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by Allan Weitz
5 days ago
LED lighting systems have only improved over the years and, as a result, they are being incorporated into a wide variety of lighting systems designed for shooting stills and video. As small, lightweight, and portable light systems go, the new Rosco 8 x 8" LitePad Vector CCT LED Light goes a long...

2 weeks ago
In this B&H YouTube video, Elizabeth Groeschen tries out the swirled bokeh effects of the all-new Lensbaby Twist 60 Optic. Based on the legendary Petzval lens, the Twist 60 allows you to frame up portraits or other subjects with varied amounts of soft-focus blur. With an aperture range of f/2.5-f/...
1 month ago
Flowers are like sunsets, in that if you can compose and expose the frame properly, it’s pretty much a slam-dunk that you’re going to be walking away with good, if not very good, photographs. Not long ago, my wife brought home a basket of white azaleas. Although I’ve seen azaleas umpteen times in the past, something caught my eye this time around. Maybe it was the late afternoon light, maybe the...
1 month ago
There are some cameras that you can’t help but be impressed with, and as Nikon’s latest flagship it should come as no surprise that the D5 is one of those cameras. Disclaimer: Although this is an article about photography, the views on vaping expressed in this video are those of the individuals...
2 months ago
There are certain combinations that just work well together—peanut butter and jelly for instance—so it should come as no surprise that a complementary pair of lenses isn't too hard to come by. In this case, we are talking about the classic Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and the respected...
2 months ago
As a photographer, there are few genres of photography in which I haven’t dabbled. I’ve shot portraiture, products, and sports, and I even took a camera out at a wedding once. But if you ask what my favorite type of photography is, it is this: maritime industrial subjects at night. With a bit of luck, I now have access to a working shipyard seven minutes (by bike) from my apartment in Brooklyn!...
3 months ago
The new Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f5.6 ASPH lens for Sony E-mount cameras isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s not that it will wrestle you to the ground or throw you like a bull in a rodeo; rather, it challenges your skills as a photographer. Speaking as someone who...
3 months ago
It's hard to call a camera “unique” and really mean it. With a camera like the Contax G1, however, it does sport a truly unique feature set and design that separates it from all other 35mm rangefinders, as well as all other 35mm cameras, in general. Developed in 1994, the G1 was positioned as a competitor to the Leica M6—a legend in its own right—but it was competing on pretty unfair and very...
3 months 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...
3 months ago
The Nikon N6006 is not a legendary camera. If a famous photo was taken with it, I do not know about it. But, the Nikon N6006 was my first “real” camera (sincere apologies to the Kodak 110 Instamatic 30 camera handed down from my Grandma). Photographs ©Todd Vorenkamp As high-school graduation approached, I was accepted to the US Merchant Marine Academy. Knowing I would be travelling the world...
3 months 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...
3 months ago
Panasonic has partnered with Leica to produce the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH POWER O.I.S. for Micro Four Thirds-format mirrorless cameras, perhaps the most audacious example of their collaborations to date. It offers an amazing 200-800mm-equivalent focal-length...
3 months ago
You have to give it to Sigma, the company is making some superb, unique lens options for all types of cameras. The 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art for Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sigma SA APS-C cameras is one of the oddest, with a fast constant aperture and a short telephoto to medium telephoto range...
3 months ago
Note to fashion photographers everywhere: Pigeons make horrible models. Even with the snappy new Fujifilm X-Pro2 digital camera, I was constantly frustrated by the inability for even the most lethargic pigeon to hold his or her pose for more than a fraction of a second....
4 months ago
You can go birding literally almost anywhere on earth. But, if you want to photograph rare species and large birds of prey, Manhattan is probably not on your birding bucket list. Nevertheless, Central Park, in the middle of New York City’s Manhattan Island, is known as one of the nation’s top birding spots. Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp One thing Manhattan does offer that most places don’t is the...

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