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In the past year, there have been just a couple of camera announcements that have really shaken things up: in the Summer, Hasselblad announced the X1D, a medium format mirrorless camera with a sleek design and a decent price point (compared to most other digital medium format options). Then, at Photokina last Fall, Fuji also announced…

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  • Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Leica M240 vs Canon 5D Mark IV vs Fujifilm X-T2, NOVOFLEX and More | Fuji Addict - […] Bamber Photography – “this camera lives up to all of the hype generated by its announcement and release, […]ReplyCancel

  • Ravi Mahadevan - “This post was in no way sponsored or promoted by Fuji, B&H, Fotodiox, or Zeiss, although it may sound that way. I have been more impressed than I had even dared hope with this product!”

    The agony of writing blogs and reviews under oath !!!
    And trust me, I am one of the first users of this exotic piece of equipment and all the hell that has broken loose on FB and Fuji rumours brings in just one emotion. ‘ Amusement’

    Why were these tears spared for the Pentax 645Z?
    They forgot to ask, comment- Pentax? Medium format? Bah!ReplyCancel

My recent trip to Cuba was amazing in many ways. I kept it simple: Kodak film, a Hasselblad, a couple of Zeiss lenses, and a Contax 645 for backup. I was ready to compose in the square format, and to see Cuba in a different way…through a big vintage square viewfinder. One of the lenses was…

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I set off for Cuba to discover something. I wasn’t sure what, but simply knew that it was somewhere I’d read about for years, and had always wanted to visit. I had heard of a small group of photographers going, along with art enthusiasts and a bona-fide Cuban Art dealer, and it sounded like a great…

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These days, every few months it seems that there are new cameras released, each incrementally “raising the bar” of digital imaging a step further, while slowly driving past cameras into obsolescence. Just last month, Nikon announced a camera with ISO capabilities over 3 million, and Phase One announced an amazing digital back sensor that photographs at an astounding…

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Fuji x100T I photograph all of the time, using processes from wet plate collodion to film to digital. I use everything from my iPhone to large format. Medium format. DSLR. Point+Shoot. You name it. Cameras are simply a tool for recording what we see, but somehow they seem to transcend that, and are often among people’s most prized…

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  • Sarah Becker Lillard - YES YES YES! Thank you for this! LOVE all these photos and can’t believe they were taken with such a tiny little camera!! What a machine!ReplyCancel

  • John Bamber - Thanks for checking it out Sarah! Glad you’re liking yours as well!ReplyCancel

As promised, here is my other take on the recent winter weather. The morning after the storm Octavia lovingly coated our region with ice, I decided to venture out with a couple of cameras. Not just any cameras… my 2 favorites: a Rolleiflex 2.8 (circa 1959), and a Contax 645 with its stellar 80mm lens. All of…

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I was born in Wyoming, and can faintly remember colossal amounts of snow that would drift up to the rooftops. Having migrated to the Ozarks, and now the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the past few decades have been rather lacking in the “snow” department. I’m thankful for even the rare glimpses of winter that we get…

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In this camera review, I’ll be shooting a medium format film camera, shooting side-by-side with a digital camera using the same lens. It’s not meant to be a test of resolution, color, nor even to try and convince anyone the merits of film over digital, nor vice-versa. I ran this experiment to see how well one could emulate…

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  • Ari Hallami - Can you post images with F/2.0 as soon as possible, with the Leica, and vs. Non Crop Contax. Thanks :).ReplyCancel

  • Adam - I liked your article, but felt it was half complete. You never mentioned what you did in LR to make your images similar. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to at least explain how long it took you to adjust. As half the battle with digital vs. film, is how long it takes one to emulate film on a digital camera.

    Thanks for the article either way!ReplyCancel

    • John Bamber - Adam, Sorry for the delay here! I need to set this up so it notifies me when I get a comment! I use Mastin Labs presets (Kodak Portra 400) in LR to emulate the film colors. They are amazing. The BW is my own creation.ReplyCancel

I was recently in NYC for a commercial shoot, and in some of my down-time I wandered the streets, soaking up the city. While I’m more accustomed to the piercing call of our resident red-tailed hawk, the crickets chirping, and the coyotes yapping at night, there is still something comforting about the constant hum of traffic;…

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