Billingham Rucksack 25 First Impressions

Billingham Rucksack 25 First Impressions:

I’ve always preferred shoulder bags over backpacks when it came to carrying camera gear.  That’s because I find shoulder bags a little more convenient when I’m out on the street taking pictures.  However, there isn’t one day that goes by where I do not have a camera bag with me, and there are several days a week when I’m out all day taking pictures.  Over time, my back has been slowly paying for it.  So, for a long time now, I’ve been thinking more, and more about trying out a backpack because distributing the weight to two shoulders is better than one.  Then, one of my favorite bag companies, Billingham, released two new backpacks.  One is the Rucksack 35, and thanks to Billingham, I was able to get the larger one, the Rucksack 25, in for review.  Here are my initial impressions of it. [click to continue…]

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Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II Review For Fuji X

Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II Review For Fuji X:

If you’re looking for a 50mm equivalent focal length for your Fuji X Series body, there are two excellent choices from Fuji’s own catalogue of lenses: an f2 version and a f1.4 version.  I reviewed both, and ended up even buying the f1.4 version.  But let’s say you want something a little faster with arguably a more unique draw and rendering.  Where do you turn to?  Well, how about the Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II?  Yes folks, you read that right.  This lens has a maximum aperture of f0.95.  While it’s a third party lens, it doesn’t need an adapter because it comes in X mount.  It’s also priced pretty competitively, I might add.  At $599, it’s basically the same price as Fuji’s own f1.4 version.  So, let’s take a closer look. [click to continue…]

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A Photo of Verrazano Bridge With The Fuji XF 14mm f2.8

A Photo of Verrazano Bridge With The Fuji XF 14mm f2.8:

My apologies for the lack of posts lately.  I hurt my back helping my friends move a row boat out of all things :).  I’m back, and I have a bunch of stuff coming.  I’ll post the Mitakon 35mm f0.95 review this week.  I also have a new shoulder, and wrist strap from 4V design.  These straps come all the way from Italy, and I must say, they are quite nice.  Billingham has also sent me their new Rucksack 25 to review.  This is good to because I’ve been thinking about getting a backpack to carry my gear for a long time now.  It’s definitely easier on the back.  I’m also currently testing the XF 14mm f2.8 R lens by Fujifilm.  I reviewed most of the Fuji lenses already, and I can’t believe this one slipped by.  Anyway, the shot in this post was actually taken with my X-T2 and 14mm. [click to continue…]

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Foggy Night in Dumbo Brooklyn

Foggy Night in Dumbo Brooklyn:

I caught up with my best friend on Saturday night, and after getting some food in Astoria, and catching up (I haven’t seen him in a while), we stopped by Dumbo in Brooklyn to see if we could get some photos.  It was a very foggy evening, and I thought it would be really cool to capture.  Since I knew I was going to stop by Dumbo, I brought along my Fuji X-T2, Zeiss Touit 12mm, and my tripod.  I love using ultra wides with bridges.  I love the dramatic effect.  At Dumbo, you can get pretty close to both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. [click to continue…]

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Mitakon 35mm f0.95 vs. Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 Bokeh Comparison

Mitakon 35mm f0.95 vs. Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 Bokeh Comparison:

So, I’m sitting here writing up my Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II review, and I’m thinking more about how it compares to the XF 35mm f1.4.  The reason I’m picking on this lens in particular is because it’s about the same size as the Mitakon, and it sells for the same price.  Plus, I own XF 35mm f1.4, so it’s hard not to compare it with the Mitakon when it’s just sitting in my bag :).  I didn’t get the chance to do any real in-depth comparison between the two lenses but I did take a few sample shots with the two set at their maximum apertures for my own amusement.  I thought I’d just share them here real quick. [click to continue…]

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