February 5, 2019 Donald Scarinci

Apple, Inc. recently unveiled three new iPhones — the iPhone XS, iPhone XSMax, and iPhone XR. As with prior models, one of the most impressive upgrades is the camera. The iPhone XS and XS Max feature a dual camera, including 12-megapixel wide and telephoto lenses. They also come equipped with the TrueDepth front-facing camera system.  This is the same setup as the iPhone X. However, Apple promises that its new A12 Bionic chip makes all the difference. To start, the new sensor is twice as fast. Smart HDR creates photos with more highlights and shadow detail. Larger and deeper pixels improve image fidelity and low-light…

December 31, 2018 Donald Scarinci

In conjunction with the release of its highly-anticipated mirrorless camera, Nikon also released new Nikkor lenses. Early adopters of Nikon’s new Z mount will have three lens options — the standard zoom Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the wide-angle prime Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the standard prime Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S. Amid the hype around the Nikon Z, the lenses aren’t getting as much coverage. However, they are still impressive. As Nikon describes, “the NIKKOR Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance, by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination…

December 17, 2018 Donald Scarinci

Ektachrome Kodak Ektachrome appears nearly ready for its comeback. Beta testers have been trying out the latest iteration of the iconic film.   First launched in 1946, Ektachrome was one of the most popular color slide films, known for its color accuracy, fine grain, and rich tones. It became a popular choice among photographers in large part due the extensive use of slide film by the National Geographic Magazine over several decades.     Ektachrome is unique because it creates a positive image that can be viewed or projected once it is exposed and processed. The film is popular with cinematographers and works well for high-resolution projection or…