Feb 04

Review: Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

The Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 was one of the lenses announced at the beginning of the full-frame E-mount system, and it’s had a rather mixed reputation. I’ve seen reports ranging from excellent to terrible regarding the optical quality of this lens, and I’ve been curious to test it for myself.  Over the past week or …

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Jan 21

Taking Advantage of the Cold

We’re in the heart of winter right now, though here in Central Ohio, you’d be hard pressed to tell so far.  Only in the past few weeks have we experienced colder temperatures and some very light snowfall. For me, that’s been very disappointing.  Once the colorful leaves fall off the trees in November, I can’t …

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Jan 16

Review: Panasonic Lumix GX8

Panasonic’s GX series of Micro 4/3 cameras has evolved from the high-end small body of the original GX1 into a sort of ‘second flagship’ line along with their GH series, but with a stronger focus on stills shooting instead of video.  The latest entry in the series, the GX8, further expands on the well-received GX7 from …

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Jan 08

Review: Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7

Late in the fall, Panasonic released what was a bit of a surprise to many: a slower 50mm equivalent lens in the 25mm f/1.7. This space is occupied already with the faster Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, and competes directly with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8.  The Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 has a suggested retail price of $249…half …

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Dec 30

My Favorite Photos of 2015

Every year I go back through the images I’ve taken and pick a selection of images that are my favorites from that year.  It helps to go through and see how my photography has progressed and to put a sort of ‘mini portfolio’ of the year together.  I’ve been really happy with the shots I’ve …

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Dec 19

Mirrorless Year in Review 2015

Another year is drawing to a close, and 2015 saw the further rise of mirrorless, thanks largely to the success of the Sony full-frame E-mount system, though the other mirrorless makers continued to improve their systems and flesh out lens and camera lineups, with Micro 4/3 and Fuji X both rounding into nearly complete camera …

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Dec 18

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Olympus has had great success with their now firmly fleshed out OM-D camera line, and today’s review looks at the latest revision to the ‘entry-level’ OM-D, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II.  I put entry-level in quotes because while the E-M10 Mark II sits at the bottom of the lineup of OM-D cameras in price, it’s …

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Nov 30

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR

The Fuji XF 35mm f/2 R WR is the first prime lens that Fuji has released that duplicates an existing lens in focal length, as it joins its older f/1.4 brother as a second normal prime option for the X-Series. While the 35mm f/2 isn’t significantly smaller, it has a few other tricks up its …

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