Fuji XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens First Impressions

Fuji XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens First Impressions:

Apologies for the lack of post everyone!  There will be a lot of stuff coming soon.  I’ve actually been quite busy in the background these days reviewing a few things.  For Leica users, I’ve been putting together not only my APO Summicron-SL 90mm f2 ASPH review (it’ll be a long one with plenty of pics) but a bunch of other SL related reviews.  For Fuji users, I have a 7Artisan lens review coming up.  I’ve also been shooting with the new Fuji XF 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens, and I thought I’d share my first impressions of it. [click to continue…]


Leica SL Typ 601 Firmware Update 3.2 Released

Leica SL Typ 601 Firmware Update 3.2 Released:

It looks like new firmware is out for the Leica SL.  Link is below:

Firmware Update 3.2

Key improvements are:

  • New menu item added  to Joystick Lock on/off.
  • New power saving mode (on/off) feature allowing the camera to turn off the EVF to save battery power.
  • Support for SF40, the future SF60, and SFC1.
  • New menu item “USB-Mode” allows to use mass storage or PTP USB connection type.
  • Keyboard improvements: Missing brackets for the wifi password input.
  • Keyboard improvements: Blinking cursor during text input.
  • Improved image colour for JPG under some light conditions.
  • Manual colour temperature preset was optimized (Setting changed from 6600K to 6500K).

I can’t wait to get this in my SL.  I may have a couple of shoots booked this coming weekend (still currently reviewing the APO Summicron-SL 90mm), so it’ll give me a great opportunity to try out some of these new features.  I’ll report back, if I encounter any issues.  Thanks for stopping by!


Billingham Hadley Small Pro Camera Bag Review

Billingham Hadley Small Pro Camera Bag Review:

The Hadley Small has been one of the most popular bags from Billingham for many good reasons.  It’s compact yet it can carry a decent size mirrorless or even mid-level DSLR kit.  It’s lightweight, It has tons of padding, and it can handle one seriously rough weather.   Best of all, it’s rugged enough to last, so you’ll get more than your money’s worth in the end.  Overall, a lot of people consider it the perfect everyday bag but that didn’t stop Billingham from improving on it even further with the newly released Hadley Small Pro.  Thanks to Billingham, I was able to get one in to review, and here are my thoughts on it. [click to continue…]


Opteka 35mm f1.7 Lens Review For Fujifilm X

Opteka 35mm f1.7 Lens Review For Fujifilm X:

I’m always on the lookout for 50mm (or 50mm equivalent) lenses because the focal length is my favorite.  I don’t necessarily buy them all; I just like to see what’s out there.  Like many others, I also like good deals, if I can get them.  So, when I saw the new Opteka 35mm f1.7, I definitely wanted to get one in to review.  Why?  Well for one, it has a reasonably fast maximum aperture.  It also sells for about $90, and it comes in Fuji X Mount.  In other words, no adapters required.  So, how is this lens?  Read on and find out! [click to continue…]


Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Camera Review

Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Camera Review:

I love mirrorless cameras, and I’m happy to see more and more of them on the market.  There are all types now from mid-level to ones with all the bells and whistles.  Of course, there are entry level ones for people just starting out as well.  One such model is Fuji’s new X-A5.  Looking purely at the specs, the X-A5 seems to offer quite a lot for it’s asking price of $599.  It not only promises faster autofocus than its predecessor, the X-A3, it comes packed with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor.  In addition, it’s included optically stabilized XC 15-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens equates to about a 23-69mm giving its user a lens that covers a lot of ground.  So, how does the X-A5 perform in actual use?  Well, I had this camera on loan for a bit, and here are my thoughts on it.

(If you’ve been on my site before, you probably know some of my reviews are longer than this one.  This is a shorter review than I normally post). [click to continue…]