4V Design ALA Camera Leather Neck Strap Review

4V Design ALA Camera Leather Neck Strap Review:

If you want a premium leather neck strap, there are a lot of great manufacturers out there to choose from.  One of these manufacturers, 4V Design, comes all the way from Italy.  They have many different styles to choose from depending on the type of look you’re after, and the kind of camera that you’re using.  One neck strap that 4V Design makes is the ALA, and thanks to them, I was able to get a sample one in to review.  Here are my thoughts on it. [click to continue…]

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4V Design Ergo Leather Wrist Strap Review

4V Design Ergo Leather Wrist Strap Review:

For those who like to always have their camera in their hands while they are out shooting, a wrist strap is a great accessory to consider.  There are a lot to choose from too.  However, other than varying degrees of quality, types of materials used, and overall appearance, a lot of them have similar features.  What happens if you want something a little different?  Well, 4V Design, a manufacturer from Italy, has an answer for you.  They sent me a couple of straps to review.  One of them is the Ergo leather wrist strap, and thanks to some thinking outside the box, they’ve come up with innovative features that help differentiate the Ergo from the rest. [click to continue…]

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Fuji XF 14mm f2.8 R Lens First Impressions

Fuji XF 14mm f2.8 R Lens First Impressions:

I love wide angle lenses.  I just have so much shooting with them, which is why I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed the Fuji XF 14mm f2.8 R lens yet.  I’ve reviewed almost all the Fuji X Series lenses already, so who knows, I guess it just slipped my mind :).  I know this is one of the older lenses but it is a good one.  So, expect a review to come here very soon, and for now, here are my first impressions of it. [click to continue…]

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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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