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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My first autofocus camera, and what turned out to be my last film camera, was a Nikon N90 35mm single lens reflex (1992–2001). I needed to replace one of my Nikon F3 bodies and I got tired of waiting forever for the long-rumored Nikon F5 film camera to become available. (Sound familiar?) The F3’s replacement camera, the Nikon F4, was readily available but the F4’s autofocus and metering systems...
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If you ask the average photographer what a wide-angle lens is good for, the response will invariably be something along the lines of "they're good for photographing small rooms, large groups of people crammed into small rooms, and landscapes." Ask the average photographer what a telephoto lens is good for and the answer will be, "they bring distant things closer to you," or something along those...
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In this week’s edition of FAQ, the topic is a wide-angle lenses. When describing the focal lengths of lenses, there are three main groups: normal, wide-angle, and telephoto. What is a wide-angle lens? By way of comparison, normal lenses approximate the perspective and special relationships between elements within the viewing area the way our eyes do. In other words, normal lenses represent the...
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Moment, a filter company that brands itself as filling "the sweet spot on affordability, functionality, and quality," has introduced three additional sizes to its existing line of variable neutral density (VND) filters. Currently available is three sizes (67mm,...
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SAFETY. It's a whole new world out there and, if you are reading this, chances are you've been working from home, or as it's come to be known—WFH. There are definitely pluses and minuses of WFH, but something many of us have had to grapple with is keeping our gear—and equally important, our data—safe in an environment that was most likely never intended to be a full or even part-time work center...
2 weeks ago
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FAQ is a new ongoing series of B&H Explora posts regarding frequently asked photography-related questions. Topics we plan on covering include cameras, lenses, flash, accessories, and photo technologies. Many of the questions we’d like to answer will be based on feedback from our in-house experts at the B&H Chat lines and online sales. We’ll also choose topics based on listener feedback,...
1 month ago
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Lensbaby has introduced the third member of its popular Velvet lineup: the Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5 Lens. Having already reviewed the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/...
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Tamron has introduced its third f/2.8 zoom lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras: the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD, which incorporates a number of imaging technologies designed to enhance your picture-taking experience. Measuring a compact 5.9" at the 70mm setting,...
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Digital cameras dedicated specifically to capturing black-and-white photographs are rare birds. With the exception of the recently released Leica M10 Monochrom, its predecessors—the Leica Monochrom M (2012) and Leica Monochrom M Typ 246 (2015)—and a small handful of other niche...
2 months ago
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Before your sense of wanderlust gets the best of you, consider upgrading your camera gear before heading out on your next outdoor adventure. 1. Clean Your Gear Your first order of business should be to make sure your camera bodies and lenses are clean and in proper working order. To learn more about cleaning and optimizing the performance of your cameras, camera sensors, lenses, and other photo...
2 months ago
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If you haven’t touched your cameras since the leaves turned color and fell from the trees, it’s time to break out your gear, clean it up, and get everything ready for a new season of picture taking. In case you haven’t noticed—spring is coming down fast! If you are an outdoor photographer and are thinking of ways to upgrade your gear, see my article...
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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—...
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The practice of hand-coloring black-and-white photographs can be traced all the way back to the days of daguerreotypes, which predates Instagram creative filters by about 180-plus years. In a bid to add life to the putty-like tonality of many of the earliest print technologies, photographers would very carefully brush thin layers of color pigments mixed with gum arabic (or quicker-drying mixtures...
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Though there aren’t any hard rules on the subject—and all rules are made to be broken—wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses are often considered to be the go-to lenses for landscape photography. It’s not like you can’t capture wonderful landscapes with normal or telephoto lenses (you absolutely can), but due to their broad capture angles, wide- and ultra-wide-angle lenses usually win out over...
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