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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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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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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Zeiss Loxia 21 Review

This spring, I picked up another E-mount Zeiss for my personal collection, the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 (Amazon) fully manual wide-angle lens. The only other E-mounts I have reviewed from Zeiss so far have been the Zeiss Batis 1.8/85 (Amazon) and Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 (Amazon). I have to say, this one is a completely different beast; and not only because it is fully manual.

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Zeiss Batis 135 Review

So, I got my hands on the tasty Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 lens last month. I've been so lucky to have an extraordinary relationship with Zeiss over the past 7 years, allowing me to receive review copies of everything in the Zeiss line-up for my Leica (ZM) and Nikon (ZF/ZF.2) mounts. Sadly, I hadn't grabbed any review lenses from them since moving away...

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The Three Best Cameras I Ever Used

I shoot a lot of cameras. A lot. I have been through a bunch of (primary) systems over the years, from the full Nikon system (2006) to the Leica system (2013) and onto the Sony system (2017) to name a few. While shooting these complete systems I also shoot a lot of others on the side (non-primary: think Hasselblad 500c, Plaubel-Makina 670, Chamonix 45n2, etc.). I love to buy/borrow various cameras, give em a spin, then decide if they stay or go. I'd guess I have tried an average of six "side" cameras a year for the past 10+ years. I purchase a couple of these each year, and only a few ever stick around more than a couple years.

I'd say over the years that there are three primary formats that I tend to gravitate to: 35mm film, medium format film, and 35mm digital. So, I began thinking, what are the best (most enjoyable all around) cameras I have used in each format? This is my analysis.

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