Which Zeiss Milvus Lens is Best for You? We’ve Updated Our Guide

We’ve updated our recent lens guide to the Zeiss Milvus lineup of glass. Are they pricey? Sure, but when you consider what you’re getting with the quality of an optic that Zeiss offers, you’re realizing you’re getting a great investment. Zeiss lenses combine both great optics with some of the best build quality of any lens on the market, in addition to an approach that makes you concentrate harder and create better images.

At the moment, there are 12 Zeiss Milvus lenses and we’ve just added to this guide our 35mm f1.4 Milvus review. This is a semi-wide angle lens that Zeiss is saying is great for portraiture. That hasn’t really been done before in the past, and so it’s quite a claim for any lens company out there. But as we saw in our review, the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens is fantastic for portraiture. We went a step further this time around and decided to try it out on film too. The colors, sharpness, and overall look to the images is something that’s bound to “wow” many photographers. Part of this is due to the 3D look it renders with the micro-contrast built in. It’s tough to get that from any other manufacturer’s offerings.

If you’re looking to get the absolute best, then check out the Zeiss Milvus lens guide.

Shoot Pinhole Photos With the Videre 35mm Cardboard TLR Camera

“I’ve always collected old cameras, and was always very much in love with my Rolleiflex which inspired the design of the original VIDERE and in turn the 35mm VIDERE.” says designer Kelly Angood about her new Kickstarter campaign. The VIDERE 35mm is a brand new TLR camera that’s already received full funding on Kickstarter. But you see, it isn’t the typical TLR camera from Rollei, Blackbird, Yashica, etc. Instead, it’s made out of cardboard and it shoots pinhole photos.

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Film Camera Review: Ilford XP2 Super Single Use Camera

Ilford has been making their Ilford XP2 super single use camera for a while now, but with the resurgence that the industry is seeing in using disposable cameras, I figured I’d review them. Call it a disposable camera if you will, but they’re the only black and white disposable cameras on the market with the exception of the new offerings from Lomography. Oddly enough, they were also designed to be developed C41 vs black and white. Well, that’s odd for some–Ilford XP2 can typically be shot at around ISO 50 to ISO 800 on the same roll and due to the process, the images will come out pretty well. The Ilford XP2 super single use camera makes a whole lot of sense for fun, but there’s also quite an interesting quality that would please me if it were used for concerts, documentary work, or even just weekend shenanigans.

Indeed, the Ilford XP2 super single use camera is very much the antithesis of what a lot of film photographers strive for with absolutely perfect quality and sharp lenses. Instead, this camera is a slap in the face to them–and instead it’s just about a look and getting a different reaction from your subjects.

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Film Review: Lomography Color Negative 100 (120 and 35mm Formats)

“It’s Kodak Gold,” I’m often told by Lomography reps about Lomography Color Negative 100. The film is one of the offerings from Lomography that is also a more affordable option at times in both 35mm and 120. Now, some folks may scoff at the idea of shooting Kodak Gold since for years, it was designed for being shot by just consumers. But in truth, it’s capable of delivering some seriously lovely colors. To that end, so too is Lomography Color Negative 100. At times, I genuinely feel like Lomography Color Negative 100 sometimes just intensifies whatever scene is just in front of you. But either way, if you’re looking for a low ISO alternative because you don’t like Kodak Ektar’s colors, then Lomography Color Negative 100 is a very viable option.

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The New Rollei Vario Chrome is a Versatile Slide Film

It’s a great day when a new film emulsion is announced, and the new Rollei Vario Chrome was just born into the world. Rollei states that it’s a slide film that seems to be pretty versatile. It can be exposed between ISO 200 and ISO 400. Specifically, it’s being targeted for use in low-level daylight illumination–so think about a cloudy day or something like that. Additionally, Rollei Vario Chrome has a warmer color tone to it which a lot of folks may really like since many modern digital photos tend to go warmer vs cooler.

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Review: Kodak TMax 400 (35mm and 120)

Kodak T-Max 400 doesn’t get all the love, love letters, and overall adoration that Kodak Tri-X 400 does simply because of the fact that a ton of the most iconic photos in the world were shot on Tri-X 400 vs T-Max 400. However, part of that has to do with the fact that Tri-X has been around for a longer period of time and T-Max 400 is designed to do something much different. While Tri-X 400 is known for its characteristic midtones and grain, T-Max 400 is instead known for its fairly high contrast (in the highlights and shadows), its incredibly fine grain and its overall sharpness. It’s touted to be the sharpest black and white 400 speed film in the world. Indeed, there has been a movement in the black and white photography world towards the high contrast, crispy, sharp look. And that’s essentially what Kodak T-Max 400 can do while still retaining a fair amount of details in the midtones. It does it in a much different way from a film like Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400–which is a near infrared film. Yet it also differs from many of the Ilford emulsions.Before you go on, more of the specific technical details of using Kodak T-Max 400 can be found in this Kodak PDF file.

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Tap and Dye Releases the LEGACY Shooters Film Pouch for the Analog Photographer

The folks over at TAP and DYE have released something really special for the film photographer out there. They’re called the Tap and Dye LEGACY Shooters Film pouch and it’s a special case designed to specifically hold your rolls of film. The pouch adheres to many of the standards and overall identity of TAP and DYE; and with that said it sports Martexin waxed canvas and oil dyed leather accents. Five rolls of 120 film or 35mm film can be crammed into here.

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Reliable, Mechanical Vintage Cameras You’ll Want to Shoot With

Compact film cameras are a big thing more so now than they have ever been before. But one of the biggest problems with lots of them has to do with the fact that the electronics in them break down after a really long time. In a case like that, it’s sometimes just best to use an all mechanical camera with much better reliability.

So with that said, here are a number of (mostly) mechanical cameras that you’ll surely want to get your hands on.

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