The Phoblographer’s Guide to Tamron Prime Lenses

In our years of reviewing lenses, we’ve reviewed a lot of prime lenses–including every prime lens offering from Tamron. The company has worked on revamping their lineup for the past few years the same way other lens manufacturers also have. But the biggest difference here is that Tamron offers great image quality, autofocus, weather sealing, and does all this at a really amazingly affordable price point.

So we’ve gone through our reviews index to sort together all of our Tamron lens reviews and help you figure out what’s best for you.

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35mm Black and White Film You Can Still Get Quickly Online

Black and White 35mm Films

Film photography is having a renaissance, and this means more and more photographers are looking to buy. But an issue many are finding is the difficulty of actually buying film in a store these days. You can usually find film in camera stores still, but even their stock is usually limited, and the other unfortunate reality is that these shops are becoming more and more rare.

Lucky for those of us who enjoy shooting with film you can still get your film fairly quickly when ordering online, and if you happen to be an Amazon Prime member you can get it second day for free or next day (in some areas) for really cheap. Amazon has a great stock of black and white films available too!

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All Around Prime Lenses: 35mm vs 50mm. Our Favorite Choices

One of the questions that is asked all the time as photographers are considering upgrading their lenses has to do with 35mm and 50mm primes, and great general all around lenses. Traditionally both 35mm and 50mm have been recommended as general purpose lenses for everything from travel and street photography to portraiture.

But what is the better all around lens for today’s digital photographer? The answer to that question really lies in which sensor size your camera utilizes, and what sort of photography you enjoy on the most regular basis. Both 35mm and 50mm are fairly versatile focal lengths that can be used for a variety of purposes, which is partly why this post is even a thing. Continue reading…

Analog Film Review: Lomography F2/400 Film

Every now and again Lomography comes out with some weird, limited edition film: and the most recent was Lomography f2/400 in 35mm. The film, which allegedly was aged over a number of years in oak wine casks, was a negative film. Surely it’s expired, but as every experienced film photographer will tell you, freezing the film greatly negates the effects of expiration. That’s more or less how Lomography stored it–at least according to reports and their semi-cryptic press release. My favorite film from the company was Sunset Stripe, though f2/400 was perhaps the easiest to use.

I keep saying “was” because the film is now gone.

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On Using an 85mm Lens for Street Photography And Forgetting Your Idols

I used to be one of those street photography believers: you know, the ones that always say that you need either a 28mm, 35mm or 50mm lens to create street photos. And that there is nothing else that you can possibly use whatsoever. But as I’ve grown as a photographer, I genuinely believe that I was wrong in that thought process. In fact, I’ve had a number of street photographers pitch their work here who used 85mm lenses and sometimes longer to create images that are fantastic. And while 50mm lenses will let you work closer to your subject, there isn’t a great reason why a modern 85mm lens can’t be used to street photography.

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4 Fixed Lens Cameras You Can Actually Use As Your Primary Shooter

It’s easy for those of us with interchangeable lens cameras to look at fixed lens cameras with a bit of a scoff as we think to ourselves about how limiting and basic they are. It is true, for a long time fixed lens cameras were very much a staple of the consumer, and therefor less advanced, segment of the camera market. But for a while now there have been some great fixed lens offerings from several manufacturers which offer incredible performance in a small, and portable package.

These are cameras that can produce exceptional, professional quality images, with their only downside (if you see it as one) being their limitation to a single focal length and field of view. If you are someone who constantly changes lenses, or is constantly zooming, a camera like this may not be for you. But if you find yourself utilizing the same lens for long portions of a shoot, and that look happens to be covered by a fixed-lens camera we mention below, then you may just want to pay attention, because these are some killer cameras. Continue reading…