Its Not a Summilux: Leica 28mm F2 Summicron ASPH Review

When I got the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH, I was pretty excited. I've always loved the feeling of the company's small Summicron lenses. In hand, they just feel right and perfectly mated to the Leica M bodies they attach to.

Sensor Size Comparison: MF vs Full Frame vs APS-C vs Micro Four Thirds

JP Morgan and Kenneth Merrill over at The Slanted Lens have put together an in-depth sensor size comparison that will definitely spark some conversation. They’ve compared medium format, full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds, in a side-by-side shootouttaking identical photos and making large prints to see how the image quality and dynamic range compares across […]

Essentials: The Leica 75mm f1.25 Pairs Well with Kodak Ektachrome 100

No matter how many photographers tell you that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I'm not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1. 25 Noctilux is capable of. "But the price!" is what the IRL version of the Simpson's Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom's basement.

Essentials: The Leica 75mm F1.25 Pairs Well with Kodak Ektachrome 100

No matter how many photographers tell you that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I'm not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1. 25 Noctilux is capable of. "But the price!" is what the IRL version of the Simpson's Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom's basement.

Review: Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO (F8 and Be There!)

You may be wondering why I'm channeling a WeeGee quote around the Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO review. The reason why is because of the depth of field. Wide-open at f4, this lens has the equivalent depth of field of a full-frame lens at f8.

Review: Ars Imago 320 Black and White Film (Please Come Back)

10 years ago, no one would have predicted that there would be a market for Ars Imago 320. But in the past few years, we've see a rival of film photography unlike any other. All around the world, younger photographers are picking up analog film cameras in an effort to get something different.

Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot Sharper Photos

Among the biggest frustrations of photographers is a well-composed shot ruined by blur or lack of focus. Sometimes, you can get away with it if the blur is only minimal and hardly noticeable in small sizes.

First Impressions: Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM (A Portrait Dream Lens)

When portrait photographers pick up the Canon RF 85mm f1. 2 L USM, they'll start to realize the absolute magic that it's capable of when rendering a portrait subject. I've realized that Canon's lenses haven't always been about scoring high on DXOMark tests, but that they're instead designed for the character.

Review: Ricoh GR III (An Almost Perfect Street Photography Camera)

When the Ricoh GR III was announced, I was very disappointed to see that it was more of an upgrade rather than a brand new camera that truly brought it into the modern digital world. By that, I wanted a reason to spend a lot of money such as a full frame sensor, weather sealing, improved autofocus, etc.

Review: Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S (Nikon Z Mount)

During our testing with the Nikon z series of cameras, perhaps our favorite lens was the Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f1. 8 S. It can be argued that a camera system is only as good as the lenses available, and this is especially true when launching a brand new camera system--as is the case with the Nikon Z Mount series.

Review: Nikon 50mm f1.8 Z S (Nikon Z Mount)

Almost every photographer has had a "Nifty Fifty" in their arsenal at some point during their career, due to the popularity of the versatile 50mm focal length, suitable for portraiture, landscapes, street, and many other genres of photography.

Review: Leica 35mm f2 ASPH Summicron (Leica M Mount)

Though I'll admit that I'm more partial to the Summilux series of lenses, theLeica 35mm f2 ASPH Summicron is surely an option that many photographers using Leica or other cameras will want to consider in part due to its pretty darned affordable price point.

Film Emulsion Review: KOSMO Foto Mono (35mm Emulsion)

The film renaissance has given us a number of fantastic new film emulsions that we should all be supporting in some way or another, and for the sake of KOSMO Foto Mono I genuinely hope that everyone and their mother finds out about it.

Film Emulsion Review: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 (35mm and 120)

Since learning about what it could do years ago, I've always had an affinity for Ilford FP4 Plus 125, but also understood that it isn't a jack of all trades type of film. Instead,Ilford FP4 125 is what I'd like to call a film that you'd try to shoot high contrast with, but with the knowledge that the shadows are going to be opened up no matter what.

The Secret to Using Color to Make Your Images Look Sharper

Of course we can all sit here and talk about sharpness of a lens and megapixels all day--but this article isn't about that. What if you have only a camera, a lens, and perhaps some light--that's it? What do you do in a situation like that.

Does the Bayer Filter on an Image Sensor Make a Photo Less Sharp?

In some circles of photography, film is really the only option on attaining maximum sharpness from a lens--and those circles may attribute the problem to a Bayer Filter. I mean look at it this way: the Leica Monochrom offers such incredibly sharp photos because of the lack of a Bayer filter. So that has to be the case, right? Well, not really.

Review: Rokinon 12mm f2 (Fujifilm X Mount)

Whenever wide angle lenses come in, I'm always super excited because a lens like the Rokinon 12mm f2 is always bound to be fantastic but also really cool with the way that it renders the world. Rokinon has always been known as a manufacturer that delivers stunning quality at a really affordable price point.

Instant Film Review: Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome

One of the best things to have happened in the Polaroid/Instant Film world in so many years is the arrival ofFujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome. Announced earlier this year, the new film is a highly needed item that shows Fujifilm's commitment to the Fujifilm Instax Wide format.

Film Review: Lomography Earl Grey 100 Black and White (35mm and 120)

Years ago, Lomography introduced Lomography Earl Grey 100 black and white film and added yet another entry into the market that was looking for more 100 ISO black and white films. There are a few from Ilford, none from Kodak except for T-Max, one from Fujifilm and a few other manufacturers also produce them.

Review: Lomography 32mm f2.8 Minitar Art Lens (Leica M Mount)

Most of Lomography's art lenses have been a hit, but in the case of the Lomography 32mm f2. 8 Minitar, I'm not totally sure I know what the think. There's a fair amount going for it in terms of it being super small and easily mountable to a Leica M camera body, but then there's a lot of weirdness with the image quality.

Review: Canon 28mm f3.5 IS STM (Canon EF-M)

The Canon 28mm f3.5 IS STM has got a few great features to it that make it very useful in various situations. Besides its compact size, it also has a cool macro light built into it. The light can be controlled using a button on the lens and can be very useful in many situations.

Review: Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR is a lens that's designed to go along with the company's weather sealed bodies. It lives alongside the 23mm f1. 4 R and works in conjunction with the 35mm f2 R WR. It's also at a shockingly lower price point than its larger aperture cousin despite having the ability to survive a rainstorm with ease.

Review: Panasonic 12mm f1.4 (Micro Four Thirds)

The Micro Four Thirds camera world has often been a major battle ground more than a collaboration: and that's very evident with the release of the new Panasonic 12mm f1. 4. For many years, Olympus has had the 12mm f2--a stellar lens in many ways that still remains so today.

6 Reasons Why Your Photos Arent Razor Sharp

Picture this: you come home after a great day out photographing and youre excited to look through all the beautiful images youve captured. However, after importing them you realize that theyre all garbage because theyre blurry.

iPhone 7 Plus vs $82,000 Arri Alexa

A few months back, a viral video showed how the iPhone 7 could (in some respects) hold its own against a $50,000 RED Weapon. This side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 7 Plus against an $82,000 Arri Alexa is a bit more… what you expect.

The Best Aperture for Landscape Photography

The question What aperture is best for landscape photography? is often asked in various online forums. While there isnt one correct aperture, certain scenes benefit from using a specific one. For standard landscape photography (excluding night photography, macro photography and other niches), the optimal aperture for front-to-back sharpness lies within f/7.1 to f/13. This range […]

Review: Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 ED SDM WR (Pentax F)

The Pentax K-1 is probably the greatest thing to happen to many Pentax users in a while; and when you consider some fantastic lenses like the company's Pentax 15-30mm f2. 8, you start to see more and more how someone could almost want to switch systems.

Review: Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM (Canon EF)

If you were to tell me that I would honestly fall in love with a Canon lens like the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM earlier this year, I would've told you that I've had my heart broken by the company many times in the past few years since the Canon 5D Mk III came out.