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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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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Sony A7R II Review

Having enjoyed the Sony RX1R II for 6 months now, I decided to add to my digital side by picking up the Sony A7R II and a Zeiss Batis 1.8/85. I had considered the new Sony A9 when it was announced a few weeks back, but think I will wait on the announcement of A9R to see what direction that goes.  For now, the tried and true Sony A7R II is my path to go on.

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The Nikon F4 Review

The Nikon F4 had been my "dream camera" since the early 1990's. Back in college, this camera was the end-all be-all of modern technology, the pinnacle of camera design, and way out of the bounds of my strapped wallet. While most students my age had posters of the Lamborghini Diablo on their walls, mine was adorned with the Nikon F4. Sure, I went through many Nikon bodies over the years, the S3, FM, FM3HP, N60, D80, D700 (and the Nikonos V I should add) but never a pro-level body.

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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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Rebecca Lily's Pro Set III - Color Review

I was graciously asked by Rebecca to test her latest (masterfulLightroom Pro Preset III pack before its release this month. I was blown away with the number of presets in here (120 in all), both color and monotone, as well as a full set of custom tools. For this review, I am only hitting the color presets.  The B&W (sub)review has been posted for you as well.

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Rebecca Lily's Pro Set III - B&W Review

Before you go any further, please see the Color Review here first. The color review has many details about the entire Pro Set III - this review only breaks out the B&W presets. Find out more about how you can get these presets on Rebecca's site: Rebecca Lily's Pro Set III. With that being said, I wanted to talk about the B&W presets with portraits and landscapes.  I only used a couple images for this portion of the review - but like the color, have shown all possible combinations taken off a raw Leica file. For each iteration, I applied a one-click setting from the SOOC file on top.

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Richard Photo Lab: 1/4 Bind and Faux Leather Books

This is a really quick review of the new hardcover books from Richard Photo Lab that I picked up last week. As anyone that follows this blog knows, Richard's is the only lab I trust with my film. And when I saw these new hardcover books, I just had to check them both out.

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