Allan Weitz

1 week 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...
3 weeks 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...
1 month 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...
1 month 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...
1 month 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...
1 month 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...
1 year ago
What is a lens? Superficially, a lens is little more than a cylinder containing optical elements that shift about as you focus by turning a ring around the cylinder. But even in its most basic form, a camera lens is far more complex than it might appear. A lens is more than the sum of its parts. When you attach a lens to a camera, your choice of lens is very much like a painter's choice of brush...
2 years ago

Remote triggering devices are more than a convenience. In the right hands, a remote triggering system can expand the parameters of what’s possible when planning a complex, multifaceted photograph, or for that matter, add new twists to less complex subjects you’ve photographed countless times. Available hard-wired for shorter distances or wireless configurations for greater working distances, remote triggers help to eliminate camera vibration.

 
2 years ago

Not long ago, filters were part and parcel of any worthwhile camera system. If you wanted to warm up the palette of a dreary day, you used a filter. Ditto for converting daylight to tungsten light, tungsten to daylight, and daylight to (or from) fluorescent lights.

2 years ago

Since we first reported the introduction of Canon’s fast and flexible EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with Internal 1.4x Extender Lens, we’ve had an opportunity to spend some quality time with this unique lens to see how it handles and performs in the field.

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