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Who says film’s dead? More view cameras at PhotoPlus than I’ve seen in years… Yes, the one on the left is 8x10”

There was a significant decline in participation among smaller manufacturers this year, continuing a trend I have seen for the past several years. Years ago, every little manufacturer of anything photographic was at PhotoPlus – it was the place to see gear you couldn’t see anywhere else. As more and more manufacturers skip PhotoPlus, the show floor shrinks, and an increasing number of less relevant companies appear. Best Buy first showed up a few years ago, and now has a large presence – they are mostly showing camera gear, but nothing that isn’t also featured at other booths (and unlike B&H and Hunt Photo, they aren’t mostly there to sell directly to attendees – it seems to be largely a brand-building exercise for them, and one whose purpose I can’t quite figure out).

Sony fled PhotoPlus this year, opting to do their...

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Dan Wells, "Shuttterbug" on the trail, is a landscape photographer, long-distance hiker and student in the Master of Divinity program at Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Cambridge, MA when not in wild places photographing and contemplating our connection to the natural world. Dan's images try to capture the spirit he finds in places where, in the worlds of the Wilderness Act of 1964, "Man himself is but a visitor". He has hiked 230 miles of Vermont's Long Trail and 450 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail with his cameras, as well as photographing in numerous National Parks, Seashores and Forests over the years - often in the offseason when few people think to be there. In the summer of 2020, Dan plans to hike a stretch of hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, focusing on his own and others' spiritual connection to these special places, and making images that document these connections. Over years of personal work and teaching photography, Dan has used a variety of equipment (presently Nikon Z7 and Fujifilm APS-C). He is looking for the perfect combination of light weight, ruggedness and superb image quality.
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