What’s in Your Bag? North American Eclipse 2017 Edition

As we start the countdown to the event of the year, I spoke to some people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working, both inside and outside of B&H, to get a sense of what people are bringing with them to witness this amazing event. Let’s see what’s in their bags.

Classic Cameras: the Pentax K1000 SLR Film Camera

Our lives are marked by firsts. First love, first car, first marriage, first kid, first heartbreak, and first camera. For many photographers of my generation, earlier generations, and younger generations, there are legions who can say that their first “real camera” was the Pentax K1000. With a production run spanning more than two decades (1976-1997), more than three million of these film SLRs were sold.

Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp

One Fish, Two Fish, Photos of Me and You Fish

Want to take better fishing photographs? Read our tips for better fishing trophy shots, on B&H Explora!

The Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 35mm

To answer the question posed by fellow writer Todd Vorenkamp in his article about the venerable 50mm prime, the lens I would choose if I were to be stranded on a desert island would have to be a 35mm prime. Sure, the 50mm is an old and reliable choice that should cover most subjects, but it doesn’t work amazingly for anything specific and, frankly, I think it’s a little boring these days.

Recommended Lenses for Shooting the Solar Eclipse on Any Budget

What is the best lens focal length for photographing the total solar eclipse? Well, there really isn’t a correct answer to that question. There are many factors involved, so let’s outline some options for different types of cameras and budgets.

Above: The Hinode satellite X-ray telescope mission captures the January 6, 2011 solar eclipse. © JAXA/NASA.

The One Lens Every Photographer Should Have and Use: the 50mm

If you are stranded on a desert island and can only have one camera lens with you, which lens would you choose? If your answer wasn’t, “a 50mm (or 50mm equivalent lens),” then you might be wrong. The 50mm prime lens is the one lens every photographer toting an interchangeable-lens camera should own… and use.

Shooting Macro Close-ups with the Meyer Optik Gӧrlitz Trioplan 100

The Meyer Optik Gӧrlitz Trioplan 100 f/2.8 is a new lens with a long history. Dating back more than a hundred years, the Trioplan 100 is a triplet design which, as the name implies, only contains three lens elements. Why people would be interested in an optical dinosaur a century down the pike has to do with the quality of bokeh this lens produces.

Things We Love: Flip-Out (Articulating) LCD Screens on Digital Cameras

It’s a bit of a stretch, but for the sake of the Hallmark set, I can say that I love flip-out LCD screens on cameras. What I really love is the effect they have had on my photography and the creative possibilities they enable when photographing, especially for street photography. My first camera with a flip-out (and swivel) articulating LCD was the 4MP Canon PowerShot G3, which I purchased in 2003.

New from Pentax: Get a Grip with the KP DSLR

Blending a sleek design with versatile shooting capabilities, Pentax has released the KP DSLR, which is poised to be both the compact APS-C model in their DSLR lineup, as well as an apt performer for low-light shooting. Additionally, in typical Pentax fashion, the exterior of the body can be customized with a trio of grips for improved handling and it is weather resistant for use in harsh climates.

Micro Four Thirds Lenses for Wedding Photographers

The Micro Four Thirds system is becoming popular among a passionate group of wedding photographers. The compact size of the cameras and lens system, as well as the sheer number of available lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and other manufacturers, not to mention the nearly limitless option of adapted lenses, means that the wedding photographer has many options for capturing the action.


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