Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 31

Mirrorless Year in Review

2013 has been a crazy year for the photography industry, and the mirrorless industry in particular.  This is going to be a different type of roundup than I normally do.  Instead of going in-depth on everything that happened in the industry, I’m going to touch base on what I feel are some of the most …

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Dec 27

Review: Carl Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T* ZA

With the introduction of Sony’s A7 and A7r mirrorless cameras, the E-Mount gains new life, but also some new complications.  Existing E-Mount lenses are designed to cover an APS-C image circle, and as such, a new line of lenses is required to cover the full-frame image sensors in these new Sony flagships.  When the cameras …

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Dec 26

My Favorite Photos of 2013

Another year has gone by, and I want to thank those of you who have come to my site for your support.  Admiring Light has grown a fair bit over the past year, and I’ve made a fair bit of changes in my own photographic world.  I transitioned from predominantly shooting Micro 4/3 to predominantly …

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Dec 23

Review: Sony A7

The Sony A7 and it's big full-frame sensor

It’s here.  The long awaited full-frame mirrorless camera.  Photographers have been waiting with bated breath for a company to release a full-frame mirrorless camera and Sony has delivered with not one but two new cameras to satisfy those who are looking to reduce size a bit while keeping the ultimate in image quality.  The A7 …

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Dec 21

Christmas Portraits

Christmas - This shot was taken with a Canon FL 55mm f/1.2+Speedbooster at 39mm, f/0.85.  This type of shot simply isn't possible without a very fast lens and a larger sensor camera.  Gear very much mattered for bringing this shot to life how I intended.

Well, it’s almost Christmas, and in my house, that means lots of pictures of the kiddos.  Just thought I’d share a few.  Every year, I take a picture for our annual Christmas card that goes out to family and friends, and using a tree with small lights makes for a great background.    

Dec 14

Sony A7 vs Fujifilm X-E2: RAW Noise Performance

I have the Sony A7 and the FE 35mm f/2.8 in for review this week.  I’ve been enjoying shooting with the camera and will have my full reviews of both items coming up in the next week or so.  In the meantime, I’ve done a few tests here and there against Fuji’s X-E2 (read my …

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Dec 05

Fujifilm X-E1 vs X-E2 – RAW Performance

In the second (and last) of my tests between the new Fujifilm X-E2 and X-E1, I take a look at the image quality over the ISO range in RAW, using Lightroom 5.3 RC.  I’d like to do the comparison in Capture One 7 (and I may revisit it later), but right now Capture One doesn’t …

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Dec 01

Fuifilm X-E1 vs X-E2 – Write Performance

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One of the big questions with the release of the new Fujifilm X-E2 is whether existing X-E1 users should consider upgrading to the X-E2.  If you’ve read my review of the X-E2, you know that I feel that the improvements the X-E2 offers are substantial enough to warrant an upgrade, though this will vary for …

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