Benjo Arwas Combines Photography and 8mm Footage for a Fashion Campaign

All images and videos by Benjo Arwas. Used with Creative Commons permission.

It’s been a while since the vintage look has made a comeback in many creative aspects, but the visual appeal hasn’t waned. In the realm of fashion, for example, we see that nostalgia sells, not only in style itself but also in how it’s presented to the fashion-forward. Case in point is the beautiful Holiday 2017 campaign done by Los Angeles-based Benjo Arwas for designer brand Anine Bing.

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The VNTG8 8mm Film Canisters Are Repurposed to Carry Memory Cards

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Memory cards, chances are if you are a photographer you have a nice collection of these that you need to protect and keep with you when you go out on jobs. But let’s be real for a second, most of the time the carrying cases that we find for these are pretty ugly and many don’t even offer all that great of protection. VNTG8 is looking to change that with their new Vintage memory card case which may be the coolest new way for you to carry your cards around.

As you can see the idea behind the VNTG8 Memory Card case is a call back to the early days of motion picture film when rolls of 8mm film had to be toted around in order for movies to be made. These small rolls, which once held up to 200 feet of 8mm film, are being repurposed by VNTG8 with a special custom foam insert to convert them into stylish and uniquely vintage modern memory card holders.

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Review: Rokinon 8mm f2.8 Fisheye II (Fujifilm X)

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Ever wondered what the world would look like through the eyes of a fish? If you have, and even if you haven’t, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 II fisheye lens is here to satisfy that curiosity. With 180-degree field of view and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 12mm, Rokinon’s lens is here to satisfy special purposes and give Go-Pro users an alternative. Like all of Rokinon’s offerings, it has an aperture ring and large focusing ring, giving you considerable control of the glass. And like all of the company’s offerings, the lens is a fully manual focus offering. Continue reading…

Rokinon Updates 8mm f2.8 Fisheye, Releases 10mm f2.8 and 12mm f2.0

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Very recently, Rokinon announced a couple of updates to their lens lineup. Their very good 8mm f2.8 fisheye was updated to version two, and the company also introduced their new 10mm f2.8 for APS-C DSLRs and 12mm f2 for mirrorless cameras. As with all things Rokinon, the lenses are manual focusing and also have full manual apertures. Many of the company’s lenses do not have coupling, so there will be no communication between the camera and the lens (with the exception of their offerings for Nikon DSLRs.) This also means that you’ll need to turn your cameras off of the automatic modes.

We’ve used lots of Rokinon’s lenses and often find lots of them to be super sharp–though problems do occur with quality control specifically with the focusing scale. But to fair, that’s only happened to us once.

We’re going to be calling in review units soon, but in the meantime you can check out the tech specs after the jump.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to the Right Rokinon/Samyang Lenses for You

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If you’re in the market for affordable, quality primes, it’s hard to ignore Samyang and Rokinon lenses.

Over a very long period of time, staff members of The Phoblographer have reviewed countless lenses. Most notably, though, we’ve reviewed nearly all Samyang and Rokinon lenses and the Samyang variants that have been produced to date. We’ve been genuinely pleased with the production quality and overall image quality from these Samyang and Rokinon lenses, so we’ve compiled a roundup of our reviews. If you’re looking for affordable primes with excellent image quality, this guide to Rokinon and Samyang lenses has you covered.

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The Rokinon 8mm f2.8 Fisheye We Reviewed A While Ago Will Soon Be Available

A couple months ago we reviewed the Rokinon 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens for Sony NEX here on The Phoblographer. We were pretty smitten with its compactness, ergonomics and overall quality (build and image wise), and are all the more happy to be able to announce that the lens will soon be available for general purchase. (It should have been available months ago, but apparently Samyang had some delay in its production.) Since the lens is designed for APS-C mirrorless formats, it is only logical that Samyang will ship it in both Sony NEX and Samsung NX mount. The lens will be available from July, and retails under the Rokinon brand name for GBP 279.99 / EUR 349.99 (~ USD 430).

Rokinon lenses can be purchased from B&H, who should have the new lens in stock as soon as it becomes available.

Samyang/Rokinon 8mm f2.8 Fisheye Specs

Focal length: 8mm
Angle of view: 180°
Max. aperture: f2.8
Min. aperture: f22
Min. focusing distance: 30 cm (~ 12 in)
Optical construction: 10 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical, 1 ED)
Size (L x D): NEX: 55.8 mm x 60 mm (2.2 in x 2.36 in) / NX: 48.3 mm x 60 mm (1.9 in x 2.36 in)
Weight: NEX: 217 g (7.65 oz) / NX: 203 g (7.16 oz)

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Review: Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye (For Nikon)

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I was extremely pleased with the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 and to this day still believe that it is one of the best lenses I’ve tested. So when the new 8mm f3.5 fisheye was announced, I was pleasantly surprised to test it out. Being an all manual lens and coupled with the Nikon D5100’s electronic rangefinder abilities, I thought to myself that this lens has to perform exceptionally well.

And then the testing began…

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