February 25, 2018 Juan

Digital art is not for everyone. It takes character and hard work.

But if you are so inclined, then in this article you will find gathered the greatest drawing tablets on the planet. They were chosen comparing price, hardware and functionality for a serious artist.

Huion 1060 Plus

I’d argue that the Huion h610pro review is the best drawing tablet for beginners under 100$. It features a 10 x 6.25 inches active area which is 20% larger than the competing Intuos Draw. It also has 2x more pen pressure at 2048.  On the downside the stylus needs recharging. The price, although slightly more, is insignificant considering the time you’ll save and the functionality the tablet brings which will last you quite long into your professional career.

If you are tech savvy I recommend you get the Huion 1060 Plus over the Intuos Draw. However if you don’t feel comfortable troubleshooting drivers and want something that just works then get the Draw.

February 25, 2018 Juan

Editor’s Choice: If the Mamiya 7 II is too far out of your price range, get this. The Fuji GW690III is a rangefinder-style camera, just like the Mamiya, but offers slightly lower-grade optics and a greatly reduced price. It is known as the “Texas Leica” because of its hefty build quality and size. The other thing that the Fuji has going for it over the Mamiya is its massive 6 x 9 negatives. This giant negative size translates to higher-quality images and the ability to print them larger if that’s your jam.

Film: recording moments. Moments that have passed, even as the shutter clicks. It’s no wonder photography is bound so deeply to nostalgia, sending us down memory lane to simpler times. But the hobby — the art — is deeper still; the equipment you use says just as much about your craft as your subjects or the developed, framed end product. For many, that sense of history is best captured and enjoyed through top point and shoot film cameras context, and believe us, there’s no shortage of those on the market. So here’s our help: a list of 24 cult vintage shooters that’ll help you find your creative eye, set you apart from the shutterbug crowd and still produce photos that’ll make your (less talented) friends and family envious.

The Cost Effectiveness

I know this first one sounds like a joke but bear with me. Medium-format film has a bunch of really interesting advantages over puny 35mm roll film (and digital DSLRs). The depth of field is better because of the larger film area, images are sharper because they’re usually scaled up less than 35mm (they can subsequently be enlarged way more), and thanks to some optical trickery they more closely emulate what the world looks like to the human eye. A roll of medium-format film has 12 frames and costs about $10 to buy and develop. Shelling out nearly a dollar per picture might seem unbelievably expensive until you consider the digital alternative.

February 25, 2018 Juan

I am getting ready to retire and I’ve slowly been getting rid of stuff I know I won’t need going forward. I’ll be keeping some minimal gear because I am always going to take pictures. But I won’t be doing any more assignments (unless they are for good friends or involve cars that I happen to lust over!)

So I’ve been conducting some experiments. I took some actual gear (along with some hypothetical gear) and contacted all the usual suspects to try to rate which offered the best service.

My experiment wasn’t very scientific. But from a purely empirical point of view I did learn quite a lot about where you might have the best place to sell used camera equipment.

Let me first say that if you want to simply have the easiest, hassle-free experience, trading it in at the camera store where you buy your new gear is usually the best alternative. You’ll probably get the least amount of money in return, but you’ll save yourself advertising, shipping, negotiating with tire kickers and other time wasters.

If you want to get the most money possible out of your gear, my experience is that generally, Ebay is your best bet. If the gear is highly specialized or very rare, your milage may vary. But if we’re talking run of the mill stuff like 50mm lenses, two generations old DLSRs, tripods, etc., you will have the best chance of selling your gear on Ebay. This also means paying Ebay a cut and dealing with PayPal (one of my least favorite entities on the planet – but that’s another story.)