Film Review: Kodak Tri-X 400 (35mm and 120; Various Formats)

Opening photo by Håkan Dahlström. Used with a Creative Commons License.

Arguably the most famous black and white film of our time has to be Kodak Tri-x 400; it’s been with photojournalists for years and years. These days though, most folks can’t tell the difference between Kodak Tri-x 400 and so many other emulsions on the market. Despite this, it’s still the most popular black and white film currently available with the highest possibility of never going discontinued.

So, let’s start this review, shall we?

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5 Reasons for Portrait Photographers to Get Super Excited About the New Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG Art Lens

Yesterday, the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens was announced–and it’s an understandably amazing reason for portrait photographers to get very hyped up. The 135mm focal length is one of the best options out there for portrait photographers. It does a whole lot of compression of your subject and is often perfect for headshots. Of course, you’re standing pretty far back away from them but the lens is capable of delivering so many great looks that you’re bound to just fall in love with its capabilities.

So here are some reasons why we’re so hyped about the new Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art lens.

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Review: Canon 28mm f3.5 IS STM (Canon EF-M)

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.

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Review: Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 (Canon EF)

In very recent times, lots of companies have started to tout the fact that they can create wide angle lenses with little to no distortion – and the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 lens is one of those that puts itself to a claim like that. If you’re from the camp of photographers that highly doubts what the company is capable of because you’re a Canon, Nikon, or Sigma user, then I implore you to consider opening your mind up a bit. The Laowa lenses are very good, very affordable, and capable of doing incredible work in the hands of skilled photographers. With an all metal build to them, manual apertures, manual focus, and fantastic image quality all around, there isn’t much someone can complain about when working with a lens like the Laowa 12mm f2.8.

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Review: Olympus M. Zuiko 30mm f3.5 (Micro Four Thirds)

You really have to give it to Olympus: even when you’re not working with their highest-end glass, the image quality is still super stellar–and that’s the case with the new Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro lens. It isn’t one of the company’s best built lenses, but it also isn’t one of their worst. Rendering the equivalent of a 60mm f7 field of view in the full frame equivalent, you have little to no reason to stop a lens down like this.

And beyond there, there is a whole lot to love here.

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Review: Sigma 12-24mm f4 DG HSM Art (Canon EF)

When you think about where Sigma was in 2011, you wouldn’t at all have thought the company would produce a lens like the Sigma 12-24mm f4 DG HSM Art lens( $1,599.00 ). In a time where the digital photography world is all about just cranking out product after product, it’s also incredible to see just how well Sigma lenses hold their value after aging for a number of years. With the Sigma 12-24mm f4 DG HSM Art lens, you get a constant F4 aperture, a bit of weather sealing, a pretty good build quality overall despite heaviness, and really good image quality.

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Review: Sony 50mm f2.8 Macro (Sony FE)

Sony has a number of 50mm lens offerings for full frame E mount cameras: the 50mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4, and now the company’s 50mm f2.8 Macro. Posited as the company’s budget macro lens offering, it’s designed to be affordable. That means that you’re not going to get the best of anything from a lens like this, but it still is rather usable.

Overall though, I just can’t get excited about it.

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Review: Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art (Canon EF)

The answer to the question that you’re wondering is yes, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens is indeed much better than the previous version of the lens. At higher megapixels, you start to see the flaws of the older version, but the newer one exudes an image quality that is truly unbelievable. Additionally, it sports a bit of weather sealing. And the ultimate answer to whether or not you should upgrade really has to do with your own intentions. If you absolutely want to stick to using DSLR cameras, then this is a must-buy lens.

But holy crap, is it huge!

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