#407. Wide Wide Test. The Zeiss Distagon 2.8/15 ZF.2 review.

#407. Wide Wide Test. The Zeiss Distagon 2.8/15 ZF.2 review.

Zeiss Distagon 2.8/15 ZF.2. These few words pack a whole lot of semantic value. But all I could think of when using mine during the first few days was that 15 part in the middle. This was not a review like any other. Usually, Zeiss send along these lovely optical

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  • # 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)
  • # 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)
  • # 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)

# 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)

Pre(r)amble This post started as a semi-rant as you’ll soon see. While I was dithering whether to click the post button, an e-mail conversation sprung-up between myself, Scottish photographer and friend Bob Hamilton and DS’ own Pascal Jappy. Predictably, they were both rhapsodising about their new A7RIIs, making my decision

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#385. A Black & White walk along Phoenix’s Holbert Trail

#385. A Black & White walk along Phoenix’s Holbert Trail

Let’s pause the travelogue for a while. For those of you who don’t get what I’m on about, my past few posts have been about pretty sites a long drive away from my lovely holiday home in Phoenix : Grand Canyon, Holbrook, Monument Valley, Biosphere. But my real photo love

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#317. Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM: The Full Review

#317. Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM: The Full Review

NOTE: a comparison of this lens with the Sony Zeiss FE 35/2.8 ZA and Leica Summicron-R 35/2 is now online. My loaner period is already half exhausted! The ZM 35/1.4 has been with me for a week now and I have made several hundred exposures with it. Time for more

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#315. The Zeiss Distagon ZM 35/1.4: First Impressions on a Sony A7r

#315. The Zeiss Distagon ZM 35/1.4: First Impressions on a Sony A7r

UPDATE : The full review is now online. There’s a myth in the amateur astronomy community that all too often comes close to reality. Whenever you’ve waited months, possibly years, for a new telescope to be shipped to your home, it arrives in the middle of an ark-proportioned downpour that

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#175. A visit to “Salon de la Photo” in Paris

#175. A visit to “Salon de la Photo” in Paris

I had hoped to visit Paris Photo (pictures & Photographers) this year but it was not to be and Salon de La Photo (gear) was a close enough second prize. While the initial plan would have given me the chance to finally meet Paula Chamlee and Michael Smith, the alternative

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#162. Finding consistency in style (?)

#162. Finding consistency in style (?)

Consistency of style is an important distinction between amateurs and true artists. An Ansel Adams print is immediately recognisable, as are the works of many other famous names. Whereas amateurs often have no style of their own or have too many, exploring various appealing alleys simultaneously. I believe modern image

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#161. Black Merc

#161. Black Merc

Walking the streets of Oxford a few days ago (will have more news about this soon), I stumbled upon this mean machine. It was dark grey and looked menacing. So I got close with a Zeiss 25mm Distagon wide open and let the nose become the center of attraction. Back

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#156. Silver Efex. Is it just Canned Art ?

#156. Silver Efex. Is it just Canned Art ?

You know the warm feeling of genius you first felt at the click of an Instagram button when your very average snapshot of the next door neighbour’s dog was magically turned into a David Hamilton masterpiece of a soft focus poochery ? You know how quickly the feeling evaporated when

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#149/2 Re-Touit!

In instalment  #149, I announced that I would come back to that theme, once I had more to show and tell about the Touit 12mm. So, why this unusual number? So as not to “burn” # 150, where our Lord and Master, Pascal, has a surprise in store! But, back

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