Dec 18

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware 3.0

X-T1: Firmware 3.0

As many Fuji shooters are aware, Fujifilm released major firmware updates for many of the X-Series cameras today. While the venerable X-Pro 1 and X-E1 saw only minor improvements with the addition of full-time manual focus capabilities, X-E2 owners got a more substantial upgrade, adding remote shooting, an intervalometer and the Classic Chrome film simulation …

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Dec 17

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 mounted on an X-T1 with Vertical Grip

Fujifilm’s X-Series interchangeable lens system has only been around for a bit less than three years, and in that time, they’ve managed to put together a rather impressive lens lineup.  However, missing from that lineup until recently are pro-grade fast zoom lenses.  While the fast standard zoom is set to be released in 2015, Fuji …

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Dec 11

Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 vs. Fuji 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8

The Fuji Telephoto Zooms - 50-140mm f/2.8 on the left, 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 on the right

The latest telephoto lens from Fujifilm is their long-awaited pro-grade 50-140mm f/2.8 OIS WR.  The lens fills the role of the typical 70-200mm zoom lens in the Fujifilm system.  Fuji already has a well-regarded telephoto zoom in a more compact package in the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS.  The 55-200mm is, of course, slower in aperture and …

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Dec 04

Review: Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the professional grade telephoto zoom lens.  Sony started off the year with their full frame 70-200mm f/4 for E-mount, and Olympus, Fuji and Samsung all announced new f/2.8 zooms at Photokina this year.  Today we’re looking at Olympus’ brand new M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens, which …

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Nov 23

Review: Panasonic Lumix LX100

Panasonic Lumix LX100

Panasonic has had a long line of premium compact cameras in their LX lineup.  Previously, these cameras featured fast lenses, premium construction and fairly good image quality, considering the relatively small sensor.  However, with the rise of high-end compact cameras with large sensors, such as the Sony RX100 series and Canon’s G1X lineup, Panasonic felt …

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Nov 18

First Impressions: Panasonic LX100

I’ve got the Panasonic Lumix LX100 advanced compact in for review this week, and I’ve had a few days to play around with it so far.  The LX100 is Panasonic’s first real high end compact camera with a large sensor, packing a 16 Megapixel 4/3 sized sensor with a fast 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 zoom lens. …

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Nov 02

Review: Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art (Sony E-Mount)

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art

Sigma’s mirrorless lens lineup at the moment consists of a trinity of prime lenses, from wide-angle to short telephoto. We take a look at the widest of the current Sigma DN lenses for mirrorless lenses, the 19mm f/2.8 DN Art. The Sigma 19mm has been around for a little while, but, along with the 30mm …

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Oct 21

Fall Reflections

I stopped by one of my new favorite locations, Fallsville Falls, in order to try to capture the beautiful waterfall surrounded by fall colors.  Unfortunately, despite somewhat steady rain off and on the past few weeks, the waterfall was essentially dry.  Only a trickle of water dripped off the edge of the highest ledge, though …

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