Category: Reviews

Herschel Supply Co. Little America Mid-Volume Backpack and Koolertron Camera Insert Review

I originally learned about this bag and got the idea from John Barbiaux over at photolisticlife.com. You can see his article here. He’s got a wonderful blog and is very responsive to questions. I recommend giving him a read and a subscribe. It started when I was Googling for a camera backpack to use on ...

The best blog theme developer!

If you’re a blogger / photographer like me, you’d rather focus on your writing and photos than coding. I’ve tried a few themes — both free and paid. Most of the time, the support has been HORRIBLE. Quite frequently, there’s a lack of updates, the themes are bloated, and they don’t function properly. I’m happy to say, ...

My Leica 75mm f/2 Summicron ASPH arrived – Thanks Ken Hansen (review)!

I’ve been looking for a good deal on one of these and ended up getting my used copy from Ken Hansen out of New York. Steve Huff Photo has recommended Ken for years, and so I gave him a shot. Ken promptly answered any and all emails, communication was good, and he delivered as promised. It’s ...

A Terrible Choice — 2017 Microsoft Surface Pro Review

PCs and their inner workings are nothing new to me. Many a time, I’ve assembled my own machines, overclocked them, and maintained them. However, I’ve been using Mac computers for quite some time now, and enjoy using them too. Microsoft’s newest iteration of their Surface Pro line successfully lured me into switching from a late ...

Lens Authority and Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux review.

The Leica bug strikes again! This time, I needed a fast 50mm to complete my kit. There’s a lot of choices for the M mount in regards to a 50mm focal length. However, really only one option for an f/1.4 aperture. That’s the Summilux. A brand new Leica M Summilux retails for about $3,900. In ...

Leica M (Typ 262) and Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Review

WARNING — ARTICLE INCLUDES CAT PHOTOS! Why am I writing about the Leica M262 in May of 2017 when the M10 is out? Well, it’s because of the M10’s lack of availability. My guestimate is that it’ll be about a year before they are readily available. Personally, I’ve been wanting a real Leica M camera (as opposed ...

Leica M 240 Review — My second Leica in less than a month.

Previously, I purchased and returned a Leica M8 (article here). I concluded that I needed to spend more money and get a newer model Leica M camera. The Leica M10 at the time of this writing is largely unavailable unless you want to buy it from a third party that has jacked up the price ...

My first Leica M camera — a Leica M8

There’s a lot of superfluous flatulence nonsense out there regarding Leica cameras, who buys them, what and how you are “supposed” to shoot with them, etc. The reasons that Leica cameras appeal to me are multifold: Other than Sony, it’s the only full frame mirrorless camera system out. Nothing wrong with Sony, but the lenses ...

Budget Camera Review — $155 Olympus E-P3 and 17mm f/1.8

$155? Yup. How? Craigslist of course! I’m always on the hunt for a good deal with regards to photography gear. Once or twice a year, I get a good deal, play with the equipment, and then sell it. Sometimes I make money, sometimes I lose, sometimes I get taken. There have been a few deals ...

Canon 5D Mark IV Review — Canon’s Full Frame Mirrorless is a Reality

Originally, I planned on not buying the 5D Mark IV. I have been very pleased and amazed by the focusing ability and quality of the 5DS and its images, that I didn’t think the 5D Mark IV would be much of an improvement if any at all. While the 5DS offers more resolution, it’s dynamic ...

Rode VideoMicro, Zoom H2N, and Giant Squid lav — audio test and comparison

I’m thinking of replacing my Zoom H2N with a Zoom H4N Pro, but also I’d like to get a better omnidirectional microphone. What do you think? Any suggestions or comments?

Full Frame 4K Review — Sony a7R II with the Sony 28mm f/2 and Panasonic GH5 Thoughts

I prefer shooting stills to video, but video is pretty neat in it’s own right too. I’m constantly reading about new camera gear, reviews, techniques, etc. Before we go any further, let me just preface the rest of this blog entry by stating that my understanding of video is extremely limited. I’m learning. The main ...

Kubota (Japanese) Garden in Seattle — Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Review

The Zeiss Loxia lenses are awesome. I now own the 21mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses. They are easily among my favorite lenses for Sony full frame cameras due to the fact that they are compact, sharp, well built, easy to use, and not to mention their amazing image quality. Check out my review on the ...

Sony RX1R II — The perfect party camera

Yesterday was a busy day! Two parties, no time to edit, tough mixed lighting, and low light. Every shot in this post is straight out of the camera, and 18 out of the 22 images on this post were all shot at f/2. For Nadia’s birthday party, I used a custom white balance, neutral picture ...

Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Review

Over the years, I’ve owned a few 85mm lenses — Canon’s 85mm f/1.2L II, Nikon’s 85mm f/1.4G, and even a Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4. I really liked the Nikon version when I had a D700, but I switched to Canon a few years back and never had a chance to try it on a modern Nikon. Canon’s ...