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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Oct 10

Review: Fujifilm VG-XT1 Vertical Battery Grip

One accessory that is common among most manufacturers is an add-on vertical grip with duplicated controls and space for one or two extra batteries. Fuji didn’t provide one of these vertical grips for any of the rangefinder-styled X-series cameras, but with the SLR-styled X-T1, the vertical grip has followed. I’ve had the VG-XT1 vertical battery …

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Oct 08

Planning the Eclipse Shoot

One of the keys of successful outdoor photography is planning.  While many great shots have been made simply by ending up in a good spot by chance, and then having a great composition catch your eye, for many types of shoots, especially with landscapes, prior planning can make the difference between coming back with a …

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Oct 02

A Look Back at Photokina 2014

It’s been two weeks since Photokina came to an end, and the over 180,000 visitors, press and exhibitors have headed home. It was a big show with a lot of news, and I hope I was able to give you some insight into the latest in the camera industry, specifically for mirrorless cameras.  If you …

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Sep 20

Photokina Tidbits – Kowa m4/3 Lenses, Sigma DP1 Quattro, Zeiss 85mm Otus, Leica S and more

Well, my time at Photokina 2014 is at an end.  I’ve had a great time, and even took some time for myself to do some sightseeing and enjoy being in German culture again.  I lived in Germany for 3.5 years, between 2002 and 2006, and this is my first trip back since I returned to …

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Sep 19

Hands On: Leica T

Yesterday was a sort of catch-all day for me at Photokina.  I’d hit the major focus for my readers on the first two days of the show, and spent yesterday going from booth to booth, trying out some interesting things here and there.  Tomorrow, I’ll have a catch-all article detailing those things.  Among them are the Sigma …

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Sep 18

Capturing the Postcard Photo

With Cologne’s great cathedral stretching high into the sky, any shot that represents the city typically features this well-known (and quite beautiful) landmark.  There is, however, one spot where the ‘quintessential’ photo of Cologne is typically made: across the river to the left of the bridge at sunset. There have been tens of thousands of …

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Sep 18

Interview with Fujifilm’s Torben Hondong

I had a chance to speak briefly with Torben Hondong of Fujifilm Germany today about the recently announced Fujifilm X-Series lenses and the future of the lens lineup at Fuji. Stabilization in the 16-55mm f/2.8 I asked Mr. Hondong the question that everyone’s been asking: Why does the new 16-55mm f/2.8 not feature an image …

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