Floating Ice in New York City Harbors

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Ice in New York City Harbors:

We’ve been getting some really cold days here in New York City.  Some days have been in the teens and even the low single digits at night.  Factoring in the wind, it often feels like it’s in the negatives.  I was driving home and I saw some ice on the water, which I thought was really neat since I don’t actually remember a time when I ever saw ice floating around the harbors in New York City.  I wasn’t out for long but here are a few photos I managed to take with my Leica M Typ 240. [click to continue…]

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South Pacific Sojourn – To Zoom or Not To Zoom (Part 2 of 2)

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Note from Admin: Here is part two of Jed Orme’s guest article about his trip to the South Pacific using only his Fuji X-E2 and select prime lenses.  There are some beautiful pictures in this article…great examples of Fuji blues.  For those who haven’t seen part one, definitely check it out!  He also has a Flickr page with even more photos.  Enjoy!

South Pacific Sojourn – To Zoom or Not To Zoom (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second part of a two-part article about photography on a thirty-day cruise, & related photo gear considerations as well as image capture experiences.  The first part covered travels my wife & I took from San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands, & then on to our gateway to the South Pacific.  This last place is a magical isle with a perfect name – “Bora Bora”.  It was originally called “Pora Pora” (there are no B’s in the Tahitian language).  But when Captain Cook visited, he mistook the “P” sound for a “B”.  On the way to Bora Bora, we also spent a day at one of the most remotely inhabited islands on our planet – Fanning Island, with its small population living without any running water or electricity.

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Leica 50mm F1.0 Noctilux-M Lens Review

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Leica 50mm F1.0 Noctilux-M Review:

Note from Admin: I’d like to thank Bob Gramegna from the Leica Boutique at Bergen County Camera for loaning me the 50mm F1.0 Noctilux-M.  It has been a brutal winter, and therefore, hard to take pics but he was kind enough not only to loan me this lens but also to let me borrow it for a VERY long time to write you all a proper review!

Regardless of manufacturer, the 50mm Noctilux is one of the most famous and highly regarded lenses in the photographic world.  For many, it is a dream lens, mythical even.  Over the years, there have been several different versions of the Noctilux but each one is special and each one has become a legend in its own right.  The version in this review is the Leica 50mm F1.0 Noctilux-M, a Mandler classic that has been discontinued but still considered a very special lens.  While the price of admission is still high, this version can be found for considerably less than the current 50mm Noctilux F0.95 which only adds to the F1.0’s desirability and makes entry into the Noctilux world a little easier. [click to continue…]

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South Pacific Sojourn – To Zoom or Not To Zoom

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Note from Admin: This is a great article, especially for all of us East Coasters or people experiencing some brutally cold weather.  Here is another excellent and informative guest article written by Fuji X Series user, Jed Orme.  He discusses his reasons why he chose to bring only primes on his recent trip to the South Pacific and includes some fantastic photos (look at that photo above; it’s perfect!).  If you would like to see more of Jed’s photos, please view his Flickr page!  Enjoy!

South Pacific Sojourn – To Zoom or Not To Zoom (Part 1 of 2 Parts)

This is the first part of a two-part article about photography on a thirty day cruise, & related photo gear considerations as well as image capture experiences.

Not quite two months ago, while checking email on my computer, I received an incredible offer from our travel agent to take a last minute cruise from San Diego to Hawaii & then to seven islands in French Polynesia.  Places with far away names like Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa & Nuku Hiva conjured up images for me that are a photographer’s dream come true.  So my wife & I jumped at this opportunity.  This led to my next question of whether to take the most basic photo gear or a more capable but also more complex setup.  In my case, the former would be my Fuji X-E2 with its outstanding XF18-55mm zoom lens; the latter would be a selection of some or all of my prime lenses for this camera, with or without the zoom.  For me this is the XF-14mm, the XF-35mm, a Zeiss Planar 50mm, & finally a Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm.  I provided a prior write up on this blog of my experiences in adapting these last two Leica M mount lenses to my Fuji X-E2 using the M adapter made by Fuji (see my two-part article on this blog titled “A Tale Of Two Lenses”).  [click to continue…]

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Expert Shield Screen Protectors Customer Service

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Expert Shield Screen Protectors Customer Service:

This is just a short post about my experience with Expert Shield’s great customer service:

A couple of years ago, Expert Shield contacted me and asked if I wanted to to review their product (you can check out my review).  I took them up on their offer, and they were kind enough to send me a few screen protectors for my cameras and even my iPhone.  Overall, I was completely happy with their product; it’s reasonably priced, it works great, it’s clear, and it really does protect the screen.  So when I purchased my new iPhone 6 Plus a couple of months ago, I bought an Expert Shield screen protector for it (I really do use a lot of the products I recommend :) ) because my numerous fishing trips definitely took a toll on my old phone’s screen. [click to continue…]

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