Oct 13

Revisiting the Olympus OM-D E-M5 in Moldova

This past week, I traveled to the small country of Moldova in eastern Europe. The country is a former Soviet republic and shares a cultural history with neighboring Romania. Prior to visiting, I had virtually no knowledge of the country, and while I certainly wouldn’t proclaim to be an expert, I am glad I got …

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Oct 06

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro

Continuing with the trend of original Fuji X lenses that I haven’t gotten around to reviewing until now, today I’m taking a long-term look at the Fuji 60mm f/2.4 Macro, another lens that is original to the Fuji X series system.  The Fuji 60mm has filled a double role since its introduction as both a …

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Sep 29

The Supermoon Eclipse….Fail

If you’re like most photographers, the prospect of photographing an interesting scene during this past Sunday’s supermoon eclipse was an exciting one.  Lunar eclipses make for a unique look in the night sky, and if well incorporated, extremely interesting photos can be created. Last year, I managed to create one of my favorite images of …

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Sep 08

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R

Today I’m taking an in-depth look not at a new lens, but from a lens that’s been a staple of the Fuji X-System since the very beginning.  The XF 35mm f/1.4 R was well received among the photographic community when it was released, and I bought my copy alongside my first X-Series body, which was …

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Sep 06

The Sliding Scale of Camera Capabilities

Photography is and always has been a two-sided coin of artistic endeavors.  There’s the artistic component, from which the beauty of photographic concept is derived; where the photographers vision of the world around them is realized in a static frame.  Then there’s the technical side: the process, the equipment, the optics, the developing (which is …

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Aug 28

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 vs. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs. Contax G 90mm f/2.8

Today we have a quick battle of portrait lenses.  Two of them are current mirrorless portrait primes, both of which are extremely highly regarded.  The third lens is a rangefinder lens from the 1990s that is still considered to be an utterly phenomenal optic. The battle: Fuji 56mm f/1.2 vs. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs. …

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Aug 28

Review: Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T*

The Zeiss name has been synonymous with high-end optics for a century.  In the past 30 years, they’ve become known for creating lenses with beautiful color and contrast and biting sharpness.  This legacy continues with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* for Sony E-Mount.  Zeiss and Sony have long held a partnership in the …

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Aug 23

Review: Sony A7R II

Sony has been quite busy the past two years in fleshing out what is still the only full-frame mirrorless camera system.  The latest addition to this growing set of the cameras is the impressively specified A7R II.  The A7R II follows up the very successful A7R by giving it the same upgraded body style that …

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