Has It Really Been SIX WEEKS Since I've Posted? The Tension Between Art & Commerce

If math serves, yes.

Sigh.

In the overall scheme of humanity, keeping up across social media platforms is not exactly a top 10 concern. I'm fortunate, in fact, that this is an issue at all.

But there's no point having a blog if I don't keep it current, and it isn't of value to you. So first: apologies.

Second, I'm sorting this out. Our YouTube channel is taking off, and it is my first business priority (yes, it has gone beyond passion to full time preoccupation, but since I love what I do , it doesn't really feel like work at all). 

After enough requests that we realized people weren't joking, in July we opened up a 3BMEP Storefront on Threadless.com where you can buy "Hold That Thought" T-shirts. Amazing: we have T-shirts. Who'd have thought?

In August, we launched our Patreon page, and the passion, intelligence, and generosity of our patrons -- as is the case on our YouTube channel -- are just extraordinary.

And then we also have the challenge of sorting out emails to keep you up to date, which we back-burnered months ago. That's now on our list, too.

So: lots to figure out, lots to do. For the moment, the store runs itself, Patreon is a gift, and YouTube is demanding tremendous effort which is also tremendously rewarding. I'm going to try to get on to a regular process for this blog and email, too. Realistically, this is an October set of ambitions given that we'll be in Europe for half of September for Photokina, and frenzied until that point.

All of which is a long way of saying: thank you for support, kindness, generosity and patience. 

Stoked! We Like The Luxli Viola On-Camera LED, So We're Giving One Away

It recently became clear that we needed a small, bi-color, diffusable on-camera (or almost on-camera) light. Then we learned about the Luxli Viola, tested it with a little help from our friends, and liked it so much we decided to give one away:

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2017 Lighting Gear of The Year: Aputure LS Mini20 LED Flight Kit

They aren't general purpose lights; they won't light up an entire room; and the daylight heads (two of the three in the flight kit) shine at a constant 7600K, too blue to be considered "daylight." Yet the LS Mini20 LED Flight Kit is my pick for 2017 Lighting Gear of The Year. Here's why.

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Hasselblad X1D: Bold, Beautiful, Flawed, Fixable (Episode 3, "The X1D Has Me Thinking")

I think the Hasselblad X1D is the most important Hasselblad since the company launched the 500 C back in 1957, and in fact the most important medium format camera of the last 60 years, period. In this video, I tell you exactly why; where it stands at the moment, and what it needs to be successful.

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I'm Not Going, Final Episode: I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

Special note: a tragic helicopter accident in New York City this week claimed the lives of five people excited to see and photograph Manhattan from the air. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims and the pilot who managed to make it out alive. 

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MONGO Panasonic G9 AF + GH5 Hack Review

Yes, I should have tested the hack at 30fps for completeness' sake, though I chose not to -- at least for this video -- because I don't shoot in 30fps (let alone 60fps), and some YouTubers said you got some advantage even at the lower frame rate. I found this to be true, but...

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Gear discussed:

Panasonic G9: B&H, Amazon, Adorama
Panasonic GH5: B&H, Amazon, Adorama
Sony a6300: B&H, Amazon, Adorama
Sony a7r III: B&H, Amazon, Adorama
Leica DG Vario Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0: B&H, Amazon, Adorama

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GX9: Mind. Officially. Blown.

If you're a current GX8 user, or insist upon a flippy screen, you may be disappointed. But if you're just about anyone else, holy moly -- this is an incredible street photography camera, especially when paired with the jewel-like DG Leica 15mm f/1.7 and the Monochrome-L and grain effects.

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Gear reviewed:

Sony A7R III with FE Distagon 35/1.4: Best Street Photography Combo I've Ever Used (for now)

Was back in the city just over a week ago, roaming some of my favorite neighborhoods with what I've called the best "medium format" camera of 2017, the a7R III. Yet here I am proclaiming it the best street photography combo I've ever used. How is that even possible? AF performance, optical performance, IBIS, dynamic range, sparkling sensor for stills and vids, that's how.

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