Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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Bonus Crazy Comparisons: Bokeh between Fast Leica Primes, Current and Vintage

This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. All images by Horatio Tan. Used with permission.

In order to give something back to my readers, I intend to post these crazy comparisons that may not otherwise be published on other sites, given the availability of the equipment, or the availability of some of my intended combinations. These comparison will not likely be useful for many, but all the same, entertaining, especially if you are a photographer… well… I suppose you’ve got to be a photographer, to some extent, to even visit my site… ha ha!

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How to Become a Legitimate, World Renowned Street Photographer

Street photography is pretty much as simple as going out and shooting photos of people in public–but there are the street photographers that do it better than everyone else and then there are those who do a lot of marketing. Indeed, there are terrible photographers with lots of gigs and sales and conversely there are photographers with great work and no gigs or sales. But the world of the Street photographer is different.

It gets even tougher when it comes to street photography for the reasons that your income will mostly rely on licensing and print sales from galleries. So how do you ensure you’ve got the work that counts? Here’s how!

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The Best Point and Shoot Cameras of 2016 for Street Photography

Fact: you probably shouldn’t be carrying around an interchangeable lens camera to shoot street photography. Truthfully, you don’t really need to. What street photographers need to capture candid slices of life are small, inconspicuous cameras. Surely, a photographer can use a big camera and not be caught–but it’s tough to argue that smaller and more low profile cameras don’t naturally get away with more. Further, you don’t often need more than a single lens.

Want to get out there and document the human condition? Check out these fan favorite cameras.

Editor’s Note: when talking about street photography, we’re also including the genre of urban geometry.

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This Leica M7 Titanium Edition Kit Will Cost You Almost $200,000

As if the rare Leica we reported on yesterday wasn’t enough, there’s currently an even more expensive deal going on right now for a rare Leica M7 Titanium edition three lens kit with the box. The price: so far it’s at $199,500.

Yes, you can have this very rare set rendered in titanium and introduced in 2004. In fact, according to the post, only 50 pieces were ever created. Not only are you getting the M7 though, you’re also scoring a 28mm f2, 50mm f1.4 and 90mm f2 lens. All of these are very highly regarded amongst the Leica community–and though you may probably not want to or care about using them at this price point, the set is pretty pricy.

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For $45,000 This Unopened Box With a Rare Leica Camera is Yours

You’ve all known that Leica cameras are pretty expensive, but according to the seller of this rare leica found by Boing Boing, you don’t know how expensive. This story’s lead image is of an unopened box and an X-ray of the Leica camera inside it. This camera isn’t just any Leica though, it’s of a rare Leica KE-7A which is kind of like a super toughened Leica M4 designed for use by the US Military.

There are no details as to who owned this camera or how the seller even got a hold of it, but it’s quite a fascinating story to be able to know that something like this still exists and that you (if you’ve got the dough) can be the first one to open it.

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My Three Lenses

This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. Editorial by Josh S. Rose. Be sure to also check him out on Instagram. Images and text used with permission

Out of habit (and lust), I read a lot of online reviews of photography equipment. Truth is, I’ve spent too many hours delving into the craftsmanship part of the medium. But it’s a side note to my greater passion, which is shooting. This is why I’m sharing the contents of my camera kit — because in my journeys, I’ve found most reviews of equipment to be written from an expert’s point of view but it’s harder to find a cohesive opinion about a complete camera kit from the point of view of artists. I wish there were more conceptual photographers who shared their set-ups because we could look at their work and make decisions based more on the creative side of photography, rather than the technical.

I offer up a look into my own camera bag because it works so well for me. It’s been chiseled down (over three decades) to be what I consider a perfect “fine art” camera kit. It gets me professional grade shots for everything I love to shoot, which is real life, but even more, it is a set-up specifically designed around photography as a form of self-expression.

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Give Film a Shot!

This is a syndicated blog post. All images and text by Emanuele Faja. Used with permission.

We are in the 21st century. The world has gone digital. It has changed the way we communicate, watch movies, listen to music and take photos. Nowadays you can take a photo on your mobile phone and it will already be on your home computer when you get home. Everything is synced in the cloud and computers are getting smaller and more portable. We used to talk about kilobytes and megabytes we now talk gigabytes and terabytes. Computing power keeps doubling every 18 months and the forward march of technology is seemingly unstoppable.

Who would dream of using a camera that doesn’t require batteries to operate?

The answer is: A surprising number of people.
The real question of course, is why? That’s what I will be discussing in this post.

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Black and White JPEGs: The New Cool Camera Feature?

“Always shoot in RAW” is quite a good statement to live by; but with the incredibly beautiful black and white image renderings that more modern cameras can offer, it’s easy for even the toughest reviewers to be perfectly okay with the JPEG renderings of some newer cameras. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should just shoot in JPEG necessarily, but considering the amount of really good black and white work currently out on the internet, it’s really tough to sit back and say that you’re going to go about willingly spending more time editing when you don’t necessarily have to.

To that end, who cares what you shoot if you’ve got a damned good photo?

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Imagination First, Gear Second.


This blog post and the images are a syndicated post from Emanuele Faja. They are being used with permission.

I am writing this essay because I am getting a feeling that photography is becoming more and more about the gear and less and less about the photographs. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about…

Also, this can apply to any discipline, not just photography.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite amazing when new cameras come out with never-before-seen features and they blow everybody’s mind but that’s not really what photography is about, is it?

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How Likely is Fujifilm to Get Into Medium Format?

Photokina 2016 is going to be a very big time for the photo industry if what we’ve seen so far for this year is any hint of what’s to come. One thing that’s been on the mind of Fujifilm camera owners is if a full frame mirrorless camera or a medium format camera would be on the way at all. For years, Fujifilm was well known for its very good medium format film cameras; and in some ways it would make a lot of sense if an X Trans sensor found itself stuffed into a medium format rangefinder style camera or even a proper 645 DSLR.

But how likely is this to really happen?

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HUAWEI and Leica Are Trying to Change Smartphone Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica XE product images (3 of 10)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.5

This morning, Leica and HUAWEI announced a partnership that they claim is going to change smartphone photography. Specifically, the press release states that it’s going to apply to the optics and the camera within the phones.

This is evident in the press release where Dr. Andreas Kaufmann of Leica Camera AG states  “I’m pleased and convinced that the traditional German medium-sized company Leica Camera will bring its values and comprehensive expertise in optical engineering to the long-term partnership with HUAWEI in order to achieve the best possible imaging results in the field of smartphone photography – and to take it to the next level of quality.”

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The Ultimate Leica M3 Review


This is a syndicated blog post from Emanuele Faja. It and the images in this post are being syndicated with permission.

This is an old review of mine that I felt was worth publishing as many people found it useful at the time. It’s highly tongue-in-cheek, but there’s plenty of good information here. Oh, and I had my Leica M3 stolen, so I don’t own one anymore.

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The New Lomography Jupiter 3+ Art Lens Offers Gorgeous Bokeh

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Lomography has been on a roll with lots of their new art lenses, and the latest addition being announced today is their Jupiter 3+ LENS (1.5/50 L39/M). It’s a 50mm f1.5 lens that comes in both L39 screw mount and Leica M mount–very similar to the older Leica glass and some Voigtlander screwmount lenses. This lens a collaboration between Lomography and Zenit; and to that end the body is made of chrome plated brass with full glass optics. Because of the mount, it can be easily adapted to many other formats like Sony FE, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, etc.

It can focus as closely as 0.7m–which is an improvement over many other rangefinder and screwmount lenses. This lens is also rangefinder coupled; so if you’ve got an older Leica or Voigtlander Bessa-R then you can use it with the rangefinder working with no issues.

More tech specs and sample photos are after the jump. It’s launching today for a price point of $699.

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The Leica X-U is the First Underwater Camera with an APS-C Sensor


For the first time, it seems like Leica is getting into the underwater camera market. Their entry is called the Leica X-U, and it’s also rated to be shockproof, waterproof, dust-sealed and what they’re calling “winterized.”

But in all honesty, this isn’t just some run of the mill underwater tough cam–instead, it’s a premium point and shoot in every respect. The Leica X-U has an APS-C sensor with 16.5MP and in front of it is a 23mm f1.7 ASPH lens. The camera can also go down to 49 feet. The camera also sports a 3-inch LCD screen.

The design is a collaboration with Audi Design, and so it also sports aluminum control dials, has a non-lsip body, a double locking battery compartment and memory card slot, and can shoot 1080p HD video at 30p.

The Leica X-U (Typ 113), priced at $2,950 will be available by the end of January at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer. Expensive? Sure–but to be very fair here, this is genuinely a one of a kind. No one else offers a tough cam with an APS-C sensor and one with a bright f1.7 lens.

Leica Announces Three New Wide Angle M Mount Lenses


Today, Leica is announcing three new M mount lenses. Sure, they’re expensive, but Leica photographers will probably really, really care about them if they’re not already set with their current setup. The new lenses are a Summicron 28mm f2, Summicron 35mm f2, and a 28mm f2.8 Elmarit. All of the lenses are made in Germany and include a full metal rectangular hood with a thread mount and a metal lens cap.

And of course, they’re not cheap…then again Leica quality isn’t cheap either.

The 28mm f2 will retail for $3,995 while the 35mm f2 goes for $2,785 and the 28mm f2.8 goes for $2,195. At the moment, there aren’t very many details. But when they’re released, this post will be updated.


Daniel Schaefer: Honing Narrative Portraiture Skills (NSFW)


All images by Daniel Schaefer. Used with permission.

If you’re not familiar with who photographer Daniel Schaefer is, then what you should know first and foremost is that he is probably one of the most driven, self-motivated and determined photographers under the age of 30 that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s been featured on Japan Camera Hunter and also here on the site before. Daniel has worked for Leica and so many other companies in the industry; he demonstrates the drive that it takes to survive in the creative world.

For the past couple of years, he’s been shooting, studying and honing his craft in the photography space. He’s also become significantly better at portraiture.

To book a portrait session or one on one custom tailored workshop with Daniel, visit his website.

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Andrew Kochanowski: Street Photography in a 2D Box

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All images by Andrew Kochanowski. Used with permission.

“You’ve got a two dimensional box to try to stuff with three dimensions worth of information, while the light is what it is,” says photographer Andrew Kochanowski. Andrew has been photographing for many years now, and his main passion is street photography.

One of the things that Andrew does differently is going out to photograph with intent. By that, he references that when he’s going to get groceries, he doesn’t bring his camera with him. Instead, Andrew goes to shoot only when he can fully put himself into that mentality.

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The ONA Bowery for Leica is Designed for Leica Cameras


Today, ONA is announcing a brand new collaboration with Leica. No, this isn’t another Berlin camera bag, but instead it’s a brand new version of the Bowery. This version, called the ONA Bowery for Leica, has a full grain leather exterior that looks like its been used and abused just a tad–which many photographers may like. It also sports brass hardware, which means that it will ve very durable in use. This bag is designed for Leica M, Leica Q, and Leica T, Leica X, and Leica SL cameras. More specifically, the Bowery for Leica can carry a camera and one or two extra lenses. Of course though, feel free to stuff your Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus or Panasonic gear in there.

There’s also another new feature according to the press release, “Thanks to a detachable strap, the Bowery for Leica can be used as a stand-alone camera bag or as a insert to protect camera gear in a larger bag.”

Want one? It will cost $279. More images are after the jump.

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Dear Lens Manufacturers: Please Bring Back the Depth of Field Scale

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (4 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

For years, photographers relied on the depth of field scale to help them achieve better focusing results. It was used in combination with a system called the Zone Focusing system, otherwise known as hyperfocal length shooting.

Then autofocus was developed and for a while, effective depth of field scales disappeared on autofocus lenses. While autofocus algorithms have come a long way, many of us still really love using that depth of field scale–and by many of us I’m talking about the street photography community that many lens manufacturers sometimes target with specific products.

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Hurry! This Rare Canon 50mm f0.75 Lens Can Be Yours


Have you ever wanted all the bokeh? I’m not just talking about lots of it–I genuinely mean all the bokeh; like holy crap it’s so blurry I can’t see anything oh man I may just have an astigmatism type of bokeh?

Well, there are these lenses and then a very rare Canon 50mm f0.75 lens available for bidding right now on eBay according to what Canon Watch is saying. With an aperture that wide open, you’re bound to get lots of bokeh–sort of. You see, it was developed to focus an image onto the face of a 1″ video camera tube and so it has a very limited focusing range. However, because it uses a Leica 39mm screw mount, you can probably put it onto your camera with an adapter; though it’s also bound to vignette.

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