Author: Alik

SLR Magic Anamorphot-40 Review & Sample Photos

For years I’ve tried to find some good deals on Anamorphic lenses or adapter to shoot video and photography with and I finally found a system that’s affordable and easy to use.

SLR Magic started making some pretty interesting anamorphic adapter and cinema lenses and it just made sense to go down that route. The Anamorphot-50 for full frame, and the Anamorphot-40 for APS-C and even the Anamorphot-40 compact are all modern designs that work very well if you can pair them with the right lens.

This is my first impressions / review of the Anamorphot-40 1.33x with sample photo showing how I’ve used it for photography.

Meike 35mm f1.7 Review & Sample Photos

The Meike 35mm f1.7 is a compact manual focus APS-C lens designed for photographers who want affordable image quality in as small of a package as possible. Although the f1.7 aperture isn’t as fast as some of the other lenses available, the smaller aperture allows the lens to produce a more corrected image than some of the faster lenses without the loss of character.

Atago Shrine Fire Festival – The Process

  6.12.2018   Alik   Blog, Photo Tips   No comments

Once a year, at the temple Agato in Fukuoka Japan, visitors gather together to begin the celebration of the coming new year in an annual fire festival.

A tradition with a series of rituals rooted in Shintoism and celebrated by both the Buddhists and Shintos of Japan.

To photograph this event, I used the Canon R with the 24-105mm f4L and processed the photos with Lightroom. I’ll also share you some tips and tricks and the mental process I use to produce these photos.

Fujifilm 23mm f2 Review & Sample Photos

The Fujinon 23mm f2 is a small light weight lens with a weather sealed construction and an incredibly fast, but silent internal focusing system. The f2 aperture with 9 rounded aperture blades produces very smooth bokeh when wide open and the 10 element design with 2 aspherical elements corrects for most issues with chromatic aberrations, distortion and vignetting while still maintaining a very natural and unique rendering.

It’s suited for photographers who need a fast autofocusing compact lens that still capable of producing outstanding image quality.

This Lens Is Awesome! Meike 35mm f1.7

  2.12.2018   Alik   Blog, Lenses   No comments

Finally, I’m just about caught up in all the tedious stuff one must do to make a living off a blog and I can finally get back into doing the things I like to do, testing out crazy lenses and have fun shooting the way I like to shoot. 

I have something like 8 or 9 lenses just lying around waiting to get reviewed. Some of them not so exciting, some of them are really exciting, like this lens, the Meike 35mm f1.7.

I finally just started shooting with it and wow. Just wow.

Canon RF 24-105mm f4L Review & Sample Photos

The Canon 24-105mm f4 is true master of versatility with an incredibly useful 24mm focal length on the wide end, and some really nice reach with 105mm on the telephoto end.

Walking around, shooting landscape photography, travel photography, HDR or events, you can use this lens in just about any situation. Build quality is really nice, color contrast, sharpness is very good and there are no serious flaws other than some minor chromatic aberrations in the corners and some distortion. It’s the perfect high end kit lens.

Must Have Accessories Canon EOS R

This is a list of all the best accessories for the Canon EOS R.

The Canon EOS R is an incredible mirrorless camera that should end up being fairly customizable with third-party accessories once more are announced.

Use this list to find the best screen protectors, best batteries, straps and cleaning gear for your Canon EOS R.

Canon EOS R | Just About Everyone Got It Wrong

I’ve read and watched most reviews of the Canon EOS R, and man, what an echo chamber. The online review game has gotten really lazy.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think the Canon EOS R is a complete failure and a disaster, especially when you compare it to a similarly priced Sony A7III.

I’ve been shooting with the EOS R for a few weeks now dissecting its performance and capabilities so that I can share with you all the pros and cons of this camera and how it compares to my beloved Sony A7rIII.

In the meantime, here is what just about every camera review got wrong!

Best Memory Cards Canon EOS R

  18.11.2018   Alik   Memory Cards   No comments

The Canon EOS R is no slouch when it comes to data output. With 8fps continuous burst shooting speeds the Canon R can produce a RAW image data stream of  more than 250Mbps and it doesn’t stop there. Video specs are very data heavy with 4k video having an output of 480Mbps and 1080p video have 180Mbps.

To get the full benefit of the amazing data output, it may be a good idea to buy the fastest memory card for the Canon EOS R, but the card you buy will depend on how you plan on using the camera.

Use this guide to find the best memory card for your Canon EOS R.

Panasonic LX100 II Review & Sample Photos

The Panasonic LX100 II is a pocketable compact 17 megapixel micro four thirds camera with a 24-75mm f1.7 to f2.8 variable zoom lens. It shoots 4k video at 100Mbps and features a toggle aspect ratio switch to change the area used on the sensor. 

The LX100 II sensor is a 21 megapixel micro four thirds sensor, but the camera only utilizes a maximum crop of 17 megapixels at any time to allow for different aspect ratios for different situations.