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…]


Billingham AVEA 7 And AVEA 8 End Pockets Review

Billingham AVEA 7 And AVEA 8 End Pockets Review:

If you owned a Billingham bag, and really like it but wish it had just a little more space, there are two options you have: you can buy a new bag (but you may not want to, if you really like the one you’re currently using) or you could turn to their end pockets.  Depending on the model of bag that you own, you have a choice between quite a few models.  Two examples are the AVEA 3 or AVEA 5.  You can also get the Delta end pockets.  Recently, Billingham released new ones called the AVEA 7 and AVEA 8, which I’ve had the pleasure of using for quite some time already.  Here’s what I have to say about them. [click to continue…]


Quick Comparison: Fuji X-T3 OOC Provia Jpegs And Edited RAW Files

Quick Comparison: Fujifilm X-T3 OOC Provia Jpegs And Edited RAW Files:

Hey everyone, I’m back from vacation.  This post was actually meant to be up while I was on vacation but my internet was limited and very slow.  This isn’t a long post; just a quick and easy read.  I’m currently preparing my reviews for the Fuji XF 8-16mm and XF 55-200mm lenses, so if you want a longer read, those will be up soon.  I brought those lenses with me on vacation.  Anyway, while I am a RAW user all the way, the Fuji X-T3 does produce some killer jpegs (so does the D-Lux 7 by the way…review of it posted a few weeks ago.  I thought I’d post a few of the OOC jpegs along with my RAW edits. [click to continue…]


Billingham AVEA 7 And AVEA 8 End Pockets First Impressions

Billingham AVEA 7 And AVEA 8 End Pockets First Impressions:

Hey everyone!  I am doing last minute packing for my vacation while writing this, so I am kind of in a rush but I just wanted to write up a first impressions post about the new Billingham AVEA 7 and 8 end pockets.  As many of you know, I am a huge Billingham fan, so everything new that they release, I try to get my hands on :).  So, let’s get started. [click to continue…]


Vacation to the Southern Caribbean

Vacation to the Southern Caribbean:

I’m going on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean but I have a couple of posts that will be published while I am away.  I can’t wait to get some sun but it won’t be all play because I will be bringing my X-T3 to help me review a couple of items.  I figured it would be the perfect time to review certain lenses; I’m getting a bit tired of shooting pics of NYC, so it will be nice to photograph some beautiful beaches :).  That’s why I am bringing the XF 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR lens.  I’m have the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens on loan as well.

Along with the stuff I scheduled to be published while I’m away, I’ll also try to post stuff that I take there.  You can always check out my Instagram as well.  As some of you know, some of the stuff that I’ve been posting on Instagram is different than what I post here.

When I get back Southern Caribbean, I’ll write up reviews for the two Fuji lenses along with reviews for the newly released Billingham AVEA 7 and AVEA 8 side pockets.  Expect a first impressions post of them Monday morning.  Thanks for stopping by!