Category Archive: Shop Talk

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

Jul 12

Macro Battle: Sony 90mm vs Olympus 60mm vs Fuji 60mm

So, a quick and fun little comparison for today.  I have the new Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro in for review this week, and should have that review up in the next few days.  So with one excellent macro lens in for review, I thought it would be fun to do a very quick and …

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Jun 26

First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10

I just got the new Fuji X-T10 in for review today, and I’ll be shooting with it for the next week or two, getting to know the ins and outs.  For X-T1 owners who are thinking of a smaller, cheaper second body, or for those who like most of what the X-T1 has to offer, …

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May 08

Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 vs. Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4

Ok, so this is one of those comparisons that really isn’t particularly fair.  You’ve got a $1,600 Zeiss prime up against a $900 Fuji prime, and the test bed cameras aren’t the same resolution.  There are lots of problems with testing like this, but I’m going to do it anyway.  Why?  It’s fun!  Today I’m …

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May 03

Using the Sony A7 II as a Digital Canon FD Camera

I’ve written in the past about adapting old manual focus lenses to mirrorless cameras, something that I think that most everyone should try out from time to time. With the release of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, using old manual focus lenses becomes even easier, as these lenses were designed for a 35mm frame, and so …

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Mar 31

Testing the new Fujifilm Firmware Updates

Fujifilm released several firmware updates today.  There are updates for both the X-T1 and the X100T that fix a few issues.  The X-T1 updates focus on fixing flash not firing if the mechanical+electronic shutter setting is on, even with the shutter speed below sync speed, along with a few other remote and tethering fixes.  The X100T …

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Mar 16

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II – A Quick Test of 40MP Mode

I just received the Olympus E-M5 Mark II in for review today, and I’ve only had a few hours to shoot so far.  However, like anyone interested in this camera, the very first thing I had to test was the 40 megapixel Hi-Res mode.  The E-M5 Mark II has a feature that shifts the sensor …

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Mar 14

Thoughts on Tripods

Ahh, tripods.  Those stalwart things from times of yore, still fundamentally the same as those used over a hundred years ago.  Of course, the materials have changed, the heads have improved dramatically, and there’s more choice than ever before.  A lot of people, especially newer shooters with small kits, don’t want to carry around a …

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Feb 17

Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 vs 18-55mm f/2.8-4

Fuji’s brand new pro-grade standard zoom, the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 WR, has just been released.  It’s a fast weathersealed lens that promises excellent optical quality at a premium price.  Fuji has two other standard zoom lenses, and for those considering the 16-55mm, there has been much thought about how much of an improvement can be …

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