Field Report: 24 Hours with the Ricoh GR II Shooting Candids

Every photographer romanticizes in one way or another years on down the line about a camera they’ve used and loved. For many of us, it’s their first camera. When photographers speak about said camera, they’re describing the equivalent of a sensory experience of sorts. In many ways, when you talk to the photographer about the experience, it’s often a poetic wax of some sort to a more nostalgic time in their lives. For some photographers, that camera is and will be the Ricoh GR II.

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An Inquiry into Digital vs Film – Featuring the M10 vs M9 vs M6

This is a syndicated blog post from Horatio Tan, Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with an exclusive permission statement.

Modern digital photography gets a bad rap, when it comes to the way we assess the character of digital capture. We think it’s without character.

The problem with digital photography is the uniformity of rendering. But it is understandable why this is the case. In reproducing reality, camera manufacturers endeavor to produce optics and sensors that would optimize capture as close to real life as possible. That has become the yardstick of achievement. That is why digital photography looks more or less the same across different systems.

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How My Approach to Street Photography Has Changed After More Than a Decade of Photographing New York

All images by text by James Maher. 

The time-honored approach to improving one’s photography has always been time spent out there taking pictures. Education, gallery shows, and reading photography books can do wonders for a person’s development, but there is nothing that comes close to the importance of just going out there constantly for a long period of time.

After photographing diligently for 14 years, I have noticed some profound changes in how I see the city and how I photograph it. Not only have my technical skills improved, but I have learned a lot more about what I like to shoot and how I want to portray the city. Here are some of the changes that have occurred.

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Speed Demons: 4 Mirrorless Cameras With Fast Autofocus

For a really long time in digital photography’s history, you needed to drop major cash on a Canon or Nikon DSLR for the best autofocus. Simply put, smaller and more affordable cameras just couldn’t keep up. Then more and more mid-range cameras started getting decent AF, which was great from an affordability standpoint, but still left a lot to be desired for those who wanted to have fast AF and not have to carry around a brick.

Well, times have continued to advance and now even small low profile cameras are starting to have some really impressive and accurate AF performance, to the point that one can actually use one of these camera and not feel like the AF is holding them back at all.

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Three Perfect Mirrorless Cameras For The Advanced Amateur

Are you ready to upgrade from that basic mirrorless kit you bought to learn photography with? Advanced amateurs make a large portion of the photography marketplace, yet most guides and gear roundups seem to favor people in the beginners or professional category. The issue arises because basic cameras are well,…too basic for an advanced amateur to do what they want/need, while professional level cameras are often overkill in terms of features while being out of reach financially.

So today we are looking at that sweet spot for the advanced amateur, between the $900 and $1900 price point. We will be looking at some of the best mirrorless options out there right now to try and help you sort out which may be the best option for you with your next upgrade.

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Zen: Musings on The Meditative Act of Photography

I close my eyes. The air is cold, blanketing the ground in a light frost, causing harsh shivers that race down my spine. I hear birds in the distance screaming at one another in a cacophony of song and screech. The star-filled sky above me is a deep romantic blue. I take a deep breath. I can smell smoke from a campfire that was extinguished only hours ago. I slowly open my eyes. Along the eastern horizon I see a glow; faint, but growing.

As the glow brightens, my pulse quickens and I begin running numbers through my head: f/8, focus at 100 yards, ISO 200, 1/15th of a second. The sun breaks the horizon and now I start breathing slower as the photos start appearing on my LCD display. I make some slight adjustments to my settings as the scene, ever dynamic, changes in subtle ways. I am consumed by this moment, and then in an instant, I am finished.

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The Best Lenses For The Canon Rebels, 80D, and 7D Mark II

We have already shared our thoughts on some of the best lenses out there for full frame cameras like the Canon 5D Mark IV, but what about lenses for the Canon APS-C based EF-S cameras like the Rebels, 80D, and 7D Mark II? There is no doubt some overlap, but there are some great lenses that we would recommend for the APS-C based cameras that are different from their full frame brethren. So lets get into it.

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