Jan 042013
 

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Quick Tip for Sony RX100 and RX1 Owners: Nice external charger and batteries

Hey hey hey! Happy FRIDAY to all! Just a quick note to let all of you Sony RX1 owners out there know about an AWESOME external charger for your RX1. Since Sony did not include a proper charger with the camera for some reason we have to search for an external if we want one. That means if you want a real charger..as in one that you do not have to plug into the camera itself to charge the battery then we have to find one that works well and is not going to cost an arm and a leg.

I found such a charger and it is superb! I love it. Small and travel/bag friendly and it even has a digital display showing the charge progress. You just slide the battery up inside the unit and it charges it fairly quick. It is nice quality as well. This is the charger I chose for my RX1 batteries (I have 4 batteries total).

You can buy or take a look at the charge here on Amazon, and it is shipped and sold by Amazon (prime eligible) which is a plus. Also, it does in fact work perfect with the RX1 and RX100 batteries. I have charged all of mine up a few times already with this charger.

As for batteries you can buy the Sony branded ones for $33 a piece HERE or if you want to go cheap you can try out these at $5.99 each. I have a couple of these and they also work perfectly fine and give me the same life as the originals.

Just wanted to pass along this tip as I own and enjoy this charger and know a few of you were looking for a good external charger. This one is great and works 100% with the Sony RX100 and RX1 batteries.

SITE UPDATE: The site should be running much faster for everyone now. A few days ago I had some hiccups and the site was down for most of the day but as of today the site should be running VERY fast for everyone that has a high-speed connection. I am currently working on the SLR Magic 35 T 0.95 review and part one should be up by Monday. After that I will have the Fuji X-E1 review up using the 18-55 Kit Zoom and SLR Magic 35 T 1.4. I will also be at CES with Todd Hatakeyama from Tuesday to Thursday and will be doing reports from the show! Can’t wait!

Also, for those who have not checked out the RX1 files for a while, take a look here and see what others have been doing with their RX1!

 

 

Dec 122011
 

A new hub for your Mirrorless camera fix – Mirrorless Central

The new breed of digital camera is starting to take over the digital world and for good reason. They are small, sleek, sexy and getting better with every release. I have been a fan of these cameras since day one and have written quite a bit about most models. Since this website is a blog style site, these articles may be hard to find unless you want to spend all day searching every article on this site, and I know that none of us have the time for that :)

You can also check out the entire site index HERE but still, there are so many articles it would be tough to find the ones you want to see. I made a new page here on the site that is called “Mirrorless Central” and this will be the area of the site where all Mirrorless camera reviews and useful articles will be posted. Only the good stuff!

Want to find info on the NEX series? The PEN series? The Fuji X series or even Ricoh? Then head on over to the “Mirrorless Central” page and see if there is something you may have missed! You can access the page at any time by using the navigation bar at the top of any page. It is listed under “Reviews & More” and then “Mirrorless Central”.

Anytime there is a review or cool article on a mirrorless camera I will also list it on that page so you can find it quickly and easily. Also, don’t forget there is a search bar at the top right of any page as well! Enjoy!

CHECK IT OUT NOW AND START READING ON YOUR FAVORITE MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

Jun 022011
 

News, Updates, Announcements and more!

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday! I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee, sitting in my big comfy office chair and realizing that in less than two weeks I will be heading out across Europe to shoot the Summer Seal tour. This will be a 5 week stint for me and I am hoping to get some nice street shooting in while traveling as well. I plan on bringing my M9 along with a 24 Lux, 35 cron, 50 Noct and 90 cron. These lenses will be perfect for shooting the shows. Notice I added the 24 Lux to the mix this time. I think it will do incredible for live shows to get more audience interaction in the frames.

I will also be bringing along a Fuji X100 and maybe a NEX for video. Not sure just yet. I did just order a new camera flight bag from Think Tank. A roller bag. Last tour I was lugging around this huge camera bag on my shoulder with loads of gear, laptop, ipad, etc. This time I will be rolling along in style with THIS LITTLE GUY. I checked it out in a shop and the quality was fantastic. This way I can save my shoulders and back, and be able to carry all of my gear on the plane. Perfect! I spent two months searching for the perfect bag for flying with my gear and this was the one I ended up with. It is small, but can pack in loads of gear. I’ll fit TWO M9’s, the 4 lenses, the X100 and a NEX. I will have my shoulder bag for my laptop, ipad, cables, chargers, snacks and one camera, most likely the X100.

While I am on the tour, updates may be sporadic as there will be days where I will be without internet access. I plan on doing some street shooting articles, some guest posts, more daily inspirations and of course a few highlights from select Seal shows. Should be interesting. If any of you reading this would like to write a guest article or User Report, just email me and lets talk!

Speaking of the Fuji X100


THE FUJI X100! It appears that Fuji is going to release a new firmware for the X100 really soon, as they announced they will be doing so to correct for issues brought up in the DPreview review. When will they release it? Hopefully soon. I think if they correct some of the quirkiness that came along with the camera then it will be even harder to find in stock. So far, it has been the hottest camera of the year. Fuji dumped their Digital SLR line after the S5 pro and with the success of this X100, I think it sends a message that many of us want high quality in a small package. Retro looks? Even better! Can’t wait to see what they do with the firmware. B&H SELLS THE X100 HERE.

Sony NEX news…

The little camera that could. The NEX-5 is one of the most versatile small cameras on the market today. It has a large APS-C sensor and has the capability to mount just about any lens (with the correct adapters). It’s kit lenses have been hit and miss but there are plenty of NEX users getting gorgeous results with various lenses. The camera is small, sleek and once you get used to the menu system it is a great system. Too bad there are no real fast wider options for it. The X100 has the 35mm equiv f/2, tough to get on the Sony unless you mount a Leica 24 Summilux to the little NEX :)

But its all about SIZE and this girl “gets it”. Look at her video and see how small it is next to a Canon 5d! Wow.

I am also hearing there will be a new NEX-5 firmware release any day now that adds a slew of fun photo filters, much like the art filters of the PEN series. From what I see, Sony is getting a little more advanced though with cool color effects, posterization effects, and even a cool retro look. Should be fun.

If some of you missed this, it appears there was a leaked image of a new Sony NEX C3 which is replacing the now discontinued NEX-3..

While it looks a little cooler than the NEX-3, not sure if I like the new rounded look and monster flash but I am sure many will. Supposedly, this little guy is supposed to hit any day now. Rumors had it for a May release.

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Fun Links of the week…

Has anyone ever seen the work of Spencer Tunick? He shoots nudes and is famous for gathering hundreds or thousands of people into his photos shoots, all nude. I have seen his two HBO documentaries and found his work quite interesting. He is now getting ready for his next project, a large scale nude shoot at the Dead Sea.

This couple had custom wedding rings made to mimic the look of a classic Leica lens.

Wow, love this guys site. Not only some of the most beautiful photography I have seen in a while, he shoots a ton with a Fuji X100. If you want to REALLY see what an X100 can do, visit his site NOW and check out his posts from the past weeks.

Don’t forget to visit my Facebook fan page for this site and click LIKE!

Leica announces RECORD SALES for 2011. So much for those old timers on other sites saying Leica needs to modernize their M’s for profits. As I stated a month or two ago, Leica has been raking in the sales in 2011 and IMO will continue to do so with the plans they have laid out. Go Leica!

For those who think the M9 is expensive…what about the ridiculously priced SIGMA SD1. $9700?? Insanity. This is SIGMA…Their 15MP DSLR (that they claim is 46MP) without a lens…$9700. $2700 more than an M9 that already can come close  to MF quality with the right lens, and is much more portable. Hmmm. Who is buying one?

Was just over at lensrentals.com and found that they have some of the hottest Leica lenses available, in stock, to rent. This is a great way to try out lenses like the Noctilux, 35 Summilux, 50 Summilux, or whatever you want to try! They even have the Zeiss 50 Sonnar 1.5. Check out their Leica pages! I personally can vouch for their service, they are the best online rental service I have come across, and they are a site sponsor as well!

Speaking of site sponsors, Dale Photo has the hot little Leica 35 Summarit in stock. These days it is TOUGH to find ANY Leica glass in stock, even the Summarits! This is a great lens and cheap by Leica standards.

Ken Hansen also usually has Leica glass in stock. One of the top Leica dealers, Ken is my go to guy these days when I need something Leica. He has yet to ever let me down! You can e-mail Ken at [email protected] for availability of whatever you are looking for in the land of Leica.

Oh, and do check out the all new Forums on this site! Started from scratch about two weeks ago and so far so good! It will take some time to get rolling but there are so many knowledgable people that come to this site, and there are also others who need that knowledge :) The forums are a great place to share it! Also, if you want an Avatar to show up on this site when you post in the comments or the forums, go get your gravatar! . Once you do, your avatar will show up here, in the forums, and on other blogs and sites! Only takes a couple of minutes!

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Upcoming Articles

Coming in the next two weeks… A new article from David Babsky and by popular demand, a comparison between the Fuji X100 and Leica M9 with 35 Summicron. So many have e-mailed asking for this and again, these are two totally different camera systems that shoot much differently in real use. BUT, to please you, the readers, I will do a “Crazy Comparison” between the two. Should be fun :)

There will also be the new SLR Magic 28 2.8 lens review for the NEX system and a couple really cool guest reports. Of course there will be the daily inspiration posts as well. So check back daily for something new and fun in the world of photography! Until next time!

Jan 252011
 

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Cool Links for Tuesday 01/25/11

Haven’t done a cool links post in a while and today I came across a VERY cool link that had me sit here for 30 minutes going through each photo and reading the text. You must see this moving, emotional, and very touching tribute in words and photos from a Son to his Father.

If you know Spanish you can read this interview with ME on the cool photo blog xatakafoto.com!

A response to “A Better Camera” by Wouter Brandsma

How about some Leica dial laptop stickers for  your Macbook Pro?

My buddy Yanidel has posted a cool article at his blog called 13 ways to shoot candids. I am a huge fan of his photography and street shooting style so be sure and check it out!

I just ordered one so I could review it! Yep, B&H Photo just posted as IN STOCK the Olympus E-PL2 which IMO looks like an even better camera than the E-PL1 for its body shape, better LCD, jog dial on the back, 1/4000s capabilities and in black it looks sleek and stylish. GET IT NOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR IT AS THEY WILL SELL OUT QUICK!

A great Leica M9 review by Otto Shulze who happens to be an amazing photographer. Always nice to see the M9 get more love.

Creating a 100 Megapixel image with a Leica M8!

How about the Fuji X100 Viewfinder demo video? If you have not yet seen it, check it out below!

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and while I mentioned her story before, the Vivian Meyer story just keeps getting better and better. Watch the video below for the full story and visit the blog for more. Some amazing photos have been discovered.

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A year or two ago I came across these photos of old abandoned buildings in Detroit Michigan. When I lived in Ill I planned to drive to Detroit to start a personal project on my own, taking photos of the hundreds of abandoned houses and buildings but I moved and never had the chance. A reader sent me this link which is very interesting to look at and happens to be the same photos I saw a year or two ago that inspired me to want to get out and shoot some of these locations myself.

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A comparison between the late and great Kodachrome and a Digital file :) – I may have posted this before…

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Som AMAZING examples of winter photography! Incredible images here!

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Collectible Cameras has a DEMO Black M9 for $6495 – These usually come with full warranty. If you order tell them I sent you!

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B&H Photo has a nice black used M8 for sale if the M9 is out of your budget!

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WIN THE M9!  Don’t forget to enter the M9 contest here on this site! The deadline of Fen 05th is approaching fast so be sure to send in your entry after reading the full rules HERE. I am approaching 250 entries so far!

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And finally…I started a facebook “fan” page because I was told my personal page was in jeopardy of being shut down because I was using it to post links to this site. SO, my new fan page is up and I have had over 1100 of you “like” it within a weeks time. WHat is cool is I decided to start a monthly contest for my facebook followers! Starting March 1st 2011 I will be giving away one prize every month to one random facebook fan who follows my stevehuffphoto.com facebook page HERE. Every first of the month the winner will be posted on the facebook page along with the prize! Fun fun fun. Also, don’t forget that if you win the Leica M9 contest AND are following my facebook page you will automatically be sent the Leica 50 Summitar lens with the M9!

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I will have reviews soon of the Olympus E-PL2 as well as more on the Panasonic GH2 by Amy Medina and a really cool Ashwin Rao article on pimping out your Leica M9! Also, I should be able to get my hands on a Fuji X100 sooner rather than later (thanks to a reader of this site) for a nice un-boxing and first look review. If Fuji would send me one to review it would be much sooner :) Hint Hint…

Sep 102010
 

Wow, can’t believe it has already been one year and one day since Leica announced the M9. I remember that day well as I was supposed to be in NYC for the event but ended up not making it out for it. I did get an M9 rather quickly though, well, a month later in October 09.

Today it’s getting a bit easier to find an M9 in stock…at least sometimes. Today I know that Dale Photo & Digital has a black M9 IN STOCK as well as the Leica X1. They even have a used X1 for $1800. It’s in the box and looks great. So for  those looking for these cameras, don’t miss out! You can also call them and ask for David at 1-800-327-1776.

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An interesting blog I never have seen before, but its called Mil-Leica and describes itself as “Leica Photos From Milwaukee”. So many Leica blogs these days. When I started my original site I was one of the one or two blogs actively talking about Leica (that I was aware of). There was no Leica Rumors, no Leica shots, no Leica mention on Ken Rockwell, no official Leica Blog, and none of the countless other Leica themed blogs that are now spreading like wildfire. Just wait, there will be more after Photokina..you watch!

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Photo by Thorsten Overgaard at the Leica Shop Paris Exhibit

One of my facebook friends and fellow Leica photographer Birgit Krippner is enjoying some well deserved recognition at the Paris Leica Shop. Her photos shot with her M9 are on exhibit and for anyone near that area or visiting Paris I urge you to stop in and see her photos. Congrats Bixi! Make sure you also check out her website HERE.

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Also, those looking for a great online photo course, my buddy Thorsten is once again accepting new students!

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One spot left for our NYC meetup! Who will get the last spot?

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OSTRICH SKIN LEICA X1? Yep, only 80 will be made!

How about a special edition Leica X1 with Ostrich Skin? Only 80 will be made…here are some details.

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Things you need for shooting in the night!

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For all of you Sony NEX series fans, here is a great site with LOADS of samples from these little Sony powerhouses.

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MUST SEE! I love this. A man captures his daughter in photos…really great photos..from birth to what appears to be currently her mid 20’s.

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The AP says photographers are ditching digital for film! Told you film was back on the rise! Much like the analog LP, film is making a small comeback. This is good!

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An Interview with Ralph Gibson

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Trapped in a Chilean Mine – A Photo Essay

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More used deals!

B&H has a used 35 Summarit, which is a killer lens for the M9. They are closed today (Friday) for holiday but will re-open tomorrow. Here is the link to the lens!

How about a used double stroke Leica M3 for $649?

As always, Ken Hanson has loads of used gear. Looking for something classic or something Leica that is used and cheaper? Shoot Ken and email!

Jul 302010
 

$Wow, another Friday already. This week FLEW by! Here are some things you may or may not be interested in…some of it all in good fun, as usual.

FUN LINKS

Uh Oh…Leica scaling back repair service in the UK? It appears so… – If this is true, it sucks.

Another great photographer, Alexander Volkov

Check it out! The Brand New Kindle by Amazon, GREAT price, and better than EVER! Free 3G, built in WiFi, 1/3 inch thin, 8.7oz, battery lasts a month, holds 3500 books, and a new sleek look. $179!

Great article over at DigitalRev – 5 Social Situations where you should NOT take photos!

My article on the Seal tour over at the official Leica Blog is now up! BTW, so is my LE Print Offerings page

Street Photography videos by Chris Weeks. Many of you may have seen these, but if not they are mandatory viewing :)

Learn photography at your own pace with the Thorsten Overgaard Online Photo Course, still accepting new students!

Interested in a NIkon D700 kit with an $1100 savings? How about a D700, SB-900 flash, 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200, three of NIkons best lenses..all for $6800? B&H has this special right now.

This is pretty cool..a flamethrower vs a fire extinguisher.

This is something every Leica fan should pick up. The Leica User Forum Book.

Imagining what a Canon EVIL camera may look like..

USED DEALS!

Used Deals…more goodies this week! B&H still has the “9” condition Leica M7 for $2499. Also, just popped up in the last couple of hours a like brand new 35 Summicron ASPH for $1899, and a Leica 21 Elmarit 2.8 for 1,999, in a “9” condition. They also have a pre-asph 90 Summicron f/2 for $1199, A 28 Elmarit 2.8 pre-asph for $1,299, and what appears to be an older Leica 50 Summicron for $799.

Jul 232010
 

Hey guys! It’s FRIDAY, and that is always a good thing in my book. Will be a busy day for me shooting more with the Sony NEX 5 as I am still not sure what to think of this little guy. One day I will love it, and the next I will hate it :) Anyway, here are some cool links for today! Enjoy!

On my way home from Europe I sat next to and met Amy Jurries, who also runs her own full time blog dedicated to reviewing and showcasing new gear for your outdoor activities. How cool is it that I was able to talk with a fellow blog owner on a 9 hour flight? She started her site around the same time I started this one. So here is a plug for her site THEGEARCASTER.COM Check it out!

Another book by Harald Benz who is a regular reader of this site :) Cool stuff!

This is freaking weird but damn, it would make a great place to shoot. These photos taken at a sex doll factory are actually pretty cool.

Add a Zeiss lens to your Iphone 4

A gallery of images taken with the new Leica 35 Summilux ASPH

Some Leica M9 love… and some more

A FANTASTIC gallery of photos

The official Leica blog is going strong!

A blog post about…ME! Thanks Roger!

Check this out. A stop motion video of a guy walking from New York to San Francisco – Amazing!

USED DEALS AT B&H PHOTO – Get them while you can!

TITANIUM LEICA M6 – In box – 8+ – $1799

Leica 50 Summicron, latest – $1099

A LIKE BRAND NEW, IN BOX Leica CM Zoom – $799 – These are hard to come by these days and are GREAT little cameras.

Leica M7 – Black, “9” condition – $2499

Jun 262010
 

Just In Case You Missed Them!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I have been super busy running here and there shooting with the Pentax Kx, A Bronica 645 and a little Diana 120 film camera. As usual, having loads of fun..well, as much fun as one can have when the temperature outside is 110 degrees. :0

Every week I get e-mails asking me questions about certain things or cameras and realized that many who come here do not realize I have listing of some of the best and most popular articles that have been published to this site. You can click here to see them all or at any time click on the REVIEW tab up top and then click “Must Read Articles”.

The Top Navigation Bar at the top of EVERY page will get you to where you want to go :) The “Reviews & More” will drop down with more choices when you click it. This is where all of the good stuff is.

In any case, here is are just a few of the most viewed articles and reviews, enjoy!

How To Develop, Scan and Print with No Darkroom Required by Max Marrinucci

Stuck In A Rut? 8 ways to get motivated by Steve Huff

The Leica M9 – 21 Questions Answered by Steve Huff

Seven Quick Tips for Taking Better Photos by Steve Huff

Street shooting wide open by Max Marinucci

Weddings with a Leica M9? Yep! by Steve Huff

Leica M9 – Travel Camera Extraordinaire by Ashwin Rao

Basic Q&A on switching from a DSLR to an Rangefinder camera

My Leica Lens Suggestions for your M8 or M9

To PP or not to PP? That is the question!

The Leica Digilux 2: A Trip Down Memory Lane by Steve Huff

Improving the handling of a Leica M by Ashwin Rao

Loading a film Leica M7 or MP by Steve Huff

Guest User Report! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…With an M8!

Some of my most viewed reviews…

Leica Noctilux F1 and Voigtlander 50 Nokton 1.1 Comparison

The Leica X1 Real World Use Review

The Leica S2 Review

The Leica MP Review – Film is NOT dead!

Leica M9 Review

Zeiss 50 Sonnar 1.5 For Leica M Lens Review

Leica D-Lux 4 Review

Jun 042010
 

Fun Friday Links, June 4th 2010

Wow, it’s already Friday. This week flew by but that was probably because I have been busy morning till night getting settled in our new house. Yep, I am officially moved and settled near Phx, AZ. The furniture has been delivered, the boxes have all been unpacked and just last night I finished putting together my new desk so I can finally sit down in comfort and work! This morning I will be heading out in search of cool photo opps with the new Fuji RF I am testing, but I will also be shooting another new camera that was sent to me from Leica. More on that one later :)

For now, here are some cool links I would like to share for today, enjoy!

The Reviews On This Site – EZ access.

First  things first. I have been getting quite a few e-mails recently asking me when I am reviewing the Pentax K7, or the E-PL1, etc etc. For those who are not aware, you can access ALL reviews by using the tabbed nav bar at the top of any page. For example, click on “reviews & more” and a drop down box will appear. You can choose Leica, Nikon, Canon and All Other reviews. They are all listed there. Another option to browse every article ever posted on this site is to click on the “sitemap” tab. You will see a complete index of all posts. Also, do not miss the “must read articles” page which is also under the “reviews & more” tab. Thanks!

Used Deal Alerts

First, I just found this used deal at B&H for a Leica 35 Summicron ASPH, 6 bit coded with case and hood – $1979 which is a $100 savings from new. These ALWAYS go fast, so if you are looking for a 35 cron, act fast!

Can’t believe no one has snagged this yet! A Leica Noctilux F1, in box with hood for $4495. A “9” condition and returnable if not as expected! If I had the cash I would buy it now as I have been seeing these go for $5k-$5500 over the past few weeks, many without box.

A reader of this site is selling her M9 setup which is like new. Check out her ad in the buy/sell!

Also, I have an Olympus 14-42 M4/3 Zoom for sale – $90 gets it. V/MC accepted! E-Mail me if interested.

Other Fun and Informative Links

I WANT THIS CAMERA! At only $130 USD, its a steal even if it is all plastic.

In case you missed it, Leica is offering a cool trade in program for their S Series lenses for those wanting to upgrade their lenses to the leaf shutter versions. Check it out HERE.

Ten tips to get your photos noticed on Flickr!

Using a Leica D-Lux 4 to convert slides to JPEGS!

Some cool Leica M9 and 35 Cron shots

Here is a girl who snapped a shot at her cousins wedding with a D-Lux 4 and she loved the results!

Leica’s new 35 cost more than a car? Huh? Tell me where I can buy a new car for $5k!

Rule of thirds slideshow

This guy ties his camera to weather balloons and gets snaps at 87,000 feet!

Zeiss Images, and ONLY Zeiss images!

Autochrome!

Diana Dialogues at B&H Photo

Everything you ever wanted to know about spot metering but were afraid to ask.

Shelby Lee Adams, interview coming in 2-3 weeks!

NYC - This makes me want to head back there for at least a week. When I do go back I will be well prepared for a weeks worth of shooting.

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