7artisans 25mm f1.8 Lens Fujifilm X-Mount First Impressions

7artisans 25mm f1.8 Lens Fujifilm X-Mount First Impressions:

Being that this is Memorial Day weekend, I’ll make this short and sweet.  I finished my Fuji XF 80mm f2.8 Macro review, and I will post it in the beginning of next week but now, I’m going to talk to you a little about the Photoelectric 25mm f1.8 by 7artisans.  Why is this anything special?  The truth is, there are plenty of 25mm lenses that we can use on the Fuji X Series bodies.  Well, for one, this specific lens comes in at less than $70.  I have to say, I haven’t felt the need for a 25mm lens but at this price, even I’m tempted to buy one :).  So let’s take a closer look at it. [click to continue…]


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…]