More Portraits Around The Lower East Side Taken With The Leica SL

More Portraits Around The Lower East Side Taken With The Leica SL:

I mentioned a few times before that I’ve been shooting a lot with the Leica SL for the past year but I’ve accumulated so many photos that I’ve been really behind in processing them.  I have a ton of stuff: different photo sets, and portraits I’ve been working on, and of course, stuff for new upcoming reviews.  I still have stuff from the summer that I haven’t quite gotten around to yet :).  Today, I thought I’d post some photos from a batch that I was working on yesterday. [click to continue…]


Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera First Impressions

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera First Impressions:

Fujifilm is always coming out with cool new stuff, and today, I’ll be talking a little about the new Fujifilm X-T3.  As some of you know, I’m a big fan of the X-T Series.  I not only reviewed the X-T1 and X-T2 but I liked them so much that I bought both.  I was tempted for a moment by the X-H1 but at the time of its release, I had a feeling the X-T3 was just around the corner, and I also had a feeling we would see a lot of new tech (like the new sensor), and so I waited.  Two or three weeks ago, I received a call from Bob at Bergen County Camera telling me his first X-T3 arrived and it had my name on it.  I haven’t mentioned the camera on my blog yet because I’ve been busy with a whole bunch other things but I have big plans for the X-T3; in other words, you can expect a very big review with plenty of pics to back it up.  In the mean time, I thought I’d write about my initial impressions. [click to continue…]


7artisans Photoelectric 7.5mm f2.8 Fish Eye Lens Review For Fuji X

7artisans Photoelectric 7.5mm f2.8 Fish Eye Lens Review For Fuji X:

I don’t actually own a fish eye but I quite enjoy using one.  So, when I had the opportunity to review the 7artisans Photoelectric 7.5mm f2.8 Fish Eye, I went for it.  As many of you know, 7artisans is a lens manufacturer that produces a lot of budget-minded lenses for various camera systems.  I reviewed a few of them in the past, and for the most part, I thought they offered real value for the money.  The lens in this review is a Fuji X Mount sample, and factoring in the crop factor, it’s approximately an 11.25mm equivalent.  This is actually the widest lens I’ve reviewed so far, and I found it quite interesting to work with.  Let’s take a closer look. [click to continue…]


Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 Lens Review: A Classic Reborn

Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 Lens Review: A Classic Reborn:

Over the years, Leica has released a lot of unique and interesting lenses.  There are, of course, lenses that push boundaries like the Noctilux series, the Summicron-M 50mm APO, and the SL lenses.  There are also cool retro looking lenses with current optical formulas, which I’m often times a big fan of depending on the model.  I’ve been a particular fan of two of these lenses: one being the 35mm Summicron ASPH that came with one of the special edition Anthracite MPs.  The other is not a limited edition lens but special to me: the 50mm Elmar-M f2.8 in chrome.  You would think something like a Noctilux would be the number one lens on my list of wants but it’s actually this lens, and while it isn’t that expensive in Leica terms, every time I see one, I can’t bring myself to buy it :).  I absolutely love this lens and I almost bought it when it was in production.  I held it in my hands but the logical side of me chose to buy the Summicron instead because optically, it’s a better lens.  Anyway, what I’m getting at is Leica has produced a lot of unique lenses over the years, and they haven’t stopped.  For instance, recently, they have released the Summaron-M 28mm f5.6, which is a lens that has actually been modeled after a screw mount version that was in production from 1955 – 1963.  This is also the lens that I will talking about today. [click to continue…]


Exploring the Lower East Side With a Friend And My 50mm Summilux-SL

Exploring the Lower East Side With a Friend And the 50mm Summilux-SL:

I’ve been pre-occupied for the past couple of months, which is why recently, I haven’t posted as much as I would like or should.  I’ve been shooting a lot; I’ve had something scheduled every week, and I’m also paying for it because I’m finding myself stuck with tons of photos to process :).  I’ve been using the Leica SL more and more.  It really has become an indispensable part of my kit.  But I’ve also been reviewing a few items one being the 28mm Summaron-M.  I’m also reviewing a 7artisans Fisheye for the Fuji X Series system, which has been a lot fun to use.  It’s actually the last lens that I will be reviewing on my X-T2 because I pre-ordered the new Fuji X-T3, which you can be sure I will be reviewing in detail.  So, I have a lot coming up but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some photos from a recent shoot while walking around the Lower East Side of Manhattan. [click to continue…]