Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens First Impressions L Mount

Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens First Impressions L Mount:

Hey everyone!  So, my brother in law is still helping me do some big internal updates to my site but in the mean time, he said it’s okay to start posting again.  I thought I’d start off with something for the Leica CL.  As many of you know, I’m a big fan of the CL but one of its weakest areas is the fact that there aren’t as many native lenses for it.  In my opinion, Leica really needs to speed up production of new APS-C lenses for the CL; it’s a fantastic camera.  It’s true that we have M mount lenses, and you can use the full frame L mount lenses as well.  However, I don’t want to rely on manual focus lenses, and full frame L mount lenses are huge.  Well, Sigma has recently release three focal lengths that all have large f1.4 apertures, and at the same time, are very compact.  I have all three on hand that I am currently testing them with a CL, and right now, I’ll be talking about one of them: the 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens. [click to continue…]

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Currently Updating Site

Currently Updating Site:

Hey everyone.  If you’ve noticed my site was offline last week, it has been because my awesome brother in law has been doing some updates to it (I’m terrible with computers lol).  There’s still more work that will be done but it should be finished soon.  In the mean time, I have been testing a lot of gear recently, so once everything is A okay, expect those first impressions and reviews to come shortly.

What kind of gear do I currently have?  Currently, I have all three of the Sigma APS-C L mount lenses, and also the new Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art Lens in L mount.  I have been using a Leica CL with the APS-C lenses, and they work great.  I’ve been doing some portraits with the Leica SL2 and the 85mm f1.4…the lens is phenomenal!  Can’t wait to get some examples up here.  I think I will see if I can also do a comparison between my Leica APO Summicron-SL 90mm and the Sigma 85mm f1.4.  I think that’ll be kind of fun :).  So, thanks for your patience, and for stopping by!

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Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera Review

Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera Review:

Nikon has been making great cameras for decades, and with the creation of the Z Series, it looked to me as if Nikon was finally taking mirrorless seriously.  So far, they have produce some great products in this series.  Recently, they introduced something new that I was particularly excited about when I first heard of it: the Nikon Z5.  Why would I be excited for something that Nikon technically calls its “entry level” full frame camera?  Well, considering its specs combined with the price, which is $1,396.95 (there’s even a current rebate of $100), I felt there was real potential here.  So, I tested it out, and here is what I thought of it. [click to continue…]

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Zeiss ZX1 Digital Camera Pre-Order Available

Zeiss ZX1 Digital Camera Pre-Order Available:

For those interested, the Zeiss ZX1 digital camera is finally available for pre-order.  Here’s a little of the background: the ZX1 is a full frame camera with built-in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, which allows the user to do in-camera editing via a large touch screen display.  With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB Type-C port, you can share the photos immediately.  The price for all of this?  a whopping $6,000.  Just to compare, a Leica Q2 is $4,995, and a Sony RX1R II is $3,298.  The link is below for those interested or want more info:

Zeiss ZX1 at B&H Photo

Here are some of the specs: [click to continue…]

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Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic Pre-Order

Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic Pre-Order:

For those interested, The Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 is available for pre-order.  It comes in Fujifilm X Mount as well as many other different mounts, which are listed below.  It’s expected November 5th, the list is currently $199.95, and you can pre-order below:

Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic

Here’s some info on the lens:

  • Available in Fujifilm X, Canon EF, Canon RF, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Pentax K, and Sony E mounts.
  • The lens provides a clear sweet spot of sharp focus that is surrounded by a smooth blur, which can be adjusted depending on the position of the lens body.
  • The accordion-like design allows for nearly unrestricted tilt range up to 30° in any direction, and requires the distinct squeeze-to-focus movement to manually adjust focus.
  • The Spark 2.0 and Sweet 50 combination have a adjustable aperture range of f/2.5-22.
  • 12-blade diaphragm.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.1′.
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