The Noob’s Guide to Choosing a Medium Format Film Camera

This guide is a guest blog post from photographer Marcin Wajda on choosing a medium format film camera based on just a few of the best offerings out there. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: You don’t have to agree with anything I put down here.

Disclaimer 2: I’m talking about interchangeable lens SLRs here. You can apply some of those principles to selecting a TLR or a rangefinder, but you’d probably be better off asking someone who uses those types of cameras.

I decided to write this, because the topic seems to be pretty popular these days. People ask “What camera?” and sadly, the answers are boiling down to “Get this one, because I use it and what’s good for me is definitely going to be good for you”, which, I think we can agree, is bullshit.

Let’s begin then.

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In Camera Double Exposure? Here Are 4 Great Cameras To Consider!

Double Exposures, in the original meaning, was when a photographer exposed a frame of film twice. When done by accident the results were likely bad, but when done artistically, with forethought and intent, the results could be really special. Obviously these days with digital sensors there is no frame to expose twice, so our cameras must be programmed to mimic this. Some rely on photoshop to mimic this effect, but for many, getting it in camera is the preferred method.

As noted above, not all cameras offer such functionality. So if this is a feature you are looking for, which cameras should you be considering? Here are some great camera options that we would recommend.  Continue reading…

The Best Cameras for Vacation and Travel Photography: DSLRs (2017 Edition)

What’s the best camera for vacation and travel photography in a DSLR form factor? To be honest, no one is making a bad camera these days. There are a number of you out there that simply want an interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR for the professional look and feel. And to be honest, there are a lot of great DSLRs out there. Though if you’re traveling, some are better than others.

In this list, we round up some of our favorites and provide lots of image samples.

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Tested & Ranked: Six Disposable Cameras

This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. Be sure to also check out Format for your website hosting needs. Article originally written by Matt Moreland. This article and the images are being republished with permission.

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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