Category Archives: The Art & Craft of Picture Taking

A 1995 Zeiss 16mm Hologon T* Goes Digital

Text & Photographs by Allan Weitz Before the mid-1960s if you wanted to shoot ultra wide-angle images with a 35m camera your lens choices were quite limited. With the exception of Nikon’s large and bulbous 15mm/f3.5 AIS or perhaps their special order Nikkor 13mm/f5.6 AI-S, 18 to … Continue reading

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The Hasselblad Superwide – A Most Amazing Camera (and Lens)

Over the years there have been cameras that fill a specific niche and they do it better than any other cameras out there. These are the sort of cameras that ‘make photography make sense’ in their design, the way they fit … Continue reading

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Extreme Wide-Angle, Extremely Close-Up

I’ve long been a fan of ultra wide-angle lenses – the wider the better – and I especially enjoy shooting close-up with wider angle lenses. When used at their closest focusing distances, the forced perspectives of ultra-wide lenses lend a heightened sense … Continue reading

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II – 8-Shot Still Capture & In-Camera Keystone Control

There’s much being said about Olympus’s latest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. It features a proven 16MP imaging sensor supported by Olympus’s latest-generation TruePic VII image processor. It also has up to 5 stops … Continue reading

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Olympus’ Super-Wide Stylus TOUGH TG-860

One of my all-time favorite rugged point-and-shoot – Olympus’s TOUGH TG-850, just got an upgrade in the form of the Olympus TOUGH TG-860. The new camera retains the key features that set it apart from the competition including its 16MP … Continue reading

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The Truthiness of Normal Lenses

When describing items that are available in different shapes, sizes, flavors, and/or intended uses, you need to establish frames of reference, or qualifying attributes, in order to be able to differentiate between them. These attributes may include descriptives such as … Continue reading

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Wide-Angle Portraiture

There are a number of reasons you’d want to use a lens with an angle-of-view (AOV) of about 28 to 20-degrees, which depending on format you’re shooting to can be an 85-105mm (full-frame 35), 55- 70m (APS-C), etc. For starters, … Continue reading

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Biking through the Bokeh

Back before the leaves turned colors and fell away from the trees, I was out on my old Schwinn when I had an “Ah-hah!” moment. It had to do with a conversation I had a few days earlier with a good … Continue reading

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The Sweetest Light of the Year

One of the better metaphors I’ve come up with to describe the difference between mid-day light during the summer months and winter months is to compare them to an overhead lamp at full Wattage (summer light) compared to a desk … Continue reading

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Same Place, A Time Apart

One of the benefits of shooting on location is having the opportunity to travel to places both near and far and finding interesting subjects to photograph along the way.  On many occasions I’ve returned to, or at the very least, … Continue reading

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