Night Photos With The Fuji XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 Lens

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Night Photos With The Fuji XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 Lens:

I woke up at like 5am today thinking that I’d go out and take some pics with the Fuji XF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens that I have on loan but it was raining a lot and it was just kind of gloomy overall.  I usually have no problems going out in less than ideal weather but I was just hoping to see a little sun oday.  Plus, a lot of my recent pics have been taken in this kind of weather, so I wanted a change.  Some blue skies with nice puffy clouds would be nice :).  So instead, I thought I’d share some pics that I took from the other night.  I still may go out later. [click to continue…]

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Fuji XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens Quick Look

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Fuji XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens Quick Look:

Hey everyone!  After reviewing gear from the micro four thirds world, I thought it would be great to jump back into some Fuji gear, which leads me to what I have to show you today.  I recently received the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens for review purposes, and I also asked to borrow the XF 1.4x TC WR Teleconverter as well.  Now, a lens like this is definitely something I don’t normally shoot with, since the longest focal length that I currently own is an 85mm equivalent.  I live in New York City, so I’m most comfortable with normal to wide angle lenses.  With the 1.4x teleconverter, the XF 100-400mm equates to a 213-853mm equivalent!  I also like to keep things light and compact, which the XF 100-400mm is not; the shipping box was huge, the lens itself weighs 3 pounds, and it looks massive on my X-T1. [click to continue…]

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO Review

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO Review:

One of the reasons why the micro four thirds system is so appealing is because it has such a vast collection of excellent lenses to choose from.  The previous micro four thirds lens that I reviewed was the Panasonic 42.5mm Nocticron (review here), and it was an absolutely superb short tele but this time around, I decided to try something completely different.  I’ve always been fond of fisheye lenses, so this time, I decided to review the Olympus M.ZUIKO 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO.  Being that this is part of Olympus’ PRO line, there is a lot packed into this little fisheye but at $899, there are definitely cheaper choices out there, so one has to wonder, is it worth the asking price?  Read on and find out. [click to continue…]

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Visiting Coney Island with the Leica X Typ 113

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Visiting Coney Island with the Leica X Typ 113:

It felt like the beginning of summer the other day, so I decided to drive down to Coney Island.  Nothing was really opened yet but one of my favorite things to do is walk on an old fashioned boardwalk. When I say old fashioned, I mean one of those older boardwalks where the flooring is made with those wooden beams or planks.  I love the ocean, and everything that comes with it like the breeze, for instance.  It’s great to watch people just relaxing, fishing, riding their bikes, etc.  I actually still have the Leica X Typ 113, along with some other stuff that I’m reviewing, so I decided to bring it along to see if I could get anything. [click to continue…]

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Panasonic Leica 42.5mm F1.2 DG Nocticron ASPH Review

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Panasonic Leica 42.5mm F1.2 DG Nocticron ASPH Review:

It seems that no camera system is complete without certain lenses, and one of these lenses is a fast short tele.  Along with a few other choices, the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm F1.2 DG Nocticron ASPH lens, which gives its micro four thirds user an 85mm equivalent, fits this class perfectly.  It’s one of those lenses in the “special” category that all camera systems have, and of course, it also comes with a high price.  In fact, with an asking price of almost $1,600 ($1,400 now at B&H Photo), it is one of the most expensive lenses that you can purchase for the micro four thirds system.  With so many other great options to choose from, one has to wonder, is it really worth the price?  Well, I wanted to find out for myself, so when I had the Olympus Pen-F on loan, the first lens I asked for was the Nocticron.  I realize that this lens has been out for a while now but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to try for long term.  Plus, since there are plenty of great reviews of this lens already, I can concentrate on more of the fun stuff like the photos, and try to give all of you a more real world experience of it.  But for those who also like the technical stuff, don’t worry; there will be plenty of it as well ;). [click to continue…]

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