Buying a camera today is tough! How do you choose which brand, and then once you got that figured out you find out that there are several models from each brand!!! How are you supposed to choose which camera you should buy?


There are many good camera companies right now. And the competition between them all is good for the consumer. Just seeing what the features are between each camera brand is mind boggling, however, the features from the cheapest camera carry on to the most expensive, just that they are more intense with the more expensive. Let’s go over each major brand and see what we can learn:


So many different choices in cameras now!


  • Can I get perfect photos with the cheapest model, as good as the expensive model?


Every camera made today will let you choose your own shutter speed, F-stop number, and ISO setting. That is the basics to taking great photos. If you understand how to use all those, then you will be fine.

So, why should I spend anymore for a camera?

Let’s look at one brand of camera and see what you get by going with more money:


Nikon has 16 DSLR cameras on their website. They range from: $499.00 (US dollars) to $6499.00 (US dollars).

Also, they have: 8 camera models that are listed as: Mirrorless cameras. They range from: $859.95 (US dollars) to $5499.95 (US dollars).

So that means they have 24 different models to choose from. The first thing you need to know is what the difference is between DSLR cameras and Mirrorless cameras. Then half your job is done. To learn about that go to: CLICK HERE

Then the next job is to decide how much money you have to spend on a camera. You have the price ranges here now. Realize also that the prices quoted here are Nikon’s suggested Retail price. The price you pay could be considerably less, depending on where you shop.

Learn how to do the different settings in your camera. The one nice thing is that you can set the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in any of these cameras. As you go more money in a more expensive camera, you will get faster shutter speeds, higher ISO range, and the aperture won’t change because that’s a function of the lens. The other thing that would change is the ability to do video better and offers more features for the videographer. In some cases you may get more durability with the camera, as they can handle more rugged wear, and waterproofing. With the faster shutter speed, you also get improvements in the light meter, the motor drive, the autofocus will be better because they use a new higher technology in their focus now. In order to learn more about the different features, go to the NIKON website here: https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/cameras.page


If you take a look at the other manufactures, they will have impressive and differences between their different models.

To study each manufacture, go to their websites, listed here:







LEICA CAMERAS: https://leica-camera.com/en-US

There are a few other, not so well known brands. If you have interest in studying their information, contact me here: Email: editor@123photogo.com


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I recently saw an article that talked about the 5 best lenses to have as a photographer. I read through the article and totally think the author missed the point of what you should buy next. Let’s take a look at what I think, and then you may make comments below.

Chances are you may have your favorite camera, and you bought it in a kit. So, you have something like an 18-55mm lens to start off with. This particular lens is a great lens to start off with. It encompasses wide angle, normal, and small telephoto all in one lens.

Then you start learning your camera, you start shooting a variety of things. Then you realize that one thing, whether it be portraits, macro, landscape, pets, or whatever, you really seem to be good at and you start taking more of those types of photos. That is how you develop into a photographer with a talent for shooting your favorite subject.


As you learn the subject you like to take pictures of, you will find that you need another lens. Let’s take a look at what would be your next lens with certain subjects.

1- Close up photography:

If you find that you like close-up photography, and find the close-up world fascinating, you will wish that you could get even closer. The first lens you should consider buying then, would be the MACRO LENS! This lens will allow you to get even closer to your subjects, and do amazing photos like this:

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Look at the lens choices for macro lenses from your camera manufacture. You may see 4 different macro lenses for your camera. What is the difference?

  • 35mm Ff2.8 macro lens – This is an all around good macro lens, and will work great. The nice thing about this particular lens is that it is probably the cheapest lens.
  • 35mm F1.8 macro lens – This one is the same as the above lens, but, it will let in more light (F1.8). In fact, looking at the two lenses side by side, this lens has almost twice the amount of glass, to let you take photos in lower light.
  • 85mm F2 Macro lens – A significant jump in millimeter. And it will let you take close-ups of bugs, flowers, without getting so close.
  • 100mm F2.8 macro – This is like the 85mm, only you get to move back even further to get your subject. This is the ideal bug lens. You won’t scare too many bugs away if that’s what you want to take pictures of.

Some people have a talent for taking great portraits. And you will find out that the “kit lens” is not cutting it. You want to take great portraits, but, don’t want to be in the person’s face. You will be looking at the following lenses:

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  • The usual one that most portrait photographers will get is the 85mm lens. And that could come with a variety of F numbers, or aperture openings. But, 2.8 I think would be sufficient.
  • The next one you might try, is a zoom lens, or a variable millimeter lens. Say the 70-200mm lens might be a good one. This will let you get a variety of photos from different angles, without being in their face.

Here again, the kit lens you have you will feel it is not enough. How do you get those wide vistas, the complete scenery that you see? With a wide angle lens. Sure you have a bit of a wide angle to your kit lens, but, a real wide angle lens will get you what you need.

  • Almost all camera manufactures have something like a 14-24mm lens which will do the best job. Looking through your wide angle lens could give you goose-bumps once you see what it will do for you.
There’s a lot of subjects we could cover, but for the majority of photographers, these 4 subjects should help you the most in deciding what lenses to look for first.

The one thing that sports photographers want is a big lens that will get them a close-up of the action shots. You will often see sports photographers along the sidelines, with their cameras on a tripod, or monopod, and the lens looks HUGE!

A typical outfit for a Sports Photographer

Nothing is more exciting than to be down on the sidelines with the other sports photographers, and your huge lens, and camera with a high speed motor drive.

  • The lens you see in the photo above is a lot of money. But, if that’s what you want to do, then you will find a way to get this lens. Let’s look at a few:

So be prepared when you go for these special sports lenses. This is the Sony 200-600mm lens, that is used a lot. Tried to find the lowest price, and Amazon’s price is: $2099.00 for this lens outfit.

This 800 mm F5.6 lens from Canon is just the key. And you can purchase this lens on a payment plan of $1016.67 for 12 months or one time purchase of $12,200.00 US Dollars.

So, if this is a field of photography you want to get in, see if you can get a sponsor who has money to help you out with this. And don’t get a cheap tripod for this either (notice the tripod mount on the lens, not the camera body).


Your next lens purchase will be the lens that is desired by the subject of photography you want to specialize in. If you can get in to a real camera store that has these lenses you can look through, this might just make more sense.


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This particular blog is all about “feeling your Photo”. Take a look at another famous photographers thought and hopefully you will understand what I mean:

This picture was taken by Ken Lee, and the thought process is what we want to talk about today:

If you want to be successful in photography, and really make a name for yourself, you have to think that every time you take a photo, you need to “feel” something about the photo you are about to take. It’s part of THE ART OF SEEING! A good photographer is also an artist. If you want to be a good photographer, what do you need to do to create a piece of art? Is it composition? Is it learning that you camera is the “palette”? Your camera takes great photos. But, can it also take great art, from what you do with the camera. That is what you need to learn.

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I often will go to a special place to take my photos. Or, I will just be driving to some destination, and looking off to the side of the car, I see a great photo opportunity. Yes, I stop and use my palette to get what I want:

Driving out in a small farming town, in the rain and fog on the mountains, I saw this fence, and thought: “Oh yeah, leading lines” which draws your eyes back to the mountain in the background. I actually got a couple of raindrops on my lens, but, kept it on for impact.

Here is another great quote I found about how important to think of photography as an art:

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

One more:

Art is what we call…the thing an artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.

Seth Godin

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Just a few days ago, I did a blog on “What happened to: Minolta, Chinon, and Praktica”. And had a good response from that. I found some more cameras that bit the dust when everything went digital. Or did they? Let’s take a look at these three:


First, we have to go back to the early years of Agfa. It was originally known on their merchandise as AGFA GEVAERT. As time moved on, they were struggling in the film industry, they decided to sell it and it created a new company called: AgfaPhoto GmbH. And this happened in 2004.

The various product brands are now being licensed to various companies by the holding firm AgfaPhoto Holding GmbH. Minilab service and chemicals are e.g. now sold by A&O Imaging Solutions, and AgfaPhoto Vista Brand Film is sold by Lupus Imaging & Media.

The following consumer imaging products are offered already with the AgfaPhoto trademark: Digital Cameras & Camcorder, Analog Filmrolls & (Single Use-) Cameras, Flash Memory Cards & USB Drives, Mobile Energy Products, Digital Photo Frames, Minilabs incl. Service & Spare Parts, Optical & Magnetic Storage Media, LCD TV, DVD Players, Pocket Projectors, Binoculars, Cleaning Products, Ink Cartridges, Photo Paper.

AGFAPHOTO does have a Facebook page, but, it’s been since August of 2017 that they posted last.


When I worked at a camera store many years ago, we enjoyed selling Rollei cameras. They were very well built, and had been designed with the photographer in mind to be able to carry a quality small camera around that would fit in your pocket. And that was the film days (see their photo above).

The one thing that the professional photographers enjoyed about Rollei is their medium format cameras with a twin-lens reflex system. Like seen here:

German optics, fine craftsmanship. This camera is a legend.

Researching Rollei, or Rolleiflex cameras today, I was pleasantly surprised they are still in the camera business. More professional than for the amateur. But, they made their reputation in that category, might as well carry on.

The Rolleiflex Hy6 Mod 2

This is just one of their camera models today. Check out these features:

Hy6 Model 2 with AFD 80mm Apogon or AF 80mm PQS f/2.8 lens and 6060 film back.

Kit also includes battery charger, battery, Waist Level Finder, and carrying strap. This kit includes everything you need to start shooting except film – or a digital back :-).   Nothing else required. 

The Mod2 is the newest version of Rollei’s most advanced camera, and it’s arguably the worlds most advanced medium format camera that can be used with both film or digital backs.   I will write extensively about its features in my blog, https://rolleiflex.us/blogs/news-tech-tips-updates however this model has improvements to the shutter dampening, updated features in the firmware to register your lens own lens adjustments, and strengthened grip with more positions to name a few. The body panels are all black in the Mod2.  

You can shoot with your choice of the interchangeable film backs in 645 or 6×6 formats or with one of several digital backs that are available. Additionally the camera can be customized with any of the four different viewfinders;  1) Waist Level with pop up magnifier, 2) 45 degree Prism (2.5x magnification), 3) Schneider Lupe magnifying finder with 3x magnification and full view, 4) 90 degree telescoping finder with +-4 diopter adjustment.

An extensive range of autofocus and manual focus lenses are available for the system brand new and on the second hand market.  


Yashica with one of their more popular slr cameras back in the film days.

YASHICA has an interesting story, as I studied what has happened to this company. Here is what I found:

Yashica is a Japanese manufacturer of cameras, originally active from 1949[1] until 2005[2] when its then-owner, Kyocera, ceased production.

In 2008, Kyocera sold the trademark rights of Yashica to Hong Kong-based MF Jebsen Group, and is under its subsidiary JNC Datum Tech International, Limited. Yashica’s products from JNC Datum Tech International including digital cameras, digital camcoders, digital photo frames, portable DVD players, digital audio players, digital voice recorders, binoculars, mobile phones and SD cards. In March 2015, 100 Enterprises International Group Co. Ltd. has been appointed as Yashica Global Sole Agent.

I found that Yashica does have a website still, and they have a film camera and 1 digital camera that is, to say the least, very interesting. It appears they made a camera that takes a “film looking” cartridge that has a built-in SD card. I could not find out how many pictures this SD card could hold, but, the cartridges come in a variety of colors, and the colors produce either black and white, color, blue tinted color, etc.

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Note that their digital camera is call the “digifilm” camera. And that film-looking cartridge houses the SD card. It is not a film camera.
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Top photo is the digifilm “blue” cartridge you would put in this camera, and it would produce photos like this:

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Would you be interested in a photo that automatically gives it a blue cast?
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An SD card that transforms all your pictures into a square format that will fit Instagram.
Or you could buy a digifilm black and white cartridge. This image seems really nice.

I don’t know the stats of this company, if this product has caught on or not. But, this website’s photos and information are dated in 2017. This is their official website: https://www.yashica.com/

If you want more information about Yashica, you could go to their website. Just my opinion, but, this seems like an idea that won’t go to far when you look at what the other cameras can do today.

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Today’s inspirational photo message:



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I have been in the camera industry, either selling, taking pictures, and even doing this amazing blog, watching all the manufactures battle it out for supremacy in technology. It has been fun to watch the new developments in the last couple of years especially to see the rapid advances in technology.



Good questions and my opinion and my answers are:

  1. The big winner in the tech war in the camera industry is the Photographer
  2. Is one brand better than the other in creating the “SUPER” CAMERA? And my answer is NO.
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Because I sold cameras for a long time I have a hard time coming out and saying that one brand is better than another. So, how does that help you, the photographer, pick which camera is better for you?

If you know photography good enough to understand all the new advancements of the above 5 cameras (and there are other camera manufactures you could look at too), then as you read all the features they have, there are definitely some features that should excite you.

I do not have a favorite camera so I can be totally unbiased, but as I looked at some of the features of these cameras, there was something in each one that blew my mind, and got me way excited to buy that brand. So, I think I would like to own each one of the above 5 cameras. That won’t cost much, right?

Let’s look at the features of some of these cameras, and I will tell you what got me excited about each one:


  • Olympus has always had a well built camera.
  • Price on camera body:: $999.95
  • 121 Cross phase focus points.
  • Incredible, highly rated image stabilizer built in to camera body
  • Weather sealed for maximum wear
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch LCD
  • 10fps [H] mode 6fps [L] mode mechanical shutter
  • 30fps [H] mode 10fps [L] mode silent electronic shutter
  • 4K video recording

Have you ever felt an Olympus camera in your hands. Find one, feel the construction. And you will know you have a winner. Motor drive capable of 30 frames per second, or 10 frames a second in silent mode. WHAT! Thank goodness it does not have film in it. And the price alone has to be one of the big advantages to this camera.

Nikon Z-9

  • 45Mpixel sensor
  • 120Fps in burst mode with reduced sharpness
  • Built-in GPS
  • To avoid the chip shortage, Nikon has developed their own chip.
  • Built extremely well.
  • 8Kvideo recording
  • Priced at between $6,000 to $7,000 dollars (not really available yet, so price is uncertain)
  • New style locking flap for the two CFExpress memory cards.

The price of this camera has not been set in stone yet. There will be a few cameras that come to the US before the end of the year, but, mostly will not be available until 2022. In true Nikon Fashion, it seems they wanted to outperform most of the other brands out there, although, some things are just getting out of hand. Like the video shooting 8K. I hope somewhere somebody says, that you can’t tell the difference between 4K and 8K. And some optometrists are reporting that your eyes can’t see anything sharper than 4K. The other thing I like is with the chip shortage that is going on, some manufactures are starting to make the chips themselves. That way, production should be better. The new screen on the back of the camera is a new “articulated” screen. Yet to see it, but, I think that will be amazing.

Pentax K3 – III

  • Uses Pentax KA mount, the same mount it has been using for over 30 years, and all those lenses will fit this
  • Full frame DSLR, slightly bigger than the others. Feel is good.
  • Built-in sensor cleaner.
  • ISO up to 1,600,000
  • In-body image stabilizer – originally developed by Pentax
  • 5 different auto exposure points
  • 5 different user exposure modes
  • Flash sync speed at 1/200
  • Priced at body only at $1995.00

Pentax is one of the oldest camera manufactures in the world. They have a reputation for extremely well built camera and lens quality is more than amazing. If you would like to do more photography with natural light, then this one is the winner, with an ISO setting from 100 to 1,600,000! This camera is not a mirrorless camera, and maintains the bigger size sensor. There are people who don’t like holding a mirrorless camera because they are too small and hard to hold. This camera seems more traditional in size and design. Pentax was one of the first to put their image stabilization system in the body, and not on the lens. Every manufacture does that now. Just that Pentax keeps improving on their original design so it seems ahead, in technology of the image stabilizer.


  • 24MP sensor
  • Fast Hybrid AF with 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection AF points
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 10fps with AF/AE tracking
  • 4K video
  • ISO reading from 50 – 204,800
  • 2 SD memory card slots
  • Uses standard E-mount lenses. Lenses from Europe will also fit this camera
  • Longest battery life on all cameras
  • Articulated rear screen with tilt
  • Priced at $1899.00 for the body only

Sony has not been in the camera business that long, but, has done some really smart things with their cameras. First of all, they didn’t come up with some strange lens mount, they used one that other camera manufactures use. So, there are several lens companies in Europe that their lenses will work on Sony. To think that I can get a Carl Zeiss lens to work on a Sony is really exciting. The other thing I like about Sony’s thinking is the Auto focus sensor has 3 different types of auto focus, with a crazy amount of sensor points. That means the AI in the auto-focus system is real good. And finally, the way their screen works on the back of the camera is articulated and tilts in several directions. Seems that would be a very convenient feature that a lot of the others miss.


  • High Image Quality with a Back-illuminated Stacked 24.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 1,053 AF Points featuring Vehicle Detection as well as Eye, Face, Head, and Animal Detection
  • The First EOS Digital camera to feature Eye Control AF
  • Uniques new Auto exposure modes: Includes: “Fine Detail”, “Monochrome”, “Faithful”, “Neutral”, and 3 user defined modes.
  • LCD screen with “vari-angle” viewing.
  • Built-in WI-FI and Bluetooth
  • Priced at $5999.00 body only

Canon has been working on the “Ultiimate” camera for some time. I think when Sony came out with their new “flagship” camera, they wanted to UP them a lot. And they did come out with truly unique features. However, their price on this camera should include: To take away the loneliness anytime mode. Priced at $5999.00, it truly should be set for a few years as the ultimate in features. This camera has some unique settings. First of all, special autofocus mode that works best with faces, animals and eyes, and more. What a system. Then the little dial at the top that has the different exposure modes. What is “Faithful” mode? And what kind of exposure does that do? Does it show people from the other side? Can’t wait to see what these new settings are. I like that it has a Monochrome mode. How easy is that to do black and white just by putting it on a setting in your camera. This camera is just really impressive. See: https://123photogo.com/2021/09/18/new-canon-eos-r3-now-available/

My goal in this blog today was to show you that every camera manufacture has some special points to their camera systems. And you should just see which spec or feature you like. They are all really good cameras. But, don’t be biased towards any brand, be biased about the features you want.

Photographic inspirational thought for the day:

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

Ansel Adams

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Photo by Javant Kulkarni / The Art of Black and White

Have you ever done black and white photos? Do you think that there is a place for black and white in your repertoire? Are you not sure how to do black and white?

Let’s take care of all those questions and get you excited about taking black and white photos. Black and white is, what I like to call: “The true art of Photography”. Whether that is right or not, is totally up to you, but, I can take you to some black and white photos, and it would be breathtaking to see it.

The above photo is a great example of an artistic approach to black and white. And, I think there are a lot of people who would love to take a photo like that.

If you research old photography masters such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, you’ll notice they photographed primarily in black and white. Now, part of this had to do with technical limitations of the time. Until the 1930s, color photography was tough to produce. Yet even once Kodachrome, a color film, was invented, plenty of photographers stuck to black and white, simply because they preferred it to color.

Why? One reason is that black and white presents interesting creative problems. The world looks different in black and white, which means that you can think about tone, texture, and light in new ways. In fact, when you remove color, the emphasis of an image naturally shifts to other compositional elements.

For some photographers, this can feel freeing; you’re no longer stuck thinking constantly about color but can instead focus on the more fundamental aspects of photography: tone and light.

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1. Black and white helps you see differently

If you research old photography masters such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, you’ll notice they photographed primarily in black and white. Now, part of this had to do with technical limitations of the time. Until the 1930s, color photography was tough to produce. Yet even once Kodachrome, a color film, was invented, plenty of photographers stuck to black and white, simply because they preferred it to color.

Why? One reason is that black and white presents interesting creative problems. The world looks different in black and white, which means that you can think about tone, texture, and light in new ways. In fact, when you remove color, the emphasis of an image naturally shifts to other compositional elements.

For some photographers, this can feel freeing; you’re no longer stuck thinking constantly about color but can instead focus on the more fundamental aspects of photography: tone and light.

As I look around the internet for black and white photos, I just wish that people understood black and white better. There are far too many photographers, who take the photo in color, then convert it to black and white, without even caring about the artistic nature of black and white.

As you’re probably aware, not all great color images will translate well to black and white. But the inverse is also true: certain images that look great and black and white won’t look good in color, which means that you’ll have a whole new set of photo opportunities to contemplate.

2. Black and white eliminates distractions

Photo by Lanny Cottrell photogrpahy

The world in color is great, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.

Specifically, there are plenty of distractions that exist in color that simply disappear when converted to black and white.

For instance, a rainbow shirt in a color portrait may draw the eye, but is essentially unnoticeable in B&W. And a distracting red rock in the foreground of a seascape might turn a nice neutral gray following a black and white conversion.

Plus, color itself can take away emphasis on contrast, texture, lighting, shape, and form. If you’re photographing a weathered man with a face full of wrinkles, black and white will highlight the texture of the wrinkles, the intensity of the man’s age. Whereas color will simply distract the viewer and prevent them from seeing what the photo is all about.

Photo by Atilla Hangyasi (2) / The Art of Black and White

Black and white can also eliminate distracting color casts that would otherwise subtly shift the viewer’s attention away from what matters.

3. Black and white offers increased creative choice

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Since the world is in color, it is safe to say that color photography is more realistic and descriptive. A color photo depicts the world as it really is – whereas black and white photos only show a version of reality, one that seems more interpretive and creative.

In a sense, this can help you break free from certain restraints. Without color, you don’t have to show the world as it is; instead, you can show what you see, which might involve unusual relationships, interesting shadows, beautiful textures, and so on.

Ultimately, when you take away color, you remove what your viewer is used to seeing. Suddenly, you have to capture the viewer’s attention without the help of color – which also means that you’re free to have fun, experiment, and show the world in a completely new, creative way.

So in a way, black and white forces you to think, but it makes you more creative in the process.

4. Black and white adds emotion and mood

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When you look at the photos that have been in this article so far, do feel a certain mood or feeling with them?

Personally, I think black and white photos almost always create a wonderful mood – or in cases where the mood is already present, the B&W conversion makes it even more intense.

Why does black and white photography go hand in hand with moodiness? I’m not completely sure, but something about tonal range, rich blacks, and deep contrast just appeals to us psychologically. It creates an emotional connection, and it makes you stop, look around, and pay attention.

5. Black and white photography feels timeless

Here’s a common reason why photographers shoot in black and white:

It adds a timelessness to your images.

For one, black and white photography has existed since the beginnings of photography, which means that a black and white image cannot instantly be dated. Also, color schemes change over time, especially in clothing, business logos, cars, and architecture. Therefore, a color image will often include datable elements – but in black and white, these features may be much harder to place.

Personally, I feel that black and white photos seem to transcend reality. Look at the image below. Can you tell when it was taken? Is it a recent shot? Is it from 50 years ago? Or does it exist outside of time?

Photo by Niko Akin / The Art of Black and White

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The 2021 photography show brought 10 weird cameras!

(Image credit: James Artaius)

The annual 2021 Photography Show just came to it’s conclusion, and it goes to show, that some people can be creative in their camera designs. And some are very noteworthy. We will take a look at the most talked about discovered cameras that showed up at the show.

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During the Space Race, both the USA and USSR started bringing camera aboard their manned space flights in the Sixties. After initially bringing 70mm cameras, NASA sought a more portable solution and turned to Nikon, which delivered this camera for use on the space shuttle in 1981.

ZEUS (Not Zeiss) 35MM CAMERA

An incredibly rare camera, the Zeus is thought to be the first ever British 35mm film camera. It has a 5cm Alphamat lens and a two-speed (plus T) selector, with a very unusual textured enamel finish. You virtually never see these for sale!


The most modern camera on this list, and probably the weirdest of them all! The Canon Posture Fit monitors the position of your spine to detect whether you’re sitting correctly at your desk. It weebles and wobbles like a cute Pixar character to alert you if you’re slouching, or if you’ve been sat for too long.


This Pepsi can-shaped 35mm point-and-shoot is by far the most fun camera we saw at the show! CanCamera released a series of these, including one designed like a Budweiser can. It features a built-in flash and is powered by a single AA battery.


This 24K gold, lizard skin camera was released in Japan, in 1984, to commemorate Nikon winning the Camera Grand Prix prize for the world’s first matrix metering system for SLRs. Only 2,000 were made, priced at ¥500,000 – which is ¥613,836 (approximately $5,602 / £4,093 / AU$7,699) in today’s money.


The Polaroid Studio Express is a professional studio camera, apparently made by Mamiya in the Eighties, used for taking passport photographs. It boasts a 125mm focal length, an f/8-32 aperture, 1/125 or 1/60 sec shutter speed, built in flash with sync cable for external flash, and it takes Typ 100 film.


Matterport says that its best-in-class Pro2 is “the gold standard for 3D capture”. And while it frightens us a bit because it looks like a speed camera, its 134MP resolution marries high-quality 3D with 4K photo quality to provide scans of homes, apartments, hotels and commercial buildings to deliver stunning virtual tours.


Forget full frame, forget medium format and forget megapixels – large format film is where ultimate image quality truly lies! The Black Edition Intrepid 4×5 Camera is an absolute stunner, with a Graflok back that enables you to mount film adapters ranging from 6×6 to 6×17, as well as Polaroid backs and the Intrepid Enlarger. 


We’ve always had a soft spot for Dianas, and the gloriously gaudy Diana F+ Camera Night Cap Edition is a fun way to shoot medium format film without taking yourself too seriously. Its 75mm lens is as soft and spotty as you’d expect, but if you love that tatty, vignette-y, oversaturated Seventies Italian film look, it can’t be beat.


The original Everybooth was a highlights of the last physical Photography Show in 2019, so we were excited to see the new Everybooth Lite – Studio Edition this year. A luxury mirrorless photobooth that’s light, portable and battery powered (lasts up to six hours), with the powerful lighting of the original model, it’s perfect for outdoor events where you want to impress guests or clients.

All photos are compliments of: (Image credit: James Artaius). Article compliments of Digital Camera World

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