Samyang 85mm f1.4 Aspherical IF Lens Review Fuji X

Samyang 85mm f1.4 Aspherical IF Lens Review Fuji X:

Let’s say you want to up your portrait game, and you’re looking to expand your lens collection.  Maybe you’re looking for a decent telephoto for more compression.  Well, if you are, you’re probably going to come across some pretty expensive glass, especially if you’re looking for something with a large aperture.  Since I am a Fuji user, I’d probably look at the XF 90mm f2, which is one of my favorite lenses but unfortunately, carries a price to match it’s awesome abilities.  If however, you don’t mind a little manual focusing, you might want to check out the Samyang 85mm f1.4 Aspherical IF lens.  Factoring in the crop factor, you’ll get a 127.5mm equivalent, which is similar to the XF 90mm.  The large f1.4 aperture means you’ll get ultra shallow depth of field, and the best part is it’s priced at a very reasonable $279.95 (currently $229 with a $50.95 rebate at B&H Photo).  Let’s take a closer look at this lens. [click to continue…]


Visiting Mystic Seaport Museum with the Fujifilm X-T3

Visiting Mystic Seaport Museum with the Fujifilm X-T3:

My apologies everyone for not posting new content in a very long time.  I don’t plan on making a lack of new posts a habit; in fact, I’ve actually been reviewing a lot of stuff, and I’ll be posting them up very soon.  I’ve also been doing a lot of portrait and boudoir work lately, and I’ve been swamped with edits that I had to finish.  I will post some of that work as well, and include them in my reviews.  Anyway, I did go to Mystic Seaport Museum for a couple of days last month, and I thought I’d start out posting some stuff from my trip. [click to continue…]


Fujifilm Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT3 Review

Fujifilm Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT3 Review:

The new Fuji X-T3 is a versatile camera that is up to pretty much any task you can throw at it.  It offers the perfect blend of features, such as, being well-made and weather sealed.  The electronics and autofocus are also ultra fast.  To top it all off, the X-T3 produces superb images.  At least for me, there’s not much more I would need in an APS-C mirrorless camera.  It also comes in silver, which I personally love :).  However, if you’re finding yourself shooting in portrait orientation a lot, it might be time for you to take a look at one of the X-T3’s new accessories: the Fujifilm Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT3.  At $329, it’s not exactly cheap but it can offer say the portrait photographer much needed ergonomic support. [click to continue…]


Fujifilm X-T3 and XF 56mm f1.2 APD: Portraits Around Soho

Fujifilm X-T3 and XF 56mm f1.2 APD: Portraits Around Soho

I’m finally getting in more shoot time with the new Fuji X-T3.  Last weekend, I had a morning shoot scheduled with someone to further test the new camera.  Even though the person in these photos was quite busy with midterms, she was nice enough to come out for a short shoot.  We basically walked around the Soho area in Manhattan.  I used to hang around Soho quite a lot but it’s always so busy these days that I try to avoid it :).  But this was early Sunday morning, and other than a few dog walkers, and a few photographers, we pretty much had this area to ourselves.  It was a nice day too; overcast skies, and a little chill in the air. [click to continue…]


More Portraits Around The Lower East Side Taken With The Leica SL

More Portraits Around The Lower East Side Taken With The Leica SL:

I mentioned a few times before that I’ve been shooting a lot with the Leica SL for the past year but I’ve accumulated so many photos that I’ve been really behind in processing them.  I have a ton of stuff: different photo sets, and portraits I’ve been working on, and of course, stuff for new upcoming reviews.  I still have stuff from the summer that I haven’t quite gotten around to yet :).  Today, I thought I’d post some photos from a batch that I was working on yesterday. [click to continue…]