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.
It's the end of the year and it's time to smash mochi rice into little rice cakes. In Japan, it's called Mochitsuki, or Mochitsuki festival. Friends, family, or neighborhoods get together, bring mochi rice and everyone works together to smash the rice into a mochi paste after steaming it.
What's it like using manual focus lenses on the Z6? Pretty good actually. I use to always like shooting manual the most on Fujifilm cameras because they had such nice focus peaking compared to my Sony cameras. But the Z6 has even a bigger advantage over any Sony or Fujifilm cameras that makes it even better. Bigger, and higher quality LCD screens, plus at the time the Nikon Z6 had one of the best EVFs so it's incredibly easy to see what you're doing.
In my free time I've been experimenting with the different features and capabilities of the Fujifilm X100V. Since the X100V can now focus and maintain great detail very close with the leaf shutter that can sync with pretty much any flash at any shutter speed, it leaves the door open for some fun and easy experimentation.
When I first saw the announcement of the Kamlan 50mm f1.1 version II, I was a bit skeptical and ultimately not interested. The first one was just a swing and missed and unfortunately made me a little skeptical about Kamlan as a brand even though their build quality is always stellar. Then I saw a few images of this new version II lens. Kamlan totally changed it up with a completely new design improving the one thing that would make a huge difference.
The Sony A6400 is a small lightweight APS-C camera designed for photographers and videographers looking to maximize versatility and image quality without compromising performance. Built like a tank, the A6400 is one of the best autofocusing cameras out there with some overall really nice specs. 11fps of continuous RAW shooting, 4k 100mbps video and a Tilting screen for selfies or vlogging. Because Sony omitted IBIS from the A6400, the camera ends up being lighter compared to the A6500 while having a battery that lasts about a full day.
Finally, I'm just about caught up in all the tedious stuff one must do to make a living off a blog and I can finally get back into doing the things I like to do, testing out crazy lenses and have fun shooting the way I like to shoot. I have something like 8 or 9 lenses just lying around waiting to get reviewed. Some of them not so exciting, some of them are really exciting, like this lens, the Meike 35mm f1.7. I finally just started shooting with it and wow. Just wow.
The Panasonic LX100 II is a pocketable compact 17 megapixel micro four thirds camera with a 24-75mm f1.7 to f2.8 variable zoom lens. It shoots 4k video at 100Mbps and features a toggle aspect ratio switch to change the area used on the sensor. The LX100 II sensor is a 21 megapixel micro four thirds sensor, but the camera only utilizes a maximum crop of 17 megapixels at any time to allow for different aspect ratios for different situations.
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. :)