EasyAcc 2nd Gen 10000mAh Power Bank Review

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EasyAcc 2nd Gen 10000mAh Power Bank Review:

Power banks are becoming increasingly important because we live in a world where we rely on our electronics but in order for our devices to work, they need power.  Ten years ago, I didn’t need a cell phone but now, I hate to say it, I think I would be lost without my smart phone.  The problem is, sometimes I rely on my phone so much that it just doesn’t make it to the end of the day.  It’s not just the phone though; many of us use tablets, Kindles, mp3 players, and there are even cameras with non-removable batteries that can be charged with a power bank to make it through the day.  Take for example, the new Olympus Air, which is something that I’m currently testing.  It has a non-removable battery, so I can’t bring spares with me.  Having a portable charger is great when I’m out with the Air because then I don’t actually need to stop anywhere to charge it from an outlet.  The portable charger that I’ve been using lately is the EasyAcc 2nd Gen 10000mAh Power Bank.  EasyAcc was kind enough to send me one to review, and seeing as power banks are something that I find very useful in my camera bag kit, I thought it would be a great idea to test one out. [click to continue…]

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Fuji XF 90mm F2.0 R Lens First Impressions

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Fuji XF 90mm F2.0 R Lens First Impressions:

It’s 4am and I’m up but I’m feeling surprisingly energetic, which is kind of strange since I haven’t had a good night sleep in while.  I’ve been busy but the good kind of busy: I’ve been testing out some new gear to review here, and I’ve been occupied with a couple of cool photo related projects.  Mornings this early usually start off for me with some old school Santana (high definition tracks), specifically the “Treat” track played through my single ended triode tube amplifier and my Grado GS1000 headphones.  I’ve been a fan of Grado products and single ended triode tube amplifiers for many, many years.  Besides photography, hi fi is my other obsession :).  Anyway, I didn’t mean to drift off topic; I guess this is what happens when you don’t get much sleep ;).  Getting back to photography, my next review will be about the Fuji XF 90mm, and I thought for now, I’d post a few quick examples from this lens. [click to continue…]

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Leica Q Typ 116 Review: An Innovative Full Frame Compact

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I want to thank Bob Gragmegna from the Leica Boutique Bergen County Camera for loaning me the Leica Q, so can write up this review!

Leica Q Typ 116 Review:

As most frequent visitors of my blog know, I’m a huge fan of Leica and their M system.  I started out with an M3 that by a rare chance, I was able to acquire at a very young age, and since then, I’ve always had an M camera by my side.  With that said, I really believe that Leica has often made great non-M high end compact cameras and I’ve owned a few myself but in almost each one, it could be argued that they all had at least one key component that was missing.  For instance, the new X Typ 113 is an excellent camera but to this day, the X line still doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder.  Instead, if you want a viewfinder, you have to purchase an external one that makes the camera noticeably larger.  Well, the new Leica Q Typ 116 seems to be aimed at changing all of this because the list of features is quite impressive.  In fact, on paper this camera seems to be exactly what most have been asking for not just Leica to build but any manufacturer, and thanks to Bob Gragmegna at the Leica Boutique Bergen County Camera, I was able to test the Leica Q to see if it is what we’ve been waiting for. [click to continue…]

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A Walk With My New Fuji X-T1

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A Walk With My New Fuji X-T1:

Well, it isn’t exactly new…rather like-new :).  If you’re on any of my social networks, then you probably already know that I ended up getting a Fuji X-T1 recently.  It happened spontaneously.  I had absolutely no intentions of upgrading but my uncle was going to trade in his X-T1 for something different.  Instead, he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: he offered to take my X-E2 in exchange for his X-T1 to use as a trade in.  The X-T1 was barely used (he works quite a bit, so he doesn’t have much spare time anymore), and seeing as there were a lot of features that I wanted from it, I jumped at the chance. [click to continue…]

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Hasselblad 503CW Photos of a Golden Retriever

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Hasselblad 503CW Photos of a Golden Retriever:

Since I posted my Hasseblad Diaries: Second Batch of Film article, I actually received a few emails regarding the photo of the golden retriever.  I guess I have a lot of dog lovers that visit my blog :) .  So, since I had a few remaining photos of her, and I’m currently working on the Leica Q review, I thought it would be nice to post up something light-hearted. [click to continue…]

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