Meike 35mm f1.4 | First Look – A Little Gem
By Alik / 14, April

Meike has managed to keep the image quality under control for such a fast and small lens and this has surprised me.

There are no blaring issues or any deal breakers with this lens. It has some nice rendering with some decent looking bokeh. No crazy drop in sharpness along the corners or edges like with the Kamlan 50mm f1.1, and no serious issues with chromatic aberrations or drop in sharpness wide open like the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2.

Build quality is also on par with the other Meike lenses except the aperture ring is a little too loose and it is always escaping its set aperture from accidental handling

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The Beauty Of Slower Lenses | Nikon Z 50mm f1.8 S
By Alik / 09, April

Nikon is slowly winning me over at becoming my favorite full frame camera system.

I still like the EOS R, I think it’s a more capable camera in terms of versatility, mainly because of the 30MP sensor and the flippy screen that is so nice for landscape work, but I actually enjoy using the Nikon Z6 more.

The main thing that’s really got me excited about the Nikon system is the (somewhat) affordable high quality f1.8 AF glass, which is what you’re seeing with all the samples in this post.

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Sony A6400 Review – One Of My Favorite APS-C Cameras
By Alik / 04, April

The Sony A6400 is a small lightweight APS-C camera designed for photographers and videographers looking to maximize versatility and image quality without compromising performance.

Built like a tank, the A6400 is one of the best autofocusing cameras out there with some overall really nice specs. 11fps of continuous RAW shooting, 4k 100mbps video and a Tilting screen for selfies or vlogging.

Because Sony omitted IBIS from the A6400, the camera ends up being lighter compared to the A6500 while having a battery that lasts about a full day.

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Canon RF 35mm f1.8 Review & Sample Photos
By Alik / 16, January

The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 is an incredibly versatile prime lens designed for the Canon RF mount. The lens features image stabilization as well as close focusing macro capabilities with silent focusing in video mode. The 35mm focal length is one of the most useful focal lengths lending itself to many different styles of photography and the f1.8 delivers very good low light performance with some very shallow depth of field.

The size, weight and performance of the RF 35mm f1.8 makes it one of the most versatile and capable prime lenses out there and it’s also the best value when you compare it to all the full frame mirrorless 35mm lenses available today.

Canon has really stepped up their game with their non-L lenses and it really shows here.

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Fujinon 35mm f1.4 vs 35mm f2
Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 vs. 35mm f2 | Lens Comparison
By Alik / 02, January

When deciding between the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 and the 35mm f2 there is lot to consider and a lot to compare. Both lenses have very different builds and produce very different results. Should you upgrade to the 35mm f1.4 or just stick with the f2. Or, is each lens unique enough to justify owning both?

Each lens is catered for different environments and different styles of shooting and one lens isn’t necessarily better than the other because they each provide a different set of features. In this comparison, I’ll go over the pros and cons of each lens to help you decide which lens is best for your style of shooting.

To sum it up, the 35mm f2 is really more of a casual, adventure lens while the 35mm f1.4 is more of a pro portrait lens.

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SLR Magic Anamorphot-40 Review & Sample Photos
By Alik / 22, December

For years I’ve tried to find some good deals on Anamorphic lenses or adapter to shoot video and photography with and I finally found a system that’s affordable and easy to use.

SLR Magic started making some pretty interesting anamorphic adapter and cinema lenses and it just made sense to go down that route. The Anamorphot-50 for full frame, and the Anamorphot-40 for APS-C and even the Anamorphot-40 compact are all modern designs that work very well if you can pair them with the right lens.

This is my first impressions / review of the Anamorphot-40 1.33x with sample photo showing how I’ve used it for photography.

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Meike 35mm f1.7 Review & Sample Photos
By Alik / 14, December

The Meike 35mm f1.7 is a compact manual focus APS-C lens designed for photographers who want affordable image quality in as small of a package as possible. Although the f1.7 aperture isn’t as fast as some of the other lenses available, the smaller aperture allows the lens to produce a more corrected image than some of the faster lenses without the loss of character.

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Atago Shrine Fire Festival – The Process
By Alik / 06, December

Once a year, at the temple Agato in Fukuoka Japan, visitors gather together to begin the celebration of the coming new year in an annual fire festival.

A tradition with a series of rituals rooted in Shintoism and celebrated by both the Buddhists and Shintos of Japan.

To photograph this event, I used the Canon R with the 24-105mm f4L and processed the photos with Lightroom. I’ll also share you some tips and tricks and the mental process I use to produce these photos.

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Fujinon 23mm f2 Review
Fujifilm 23mm f2 Review & Sample Photos
By Alik / 05, December

The Fujinon 23mm f2 is a small light weight lens with a weather sealed construction and an incredibly fast, but silent internal focusing system. The f2 aperture with 9 rounded aperture blades produces very smooth bokeh when wide open and the 10 element design with 2 aspherical elements corrects for most issues with chromatic aberrations, distortion and vignetting while still maintaining a very natural and unique rendering.

It’s suited for photographers who need a fast autofocusing compact lens that still capable of producing outstanding image quality.

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Meike 35mm f1.7 Sample Photo
This Lens Is Awesome! Meike 35mm f1.7
By Alik / 02, December

Finally, I’m just about caught up in all the tedious stuff one must do to make a living off a blog and I can finally get back into doing the things I like to do, testing out crazy lenses and have fun shooting the way I like to shoot. 

I have something like 8 or 9 lenses just lying around waiting to get reviewed. Some of them not so exciting, some of them are really exciting, like this lens, the Meike 35mm f1.7.

I finally just started shooting with it and wow. Just wow.

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Canon RF 24-105mm f4L Sample Image
Canon RF 24-105mm f4L Review & Sample Photos
By Alik / 27, November

The Canon 24-105mm f4 is true master of versatility with an incredibly useful 24mm focal length on the wide end, and some really nice reach with 105mm on the telephoto end.

Walking around, shooting landscape photography, travel photography, HDR or events, you can use this lens in just about any situation. Build quality is really nice, color contrast, sharpness is very good and there are no serious flaws other than some minor chromatic aberrations in the corners and some distortion. It’s the perfect high end kit lens.

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Canon EOS R | Just About Everyone Got It Wrong
By Alik / 18, November

I’ve read and watched most reviews of the Canon EOS R, and man, what an echo chamber. The online review game has gotten really lazy.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think the Canon EOS R is a complete failure and a disaster, especially when you compare it to a similarly priced Sony A7III.

I’ve been shooting with the EOS R for a few weeks now dissecting its performance and capabilities so that I can share with you all the pros and cons of this camera and how it compares to my beloved Sony A7rIII.

In the meantime, here is what just about every camera review got wrong!

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