I was expecting the Pergear 12mm f2 to have a lot more of the imperfections and sort of wild characteristics of their other lenses. But it doesn't. It's actually way tamer, with very nice contrast and pretty good sharpness across the frame. I'm actually impressed. I was not expecting this lens to be actually viable for landscape photography but the potential is there.
Deep within Kyushu island in the Ariake Sea of Japan are these cool Torii gates that get flooded twice a day with the high tide. The official name for this spot is The Floating Torii Gate of Oouo Shrine. Not sure what the story is with these, every time I read up on them the story seems slightly different and it never makes any sense. Something about blessing the waters for better fishing, or there is something about some giant fish. That's usually how it goes with historical sites in Japan. A giant catfish, a giant fish, a mountain god, etc. Fun stuff.
The Canon 24-105mm f4 is true master of versatility with an incredibly useful 24mm focal length on the wide end, and some really nice reach with 105mm on the telephoto end. Walking around, shooting landscape photography, travel photography, HDR or events, you can use this lens in just about any situation. Build quality is really nice, color contrast, sharpness is very good and there are no serious flaws other than some minor chromatic aberrations in the corners and some distortion. It's the perfect high end kit lens.
When I first started using Aurora back in 2017 it really felt like the beginning of something awesome. Like the baby alien that just burst out of Kanes chest in the first Alien movie, it took off running doing all these mysterious things behind the scenes. The little creature continued to grow while occasionally popping out for an update here and there. It was exciting and still powerful, but we only got to see hints of what this beast would become. Finally, with the launch of Aurora HDR 2019, it's true form has been revealed as the perfect landscape devouring monster.
We were lucky. The rivers all around us were on the brink of overflowing and many of the neighbor towns had to evacuate. We live in a giant apartment complex that could probably withstand a tsunami so we didn't have too much to worry about, but as the rivers all around us started filling up and our phones continued beeping with alerts about evacuations for areas near us, we were still a bit nervous. It never let up from relentless pouring rain.
The Fujinon 14mm f2.8 is one of Fujifilms oldest (of the modern) lenses, it's slow and noisy with a stepping motor focus system, but optics are everything and this 14mm captures some incredible images for both landscape photographers or those just looking to have a little fun with an ultra-wide.