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What films should I use? It’s a simple but crucial question faced by all analog photographers, and their answers will have a profound influence on the character of the images they create. Unlike memory cards, essentially a “neutral” recording medium, films have distinctive personalities—unique ways of rendering the subject and capturing its tonal ranges. In general, the inherent “graininess” of a...
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Serious shooters, a broad category ranging from emerging enthusiasts to full-time pros, generally opt for DSLRs and mirrorless ILCs (interchangeable lens cameras) for most of their work. That’s because these cameras are unsurpassed when it comes to optical versatility, technical and subjective image quality, and creative control. During the past year, the world’s leading optical manufacturers...
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Summer is the prime season for outdoor activities, going on vacation, traveling, hiking, water sports, beach parties, and, of course, taking lots of great pictures! Not surprisingly, the published stats on picture taking prove that the number of pictures taken worldwide peaks during the summer months. When temperatures are balmy and the days are longer, you tend to spend more time outdoors, and...
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Opting for a used camera in excellent condition can be a great way of acquiring a high-quality, high-performance machine at a very attractive price. To give you a heads-up on some of the best deals out there we’ve carefully selected 10 cameras—five digital and five analog—that will give you a substantial bang for your buck and also fit seamlessly into your present system. There’s always an...
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If you want the past to be part of your future, there’s no better way than shooting modern vintage-look pictures with an old film camera—or a brand-new one that’s managed to survive the digital onslaught. Sure, there’s truth in the cliché that the person behind the camera is the most important thing, but photography is a technologically based art form. That’s why the photographic medium (film or...
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Let’s talk about the accelerating trends and cool new high-tech imaging gear that are guaranteed to make 2018 a banner year. All things analog are hot Film will never outstrip digital photography, but over the past few years, analog photography has quietly emerged as a robust, expanding, multifaceted niche. Shooting, processing, and printing film are experiencing a resurgence among...
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One of the hottest trends in photography today is creating images that look like they could have been shot 50 or 100 years ago. In pursuit of that elusive vintage look, serious enthusiasts and pros are mounting vintage lenses on their DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, Lensbaby and...
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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a decade since Nikon announced the D90—the first DSLR with video capture capability—in 2008. The accelerating video explosion that followed has created a generation of emerging filmmakers, many using DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to produce pro-caliber videos as creative expression, or to document news and events while on the road to becoming professional...
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Interchangeable-lens cameras are the hot ticket among serious photographers, ranging from emerging enthusiasts to seasoned pros. As a direct result, the world’s leading camera and lens makers have unleashed a raft of ingenious new lenses targeted at serious shooters, aimed at expanding their picture-taking possibilities. The innovative optics listed below, all prioritized to deliver high...
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Eventually almost everyone who takes pictures is faced with the prospect of shipping their prized cameras off to a distant location—to have them repaired or adjusted, trade them in, send them to eBay buyers, etc. Since most cameras, lenses, and related equipment are valuable and can be easily damaged, proper packing is essential to ensure they arrive at their destination unscathed. While the U.S...
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In the wake of the great paradigm shift from analog to digital imaging, most experts proclaimed that film was doomed, that it would decline steadily to the point that silver-halide film would no longer be commercially viable. Countless film shooters switched to digital, often selling their high-end film cameras for pennies on the dollar, and by 2007 you could pick up a Hasselblad 500C/M complete...
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You know that cellphone cameras are seen as serious imaging devices when Zeiss, the venerable German optical master, is rolling out a whole line of high-performance lenses for them. Zeiss, in partnership with ExoLens, had already released its first one, the Zeiss Mutar 0.6 Asph T* wide angle (equivalent to an 18mm on full frame) for the iPhone, in June. Now the manufacturer has added a 56mm...
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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...
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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...
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Wedding photography has become an extremely popular and lucrative specialty. First and foremost, a wedding is a grand, unrepeatable, emotionally charged event at which expectations run high, and second best won’t do. Being a wedding photographer requires dedication and talent, but having the right equipment is crucial if you expect to achieve sharp, well-composed, well-lit images that depict...
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