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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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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Cousins Island, Yarmouth, Maine

After taking the new Sony RX1R II for a little hike in the mountains this weekend, I decided to take it down to the coast for a little more variety. I met up with Johnny and Rebecca Patience for a little coffee and cameras (all digital for us this time - gasp!) and then a little walk around the island. Here are just a few of my favorite captures from the walk taken the the RX1R II and a very light "polishing" by Rebecca's Lightroom Pro Set IV as before. 

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Carl Zeiss 2/100 Review

It is amazing how quickly a month goes by when you have such an amazing piece of glass in your hands. ZEISS was nice enough to loan me this lens over a month and I have to say, without a doubt, the ZEISS Makro-Planar T* 2/100 is one of the highest performing macro lenses on the market in both Nikon and Canon mounts. I loved it so much, in fact, that I ordered my own copy as this one was on the way back to their HQ.

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Carl Zeiss 3.5/18 Review

You've asked for it, so here is my spin on the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18 ultra-wide angle lens. Once again, I won't get all geek/techie on you, rather I'll just give you my experiences, thoughts and impressions on using this lens. As you know from other reviews, I shoot with a Nikon D700 in full manual and keep my post-work in CS5 to a minimum - usually a contrast adjust or the occasional cross-balance when the mood strikes me. I love to keep my shots as close to SOOC as I can. With my Zeiss glass, I really find no need to do much post work. No need for color correction, sharpness layers, curves or what have you. A few people have questioned if the shots I post here are truly that good from Zeiss - I assure you they are. I keep my EXIF in tact so you can see for yourself. 

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