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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Nov 25

Fuji 35mm f/1.4 vs. Fuji 35mm f/2

Today, I’m pitting the original lens for the X-Series, the venerable XF 35mm f/1.4 R against the new normal prime, the XF 35mm f/2 R WR, a slightly more compact and weather resistant lens that has just been released for the X-Series of interchangeable lens cameras.  The lenses carry the same field of view and …

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Nov 18

Canon EF Lenses on Sony A7 II (Firmware 2.0)

Sony released Firmware 2.0 for the nearly year-old A7 II on November 18, though it was put up a few hours early by several Sony sites in Europe, so those who wanted could do the upgrade a bit early if they so desired.  This firmware was billed primarily for bringing uncompressed RAW capability to the A7 …

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Nov 14

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 vs. Sony FE 28mm f/2

Today I’m looking at a quick test of two wide-angle lenses for the Sony full-frame E-Mount: the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon and the Sony FE 28mm f/2.  There’s a $900 price gap between the two lenses, which share a somewhat similar field of view and the same maximum aperture.  How do they compare?  Let’s …

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Nov 10

Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T*

Zeiss has been making waves the past few years, and their two lines in the full-frame Sony E-Mount have largely been well received.  Today I’m looking at the wide-angle member of the autofocus 25mm f/2 Batis.  This lens is a new optical formula based on the Distagon design, rather than the Biogon design that is …

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Oct 26

A Trip to New York

As I’m sure you’ve all realized given the last eight posts, I was in New York over the past week for PhotoPlus Expo.  While I already posted some photos, I thought I’d share the collection of shots I managed to get throughout my time in New York.  It was a busy week, with show attendance …

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Oct 25

PhotoPlus Tidbits and Roundup

PhotoPlus Expo 2015 has come to a close, and I’m back home after a nice trip to New York.  Here I’m going to discuss a few of the other things I saw at the show as well as round-up the show a bit. There were some nice things at the show, but overall, I have …

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Oct 24

Hands-On: DxO One

It’s not a mirrorless camera, nor from one of the big players, but the DxO One, DxO’s first foray into hardware, is an intriguing entry to the photographic market. DxO figures that you bring your smartphone with you everywhere anyway, and sometimes you want better quality than a smartphone can provide, but you also don’t …

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