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It was the year 2003, and a feature on my first digital camera changed the way I take pictures. I had purchased a Canon PowerShot G3 digital camera to use on a location scout for a film. I was one of the foolhardy who thought I’d never “go digital” but could not resist giving this model a try, which offered a relatively fast lens, a lot of new features, and actually kinda looked like a “camera.”...
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A new trend has been quietly building in the film world, a trend that is polarizing, exciting, and fresh. But mainly, it’s a trend that is drawing more people to film photography, and that’s always a good thing. What we’re dubbing “creative effects film” is a...
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Most photographers use sharpness as qualifier to rate the quality of their lenses, but as any seasoned photographer can tell you, resolution isn’t the end-all when it comes to ranking lens qualities. If anything, it’s the character of a lens—the way it renders your subject, that determines the quality of a lens. In this article, we will discuss lenses that bring something special to the party—...
by Nate Luebbe
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Astrophotography is a nearly inevitable trajectory for any serious landscape photographer. It’s not surprising, really: spend enough evenings perched on a hillside documenting sunsets and you eventually get curious about what comes next. The world doesn’t disappear when the sky goes dark, and neither does the potential for striking photos. While, of course, the most basic equipment necessities...
Film Review: Kodak 120 Ektachrome E100 Slide Film
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Kodak announced Ektachrome E100's triumphant return to production a few years ago, and, for the past couple of years, the film has been available for 35mm and...
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Sony Artisan Ben Lowy takes the new Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens out for a spin around New York City. This lightweight lens is great for landscape photography, astrophotography, street photography, and filmmakers.Features include three extra-low-dispersion elements, 7.5-inch close-focusing distance, a manual aperture ring, and a custom function button.Order at:...
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We review the latest in FUJIFILM's X Series: the FUJIFILM X-T4. Derek Fahsbender and Doug Guerra give you their first impressions of this mirrorless camera, for photography and video. Features include FUJIFILM's IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), an improved mechanical shutter,...
Hands-On Review: The Nikon D780
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The introduction of the Nikon D780 answers two burning questions. The first is: “Will there ever be a replacement for the still-popular-after-all-these-years Nikon D750?” The answer is “Yes.”  The second...
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Writing for Explora can be a bit like using a dating app for cameras. No matter how happy you are with your current situation, you are subjected to a nonstop parade of attractive alternatives—tempting you, teasing you, mocking your convictions. The urge to run off with a hot new body can be overwhelming. At least it has been for me since I hooked up with...
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Building upon its legacy of compact, professional Micro Four Thirds cameras, Olympus now delivers an update to the E-M1 line with the announcement of the OM-D E-M1 Mark III Mirrorless Camera. With a new processor and loads of added features, this release should unlock even more...
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I never fancied myself a passionate lover of a battery charger. That is, until I tried the Nitecore FX1 Dual-Slot USB Travel Charger for FUJIFILM NP-W126 & NP-W126S Batteries. Am I kidding you? No. Seriously, I really, really like, maybe love, this camera battery charger. Why and how did...
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If you’re into analog film cameras, by extension you’re also into light meters. This is because while most modern cameras contain excellent TTL metering systems, if you use film cameras made prior to the 1970s and ’80s chances are: A. the camera has a meter but it doesn’t work anymore; B. the meter works but it’s no longer accurate; C. they stopped making batteries for your meter when Jimmy...
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I am one of those few lucky people who has found the perfect camera bag. And beyond it being just the perfect camera bag, it’s also the perfect bag for so much more than just carrying my camera. This miracle bag, this thing that I love, is the Domke F-802 Reporter’s Satchel. Minimal...
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I recently had an appointment with Dr. Google that culminated in a self-diagnosis of Raynaud’s disease. I wanted to find the best “photography gloves” for my condition so that I can...
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