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Fuji GW690 – Medium Format Camera Review

After nearly three years of running this website, I’ve finally discerned the characteristics that make up my ideal camera. I like versatility and affordability, so interchangeable lens SLRs are my starting point. I really love to travel and explore, so compactness is key. And I often use photography as a relaxing escape, so my ideal camera has to have at least one auto-exposure mode; aperture-priority, if I’m being picky. Given these parameters, Fujifilm’s GW690 seems like an awful fit. This…

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Mint InstantFlex TL70 – Instant Camera Review

I spent this past weekend shooting an instant camera like no other. Mint’s InstantFlex TL70 is a twin lens reflex in the vein of Rollei and other TLRs of the distant past. Its vintage-inspired twin lenses sit ready to expose Fujifilm’s decidedly modern Instax pack film, and while it’s a superbly fun camera, it’s also something of a conundrum. This unique camera from Hong Kong promises to “make ordinary days extraordinary”, but with its uncommonly high price, is it a worthwhile…

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Choosing Your First Film – Fujifilm Superia 400

[Editor’s Note : One of the most common questions I’m asked is one that’s very difficult to answer. People who’ve never shot film want to know where to start. To find the answer to this question demands that we ask and answer other questions; what type of photography do you want to shoot, in what lighting conditions, and with what camera? To help people choose the film that’s right for them, we publish our Film Profile series. But which film is best…

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Then consider that just a few decades ago these machines were being used by every professional photographer and photojournalist in the world to capture everything from product photos to war-zones, portraits to moon landings. Yes, film cameras have been to the moon. And you haven’t. Show some respect. What’s the…

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How to Use Macro Close-Up Lens Filters

Are you interested in macro photography but not so interested in shelling the clams to pay for a specialized macro lens? Or maybe you’re not interested in lugging around another big hunk of glass that’ll only come out of your camera bag once a month? The feeling is familiar, but so is the drive that pushes photographers to want to capture every angle of the world around them. For those would-be macro shooters who are striving for a coexistence of budget,…

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5 Best Travel Cameras – Digital Edition

The last time we talked about travel cameras we focused on making a list of five retro machines. It was a pretty excellent list. Picking any one of the cameras on it would serve any vacationing photophile well. But while those machines were beautiful, classy, and capable, they required loading of stinky, unforgiving film. What’s that all about? Film cameras are wonderful and charming, for sure, but not everyone wants to shoot film (for some reason). For those photophiles who just…

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