Soft shutter releases have been around for a really long time now, but the Bashert Jewelry Sterling Silver Soft Shutter Release Buttons for the Leica M series of cameras are surely taking the cake. For the uninitiated, soft shutter button releases are a very nice and extremely addicting addition for your camera. They often make pressing the shutter a bit better ergonomically speaking. This is fantastic for a series like the Leica M where you need to sometimes stretch your finger a bit to press the shutter if you’ve got smaller hands.
In a few days from the publication of this piece, we celebrate World Pinhole Photography Day. Pinhole photography is very experimental, ethereal and really cool. More importantly, it’s just plain fun to do whenever you get a chance. Lots of photographers have done pinhole photography and many believe it to become absolutely addicting due to the slow and very different process from everything else out there.
For the photographer just getting into pinhole photography, check out these tips.
Lead photo by Kenneth Leishman. All images used with permission in our interviews.
Pinhole photography: it’s arguably one of the oldest forms of photography and the art that’s been available. These days, it’s used in digital variations but by far many of the best pinhole photographers these days shoot film. So in celebration of the upcoming World Pinhole Day this year, we’ve rounded up a number of our favorite pinhole photographers we’ve interviewed.
The folks over at Cub and Co have been pretty busy creating cool stuff for city dwelling photographers, and their latest offering is the Cub and Co All City Cycling strap. The makers of the Shooter Strap and the Shooter bag are targeting their newest offering at the photographer who likes to take bike rides and carry minimal gear–and there’s a ton of those at least here in NYC. To that end, the strap is designed to work and function almost like a sling style camera bag.
Believe it or not, the younger generation that loves Fujifilm Instax film doesn’t even believe that it’s film. That’s what we were told a while back from Fujifilm, but photographer Robert Mann believes otherwise. He recently put together a video as part of a series talking about Fujifilm Instax and explaining why the instaprints (yes, that’s what they’re also called) are indeed film as well as the history.
If you haven’t known already, the stacked CMOS sensor in the new Sony a9 flagship camera isn’t exactly all brand new. Indeed, it’s the first time Sony has done it with a full frame sensor and released it to the public. But the technology has been used in phones and many other sensors in the past. The Sony a9 has a full frame 35mm sized 24MP stacked CMOS sensor at the heart of the camera and the way it operates is crucial to the overall functionality of the camera.
We talked to Sony’s Mark Weir about how the sensor works and he explained how it differs from conventional CMOS sensors.
Today at the Sony a9 announcement, Product Manager Kenta Honjo was kind enough to run through some features of the camera with us. The new Sony a9 is a groundbreaking (and in many ways game changing) camera when it comes to specs. You can see more over at our first impressions. But also check out the video after the jump.
The new Sony a9 is finally here; and it seems to be absolutely fantastic from a technology standpoint in many ways. To start with, it has a new stacked 24MP CMOS sensor and can shoot up to 20fps with a completely silent shutter. This camera is strongly being targeted at the photojournalist type of photographer–quite obviously the pros considering that it’s a $4,000+ camera. It’s being released next month and today we got some time to play with the camera a bit.