The Sterile Look: The Problems with Camera Lenses Being Too Good

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When you look at camera lenses made for photographers, we can all say that they’ve arguably become better and better. Lenses today are sharper than they’ve ever been, more contrasty, able to keep lens flare down, and able to render incredible colors. Part of this came from marketing and everyone who believes they are an expert on the internet involving lab test scores to compete for the favor of many. This ultimately translates into awards and sales. This is fine in some ways, but the problem is lenses eventually start becoming something designed too much for engineers and those who don’t necessarily know better, and less for the actual photographers themselves. If you peruse any Facebook group with the more experienced photographers, you’ll see that they bring their own creative vision to life using software and lighting in their own ways.

This is the inherent problem with photography these days. What am I talking about?

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6 Weather Sealed Wide Angle Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras

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If you’re an adventurer or a photographer that gets outside often, there are a number of wonderful lenses you can get your hands on to create compelling images in the elements. Many photographers tend to go for wide angle lenses, and these tend to give images that convey how they feel about the vast expanse before them when out hiking. But otherwise, they’re used by street photographers in the rain or sometimes even for certain types of portraits.

Here are six weather sealed wide angle lenses that we love for mirrorless cameras.

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I Miss the CCD Sensor: A Love Letter to Older Digital Cameras

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I’m about to say something that is going to be very unpopular with many of you, but will make a whole load of sense to those of you experienced enough to truly realize what I’m saying. CMOS sensors in cameras these days are all good. The ones in phones, dedicated cameras, etc. They work and they’re all highly capable of delivering beautiful results. I’d guarantee you that if you put the output from a Sony camera and a Canon camera side by side, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell which is which. Why? They’re all so perfect. Because of this, I honestly really miss the CCD sensor–the unique look that it was able to deliver rendered images to resemble chrome film and gave us beautiful flaws that could easily be embraced by the most crafty amongst us. Indeed, the “bad results” truly brought out those of us that could make lemonade out of a pile of lemons.

It’s a tune I’ve been singing for years now.

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Fujifilm Explains the Difference between the 23mm f2 Lens on X100 vs the Weather Sealed Version

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Since the announcement of the new Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR lens for X series cameras, photographers have been wondering what some of the big differences are between the new lens and the one found in the X100 series of cameras. Of course, one has weather sealing and the other is pancake sized. But what else? So we spoke to Fujifilm about it. And here’s their response.

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The Phase One IQ1 100MP Digital Back Is Probably More Than You Need


Today at Photokina 2016, Phase One is bringing us a brand new 100MP digital camera back in the form of the IQ1. And for $32,990 you’ll be able to pixel peep to your heart’s content while whispering sweet nothings to your monitor alone in the dark with your computer.

The new sensor in the IQ11 10MP Digital back is a full frame 645 medium format sensor that ranges from ISO 50-12,800–and sports 16 bit color depth with 15 stops of dynamic range.

In addition, Phase One is adding two new Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring lenses. The 150mm f/2.8 IF is the fastest Blue Ring telephoto lens, and the 45mm f/3.5 gives photographers a bit more to work with on the wider end.

More specs are after the jump.

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Olympus Announces New E-PL8 Pen, 25mm f1.2 PRO, and More!


At Photokina 2016, Olympus is announcing their new 25mm f1.2 PRO lens in addition to many other long awaited products including the new Olympus Pen E-PL8 mirrorless camera. The camera is pretty compact and sleek, and boasts a load of features like a 180 flip screen for selfies, wifi, premium dials, rounder edges for your hands, leather textures, a touch screen, and so much more. One of the biggest features has to do with Video and how they work with Wifi.

Then there are new lenses like the ED 12-100mm f4 IS PRO lens which will be about the size of the company’s 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. It will also boast 5-axis stabilization with what Olympus claims to be 6.5 stops of shutter compensation.

Even more exciting though is their new 25mm f1.2 Pro lens coming in at $1,199.99. Olympus made a special design for this lens that moves only a single element when autofocusing. It’s also completely weather sealed and will ship in October. More details are after the jump.




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Tutorial: How to Create Film-like Images in Your Digital Camera

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Just shoot film–that’s the first thing that we’re going to tell you when it comes to shooting images that look and feel more film-like; but we also know that not everyone lives by a film development lab. However, there are characteristics of film that can be mimicked in-camera and without the use of (though very good) preset emulsion sets. Some of this has to do with realizing exactly what film does.

If you’re looking to get that look right out of camera, here’s how.

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