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AuroraHDR 2018 Update | It’s All About Performance

  21.06.2018   Alik   Blog, News   No comments

If you haven’t yet heard, the mid year update to AuroraHDR just dropped. Version 1.2.0. What’s it about? Two things really, performance and performance.

If you have no idea what AuroraHDR is, I’ve tossed in a few sample photos I took last night from my bike ride around town. I shot these with the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 14mm and 7Artisans 35mm f1.2. Processed with AuroraHDR + Luminar + Lightroom. This will give you a general idea of some of the looks you can achieve using this combination of software.

Fast Cheap 50mm Lenses – Worth It? | Kamlan 50mm f1.1 vs 7Artisans 55mm f1.4

  19.06.2018   Alik   Blog, Lenses   No comments

With cheap manual lenses from China and Korea growing in popularity, many people are wonder if they are worth it, or which to buy. 

In this test, I compare the 7Artisans 55mm f1.4 to the KamLan 50mm f1.1. I also threw in a more expensive lens, the Rokinon 50mm f1.2, and the even more expensive Fujinon 56mm f1.2 as a control. Since Fujifilm is legend when it comes to lens design, it will be interesting to see how they compare.

Getting Back On My Feet | I Moved To Japan

  4.06.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

I took a break from this blog but now I’m back. 

This wasn’t by choice, but because I was working my day job while packing to move to Japan . . . Yep, I’ll be in Japan for a while.

Here are a few photos and an explanation as to how and why it happened.

A Look At Fujifilm’s Eterna Film Simulator

  13.04.2018   Alik   Blog, Featured   No comments

This year, Fujifilm has given us a new look called Eterna. Eterna is built for the videographer or cinematographer using Fujifilm cameras that wants a very flat, low saturation look that offers more flexibility for post color work.

With the new Fujifilm X-H1 and eventually after some firmware for the X-T2, we have the option to do both. F-log and a flat film profile called Eterna. Pretty cool, but as a photographer should you care?

Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 II Review & Sample Photos

The Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm  f0.95 II is a relatively small but incredibly fast APS-C prime lens for mirrorless cameras.

It’s built of an all metal body with a declick aperture and an incredibly fast f0.95 aperture. The lens excels in low light conditions but also functions as a very beautiful art lens for incredible bokeh and shallow depth of field.

Performance is all around good for a lens this fast and it will perform well in most situations.

Handevision 75mm f2.4 Review & Sample Photos

The Handevision 75mm f2.4 lens is a small lightweight manual lens designed for mirrorless camera systems including the Leica. The lens features 5 elements in 5 groups for incredible contrast and color rendering and a 6 blade rounded aperture for butter smooth bokeh at f2.4.

You might be wondering, who is Handevision? are Handevision lenses good? Is this Handevision IBERIT 75mm worth it?

This Lens Is A Hidden Gem Nobody Is Talking About

  28.02.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

Today I want to talk a little about this hidden little gem of a lens, the Handevision 75mm f2.4.

Full review coming soon, but since those take forever to build, compile and process, I wanted to share a little bit about why this lens is unique and why it’s totally worth it.

So the big question, since there are so many lenses out there for both Sony and Fujifilm, what’s the point of these Handevision lenses? What makes them special? Especially this 75mm f2.4?

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.