By Doug Chinnery | About photography, with a view to being useful, curated by Doug Chinnery (Seen in Blurred Vision, Doug Chinnery's super Flipboard magazine (see it at http://t.co/y2GBhNuBCd) #photo...
Seems like it’s all ARRI news lately, but the company has another new product coming out. We’ve talked a bit about the RED EPIC Monochrome camera that shoots only in black and white, and it gives spectacular results. Now, ARRI is coming right back with their own monochrome camera, which takes most of what people like about the current ALEXA, and pumps up the performance even more. Not only is this camera monochrome, but it’s capable of shooting infrared with the switch of a filter. Check out some of the footage shot on the new B+W:
“ The Bolton News Street photos show how Bolton has changed over last 50 years The Bolton News STREET photographer Geoff Davies has captured the changing face of Bolton for nearly 50 years and now his work is being exhibited at the town's neo:gallery.”
Via Street Shooters
ADAM MAGYAR IS A computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a high-tech Rube Goldberg, a world traveler, and a conceptual artist of growing global acclaim. But nobody had ever suggested that he might also be a terrorist until the morning that he descended into the Union Square subway station in New York.
Whilst looking into dark glass (ND Filters) – I came across a number of examples of metering anomalies with the X-Pro1, that suggested to me that this camera was seeing Infrared light, as well as visible light. This was an exciting revelation. A camera that shoots IR out of the box, without requiring permanent internal filter modifications is a great tool for a whole new field of photography. One quick way to find to – buy an IR filter, and try it out. The filter in question is the Hoya R72 – a rather specialist filter designed to block visible light, and allow IR wavelengths above 720 nm to pass through to the sensor......
Via Thomas Menk
ConclusionIn many ways the X-E2 is just a small series of incremental updates to the already very good X-E1, but all these minor updates add up to much more than the sum of their parts and produce a far more rounded, much easier to use camera that is capable of surpassing all the previous X-Mount cameras and producing stunning images in the right hands. I think it would be hard for anyone to really complain about the auto-focus system in the X-E2. It is a big improvement on the previous generation of X-Mount cameras when shooting real-world photographs. In that regard Fujifilm should be congratulated for getting their act together. If the past couple of years are anything to go by I can only see things getting better on this front too as Fujifilm seem keen to improve existing models rather than just releasing a replacement every few months. The X-E2 builds upon the past couple of years and very quickly has become the camera I grab for pretty much everything I do. Combine it with the 27mm pancake lens and you have something that can fit into a coat pocket yet able to produce images every bit as good as the best dSLRs around. Alternatively fit the 35mm or 23mm f/1.4 lenses to be blown away with what you can do with such a compact system. The kit 18-55mm lens doesn’t disappoint either, providing affordability whilst producing amazingly sharp images, and is a great point to start building an X-Series system from.......
Via Thomas Menk
We sang this lens’s praises before when we first go the X-E2 in for review because it was unlike any kit lens we’d worked with to date. With a fairly generous variable aperture and an aperture ring, this 18-55mm is a refreshing take on a form that has resided in the doldrums of f3.5-5.6. The lens offers full control in its three rings and two sliders, and it can produce some beautiful images to boot.....
Via Thomas Menk
“ Just over a week ago, the Apple Mac turned 30, and its anniversary saw a huge outpouring of support from all directions. Now, Apple has expanded on its own coverage of the event, by releasing a video in its celebration. A video…”
“One of the many exciting storage products unveiled at CES 2014 is the new Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Fast. It features a pair of 2.5" laptop-sized, 2TB drives inside configured in RAID 0. The USB 3.0 ...”
.... so buy a Fuji if it makes your life easier as it has for me. Buy an old film camera or a Phase One if you’ve got the cash for that, but if you expect it to change your photographs more than the longer path of becoming a better photographer, save your money. How much better would our work be if we stopped relying on new gear and put our creative energy into new work, and new ideas. The best work of the last century was made on cameras that don’t rival the advancements of all our new technology. You have in your hands more tech than Henri Cartier-Bresson and Man Ray and Karsh and Lange and Weston and Rowell combined. If you’re not making work that moves others like the work of those that went before you, having so much less gear, and so fewer options, perhaps it’s not about the gear at all.....
Via Thomas Menk
I’m convinced. After a week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and a safari in Kenya, I’m ready to leave my heavy pro DSLR gear at home more often. I went to Ethiopia with a Fuji XE-1 and a Leica M (240), both with a small kit of lenses (18-55 and 55-200 for the Fuji, and 21mm, 50mm, and 75mm for the Leica), and went mirror-less all week. It wasn’t my first time going so light. The last time I went to Italy for a month I brought only the Fuji and 2 lenses, but that trip had less hanging on it, and the conditions were less taxing. Below are my thoughts, in no particular order, after giving these cameras a run for their money. But first, the usual caveat: I like gear. I like the way it feels in my hands when it feels right. I like gear that gets out of the way as much as possible. But I’m OK with constraints, I know there is no perfect camera, and ultimately cameras don’t make photographs – photographers do. So don’t look for pixel-peeping here. And don’t look for me to tell you to get rid of your DLSR gear. For some that might be a great move, for others not so much......
Via Thomas Menk
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