dozens of publications, including New York magazine, Philadelphia magazine, Esquire, GQ, Yachting, and Nautical Quarterly.

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1 day ago
I have long been attracted to cameras that appeal to my sense of aesthetics, ideals of functionality, or simply because they “talked” to me. With the exception of a few cameras that no longer function due to fragility, frozen shutters, or the lack of film, I still take pictures with many of these cameras. Seneca Uno 4x5 Chautauqua (1903) If you went to a camera store in 1903 and asked for a...
2 days ago
Over the past few years, many cameras have been marketed as fashion accessories. Many point-and-shoots, not to mention high-end compacts and consumer DSLRs, have been available in a choice of colors—designed to match one’s wardrobe. Novel and bold as this might appear, the concept is far from new. In the 1920s, around the time F. Scott Fitzgerald was publishing The Great Gatsby, Eastman Kodak...
2 weeks ago
I have long had a penchant for small, high-performance cameras; especially small high-performance cameras with wider-angle lenses. I’ve wanted an X70 from the moment I first saw one. The Fujifilm X70, the company’s smallest and lightest X-series camera to date, features a fixed 28mm...
1 month ago
I’ve been a fan of pocketsize cameras for years. Aside from the fact that there’s little excuse for not having one with you at all times, the pictures they take can be pretty remarkable, and despite any performance and imaging deficiencies point-and-shoots often have compared to larger cameras, they’re more likely to be within arm’s reach when you need them. Dried branches, late autumn. ...
1 month ago
The “Green Movement” has influenced manufacturers in the photographic community for quite some time. Lead and arsenic, a pair of heavy metals that contribute to the “character” and performance of optical glass, have been collectively called industrial poisons for decades. Beginning in the late 1990s, lead and arsenic were slowly phased out of formulas for lens elements and replaced by...
1 month ago
Architectural photography is both an art and an exacting craft. Unlike most genres of photography, in which level horizon lines and correction for keystone and parallax distortions are secondary issues, architectural photography requires a disciplined workflow and a keen sense of design. The following eight items are tools I find extremely valuable for photographing the exteriors and interiors of...
2 months ago
If you ask photographers what they consider important when choosing a camera, the aspect ratio of the sensor seldom enters the conversation. Megapixels? Yes. Sensor size? Yes. Burst rates? Yes. Aspect ratio? Seldom. Aspect ratios are determined by the form factor of the camera’s imaging sensor, which among consumer cameras are typically 3:2 or 4:3 rectangles. And while photographers weigh the...
2 months ago
GigaPan technology first made a big splash during President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where it was used to capture a rather phenomenal photograph of the crowds that gathered in the Washington Mall. Wolf Blitzer was like a kid in a candy store, and kept looking in on the progress of the picture as it evolved. Since then, amazing GigaPan images have been used to capture international sports...
2 months ago
My father was an aviation buff. As a teenager in Coney Island, in the mid-1930s, he would often ride his bike to Floyd Bennett Field, a nearby naval base where he befriended many of the aircraft mechanics, while also learning a thing or two about fixing aircraft engines. During WWII, he served as a mechanic on an aircraft carrier, followed by a career as a mechanic in the New York City Fire...
3 months ago
To the best of my knowledge, there aren’t any cameras you can program to display “Magic 7” grid lines onto their viewfinders and LCDs. You can program your camera to display Rule of Thirds, Square, and Square Grid + Diagonal-based grid line patterns, but nobody does the Magic 7 grid. The slats woven through the fence links form repeat patterns of 7s. You also won’t find grids for Vanishing Points...
3 months ago
Sometimes, the phrases, acronyms and strings of numbers or number-letter combinations used to identify photographic hardware or techniques can be daunting to the uninitiated neophyte photographer. We've prepared a list of the basic terms. Have we left any out that you think should be added? Please let us know! 2K 2K is a 17:9 format, defined by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, is a resolution of...
3 months ago
Since its introduction, Sony’s flagship a6000 has proven to be one of the most popular APS-C format cameras on the market, and deservedly so. Fast-forward two years and Sony has released the a6300, a camera that is markedly better in a number of ways than the camera it replaces. Aside from a few tweaks to the layout of...
1 year ago
Formatt-Hitech filters and filter holder systems, long respected among professional photographers, cinematographers, and videographers for their high levels of design functionality and image quality, can now count two new seriously dense ND filters within their ranks: the Formatt Hitech 100 x 100mm Firecrest...
1 year ago
My lens came with a lens cap, so why do I need a filter? If you ask most consumer-camera owners why they keep a filter on their lens, a majority will most likely reply, “For protection.” Although filters do, in fact, protect the surface of your lens against dust, moisture and the occasional thumb print, the primary function of lens filters is really to improve the image quality of the pictures...
1 year ago
For you, me, and almost everybody else you and I know, cost is a consideration when purchasing new camera gear. For others, cost is a secondary issue—if not a non-issue altogether. The following products represent the priciest camera gear we offer at B&H, along with a few words about what makes them so special. Luxury Camera Bodies According to the rules, image sharpness and high pixel...

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