Bjorn Petersen

Bjorn Petersen

Bjorn Petersen is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his work in the USA and internationally, and has also self-published several books of his photographs.

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One half of Micro Four Thirds and one third of the L Mount Alliance, Panasonic is in a unique position where it is actively developing cameras and lenses for two separate systems. 2019 was definitely dedicated more to the L mount, with six new lenses being released along with three new full-frame mirrorless cameras. That alone would be a busy year for most, but Panasonic also made sure to keep...
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New film cameras in 2020? Yes, it’s true. Believe it or not, there are still a few in-production film cameras available, brand new, today. And looking beyond the brand new, there is, of course, an active used market for photographers looking to dip their toes into the film photography world. Here’s a look at what’s available new, along with some recommendations for used classics. New Cameras...
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Even though printing in the darkroom isn’t nearly as popular as it once was, the popularity of shooting film has been on the rise for the past few years. Rather than printing traditionally, many photographers are turning to scanning as an integral step in their film-based workflow, perhaps before making an inkjet print. This hybrid method is championed by many because it benefits from both...
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Despite film being “dead,” there’s still a surprising amount of different and unique films to choose from in 2020, ranging from the classics from the major manufacturers to some more creative films from up and coming, smaller brands. Here’s an overview of the current black and white films available right now. Kodak It’s...
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One of the most intimidating aspects of working with film today is accessibility and availability of resources for processing. With professional labs becoming rarer and rarer in most parts of the world, except for major urban centers, one of the remaining options for the photographer pining to shoot film is to develop one’s own. The good news is, however, that developing film at home is...
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Everyone loves a nice 24-70mm or a simple 50mm lens, but nothing generates instant intrigue and interest more than a unique focal length or lens design you’ve never seen before. Whether it’s an ultra-wide-angle lens, impressively fast design, or it just has some kind of distinct trait that separates it from the norm, unique lenses are a sure way to add some character to your imagery. Despite 2019...
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After experiencing an especially prolific 2019, Tamron has been picking up speed over the past few years and reinvigorating its lens lineup with popular new options for both SLR and mirrorless systems. Splitting these releases between the two camera types, Tamron also makes a point of developing lenses specifically for mirrorless or for SLR, versus using the same optical design for everything....
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Considering it was more of a “camera year” for Fujifilm, 2019 still saw the release of four new lenses split between its two mirrorless systems. Already possessing a mature X system and a solid lineup of G-mount lenses for this company’s quickly growing medium format system, Fujifilm spent the year filling in some gaps in the two optics lineups with versatile zooms and compact primes. For the APS...
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Sony, a frontrunner in the mirrorless game, had a productive 2019 that saw the addition of six new E-mount lenses to its lineup. Including two new APS-C lenses and three new FE telephoto lenses, Sony is gradually working on filling the missing gaps in its system, which is to be expected from one of the more mature camera systems at this point. Whereas recent entrants to the mirrorless, full-frame...
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Dedicating its year to Z, Nikon spent 2019 actively working toward building up its cache of lenses for the immensely popular Z 6 and Z 7 cameras, as well as initiating a DX-format system for the Z mount. Continuing to add to a series of highly useful primes, Nikon’s optics team also spent 2019 releasing a pair of useful FX zooms, a pair of DX zooms, and finally formally releasing the new Noct....
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In 2019, Canon had one clear objective for lens development: strengthen and add to the RF system. Following up on an exciting 2018, which saw the release of the EOS R, and the early 2019 release of the...
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Landscape photographers are a contradictory bunch. Always on the quest for gear that is simultaneously lightweight and substantial, landscape photographers, as well as travel and nature photographers, are always in search of equipment that can get them a new look, serve a distinct purpose, or be flexible enough to handle a variety of conditions. If there’s a landscape photographer in your life to...
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New year, new mount, new lenses—Sigma spent 2019 focusing on mirrorless, and more specifically on the L mount, as obliged by its participation in the L Mount Alliance. In terms of lenses, specifically, 2019 felt like a year of positioning for Sigma; readying this company to come out even stronger in the future with an updated plan to continue addressing numerous lens mounts, in addition to the...
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Even with DSLRs declining in popularity and prominence, development of new lenses continues for these tried and true cameras. While production has slowed in the last few years, optics manufacturers are still working on putting out new glass to make the most of updated sensor designs and pushing the boundaries of how well a lens can perform, how compact and lightweight a lens can be, and filling...
Mirrorless Lenses: The Year in Review, 2019
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Lens development for mirrorless cameras has been in full force throughout 2019, with more lenses from more manufacturers being released than ever before. With many new companies focusing on building new full-frame camera systems, along with the introduction of a few new lens-mount types, brands are chugging along at adding everything from the necessary staples to any well-rounded lens system to...
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