It’s the Camera Strap That Makes a Pro, Stupid!

It’s the Camera Strap That Makes a Pro, Stupid!

It must be true. Read it on the Internet. And I quote: “The quickest way to tell an amateur with a fancy DSLR from a pro before they even begin shooting is to watch where they hang their strap (…) Amateurs put it over their necks, like the woman in the photo: Must be the […]

Photography 2.0 — Lytro Illum Camera a Whopping $1,000 Off

Photography 2.0 — Lytro Illum Camera a Whopping $1,000 Off

If you ever toyed with the idea of wanting a Lytro Illum camera, now is probably the time to put this idea into action. With a list price of $1,299, this certainly revolutionary camera now costs $379 on Amazon. It is not only a camera that redefines photography. Lytro turns our conception of photography on […]

Nikon DL18-50 — That Little Camera to Always Be With You

Nikon DL18-50 — That Little Camera to Always Be With You

In case you’ve missed it, Nikon introduced a gem of a premium compact camera, the DL18-50 F1.8-2.8 with a fast wide zoom, ideal for reporting, street work, family snaps, travel, you name it. Nikon lauds the camera’s lens as the fastest ultra wide Nikkor lens ever. The mirrorless series’ DL name stands for, well, Digital […]

Olympus PEN F — World’s Probably Most Beautiful Digital Camera

Olympus PEN F — World’s Probably Most Beautiful Digital Camera

There’s always a better time to buy a digital camera. Something better, faster, technically more advanced is always around the corner. Not so this time. Chapeau Olympus to the Olympus PEN F. What an iconic piece of beautifully crafted and designed precision engineering. A tribute to the original PEN F produced between 1963 to 1966, […]

Vienna Ball and the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G SE

Vienna Ball and the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G SE

Another outing with the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G special edition (the one with the silver ring), this time the Vienna Ball Bangkok. It’s a solid no-nonsense performer with buttery smooth bokeh and reasonably fast autofocus. Very light with just 190 grams, it doesn’t feel like a cheap build at all. Knurling used in manual-focus lenses is […]

A BIF Hole in the Market

A BIF Hole in the Market

By BENGT NYMAN Bird photography is one of the most challenging and rewarding kinds of photography. Free range, hand-held, birds-in-flight photography requires long reach, high resolution, fast and accurate autofocus and effective vibration reduction. Today this equals big and heavy equipment, similar to that used for professional sports photography. However, as opposed to sports, BIF […]

What if… Less Is More and Cheaper Gear Tops

What if… Less Is More and Cheaper Gear Tops

Had a bit of a frustrating and at the same time enlightening experience during an assignment in Singapore. The most rewarding part was that while covering a news event, established camera crews were running around with big old camera gear plus sound guy. All I had to shoot a video was the humble Lumia 830 […]

$34,900 Only — Buy Yourself a Vintage Camera Museum

$34,900 Only — Buy Yourself a Vintage Camera Museum

Would you have any idea how to make use of this beautiful lot of 600 Zeiss Ikon, Nikon, Leica, Canon, Rollei and Kodak cameras from the 1880 to 1980 period? Great eBay auction. A 100% positive seller auctioning off a lot of 600 Vintage Cameras — see the auction here. Totally tempted to hit the […]

Canon’s New 5DS Beasts — If the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

Canon’s New 5DS Beasts — If the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

Right after announcement with a flood of emails arriving I was quite excited. Amazing stuff. Full-frame Canon 5D siblings with an astonishing 50.6MP sensor. On second thought though the enthusiasm vanished. Not because the new Canon 5DS and 5DS R are no astonishing cameras — the latter has a “self-canceling” AA filter. Sounds Nikon D800Eish? […]

What to Make of the Über-Sony A7 II?

What to Make of the Über-Sony A7 II?

We’re not yet at the second Sony Alpha A7 generation, and look what Sony comes up with: the Alpha A7 II, a full-frame mirrorless with 5-axis image stabilization, the first of it’s kind in the full-frame market which is where the hopes of the world’s three leading camera makers lie. The A7 II embodies the […]

And You Thought Today’s Cameras Look Great

And You Thought Today’s Cameras Look Great

God bless the French. This is probably the most extensive, most beautiful and most bizarre collection of cameras you’ll ever lay eyes upon. It’s impossible to find your own favorites from the Collection Appareils, an online vault of the most amazing cameras assembled by a French guy named Sylvain Halgand. It’s an astonishing encyclopedic collection […]

When Maximum Detail Matters — High Resolution or Long Lens?

When Maximum Detail Matters — High Resolution or Long Lens?

By BENGT NYMAN High resolution or long lens? This might seem like an odd question. However, it’s really not. For many purposes an 8MP image is enough resolution to convey the image. For magazine prints, 16MP can often do the job. For most applications 24MP are enough. Consequently, many photographers still label high resolution like […]

It’s Getting Crowded in the Full-Frame World

It’s Getting Crowded in the Full-Frame World

Still too early to write off the DSLR world, isn’t it, especially the DSLR full-frame or FX world or whatever you want to call the digital equivalent to film’s 35mm standard. Who would have thought a few years ago, when smaller mirrorless Micro Four Thirds and APS-C formats were making serious inroads, who would have […]

Don’t Just Shoot 50mm Because Henri Cartier-Bresson Did So

Don’t Just Shoot 50mm Because Henri Cartier-Bresson Did So

It is no coincidence that Henri Cartier-Bresson preferred a 50mm lens on his Leica 35mm rangefinder camera. His special ability was to use a 50mm lens but allow the photo to “breathe” almost as if shot with a 35mm. HCB just seemed to know how to frame so that it looks wider than it should. […]

King of the Night — Sony and the Holy A7S Marketing Grail

King of the Night — Sony and the Holy A7S Marketing Grail

Hard to miss the Sony A7S doxology currently running rampant in websites and online fora. The camera that can see in the dark. All of a sudden 12MP are king. I’ve been saying all along that less is more and that too many megapixels are more of a burden than a blessing. Now everybody seems […]

Sony A77 Mark II — A Solid Performer Just Got Even Better

Sony A77 Mark II — A Solid Performer Just Got Even Better

With Sony announcing its new APS-C flagship, the Sony A77 Mark II with an improved 24.3MP CMOS sensor and maximum ISO 51,200 sensitivity, we’re told three things. First, Sony’s translucent mirror technology SLT is not dead. You might say the problem with SLT is that the mirror isn’t actually translucent but only semi-translucent, meaning part […]

This Is Leica 2.0 — Some Thoughts on the Designer Leica T

This Is Leica 2.0 — Some Thoughts on the Designer Leica T

Specs aside — it’s a “typical” Leica with relatively noisy upper ISO levels and unsurprisingly moderate AF speed — the new Leica T is quite a stunner. Well the ISO and AF judgment I got from people who shot preproduction models, so it can only get better. But as with any Leica, you don’t buy […]

Rather Revolutionary, the Lytro Illum 30-250mm F2 Light Field Camera

Rather Revolutionary, the Lytro Illum 30-250mm F2 Light Field Camera

This is Lytro 2.0, it has little in common with the first squarish light field camera introduced two years ago: here’s a well kept, totally unexpected camera development secret just unveiled, the high-end Illum light fielder with a large 1-inch sensor, an 8x zoom with 30-250mm reach and constant F2 aperture. It’s the “shoot now, […]

ISO Revolution Replaces Megapixel Race for Good

ISO Revolution Replaces Megapixel Race for Good

Sony’s new high ISO king A7S — and the Nikon D4s for that — bring us the most revolutionary innovation in photography for some time: ISO sensitivity in the hundreds of thousands. An expandable, mind-boggling ISO 409,600 to be exact, meaning up to ISO 25,600 these cameras will churn out absolutely noise-free, clean images. Plain […]

Curved Sensors Ahead?

Curved Sensors Ahead?

Interesting find making the rounds on the Net: Sony officially talking up their curved sensor technology. Forget microlenses, forget flange focal distance issues. A curved sensor has no light loss at corners, no soft corners, no aberration. Light rays would hit the sensor perfectly straight. Well this is no longer science fiction. Photofiles, rejoice. Today, […]

Retro Done Right? It’s No OM-D, Not a Df, It’s a Fujifilm!

Retro Done Right? It’s No OM-D, Not a Df, It’s a Fujifilm!

It boasts hints of the OM-D and has the distinct flavor of Nikon’s Df. This rugged piece of machinery resists water, dust and temperature, sports an impressive 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder (claiming to possess world’s highest magnification for a digital camera), the shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds is absolutely negligible and a whole […]

On Sean Penn, His Trusted Nikon F3/T and the Distraction of the Camera

On Sean Penn, His Trusted Nikon F3/T and the Distraction of the Camera

The other day I posted Watching Life Through a Viewfinder — Are Photos Ruining the Experience? on the difficulty of making photographs while enjoying the moment. The article didn’t attract any attention, so I thought I’m talking about something that’s of no interest to anyone. Until I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). […]

Upping the APS-C Mirrorless Ante — Samsung’s New 16-50mm F2-2.8 Premium Lens

Upping the APS-C Mirrorless Ante — Samsung’s New 16-50mm F2-2.8 Premium Lens

Wow. What a great APS-C lens. Quite a beast, screaming “quality” all over, Samsung’s new 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS. It’s Samsung’s first “premium” S series lens, extremely bright and incorporating an “Ultra Precise Stepping Motor.” Make no mistake, Samsung ups the ante with this standard zoom offering greater “precision, high quality materials and value […]

Old Star Rising

Old Star Rising

By BENGT NYMAN It’s easy for the casual camera user to have deeply felt ideas about what a camera should look and perform like. However, the technology behind a well functioning camera is hidden to most and produces a marketable product only when properly combined and perfected. To support my claim I will make examples […]

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