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Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN Art Lens for Nex 7 Portraiture

May 13, 2013 by Gear, Photography

My friends at Sigma hooked me up with one of the first samples of their new 60mm f/2.8 DN Art Lens in Sony E mount for the Nex 7. With the lens in hand on Friday I called Lauren who occasionally models for the photo classes I produce at Samy’s Camera and we were able to schedule a 2 hour test session at my downtown loft for Saturday. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this lens because 60mm on APS-C sensors is a nice telephoto focal length which translates to a 90mm full frame equivalent. I really like the SEL 50mm 1.8 but find myself wishing for a little more compression when shooting portraits. The Sigma 60 should fit the bill nicely. … Continue Reading

Sony Nex Portrait Lenses SEL 50 f1.8 Compared to Leica Summicron 50mm f2

April 23, 2013 by Photography, Reviews

I’ve been trying out a lot of lenses and adapters on my Sony Nex 7 so I decided to write up my tests in a series of articles on portrait focal lengths. This first comparison covers the only shipping portrait lens for the Sony E mount which is the SEL 50mm 1.8. On an APS-C sensor the 50mm focal length translates to a field of view similar to a 75mm lens on a full frame sensor. It won’t show quite as much compression as a 75mm but the depth of field does shrink a bit and there is a slight telephoto effect on faces. I’m putting the Sony 50mm up against the Leica 50mm Summicron 2.0 using a Novoflex NEX/LEM adapter. I chose this lens for two reasons. One, I have access to this lens from the Samy’s Camera rental department. Secondly because Ken Rockwell says this about it:

There is no better 50mm lens on Earth than the LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2. The SUMMICRON is the world’s reference for a 50mm photographic lens.

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February 18, 2013 by Opinion, Photography

I’m taking issue with photo instructor “Guru’s” who insist that not looking at your images on the LCD screen is the proper shooting technique. They pejoratively call the action of tilting your camera forward to see the image you just shot “Chimping”. I argue that not looking at your images is “Chumping”. You are a Chump if you don’t take advantage the the modern miracle that is instant feedback in the digital age.

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Oh Get Over It, It’s Just Some Fabulous Fashion Fun

January 21, 2013 by News, Photography

Last week a few people piled on Vogue magazine for their fashion editorial entitled Storm Troupers.

Katherine Goldstein maligned, “Is this what happens when Anna Wintour feels emotion?”.

Jason Kottke decried, “I guess they were going for inappropriate & provocative but hit inappropriate & idiotic instead?” He continued that if American Vogue wants to something provocative then it should follow the tasteful lead of Italian Vogue and photographer Steven Meisel.

I wonder if he realizes that the same editorial/photographer team also used the BP oil disaster in Louisiana as the inspiration for a fashion spread. The piece is oft criticized as a low point in the history of fashion photography.

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More Mesmerizing Instagram Work: Instantáneas

This video came to me with the following note:

Hola les dejo este video que hice con imágenes de instagram que viendo el contenido de su página seguro les puede interesar para publicar.

I stuck it into Google Translate but I think there’s probably a better translation out there. If you speak Spanish, please let us know what Lucas Otero said above. He’s produced a fabulous little video made up of photos from Instagram.

Muchos gracias Lucas. Your video earns a coveted seat in the PCN Screening Room.

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How Blind People Use Instagram

January 3, 2013 by Photography

Tommy Edison is blind. His is an avid Instagram user. Below is a video that shows how he does it. His feed is blindfilmcritic.

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