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Welcome to the KEH Camera Blog!

You can expect to find posts on camera equipment, photography related information, new and collectible items, tips and tricks, fun and useful accessories, troubleshooting hints, gift guides, events, interviews, useful links, industry news and much more!

It is our goal to post information for all levels of photographers, from beginner to professional, and everything in between.

Be sure to stop by often to stay up-to-date with KEH Camera!

Camera Resource Books

We are constantly researching camera equipment that comes into KEH, and refer to certain sources on a regular basis. If you're interested in learning more about cameras, specifically pre-digital ones, we recommend these books:
McKeown's is a massive price guide to antique and classic cameras. It covers over 40,000 cameras with over 10,000 photos. It has an easy to follow layout and covers the make & model of a camera, the approximate years of production, a bit of important history on the item, and a price range for what the item is worth, depending on its condition.
Hansen's Complete Illustrated Guide To Cameras is fully illustrated & indexed and includes detailed descriptions with listings of different versions and variations. Both volumes also include yearly production charts of 35mm cameras from 1936-2002. These books are ideal for camera stores, schools, collectors, & the photo enthusiast.
Click HERE to shop KEH Camera's selection of reference books and magazines.

An Inside Peek

Since many of our customers have never seen our facility, here is a tiny peek inside KEH Camera:
KEH Camera Lobby
KEH Camera Warehouse

Digital Pinhole

An experiment shooting digital pinhole:

Toy cats as the test subjects.

A homemade pinhole cap (with filter glued on the front so dust would not get inside the lens mount and reach the sensor).
Shot straight from the camera using pinhole cap.
Shot using pinhole cap and a fisheye adapter screwed into the filter (that's glued on the cap).

Instead of making the area of view wider with the fisheye adapter, it made it much smaller as if looking through a doors peep-hole.

The softness was an interesting outcome.  Aren't pinhole images supposed to have a huge depth of field where everything is in focus? Research indicates this is what happens when the element of digital is introduced to pinhole photography, and diffraction is the culprit.

For more on the diffraction/pinhole/digital issue, refer HERE and HERE.

Point and Shoots: Macro Setting

Whether you're a pro photographer or not a photographer at all, a point and shoot digital camera is a great thing to have. They are compact and portable, so they can be easily carried around at all times. If you always carry one with you, you'll never miss a great photo opportunity!

One setting to utilize is the macro setting.  Don't be scared of it. Yes, you can get some good macro images with a point & shoot camera. (Here we've taken some test images with the Canon G9, and a box of Q-tips).
If you're unfamiliar, the macro setting is usually shown on a cameras mode dial as the flower symbol, or it may be in the menu as well. (For the following shots, we used a mini flashlight to backlight the objects).

While a point & shoot won't get you as sharp of an image as a D-SLR will, it still works for taking close-up pictures in a jiffy. The G9s macro quality is pretty good.  Shots like these can be done on most point and shoot cameras with no fancy equipment required. Also, omething to keep in mind, the macro setting worked the best when the camera was put into manual focus.
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