A Comparison of all the 120 Film Stocks on the Market

If you’re looking to get into shooting medium format film but aren’t sure which film stock to start with, check out this helpful 16-minute video by The Slanted Lens. Photographer Jay P. Morgan purchased all the B&W and color 120 film rolls he could get his hands on and did a shootout to compare the different looks and qualities. Here’s a list of the film stocks compared in the video:

Book Review: ‘The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand’

For a photographer with so many memorable quips to his name, Garry Winogrand didn’t leave much of a paper trail. The four books he made during his lifetime (five if you count the 1976 Grossmont College booklet) consist almost exclusively of pictures. Although they also include some great essays, none are by Winogrand. Nor did he write for any outside books or sources. The most he contributed to any publication was the pithy half page intro to the Grossmont catalog, insightful but abbreviated. Winogrand also wrote a brief introduction to Stock Photographs, but it was merely a perfunctory passage which
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A Field Test of the $12,400 Nikon 180-400mm f/4 TC1.4

Over the years, as a Nikon ambassador, I have been able to test a lot of new gear that has come out and some of it I have reported on, like the 200-500mm f/5.6 and the 500mm f/4. After my contract with Nikon was terminated they still trusted me with new gear to test in collaboration with my partner Stavanger Foto, like the D850. After the latest mishap with brand new equipment, I wasn’t expecting to be testing anything for a while, but there I was hosting a 8-day winter expedition to the Norwegian Arctic archipelago Svalbard with
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Testing the Speed Boost in Luminar’s Jupiter Update

Luminar has a new update, and it’s fast! Although I recently published an extensive review of raw processors that included Luminar 2018 v1.1, the new update called Jupiter (v1.2) has significant changes and improvements. I believe it warrants an updated review covering the important changes. So here it is.

Bottom Line First

The most significant and usable improvement in this version is speed! I used two very challenging raw file types to try out the advance copy provided to me by Skylum: Fuji X-Trans raw files, which use a sensor pattern that requires special processing, and Sony
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Testing a $35 Superzoom Phone Lens Against a $7,000 DSLR Kit

Have you seen those ridiculous ads for smartphone clip-on lenses that promise impossible results? Casey Neistat recently came across one on Facebook and decided to order one to see how bad they actually are. The Universal 18X Zoom HD Clip On Mobile Phone Optical Camera Lens can be purchased for $33 on Amazon. Neistat went out in New York City and shot the same scenes using both the phone lens on a Google Pixel 2 XL and a ~$7,000 kit ($5,700 Canon DSLR and a $1,000 superzoom lens). Neistat found himself surprised by what the $35 lens can actually do.
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Sony a7 III Review: An Elite Camera with a Friendly Price Tag

I recently had the opportunity to test the Sony a7 III thanks to the generosity of Glenn Wenfield from Sony North America. Since this is a camera that has already generated quite a buzz, I want to start by discussing how I am approaching this review. I am not affiliated with or sponsored by any manufacturer. The reason that I have started using Sony cameras for some of my work is that it appears that Sony is taking the hybrid stills/video concept seriously in a way that most other manufacturers are not. Even if money were no object, I
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Review: Testing the Laowa 15mm f/2 on Sony’s E Mount

Most of you have heard about the name Laowa by now. They were a rather unknown brand until recently, but the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 wide angle lens was well-received. Laowa (Venus Optics) is a Chinese brand known for their innovative lenses. Laowa is showing support for the Sony E-mount with releasing their 15mm f/2 that was specifically designed for the E-mount making it smaller and lighter than the lenses for DSLR mounts. Two years ago, I already tested the prototype of the 15mm when I was with the Laowa guys at Photokina. I was impressed with the sharpness across
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THE SONY PXW-Z90 4K SINGLE LENS CAMERA REVIEW

My quick overall opinion on the Sony PXW-Z90 is this little 4K camera is a straight-up documentary / ENG/ grab and go camera designed to be fast and quick to grab those important documentary moments needed to tell an emotional story. The PXW-Z90 has a 4K sensor is reasonably light sensitive and has the kind of useful lens which can cover all your focal lengths. PXW-Z90 Before we jump into my thoughts let me give you some details about the Sony PXW-Z90. This little camera offers broadcast quality 4K with advanced features like a high-speed autofocus, HDR workflow, up to 960fps
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Nikon 180-400mm Review: A First Test and Sharpness Comparison

So, here’s the story: Nikon announced its new 180-400mm f/4 lens, and I’ve been more than a little curious about it. However, I’m not 100% sold on it just yet, so I decided to rent one and give it a whirl for a few days and share what I’ve discovered with you. In the video below, I’ll tell you what I think about the lens overall, performance, and sharpness. There are a number of sharpness comparisons including with the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, 300mm f/4E PF ED VR,
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The $399 Laowa 25mm Macro Lens vs the $1,050 Canon MP-E 65mm

In January 2018, I had the opportunity to test a pre-production version of Laowa’s first lens in 2018, the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x. It is a niche high magnification macro lens touted to be the answer or alternative to the Canon MP-E 65mm for non-Canon users (especially Nikon macro photographers). After a few rounds of testing both handheld in the field as well as on a tripod, I’ve compiled a list of pros and cons of the Laowa 25mm vs the Canon MP-E 65mm. At the end of the review, I will also show sample shots of
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Flash Battle: Profoto B1X vs Godox AD600 Pro vs Broncolor Siros 800 L

In 2016, I made a video comparing the Profoto B1 and Godox AD600. Since then both models have had an updated release and Broncolor has also released the Siros 800 and 400. I decided to put all three models head to head to help people decide which is the best option. I compare these 3 models because they are very high powered lights that feature an attached battery, remote power control, and all of the features that photographers look for in a strobe designed for location-based work.

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I metered all 3 lights in the same indirect softbox (A Cheetah
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