Note from Admin: Here’s another excellent guest post written by Marco Sobrevinas!  He previously wrote an in depth review of the Filson Magnum Harvey Messenger bag, and now he shares with us how he uses the superb Fuji XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS lens for his professional architectural work.  Enjoy, and visit his site, Eyebeam Images!  

FUJI XF 10-24MM f4: Shooting Architecture

 Fuji’s X series lens lineup (including Zeiss’s three X mount lenses) is one of the primary reasons the system has been so well received by both professionals and informed enthusiasts.  Even their first-generation line-up of primes performs very well, especially with all of the firmware updates. [click to continue…]


A Day of Fishing in Putnam County:

I’ve been fishing a lot lately probably because I know the summer is coming to an end.  I used to fish all year round but I guess I’m getting older, and being on the boat all day in the freezing cold isn’t something I’m up for anymore :).  My fishing season now usually starts around March, and ends in late November.

Fishing is definitely fun but for me but it’s not necessarily about just catching fish.  It’s more about getting on the water, getting some fresh air, and clearing one’s mind.  I’ve lived in the city all of my life, and love it but I also love the outdoors.  It’s funny that I say this because I used to go to college in a very small town, which had a lot of outdoor activities but I ended up driving home a lot because I missed the city so much :) .

I brought my X-E2 with the Zeiss Touit 12mm F2.8, and was originally going to bring it on the boat with me to take more photos, since the view at sunset can be breathtaking at times but I had second thoughts when I got there because I didn’t want it to smell like fish at the end of the day :) .  I think one day, I’ll drive up to Putnam County (where I fish) just to take pics.  The scenery is amazing up there.  Anyway, I’ll have some cool stuff coming here soon, so stay tuned.  I hope all of you are having a great summer.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Leica M Edition 100 Set at Bergen County Camera:

I was speaking to Bob at Bergen County Camera, which is the camera store and Leica Boutique dealer that I’ve been going to for many years, and he told me that they are getting the Leica M Edition 100 set!  I think there’s only like 20 sets being sent to the U.S., so if you’re interested, you should definitely give him a call!  Here’s more info from Leica:

“The Leica M Edition 100 brings together a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography – the Leica M-A – with a digital Leica M (Leica M Monochrom) in one set. Both cameras stand as symbols for the origins of Leica photography and the present day. The Leica M-A, with technical specifications based on the currently available Leica MP film camera. Alternatively, the second camera, a Leica M Monochrom, is the contemporary variation of the theme composed a century ago by Oskar Barnack. This is the first time that stainless steel has been employed for the visible metallic elements of Leica products. The set also includes three Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50 mm and will be supplied in a black anodized aluminium case. The cameras and lenses will be available exclusively as sets from Leica Stores and Boutiques and strictly limited to 101 sets.”

Personally, I really like this set because of the stainless steel finish :) .  For me, this is what makes this set one of the nicer and more unique special editions to come from Leica in a long time.   Having the 35mm Lux ASPH, the 50mm Lux ASPH, the brand new 28mm Summilux ASPH, and a new model called the M-A all in one set doesn’t hurt either :) .  Anyway, for those interested in purchasing the Leica M Edition 100 set, give Bob a call at (800)-841-4118.


Note from Admin: Here’s a excellent review of the Filson + Magnum Harvey Messenger bag written by professional photographer, Marco Sobrevinas.  He’s been a photojournalist for years and is currently a fashion photog.  Check out his new site, Eyebeam Images, when you get a chance.  He definitely knows his stuff.  Enjoy!

The Search for the Ideal Street Photography Bag

Like Patrick, I’ve also been a long-time user of Billingham bags.  I bought my first Billingham 20 years ago (an original Hadley), and my Hadley Pro, which I still own, is old enough that I don’t remember the year that I purchased it (maybe a decade ago, during its first year of production?).  I also use a 335 for professional location work. [click to continue…]


Fuji XF 56mm F1.2 R Lens Review:

A fast short-tele portrait lens is a “must-have” for many photographers, especially for those in the wedding and portrait industry yet for a long time, it was missing in the Fuji X Series lineup.  There are third party versions, and there’s also the sharp, compact XF 60mm F2.4 but nothing made by Fuji, below the F2.0 range.  As of spring 2014, that changed with the release of the XF 56mm F1.2 R lens, an optic that many have been patiently waiting for.  With the crop factor taken into account, the 56mm F1.2 is approximately an 84mm equivalent, which is a preferred focal length for many portrait and wedding photographers.  Its fast aperture is also prized in this type of lens both for available light photography and for creating beautiful shallow depth of field or as some refer to as “bokeh”.  So far, the details sound promising but does the XF 56mm F1.2 really cut it?  Is it worth its asking price of $999.00?  Was it worth the wait?  Let’s find out. [click to continue…]