Leica SL: Window Portraits With The Summilux-SL 50mm f1.4 ASPH

Leica SL: Window Portraits With The Summilux-SL 50mm f1.4 ASPH:

For over a year now, I’ve been shooting more portrait and modern boudoir style shoots.  I’ve been doing about two to three of these shoots per week, which with the editing has taken up a lot of my time.  A lot of my stuff is actually on my Instagram, which you’re all more than welcomed to look at but the vast majority I still haven’t posted yet.  Good news is I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can post more and more gear reviews here.  Next up will be reviews for the Fuji X-T30, Fuji XF 16mm f2.8, and the Leica 55-135mm APO-Vario-Elmarit-TL (btw, definitely going to be posting more Leica reviews in the near future).  I also have a film guest post coming up by a great photographer.  For now, I have a very short post just on a shoot I did a couple of months ago, so you can see what I’ve been up to these days. [click to continue…]

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Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR Lens First Impressions

Fujifilm XF 16mm f2.8 R WR Lens First Impressions:

I reviewed the XF 16mm f1.4 a long time ago when it was first released, and found it to be one of Fujifilm’s best lenses.  It’s decently made, autofocus is good, and best of all, the image quality is superb.  Being that it’s a 24mm equivalent, it’s also a popular focal length.  However, with its large aperture of f1.4, it’s a physically big lens.  The truth is, not everyone really needs that large aperture, especially for something like a 24mm equivalent.  I for one, shoot most of my wide angle lenses with smaller aperture settings, and would gladly have a slower lens, if it meant it would be a lot more compact, not to mention, also significantly cheaper.  Well, Fujifilm listened, and they recently released the XF 16mm f2.8 R WR lens.  It’s two stops slower but it’s also much more compact, and the price makes it almost a steal if you ask me.  Here are my first impressions of it. [click to continue…]

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Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f3.5-4.5 ASPH First Impressions

Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f3.5-4.5 ASPH First Impressions:

I’ve been posting a lot of Fujifilm content lately, which isn’t bad at all but I’ve neglected a lot of other stuff.  So, in an effort to include other gear, today I bring you my first impressions of the Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f3.5-4.5 ASPH.  For Fuji fans, don’t worry; stay tuned, and you’ll see the new Fuji gear I’m currently reviewing :).  Getting back to the 55-135mm, as some of you know, this is an L Mount lens, so it’s designed for cameras, such as, one of my favorites, the Leica CL or the TL.  It can also be used on the SL as well.  Being that this lens is an 80-200mm equivalent, I guess you can use this lens for wildlife and stuff like that; however, I live in NYC, so other than the occasional turkey we might find in Staten Island lol (there really are turkeys there), I haven’t been using this lens much for say photographing birds.  But I shoot primarily portraits and boudoir these days, so I’ve been using the lens a lot for those types of images.  Anyway, expect a full in-depth review of this lens soon.  Right now, here are my first impressions of it.  By the way, everything here was tested on the CL. [click to continue…]

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Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens Review

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens Review:

There are tons of Fujifilm X Series lenses to choose from nowadays with a lot of new tech and designs but with that said, the earlier generation lenses are still really awesome.  As some of you know, I went on vacation last month, and I brought with me two lenses to review: one was the XF 8-16mm, which you can find the review here.  The other was an older lens that for some reason, I never reviewed before but decided to do so finally, the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens.  Given that I do love ultra wides, I honestly thought I was going to use the XF 8-16mm most of the time but surprisingly, I used the XF 55-200mm more.  I also enjoyed it more.  Here’s why. [click to continue…]

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Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR Lens Review

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR Lens Review:

So much has changed since the beginning of the X Series.  We now have tons of camera bodies to choose from, and a great lens collection to back them up.  Recently, that lens collection has expanded to include a bunch of new lenses, one being the XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR.  With a relatively large constant aperture, a promise of pro-quality build, and such a uniquely wide focal length range, I’m sure there are a lot of people, especially from the DSLR world, who have been waiting for a lens like this to come out for the X Series.  However, at a list price of $1,999, it is definitely not cheap, and one has to ask the question, is it worth it?  Well, as some of you know, I absolutely love using ultra wides, so I was actually very eager to try this lens out.  My normal go-to ultra wide for the Fuji is the Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 but when I went on vacation recently, I left it at home, and took the XF 8-16mm instead to really spend some time with it.  Here’s what I think of it. [click to continue…]

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