INTERESTING PHOTOS THAT YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY SEE:

I have said many times, that some photographers become famous because they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. If you take your camera with you all the time then those odds will be in your favor as well.

Here are some amazing photos that I think you will enjoy. Don’t you wish……..

What cameras capture isn’t always what exists in real life. Drawing different meanings out of images is one thing, but sometimes the photographer can be so skillful that they can make you see things that aren’t even there in the first place. Take, for instance, photographer Nikolay who specializes in long-exposure images. He took the following image of a tree surrounded by fireflies at night, and the image looks absolutely breathtaking. Although, on second glance—are they really fireflies?

“Light Painting in the Forest” by Coty Spence (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Nikolay took the image on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera with the 12-40mm lens at f/4.5 and ISO 200 using the live composite mode in the camera for light painting. For ambient lighting, he used a red LED light. It adds a beautiful vibe to the image while highlighting the textures on the tree trunks and illuminating the fallen leaves. The main highlight of the image, however, has to be the way the tree is surrounded by those little fireflies.

In fact, they aren’t fireflies at all—he used a tiny LED light with the camera in live composite mode to create his own “fireflies”. As a result, everything in the image appears perfectly balanced. The color contrast is also excellent, as the reds and the blues balance each other out really well.

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If you’ve ever been to Königssee in Germany, you know why it is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful Alpine lakes. The name literally translates to “King’s Lake”. The picturesque setting, with surrounding mountains and high forests, makes the area very popular with tourists, hikers and—of course—landscape photographers. To get an idea of how beautiful the place really can be, have a look at the following image by Reddit user Ragdoll20:

“Early Morning at the Königssee Lake” by Ragdoll20 (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The photographer took the image on a Fuji X-T2 with a 35mm f/1.4 lens at f/8. While most people wouldn’t think of photographing a landscape with a 35mm on an APS-C camera, there is nothing to complain about in this image. The framing and composition are lovely, and the early morning light adds to the serenity of the landscape.

“A lot of it was nature helping out with the beautiful lighting.”

It’s the light peeking in from behind the hills that elevates this image to the next level. The sun rays passing through the misty air in the early morning adds so much atmosphere to the image. You’d be forgiven if you thought this was some 19th-century landscape painting.

Wouldn’t you love starting your day off with such a magical view?


When it comes to design, Mother Nature can be the best inspiration. This is why many designers study and try to learn from her elegant, efficient or mesmerizing patterns. Looking at nature from different perspectives only amplifies the impact. Have a look at photographer Jay March‘s following image for reference. The braided river system in one of the rivers in Iceland is a real joy to behold:

“Abstract Landscape in Iceland” by Jay March (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

At first glance, it seems as though this is a long exposure of the river system. However, you may be surprised to learn that the photographer took this image at just 1/30 seconds using a drone. “The river and its fanned streams look this soft from a drone,” March explains.

If you are familiar with this type of braided river system, you might know that they are formed in areas with steep slopes on otherwise flat terrain, and can be due to high sediment amounts in the water. Regardless of how they’re made, they’re beautiful to see, like an alien planet. But the colors, contrast, smoothness and randomness are soothing to the eye.

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We all know not to play with fire. But if you’re careful, willing to take a risk and running with a clear idea in your head, you can easily capture some amazing shots. Take, for instance, the following self-portrait that was taken by photographer Kritagya Nayyar. As you can tell, the image is really lit:

“Burning News Self Portrait” by Kritagya Nayyar (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Nayyar, an amateur photography, didn’t let a lack of technology hold him back. He used a Sony A7RIV with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens—and the help of his father.

“I set up my camera on a tripod and asked my dad to press the shutter button continuously as I burned the newspaper. The fire looks this intense as the wind was strong and thus the fire was burning vigorously.”

The fire definitely is the hero in this case. And by the looks of it, you can tell that the newspaper was burning with quite some intensity. However, the calmness on Nayyar’s face speaks otherwise. The contrast in emotions makes you think about what’s happening in the image.

It’s also worth noting how Nayar used the fire as a light source as well as a focal point, to illuminate his own face.

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The Sea Cliff Bridge in New South Wales, Australia, is popular for the scenic beauty that it presents. It is one of only seven off-shore parallel to coast bridges in the world. If you’ve ever thought of taking a thrilling drive along the ocean shore, this is the perfect place to visit. Photographer Steward Hamilton took this beautiful image of the bridge at sunset:

“Light Trails in Sea Cliff Bridge” by Stewart Hamilton (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a 30 second exposure at f/13 and ISO 200 that Hamilton took using his Fujifilm XT20. To ensure that the shot wouldn’t be overexposed, he used a 10 stop ND filter as well.

The most striking feature of this image is definitely the steady light trails. Their colors go well with the moody sunset and bring about a balance between the sky and the ground.

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Have you ever been camping in the winter? I mean, really camping—tent, sleeping bag, in the wilderness, under the clear, crisp winter sky, sleeping on snow? Colorado photographer Lars Leber lives for this kind of stuff and frequently hikes the beautiful, natural areas of Colorado to photograph its picturesque landscapes. Here, he captures his typical camping setup in the Lost Creek Wilderness against a stunning winter night sky:

Winter Camping by Lars Leber (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

If you’re wondering why Leber didn’t just use one of the cabins in the background, it’s because they are old, abandoned cabins that were built for the Antero and Lost Park Reservoir Company between 1891 and 1913. Instead, he uses his modified Shangri-La shelter and a titanium wood stove. You can see the embers of the fire shooting out of the tent “chimney.”

Leber hiked about four miles from the Goose Creek Trailhead to find this beautiful backdrop. This shot was taken using a single 30-second exposure.

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Sometimes, a photographer is lucky enough to be in just the right place at just the right time to capture a once-in-a-lifetime shot. In that respect, professional landscape photographer Marc Adamus is extraordinarily lucky:

“Spring Showers” by Marc Adamus (Via 500px. Click image to see full size.)

Adamus’s portfolio is full of striking, almost otherworldy landscapes like the one above—a perfectly framed combination of sunrise and double rainbow in the background, gnarled, lonely tree in the middle ground, and a splash of complementary-colored wildflowers in the foreground.

Adamus describes his own photographic style as:

“…one best defined by bold, dramatic imagery that stems from my love of unusual weather and getting far off the beaten path.”

As something of a nomad, Adamus travels the world in pursuit of more locations that are off the beaten path. This particular photo was taken in Columbia Hills, Washington.


Paintings that are amazingly done are often compared to photographs. And when photographs turn out well, they’re often compared to paintings. This image from Yosemite Valley taken by photographer Jim Wiltschko on a winter morning is an example of the latter case. The scenery looks so surreal that it’s easy to mistake it for a painting:

“Winter Morning in Yosemite” by Jim Wiltschko (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Wiltschko took the image using his Sony a7R III with a 28–70mm lens at 33mm. He took three shots and merged them to capture the huge dynamic range.

The composition is quite amazing considering that Wiltschko managed to have the El Capitan rock formation on the left, the Half Done in the middle, and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on the right. Moreover, the fog looks like some kind of magic pouring out from the falls.

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Best known for its distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains, open sea, sheltered bays, beaches, and untouched lands, Lofoten in Norway is a place avid travelers love to visit. What’s amazing about this place is how the mountains meet the sea. And this image by landscape photographer Max Rive exactly pictures what we can expect to see in this beautiful archipelago:

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“Lofoten, Norway” by Max Rive (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Rive captured this image from an interesting perspective. The coastline and the roadway make for great leading lines, forcing you to imagine how it’d feel to drive there.

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Have you ever come across something so beautiful that it makes you question reality? Well, believe it or not, there are places on earth that can give you this feeling. Beauty so pristine that the location seems unreal. Take the Oeschinen Lake in Switzerland as an example. The lake and surrounding landscape are so beautiful, it might make you cry. Photographer Christian Scheiffele did an excellent job of photographing the scene in the following image:

“Jewel in the Mountains of Switzerland” by Christian Scheiffele (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a blend of multiple exposures that Scheiffele took to cover the dynamic range in the scene.

“I took a few shots with varying lighting and blended those into a single one. And I took another darker exposure for the sky and blended them together.”

The very first thing you notice when you look at the image is the lake itself. With water so blue, you might question whether that’s its real color. However, those who have visited the place know how blue the lake truly is. It’s so blue that it looks almost unnatural when you’re standing right next to it.

It is also worth pointing out how beautifully Scheiffele has composed the image using layers. The cliff with two trees makes for quite an interesting foreground and provides a beautiful scale. The lake is the jewel of the image, and the mighty mountains in the back compose a majestic background, completing the image.

This image definitely has the potential to leave a lot of nature enthusiasts speechless.

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It actually can only be seen perfectly at 11:11, on 11/11 each year:

Veterans Day Memorial Perfectly Aligned with the Sun for a Moment Today (Via Imgur, Click to See Full Size)

Dedicated on 11/11/11 at 11:11 Am. The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem Arizona was funded mostly by donations:

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The Tre Cime di Lavaredo comprises three distinctive peaks in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy and are one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. Besides being a natural marvel, the place is also a historically important one, because the front line between Italy and Austria during the First World War ran through the Tre Cime peaks. So visitors can still see a number of bunkers, fortifications, tunnels and commemorative plaques around the area. Photographer Alex Armitage took the following image of the peaks during a fine sunset and it is simply spectacular:

“Tre Cime di Lavaredo During Sunset” by Alex Armitage (Via Redit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a four-second exposure that Armitage took on a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 16-35mm f/4 L lens at 16mm, f/16 and ISO 100. He also used a circular polarizer filter.

The striking feature of the image has to be the amazing colors and depth that he’s captured in the image. The flowers work beautifully as a foreground element and the hiking trail works as a natural leading line, drawing us right toward the peaks. And you can really see the magic that the setting sun casts on the peaks. The golden glow of the sunlit portion of the peaks dramatically contrasts the darker side. This adds a beautiful contrast in the colors.

Also, if you zoom into the image, you can see people the size of ants right near the base of the peaks. This gives a fantastic scale of how big the structure is in reality.

Note: all photos and articles obtained for this blog were from the website: Picture/Correct. These are used here to help promote Picture/Correct and the photographers whose photos were used.

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LANNY COTTRELL

Photos of the week can be of a particular subject, or It can be photos of the season, And it can be photos from a photographer. In this case, I, personally have had a request to display my photos. I have been involved in photography for many years, and taught photography classes, been a judge of winning photos at a County Fair, and recently have created this wonderful website you are reading now. Many people don’t know the name behind 123PhotoGo, but, it’s me: Lanny Cottrell. And after all these years, it’s time for me to put up my own photography. I hope you like them.

I am not one who likes winter, but, I love the beauty of a winter day. Especially like this one with the fog in the background.
I really appreciate a good seagull to come and pose for this photo. Taken on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.
This is the beautiful cloud formations right after this valley seemed destroyed by East Canyon Winds. The wind roared through this valley at over 70 miles an hour. When things started to calm down, we got these beautiful cloud formations.
I always appreciate a good artist, whether they paint it themselves or take the photos. This wonderful Gentleman was painting a picture of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. It was a good likeness of the place.
I have been experimenting with night photography with my Samsung Note 20Plus. It seems as this camera takes a picture at night time, the camera automatically brings up the exposure of the dark areas. This photo was taken at night time, and the only light on this photo is from the street lights.
About 20 years ago, when film was at it’s best, I took this photo with Kodachrome film. Found this beautiful rose outside, sprayed a little water on it to give it some texture, and the reproduction to digital was amazing. Film was a good thing in it’s day.
This photo, to me, is one of my best photos of the twilight colors mixed with sunset colors were available at the same time. The Great Salt Lake was a bit full this year, covering even some trees along the shoreline.
Another amazing winter photo of a big tree on a hill. Even a little fog adds to this photo.
I feed the birds around my house. One of the most colorful and unique birds is the “Blue Scrub Jay”. I can put peanuts in a shell, and they can come and even hang upside down to get these peanuts. They do not eat these peanuts immediately. They go and bury these peanuts for availability later on. The magpie birds don’t like to hang upside down on this, so, they don’t bother it much. It’s a feeder meant just for these birds.
A very recent photo of the docked sail ships that make their home at Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho. I had never seen this line-up of boats like this before, and it certainly was the perfect day to capture this unique photo.
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“Old Ironsides”. One of the most famous of the steam trains still in existence. This close-up of this train, gives you a feeling of its massiveness.
One of my favorite photos! Why? Not only is it an amazing sunset photo, but, because one of my sons is in the picture.
Everyone has a fall photo that you love. I love this one. Captured in Parley’s Canyon, just east of Salt Lake City. I love it when the clouds add to the photo.
The beautiful Maddison River in Yellowstone National Park.
This sepia toned photo is perfect for this type of photo. An old Pioneer home, still standing, now used probably to store feed for cattle.
Night photography, with fog! The ultimate way to make it happen.
Winter is a tough season, but, it is a beautiful time of the year. The snowstorms can produce such beauty. It’s the only thing I look forward to in the winter.
Another winter scene, with a field in snow, leading into a foggy morning area.
At the top of Logan Canyon coming down onto Bear Lake, Utah. There is a big lake under those clouds, and we are above the clouds. This is when the water is warmer than the air. Temperature at this site was about 16 degrees F. Temperature under the fog: 36 degrees. Water temperature: 39 degrees. That is why the clouds like to hang out where it’s warm.
Waiting for a concert at the famous Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. All of a sudden, “golden Hour” made this beautiful building turn from it’s granite grey color to this golden yellow.
I don’t know if this is fair, but, who cares. These two beautiful bald eagles were posing for me at an zoo for injured animals. So, they couldn’t fly away, but, they sure posed good for me that day.
Everybody loves a good sunset. This photo taken right off my deck. But, the cloud formations was the key to take this photo.
Another photo in the Bear Lake area. The clouds on the mountains and the mix of blue sky was wonderful.
I have had a fascination with the “crooked” quakie aspen trees. I am no tree person, but, it would be interesting to know how it grew this way.
This was taken with slide film about 25 years ago. With the sky and the clouds the way they were, I just had to try a red filter to get this effect.
Now you can see Bear Lake out in the distance. The old range here in front of it, is highlighted by the dormant trees, leading lines take your eyes back to the lake.
Once in a while, during sunset, the clouds are lit up by the sun in a golden color, making the whole valley golden. You can see the mountains are golden, and of course, the clouds are just beautiful. A natural phenomenon here in this valley.
An old broken down shed in the foggy, snowy day.
It’s scary to get so close to a bee while it’s busy. But, in studying up the different macro lenses available, I found out that the telephoto macro lenses will produce the same magnification as the normal macro lens, only you don’t have to be so close to the subject.
Another photo taken at night, at the city park. I love what light and fog do together.

Thank you so much for viewing my photos. If you have any ideas, have any questions about my blog, or this website, feel free to comment below, or send your questions to me at: question.123photogo@gmail.com

HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER:

Being a serious photographer is hard. You go on a wonderful photo expedition in the fall, get all sorts of beautiful autumn leaves, and then the leaves all fall off the trees, and everything goes brown and ugly before winter comes in. How do you stay motivated throughout the year?

Here is some great tips from Photographer: . Frederick Trovatten. I saw this video and know that he speaks the truth if you want to stay motivated. Please watch the video:

One of the major challenges that artists, including photographers, face is remaining inspired. Actually, it’s quite common to feel unmotivated from time to time. What’s important is that you fight your way back and get the creative juices flowing again. Of course that’s easier said than done. Finding your inspiration in reality can be quite a daunting task. If you’re feeling kind of down lately, we have photographer Frederik Trovatten sharing his tips on how you can remain motivated and inspired as a photographer:

An amazing video on how to stay motivated in Photography

A good place to start finding inspiration is within yourself. Try and remember why you started taking photos. Remember the moment that made you fall in love with photography. Also think of where you wanted to reach with photography. Take a moment and think. Doing so will help you in rejuvenating your interest in photography to some extent.

“I really don’t believe that inspiration will just rain down on you and bless you.”

Even if you don’t feel like it, try forcing yourself to take photos. Schedule a few hours every week purely for photography and make sure that you abide by it.  If you do, you definitely won’t regret it.

Getting a read of how other photographers work and think is another great way of gathering inspiration. You can always go through their work, study them, read books, and watch documentaries as a means of getting inspired.

If you’re really struggling to find motivation as a photographer, we highly recommend that you go through Trovatten’s video in-depth. You’re likely to find a least a couple of ways that best suit you to get inspired.

Here’s some more photos taken at a time you wouldn’t normally want to take pictures:

Driving by the great BEAR LAKE on the border of Utah and Idaho, I found this photo while driving alongside the road. I don’t think I would have taken this photo if I wasn’t searching for photos to take. This is a non-peak time of year, but, if you keep looking you will find some photo opportunities.
This photo taken late at night. I was just going for a walk with the dog, and thought the fence on the side was a good opportunity to get good composition with “leading lines”.
This one photo makes me laugh a little bit, because no one would think to take a picture of their grass. But, how many people would see the frost on the grass and find that an interesting photo? Everybody loves this photo when I post this, because they wish they could have seen it first.

An artist never stops during the year because there is nothing to paint. A good photographer does the same.

Pro Photographer shares mistakes he made along the way

Here is another great video obtained through Picture/Correct, and Sunny Shrestha shared the video made by: Brendan van Son. I watched this video closely and was realizing myself, that I make some of these mistakes. So, it’s worth watching and hope you enjoy this:

In photography, we often see people making common mistakes. But what matters more than the mistake is the recovery. We should quickly identify such mistakes and try to correct them. Being able to do so is an important step to becoming a better photographer. In today’s video, we have photographer Brendan van Son who shares nine common mistakes that beginner and professional photographers often make:

One very important mistake that van Son points out is how beginners get stuck on the notion that their photos must be technically perfect. This means using the perfect aperture, ISO and shutter speed. And in a race to achieve perfection, they fail to learn how mistakes impact their photos. It is important to realize that you do not have to follow the rules every time. Go on, make some mistakes: mistakes can be good teachers. And learning from experience is the best kind of learning you can get.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A TECHNICAL MISTAKE, WHEN LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY!

Son further talks about behavioral mistakes such as not giving enough time on location, always expecting to shoot great-looking photos and being overly influenced by friends and families. He also sheds some light on how we make wrong gear-related decisions that could hamper or restrain our growth in photography, and much more.

Make sure that you watch the entire video. You’ll want to identify if you are making any of these mistakes and correct them early on. Otherwise, these very same mistakes can pile up and create bigger obstacles in your photography journey.

Have you been making any of these mistakes?

Here are some photos by professionals, that I think are done right:

anonymous man walking on sandy seashore in misty weather
Photo by Ben Mack on Pexels.com
adventure beautiful boardwalk bridge
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
landscape nature sky person
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

NEW PRODUCTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT ARE MIND BOGGLING !!

We live in an amazing world of technology. And the photo industry is no exception to the rule. With the big brands going head to head in creating the ultimate camera, the lens manufactures are doing the same.

Today’s blog is going to focus on several new products just recently introduced that, I think, are stunning achievements.

Here we go:

Olympus launches $7,500 super telephoto 300-1000mm zoom!

At the time that Olympus told the world they were calling it quits, a big company from Japan said, “NO WAY” ! Olympus is too big of name to call it quits. And JIP (Japan Industrial Partners) steps in and buys the company. And JIP creates a new company called “The New Imaging Company” to handle and take care of the products, such as Olympus. 95% of the Olympus company was sold to JIP, and JIP is usually not a company that likes defeat. They saw a potential with Olympus and we may see some incredible products, now coming with the Olympus name on it.

Just announced: The Zuiko 150-400 has been introduced with the ability to pair it with their new 1.5X teleconverter. This will take the 150-400 mm lens up to an amazing 300-1000mm lens system.

The M.Zuiko 150-400mm may be the most expensive Micro Four Thirds lens ever made, but it’s also the most unique. There is simply no equivalent lens on any other system, and certainly none that offers this kind of awesome range in such a compact, hand-holdable frame. Combine this with the Olympus TC-20 2x Teleconverter and it delivers a staggering 750-2000mm range! And of course the price will be for the serious photographer as well. This comes with a remarkable $7,499.95 / $6,499 price tag.

At an astonishing 115.8 × 314.3mm and 1,875g (yes, those figures are correct!) this is an unprecedented proposition for sports and wildlife photographers, offering a lens that can be carried, handheld and used in the field in ways never before possible.

While shooting at up to 1,000mm lends itself best to tripod work, the 150-400mm is perfectly usable handheld, with 4.5 stops of native stabilization that combines for 6 stops when used at 500mm (1000mm equivalent) and 8 stops at 150mm (300mm) on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

I just want to say that Olympus has created a lens that is making sports photographers and wildlife photographers think about the current camera they own and step to an Olympus Camera. And I, being one that has owned an Olympus before, NO ONE WILL FEEL BAD FOR CHANGING TO THIS BRAND. It is a solid camera, well built, all the gadgets you could want in a small digital camera.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro is available for pre-order now, and will start shipping in late January 2021.

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World’s fastest production lens! Voigtländer 29mm f/0.8 coming December

Let me explain why this is such a remarkable lens. If you follow the “F-STOP” numbers, this is how it goes:

If you have a small zoom lens that came with your camera, you will notice on the lens the numbers: 3.5-22 aperture capable (of course it doesn’t say aperture capable). This means that the aperture on your lens will go from an F3.5 to an F22. F3.5 in reality is all the light this lens will let in. If you want a lens that goes to the next number down (which means it will let in double the light) you would go to an F2.8. Then to double the amount of light again, you would go to a lens with an F2.0. Now some lenses have been closer to 1.8 to make it easier for production. So, to double the amount of light that can get through a lens, you would go to F1.4 (this is turning into a massive piece of glass already, and, yes, you will pay a lot more for this much glass). To double the amount of light from that 1.4 you would go to an F1.2 !! That is one fat lens with all that glass, but, you would be able to shoot in extreme lower light that ever before. Now, if you could make a lens, which I think someone does, you would go to an F1.0 lens. All the light that is available gets through this lens. It is the ultimate.

No, but wait, the headline above says that Voigtlander has just created a 0.8 lens !!!!

What???? That means this lens actually is capable of bringing in or producing more light than what is available. It is gathering more light. Really !! Here is what they are saying about this:

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UPDATE 17/11: The Voigtlander Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical lens for Micro Four Thirds has been announced, officially making it the world’s fastest photographic lens. While photographers will enjoy the beautiful depth of field that this lens will create (equivalent of f/1.6 on a full frame lens), the Voigtlander 29mm f/0.8 also features a stepless aperture ring that’s perfect for videography. 

This lens has a minimum shooting distance of 0.37m and a focal length of 29mm, which is equivalent to 58mm in full frame terms. It weighs 703g and has a filter size of 62mm. Preorders for the Voigtlander Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical lens will open in December, with this super fast lens retailing for around $2,000. 

Buckle up your safety belt and hope that the airbags deploy – an f/0.8 lens is on the way from Voigtländer, and it will be the world’s fastest lens currently in production.

There are plenty of lighting-fast lenses on the market, such as the Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 WR, Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95, and of course Voigtländer’s own existing range of f/0.95 lenses. However, the upcoming Voigtländer Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical will leave them all eating its dust. 

Yes there have been faster lenses in the past, like the Carl Zeiss Super-Q-Gigantar 40mm f/0.33 publicity stunt. However, the fastest lens you can actually buy today is the Kipon Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 Mark II – though it’s hardly renowned for its quality.

The Voigtländer Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical, then, will be a hair faster than the Ibelux – and being that it’s a Voigtländer optic, it’s sure to possess better image quality as well.

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Ever wondered what the difference is between a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and the new “Mirrorless” cameras? Here is the explanation, so you can decide what your next purchase should be:

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A mirrorless camera doesn’t have the weight of a DSLR in most cases. However, the weight depends on your lens. Full-frame 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses will be will be equal in size, so weight savings is marginal.

And while mirrorless cameras are smaller, the larger grips on DSLRs are more ergonomic and preferred by most photographers. They find when you put a large lens on a smaller, mirrorless camera, the balance is odd.

Sensor and image quality

The first mirrorless cameras didn’t have equally large sensors found in most DSLRs. Because the most common predictor of image quality is the sensor, mirrorless cameras now offer multiple sensors, including full-frame and medium format. Both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have full frame and crop sensors. But do your research as not every brand offers every format.

Shooting Speed

Without a mirror to move, mirrorless cameras offer faster shooting speeds when compared to traditional SLRs. But, don’t assume the mirrorless camera you’re looking at is faster than a DSLR, as many mirrorless cameras share a similar framerate with DSLRs.

Autofocus

As mirrorless technology has advanced, autofocus has improved. Some manufacturers offer on-chip phase detection, so mirrorless cameras perform the same type of autofocus as DSLRs. For the most part, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras both have excellent autofocus systems.

Viewfinders

With no mirror to bounce light from the lens up to your eye, mirrorless cameras aren’t equipped with optical viewfinders. They can, however, use an electronic viewfinder (EVF). EVFs are like LCD screens at the rear of the camera, but they’re smaller and optimized for using right up to your eye.

There are pros and cons to both types: Optical viewfinders can’t drain a camera battery, and you can always get a reliable composition. EVFs aren’t always-on with most models — some cameras require clicking a button to go between the LCD screen and the viewfinder.

Battery Life

Mirrorless cameras tend to have shorter battery lives than DSLRs. Technology will improve this in time, but many DSLRs still have twice the battery life of a mirrorless camera.

But, the average mirrorless camera user should have no problem getting a full day out of the battery. You’d have to shoot more than 300 photos in a day to wear out the battery.

Lens Selection

DSLRs have been around longer, which means manufacturers have been making their lenses for quite a while. Generally, DSLRs have more lens selection than mirrorless cameras. Do your research before purchasing mirrorless – make sure your model has access to all the necessary lenses for your needs.

Price

All cameras, both DSLR and mirrorless, range in price from $500 to $5000. Obviously, the more expensive packages will contain more lenses and other features than a basic package.

When determining which is better for your needs, you need to examine the body styles, shutter speeds, battery life, grips, and lenses. While serious photographers tend toward DSLRs, amateurs may lean toward the newer, mirrorless cameras.

Conclusion

As photography tech grows more advanced, manufacturers and professional photographers will continue to improve what we see in pictures. Deciding to go mirrorless is an option for certain types of photography, just as sticking with DSLR is the best option for other types of photography.

Before you buy, make sure you know what you want for the long term. What we want in the moment will change with the passage of time.

Pentax is staying out of the mirrorless camera business. Is that good or bad?

Pentax recently announced the K-3 Mark III, the third iteration of their flagship APS-C camera, which reinforces their stance that their future (and as they argue, the future of photography) is in DSLRs, not mirrorless cameras. With an industry increasingly focused on mirrorless cameras, why is Pentax going against the grain?

Back in 2016, long before mirrorless cameras had really taken hold in the industry, I reviewed the Pentax K-1 DSLR. You can read that review here, but long story short: I loved it. It is a fantastically unique camera, full of truly interesting features that enable new creative possibilities (instead of existing merely as marketing fluff) and backed up by a very capable and resolution-rich sensor. My only real qualm with the camera was its middling autofocus, but boy, the future looked bright for the company. I don’t mean that in the sense that I thought they would overtake Canon or Nikon, but it sure seemed like they would continue in their niche as a more esoteric company with a smaller but fiercely loyal following. Honestly, the only reason I did not switch to a Pentax system at that point was because I like niche lenses, and their lens library is a bit limited in that sense. 

In the four years since I reviewed the K-1, the company’s progress has been painfully slow, marked by bodies with very few changes and just a lens or two, at least up until the recently announced K-3 Mark III. In some sense, that is not surprising. Pentax has a much smaller market share, and we should not expect them to be throwing wads of cash at research and development and pushing out boundary-stretching gear at a breakneck pace like companies such as Sony or Canon. What did make me raise my eyebrow, however, was when a Ricoh executive claimed that he thought mirrorless was essentially a fad and expected the majority of users to return to DSLRs in “2-3 years.” 

This is a seriously cool camera.

I find it really hard to believe that will be the case, and I get the sense that other companies do not believe it either. After all, look at Canon, for example, which has stopped development of new EF lenses and is winding down their major DSLR lines while aggressively developing and releasing professional mirrorless bodies and lenses. Every other manufacturer — Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic — are all either totally mirrorless or moving toward it at a brisk clip. 

So, does Pentax really believe there is going to be a massive return to DSLRs in a few years, leaving them as the sole manufacturer with up-to-date DSLRs, waiting to soak up profits from a throng of customers looking for cameras with mirror boxes? I highly doubt it. Such comments can be explained in a few different ways. Perhaps the company is aware of the size of their market share and the capital it would take to establish a new mirrorless line in the space, and it simply might not be viable, thus the desire to instill a sense of confidence in sticking to DSLRs. Shareholders and such. Perhaps it is a roundabout way of saying there will always (or at least, for the foreseeable future) be those who prefer DSLRs to mirrorless bodies, and as other major manufacturers shutter their DSLR lines, Pentax will be waiting with open arms and up-to-date DSLR tech to welcome those mirror box refugees. That certainly seems a more reasonable and plausible philosophy than the whole mirrorless exodus thing. 

Could Pentax hold out long enough for those DSLR users? After all, DSLR equipment isn’t going to suddenly stop working the day its manufacturer decides to focus exclusively on mirrorless. I’m sure the company can make it that long, though. After all, they already have the aforementioned small but fiercely loyal following, and their conservative approach to research and development could be a strategy to tide them over until they reach the point when they are the sole provider to a market that still has a proportion of photographers looking for DSLR equipment. Even if it isn’t reasonable to expect them to hold out that long, what else could they do given their position? It is a gamble, however, if this is their strategy.

There is one way Pentax could join the mirrorless market without having to pay the admission fee of developing an entirely new line of bodies and lenses: join the L mount alliance. At least at a surface level, it would be a fantastic fit. The alliance currently features Panasonic, Sigma, and Leica. Panasonic’s cameras focus primarily on and are marketed toward video work, traditionally the weak point of Pentax’s bodies, which generally include it as an afterthought. Sigma, of course, is primarily focused on lenses. And Leica’s only full frame L Mount camera is $6,000. It seems like there’s a stills photography-shaped hole in the L Mount Alliance that could be nicely filled by Pentax. Just imagine a camera with the build and video qualities of the Panasonic S1 and the geeky photography features of the Pentax K-1, all with access to Sigma’s deep library of capable but affordable lenses. That would be a tough camera to beat. 

I’ll confess I don’t know the business particulars of the alliance, and perhaps it is not viable for Pentax to join it, or maybe they simply aren’t wanted in it. But I do know that Pentax produces unique equipment that invigorates my creativity, and I would be sad to see such a storied and unique brand go away. Who knows, maybe in five years, when DSLRs are truly put out to pasture by all the other manufacturers, Pentax will be there and will thrive when photographers who just can’t stand an electronic viewfinder have nowhere else to turn. I don’t think there will be that many photographers who haven’t at least started a transition toward mirrorless by then. That does not mean there won’t be some, though, and I think there will always be at least a small market for DSLRs (at least for the foreseeable feature). Part of the question is if Pentax can capture those users instead of them simply moving to a mirrorless option from the brand they are already using. I certainly hope that the company sticks around, in whatever form that may be. 

Here’s what Pentax is saying about their camera vs. mirrorless cameras:

Pentaprism optical viewfinder
with high visibility

Using an optical viewfinder is the best part of shooting on an SLR camera. Designed for enjoyable shooting, PENTAX DSLR cameras feature an optical viewfinder with a glass pentaprism. This system offers a wide field of view, making it easier to check focus peaks and bokeh.
The optical viewfinder has no time lag which occurs with the electronic viewfinder on a mirrorless SLR camera, and it is easier to see how the subject is lighted, as well as offering an accurate view of colors and shadows. It is also possible to check the subject in the viewfinder even when the power is off, helping reduce battery consumption.

Well-thought-out operations

PENTAX DSLR camera operability is designed with the photographer fully in mind. The grip is designed to fit the hand perfectly, while buttons are placed for easy access when looking through the viewfinder. These are all available on a functionally shaped body.
Furthermore, functions can be assigned to the Fx buttons for instant activation and the Hyper Operation system (Hyper Program and Hyper Manual) delivers simple, quick, flexible operation over exposure settings via efficient use of the front and rear e-dials, making PENTAX camera controls so good you’ll never want to let go of it.

So much to learn…. hope you enjoyed this blog today.

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DSLR VS. MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

What is the big difference, really, in a regular DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera? So many people are confused as to what the difference is there an advantage of one over the other. We will get this clarified today.

First of all, a video is always a great way to learn, as it is both audio and visual to the senses. Please click on this link first:

So, let’s get you the list of the differences between a good DSLR and a mirrorless camera.

Many are wondering if they should just “ditch” their current dslr and go with the new mirrorless camera.

Should you ditch your DSLR?

Does this mean, as one recent mirrorless ad campaign provocatively put it, that you should “Ditch the DSLR?” Let’s just say that there are many good reasons not to, especially if you like the DSLR you now own and it’s performing very well for the kind of photography you do now and intend to pursue going forward. And if you have a bunch of lenses for it, it may make more sense to upgrade to the latest DSLR in the maker’s lineup than to invest in a whole new mirrorless system. Indeed, there are many reasons that pros using top-tier DSLRs fitted with premium lenses often prefer to stick with what works than to venture into uncharted waters. Having said all that it’s clear that an increasing number of pros and serious enthusiasts are now acquiring mirrorless cameras whether they retain their present DSLRs or not, and at this point, it’s fair to say that the upside potential of the mirrorless market is greater than that of traditional DSLRS. If you’re on the fence, or considering buying a new interchangeable lens camera here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each type that should help you make intelligent choices.

Mirrorless Camera Pros

Mirrorless cameras, regardless of format, are almost always smaller and lighter than comparable DSLRs because they don’t require a relatively bulky, heavy mirror box and the mechanisms needed to move a reflex mirror into and out of the light path. As a result, they have fewer moving parts, are quieter in operation than traditional DSLRs, and are inherently less prone to causing shake-inducing vibration.

Today’s top mirrorless cameras incorporate high resolution EVFs or OLED EVFs with incredibly rapid refresh rates (60 times per sec and up) that provide a brilliant, 100% coverage, high-magnification, eye level viewing image that rivals that of most optical viewfinders (OVFs), and provide continuous viewing without momentary finder blackout even as the shutter fires.

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens and Accessories Kit
New Sony mirrorless camera with lens and accessories

The EVFs in mirrorless cameras have the advantage of allowing users to preview the captured (complete with exposure corrections and custom settings) in real time. This makes it easier, for example, to compose subjects in very dim light because the gain is automatically increased to make them more visible.

Mirrorless cameras typically include Hybrid AF systems that combine the advantages of fast, decisive on-sensor phase-detection AF (PDAF) and the precision of contrast-detect AF (CAF), taking their AF performance to a level surpassing that of all but top-tier DSLRs.

Further advantages of the hybrid CAF/PDAF systems in mirrorless cameras include the ability to provide continuous AF and focus tracking before and during the exposure, a crucial factor when shooting still images at high burst rates, or capturing clean HD video without visible or audible “hunting.”

Mirrorless cameras enable the layering of viewfinder information, such as camera settings, levels, histograms, focus peaking, etc., and can also provide an instant magnified image of the focusing area and allow playback of images and videos in the EVF.

Mirrorless cameras allow the seamless use of existing “open source” lenses by using simple mount adapters to expand the camera’s optical array. The possibilities include mounting lenses from other lens systems, classic rangefinder lenses, and lenses from obsolete or obscure systems.

The shorter flange back (mount to sensor) distance of mirrorless cameras makes it easier to design high-quality lenses, particularly wide-angles, that provide better edge and corner illumination and greater light transmission efficiency.

New Canon R5 mirrorless camera.

The Hybrid AF systems in mirrorless cameras cover a wider area of the sensor, providing AF capability closer to the edges and corners of the frame, and enhancing overall AF flexibility.

Mirrorless cameras provide continuous Live View via the LCD or EVF and provide previewing using either viewing system when shooting video, with no loss of AF capability.

At their best, mirrorless system cameras combine the advantages of both DSLRs and point-and-shoots, providing lens interchangeability, ultra-high image quality, and the entire high-end feature array of middle- and upper-tier DSLRs in smaller, lighter, handier form factors. Not surprisingly, as the popularity of MSC’s has dramatically increased over the past 2 years or so, camera makers and independent lens manufacturers have vastly expanded their lens offerings, vastly increasing the creative optical options available to consumers, and marketing opportunities for dealers.

The MSC market continues to be technologically driven, with many of the latest high-end models offering higher-res sensors, enhanced image-processing software for greater responsiveness, faster burst rates, 4K video capture, full Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS, multi-axis in-body image stabilization, and enhanced viewing options such as hi-res tilt/swing and touch screen LCDs, and OLED EVFs. However, entry-level and middle-tier MSCs have also benefitted from these technological advances. The result is an array of enticing new models offering features that have migrated down from higher-end models, often with simplified user interfaces, and at very competitive prices.

DSLR Pros

Middle- and upper-tier pro models with solid glass pentaprism optical viewfinders, provide a brilliant “real feel” viewing image that no mirrorless EVF can quite match. Whether this is important to you is, of course, subjective, but many photographers accustomed to optical viewfinders consider it a definite plus. Digital SLRs are generally larger than mirrorless cameras and this allows more room for the placement of dedicated controls for various camera functions such as ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, etc. The control ergonomics of the best DSLRs often have an edge over their current mirrorless counterparts in this respect. The use of larger batteries provides greater capacity than smaller batteries. With most pro-caliber DSLRs you can shoot all day without running out of battery power, and that’s not always true with comparable mirrorless cameras. Photographers with large hands often prefer DSLRs.DSLRs have evolved into a very ergonomic shape and some of them are more comfortably contoured than their mirrorless counterparts. Some shooters feel that a heavier camera, like the DSLR, also provides a more stable shooting platform than some of the smaller, lighter mirrorless cameras. Again this is subjective and the decision is personal. It’s hard to beat the record of durability, reliability, and consistent performance under adverse conditions of a DSLR. Additionally, DSLRS offer in-body or on-lens image stabilization systems to minimize the effects of mirror-induced camera shake. That’s why many pros are reluctant to make the switch. DSLRs offer very well developed lens systems that include numerous professional prime and zoom lenses that deliver spectacular imaging performance. While mirrorless systems have yet to match the phenomenal optical arrays available for the leading DSLR systems, this will happen sooner rather than later as both camera makers and independent lens makers are rapidly expanding and upgrading their optical offerings.

The newest professional DSLR camera from Pentax, is a winner.

Unquestionably both traditional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are the heart of supremely versatile, viable systems capable of the highest levels of imaging performance. While we hope it helps to enumerate the advantages of each, the choice is inherently subjective, and a lot depends on what equipment you have now and in what direction you want to take your creative photography. As they say, it’s up to you, but the current crop of cameras of each type deliver awesome performance, and whatever you decide you’re not likely to be disappointed.

Why Pentax is Making the Right Call in Sticking with DSLRs:

As the majority of camera manufacturers move away from the SLR type cameras and start producing mirrorless systems, one company continues to hold on to the past. Pentax has now in multiple statements confirmed that it will not be producing a mirrorless camera and will continue to develop SLR cameras.

My knee jerk reaction was to scoff at this stance. However, now that I’ve had some time to think on this properly, I think it makes complete sense for the company.

There’s No Advantage

If Pentax produces a mirrorless camera, what difference would it make for the company? Will it start to become a viable alternative to the major manufacturers, and could it increase its market share?

The answer to the second question, probably not. The likelihood of Pentax suddenly becoming a major alternative to the three big manufacturers is extremely unlikely — I don’t see vast swathes of Sony, Canon, and Nikon shooters suddenly jumping on board with Pentax.

Current Customers

Pentax as a company has quite the loyal fanbase, and to disrupt this in any way would be extremely foolish. I find it difficult to see how Pentax shooters would be happy to migrate to a whole new mount. One of the things Pentax shooters seem to love is the compatibility and lens selection available for the K mount.

This mount is compatible with lenses all the way from 1975, and new lenses are still being produced for it. There are literally hundreds of lenses available for this mount — there are so many that I doubt anyone has an exact number of lenses that are compatible.

This is one of the major benefits and reasons why people continue to shoot with Pentax cameras. There are lenses that have been handed down to photographers by their grandparents, which of course, instills a deep sense of loyalty. Moving to a mirrorless camera system would pretty much betray most Pentax customers.

For this reason, it’s essential that Pentax continue with the current mount.

Pentax has created the ultimate DSLR that will be hard to beat by any mirrorless cameras

The DLSR Niche

The benefit (or novelty) of being able to see through a DLSR viewfinder will become popular again. Once the majority of manufacturers move away from DSLR type cameras and mirrorless cameras become the norm, the quirks and benefits of a “proper” viewfinder will draw a large number of customers.

Arguments about how the DSLR viewfinder being natural or more realistic will probably be used, and at that point, Pentax might be able to say that they never left.

Even now, there are still many customers that dislike mirrorless cameras. It doesn’t really matter what the reasons are — what matters is the fact that these customers exist.

As most manufacturers move away and eventually stop supporting DLSR cameras, either by discontinuing them or stopping the production of new lenses, there’s a good chance that a strong base of customers will still want a DSLR instead. Pentax could comfortably be the company that takes that spot, and with its vast number of compatible lenses, it does have quite an advantage.

The only problem is that this is an incredibly long-term plan because current DSLR cameras won’t be discontinued anytime soon.

Pentax lenses have been known to be some of the best in the world. They have been making lenses longer than other manufactures.

Final Thoughts

In some sense, the fact that Pentax has resigned itself to the DSLR could be described as the company admitting defeat. I think there may be some element of truth to that, as Pentax may know that it simply cannot compete on the same level.

Despite this, I think this is a great idea by Pentax because not only is it looking more long term, it also shows a great deal of self-awareness and foresight.

The one major positive note we could take from this is the fact that, if Pentax (Ricoh) is planning long term, it probably doesn’t have any plans to exit the camera market.

A special thanks to the following contributors:

Usman Dawood from Petapixel for his insight into Pentax