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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Lightroom Monster

Last month, my old 2012 iMac needed to be put down. It had a good life, but it was time to refresh the home studio as it was really showing its age while editing. I briefly looked at the new iMac Pro as a logical replacement, but couldn't justify the obnoxious $5,000 price tag. I really only use the computer for Lightroom and the podcast...

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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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NEWLK - Portsmouth

On May 15, 2015, I had the honor and privilege of hosting the 1st bi-annual #NEWLK (website link here) in Portsmouth, NH - sponsored by Richard Photo Lab and Hunts Photo & Video. I have to admit I was nervous about the whole deal and was kept awake the night before wondering who would show, would it rain, would the walk go as planned, what will I talk about and so on?

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Leica M2 + Rye Beach on Film

Last winter, I purchased my Leica M2 with a Summicron 2/50 for a project with Johnny Patience. My first weekend with the camera, I decided to take it out to Rye, NH for a walk on the deserted beach to learn how to use the camera and lens. Coming off the Leica M-E, it was more about getting a feel for metering and so on. Surprisingly, I've only posted a handful of images from that first test roll, but looking back over those images tonight, I realize there really is something special here

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Photography Talk: Avoiding Trolls

Living way out in the country, I can sometimes feel alone or cut off from the larger photographic community; that is, until I get online. Being a geek, I like to know what's going on in the world of photography; even if I limit my practice just to the 35mm film side of the fence. I enjoy catching articles on the latest camera technology, reviews on lenses, bags and bodies and occasionally jumping into articles on lighting techniques and other technical aspects that I may or may not use. What I like best is to hear discussion on these topics.

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