Years and years ago, Kodak announced something that would endure for quite a while: Kodak Portra 400. Available in the 120, 35mm, and large formats, the film was and still is incredibly popular with photographers who like shooting portraits. It’s highly valued for its muted tones–which tends to go against much of what digital photography seems to offer straight out of the camera. However, Portra is in use for much more than just this. Lots of photographers use it as their every day film because they just like it. But this tends to be more the thought process of those that shoot 35mm. At 120, you’re getting far less shots per roll and often work to get the best photos you can in one single shot due to higher stakes–even more so than with 35mm.
Sigma last made waves with their long awaited Sigma 85mm F1.4 art back at Photokina in September, and they aren’t waiting long to make some more with today’s announcements. On today’s docket is several lens announcements including the brand new Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art and Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art – two lenses that are sure to make some mouths water. Continue reading…
Not many macro lenses have impressed me in the mirrorless camera category, but the Canon 28mm f3.5 ( $299.00 ) is probably an underrated lens that you haven’t heard a whole lot about. However, it’s got a few great features to it that make it very useful in various situations. Besides its compact size, it also has a cool macro light built into it. The light can be controlled using a button on the lens and can be very useful in many situations.
Earlier this week, we got to play with the new Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens for Sony FE cameras. After our first impressions, we were able to bring back image samples in addition to talking with Sony’s reps about the lens. Mike Bubolo of Sony was nice enough to give us a guided tour and insight into how the Sony FE 100mm f2.8 STM G Master Lens works.
Earlier tonight, we got the chance to play with the brand new Sony 85mm f1.8 FE and the new Sony 100mm f2.8 STM FE G Master. Both lenses performed absolutely wonderfully, but if I really had to put my money on one or the other, I’d personally lean more towards the 85mm. To be fair, I spent most of my time with this lens, and if I spend more time with the 100mm f2.8 then my opinion may change. But I’m a far bigger fan of 85mm focal lengths than 100mm.
The Canon 77D Is for the Amateur Photographer That Doesn’t Think They’re Very Amateur But Not Quite Intermediate Yet
Today, Canon is introducing a few new products that have apparently been terribly kept secrets but also have been making some scratch their heads. To start, the new Canon 77D is supposed to live above the Canon T6s but below the Canon 80D. Why? Well, I’m sure that there’s a good reason if they’re literally creating a new line of camera for it. In some ways, you can imagine it as the two cameras semi-sort of smushed together into one and removing the weather sealing.
But perhaps more exciting is the company’s new Canon T7i or the Canon M6.
If you’ve even decided to click on this article then you’re probably aware of some of the frustrations some of your fellow photographers feel. Let’s preface this: four or five years ago you may have purchased a Fujifilm X Pro 1. Last year it was updated, giving it a sufficient four year life span. Now you want to upgrade, and you’re finding they’re still going for at a ridiculously low price brand new and only a few hundred used. But the newer cameras like the Fujifilm X Pro 2 costs around $1,699. Fujifilm isn’t exclusive to this: so too is Sony and the Micro Four Thirds coalition.
Now if you look at some of the film camera bodies, you’ll start to realize just how well they hold their value–especially if the system is still current.