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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When the Contax G1 was introduced, in 1994, I was immediately smitten. Leicas were out of my price range and, despite the accuracy of Leica’s viewing and focusing, the thought of composing through a viewfinder and not seeing exactly what the lens was seeing made me queasy, especially when out on assignment. The G1 was different. It was a rangefinder camera, but it offered the choice of manual...
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Voigtländer has introduced a fast fifty lens, designed to whet the chops of low-light shooters. The Voigtländer NOKTON 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM is a manual focus, M-mount lens that features 8 elements (including dual aspheric-surfaced elements) in 6 groups, all-metal construction...
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Some years ago, I stumbled upon a book called The Photographic Instruction Book, by Townsend T Stith © 1903. The book was filled with all sorts of advice on how to take successful photographs using the tools and technologies of the day. Surprisingly, many of the Mr. Stith’s suggestions, including advising against taking pictures from moving bicycles, hold true today. I especially enjoyed reading...
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 has been a solid sales performer since it was introduced almost four years ago, which says volumes about the camera. Rather than tinker with a formula that works, Panasonic has released an update of this popular Micro Four Thirds (MFT) pocket rocket, and it'...
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Lensbaby lenses are like chicken. There are dozens of ways to prepare chicken—you can bake, fry, grill, broil, or smoke it, and each method is unique, but different. Lensbaby lenses are like chicken recipes in that they are basically variations of a common theme with each new model being unique, and similarly different. Lensbaby lenses and chicken are dissimilar in that unlike chicken, you can’t...
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If you still think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, check out the new Lensbaby Sol 45, a manual focus special-effect lens that features a near-normal 45mm focal length and a fixed f/3.5 aperture. The lens’s optical formula is a simple 3-element, 2-group design, with a focus range of 14" to infinity. The Sol 45 accepts 46mm...
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I have long championed smaller, lighter lenses. If I can find a high-performing compact lens that’s sharp and renders natural-looking out-of-focus specular highlights (good bokeh), I’m interested even if it only has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 or f/4.5. And if I can find a sharp, compact lens with image quality that equals comparable lenses costing two, three, or four times the price, sign me up...
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About a year ago I had an opportunity to field test the Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF, Tokina’s first full-frame Sony E-mount and only premium FiRIN-series lens. I liked it. In fact, I liked it a lot. The lens was sharp, with strong, saturated colors, and just the right degree of contrast. When shooting...
2 months ago
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I am not a stranger to large or heavy camera systems. For more than two decades, I seldom went on assignment with anything less than two Nikon F3 film cameras with motor drives, a third F3 with a dedicated Polaroid back, and anywhere from three to twelve lenses. And if that wasn’t enough fire power, I also had comparably equipped medium-format and 4 x 5" camera systems for projects that demanded...
2 months ago
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I have always been of the opinion that if you have a camera and you understand the limitations of what it can and cannot do, you can take acceptable—if not very good—photographs with just about anything that goes “click.” With this thought in mind, I recently went on vacation with two cameras: a “real” camera, specifically a...
3 months ago
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The Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 is the fifth and newest compact E-mount Loxia-series lens from Zeiss. Previously introduced Loxia-series lenses include a 21mm f/2.8 Distagon, 35mm f/2 Biogon T*, 50mm f/2 Planar T*, and an 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar T*. Each of these lenses is manual focus and designed exclusively for Sony E-mount cameras, hence their svelte profiles. Photographs © 2018 Allan Weitz...
4 months ago
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When it comes to photo gear, 10 years of continuous sales is considered a good run, and the folk at BlackRapid couldn’t be happier. To celebrate the 10th birthday of the original BlackRapid RS-4 Camera Strap, the company has introduced the 10-Year Anniversary Edition Classic Retro RS-4...
4 months ago
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They cost way more than a jar full of pocket change, but figuratively speaking, premium 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses are a dime a dozen these days. Standard issue among street, wedding, corporate, architectural, sports, editorial, fashion and beauty photographers, fast 24-70mm resonate with just about every serious shooter out there. The folk at Tamron wanted to join the party but, rather than being the...
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Voigtländer, a division of Japanese lens maker Cosina Optical, is known for producing surprisingly affordable lenses that, with few exceptions, deliver outstanding image quality. One of the company’s latest offerings is the Voigtländer MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f2 ASPH, slightly longer than...
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Some cameras challenge you every step of the way. The Fujifilm G617 is such a camera, but the results are worth it. First introduced in 1983, the G617 is a wide-field camera that captures photographs with 3:1 aspect ratios measuring 2.25 x 6.5" (6 x 17 cm). The G617 was designed for shooting landscapes, architecture, and—from personal experience—speedboat catalogs (more on this later). The G617...
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