Mercury Camera Promises a Truly Universal System


Ever wanted to use your medium format Hasselblad lenses with your Bronica ETRS or something along the lines? Well a new Kickstarter called Mercury Camera wants to do something just like that. But it wants to go even further and let you adapt nearly any 35mm, medium format or large format lens with pretty much any negative or instant film back. To boot, you can also adapt any medium format digital camera back.

Just imagine the possibilities!

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Beginner’s Tips to Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

Model: Clay von Carlowitz

Though I generally never recommend shooting portraits with a 35mm full frame equivalent lens, it’s something that I tend to do. To me, 35mm renders the way that I generally see the world–and to that end it allows me to translate the beauty that I see in people directly into the camera (with more of a collaboration between the subject and I, of course!). Generally, the longer the focal length the more that you can get away with. But at the wider focal lengths, there are a couple of tips that you should stick to to create more attractive images in the eyes of most people.

Much of this caters to the acceptance of various body types and paying attention to the specifics of everyone’s bodies and shapes.

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Five Historic Moments Where Photography Became Easier for All

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomo'Instant Wide image scan studio light (1 of 1)

Complaints about photography being easier and for everyone have always been present throughout the art form’s history. There is a theory that as we use technology, we become the technology. What that means is that we start to rely on it much more than our predecessors did. Photography has evolved over the years as technology became better. Today, it’s arguably to a point where everyone is a photographer even though the notion that a professional photographer is still one who makes the majority of their income from creating images.

Here are five big defining moments where photography changed and adapted to the needs of consumers to the point where major disruption happened.

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7 Gorgeous 35mm Lenses Worth Drooling Over

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (4 of 7)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Arguably, the 35mm focal length is a lens that renders the human perspective when it comes to the full frame 35mm format. They’re excellent general purposes lenses. The 35mm lens is often wide enough to photograph most subjects and if you need something more narrow and focused then you simply just step forward. The even better news is that there are loads of great options for anyone that is interested in obtaining one of these gems.

Here are seven excellent 35mm lenses from The Phoblographer’s reviews index along with sample images.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Zeiss Milvus Lenses

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Milvus lens product images (5 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

Zeiss released their Milvus collection of lenses as an update to their lineup of standard DSLR lenses. They all incorporate weather sealing, an amazing metal build exterior, a giant rubber focusing ring, and enhance optics that make you really feel like you’re shooting with a Zeiss lens. Some words that come to mind are beautiful, masterpiece and long lasting.

The site has reviewed every Zeiss Milvus lens so far, and so all of the reviews are being compiled into a guide for those interested in Zeiss lenses. This guide features tidbits about each lens along with sample photos.

Editor’s Note: this guide is not sponsored by Zeiss. With that said, Editorial judgement has been left in tact.

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The Best Modern Lenses Under $500 for Street Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review photos (19 of 27)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 2.8

I’m going to preface this list by saying that anything that any manufacturer makes these days as far as lenses are concerned are all very good. Any lens in the hands of a skilled photographer can deliver jaw dropping results, but some lenses are still better than others.

Street Photographers need lenses that allow them to get close to the scenes on the streets while delivering vibrant colors, good sharpness, and overall autofocus reliability if they’re not using the zone focusing system.

The Phoblographer has reviewed lots of lenses, and after going through the reviews index and looking for great options under the $500 price point, the following lenses were chosen amongst others for the fact that their performance simply just stands out above the rest.

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DO IT. Ditch Digital.


Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on photographer Gina Manning’s blog. It is being syndicated here with permission.


I’ve got the film bug! BAD. About two months ago I had a friend show me an old film camera she got from her father and proceeded to let me play with it. Big mistake — I became infatuated with the idea of owning my own dinosaur. I now have 5 and I regret nothing, I tell ya! Shooting film is such a glorious and unique form of art. If you haven’t already; here’s why I did and why you should ditch digital for a while, too.

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Review: Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblogrpaher Tamron 45mm f1.8 product highlight images (1 of 2)ISO 3201-250 sec at f - 2.8

When we first went about testing the Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC, we ran into some problems. There were autofocus issues, color fringing, and more. A lens that from a marketing standpoint had so much promise to us was being shot in the foot by the most important thing–image quality. Then the unit went back to Tamron and we called in the 35mm f1.8. After we sent the 35mm f1.8 back, we called in the 45mm for a second chance.

With nine aperture blades, a metal build, a nice feel in the hands and weather sealing, this lens has a lot going for it–especially for only $599.

That’s an affordable price point for sure, but it’s also a lens for those of us not reaching for higher fruit.

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