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Jun 272012
 
Leica on a Budget: Conclusion

I’d like to thank all the readers of this series: “Leica on a Budget”. I’ve received a lot of feedback, and it seems, many of you out there are interested in a camera that will allow you to use Legacy M mount lenses, as well as a camera with a portable form factor, with the Image Quality that will be comparable with the  Leica M8, M9, or full frame DSLR. But cost a whole lot less! With the economy the way it is, and photography being such an equipment centric hobby/profession, you may find it challenging to stretch your funds […]

Jun 262012
 
New Fujinon XF Lenses this fall!

June 26, 2012, Fuji Film announces 2 new lenses coming this fall of 2012. A 14mm F2.8 (21mm equivalent) and a 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS (27mm-84mm equivalent) standard zoom. I’m so happy to see that Fuji Film is investing in the future of the X Pro system and expanding the lens line up to 10 lenses by the end of 2013. This system is an amazing performer and having options of the type of modern lenses as well as the ability to use Legacy lenses or Lenses with different mounts via adapters solidifies this systems mark on the photo industry. With […]

Jun 232012
 
Leica on a Budget: Part 5

“Part 5” of the very popular ‘Leica on a Budget’ series is ready. This is the last lens we’ll test for this series. We are testing the two latest contenders the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1 with various M mount lenses. We will see if they have the quality and usability to be called “Leica on a Budget”. Which Camera will reign supreme? The Sony NEX-7 or the Fuji X-Pro1? Please follow the links at the bottom for the last article of this series “Leica on a Budget: Conclusion” Part 5 For part 5 we’ll take a look at […]

Jun 212012
 
Leica on a Budget: Part 4

Finally, Part 4 of the very popular “Leica on a Budget” series is ready. We are testing the two latest contenders the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1 with various M mount lenses. We will see if they have the quality and usability to be called “Leica on a Budget”. Which Camera will reign supreme? The Sony NEX-7 or the Fuji X-Pro1? Part 4 For part 4 we’ll take a look at the Zeiss 50mm F1.5 lens on both the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1. For the Sony NEX-7 we used a Rainbow imaging LM to NEX adapter and […]

Jun 172012
 
New MacBook Pros with Retina Display

Apple recently release the New MacBook Pro with Retina Display! It has a resolution of 2880×1800 so this should be great for photographers because you will be able to see more pixels per square inch, making editing, color corrections and retouching, all much much easier! Can’t wait to see it in action! When you pack over 5 million pixels into a 15.4-inch display, the results are positively stunning. The pixel density is so high, your eyes can’t discern individual pixels. Images take on a new level of realism and text is pin sharp. And with a 2880-by-1800 resolution, you can […]

Jun 142012
 
Nikon's Longest Zoom

If the performance of this lens is good you may not need to carry around another lens at all. Good for stills and video, and made for a DX sensor. Man this seems like a dream. There must be a catch right?? Under 1k? Seems pretty reasonable. I will be investigating this much further. This would be great as a wedding setup. You’d never have to change a lens and you’d be ready for anything. Building on the popularity and versatility of Nikon’s telephoto zoom lens lineup which includes both the NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses, the […]

Jun 122012
 
Frame Lines in the Optical View Finder: Fuji X-Pro1

If you read my review of a Third Party M lens mount to Fuji X Pro mount you’ll know that one of the issues that I had with the overall usage of the lens adapter on the body, was that you didn’t get any frame lines for custom lenses in the optical view finder. With the release of the body firmware 1.10, Fujifilm has added custom frame lines to the optical viewfinder. Yea!!! With the firmware upgrade, if you set the camera to 50mm or 18mm or 75mm you will get an approximate frame line, that is fairly accurate. With lenses that are 15mm and […]

Jun 112012
 
Leica on a Budget: Part 3

This is Part 3 of the very popular “Leica on a Budget” series. We are testing the two latest contenders the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1 with various M mount lenses. We will see if they have the quality and usability to be called “Leica on a Budget”. Which Camera will reign supreme? The Sony NEX-7 or the Fuji X-Pro1? Part 3 For part 3 we’ll take a look at the Zeiss 35mm F2.0 lens on both the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1. For the Sony NEX-7 we used a Rainbow imaging LM to NEX adapter and for […]

Jun 092012
 
Leica on a Budget: Part 2

This is Part 2 of the “Leica on a Budget” series. We are testing the two latest contenders the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1 with various M mount lenses. We will see if they have the quality and usability to be called “Leica on a Budget”. Which Camera will reign supreme? The Sony NEX-7 or the Fuji X-Pro1? Part 2 For part 2 we’ll take a look at the Zeiss 18mm F4.0 lens on both the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1. For the Sony NEX-7 we used a Rainbow imaging LM to NEX adapter and for the Fuji […]

Jun 082012
 
What is Hyperfocal Focusing?

With my latest reviews of the Voitlander 15mm F4.5 and the Zeiss 18mm F4.0, I’ve been talking a lot about hyperfocal focusing and zone focusing, and I guess there may be some confusion about what I mean by these terms, and how to use these techniques. I will clear up the confusion and explain what I mean by these terms. For the beginners out there, or for those of you that intrinsically understand what depth of field is, but don’t really know how to explain it, Depth of Field is the area of acceptable focus in an image. As photographers […]