Allan Weitz

Allan Weitz

A graduate of the High School of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Allan Weitz started taking pictures when digital meant doing something with your fingers. Currently the host of the B&H Photography Podcast and a member of the B&H Explora writing team, his work has appeared in (and on the covers of) dozens of publications, including New York magazine, Philadelphia magazine, Esquire, GQ, Yachting, and Nautical Quarterly.

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2 weeks ago
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Shimoda Designs has introduced a new, smaller version of its popular Explore 40 daypack, and it's called the Explore 30. Despite its shorter exterior profile, the Explore 30 can carry the same amount of gear as the original Explore 40, and it features a new removable belt system. To go along with the newest addition to the Shimoda...
1 month ago
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If your taste in focal lengths ranges from normal to super-telephoto and you hate having to carry more than one lens at a time, your train has arrived. The new Sigma new 60-600mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports zoom, one of the newest members of Sigma's Global Vision series lenses, is a 10x optical zoom (39.6° to 4.1° AoV) that's available in a choice of...
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There’s no law that says cameras must look boring. Not that there’s anything wrong with boring-looking cameras, but there’s something to be said about a camera that turns heads out of curiosity, intrigue, confusion, or a combination of the three. The following cameras are “statement makers” that are guaranteed to turn heads and, better yet, elicit wonderful smiles. 1. Polaroid Originals 600 96...
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The original Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, introduced in June 2012, featured a fresh, inviting design, a fast 28-100mm (equivalent) Zeiss Vario-Sonnar zoom lens, and something unheard of for such a compact camera: a 20.2MP 1"-format backlight-illuminated CMOS sensor. Measuring 13.2 x 8.8mm (2.7x crop factor), the 1"-type sensor was smaller than full frame, APS-C, and Four Thirds-format imaging...
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The Zeiss Batis-series lenses for Sony E-mount cameras are well represented, if your tastes run toward wide-angle (18 and 25mm) or short to mid-range telephotos (...
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Gitzo, one of the premier manufacturers of camera tripods, has introduced what the company is calling the smallest carbon fiber tripod—and small it is. The Gitzo Mini Traveler is designed for low-angle, point-of-view, and behind-the-scenes still and video capture. The Gitzo Mini Traveler weighs...
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When the Contax G1 was introduced, in 1994, I was immediately smitten. Leicas were out of my price range and, despite the accuracy of Leica’s viewing and focusing, the thought of composing through a viewfinder and not seeing exactly what the lens was seeing made me queasy, especially when out on assignment. The G1 was different. It was a rangefinder camera, but it offered the choice of manual...
2 months ago
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Voigtländer has introduced a fast fifty lens, designed to whet the chops of low-light shooters. The Voigtländer NOKTON 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM is a manual focus, M-mount lens that features 8 elements (including dual aspheric-surfaced elements) in 6 groups, all-metal construction...
2 months ago
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Some years ago, I stumbled upon a book called The Photographic Instruction Book, by Townsend T Stith © 1903. The book was filled with all sorts of advice on how to take successful photographs using the tools and technologies of the day. Surprisingly, many of the Mr. Stith’s suggestions, including advising against taking pictures from moving bicycles, hold true today. I especially enjoyed reading...
2 months ago
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 has been a solid sales performer since it was introduced almost four years ago, which says volumes about the camera. Rather than tinker with a formula that works, Panasonic has released an update of this popular Micro Four Thirds (MFT) pocket rocket, and it'...
3 months ago
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Lensbaby lenses are like chicken. There are dozens of ways to prepare chicken—you can bake, fry, grill, broil, or smoke it, and each method is unique, but different. Lensbaby lenses are like chicken recipes in that they are basically variations of a common theme with each new model being unique, and similarly different. Lensbaby lenses and chicken are dissimilar in that unlike chicken, you can’t...
3 months ago
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If you still think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, check out the new Lensbaby Sol 45, a manual focus special-effect lens that features a near-normal 45mm focal length and a fixed f/3.5 aperture. The lens’s optical formula is a simple 3-element, 2-group design, with a focus range of 14" to infinity. The Sol 45 accepts 46mm...
3 months ago
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I have long championed smaller, lighter lenses. If I can find a high-performing compact lens that’s sharp and renders natural-looking out-of-focus specular highlights (good bokeh), I’m interested even if it only has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 or f/4.5. And if I can find a sharp, compact lens with image quality that equals comparable lenses costing two, three, or four times the price, sign me up...
3 months ago
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About a year ago I had an opportunity to field test the Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF, Tokina’s first full-frame Sony E-mount and only premium FiRIN-series lens. I liked it. In fact, I liked it a lot. The lens was sharp, with strong, saturated colors, and just the right degree of contrast. When shooting...
4 months ago
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I am not a stranger to large or heavy camera systems. For more than two decades, I seldom went on assignment with anything less than two Nikon F3 film cameras with motor drives, a third F3 with a dedicated Polaroid back, and anywhere from three to twelve lenses. And if that wasn’t enough fire power, I also had comparably equipped medium-format and 4 x 5" camera systems for projects that demanded...
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