Weekly Portrait Post: Short Set With Valerie And The Pink Ladder

Weekly Portrait Post: Short Set With Valerie And The Pink Ladder:

Here’s a short set I took with Valerie a while back.  We were walking around the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and came across this pink ladder.  It was attached to a fire escape.  She saw the pink ladder from quite a bit of a distance away lol.  I didn’t even see it.  I don’t have much from this set but I thought I’d post it anyway, since I think it’s kind of cool to just see things like this in New York City. [click to continue…]

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Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art Lens First Impressions L Mount

Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art Lens First Impressions L Mount:

It’s an exciting time for me because the L Mount system is expanding, and as some of you know, I’m an L Mount user.  I currently own a Leica SL (soon to be SL2), and I’ve been having so much fun trying out these L mount lenses from Sigma.  I’ve already reviewed the 45mm f2.8 (review), and the 14-24mm f2.8 (review).  Both lenses are incredible.  Now, I’m testing the new 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art lens, and here are my first impressions of it. [click to continue…]

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Backpack vs Shoulder Bag for Camera Gear: Which is Best For You?

Backpack vs Shoulder Bag for Camera Gear: Which is Best For You?:

I’ve been a shoulder bag guy for years, and years.  Even in high school when JanSports were the cool backpack to have, I had a shoulder bag.  Well, that’s not entirely true; I had a JanSport too but later on, I did switch to a shoulder bag :).  Getting back on topic, I thought I’d never switch to a backpack for my camera gear but over the past year, I found myself carrying around more gear for not only my model shoots but also for review purposes.  My back started paying for it, so I started looking into alternatives, and I remember how much I enjoyed the Rucksack 25 that I reviewed a while back thanks to Billingham (review here).  Well, I am finally an owner of one, and I’m proud to say that it is my very first backpack ever for camera gear :).  Let’s take a closer look at how the two compare. [click to continue…]

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Weekly Portrait Set: Scouting For New Locations With Valerie

Weekly Portrait Set: Scouting For New Locations With Valerie:

This week’s portrait set is going to be a shorter one, since I’m in the process of writing up a couple of reviews.  I do a lot of shoots and let’s be honest; if you do something enough, it can feel a little repetitive :).  So when that happens, I usually go looking for a new location to shoot.  This time, Valerie joined me, which, of course, makes finding new locations a lot more fun. [click to continue…]

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Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art Lens Review For L Mount

Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art Lens Review For L Mount:

If you’re invested in the L Mount system like I am, there’s good news because Sigma has been releasing more and more L Mount lenses.  I recently reviewed the 45mm f2.8, which I loved.  It’s so handy, and the image quality is excellent (review here).  The SL and the 45mm f2.8 are like a match made in heaven, if you ask me.  But if you’re looking for say an ultra wide angle lens, where do you turn to?  Well, there is the wonderful Leica Super-Vario-Elmar 16-35mm.  It’s a great lens but it is crazy expensive, and may not suit some because of the slower maximum aperture.  Then there’s also the new 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art lens, which is actually what I’m going to talk about in this review :).  The focal length range is quite popular, and the fixed maximum aperture of f2.8 makes this lens even more versatile.  After spending some time with the 14-24mm f2.8, here’s what I think of it. [click to continue…]

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