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.