Is There a Problem With Modern Lenses?
New and old(er). Is newer betterer?
In a rather surprising post, Petapixel (the patron saint of aggregated gear-oriented digital photographic clickbait) published (or reposted) an article challenging the photographic orthodoxy, the very orthodoxy that keeps the website in business through advertising.
In this article, photographer Yannick Khong argues the problem with modern lenses is that they have…
Update: Pacific Image PF120 Pro Scanner Review
Note — October 2016:I have since parted ways with my PF120 Pro. After I received the repaired unit mentioned in this post, banding recurred. I then received a brand-new replacement unit from the distributor and promptly sold it. I am now scanning with an Epson V700. Find out more about…
Things I Use: Voigtländer VC Meter II
I own quite a bit of photography gear, but I am not a collector. Every item I own I use at one point or another. When I travel, so do my cameras. As a result, some of my gear is a bit cosmetically (and sometimes operationally) blemished.
My Voigtländer VC Meter…
Hands-On Review with the Pacific Image PF120 Pro
The Pacific Image PF120 Pro (left) with the Nikon Coolscan LS-5000ED
Update — October 2016:I have since parted ways with my PF120 Pro. It developed a severe banding problem, was sent off to Taiwan for repairs, and received back around 2 months later. This repaired unit also developed banding. I then received a…
A Skeptical Approach to Cameras or: An Ode to the Leica M4-2
Leica M4-2 by Andrew J. Cosgriff
If you’ve gone hunting for a decent hi-fi setup anytime over the past two decades, chances are you have come across publications such as What Hi-Fi or Stereophile and cooed over their adjective-laden reviews of high-end equipment you’ve never heard of, “must-have” accessories you’ll never have and remastered audiophile…
Buy Film Here
Long after most tourists swapped 35mm film for the selfie stick, the red and yellow of the Kodak logo remains stubbornly visible across the tourist traps of Europe. From shop facades, to windows; umbrellas to awnings, the red and yellow – most recently defined as Pantones 485 and 123 respectively – are the most visible remnants of one of the…
Travelling With Film, Part III: Buying and Processing
As we have discovered in the previous parts of this series, travelling with film overseas is not difficult. The simplicity of a mechanical camera and single lens can make the process of photography more than the just the lugging around of technology. Less is more. Now we look at how…
Photobook Review: The Lost Border
This is the first of two reviews that follow along a similar path. Brian Rose’s The Lost Border: The Landscape of the Iron Curtain is a simply elegant book which visually charts that famous geopolitical fault line which existed in one form or another from 1946 until 1989.
About the Shot: Berlin
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November 9, 2014: my first day back in Berlin. I wandered some 39km through the streets. It seemed most of the city was on the streets the day marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart’ otherwise known as the Berlin Wall. There…
About the Shot: Uetliberg 2:40pm
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My lasting memory of Zürich is visiting Starbucks, buying two coffees and walking out about AUD$20 poorer. Switzerland’s largest city is not a cheap place to visit, but it has a certain appeal. For one, there is its famous public transport system; two, the famous clock that…