Quick Review: “Steel” Sun Sniper Camera Strap

In the studio this week, we’ve been discussing this very unique take on the camera strap.  Though opinions regarding certain design elements vary, some things are quite certain.  The California Sunbounce Sun Sniper Steel an exceptionally tough and very well-crafted camera strap.  Its ballistic nylon is the stiff, tight weave I’d expect from Lightware, if they made... Read More

First Impressions, the (Awesome) Leica S2

The Leica S2 Over lunch last Tuesday, I enjoyed spending a couple hours with Leica rep Victor Naranjo and the compelling new Leica S2 digital camera.  And — while there is nothing wrong with traditional digital medium format cameras like the Hasselblad H4D series or P+ series from Phase One — the Leica S2 is a whole new approach to Big Digital and instantly makes the digital... Read More

On Location with the Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, Medium Format DSLR, Part 2 My first encounter with medium format digital photography was during an MFA class, “Advanced Digital Capture”.  The camera, a Hasselblad H1 with a Leaf digital back, was a complex machine, capable of creating big image files, but only with patience, practice, and a bit of professional training.  The back operated tethered... Read More

Full Throttle 645, The Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, Medium Format DSLR Hasselblad’s “H” series is very arguably the finest family of cameras in the world, offering a robust line of camera bodies, lenses, digital and film backs, viewfinders, and accessories.  The Swedish company has hurdled into the digital age with a full line of lenses, cameras, and software that work in harmony to produce... Read More

First Impressions, Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, First Impressions This is not an impressive photo, especially not as an opener for a series of entries on an impressive a camera.  What is impressive is that this is not a photo at all, but a 100% crop from a capture with this new beast-of-a-camera from Hasselblad.  To the proven controls, ergonomics, and lenses of the established H series, the H4D-40 adds... Read More

Image Quality and the Hasselblad H3DII-31

The Hasselblad H3DII-31 When compared to more nimble 35mm cameras there are certain compromises to shooting a big 645 DSLR.  It often operates more slowly, with less flexibility of exposure and focus, and – in most cases – it’s more cumbersome.  Is the added complexity and added cost worth it?  Do the trade-offs pay off once the files hit the hard drives and big TIFFs... Read More

On Location with the Hasselblad H3DII-31

Update, July 2011: Since our review of the Hasselblad H3DII-31, Hasselblad has updated the camera by bundling its digital back with the new Hasselblad H4D camera body.  The combination, the H4D-31 sells for around $13k.  Check it out here, a link to one of our sponsors, Samy’s Camera.  The digital back is unchanged, though the H4D camera body adds Hasselblad’s excellent... Read More

Entry-Level Digital Medium Format and the $10k Hasselblad H3DII-31

The Mighty Hassleblad H3DII-31 Update, July 2011: Since the time of this writing, Hasselblad has replaced the H3DII-31 with the updated H4D-31.  The new camera uses the same digital back bundled to the H4D camera body, which adds Hasselblad’s True Focus system.  The new camera can be found at Samy’s Camera here.  Readers may also be interested in our review of the... Read More

The Future of Video/Still Capture; The New Sony Plan

It’s been a weird process, the converging of photography and videography.  Fans of the Canon EOS system certainly were proud to learn that the season finale of the TV show, House, was filmed on a 5dII.  I’d venture to say, however, that video-shooting DSLR cameras like the 5DII are not the future of video.  It takes so much effort to record usable video on a device... Read More

The Zeiss 21mm f2.8 (on a Nikon D3)

Zeiss Distagon 2.8/21 ZF.2 (21mm f2.8) The Wide Lens I love my wide lenses, have loved my Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 since day one several years ago.  A wide perspective offers unique atmosphere, spaciousness, and depth to an image.  Shooting with a wide pulls a photographer closer to the subject and creates a strong feeling of interaction when compared to longer focal lengths.  I... Read More