Nov 12

Review: Sony Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Planar T*

The normal prime range in the Sony FE mount is beginning to get quite crowded. Today I’m looking at the latest f/1.4 lens in this range, the Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*, which is the fastest of the native FE mount normal primes.  Sony also offers the excellent 55mm f/1.8, the 50mm f/1.8, and …

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Nov 07

Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar vs. Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Sony continues to crank out new lenses, and the release this summer of the new Zeiss branded FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Planar T* came as a bit of a shock, considering there is already a Zeiss branded normal prime that is widely considered to be one of the best autofocus normal lenses ever made, but …

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Oct 26

Autumn Waterfall Photos

While I have still been extremely busy at my full-time job, I took a bit of vacation this week to go try to catch some of the fall foliage around Ohio.  I went to explore some places up around Cleveland on Monday, before heading to Hocking Hills for a short jaunt this morning.  It was …

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Oct 12

Chase the Light

If you’re relatively new to photography, you often focus on the technical aspects: making sure that you know how all the camera settings affect the output and so on.  These things are critically important, but eventually become background knowledge as they become ingrained in your consciousness.  Then, you will often move to perfecting composition: finding that …

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Sep 24

New Gear at Photokina

The new Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format mirrorless camera

As you’ve probably discovered, I was unable to attend Photokina this year, which I was quite upset about, as I had an absolute blast there two years ago.  I also love being able to visit Germany when ever I can.  However, I still think it’s worth looking at some of the new gear that was …

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Sep 15

Discovering New Places to Shoot

Berea Falls - Sony A7 II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L @

I live in Ohio, and there are a lot of nice things about Ohio, but few would consider it a prime destination for landscape photography.  If you’ve come to this site for a while, you’ve gotten used to seeing shots from around Columbus, where I live, and places nearby.  Occasionally I’ll get to make a …

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Sep 10

Finding Time to Shoot (and write!)

If you’ve been a regular visitor to Admiring Light, you’ve probably noticed (and perhaps even been frustrated by) the lack of new articles over the past few months.  I apologize for that.  I’ve been absolutely swamped at my full-time job and have had less time than I’ve ever had for shooting and writing. I hope …

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Sep 08

Review: Fujifilm X70

Fuji kicked off the X-series with the original X100, a camera that had a distinct retro aesthetic, great image quality and an optical viewfinder.  It made waves and eventually led to Fuji’s successful X-Series of interchangeable lens cameras.  The X100 has seen two more iterations, and today I’m looking at the newest ‘little brother’ of …

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