Allan Weitz

Allan Weitz

A graduate of the High School of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Allan Weitz started taking pictures when digital meant doing something with your fingers. Currently the host of the B&H Photography Podcast and a member of the B&H Explora writing team, his work has appeared in (and on the covers of) dozens of publications, including New York magazine, Philadelphia magazine, Esquire, GQ, Yachting, and Nautical Quarterly.

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I can’t say I’ve ever gotten excited over a firmware upgrade, but then again, as a photographer who enjoys photographing architecture, I never thought I’d see the day I could correct keystone distortion—the distortion that makes buildings look like they’re falling over backward—in-camera and in real time with a Leica rangefinder camera. 2021 is only a couple of months old and already I have good...
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If you ask most consumer-camera owners why they keep a filter on their lens, a majority will most likely reply, “For protection.” Although filters do, in fact, protect the surface of your lens against dust, moisture, and the occasional thumb print, the primary function of lens filters is really to improve the...
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The first mirrorless digital camera was the Epson R-D1, which was introduced in 2004. The truth is, mirrorless cameras can be traced back to 1916, with the introduction of the Kodak 3A Autographic Special, a rangefinder film camera—or even further back still if we want to factor view cameras and plate cameras into the equation. Despite this, in the contemporary sense, mirrorless digital cameras...
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Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, we get word about the new Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28mm f/2 ASPH. Designed for use with Leica SL-series cameras, as well as other L-mount cameras, this new 28mm Summicron is a go-to wide-angle prime with a 75.4° angle of view that’s...
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I’ll never forget the first time I looked through the viewfinder of a camera fitted with a 20mm ultra-wide-angle lens. Everything looked amazing and I blew several rolls of film shooting everything I saw along the way. Prior to using this “exotic” lens, I had never shot with anything wider than the 50mm normal that came with my first 35mm camera. The sobering part came when I developed the film...
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Macro photography never ceases to amaze me. Show me the face of a jumping spider reproduced at life-size or greater and I’ll undoubtedly stop what I’m doing and stare at it for a while. What’s interesting is how ultra-wide-angle lenses, which are available for ...
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In addition to its innovative image-processing abilities, the recently introduced Zeiss ZX1 is also notable as being the first camera to wear the Zeiss nameplate in five decades. This Classic Camera review is about the last camera to wear the Zeiss nameplate—the Zeiss Ikon Hologon Ultrawide (1969-71),...
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The term “pixel peeping” might be a product of the digital age, but the concept of critically eyeballing the details of a photograph go way back to the earliest days of photography. Back when film was king, the only way to “zoom in” to see exactly how good your lens-focusing skills were was to view your transparencies and negatives through a loupe. During the heyday of film photography, the most...
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Fifty-five years ago, Leica introduced a groundbreaking high-speed normal lens for Leica M-series cameras. It was called the Noctilux 50mm f/1.2, and it remains the gold standard among photographers who shoot in low light, to this very day. In a nod to its fabled heritage, Leica is introducing an updated 2021 edition of this lens—the...
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For many people, the word “landscape” typically conjures up images of snow-capped mountains, mighty rivers, and flower-covered meadows awash in the light of golden sunsets. But what if these photo utopias are beyond the bounds of a reasonable driving distance? What if your choices of places to photograph is limited to your immediate neighborhood or town? Are you skunked when it comes to landscape...
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When it comes to outdoor and travel photography, every season has its signature attributes. Springtime is about the pastels of awakening flowers, summer is about the lushness of landscapes in full bloom, and fall is the final riot of color before the onset of winter. And winter? Winter is about light, and wouldn’t you know it—that’s exactly what photography is about. Photographs © Allan Weitz...
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For a lighting company that’s only been around for just over a decade, Godox has managed to establish itself not only as a recognizable brand among on-camera, portable, and LED lighting manufacturers, but as a serious contender in a fiercely competitive marketplace. And how did the company manage to gain such a solid footing in such a short time? Easy. Godox produces exciting state-of-the-art...
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When shopping for a new—or if you’re like me, yet another—camera bag, you no doubt have a checklist of qualifiers the bag in question must possess before it joins you on the checkout line. My qualifiers include, in no particular order, weight (I do not like bags that feel heavy before you even load them up), construction (What’s the bag made of and how are the parts stitched together?), internal...
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Filtering ultra-wide-angle lenses, which are generally defined as lenses with diagonal angles of view of 90° or greater, can be challenging. And the greater the AoV, the more challenging filtering can become. The big problem has to do with vignetting, which in the case of filtering ultra-wide-angle lenses means seeing the edges of the filter in the corners of the frame. In the case of full-frame...
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