Street Photography

Meike 35mm f1.4 | First Look – A Little Gem

  14.04.2019   Alik   Blog   No comments

Meike has managed to keep the image quality under control for such a fast and small lens and this has surprised me.

There are no blaring issues or any deal breakers with this lens. It has some nice rendering with some decent looking bokeh. No crazy drop in sharpness along the corners or edges like with the Kamlan 50mm f1.1, and no serious issues with chromatic aberrations or drop in sharpness wide open like the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2.

Build quality is also on par with the other Meike lenses except the aperture ring is a little too loose and it is always escaping its set aperture from accidental handling

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.

SLR Magic Anamorphot-40 Review & Sample Photos

For years I’ve tried to find some good deals on Anamorphic lenses or adapter to shoot video and photography with and I finally found a system that’s affordable and easy to use.

SLR Magic started making some pretty interesting anamorphic adapter and cinema lenses and it just made sense to go down that route. The Anamorphot-50 for full frame, and the Anamorphot-40 for APS-C and even the Anamorphot-40 compact are all modern designs that work very well if you can pair them with the right lens.

This is my first impressions / review of the Anamorphot-40 1.33x with sample photo showing how I’ve used it for photography.

Atago Shrine Fire Festival – The Process

  6.12.2018   Alik   Blog, Photo Tips   No comments

Once a year, at the temple Agato in Fukuoka Japan, visitors gather together to begin the celebration of the coming new year in an annual fire festival.

A tradition with a series of rituals rooted in Shintoism and celebrated by both the Buddhists and Shintos of Japan.

To photograph this event, I used the Canon R with the 24-105mm f4L and processed the photos with Lightroom. I’ll also share you some tips and tricks and the mental process I use to produce these photos.

Fujifilm 23mm f2 Review & Sample Photos

The Fujinon 23mm f2 is a small light weight lens with a weather sealed construction and an incredibly fast, but silent internal focusing system. The f2 aperture with 9 rounded aperture blades produces very smooth bokeh when wide open and the 10 element design with 2 aspherical elements corrects for most issues with chromatic aberrations, distortion and vignetting while still maintaining a very natural and unique rendering.

It’s suited for photographers who need a fast autofocusing compact lens that still capable of producing outstanding image quality.

Panasonic LX100 II Review & Sample Photos

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.

Handevision 50mm f2.4 Review & Sample Photos

The Handevision IBERIT 50mm f2.4 is a full frame mirrorless lens designed to function as a light weight and compact prime. The IBERIT is constructed with an aluminum barrel, a copper core and stainless steel components. Although the lens isn’t that fast, the 6 elements in 6 groups produces a very beautiful image with a ton of pop and a very classic style of rendering with a lot of great character.

Fujifilm X-T3 Review & Sample Photos

For the last few years, APS-C digital photography has been battling the war of relevancy, trying to find its place in photography among enthusiast and professionals. Some people love APS-C, for others, it’s just not good enough.

In this Fujifilm X-T3 review, I’ll be going over a few things you don’t see most people or reviews talking about. I won’t dive to deep into the nitty-gritty of the specs, rather we’ll take an in depth look at what X-T3 is really all about; the user interface, how you can customize camera output and the experience of using it, with some beautiful specs sprinkled on top of course.

Rokinon 50mm f1.2 Review & Sample Photos

The Rokinon 50mm f1.2 (also sold as a Samyang 50mm f1.2), is an ultra fast, ultra bright 50mm APS-C mirrorless lens with a field of view equivalent to 75mm on Sony and Fujifilm cameras and 80mm on the Canon mirrorless cameras. It features excellent coatings for flare and ghost reduction and two aspherical elements for excellent corner sharpness and chromatic aberration control.

This is the best all around manual 50mm lens I’ve tested in the native Fujifilm mount so far.

A Ride Through Fukuoka Japan

  8.08.2018   Alik   Blog, Featured   No comments

I do this thing here in Japan I’m calling biking photography. It’s a huge pain in the ass, but very fun at the same time. I actually started doing this in L.A. a few years back but sort of stopped when it became infested with homeless who cover the sidewalks in human excrement – and the Mayer thinks he’s going to run for president. 🙂

Anyway, biking is great because it combines two things I love doing into one, riding bikes and shooting photography.