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The Beauty Of Slower Lenses | Nikon Z 50mm f1.8 S

  9.04.2019   Alik   Blog   No comments

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.

Sony A6400 Review – One Of My Favorite APS-C Cameras

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.

This Lens Is Awesome! Meike 35mm f1.7

  2.12.2018   Alik   Blog, Lenses   No comments

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.

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. 🙂

Getting Back On My Feet | I Moved To Japan

  4.06.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

I took a break from this blog but now I’m back. 

This wasn’t by choice, but because I was working my day job while packing to move to Japan . . . Yep, I’ll be in Japan for a while.

Here are a few photos and an explanation as to how and why it happened.

Busing Through A Blizzard | Sony A7rIII

  12.02.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

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 Lenses, Are They Good? Yes And No, Here Is Why

  16.01.2018   Alik   Blog   No comments

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.

Going Cinematic | Sony A7r III

  13.12.2017   Alik   Blog   3 Comments

With the crazy resolution of the Sony A7r III, I thought it would be fun to try out some photos with the 2.35 cinematic crop. I’ve done this in the past with my landscape photography using a 3:1 or 2:1 crop, but I’ve never done it with anything casual and the results are very cool and cinematic. 

Exploring Santa Monica Pier | X100F

  11.12.2017   Alik   Blog   3 Comments

This weekend my little two-year old daughter and I walked down to the train station for an evening down at the Santa Monica Pier. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years now and this was my first time using public transportation. A very proud moment for me.

A Weekend With The Fam | Fujifilm X-T2

  5.12.2017   Alik   Blog   No comments

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. 🙂