Industar 50mm f3.5 Review | A Fantastic Lens . . . Sometimes
By Alik / 20, March

I’ve recently acquired a new addiction to vintage lenses after have too much fun shooting with some Leica M mount lenses and some old M42 mount lenses.

One of the more interesting vintage lenses is the Russian made M42 mount Industar 50mm f3.5 pancake lens.

The Industar has won lots of praise over the decades and people really seem to love it.

So is the lens good?

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Sony A6300 – One Last Hurrah
By Alik / 14, February

I decided to sell my Sony A6300, but before I could let it go, I had to take it out one final Voyage. So I adapted my 1980s Helios 44M and headed to the long beach aquarium with my family.

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Sunset Over Palm Springs & An Annoying A7rII
By Alik / 29, December

I pulled out my ol Sony A7rII again. I had to take a break from it for awhile and focus on some of my Fujifilm lens reviews. You know, I never did a full review on the Sony A7r II. Weird right? But there is a good reason . . . I don’t really love it. And because I don’t love it, it’s hard for me to get excited enough about it to spend the time reviewing it. It’s almost a super cool camera, almost, but there are a few things that really bother me.

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Little Noodle Monster & A Homemade Studio
By Alik / 16, December

I’m by no means a professional studio photographer and come to find out, you don’t have to be to get some great shots. So ignore the ego of most photographers, this is actually pretty easy if you already have a decent understanding of photography and lighting. The Photoshop is the hardest part.

So for those that have no idea how this works, I’ll share with you a little on what I do, my gear and how I’ve set it up.

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Morning Sun | Tokyo
By Alik / 09, December

Traveling to Tokyo from California is always great for the first few days because it’s very easy to wake up for the sunrise. I don’t typically wake up until 10am since my lifestyle of working as an editor for an ad agency has made me completely nocturnal. So when you factor in the time difference between California and Tokyo, sleeping in until 5am is perfect for me.

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Dazaifu | A Walk Through Tradition
By Alik / 13, November

After spending a lot of time in Japan and getting use to the culture shock, I’ve finally begun to see things differently.

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