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Sigma vs. Nerd (Part 2: The BW Merrill)

Sigma vs. Nerd (Part 2: The BW Merrill) | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
After Part 1's discussion of the theoretical advantages of Sigma's Foveon sensor for BW photography, this next installment looks at the BW process in detail, making it even nerdier than Part 1. The...
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detailed discussion of the sigma DP3M in monochrome

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Applied Relativity: The Leica M-A | Gregor Simpson

Applied Relativity: The Leica M-A | Gregor Simpson | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

A couple years ago, I was out shooting on the streets with a late–1940’s model Leica III. As often happens, a stranger approached me, pointed at my camera and struck up a conversation. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the dialogue follows a predictable path: I’m asked if film is still being made; why I’m shooting it; and where one goes to get it developed. But this was not one of those ninety-nine times. Instead of initiating the expected discussion about the availability and merits of film, the gentleman’s first question was “can you still find batteries for that thing?” I replied that the camera didn’t require batteries, to which he responded, “then how can it possibly work?” I told him it was all mechanical. In a condescending manner, thinly disguised as stoic mentoring, the man informed me that I must not know very much about cameras, because some sort of power source would obviously be needed to operate the shutter.......


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This is a great read if you like Leica film cameras

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Winter Wonderland - Fujifilm X100T and TCL-X100 teleconversion lens

Winter Wonderland - Fujifilm X100T and TCL-X100 teleconversion lens | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
Okay, I had my doubts about this one. The TCL-X100 teleconversion lens
which is turning your 23mm f/2,0 lens on your Fujifilm X100/S or T model
into a 33mm f/2.0, or when talking in full frame terms, the X100 /s/t 35 mm
lens into a 50mm lens. 

Is it sharp enough? Well, oh yes - and if you are pixel peeping you will be
happy from f/4 to f/16 with the converter. But - stop pixel peeping. It
doesn't do you anything good. I admit - I do it sometimes. But since I
already had the X100T I though
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Review: Sony A7 MK II | Chris Gampat

Review: Sony A7 MK II | Chris Gampat | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

Introduced late last year, Sony refreshed one of their initial entries into the full frame mirrorless camera game with the A7 Mk II. The Sony A7, to be honest, is such new technology still that it didn’t need a refresh. But Sony is one of the big innovators of our time in the camera world, so when it came to the A7 Mk II they gave it a couple of slight but well executed updates. The biggest update to come to the A7 Mk II is the addition of image stabilization to the sensor. It works via a 5-axis system that is very similar to Olympus’s solution. In fact, we couldn’t really tell the difference when we talked to both companies except that Sony’s solution works for full frame sensors.Besides the 4.5 stops of additional image stabilization, Sony claims that the A7 Mk II has a 35% increase in autofocus responsiveness performance, 40% faster start up time and the XAVC-S video codec. But is the A7 Mk II worth it for you? ......


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The X100T | Around Us

The X100T | Around Us | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
Shot in Monochrome Y & processed in Lightroom. 
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beautiful as usual

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Fuji X Buyer’s Guide :: Accessories | Zack Arias

Fuji X Buyer’s Guide :: Accessories | Zack Arias | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

In wrapping up this series on FujiFilm X cameras, I’m going to talk about a few of my favorite accessories from batteries to straps to bags to odd ball stuff. Be sure to check out the first two posts in this series. The Fuji Cameras Buyers Guide and the Fuji Lenses Buyers Guide. Batteries :: The great thing about Fuji X cameras is how small they are. The bad thing about Fuji X cameras is their batteries are small as well. Smaller batteries = less juice. This used to be quite an issue with the original x100. If I was going to be out shooting with that camera all day I always had four to five batteries with me. The X100S brought better power management and I was comfortable with three batteries for a day. With the X100T I can head out with two fully charged batteries and make it through the day. That said, I’ll take three just in case. Same goes for the X-Pro1 or X-T1 for me..........


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Listing of essential black and white long exposure tutorials / BWVISION - Black and White fine art photography and long exposure photography

Listing of essential black and white long exposure tutorials /  BWVISION - Black and White fine art photography and long exposure photography | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
All of my B&W and Long Exposure tutorials plus free 2 hour video chat listed for your convenience I’ve recently updated a few of my tutorials and decided to share some of my most important tutorials and tips and tricks on long exposure and b&w photography here in one place for your convenience, including the [...]

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nice collection of tutorials

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Johnny Patience » Metering for Film

Johnny Patience » Metering for Film | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
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nice little reminder on an approach to film metering

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London's Russell Square in Black and White

London's Russell Square in Black and White | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
I spent a few days in London a few weeks ago, and I spent most of the time in the lovely Russell Square area. I did't get much time for photography, but I did get to take some shots around the square with my Trusty Fuji X-E1. The weather was pretty miserable and gloomy, but that just made for some more moody images. These were processed with Lightroom using my Monolith for Lightroom presets.

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x-e1 still a great camera...

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Great gallery

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The complete collection of Simas Lin's modern cistyscapes


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reduced to the most geometric form

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小松崎拓郎's curator insight, October 25, 2014 11:26 PM

こんなに丹精に建物を切り取った写真ははじめて見た。

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'Urban Melodies' Multiple Exposures

'Urban Melodies' Multiple Exposures | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

Alessio Trerotoli combines multiple exposures of cityscape scenes to create ghostly images in his Urban Melodies series


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An In-Depth History of Group f.64

An In-Depth History of Group f.64 | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
A new book looks at Group f.64, one of the most famous collectives in the history of photography, whose members battled the Depression while grappling with photography’s evolving role in society.

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f64 for the large format fans out there

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First Impressions: Sony A7 Mk II | Chris Gampat

First Impressions: Sony A7 Mk II | Chris Gampat | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

Meet Sony’s 4th full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera: the Sony A7 Mk II. The camera is sort of being billed as the successor to the A7: which was (and still is) the perfect balance of high ISO output and resolution right in the middle. But Sony has come out with a few new changes to the camera with the biggest one being the addition of image stabilization to the sensor. Other changes added in are the inclusion of more autofocus points, ergonomic changes to the grip, and a couple of additions for video shooters. Sony brought the New York press out on an excursion to play with the new camera in different environments. And while the A7 Mk II is capable of doing some really cool stuff, we’re not sure that everyone needs it–or at least that’s what we think so far.....


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It's all about light: making mood and strong images in monochrome | Ming Thein

It's all about light: making mood and strong images in monochrome | Ming Thein | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

A couple of days ago, we looked at the inexact science of color and emotion: I don’t think anybody is going to argue that the mood and feeling of an image is influenced heavily by the dominant color palette, both in terms of the color of incident/reflected light and the color of the subject elements themselves. But how does this translate to black and white images? Obviously, it’s very possible to do since not every monochrome image feels the same. Even within the same sort of general lighting – say low key – it’s possible to produce variations in mood. How? As usual, the answer to this question goes back to light. Specifically, quality of light: diffusion, direction, primary and secondary sources, fill or reflection from surrounding objects, and the texture of your primary subjects themselves: what are they reflecting or absorbing? As you can see, there’s a huge amount of possibility here for variation – and control. The two main things to consider are direction and diffusion. A backlit image will feel very different to a side lit or front lit one; or worse, one lit from direction along the same axis as the camera (think direct flash)........


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40 Photos That Will Make You Want A Leica Camera | Jack Archer

40 Photos That Will Make You Want A Leica Camera | Jack Archer | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

In the camera world, Leica is pretty much the Rolex of the industry. They make gorgeous, high quality, and iconic cameras that can take one hell of a photograph with the right person behind the lens. Sure, there’s a few alternatives that might have better technical specs, but from a pure aesthetic stand point, nobody is doing anything better than Leica. Plus, their cameras seem to magically get better with age. Here’s a whole bunch of great photos that will make you want hunt eBay and snag one for yourself…......


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there's reason they call it porn......

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Fujifilm X100T Full Review with X100s Comparison | Mirrorlessons

Fujifilm X100T Full Review with X100s Comparison | Mirrorlessons | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

The Fujifilm X100T, the third camera in the X100 series, has attracted lots of attention much like its predecessors even if it doesn’t bring as many outstanding upgrades as the second in line, the X100s. This new camera has the same sensor and the same lens as the two first models. For those who already own the X100s, I can come out and say right away that I wouldn’t recommend a switch. However if you are interested in entering the Fujifilm X world for the first time, it is an entirely different story. Specifications aside, the X100T certainly demonstrates the maturity of a camera that in my humble opinion still holds the title of the best product in the X line-up. The X100T is a compact camera. It won’t enter your jean pocket but will fit comfortably inside a coat pocket. My point here is that it is very portable and that is, without a doubt, one of its main advantages, especially when you consider that it includes an APS-C sensor, a fast aperture lens and an advanced viewfinder. The camera has a robust build quality with magnesium alloy parts at the top and bottom. This time I also have concrete proof of its robustness and I’m not just talking about feeling. During my first days with the camera, I accidentally dropped it (first time ever) and it hit the cold tarmac 5cm away from green grass (irony at its best, I guess). As shown in the photo below, the body did suffer some scratches but nothing else. The camera still functions perfectly in every way........


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Review: The Sony A7 Mark II; nearly there... | Ming Thein

Review: The Sony A7 Mark II; nearly there... | Ming Thein | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

We now have no less than four full frame mirrorless options from Sony; the A7R (previously reviewed here); the A7, the A7S, and now the A7II. This appears to be typical Sony strategy: rather than making a product that’s a definite improvement on the previous model, we get many attempts hoping that each one will find its’ own niche. The A7II brings one thing that makes me curious enough to give it a try despite an uninspiring experience with its predecessor: the first full-frame mirrorless camera to have in body stabilization. I reviewed a production A7II with the Zeiss 55/1.8 and 24-70/4 OSS lenses, running firmware 1.10. Unfortunately, the 24-70 was either a poor sample or just optically a dog – very soft off-axis and with significant CA, so all of these images were shot with the 55/1.8. I will upload more to this flickr set in due course......


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Street Photography: 6 months with the Fuji XE1

“A quick preview of my last 6 months with my beautiful Fuji XE1.”


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X-E1....still a good camera!

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The X100T: a review in five pieces | Patrick La Roque

The X100T: a review in five pieces | Patrick La Roque | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

That was me, waxing poetic during the intro of the X100S review almost two years ago. It may have seemed strange to some that a camera, a simple capture device, could elicit such a high level of emotion; but I believe objects can become more than the sum of their parts. These tools can become an extension of ourselves and when they do, something else happens: they inspire us. To this day when I see an X100 I have an almost Pavlovian response, something I can only describe as photographic withdrawal syndrome: it makes me need to shoot. Anything. It also infects me with a serious case of wanderlust, which I imagine is a byproduct of these cameras being my constant travel companions since the very first version hit the scene; I still own that original model with all its beautiful infuriating faults. The X100S was a no-brainer in terms of upgrades: miles ahead in almost every single aspect but form factor which, let’s face it, Fuji nailed on day one. But as great as it was, my close association with Fujifilm Canada as an X Photographer had a strange side effect: I never bought one. I had a review unit for a good while, then I wanted to buy my own but there was no stock available so they graciously sent me another loaner… Then the X-T1 came into the picture … Long story short: eventually it only made sense to wait for the next version which I knew was on the table........


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Patrick Laroque makes incredible pictures with his fuji x cameras and is always insightful.  I'm looking forward to all 5 parts.

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About Photography: Leather camera straps to dress up mirrorless cameras like the Fuji X-T1, X-Pro1, X-100, and X-E1/2

About Photography: Leather camera straps to dress up mirrorless cameras like the Fuji X-T1, X-Pro1, X-100, and X-E1/2 | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it
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Some nice straps here to gussy up your cam

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Magic with geometrical patterns in Street Photography by Rupert Vandervell

Magic with geometrical patterns in Street Photography by Rupert Vandervell | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

Rupert Vandervell surprises with his incredible eye for capturing the subtle differences on light and shadows.


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Cityscapes through rain soaked windows

Cityscapes through rain soaked windows | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

St. Petersburg-based photographer Eduard Gordeev has an impressionst’s eye with his cityscapes filtered through rain soaked windows.


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Chamonix 4×5″ Wet Plate holder

Chamonix 4×5″ Wet Plate holder | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

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I've used one of these and want one for my own.... beautiful holder for wet plates

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Sony a7 II - Sony's EVIL | Kai Wong

Sony a7 II - Sony's EVIL | Kai Wong | Ephemerafotographica | Scoop.it

The shelf life of Sony products is shorter than a dairy product left out in the sun. What's more, the fresh stuff comes out sooner than you think, so the old stuff is left smelling and looking a bit cheesy. For those who have recently bought the Sony a7, the news of the a7 II- which benefits from five-axis in-body stabilisation - must've been enough to turn your stomach, coming to the realisation that the camera that you bought, the one that was only launched a year ago, seems a huge amount less desirable now. Still, it's good news for people who haven't bought a Sony a7 yet because now is not the time to buy the a7. The a7 II is what you should get. The addition of in-body stabilisation makes this an incredibly useful tool for not only stills photographers but for those video-loving peeps too, especially as a large amount of people who buy these Sony cameras don't bother to invest in the native lenses made for the cameras. People like putting their vintage Leica lenses and other old lenses that were made before the days of plastic and image stabilisation, so having the benefit of stabilisation in-body makes perfect sense......


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