One of the problems with digital photography for years has been high ISO output. While it’s become much better when you look at the photos on a screen, it’s still not perfect when it comes to printing. With film, you can tell that you’re looking at film grain when you enlarge and print a photo at something like 17×22 paper. But with digital, you’re bound to find digital looking noise; and it’s very apparent in the color noise, etc. But in the past few years, a few cameras have come around that produce fantastic results at higher ISOs. Here are some of our favorites.
One of the big draws to any mirrorless system is the ability to use old adapted glass as a way to both save money and introduce some creative imperfection into your images. Fujifilm’s X-Series cameras come with the styling of older vintage cameras, and as such many old manual focus film lenses actually look right at home on a camera like the X-Pro 2 or X-T20 .
Utilizing adapted lenses on your Fujifilm X-Series camera is pretty simple, but for those of you who may be new to the idea, let me just break it down for you real quick. There is, to my knowledge, only one adapter currently that works ‘natively’ with the X-Series cameras, and that is the Fujifilm produced Leica adapter. This adapter communicates with the camera and has some little niceties that third party adapters don’t, but unless you already have Leica glass lying around, we don’t really recommend running out and dropping money on those – at least from a budget minded perspective it makes no sense. Continue reading…
There are a number of photographers out there who consider the 6×7 format of medium format film to be the only really medium format type. Part of this has to do with the fact that it’s right in between small format (35mm) and large format (4×5). It’s quite a bit larger than 645 format and much larger than 35mm format. It can also prove to be very difficult to work with simply because you need to be super critical about your focusing.
So if you’re looking for a 6×7 format camera to work with, check out this list.
Manfrotto just introduced a brand new lineup of camera bags called the Manfrotto Manhattan Collection. As the lifestyle imagery implies along with the name, the Manhattan collection targets the NYC based photographer who commutes using the subway system, bikes, etc. But that doesn’t mean those are the only photographers who may be attracted to it. In fact, photographers in Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, and other cities like Berlin may be widening their eyes.
There are three bags in the lineup: The Manfrotto Manhattan Mover 50 backpack, Manfrotto Manhattan Speedy 10 Messenger Bag and the Manhattan Changer 20 Shoulder bag.
Many photographers, myself included, often tout the ability of mirrorless cameras to utilize old film era lenses to save money and try new focal lengths without breaking the bank. But when does this make sense, and when does it start to be a bad decision?
Well, the whole benefit to it is utilizing lenses you may already own, thereby saving you money. Where some people go wrong is by going out and finding film era glass to buy specifically for their mirrorless camera. Ok, let me back up, because buying an old lens on its own isn’t a bad idea, but there is a point where the cost of that old manual glass starts to come really close to native glass you can get for your camera and at that point, it makes much more sense to just save a little longer and get the native glass for your camera.
All images by Amy O’Boyle. Used with permission.
Photographer Amy O’Boyle is perhaps one of the more unique photographers to have submitted for a feature in our upcoming Analog zine. Amy is a photographer who shoots weddings and portraits for a living and occasionally does fashion. She uses both medium format and 35mm format to create the photos that she does. But on top of that, she’s a fantastic photographer.
Below is her submission.
Have you caught the Film photography bug and started eyeing 35mm film cameras? Maybe you are seeing all of these digital photographers trying to emulate the look of film or you have seen the work of some modern day film photographers and it has inspired you to pick up some Ilford or Kodak? Continue reading…
Don’t worry Pentax users, you can all breathe a sigh of relief because Ricoh isn’t planning on killing off the Pentax brand and probably not the Ricoh GR series either. The rumor started not too long ago when Ricoh made a statement that could have been interpreted as the company considering closing their camera business and Pentax down. Of course with the viral nature of the internet and the way photographers love to speculate on Facebook and other social media platforms, it spread across the photo world like wildfire. Adding fuel to that wildfire is a very big fact: despite the fact that Pentax and Ricoh do a great job producing fantastic cameras that often stand out from all the rest, their sales just have never quite been there.
However, the company offered a clarification on the statement.