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Over the years, I’ve been doing more and more portraiture in attempts to get better and to make people feel genuinely more confident about themselves. It takes time, understanding, and a lot of hard work. But when giving the images to my subjects, all that is ever heard is genuine love for the portraits not only from my subjects but their loved ones, friends, and colleagues. It’s wonderful.

And shooting film has taught me something even more important.

The tradition in portraiture is to always focus on the eyes. It’s said over and over again all the time. But to be honest, I think that it’s about time to break that rule in certain situations.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica M60 review images product photos (2 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

The Leica M60–some may argue that it’s it’s overpriced; actually, everyone would argue that. The camera was announced at Photokina 2014, and it’s quite the unconventional offering. It comes with the very expensive and wonderful Leica 35mm f1.4–the new version announced only a couple of years ago. The entire kit itself comes up to around $16,000. Yes, that’s a lot of money and there are only around 600 of these cameras being made. It is the ultimate special edition and collectors camera.

But in all honesty, the Leica M Edition 60 is the camera that every digital Leica should be. Why? Take it from a guy who was trained on and cut his teeth in the photo industry on their cameras. The philosophy behind shooting with a Leica in the streets has to do with ease of use, speed, and relying on your own knowledge. You’re more or less a master. It doesn’t involve sitting there chimping an LCD screen and hoping that you got the shot.

No, this camera is for the master of the streets. And in the one hour that I had with the camera, I’ve never been captivated by a single digital image taking device in my career yet.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica MA first impressions (1 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

When Leica announced the M-A camera at Photokina 2014, a spark was lit. We don’t believe it’s possible for a camera to be a soul mate, but if it was then the Leica M-A would be stringing hearts along as it struts through life. The Leica M-A is designed to pay homage to the cameras that put the company on the map in the photojournalism world and that are still used by many photographers today. Those cameras beautiful pieces of machinery and can far outlast any other cameras made out there. Amongst that lineup are the Leica M2, M3, and M4–with the M4-P perhaps being one of the company’s most popular products in this line.

And with that, the Leica M-A is designed incredibly simply. It takes film, has a film advance lever, is designed with lots of metal, and has no light meter built in–just like many of the older cameras. Think that that’s a waste of your money? Think again–especially when you consider the fact that the camera could be used by people many generations from now with no major problems to the machinery.

No–this isn’t a camera meant for the new breed that rely on meters; it’s designed for those photographers who used the tried and true Sunny 16 methods to capture scenes in every day life. And despite it’s near $5,000 price tag, it makes complete sense if you consider that many of the much older Leicas still go for a lot of money and that this is a made with brand new materials.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 35mm f2 review product images (2 of 6)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Zeiss has always been known for their quality, precision, and craftsmanship since before their rangefinder days. And while going through our Reviews index, we found that we skipped over this one. Sure, it’s been out for a while, but the Zeiss 35mm f2 delivers a look that many will fall in love with. In today’s world of lens technology progressing super fast, does Zeiss really need to update this lens? Or can it still find a home with a niche crowd?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Petzval Lens product images (13 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Lomography hasn’t always been known as a company that caters to the higher end crowd or market, but they’ve been taking steps to attract more of that market share without giving up their identity. And perhaps the best known attempt so far has been the company’s Petzval lens. This is an 85mm lens designed with a special interchangeable Waterhouse Aperture system along with some very swirly bokeh. There surely are lenses that still have this effect that are made in both China and Russia–in fact, Lomo teamed up with Zenit to create this lens.

Featuring a maximum aperture of f2.2, a 58mm filter thread for video shooters, and a minimum focusing distance of one meter, the Lomography Petzval lens is something that you probably won’t bring out with you often–just like any other specialized lens. But when you do, you’ll have loads and loads of fun.

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With the Tesseract technology, you could take a full resolution photo with your mobile phone and change the point of focus later.

With the Tesseract technology, you could take a full resolution photo with your mobile phone and change the point of focus later.

This article first appeared at Reviewed.com and is being syndicated at The Phoblographer with permission. All images are © by Tesseract.

Smartphone photography has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the last few years, and it’s no wonder why. According to studies, some 58 percent of American adults and 79 percent of teenagers own a smartphone. And that means they’ve got a camera in their pockets, pretty much everywhere they go.

Sharing platforms like Flickr and Instagram and photo editing apps like VSCO Cam are essential downloads for any photographer on the go. These apps let you adjust exposure, sharpness, and color, or even add creative filters, but they’re basically neutered versions of what you can do with a “real” camera and a copy of Adobe Photoshop. Thus far, the only advantage to smartphone photography is its go-everywhere nature.

One project from a team out of MIT’s Media Lab could change all that.

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