Lensbaby has announced a new creative lens today: Burnside 35. It’s a 35mm f/2.8 wide angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design. Burnside 35 adds swirling bokeh and vignette around your subject, with an effect slider that operates as a second internal iris. This slider lets you can change the shape and amount of swirl in the bokeh; all while adding or removing vignette and center brightness. Something like Instagram filters in real life.
Every few months it seems like Fujifilm are going a bit less “film”. To the point where they should probably get ready to just drop the latter half of their name altogether. In the latest round of culls, Fujifilm have announced a few more film stocks and formats that are going to be disappearing in 2018.
Fujifilm seem hell bent on killing off their film products entirely. Well, if that’s their plan, they’re certainly doing a good job. Many film photographers have already made the switch to Kodak & Ilford films due to the doubt over Fuji’s future. Kodak’s decision to bring back Ektachrome has also aided a few choices.
After the 35mm f/2.8 lens announced in June, Samyang is expanding their line for another 35mm lens. This time, they are announcing a fast 35mm f/1.4 lens for Sony E-mount. Samyang 35mm f/1.4FE is another autofocus lens in their line-up, intended for Sony full frame cameras.
Samyang 35mm f/1.4FE competes Zeiss, and it’s almost half the price of the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. It comes with a price tag of £599, which is around $790.
If you’ve ever wanted to bring together the quality of the DSLR and the spontaneity of an instant camera, C.P. Goerz joins them in Citograph 35mm f/8 lens. The lens is always in focus, and it’s aimed to “put the ‘Insta’ back into Instagram.” and “bring the spontaneity back to photography while maintaining the highest standards of photo creation.”
Zeiss has expanded their Milvus line of lenses, and they have officially launched their new 35mm lens. Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF is a faster lens than the previous one of the same length from this line, which featured the f/2 aperture. Because of its speed, it’s especially suitable for portrait photography, according to the Zeiss press release. Of course, it’s also useful for shooting in difficult lighting conditions, and for different types of photography, like landscape, architecture, and interior.
Samyang have added another lens to their slowly growing autofocus lineup. They’ve announced a new 35mm f/2.8 FE lens for full frame Sony mirrorless cameras. And, on paper, it looks like it might be able to compete with the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, but at well under half the price.
Adding to the 14mm f/2.8 FE and 50mm f/1.4 FE, this brings the Samyang autofocus range up to three lenses. Samyang’s range of manual focus lenses has been rather impressive. So, it’s not much of a surprise that they seem to be putting the effort into their autofocus lenses. They’re playing it smart, too. Slowly building up the autofocus lineup, rather than trying to rush a complete range out of the door all at once.
We all have seen some very encouraging news recently coming from major film companies bringing back or releasing new film stocks. Some promising accessories, like the “Lab-Box Film Tank”, have also emerged and it seems that nothing can stop the return of film at the front stage.
The present and near future seem very promising for film photographers and you can read everywhere that film is back…but aren’t we celebrating a bit too fast? I recently had an interesting talk with Juho Leppänen who’s behind cameraventures.com about the future of analog photography and its whereabouts in the next 15 years.
After some guessing and speculations, Canon has now officially launched Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens. According to the test shots and videos, it makes really great images, and it’s quite versatile. Along with the macro, they have also released a new compact camera, Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. It’s the follow-up to the SX720, and another light and compact travel camera. So let us tell you more about both of them.
There are as many techniques to develop black & white film than there are photographers.
Today I’m going to show how I develop most of my B&W films. That doesn’t mean that’s the right way to do it and that you should follow my instructions word for word. This is just what works for me until now.
I’ve been following the “digital film” saga for years. There’s been at least 4 failed attempts to get one working, and one hoax. Nikon even filed a patent for one of their own at one point. But besides those early digital film hybrid cameras, none have ever really made it. At one time I thought this was an amazing idea that was bound to happen at some point. Now, I’ve pretty much given up on that ever happening.
There’s a multitude of problems with the whole idea, and no ideal solutions to most of them. But a photographer by the name of Robin Guymer actually seems to have cracked things to find a way that works for him. He’s repurposed an old Sony NEX camera into a digital back for his 35mm Nikon FE.