Going Cinematic | Sony A7r III

  13.12.2017   Alik   Blog   3 Comments

With the crazy resolution of the Sony A7r III, I thought it would be fun to try out some photos with the 2.35 cinematic crop. I’ve done this in the past with my landscape photography using a 3:1 or 2:1 crop, but I’ve never done it with anything casual and the results are very cool and cinematic. 

Exploring Santa Monica Pier | X100F

  11.12.2017   Alik   Blog   3 Comments

This weekend my little two-year old daughter and I walked down to the train station for an evening down at the Santa Monica Pier. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years now and this was my first time using public transportation. A very proud moment for me.

Sony A7r III Vertical Grip Review

The vertical battery grip for the Sony A7r III provides up to 4x more power than the single battery of the previous Sony A7r II by powering the camera with two new FZ100 batteries. It’s built of a rigid magnesium weather sealed body with cheap plastic components and spongy buttons and dials. So is it worth the price?

New Sony A7r III Color Processing Is Now Quite Beautiful

  8.12.2017   Alik   Blog   13 Comments

I’ve heard rumors the new Sony A7r III has improved the way it handles colors but have never really seen any samples. When the Sony A7rIII arrived it was the first thing I noticed, and wow!

A Weekend With The Fam | Fujifilm X-T2

  5.12.2017   Alik   Blog   No comments

Of course when I talk about family I’m referring to my Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2, but I guess my natural family was there too.

They’ve actually been all over the place these last few months, busy getting houses fixed, traveling, working etc. We finally had a chance to all meet up after something like 5 months and my daughter got a chance to show them what the terrible twos is really all about. Or for my oldest brother, I guess a reminder. Actually the terrible twos for his daughters never really ended. 🙂

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 Macro Review & Sample Photos

The Fujinon 60mm f2.4 is a short telephoto macro lens for the Fujifilm X-Mount APS-C mirrorless camera system. 

This lens features a fast f2.4 aperture with 9 aperture blades and an equivalent field of view of 90mm, making it great for portrait photography as well as product photography . The excellent corner to corner sharpness also means landscape photographers will find great use for it as well.

I consider the Fujifilm 60mm a short telephoto jack-of-all-trades lens, because it can do just about anything with no serious negative characteristics.

A Walk In The Park | Fujifilm X-T2 | Kamlan 50mm f1.1

  29.11.2017   Alik   Blog   No comments

I’ve picked up a few new lenses this year and it seems like I now have an endless option of focal lengths, looks and types of lenses to choose from. For the first time, I think I might have a lens for just about everything.

I know that sound crazy and that I’m spending all this money, but most of these lenses I’m buying are under $200 bucks. This one particular lens I just started using is the Kamlan 50mm f1.1. It was only $150 bucks new and it’s been so much fun.

Kamlan 50mm f1.1 Review & Sample Photos

The KamLan 50mm f1.1 lens is a super fast manual focus lens by Sainsonic for mirrorless cameras. It’s designed to be a very inexpensive specialty lens with extremely shallow depth of field with buttery smooth bokeh. This is achieved by a f1.1 aperture with 12 circular aperture blades.

Its simple design with a low element count makes this lens shoot and behave more like a retro lens with extreme characteristics.

Baby On The Deck | Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 | RAW vs JPEG

  16.11.2017   Alik   Blog   2 Comments

It’s sometimes fun to take the most mundane moments in the day and try to see if you can make anything interesting out of them with photography. Often as photographers we get stuck thinking we need to travel to capture life’s great and unique moments, not realizing we all live as part of our own unique culture and it’s around us everyday even in our own back yard – in my case, a one bedroom apartment and a deck in West Los Angeles.

Nikon D850 vs Sony A7rII – Sensor Comparison

You’ve probably seen a lot of comparisons between the Nikon D850 and the Sony A7rII or A7rIII these last few weeks, comparing sensor sharpness, dynamic range or low light performance. But they often make one critical mistake, they don’t use the same lens.

So to compare both cameras, I wanted to use the same lens. To do this, I employed an old and very sharp Helios 44-4 58mm lens that I have adapted to both cameras and shot using the exact same settings.