Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera First Impressions

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera First Impressions:

Fujifilm is always coming out with cool new stuff, and today, I’ll be talking a little about the new Fujifilm X-T3.  As some of you know, I’m a big fan of the X-T Series.  I not only reviewed the X-T1 and X-T2 but I liked them so much that I bought both.  I was tempted for a moment by the X-H1 but at the time of its release, I had a feeling the X-T3 was just around the corner, and I also had a feeling we would see a lot of new tech (like the new sensor), and so I waited.  Two or three weeks ago, I received a call from Bob at Bergen County Camera telling me his first X-T3 arrived and it had my name on it.  I haven’t mentioned the camera on my blog yet because I’ve been busy with a whole bunch other things but I have big plans for the X-T3; in other words, you can expect a very big review with plenty of pics to back it up.  In the mean time, I thought I’d write about my initial impressions. [click to continue…]

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7artisans Photoelectric 7.5mm f2.8 Fish Eye Lens Review For Fuji X

7artisans Photoelectric 7.5mm f2.8 Fish Eye Lens Review For Fuji X:

I don’t actually own a fish eye but I quite enjoy using one.  So, when I had the opportunity to review the 7artisans Photoelectric 7.5mm f2.8 Fish Eye, I went for it.  As many of you know, 7artisans is a lens manufacturer that produces a lot of budget-minded lenses for various camera systems.  I reviewed a few of them in the past, and for the most part, I thought they offered real value for the money.  The lens in this review is a Fuji X Mount sample, and factoring in the crop factor, it’s approximately an 11.25mm equivalent.  This is actually the widest lens I’ve reviewed so far, and I found it quite interesting to work with.  Let’s take a closer look. [click to continue…]

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Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 Lens Review: A Classic Reborn

Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 Lens Review: A Classic Reborn:

Over the years, Leica has released a lot of unique and interesting lenses.  There are, of course, lenses that push boundaries like the Noctilux series, the Summicron-M 50mm APO, and the SL lenses.  There are also cool retro looking lenses with current optical formulas, which I’m often times a big fan of depending on the model.  I’ve been a particular fan of two of these lenses: one being the 35mm Summicron ASPH that came with one of the special edition Anthracite MPs.  The other is not a limited edition lens but special to me: the 50mm Elmar-M f2.8 in chrome.  You would think something like a Noctilux would be the number one lens on my list of wants but it’s actually this lens, and while it isn’t that expensive in Leica terms, every time I see one, I can’t bring myself to buy it :).  I absolutely love this lens and I almost bought it when it was in production.  I held it in my hands but the logical side of me chose to buy the Summicron instead because optically, it’s a better lens.  Anyway, what I’m getting at is Leica has produced a lot of unique lenses over the years, and they haven’t stopped.  For instance, recently, they have released the Summaron-M 28mm f5.6, which is a lens that has actually been modeled after a screw mount version that was in production from 1955 – 1963.  This is also the lens that I will talking about today. [click to continue…]

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Exploring the Lower East Side With a Friend And My 50mm Summilux-SL

Exploring the Lower East Side With a Friend And the 50mm Summilux-SL:

I’ve been pre-occupied for the past couple of months, which is why recently, I haven’t posted as much as I would like or should.  I’ve been shooting a lot; I’ve had something scheduled every week, and I’m also paying for it because I’m finding myself stuck with tons of photos to process :).  I’ve been using the Leica SL more and more.  It really has become an indispensable part of my kit.  But I’ve also been reviewing a few items one being the 28mm Summaron-M.  I’m also reviewing a 7artisans Fisheye for the Fuji X Series system, which has been a lot fun to use.  It’s actually the last lens that I will be reviewing on my X-T2 because I pre-ordered the new Fuji X-T3, which you can be sure I will be reviewing in detail.  So, I have a lot coming up but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some photos from a recent shoot while walking around the Lower East Side of Manhattan. [click to continue…]

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Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 Lens First Impressions

Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 Lens First Impressions:

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a particular fan of the 28mm focal length.  I either go for a 35mm or a 24mm but I’ve been a fan of the Leica Summaron-M 28mm f5.6 since its release.  In fact, I waited this long to review it because I was hoping the temptation for buying one for myself would dissipate over time 🙂 (This is a loaner).  As some of you know, the 28mm Summaron-M was modeled after an older screw mount lens that was in production from 1955 to 1963, so we’re not after maximum technical image quality here.  If that’s what you’re after, you might be better suited with the 28mm Summicron or even the 28mm Elmarit.  We’re after character with the 28mm Summaron-M, and in a way, were celebrating the imperfections.  So, let’s take a closer look at this lens. [click to continue…]

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