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.
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.
Nikon is slowly winning me over at becoming my favorite full frame camera system. I still like the EOS R, I think it's a more capable camera in terms of versatility, mainly because of the 30MP sensor and the flippy screen that is so nice for landscape work, but I actually enjoy using the Nikon Z6 more. The main thing that's really got me excited about the Nikon system is the (somewhat) affordable high quality f1.8 AF glass, which is what you're seeing with all the samples in this post.
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.