Category Archive: Shop Talk

Discussions on photography that aren't directly technique related, and don't qualify as news or reviews.

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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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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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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Oct 23

PhotoPlus: Olympus and Panasonic Booths

If you’ve been following my PhotoPlus articles so far, you may note that this post doesn’t headline with ‘Hands-On’.  I did handle some Olympus and Panasonic gear, and I’ll discuss, but frankly, neither Panasonic nor Olympus had any truly new products to try out this year.  A rather hum-drum PhotoPlus from the two Micro 4/3 makers. …

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Oct 22

Hands-On: Mitakon Booth: 135mm f/1.4, 35mm f/0.95, 25mm f/0.95

I happend upon the Mitakon booth on my way out of PhotoPlus for the day, and saw the newly announced limited edition 135mm f/1.4, and just had to stop.  Along the way, I tried out two other new ultra-fast prime lenses for E-mount and Micro 4/3. Mitakon 135mm f/1.4 This lens, the fastest 135mm available, …

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