Tested & Ranked: Six Disposable Cameras

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We tested six disposable cameras to find out which took the best pictures, and there was a clear winner.

Every photographer has fond memories of disposable cameras. Whether it was some weird project you had to do in first year art school, the “I only shoot film” phase that most of us go through, or childhood memories, we’ve all got a soft spot for those crappy plastic junk boxes that only work 50% of the time.

When I started reviewing disposable cameras for this article, I was somehow simultaneously ecstatic and terrified. I got the opportunity to make work with the most basic nostalgic cameras available, but I also had to publish the results of the work I made with those cameras. I tried my best to get as much range as I could: subject matter, weather conditions, locations, situations, Indoor, outdoor, portrait, landscape, sunlight, low light, and no light. I tested it all and as expected, about 50% of the photographs turned out entirely useless.

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Why Small Film Cameras Are The Ultimate Every Day Camera

This addiction of mine began a few years ago and continues into today; it helped spur a movement. Remember a few years ago how Fujifilm came onto the scene with cameras that had retro aesthetics, looked gorgeous and actually functioned well while doing it nowhere as expensive as Leica? Then Olympus hopped on board. Then Sony, and the train kept taking off. It got its fundamental start with film cameras and that whole movement. The idea of using a proper dial of some sort and retro-grade ergonomics has continued to enamor photographers everywhere–but no matter what camera manufacturers have done, I think that I can make a very valid argument that they’ve all come very close and done a fantastic job. However nothing fits into your hand or functions just right like some sort of small film camera.

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Nikon Releases New 100th Anniversary Edition Products (That None of Us Need)

So today, Nikon is announcing commemorative editions of a lot of their really good products. This is commemorate the fact that the company is now 100 years old. To that end, all of these new products are collectors editions and, well, I guess they’re exciting. But nowhere as exciting as a new camera.

Any way, the press release and all the details and photos are after the jump.

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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…

Video: Watch 47 Minutes on the History of Fujifilm

Fujifilm, when you really think about it, is one of the photo companies that has weathered one hell of a storm. Along with the likes of Canon, Olympus, Leica and Nikon, they’re still a company that is an independent camera manufacturers and wasn’t owned by a larger entity of any sort in their evolution. In terms of the photo world they went from being a major producer of film, to then transitioning into digital (sort of well) and then very well into mirrorless digital. But at the same time, one probably can make a big argument that they’re the largest of the big photo companies considering Instax sales.

Earlier this year, Inside the Storm profiled the company’s history over a special 47 minute episode.

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The Nikon DL Series is Officially Never Coming to Market

Nikon DL Series

Sad news coming out of Japan for fans of high-end Nikon point and shoot cameras. Today, Nikon announced the cancellation of the release of their DL series premium compact cameras. The entire line, Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, has officially been canceled after issues with the cameras’ image processor were discovered.

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Cheap Photo: Panasonic Deals For The Micro Four Thirds Lover

Panasonic announced their GH5. and so that means some good deals are to be had on the GH4: still a great camera by all accounts. But we aren’t featuring just one Panasonic deal. The GH4 is great, but we also have some savings on the FZ1000, GX8, and some lenses as well. If you are a Micro Four Thirds photographer then you should take a look at these.

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