The Ultimate Micro Four Thirds Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the be all end all guide to the Micro Four Thirds System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we plan to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is the Micro Four Thirds system, powered by Olympus and Panasonic, which continued to offer incredible performance in small packages during 2017.

We have posted several Panasonic, Olympus and overall Micro Four Thirds guides here over the last year regarding cameras and lenses. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on the this system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

Review: Leica CL Digital (Starring the New Leica 18mm f2.8)

The Leica CL digital is finally here; and it performs admirably.

The Leica CL digital is a camera I’ve been waiting a while for; almost 10 years now. But if you rewinded back to the technology world 10 years ago, you saw that mirrorless cameras weren’t even a thing yet, and the Leica M9 hadn’t even launched. Indeed, many photographers have been waiting for a Leica CL digital–something like an M series camera but smaller, more affordable and well built. The newly announced Leica CL digital has design cues harkening back to the original M series cameras but fully embracing the L mount system that is shared between the Leica TL series and the Leica SL series of cameras. With that said, the Leica CL digital houses an APS-C sensor at the heart. So while it isn’t an M mount camera or a full frame camera, it indeed does show Leica has been paying attention to folks.

The Leica CL digital performs very well in most situations; but I think my sentiment is shared with other Leica users that some sort of small M series camera would have been ideal.

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The New Vinta Type II Backpack Has to be One of the Sexiest Things We’ve Seen

The Vinta Type II backpack has a few upgrades from the previous version

When I first reviewed the Vinta S backpack, I acknowledged that it was good with a bit more emphasis on fashion over functionality. But then I went back to revise the review after using it for a few more months; and today it’s one of my most used camera bags. Does it have quick access? No; but none of my camera bags do and I’ve always found that quick access on a backpack is significantly more cumbersome than it is with a messenger bag. However, Vinta’s bags are by far the most comfortable that I’ve ever used and they’re always able to carry everything I need for a quick day trip. Now, Vinta is coming out with a brand new Vinta Type II backpack with a number of major upgrades to the camera bag.

Update: Here’s the Kickstarter link

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The Shimoda Explore 40 and 60 Backpacks Claim to be the Ultimate Adventure Photography Packs

With the Shimoda Explore backpacks, we’ve got a brand new entry into the adventure photography category

Photographers who enjoy backpacking and seeing the world may really warm up to the brand new Shimoda Explore backpacks. These backpacks aren’t designed to look like photography bags but instead more like actual travel adventure packs. When you look at some of the features standard in the Shimoda Explore 40 and Shimoda Explore 60 backpacks, you’ll see a lot of thought was put into their creation. I’ve been personally testing one for a number of weeks now and I can say with certainty this is the first backpack that has allowed me to comfortably pack medium format cameras, lenses, light meters, film, a tripod and more, with little wear and tear on my back.

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Vintage Camera Review: Nikon N80 (Nikon F Mount)

For a really long time, the Nikon F100 was the best buy if you were looking for a Nikon film SLR at a good price that was compatible with most modern lenses. But then people discovered it, and like everything that gets discovered, the price got ruined. The Nikon FM2? Yeah, they’re really expensive now. It’s no secret second hand film cameras are on the up and up when it comes to prices and sales. Not only that, but they’re pretty. Well, most of them are. In the case of the Nikon N80, we’ve got the camera designed to be more consumer oriented and a step down below the famous Nikon F100. But for everything a professional photographer could want or need, it’s highly capable. And unlike digital cameras, all you need is some sharp film, good glass, and a lot of light.

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Moment Announces New iPhone X Cases, Now Available

If you want to get the most out of your iPhone X camera, then this is going to be an announcement you will want to see. 

Moment has been making a name for themselves with their high quality mobile phone add-on lens solutions for various smartphones. In fact, very recently they were a headline product launched alongside Google’s latest flagship phone, and now Moment is getting onboard with Apple’s latest offering – The iPhone X. Continue reading…

Making Your Landscape Photography Look Like Paintings In Camera

One of the artistic ways you can make your landscape photography stand out from the rest is to find a way to turn them into paintings. Not literally, but a method to get that look in camera is one fantastic way of doing things. You may ask yourself, “Why not just do this in post?” Well, the reason why is because everyone can find a way to do it in post, but not everyone has the specific talent to do things in camera and not everyone really wants that “photoshopped look”.

So let’s take a deeper delve into this amazingly simple tutorial.

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Film Emulsion Review: Lomography Color Negative 800 (35mm and 120)

Of all the color negative films Lomography sells, my consistent favorite has to be Lomography Color Negative 800. As the company’s highest ISO color negative film, you should expect to get good colors and some amazingly warm skin tones if you’re into that sort of thing. The film is designed for photographers who need a fast film for a variety of reasons. In some ways, I find it to be in-between both Kodak Portra 800 and Fujifilm Superia 800. Where the latter was the bread and butter for photojournalists for years, Kodak Portra 800 is instead meant for portraits in low light–but I’ve seen it capture some stellar Northern Lights photos. Lomography Color Negative 800 on the other hand works pretty swimmingly for both.

I’ve been testing and using Lomography Color Negative 800 on and off for the past few years in a variety of cameras. I can say with all certainty that it’s probably my favorite alternative to CineStill 800T when shooting at night.

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