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#588. Zeiss ExoLens. Down the Smartphone Photography rabbit hole?

#588. Zeiss ExoLens. Down the Smartphone Photography rabbit hole?

Smartphone photography is a bit of a polarizing topic, here on DearSusan :  some photographers herald it as the definitive solution for close-up, spontaneous, huge DOF explorations, while the arrière-guarde argue that they’re perfectly happy with their large bodies (cameras, that is) and super lenses. I personally fall in both

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#576. Sony A7rII vs Fuji GFX. A few 100% samples.

#576. Sony A7rII vs Fuji GFX. A few 100% samples.

We’ve heard a lot about the new medium format cameras from Fuji and Hassleblad and some user reviewers are now surfacing slowly. But what’s been on our mind lately, here at DS, is how these compare to the current star of our Full Frame lineup, the Sony A7rII. And now,

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#567. Leica M10 review: A first Opportunity to Get a Second Impression

#567. Leica M10 review: A first Opportunity to Get a Second Impression

This is a new hands-on guest post about the new Leica M10 and 4 interesting lenses by reader PaulB. Here’s is his bio and introduction : “My name is Paul Barclay and I have been practicing photography for the past 33 years. I began pursuing photography seriously after graduating from

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#553. Straight Outta the Darkroom

#553. Straight Outta the Darkroom

This is a very interesting guest post by Brian Patterson on how and why to adapt enlarger lenses to outfit modern day cameras. Refreshing … Be sure to click on the clematis shot, it is full size and shows the lovely image quality of the lens. Brian, thanks a lot

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#547. The Beauty of Apple Photos. Maybe I should explain.

#547. The Beauty of Apple Photos. Maybe I should explain.

This is not, strictly speaking, a formal review of Apple Photos, the free MacOs photo-cataloging, photo-editing application. More of an unrant (a rant is what you complain about something, an unrant is when you compliment, but in an equally subjective and biased manner).   And if you think about it, much

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#544. Photo Editing: A Fresh Start at Casa DS!

#544. Photo Editing: A Fresh Start at Casa DS!

A few weeks ago, my article (The MacBook Pro. Overpriced gimmick or World’s best laptop for photographers ?) garnered comments that where overwhelmingly … divided. Talk about entrenched camps. Interestingly, the transfuges who raised their hands seemed to be exiting the Mac world, drawn by the sirens of powerful GPU cards (Razer Blade

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#535. Lightroom vs Capture One in B&W

#535. Lightroom vs Capture One in B&W

Continuing my comparison of Adobe Lightroom and Phase One Capture One photo editors, here is a sequence on B&W conversions. So it’s fitting to start with a colour image, right? Just to set the scene of the first conversion. This conversion used one of the built-in presets. The one below

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#530. LightRoom vs Capture One in Berlin

#530. LightRoom vs Capture One in Berlin

While Paul navigated Japan and experimented with the very promising Luminar software, I was closer to home, in Berlin, making a set of photographs in various situations to compare the outputs of Capture One and Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom got me very excited in the early days. Compared to my workhorse

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  • #529. Luminar. Does it work?

#529. Luminar. Does it work?

Yes, it does and I’m beginning to like it a lot.   For a V1.0 release it’s pretty good. No crashes, interfaces with Lightroom, Aperture, PS etc.   I’ve not tried all the options and have done little more than fiddle so far, but as an editor, I’m impressed. The

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#512b. The perfect gentleman

#512b. The perfect gentleman

Ah, what is so rare as a perfect gentleman ? He is always appropriately dressed, but never calls attention upon himself, the way a dandy would. He always fits in, yet maintains a distinctive identity. He never puts a foot wrong, whatever the circumstances. And, as and when matters require it,

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