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Busing Through A Blizzard | Sony A7rIII

  12.02.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

Last week we took a ten-hour bus tour through Hokkaido during a crazy blizzard. I guessing it’s always a blizzard in Hokkaido during the winter months, especially Sapporo which is the second most snowiest place on earth. I lived in the Rockies for several years back when I was in high school and I’ve never seen it snow like it did for the week I was in Hokkaido. The snow was so thick you could sometimes only see twenty to thirty feet ahead of you.

7Artisans 35mm f2 Lens Review & Sample Photos

The 7Artisans 35mm f2 is an all metal full frame lens with 10 aperture blades designed for mirrorless cameras.

When I first picked up the 7Artisans 35mm f2, I spent a few days shooting, walking maybe a total of probably 8-9 miles just shooting. After the first day before really reviewing the images, I just wasn’t really impressed and wanted to send it back. Then I got into Lightroom and man, I have to say, I’m liking it.

Train To Sapporo | Handevision 35mm f2.4

  9.02.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

I’ve been so busy traveling, dealing with a crazy two-year old and posting technical stuff like updating the memory card speed tests of the Nikon D850 and the Canon G1X III, that I’ve hardly had time to focus on photography as an art. 

In the next coming weeks, I’m going to try and focus a little more on doing little sets of photos on what I can get while I’m in Japan. It’s not easy traveling with a two-year old, especially when it’s 20 degrees outside and they catch a cold. Lesson learned.

And The Worst Lens Company Is . . .

  24.01.2018   Alik   Blog   2 Comments

After collected more than a few lenses over the years and learning the hard way that some lenses can be great buys and others can be complete garbage, I wanted to report on my worst experience with a lens company and their lenses.

So what lenses are good and what lenses are terrible?

Handevision Lenses, Are They Good? Yes And No, Here Is Why

  16.01.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

Handevision is a joint venture between German lens manufacturer IB/E Optics GmbH and the Chinese Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment Co who produces high-end adapters under the trademark Kipon. Today Handevision is making some interesting full frame manual lenses for mirrorless and Leica cameras, including the fastest lens ever made the 40mm f0.85 (a gimmick . . . yes), but are these lenses any good?

Here is a quick overview from a few weeks of using several of their lenses.

Sony A7r III vs Fujifilm X-Pro 2 – A Quick Color Comparison

  31.12.2017   Alik   Blog   33 Comments

A few weeks ago I did a post showing how Sony has improved its color engine to give better white balance and color accuracy, especially in mixed lighting situations.

Today I wanted to do a very quick comparison between the colors of the Sony A7r III and the Fujifilm X-Pro 2.

As most know, Fujifilm is legendary at handling colors, but since nobody talks about camera colors, I thought this would make an interesting discussion.

Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 – Review & Sample Photos

The Fujinon 23mm f1.4 is Fujifilm classic. With the 35mm field of view and the f1.4 aperture, this lens can produce some amazing images in almost any situation. It’s the bread and butter for many street photographers and is one of those lenses you’ll never leave behind. 

7Artisans 25mm f1.8 Review & Sample Photos

The 7Artisans 25mm f1.8 is a small and fast lens designed and manufactured in China for mirrorless cameras. It’s built with an all-metal lens barrel with poor quality control and construction. Optically the lens is tuned for a somewhat old school, retro image quality where corner and edge sharpness is sacrificed at the cost of microcontrast and color. All around this little lens is kind of a mess and I’m struggling to decide if it’s even worth it.

Shooting With A Cheap Chinese Lens | X-Pro2

  21.12.2017   Alik   Blog   No comments

It would seem almost every year some new Chinese company joins the ranks of lens manufacturers. While there are already a lot of options out there from various lens manufacturers, these Chinese companies are doing something that the main lens designers are not – making little niche designs at some great prices that don’t exist anywhere else. For example, this 7Artisans 25mm f1.8 aluminum lens for only $80.

Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 Review & Sample Photos

All around the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is a phenomenal lens with very few negative characteristics other than maybe its size and weight. I chalk it up as one of the best Fujifilm lenses in terms of overall design and tuning of characteristics and probably the best ultra wide prime ever made.