YASHICA, Japanese Camera Brand since 1949, with almost 70 years experience in camera and optics development. After being silent for more than 10 years, we wake up with the unexpected. We are so proud to introduce the Unprecedented YASHICA Y35 Camera with the new system – digiFilm.
Coupled with the masterpiece design of the first electronic controlled shutter camera in the world, the YASHICA Electro 35, featuring with the Unprecedented digiFilm system, YASHICA Y35 camera brings in an extraordinary photography experience.
In both appearance and sensation, YASHICA Y35 recaptures the joy and meaning of analogue-photography but eliminating the time and expense required for film development.
Taste as analogue camera, need to load a “digiFilm” to create your album. A brief pause is required to wind on the film before shooting. At this millisecond of pulse, it grants us time to inspire and think, the exact moment the shutter snaps.
The innovative digiFilm system was created by YASHICA. It features a glass lens for super sharp photos, an advanced automatic mode that makes sure every shot is perfectly exposed with an aperture of 2.8 as well as lot of creative digiFilm.
We develop different “digiFilm” with its unique style and distinct effect. Designed for high quality images of different style such as ISO 1600 High Speed, ISO 400 Black & White, 120 format of 6x6 images and ISO 200 Ultra Fine. What’s more…? Lot of different digiFilms are coming to give photographers more opportunities to experiment and create beautiful images in different styles.
YASHICA digiFilm Camera is a mean of capturing moments at your will. Randomness in a photo is never reckless, minimalist is never simple and leaving blank is never empty. Even the smallest scenery can have the biggest impact. What pours life into the images is the Y35, digiFilm Camera, and the eyes behind the viewfinder.
Match Technical has been producing super camera accessories for some time. In particular their 'Thumbs Up Grip' designs for various camera models are by far their most successful and innovative product. I have used them on many of my cameras in the past, Fuji X100, Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XE-1, Leica M8/M9 and Leica 240 to name a few. Obviously I am a fan, so it comes as no surprise that I was very excited to receive the NEW Thumbs Up EP-SQ2 grip from Scott at Mainline Photographics in Sydney.
This is a slight redesign of the original EP-SQ (above). I am sorry to say that the original had a tendency to slide out of the hot shoe. I have personally lost a Thumbs-Up grip from my Leica Q in this very manner. The new edition of a small lock screw on the top of the hot shoe placement (images to the right) is the remedy, and so far so good. It fits nice and snug and as expected. The handling of the camera is like chalk and cheese, a NO BRAINER.
I think there would be few people, who after trying a Thumbs Up grip on their camera, would not make the purchase (money willing). I know there are many nasty fakes on eBay but I am here to tell you just forget it and get the real thing. The design and craftsmanship that has gone into Match Technical's grips is worth every penny. WECC member Nick Bedford had one cheap $10 grip arrive only to be loose enough to fall out of the hot shoe if he wasn't careful.
I was always so surprised as to why camera manufacturers themselves do not produce such accessories. Leica offer their Finger Loop accessory but in my opinion it's lame and clunky. Before you have a go at me, I purchased one for my Leica Q along with the grip from day one of owning the camera. I used it for about 6 months until it came away from the grip one day and plummeted to the floor, to my horror, hitting the concrete and damaging the top plate, disabling the use of the exposure compensation dial in the process.
My taped up Q above in the video is the giveaway. Shit design, and if you do a bit of Googling I am by no means the only person to have this happen to their Leica camera and Leica Finger loop combo.
Surprise, surprise! With the announcement of the Leica M10 (phenominal release!) came their very own hot shoe "Thumb Rest". Apparently plagiarism is the highest form of flatery. Match Technical must be smitten as it appears they now have the endorsment of a prestige camera brand touting their design brilliance.
According to Leica:
"Sliding the thumb support into the hot shoe enhances the ergonomics of the Leica M10. With the thumb pressed up against the thumb rest, the camera can be held much more steadily and is easier to handle. It makes single-handed shooting much steadier and enables the use of longer shutter speeds without the risk of camera shake. The thumb support is CNC-machined from brass and is finished in the same classic surface coating as the Leica M10 to ensure a perfect match when attached."
Welcome to the 90's Leica! I have no idea why it has taken so long to provide their own thumb grip (rest). I am pleased they have at least, and with Leica's price of $290 AUD, Match Technical's original Thumbs Up is still a worthy option and I, like many, will stick with their option over Leica's considering the quality is as good, if not better.
In the end, the use of a Thumbs Up grip has been a huge increase in comfort for me and many of my colleagues and friends who also choose to use them on their cameras. Members Nick, Hannah, Tyler, Jeremy and others to name a few, swear by them, so do yourself a favour and invest in one of these. You won't regret it.
Source (images Leica Thumb Rest http://www.leicashop.com/)
During my last trip abroad I was constantly surrounded in close spaced busy scenes and it made me really wish I had an XPan. I made do by stitching 35mm negs but I missed the joy of having that one click spontaneity from a true pano camera. I told fellow WECC members about my interest for an Xpan then Simon mentioned the actor Jeff Bridges having a similar vision in photography and that’s when I discovered the Widelux.
Travelling with an M8 paired with a 21mm was the most organic shooting experience I’ve ever had. I always loved shooting wider perspective, going in close and fitting everything in the frame however controlling depth of field was always a battle hence why the 21mm combo with the crop sensor M8 was a match made in heaven. I didn’t have to worry about bokeh, just zone focus and shoot to get exactly what I see through the viewfinder. Fast forward a year and a half and here I am with the Widelux, a camera that suits my style just right.
Its simple controls really brings back the joy of shooting. There are 3 shutter speeds, aperture wheel and that’s it. Focus area is determined by depth of field and the field of view is identical to what you see with your eyes. There is no light meter on this camera, its completely mechanical. If you ever want to travel out to somewhere completely remote just grab a bunch of film and shoot without having to worry about running out of batteries.
This is by no means a replacement for an XPan. Both are pano cameras with a completely different feel. In close tight spaces the Widelux gives a vibe of atmospheric depth while the XPan has a much flatter and controlled perspective. There are other alternative swing lens cameras such as the Noblex, or Horizon both great cameras in their own rights.
Shooting with the widelux has been an absolute joy. I’ve been able to capture scenes the way my eyes sees it. I love hanging out with friends seeing them laugh, the little gestures and the environment we’re in. I can capture all that in one click without having to worry where to focus and the typical shallow DOF from a full frame camera.
Follow three photographers, Nicholas La, Daniel Arnold and Rui Palha, through the streets of Porto with the new Leica M-D.
What means photography to them? How did they see Porto through the lens of the Leica M-D? Get inspired!
Source (Leica Camera Vimeo)
Last August I received a Wooden Grip (prototype) in the mail from Snapu on Instagram. This grip was designed to be used on the Pentax 67 (type1). I was itching to give it a whirl and like a great pair of old shoes, film is just nice to get back into. When I loaded my Pentax 67 with some 10 year out of date Kodak TMax 100 yesterday I was very excited to get shooting.
The wooden grip is well constructed and although mine was a prototype, it was a fabulous feel in the hand. It really does help balance out the camera. I compare it to the Thumbs Up on my Leica MP & Q, once felt, its hard to imagine using the cameras without one. Same applies for the wooden grip on the Pentax 67. Once you have it fitted on it's a must have, nicely balances out the hold.
The Pentax 67 is a behemoth of a camera and the extra grip for the right hand is a welcome addition. Just so we are both on the right page, the Pentax 67ii comes standard with a hand grip built in for the right hand. The earlier version 67 does not (examples above). Obviously this wooden grip is for the Version '1' the camera above on the left.
It was a breeze to mount just line up the base of the plate with the cameras lugs on the front as shown in the pic above, then slide the small metal lock lever up .... your good to go.
Wonderfully hand carved and machined this wooden stainless steel construction feels very solid and matched the great construction of the Pentax 67 beautifully. Each standard handle is made to order for 'US$139' and various wood finishes can be chosen from. He sells stock grips if your not to Gear obsessed or for a little more $$$ you can have a custom item made to order.
This beautiful black Custom grip is just one example of what is possible, the choices are yours.. So my final thoughts are this, GRAB ONE YOU FOOL, if you own the Pentax 67 that is. If your interested in purchasing one of these beauties you can email Snapu below, at his Instagram account
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AFshoot as you already know have some great products, this Leather Wrist Strap by Deadcameras is yet another cracker of a product. It has graced my Leica M6 over the past 6 months before being turned over to another member to be used with her Fujifilm XE-1 for the last 6 weeks. As expected ...... fantastic.
The attention to detail is superb, brilliant stitch work and signature red pin are all a great touch for the soft leather wrist strap. I have used other wrist straps such as the 'practical' Gordy's Strap, the 'luxurious' Louigi's wrist strap and the almost forgettable 'Noose' by Crumpler. This strap by Deadcameras stands out from the group and at a price point of $66 plus postage, more than justified.
Carrying a camera around using a wrist strap can be taxing. Crazy as it seems the wrist can get fatigued if the leather is on the stiff side. I have found this the case with a fare few wrist straps I have used over the past 25 years. This strap in particular is an exception, it was great to use all day with no discomfort- subtle soft and a pleasure to handle.
It's the attention to detail which I find outstanding in this luxury wrist strap. Just like the full length counterpart we reviewed last year , their wrist strap is neatly finished off with stitch work and burnishing of the highest quality. A nice rubber wring makes width adjustments for your hand easy and visually stylish. Unlike other wrist straps (Noose by Crumpler), this has been designed by those who actually use cameras daily themselves and that listen to other photographer's critiques. The manufacturers of these great straps has left nothing to chance, every part and component works as it should and is exceptionally executed.
So without going to overboard (bit late) I love this strap and give it a massive 4/5 Thunderbird Points. There is nothing not to like ..... grab it and you will be a very happy camper I assure you.
Film photography is not dead. It is hurting, though. It seems every couple months, we lose a few more film stocks. The remaining selection is a small fraction of what we once had. Still, there are plenty of films out there worth loading into a camera. Andthe cameras are pretty cheap now, too. But who knows what the future holds?
_We've put together a collection of films you might want to try while you still can. Some of them are old favorites and others are a little more obscure. All of them, however, offer a unique and often extremely rewarding photographic experience. _
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. And if you have a freezer full of an old film stock you miss, feel free to leave a comment about that, too. We're sticking to the stocks that are easy to get, but there's all kinds of interesting stuff out there. Let the film bug bite you.
Kodak Portra 400
Type: Color negative film
Price: $8 per 36 exposure roll
Other speeds: 160, 800
When it comes to camera straps the world is your Oyster. The choice is a daunting one and the chances of getting it right the first time are about as accurate as your scoring rate at summer camp. SO when I received a package from AFshoot from England I was intrigued to see what they had to offer. A couple of people had contacted me asking what I had thought of Deadcameras camera straps ? Well I had never herd of Deadcameras straps so the pakage kindly sent by AFshoot was welcome indeed..
I received two straps, Premium Handcrafted Leather Slim Strap & Premium Handcrafted Leather Wrist Strap. I attached the Slim Strap to my Leica Q (image above and below) since then three months have passed and the Strap & Leica Q have accompanied me daily throughout that time.
I AM IN LOVE
What a fabulous strap, quality throughout, these hand made straps from Portugal are class all the way. I have used many straps over the last few years, either purchased or provided for by companies for reviews. I usually pass these on via our Facebook page or to people attending workshops. This strap however is going no where, it is a keeper. The attention to detail is beautiful, the neck pad is soft and subtle, forming to your neck or wrist when needed.
Suffice to say they have created a top quality product equal to any camera out there. Their range is ample, weather a small point and shoot or larger DSLR it seems they have you covered. My time with the strap has me totally recommending it over most straps on the market. The price is set well below it's value and I feel a no brainer purchase for anyone looking for something a little special for their camera of choice. Me and my Leica Q are happy campers indeed. Thanks AFshoot, 5/5 from us here at WECC. ... Now onto the Wrist strap, see ya in 3 months
Sony has just unveiled the new RX1R II, a palm-sized 42.4-megapixel full-frame camera that features the world’s first optical variable low-pass filter that can be turned on and off. Inside the camera is a a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor that shoots massive 42.4-megapixel images with an ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400). The sensor has bee improved to output data 3.5x faster than the original RX1R.
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Introducing the Light L16 Camera, the world's first multi-aperture computational camera. At US $1600 it remains to be seen if it's up to the hype and everyday consumers wallets. I look forward like many to seeing some real world reviews. We would be happy has pigs in mud to give it a go and let you all know what we think. Just jump over to HERE to find out a little more
Source (light via Vimeo)
The Fujifilm X100T needs no introduction. This is the best all-in-one digital camera currently available on the market today. No other digital camera can balance aesthetics, ergonomics, function, image quality and price quite like the X100T. The 23mm f/2 Fujinon lens (35mm equivalent) is paired very nicely with the APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR II processor, but it is a fixed lens. Fujifilm’s solution to those who wish to go wider or more telephoto are the WCL (wide-angle conversion lens) and TCL (telephoto conversion lens) attachments. The TCL-X100’s 1.4x magnification makes more sense than the WCL-X100 as it significantly extends the focal length to a 50mm equivalent (48.3mm to be exact), giving you more reach and compression in your images. For many photographers the 50mm should be the standard and for the old-school film street photographers, it is. If you want to hit the streets and get Cartier-Bresson style images, the 50mm is a must have focal length.
Algorithms are already looking through the viewfinder alongside with you: they adjust settings, scan faces and take a photo when you smile. What if your grin wasn't the only thing they cared about?
Short film about a speculative design of a new kind of camera. Shot over the course of three days in Copenhagen and Kolding, Denmark.
Philipp Schmitt – Concept/Director/Editor
Carina Schwake – Actress
Bjørn Karmann – Camera Operator
Niclas Hägele – Music/Sounddesign
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Not long ago, Sigma announced the fastest aperture zoom lens made for a full frame camera: the 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art. With a constant f2 aperture range throughout its zoom range, it is the fastest constant aperture full frame lens made so far. But with that comes what many believe to be a big tradeoff. The lens has a very limited zoom range and essentially gives you three big focal lengths: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. However, these lengths are made possible by 18 elements working together in 13 groups in conjunction with a 9 bladed aperture.
And at under $1,000 this lens any many others that Sigma makes may be some of the few things keeping you working with DSLRs.
Max Montgomery is a British photographer who now lives in New York. He has shot for numerous magazines including Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, Town and Country, and Sunday Times. Some of his advertising clients include Jitrois, Cavalli, HK Intimates, Lot78, Edge o’ Beyond, and Rohmir. Max recently had the opportunity to test the new Leica S (Typ 007). Below, he shares his thoughts and impressions on the camera. In the above video, which was shot with the Leica S video function, get a behind-the-scenes look at Max’s photo shoot and see the full video capabilities of the Leica S.
Q: You had the chance to try one of the first Leica S (Typ 007). Had you been shooting with a previous model Leica S before?
A: Yes. I’ve had one for a couple of years. Let me say, first off, that the Leica S (Typ 007) is the best camera I’ve ever used in my life.
Q: How does it compare to the previous models?
A: The old camera was amazing too, but the problem was that it was a little too slow. It was easy to miss some moments. You miss a lot on the old S. For static portraits it was fantastic, but it wasn’t quite fast enough for motion photography. I like to capture things in movement so that was really important for me.
Some time ago this image popped up on the ALC Facebook page. It seems they may have been spot on the money. Over at Camera Times they have posted a article on what seems to be just what the Doctor ordered. Interchangeable Leica Q with apparently a 50mm Summicron AF lens.
ALC could not have been any closer if they tried. Lets see how accurate the above Mock-Up turns out to be. I think I feel a change coming.
I love and their Thumbs Up products, and yes Dreams do come true. I stumbled on this forum post by Erfahrener Benutzer who was trying out a Thumbs Up Leica Q prototype 'Thumbs Up EP-SQ '. As soon as we get one in our hot little hands will let you know our thoughts. until then follow the link below.
Meta35 – Metadata for film photographers
Promote Systems, a company from the US has decided to try and help film photographers wrestle their workflow into some kind of manageable beast, by coming up with some very innovative software that can help you insert data about your images into your scanned images. Sounds cool right?
Now this is a pretty cool idea. Metadata for film photographers. But before you run around the room screaming with joy at all the time you are going to save on your workflow there are a few things that you should know. It doesn’t work on all cameras. Simple really, if your camera doesn’t record data anyway then you are out of luck. But, if you do shoot one of the later SLR cameras, such as the EOS1 or the F100 then you are riding the gravy train.