Five Winter Destinations and the Cameras to Photograph Them

This is a bit of an odd assignment in that any place can be a destination in the winter, but the general idea is to explore a few locations that offer wonderful photographic possibilities in winter that they might not offer in summer. I’ll also blend in a bit of that warm escapism we all crave after a few months of snow and cold.

Best of 2016: Mirrorless Cameras

This was quite the year for mirrorless cameras, with nearly every company showing off its latest and greatest technology. The biennial photokina most certainly played a part in the excitement and let us recognize the extraordinary variety of 2016, including some brand new medium format options, advanced sensor technologies, and some beautiful retro designs.

Pancake Lens Buying Guide

Pancake lenses, those small, fixed focal length lenses that barely protrude from your camera’s lens mount, are becoming increasingly common. Based on a simple Zeiss Tessar lens design that dates back more than a hundred years, pancake lenses are popular again due to their size—they extend an inch or less from the camera body—and weight, which is usually about 3 ounces.


The Best Waterproof Cameras for Swimming and Diving

Almost three-quarters of our world’s surface is covered by water, which means there is no shortage of amazing places one can go for swimming and underwater photography—year-round, in some cases. The Channel Islands in Southern California, Bonaire in the Caribbean, and Raja Ampat in Indonesia, are among the best places on earth to photograph coral reefs; the last of these is home to a spectacularly diverse population of sea life, including more than 537 corals, 700 types of mollusks, and 1,000 species of fish, as well as the pygmy seahorse and blue-ringed octopus.

Advanced Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Fewer people than ever are buying digital point-and-shoot cameras, but there has never been a better time to get one! Lately, the camera of choice for the overwhelming majority of the world has been the one in everyone’s smartphones. And why not—they are fully bundled into a device you always carry anyway—taking up virtually no additional space and weighing so little, they’re barely there.

Cuba: A Paradise for Underwater Photographers

In 1962, Cuba nationalized the properties of US citizens and corporations. Since that time, the US government has imposed a financial embargo on Cuba, effectively preventing US citizens from traveling to this Caribbean island. In January, 2015, the United States and Cuba started to improve diplomatic relations. President Obama visited Cuba, in March, 2016. Now it is easier for US citizens to travel there, on commercial flights from major cities, including New York. You need a license to go, but this is unproblematic—and good news for all photographers, including underwater image-makers.

Hands-On Review: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II & M.ZUIKO ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO

When introduced a few years ago, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 raised the bar in terms of what we should expect from a pro-quality Micro Four Thirds camera. It was solid, extremely well designed and engineered, and it performed as advertised. The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II shares all of these commendable attributes and then some.

10 Essential Pieces of Ghost-Hunting Gear

Before I started writing for B&H, I wrote and produced promos, trailers, and launch campaigns for a variety of paranormal investigative TV shows for a network that primarily airs Sci-Fi programming. In that role, I've spent literally weeks of my life watching those shows and, as a consequence, became fairly familiar with the gear that they all seemed to use—and it turns out that their kits were all surprisingly similar.

Photokina 2016: What’s New in Imaging at the Big Show?

Photokina, the giant photo exposition held in Cologne, Germany, every two years, is widely regarded as the top international venue for showcasing imaging in all its forms. This is a stunning achievement when you consider that Germany was the leading player in the worldwide photo industry when the show debuted in 1950, and much of the equipment on display is now made in Japan, China, and other Asian countries.

Olympus Officially Releases OM-D EM-1 Mark II and Accessories


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