Buy The Panasonic 9mm f1.7 LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX ASPH Lens

The Panasonic 9mm f1.7 LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX ASPH Lens (H-X09) is an ultra-wide-angle lens with a large aperture, as well as an unparalleled lens that features an exceptionally short focusing distance of 0.095m (3.7 inches ) with an outstanding magnification ratio of 0.25x (35mm camera equivalent: 0.5x). The combination of these lenses makes it possible … Read more

Minolta Hi-Matic E – Minolta’s ‘Difficult’ Second Electro Camera – By Bob Janes

The Hi-Matic E (previously also reviewed by Hamish here) is a Minolta rangefinder with a Rokkor lens. The lens is a 40 mm f/1.7 lens of six elements in four groups. The same specification has been used in other much sought after Minolta rangefinder cameras, like the Hi-Matic 7sii. The Minolta Hi-Matics have history. John … Read more

f/8 And Be There – the Unclear Origin of a Photographic Mantra and What It Really Means

The hobby photography suffers no shortage of cliché. A favorite of these clichés, it seems, is the persona of the grizzled press photographer running on coffee and cigarettes, doing whatever it takes to get the shot. This colorful character and the idolization of the ideal which he stands for has birthed dozens of mottos, mantras, … Read more

1 Sunset, 2 Mediums, 4 Cameras – By Charlie Bierwirth

In the digital world we live in, many people ask “why film?”. It’s something I asked myself when I first started this great hobby just three years ago. Once I started shooting film I quickly found that there was a distinct difference. I’m an engineer so naturally I over-analyze nearly everything; photography is no different. … Read more

Vintage Cars, Film Cameras, and Not Photographing the Crash

The Vintage Sports Car Club, a club for people who own or appreciate sports cars built before 1931, combines several great loves of mine. Its founding principle seems to be that cars should not languish in garages as collectors items, but be driven, and driven hard. It’s a bastion of British eccentricity with a healthy … Read more

Buy Samyang XEEN CF 85mm T1.5 Pro Cine Lens – PL Mount

The Samyang XEEN CF 85mm T1.5 Pro Cine Lens features a lightweight carbon fiber housing and compact design while providing full frame coverage of large sensors. This lens is advanced enough for use with large cameras capable of capturing up to 8K resolution, yet it’s also compact for use with smaller mirrorless cameras and in … Read more

Shooting Gigs – Pushing The Boundaries of B&W Film – By Tom Schulte

I might say, pushing the boundaries of film in this case is more like returning to its roots. When rock ‘n roll and hard bop burst through the famed and now widely regarded as the golden age of music, that is, 50s-70s, the highest ISO film available was around 400-1000 (B&W of course). It’s difficult … Read more

Buy Samyang XEEN CF 85mm T1.5 Pro Cine Lens – Sony FE Mount

The Samyang XEEN CF 85mm T1.5 Pro Cine Lens features a lightweight carbon fiber housing and compact design while providing full frame coverage of large sensors. This lens is advanced enough for use with large cameras capable of capturing up to 8K resolution, yet it’s also compact for use with smaller mirrorless cameras and in … Read more