Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R Lens Review Coming Soon

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Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R Lens Review Coming Soon:

I’ve had a very busy start to the summer, which I guess is a good thing.  It’s better to have more to do than nothing at all, right?  I’ve been reacquainting myself with old friends and meeting new ones.  I’ve been doing a lot of fishing and archery.  I’ve been going out a lot lately, and photographic wise, I’ve been having a blast with the Hasselblad 503CW.  I have to say, I am quite obsessed with medium format film right now.  I sent some film out for process and scanning, so I should have more photos to post here soon.  The good thing about this obsession is it’s actually gotten me to pick up my Leica M6 again.  Lastly, I’ve been testing the Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R lens and while my review is not ready yet, I have to say that this is one killer lens. [click to continue…]

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The Hasselblad Diaries: My Return to Medium Format

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The Hasselblad Diaries:

Welcome to a new section on my blog: the Hasselblad Diaries.  I am super excited about this new section but let me give all of you a little background on why I decided to create it and what it is all about.  Like a lot of us these days, I primary shoot with digital now but I grew up in the film era.  I used Leica M cameras but there was a time when I also used a Mamiya 6 and then a 6MF.  I absolutely enjoyed using those cameras and I loved the results I got from medium format but I ended up trading in the 6 and later the 6MF for my Leica M6 TTL Millennium.  The M6 is another fantastic camera, which I still currently own but I’ve always regretted trading in the Mamiyas.  That was over a decade ago but while I love my digital setup, for a while now, I’ve been fighting this urge to shoot film again, specifically medium format.  Well, I finally gave in to my cravings, and as some of you know, I began searching for a Hasselblad.  After many months, I finally found the perfect one for me, the Hasselblad 503CW Millennium Edition with 80mm Planar CFE lens in mint condition with box and papers, and while it was more than I thought I would spend, I couldn’t resist it. [click to continue…]

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iClever 6-Port 50W 10A Fast USB Desktop Charger Review

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iClever 6-Port 50W 10A Fast USB Desktop Charger Review:

Recently, I went to Japan, and while I double checked and tripled check to make sure I brought everything that I would need to photograph such an amazing place, there was one thing that I didn’t even think about: I didn’t take into account how many outlets my hotel room would have for me to charge my electronic devices.  The reality is that these days, we live in an age where we are dependent on electricity to power a lot of our equipment.  For instance, while my Leica M 240 has a lot of manual features, the bottom line is it won’t work without a charged battery.  Neither will my phone.  Nowadays, smart phones have so many complex features that they need even larger batteries than ever before.  When I went to Japan, I went with a couple of people, so we actually had to take turns charging our electronics because we simply ran out of outlets.  This is why I should’ve brought something like this iClever 6-Port 50W 10A Fast USB Desktop Charger with me on my trip.  This device was kindly sent to me by Hisgadget Inc for review purposes, and after a few weeks of testing, here is what I think of it. [click to continue…]

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Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

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Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku Tokyo Japan:

I still haven’t gone through all the photos I took in Japan.  I’ve been busy with other things like upcoming reviews, and of course, the Hasselblad that I bought recently.  I also pinched a nerve in my upper back, so I wasn’t up for much of anything lately.  It’s also why there haven’t been many posts recently.  Now that I’ve sent some film to my lab and my back feels better, I thought I’d finish whatever photos I have left from my trip to Japan.  Right now, I’m going through one of my memory cards and I came across my photos from the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, and I thought I’d share some of them. [click to continue…]

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Intocircuit 2nd Gen Power Castle Series 15000mAh Review

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Intocircuit 2nd Gen Power Castle Series 15000mAh Review:

For those of you who are in the market for a new portable power bank to charge your devices like a smart phone or a tablet, it can be quite difficult to make a decision on which one to buy because there are so many choices out there these days.  For instance, once you figured out the battery capacity that you want, you still have to decide which manufacturer that you would like to buy from since there are so many of them.  Keep in mind that not all are equal.  You still want a product that is both reliable and decently priced.  About a month ago, I received an email from Hisgadget Inc. asking me if I would be interested in reviewing one of their portable battery chargers.  Like a lot of people I’ve become reliant on a lot of my electronics.  Sometimes it’s unfortunate but that’s the reality these days.  Up until now, I’ve been using a smaller portable battery charger but recently, I’ve been needing something with more capacity, especially since some of my newer devices have larger batteries, so seeing as Hisgadget was going to send me something with 15,000 mAh, I jumped at the chance to review it.  The one that I was sent is the Intocircuit 2nd Gen Power Castle 15000mAh. [click to continue…]

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