Nifty 25: Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro

I bought this lens because I had never been entirely satisfied with the results from other M43s lenses at 25mm and because of a general love for the results from a fast 50mm. Olympus released a number of products in the last few months and the 25mm ƒ/1.2 Pro M.Zuiko Digital (hereafter, the 25mm f1.2) …

Double Pro? Thoughts on the Fujifilm X-Pro2

As a follow up to my previous post on this topic, it was time to publish a full review/impressions piece on the X-Pro2. To summarise: (i) it’s really, really good; but (ii) not everyone will agree with (i). I’ll be honest about the negatives but to be clear, for me, this camera makes them irrelevant. …

X-Pro2 at first glance

Last Thursday morning I had resolved to cancel my D500 order, largely because I’m not a birder and I didn’t really see what it would add other than the need to purchase a whole new set of wide angle lenses (that’s tongue in cheek – I think the D500 looks fantastic, but I don’t really …

On the pleasure of shooting with a great camera

The Nikon D810 is a camera I’ve raved about before. It is an enormously capable camera which allows for images that are, at their best, better than any other camera with a 35mm sensor. There are a lot of things about the D810 that aren’t perfect: it’s a little thicker than I think Nikon could …

New year, new cameras, new statistics…

January has seen the launch of a couple of very impressive new cameras. Some of them look out of this world (boom, boom…). First out of the blocks was Nikon, with their new flagship D5 camera. The portrait gripped body has a 20mp sensor and shoots up to 12 frames per second (FPS). It has …

Micro

Some of you, who follow my Flickr photostream, may have noticed that from time to time I shoot with Micro Four Third cameras, or M43s. It’s fair to observe I don’t use them all the time and I tend to reserve them for particular situations. Why? Well, sometimes you end up as a resolution and …

Wide Load – thoughts on the Tamron 15-30mm F2.8

I found this lens intriguing from the get go, as it promised better performance than the Nikon branded alternatives. In the case of the Nikon 16-35mm F4, this wouldn’t be difficult given I found it weak in my use at wider focal lengths, but it’s a bolder claim applied to the Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 G …

Plucky underdog? Some personal views on the Sony A7RII

Much has been made of the A7RII, by Sony and industry commentators … Those who buy it because they need a very small camera with 4k video, stabilisation and support for adapted lenses will be happy… those who get it and are happy with it will rate it in its own terms and not because it might have some equivalency in performance with certain DSLRs.

Cheap* but good

I read recently on a well known photography website a list of “the best cheap lenses” for Nikon F mount and was surprised that I didn’t agree with any of the choices. This inspired me to write my own list of cheap(ish, perhaps “reasonably priced” would be more accurate) but great primes for F mount. …