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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)