Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 1.2/40 Review

Since early summer, I have been shooting exclusively with the new Voitlander Nokton Aspherical f/1.2 40mm lens on my Voigtlander Bessa R3M. I’ve always been either a 35mm or 50mm man, but have grown to really love this 40mm width over the last 6 or so months. The Nokton is an extremely fast piece of glass that, in my opinion, has an excellent rendering…

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Shooting Slide Film

This month I got a hold of my first roll of slide film. Well, that’s an utter lie. Three years ago someone gave me a roll of E6 120 which I had no idea how to shoot - and ended up doing 10 shots at 3 stops over. Needless to say, I had nothing to show for my effort. E6 hates that. So, I’ll correct my opening statement and say this is my first roll of slide where I knew how to expose it properly.

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The New Zeiss ZX1 (Hands On!)

Finally, I can talk about this. It’s so hard to keep this secret for so many months! Today, Zeiss announced the full frame fixed lens ZX1. Some of you saw me testing a blacked out camera over the summer, and this was it. So I have official hands-on experience with it! I really feel this is a great idea: a minimal design with no SD slots and an internal 512 GB SSD drive.

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Derailed - One Camera, One Lens

So, six months into my One Camera, One Lens, One Preset adventure, I am already turning it on its head with a gear change. I really thought I wanted to focus on the digital side, but each time I head out the door, I grab a film camera. I continue to love the experience and results so much more than the digital side. The latest gem has been the 2006 Voigtlander Bessa R3M "250 Jahre" …

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A Month in New Zealand - Part III of III

Concluding the three part series of my journey through middle earth (read part I and part II here) I take you through an adventure through Cromwell and Dunedin, then up to the north island for Hobbiton, Rotorua (home of Whakarewarewa, the Living Māori Village), and Auckland. I last left you off in Wanaka, as Linda and I were headed to a couple nights in Cromwell on our journey to see Ashley in Dunedin for a week.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Hands on Impressions

This spring, I got my hands on a Fuifilm X-T2 for a week. I did not get a chance to dig too deep, but I did get to see and feel how it handled. It's a very capable APS-C camera sporting the Fujifilm X-Mount which offers a fantastic line-up of glass. I ended doing some compares to my Sony A7R II for another review, but it gave me a good idea of how an APS-C camera goes head to head with a full-frame one.

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A Month in New Zealand - Part II of III

Continuing from part I (read here if you have not already) of my journey through middle earth, where I left you off on the south coast at the end of my first 10 solo days, part II continues through the next couple weeks where I met up with Linda to continue exploring the south island from Queenstown and Glenorchy to Milford Sound (again) and up to Fox Glacier and Wanaka (again).

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The 50mm Lens

Last weekend while recording the podcast with Cody and Thomas, we were discussing 50mm lenses and our love of them. I knew I owned a bunch of different ones over the years, but didn't realize how many until I started counting them off. Holy crap - I have issues I think. I can't believe the number of 50's I have purchased in the last 10 years (give or take).

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One Camera, One Lens, One Preset

I am embarking on a mission to better understand myself and my photographic direction. For those that have been following along on Instagram the past few weeks, I have been on the tail end of a long discovery phase with my work. Not only has the subject matter I have been sharing become concentrated, but my overall look and feel has changed as well. Today's short post is an explanation behind it all.

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Hasselblad X1D - Hands On Impressions

Today's look at the Hasselblad X1D is just a first impressions look, as I only had the camera in my hands for a few hours Saturday morning. Phil Cohen (the owner of the beautiful beast) and I met at a little coffee shop to talk photography and trade cameras for a walk through town. For the swap, he had my Sony A7R II with the ZEISS Loxia 2/50...

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Voigtländer Vitessa T Review

The Voigtländer Vitessa is a somewhat obscure camera from the 1950's - a time when pride was taken to manufacture solid cameras. Often compared in build to the Leica M3, the Vitessa was introduced several years before the iconic Leica M2 first emerged and went through a series of upgrades and model changes until it was ultimately discontinued after 10 years of production.

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