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Nikon Announces Z6 / Z7 – Full Frame Mirrorless

  22.08.2018   Alik   Blog, Featured   No comments

Nikon has announced their new Z Series full frame mirrorless cameras. The Z6 and the Z7.

These two cameras will be very important to the mirrorless full frame industry after Sony has for five years completely owned the full frame mirrorless camera market.

Rokinon 50mm f1.2 Review & Sample Photos

The Rokinon 50mm f1.2 (also sold as a Samyang 50mm f1.2), is an ultra fast, ultra bright 50mm APS-C mirrorless lens with a field of view equivalent to 75mm on Sony and Fujifilm cameras and 80mm on the Canon mirrorless cameras. It features excellent coatings for flare and ghost reduction and two aspherical elements for excellent corner sharpness and chromatic aberration control.

This is the best all around manual 50mm lens I’ve tested in the native Fujifilm mount so far.

Photography, The Current State Of The Industry

  9.08.2018   Alik   Blog, Featured   No comments

Should you buy a Sony full frame, wait for Canon / Nikon, or forget full frame and go with Fujifilm APS-C. And is the Sony FF system just a lot of hoopla?

Here are my thoughts, I have no brand loyalty, you will probably disagree with me on some points, but I’m loaded up on coffee right now so here we go!

A Ride Through Fukuoka Japan

  8.08.2018   Alik   Blog, Featured   No comments

I do this thing here in Japan I’m calling biking photography. It’s a huge pain in the ass, but very fun at the same time. I actually started doing this in L.A. a few years back but sort of stopped when it became infested with homeless who cover the sidewalks in human excrement – and the Mayer thinks he’s going to run for president. 🙂

Anyway, biking is great because it combines two things I love doing into one, riding bikes and shooting photography.

Japan Summer Festival | Rokinon 50mm f1.2

  5.08.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

It’s summer time in Japan, it’s hot, it’s humid and the cicadas are loud as hell, sandwich all that between one typhoon after the next and you’re having yourself a good time. 

Last night was the local summer festival. Nothing really special about the festival, just imagine (for all you Mericans) a redneck BBQ where there is line dancing, BBQ, cotton candy and kids running around way to high on sugar, yeah, it’s just the Japanese version of that.

7Artisans 55mm f1.4 Review & Sample Photos

The 7Artisans 55mm f1.4 is a fast, compact APS-C lens that is excellent for all types of shooting conditions, especially available light. It features 6 elements in five groups that give nice color and contrast, great flare resistance and low distortion. With a 14 bladed rounded aperture, bokeh is smooth across all focal ranges.

Overall, the 7Artisans 55mm f1.4 is an incredible value and a fantastic starter portrait lens or compact prime.

Nikon Mirroless Full Frame | My Thoughts

  29.07.2018   Alik   Blog, Featured, News   No comments

There has been a lot of talk and speculation about the Nikon full frame mirrorless system. Some people have some interesting thoughts, some are too focused on specs.

Here are my thoughts on this new Nikon Full Frame System.

Fujifilm X-T100 | First Impressions

It’s been a rough month with a hurricane then a tropical storm, then a new baby, then my daughter having a crazy fever for five days, a heat wave and now I’m sick. Needless to say, I haven’t had too many chances to go out and actually shoot with the Fujifilm X-T100, but I have shot with it enough to have a very strong opinion about it.

Here are my thoughts.

Baby Number Two | What Camera Did I Use?

  14.07.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

Epic, monumental life changing events, like a new baby being born, always begs that really big question, “what camera should I bring?”

During the delivery and for the few days while my wife was recovering, I brought along several cameras, but only used a few.

Don’t worry, I’m not sharing any gross newborn baby photos. 🙂

A Crazy Storm & My Current Landscape Workflow

  7.07.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

We were lucky. The rivers all around us were on the brink of overflowing and many of the neighbor towns had to evacuate. We live in a giant apartment complex that could probably withstand a tsunami so we didn’t have too much to worry about, but as the rivers all around us started filling up and our phones continued beeping with alerts about evacuations for areas near us, we were still a bit nervous. It never let up from relentless pouring rain.