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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. 🙂

A Walk In The Park | Fujifilm X-T2 | Kamlan 50mm f1.1

  29.11.2017   Alik   Blog   No comments

I’ve picked up a few new lenses this year and it seems like I now have an endless option of focal lengths, looks and types of lenses to choose from. For the first time, I think I might have a lens for just about everything.

I know that sound crazy and that I’m spending all this money, but most of these lenses I’m buying are under $200 bucks. This one particular lens I just started using is the Kamlan 50mm f1.1. It was only $150 bucks new and it’s been so much fun.

Baby On The Deck | Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 | RAW vs JPEG

  16.11.2017   Alik   Blog   2 Comments

It’s sometimes fun to take the most mundane moments in the day and try to see if you can make anything interesting out of them with photography. Often as photographers we get stuck thinking we need to travel to capture life’s great and unique moments, not realizing we all live as part of our own unique culture and it’s around us everyday even in our own back yard – in my case, a one bedroom apartment and a deck in West Los Angeles.