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  • Things We Love: Reunion Blues Continental Voyager Guitar Case

    Aside from being the person at B&H Explora who spends his days chasing grammar and punctuation errors, I have also been playing guitar off and on since I was 16 years old and, to put that into perspective, I am now just about ready to enroll in Part A of Medicare. Until the end of the last Bush presidency, I was playing guitar and singing in a local New York bluegrass band. This entailed getting myself and my guitar, notes, accessories, et al, to some of the grungiest dive bars in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, although we did play the Tap Room at the old Knitting Factory, on Leonard Street. Twice.

    Where's the Gig?

    Just like many photographers I know, and their obsession with the right camera bag for the assignment, guitar players frequently need and have more than one case that suits their needs. Generally, the best protection you can provide for traveling with your guitar is a hard case, usually constructed from three to five layers of plywood, covered with some sort of tweed, vinyl, or Tolex, with little metal bumpers and a carry handle, that provides a neck rest inside, with a small interior accessory compartment just beneath it. This is great if you're driving a distance to your gig and you toss your guitar into the back seat, or especially when you're traveling by Amtrak from New York to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the IBMA convention. For flying, a certified flight case, made of layers of fiberglass or carbon fiber, will provide the ultimate in safety for your guitar. But that's not how we are traveling today.

  • Choose from Even More SLR Magic MicroPrime CINE Lenses

    Floating up, up, and away with your drone-mounted E-mount DSLR? Go wide, wider, and widest with the new 18mm T2.815mm T.3.5, and 12mm T2.8 E-mount MicroPrime CINE lenses from SLR Magic. In addition to expanding its Sony E-mount lineup, SLR Magic has expanded its selection of MicroPrime CINE lenses with the introduction of two MFT-mount plus six Fuji X-mount prime lenses.

    Similar in size and weight, each of these primes features 0.8 MOD gears, compatible with most FIZ (focus, iris, zoom) systems and consistently placed from lens-to-lens, enabling quicker lens changes. The new E-mount trio rounds out the existing 25mm T1.535mm T1.350mm T1.2, and 75mm T1.5 E-mount options offered by SLR Magic. Focal lengths of 25mm and longer feature fast T1.5 or wider apertures for optimal low-light capture. The design of the wider 18mm, 15mm, and 12mm primes compromise somewhat on the T2.8/T3.5 maximum apertures to retain a compact form in line with the other lenses in the series. All the lenses feature cine-style touches like a durable metal housing, a common 85mm front diameter threaded for 82mm filters, and natural-looking, round bokeh.

  • Things We Love: Hasselblad H-Series Cameras

    When I first set out to create the portraits for “What is Photography?” I was faced with the challenge of building a series of photographs that shared a recognizable aesthetic, despite being made over the course of several months, working with many different personalities. The solution that producer John Harris and I came up with was to establish a set of controls that would secure a consistent look while still permitting me to create an expressive portrait for each person. In homage to past pioneers of the studio portrait tradition, we found a north-facing daylight studio, at Highlight Studios, and decided that the final images would all be in black-and-white. We chose a hand-painted background from Oliphant Studios to appear in every shot. Last, but certainly not least, all of the photographs were shot with H6D-100c or H6D-50c medium format DSLR cameras.

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