A Real World Visual Demonstration of How Various Focal Lengths Work for Portraiture

Fact: lots of photographers don’t know how well a focal length will work for them when it comes to portraits. But don’t worry any longer, we’ve tested a number of them on full frame cameras when it comes to portraits and we’ve got just what you need.

We’ve gone through our reviews index to round up a number of images from various focal lengths to show you how they render portraits.

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70mm IMAX Film vs 120 Film: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to a lot of photography, 35mm has been the standard for many years. In cinema, Super 35mm has been–and it’s around the size of APS-C digital. But what about larger formats? In photography, we’ve got 120 film and in cinema there’s IMAX. IMAX is considered large format in cinema and arguably it’s really beautiful. IMAX film is rated to be around 70mm in size; visually it’s really 65mm and 5mm are used for audio.

But how does it compare to 120 film?

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The Difference Between Zooming a Lens and Moving Closer

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“Zoom with your feet” is a common thing that many photographers say. But that really just means that you get closer and not much more. The folks at Vsauce recently put together a video that partially shows off what the difference is between zooming in with a lens and simply moving closer. It has to do with the size of the subject, but there are many other differences that they don’t talk about.

The video on Zooming a Lens, and more of an analysis is after the jump.

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Techno-Archaeologists Recover and Digitalize Long-Lost Lunar Orbiter Photos of the Moon

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All photos courtesy of LOIRP.

Somewhere in the NASA Ames Base in Silicon Valley is an abandoned now-repurposed McDonald’s. And in this repurposed McDonald’s, now affectionately called McMoon’s, is a team of hacker engineers (or more preferably techno-archaeologists) who are on an earthbound mission to unearth some of the very first images taken of our only natural satellite, the Moon.

These old images were originally taken and recorded onto reels of 70mm film to find suitable landing sites for the Apollo missions and were then stored in a facility in Maryland after they’ve served their purpose. For twenty years, they sat there, vestiges of a golden era, forgotten by time… that is, until the publicly-and-privately funded Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) was launched to digitize these images for the entire world to see.

Replacing cash registers and soda machines with old massive tape drives, Mac workstations, and a pile of tape reels containing pertinent data, this dedicated group has been hard at work on the project since 2007, reverse-engineering an old technology and developing a new software to recover AND digitalize the thousands of photos taken by the five unmanned Lunar Orbiters spacecrafts sent to the moon in the 60s ahead of the manned moon landings.

To date, the team has recovered an impressive 2,000 photos from 1,500 analogue data tapes, all restored and reproduced at never-before-seen high resolution. Check out some of these amazing images after the jump.

Via Wired
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Spending a Weekend With the Leica S2

The Leica S2 has been out for a very long time now, but I’ve only had intermittent and brief amounts of time with it each session. Recently though, Leica allowed me to borrow it for an entire weekend. For those of you that have read my other medium format camera posts, you’ll know that I’m a lover of the format for many reasons including the extremely shallow depth of field, level of detail, and versatility of the RAW files.

The question was though: what do I shoot with it? Portraits? Documentary? Landscapes? After looking through a brochure, Tumblr, and through work done by friends who shoot medium format, I developed a couple of ideas.

This post contains the first impressions and experiences of that weekend.

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Review: Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

I have a deep passion for macro photography. When I got into DSLR photography, I bought the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro to multitask as my zoom and my macro lens. Lately though, I wanted a more specialized lens for macro photography. With the 70-300mm I have to zoom lens all the to the widest focal length, then switch to macro mode, etc. With the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, I don’t have to do that. This is why I chose to test it out. So does it make the cut for my photography?

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