Gøneja Captures the Magic of His Queer Community

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“My queer family are the first people I ever photographed,” the Berlin-based artist Gøneja tells me. “And they’re the ones I continue to portray to this day.” He’s embarked on countless adventures with this chosen family, whether they’re dancing the night away at Berghain, the iconic (and famously hard-to-get-into) club in the heart of the city, or spending the day exploring a quiet village in the Polish countryside. Their faces appear time and again, in darkened interiors and sun-drenched landscapes, as you make your way through his newest book, Rituals

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The Cost of Being Different. Leica 75mm F2 SL Review

This is probably the best portrait lens the L Mount has.

It took me a while to figure out the right headline for this review. The Leica 75mm f2 SL is a beautiful lens with wonderful image quality. Technically it’s not an odd focal length. If you put a 50mm lens on most APS-C cameras, you’ll get a 75mm focal length. If you’ve used Leica lenses for a while, you’ve probably used a 75mm lens. This is one of my favorite lenses for the SL lenses. In my mind, it’s one of the best portrait lenses for the system. Make no mistake; comparatively speaking, you’re probably paying quite the premium. But, at the same time, this lens has no comparison.

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You Don’t NEED The Meyer-Optik Nocturnus 75mm F0.95 and All the Bokeh it Offers

Given today’s technology, Do we even need 0.95 lenses like the Nocturnus?

It is like Dr. Malcom says in Jurassic Park (and I am paraphrasing here) “Everyone was so caught up in whether or not you could do it, no one stopped to wonder if you should do it.” I think that is where a lot of people are making the mistake with all of this hubbub about the new Meyer-Optik Nocturnus 75mm 0.95 lens. We live in an age where we can push our cameras to insane ISO levels and still have a fairly clean and usable image, we aren’t using 35mm film and trying to squeeze what we can out of ISO 800 or ISO 3200 film.

So today I am here to ask this question; a lot of you are running around going nuts over this lens because Meyer-Optik could make this 75mm 0.95 beast of a lens, but I am going to put the brakes on for a minute and ask the serious question of whether or not they should make this lens. Continue reading…

For $18,000 Get This Sony E Mount Astro-Berlin Tachonar 75mm f1 Lens

Care for some rare Astro-Berlin glass to pair with your Sony E Mount camera? 

It’s been a while, but we’re back with our latest ebay find for all you fans of vintage gear out there. Today, it’s a rare Astro-Berlin Tachonar 75mm f1.0 lens, an ultra-high speed lens that was modified for Sony E Mount cameras. If you’re looking for a unique German lens and have around $18,000 to spare, you might want to check this listing out.

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If You’re Buying an Analog M Mount Camera, Consider the Viewfinder Magnification

The Viewfinder Magnification of an M Mount Camera means a whole lot depending on how you shoot.

Every photographer at one point in their life should own at least one Leica M mount camera. That doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to be made by Leica though–Voigtlander and Zeiss offered very solid options that you can get in great condition. While some may scoff at the prices, it goes without saying that many M mount cameras are built exceptionally well and are essentially timepieces. But if you’re going to get one, don’t just get it based on price. You’ll need to look at what the viewfinders can offer and a few other options.

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Review: Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar – the LEGENDARY Original Version

When a door closes, a window opens. I was expecting to be loaned an M-mount lens, or at the very least, a lens with an M-mount adapter. Instead, what I received from the UPS delivery man was an Exakta-mount lens with a Sony E-mount adapter.

Exakta? I haven’t seen one of those since high school? I guess I won’t be shooting with a Leica M10.

The specific lens I was loaned was a Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar (circa 1939 to 1960), which just happened to also be the same lens Oprema used to base the design of their new 75 Biotar. In case you haven’t heard, Oprema is the company that’s bringing back the 75 Biotar. They asked me if I was interested in writing about it. I accepted the opportunity, because I was curious. When I first heard the announcement, I was going to invest in an M-mount version of this legendary lens. But then, I discovered on eBay how much of a premium legendary demanded, and thus quickly came back to my senses.

Oddly in this case, legendary also meant the lens I was loaned came attached with a Sony E-mount adapter? That was completely unexpected. But then, it didn’t matter. In the end, it worked out all the same… opening doors with a full frame Sony.

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Cosina Announces New SL II N Lenses At CP+

The new Voigtländer Color Skopar 28/2.8 SL II N. Picture by DC Watch

At their showcase on CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, Cosina presented a number of new Voigtländer lenses in Canon and Nikon mount. The new series of SL II N lenses comprises the well-known 20mm f3.5 Color Skopar, 40mm f2 Ultron and 58mm f1.4 Nokton lenses. Additionally, Cosina presented an SLR version of their 75mm f1.8 Heliar Classic lens (previously available only in Leica M-mount) as well as a completely new 28mm f2.8 Color Skopar pancake lens. Read more after the jump.

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