Oct 17

Early Fall in Ohio

Every fall I like to go do some landscape shooting around Ohio.  We don’t have big mountains, or many sweeping vistas, or an ocean shore.  There’s Lake Erie, but the sun doesn’t rise or set over it.  However, one thing we do have in Ohio is waterfalls and naturally carved gorges, and these make for …

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Oct 10

Review: Sony A9

I’m finally getting around to writing my review of the Sony A9.  This is going to be a little different from my normal reviews, and is not going to be quite as in-depth as I typically like, as I didn’t get to shoot with it quite as extensively as I often get to with cameras.  …

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Sep 02

Review: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM

It’s been a long, long break between articles, as I’ve been absolutely swamped at my day job, finding little time to shoot and even less time to write.  I have a backlog of thoughts and images to go through, and today I’m taking a look at Sony’s professional grade telezoom, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 …

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Jun 02

Shooting Golf with the Sony A9

So, I had a chance to test out the new Sony A9 over the past week, and I’ll have a full review soon.  However, I wanted to share my experiences shooting with this new camera in an area where it may find a very strong following: Golf.  I took the camera, along with the 70-200mm …

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Apr 09

Review: Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

The Sony full-frame E-Mount lens lineup is beginning to get crowded at the 85mm focal length, but Sony’s latest entry, the FE 85mm f/1.8, is the first to come in at a relatively affordable price: $598.  The lens joins the existing Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 ($1199), the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 ($1399) and the Sony …

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Apr 02

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR

Today’s review: the new Fuji 50mm f/2 R WR. This is the third lens in Fuji’s new compact f/2 prime series, joining the 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/2.  All three of these lenses offer slower apertures than similar faster primes in the Fuji lineup, but Fujifilm has maintained high optical quality with these slower lenses, …

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Apr 01

First Impressions – Sony FE 85mm f/1.8

So, I just got my copy of the new FE 85mm f/1.8, and I’ll be putting it through the usual paces over the course of the next week or two, but I wanted to get out some initial impressions from my first day with the lens. This lens is the fourth 85mm lens created for …

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Mar 28

Fuji 50mm f/2 vs. 56mm f/1.2

Today I decided to do a quick test of the new 50mm f/2 compared to the excellent 56mm f/1.2.  The new 50mm f/2 is a compact, weather-resistant prime lens, while the older 56mm f/1.2 fills the class 85mm portrait focal length with an ultra-fast f/1.2 aperture.  Obviously, the 56mm f/1.2 will provide over one stop …

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