Opteka 35mm f1.7 Lens Review For Fujifilm X

Opteka 35mm f1.7 Lens Review For Fujifilm X:

I’m always on the lookout for 50mm (or 50mm equivalent) lenses because the focal length is my favorite.  I don’t necessarily buy them all; I just like to see what’s out there.  Like many others, I also like good deals, if I can get them.  So, when I saw the new Opteka 35mm f1.7, I definitely wanted to get one in to review.  Why?  Well for one, it has a reasonably fast maximum aperture.  It also sells for about $90, and it comes in Fuji X Mount.  In other words, no adapters required.  So, how is this lens?  Read on and find out! [click to continue…]

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Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Camera Review

Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Camera Review:

I love mirrorless cameras, and I’m happy to see more and more of them on the market.  There are all types now from mid-level to ones with all the bells and whistles.  Of course, there are entry level ones for people just starting out as well.  One such model is Fuji’s new X-A5.  Looking purely at the specs, the X-A5 seems to offer quite a lot for it’s asking price of $599.  It not only promises faster autofocus than its predecessor, the X-A3, it comes packed with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor.  In addition, it’s included optically stabilized XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens equates to about a 23-69mm giving its user a lens that covers a lot of ground.  So, how does the X-A5 perform in actual use?  Well, I had this camera on loan for a bit, and here are my thoughts on it.

(If you’ve been on my site before, you probably know some of my reviews are longer than this one.  This is a shorter review than I normally post). [click to continue…]


Leica M10 Photos: Back From Tokyo Japan

Leica M10 Photos: Back From Tokyo Japan

I’m back from Tokyo, and I have to say, it really didn’t feel like a long vacation but then again, what vacation ever feels long enough, right ;)?  I definitely miss it already; it’s a place I’ve been to many times before yet I still can’t get enough of it.  I love the sounds, the smells, the sites, the culture, and also the food, of course :).  Anyway, as some of you know, I brought the Leica M10, and the new Billingham Hadley Small Pro with me to test this time.  Expect reviews (my first impressions of the Hadley Small Pro is here) of both but for now, I thought I’d post a few pics from my trip.  These are definitely not all my photos that I took.  They’re just the ones I managed to do while drifting in and out of consciousness lol.  I’ve been experiencing a bad case of jet lag, which was never an issue for me in the past.  The bulk of my photos will be in my M10 review. [click to continue…]


Billingham Hadley Small Pro First Impressions Review

Billingham Hadley Small Pro First Impressions:

One of the most popular bags from Billingham is the Hadley Small.  It makes sense to because it has all the features that people are looking for in a compact high end bag.  It’s made from high quality materials, it’s expertly crafted, and it’s made to last.  It also doesn’t hurt that the Hadley Small can carry a ton of stuff for such a small bag.  Recently though, Billingham have release a new and improved version called the Hadley Small Pro, and thanks to Billingham, I was able to get one to bring to Japan with me to review.  Here are my first impressions of it. [click to continue…]


The Gear I’m Bringing to Tokyo Japan

The Gear I’m Bringing to Tokyo Japan:

It’s that time again…vacation time lol.  This time around, I’m going back to Tokyo.  I haven’t been in a few years, and quite frankly, I miss it.  I miss the sounds, the smells, the lights, and the amazing food!  This time around, I am going to try Fugu (puffer fish sushi).  Wish me luck :).  I’m also bringing a couple of things with me to review. [click to continue…]