The Helios lenses have really grown in popularity over the last few years for their classic rendering and crazy swirling bokeh. But are they really any good? With all the awesome new third-party lenses out of China or Japan, the Helios lenses no longer get as much attention as they used to, but they're still fun lenses to shoot with if you can get a good copy.
Wow, ok, so let me talk about Beverly Hills for a little bit since I live fairly close to this place. Actually, my wife works down the street from here and while she was working last Saturday, I decided to take a walk with the stroller so my little 2-year-old could take a nap - this is where I ended up.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as of late, has been my favorite camera to use for incidental photography. I kind of just leave it around so it's very accessible, near the front door or wherever and grab it whenever I go outside. Aside from my X100F, it's become my grab it and go camera with the advantage of swapping lenses depending on the mood I'm in.
I pulled out my ol Sony A7rII again. I had to take a break from it for awhile and focus on some of my Fujifilm lens reviews. You know, I never did a full review on the Sony A7r II. Weird right? But there is a good reason . . . I don't really love it. And because I don't love it, it's hard for me to get excited enough about it to spend the time reviewing it. It's almost a super cool camera, almost, but there are a few things that really bother me.
A few weeks ago I found myself in Joshua Tree. I've been there a few times now but this time around things were going to be different. I had some new lenses, new cameras, and a different eye. The last few years I've been shooting a lot of Landscape and HDR photography and found myself getting stuck with the routine that often comes with those styles. I was just going with the trends and I needed to hit the breaks. This year I'm trying to shoot everything I can, looking for those incidental stories and moods. It can be challenging to get great shots, but at least this way the results are your own.