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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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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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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Hands On With the X-T2

A few days ago I had the chance to meet up with our local Fujifilm representative at a local camera store to get a look at the new X-T2. A few people have asked what I thought about it, especially since I’ve already pre-ordered one for myself. I went in armed with a lot of knowledge based on what I’ve read and seen so far, but there were still a few surprises that I didn’t expect.

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Counting Down to the X-T2

We're less than 24 hours away from the (rumored) launch of the X-T2, and all signs point to the rumors being right. There are Fuji hardware events scheduled for tomorrow in various cities around the world, and final product shots are being leaked onto the internet just as they were hours before the X-Pro2 was officially launched. This morning I remembered that I created a mock-up showing what I thought the X-T2 would potentially look like based on the (at the time) new X-Pro2...so how close was I?

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Using Photography to Make an Emotional Impact

Lately I’ve been purchasing used photo books on an almost weekly basis to try to satisfy this hunger I feel for viewing printed images. Not just any printed images either - I’m specifically looking for photos that match the style that interests me the most. As I work to discover my own photographic voice I’m drawn to the photos that speak to me, and in an interesting twist I’m starting to find that one book in particular has stuck with me the longest. 

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Has it really been one month?

Has it really been one month since my last post? Wow, time flies! The Walking Dallas series was a great project to work on, but after five days of straight posts I needed to take a break to work on a few other projects. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks and a quick look at some of the content coming to the site in the weeks ahead.

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What the X-Pro2 Already Tells Us About the X-T2

I know what you're thinking: the XPro-2 just got announced. Reviews and first looks are still coming in and we haven't even had the chance to hold the physical product in our hands yet and I'm already talking about a camera that hasn't even been hinted at. You'll have to forgive me for peeking behind the curtain a bit while everyone else looks over the main attraction. I just can't help but feel like we've been given some insight into Fuji's next X-T camera, and I'm excited to see what could be just around the bend in a future X-T2.

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What to Expect From the X-Series in 2016

As the final days of 2015 come to a close it's only fitting to look ahead and see what 2016 will bring to the Fuji X-Series. New cameras and new lenses are just on the horizon, but what else might we expect from Fuji, and what other ways might we get some added incentive to being X-Series users? Let's take a closer look at what we can expect in 2016 and share a bit of speculation about what might be just around the bend.

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Bringing the Street Back Into Street Photography

I've seen a lot of "in your face" photography lately. You know the type. Tight crops of a strangers head and shoulders with a lens that could only have been one or two feet away from them when the shutter was tripped. This is usually accompanied by a perplexed look, or shock, or fear, or maybe even anger. Hopefully it's not night time or low light, because then a bright flash is added into the mix. And although for some people this is a style, for me, it's bad form. I can say that because I've been on both sides of the camera lens in those situations, and I didn't care for it either way.

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Fujifilm Round Up - October 2015

October is shaping up to be a busy month for Fujifilm. Whether it be sweepstakes, giveaways, special offers or community events, Fuji and fans of Fuji are really going out of their way to get the word out about the X Series. Let’s do a quick run down of some of the best offers for this month as well as some check ins with some X Photographers and current events.

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First Steps for a New X-T10 Owner After Adobe Max

Fujifilm made a huge splash at Adobe MAX! If you’re one of the lucky 7,000 or so people who were just given a free Fuji X-T10 at the massive Adobe show, you might be thinking, “Now what do I do with this camera?!” First of all, welcome to the family. If you decide to keep your X-T10 (and really, you should, bit of a no brainer there) you’ll probably want a quick primer on some affordable and necessary accessories to get you going. After all, the X-T10 is a great camera, but it’d be pretty tough to start taking amazing pictures without a memory card! 

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An Unscientific Look at Fuji OIS

OIS stands for Optical Image Stabilization, a technology found in a few of the Fuji XF lenses that have been released to date. I decided I’d do a real quick test just to see how well the OIS performs on the Fuji XF 55-200mm lens. I’ll warn you now: the test is absolutely unscientific, consisting of me lounging in the backyard of my in-laws house in Florida while handholding the lens at a few static objects about a foot or two away from me. I wanted to see just how much flipping this switch was actually doing for these images.

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Don't Imprison This Photographer

In late November of this year, Yonatan Souid, a 23 year old French photographer visiting New York City for a Chabad trip to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shabbat, made a bad decision. On the last day of his visit to the city, he decided to expand his portfolio by adding a few shots of the New York city skyline. Unfortunately for him, he decided to do that by climbing onto the Brooklyn Bridge. Souid was consequently arrested on the spot, managed to make bail and is now currently awaiting his trial date on December 9th. What makes this bad decision even worse, however, is that the people in charge of America's legal system want this young man to serve jail time for his mistake, and they seem to be pressing hard for it.

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Zooms vs. Primes: Round 2

It was the holy trinity of Panasonic zoom lenses: the 12-35mm f/2.8, the 35-100mm f/2.8 and the 100-300mm f/4.0 - 5.6. Between the three of them, I was covered by the full frame equivalent of 24mm - 600mm, and it was fantastic to shoot with them. No matter what the situation called for, I was set! But then something unexpected happened. With a new VFX editing job sucking away any free time that I could previously dedicate to photography, I had very few opportunities to take this kit out and use it to it’s full advantage. Suddenly I fell into a rut, and the only thing that got me back up and shooting was a newfound interest in my new 35mm film cameras…and the primes that came with them.

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