Jason Schneider

Jason Schneider  |  Sep 18, 2019  |  0 comments

Newsflash! So-called entry-level DSLRs are no longer stripped-down models built to fit a bargain-basement price point. In fact, many budget DSLRs these days let you enter at a higher level photographically while not putting a dent in your wallet. The following are our choices for the five best DSLR kits (including lenses) for $750 or less.

Jason Schneider  |  Aug 27, 2019  |  0 comments

The landmark Kine Exakta camera of 1936 was world’s first successful 35mm SLR. Although the Russians announced their Sport 35mm SLR a year earlier, this ingenious but ungainly clunker was made in limited quantities from about 1937-1941 and distributed only in the Soviet Union. The Kine Exakta, on the other hand, was an instant international success and its maker, Ihagee of Dresden, Germany, produced it and its successors in huge quantities, enjoying robust worldwide sales.

Jason Schneider  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  0 comments

I confess to being a cantankerous old coot who cut his photographic eyeteeth deep in the analog era.

Jason Schneider  |  Feb 28, 2019  |  0 comments

Perhaps you’ve just read our story on the 10 best vintage lenses you can buy right now, but are wondering how to use all this classic glass on your modern digital camera. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Jason Schneider  |  Feb 28, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s now widely appreciated that many great old lenses of the analog era can capture images that have that elusive quality known as character. Writers of the early 20th    century tried to express these qualities by describing them as “rounded” “luminous” or “plastic” rendition, but later writers and scientists dismissed such terms as imprecise and speculative, turning to resolution and later MTF testing to quantify lens performance parameters.

Jason Schneider  |  Jan 30, 2019  |  0 comments

Practically any analog camera can be pressed into service as a street camera—the late great Weegee used a 4x5 Speed Graphic to expose the seamy and sentimental sides of New York City, and the incomparable Vivian Maier stalked the streets of Chicago with a twin-lens Rolleiflex. But when it comes to discreet shooting on the fly, nothing can quite match a 35mm rangefinder camera as proven by the timeless work of countless photojournalists over the past 90 years.

Jason Schneider  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Street photography—walking around with a camera, poised to capture life on the fly—has never been more popular than it is now. Back in the day, masters like Alfred Eisenstaedt and Henri Cartier-Bresson prowled the streets with classic film-based Leica rangefinders, but today most street shooters opt for modern digital cameras.

Jason Schneider  |  Sep 19, 2018  |  2 comments

As I confidently predicted last time, you can’t possibly please everybody when it comes to picking the best, the greatest, or the most influential cameras ever made. After we posted our list of The Top 20 Greatest Cameras of All Time, it came as no surprise that we received a ton of emails, varying in tone from pugnacious condemnation, to anguish, to polite suggestion, all begging to differ with our first top ten choices.

Jason Schneider  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Using a vintage SLR lens on a DSLR can be a fun and, occasionally, frustrating experience. (Not all the inexpensive glass you dig up on eBay is going to suit your needs.) To help you find that perfect analog match for your high-tech digital SLR, we’ve picked our ten favorite classic SLR lenses that will get you shooting timeless images with your DSLR right away.

Jason Schneider  |  Aug 15, 2018  |  1 comments

If you’ve read our choices for the 10 Best Vintage SLR Lenses for Your DSLR, you’re also going to want to read our simple guide below with tips on how to mount those lovely, classic pieces of glass on your modern digital SLR.

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