Category Archive: Shop Talk

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

Sep 06

The Sliding Scale of Camera Capabilities

Photography is and always has been a two-sided coin of artistic endeavors.  There’s the artistic component, from which the beauty of photographic concept is derived; where the photographers vision of the world around them is realized in a static frame.  Then there’s the technical side: the process, the equipment, the optics, the developing (which is …

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Aug 28

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 vs. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs. Contax G 90mm f/2.8

Today we have a quick battle of portrait lenses.  Two of them are current mirrorless portrait primes, both of which are extremely highly regarded.  The third lens is a rangefinder lens from the 1990s that is still considered to be an utterly phenomenal optic. The battle: Fuji 56mm f/1.2 vs. Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs. …

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Aug 14

Sony A7R II vs. A7 II – Print Test

I just got the new Sony A7R Mark II in for review today, and I’ve only had a few hours to mess around with it.  This is an exciting camera that packs a lot of great features, including a 42 MP sensor into a small package.  There are a lot of great things to discuss …

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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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