1970s Leica Leitz Canada 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M f/2.8 Review – Part Two

This Presidents Day weekend, our family headed down to Long Beach, WA. Time to bring along the 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M f/2.8, and test out this lens some more. Previously, I wasn’t too impressed with the sharpness of this less wide open, nor it’s contrast. Granted, I’ve been spoiled with modern Summicrons like the 28mm, 50mm, and ...

1970s Leica Leitz Canada 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M f/2.8 Review

I already have a 75mm APO Summicron lens that I am quite pleased with. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to own a 90mm APO Summicron as well ($4,200 new). Since a new 90mm APO is out of my budget right now, that doesn’t mean I’m not on the hunt for one at a ...

Leica 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH Review

Without a doubt, this is my favorite lens and focal length to date for the Leica M system. That pretty much sums up this review right here. What do I like about it? I actually really like the focal length – a lot! Quite often, other systems use 85mm or 90mm for their portrait lenses. ...

G9 Vlog Setup Test with the Rode VideoMic Pro Plus and Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f/2.8 – f/4.0

How’s the G9 for a run and gun vlogging camera? In this video, I briefly test the G9’s IBIS, autofocus, and audio (with the Rode VideoMic Pro Plus) with the Panasonic Leica 8-16mm f/2.8 – f/4.0 lens. Shot in the Cinelike D profile and slightly graded in DaVinci Resolve. Audio hasn’t been altered from what ...

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 for Sony E Mount Review

For the last couple of months, I’ve been shooting with a Sony a6500 (prior to selling it for a Panasonic G9). One of the lenses that I purchased to use with the Sony was the new Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens. Why? Fast aperture, wide angle, inexpensive, and close focusing – everything I like in a ...

Panasonic G9 – Review

Review Summary: This Panasonic G9 is the best Micro 4/3 camera ever! It’s so good when matched with Olympus f/1.2 primes that it gives the Sony a6500, Fuji X-T2, and Canon 5D Mark IV a run for the money. Check out the video for more… These photos below also appear in the video. They were ...

ACDSee 2018 Ultimate Review

In this video, I compare and review ACDSee 2018 Ultimate to Lightroom, PhotoMechanic, and touch on Capture One. Can ACDSee replace Lightroom?  

Camtasia 9 Review

In this video, I review Camtasia 9 and compare it to the quality of video from a free solution. * There is a slight audio issue with the video which I realized after editing is the result of mixing frame rates of different types of footage – unfortunately unavoidable for this review.

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Review

Like many other photographers, I’ve had it with Adobe’s subscription model. It’s time to jump ship! I’m done paying them a monthly fee for software that hasn’t really improved much in years. The newest CC iteration of Lightroom (not the classic version) is too basic, too expensive, and settings quite often get lost in syncing ...

Rode VideoMicro vs Rode VideoMic Pro Plus

Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of YouTube videos comparing the two of these mics. The ones that did are giving the nod to the Rode VideoMicro – this wasn’t my experience. I favor the Rode VideoMic Pro Plus forĀ  for the high pass filter (this makes all the difference for me), +20 dB gain, and ...

SmallRig Cage for the a6500 and Zomei CK-30 Tripod Review

There are a a multitude of reasons to have a cage for your camera: Stabilization when carrying around – like a Fig Rig. Low carry option (i.e. top handle). Multiple mounting points for accessories. Ability to easily convert your camera to a serious video option. Easily mounts to a compatible tripod. Modular. In this video, ...

OBS vs XSplit Broadcaster

OBS is a free program used for screencasting and recording of tutorials, vlogs, podcasts, etc. It works, but it’s got issues and the audio and video tend to fall out of sync under heavy load. There are competing products, and XSplit Broadcaster is among the most expensive. Which one fares better under heavy processor load? ...

First Real World Test of the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 and Rode VideoMic Pro Plus shot on the Sony a6500.

Uncle Anthony is visiting this week, and we celebrated his 31st birthday last night. This was the first time I really I had a chance to shoot some stills (other than test shots) with the new Sigma 16mm lens. The lighting was indeed poor – only a CFL chandelier overhead, but the lens focused slower ...

Photolemur 2.2 Spectre Video Review

Post processing is my least favorite part of photography. It’s time consuming, takes a lot of time, and did I mention how long it takes? Quite often I shoot events with hundreds photos to be delivered. If this were my full time paid gig, then I would spend and budget quite a bit of time ...

Milton Santa Sleigh – Merry Christmas

Yesterday was the city of Milton’s annual Santa Sleigh through town. It’s the third year that I’ve been able to ride around in the sleigh with Santa and his posse. We stop by all of the apartment complexes, go through various neighborhoods, stop by the two major retirement homes, and even go through the grocery ...