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Why the Yashica Y35 Is a Bigger Deal Than You Think It Is

Before I launch into why the nearly unanimous (in my circles, anyway) criticism of the recently announced Yashica Y35 is jumping the gun a bit, let me make one thing clear: I’m not a customer of this product. The current technology doesn’t appeal to me, the materials don’t appeal to me and I’m not in the market to invest in a new digital camera. But all that aside, I can still look beyond the frustrated masses and see why the Yashica Y35 is a more significant announcement than it’s getting credit for.

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Meeting Jack Kerouac in San Francisco

Observant readers of this blog post will quickly point out that Jack Kerouac died in 1969. Fair point, but in my recent travels I did come across Jack Kerouac Alley and, curiously enough, a poet for hire. I watched a few people pass by him, and just before he was about to get up to take a break over a cold beer in the bar next door, my curiosity made me wander over.

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Review: Momento

A lifetime of work from photographer George Zimbel is presented beautifully in this fantastic photo book. If you haven't heard of Zimbel, you owe it to yourself to look into this book - It'll surely win you over with its charm and fantastic editing.

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The Cure for GAS

Gear Acquisition Syndrome, otherwise known as GAS, is a real problem, but it doesn't have to be! In this video, I talk about a simple way to fight back at GAS, and maybe scratch that gear acquisition itch without breaking the bank. 

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Review: Ona Leather Bowery

The Ona Leather Bowery is one of the best-built bags that I’ve handled to date. The full grain leather feels fantastic and the brass hardware feels like it could last a lifetime of usage. The great thing about genuine leather accessories like this bag is that as time goes on, they’ll naturally wear in with age and look and feel even better.

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Review: Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 R

At first glance, the 23mm f/1.4 looks like an enormous beast of a lens compared to what was (at the time of it’s release) the smaller 18mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4 lenses. The main reason for the bulk of this lens, aside from it’s fast 1.4 aperture, was the manual focus clutch mechanism. Pulling back on this lens revealed a manual focus design with hard stops and a depth of field scale. This feature is only shared with it’s 14mm f/2.8 and 16mm f/1.4 prime brothers. I take a look at this and other features of the 23mm f/1.4 in this video.

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The Leica M9 is Good, But Not Great

I think it was probably New York City that changed it all for me.  I’ve known of Leica and I’ve known of the rangefinder style of camera in general, but it never had the allure to me that it did for other photographers that I knew. Then I went to New York City for a weekend last September to attend NYCWLK. Amongst the Pentax, Hasselblad and myriad other cameras were a few Leicas, both film and digital. Free from the confines of having to spend $3,000+ to hold one, I tested some out. I adjusted the focus, and the moment the rangefinder patch came together was the same moment it clicked for me as well.

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Get Your Photographic House in Order

It’s the start of a new year and for a lot of photographers that means resolutions. Some will start 365 projects, some will endeavor to shoot more film, some will want to create a photo book this year or strive to print more. It makes sense to want to jump head first into 2017 and produce brilliant work, but before you take that plunge, allow me to be the voice of reason that you need to hear.

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Rome: Monochrome

The strangest thing about photography, and images in general, is that the absence of color can actually make an image much more vivid. A monochrome image can actually serve to make a photograph’s mood and tone shout out in ways that color would have somehow subdued. 

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