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Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 shot wide open. You're not going to get bokeh like this with the Olympus offering.

Medium Format SLR cameras aren’t incredibly expensive compared to their digital descendants, but some of them can be quite pricey if you’re looking for the very best. Indeed, there are some cameras that when mentioned will make a photographer’s jaw drop. Medium format can give a photographer better image quality than 35mm and 35mm digital while also providing them with a fairly portable camera to do their professional work. But amongst those cameras, four stand out as some of our favorites.

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chris gampat the phoblographer yashica electro 35 gsn camera reivew (1 of 4)

April is all about analog film photography. With Film Photography Day coming up and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day after that, now is a better time than ever to get your butt out there and start shooting with film to improve yourself as a photographer by forcing yourself to put more effort into each image.

But choosing the right camera for you can be a complicated decision. It can be incredibly difficult and intimidating. But this guide is designed to make it simpler for you.

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Pentax 70-200mm f2.8

It seems that a Pentax full frame camera is finally on the horizon and slated to be released this year according to Pentax Forums. And part of the proof is in the company’s latest releases with their brand new 70-200mm f2.8 and their Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW Lens. Both lenses are K mount and are designed for a full frame camera of some sort–which means that Pentax has indeed been working on creating new zoom options in addition to updating many of their primes to have the company’s branded HD coatings.

More tech specs are after the jump along with images and pricing.

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All images by Simon Chetrit. Used with permission.

Photographer Simon Chetrit has been shooting for many years now, and he’s almost never seen here in Brooklyn without his venerable Pentax 67. Simon has used the camera for many years and bonded with it in some ways. Every photographer has a camera that helped them build their career, and his is the 67. Simon tells us that the camera helped him develop confidence in himself and get over shyness when interacting with strangers on the streets.

Like many other modern film shooters, Simon loves the fact that shooting film forces him to put more effort into the photo before he even presses the shutter.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (6 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

The post holiday savings on cameras, lenses, and more continue to add up. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony and Olympus deals are abound, and here are the best.

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©Jesse Frohman

All images by Jesse Frohman. Used with permission.

The assignment was to photograph Kurt Cobain and Nirvana for the London Observer. Jesse Frohman had everything ready to go for an 11am shoot on location, when the call came in that he would have to photograph the band in the basement of the Omni Hotel, which wasn’t the agreed-upon location. Moreover, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was hours late for a five-hour shoot, and when he did arrive, he was high. This, however, didn’t hinder Frohman, an accomplished portrait photographer who had worked for Irving Penn, a legend in his own right. The shoot at the Omni Hotel led into Nirvana’s iconic Unplugged in New York concert with MTV. Now, more than 20 years after Cobain’s death, Jesse has compiled that shoot into a book, “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session.”

You can check out more of Jesse’s work on his website. But we talked to Mr. Frohman about the last iconic session nearly 20 years later.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited and condensed.


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