#540. Your experience may vary

#540. Your experience may vary

  Much of DS’ content this past year has been gear-related; lens comparisons, Zeiss’ Otii, Sony cameras v everything else, different software comparisons and despite our best intentions and efforts, little of it really conclusive. Personal preference remains the real test.         Trawling my usual list of

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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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#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

Meet George. Small, unassuming, George is (our codename for) the newly introduced Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens. It was sent to me in July, shortly before my departure for Western Australia, with the usual instructions of telling it like I feel it. Well, at the time, I admit to thinking the

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#493. Zeiss OTUS 1.4/28. A formal review of a universal lens

#493. Zeiss OTUS 1.4/28. A formal review of a universal lens

This is the last picture I took with this Zeiss OTUS 1.4/28. After this, it was returned to its white and blue box and to the post office to meet its new owner. Lucky man 😉 But I can’t complain, having myself enjoyed, for 3 weeks, the presence on my

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#490. Ongoing OTUS 28 review: 8 hours of street photography in Marseilles

#490. Ongoing OTUS 28 review: 8 hours of street photography in Marseilles

After a walk in the vines and some architectural photography in Aix-en-Provence, here is the third and last “leftover pics” post I’ll be publishing about the OTUS 28. This is a biggie …;) The lens is large and its possibilities even more so. So let’s honour this fact with a

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#487. A walk in the Provence vines with a big 28

#487. A walk in the Provence vines with a big 28

So here’s a post almighty Google ain’t gonna like much. Not enough words, not enough keywords. No link strategy. No nothin’ SEO. Just plane-Jane photographs straight off the press after a quick walk (drive, actually) in the nearby country side. The truth is: writing a good review for a lens

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#486. Fun with the 21/2.8 Loxia. The usual and the un. . .

#486. Fun with the 21/2.8 Loxia. The usual and the un. . .

The challenge of 21mm Once we get beyond 24mm, distortion of two-dimensional reality is commonplace, but not necessarily obviously so. Much depends on the size, shape and placement of near-field objects in relation to objects in more distant planes and how we want those relationships to manifest in the image.

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#484. The Zeiss Otus 28 mm f:1.4. First impressions: mighty, or almighty?

#484. The Zeiss Otus 28 mm f:1.4. First impressions: mighty, or almighty?

So, the Zeiss Otus 28 mm f:1.4 is here! Writing a (p)review of this lens is both easy and not easy. Easy, because, as you will see, it isn’t hard to read my mind on this huge piece of gear. Not easy because, once that is said and done, it

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#479. Sony A7rII and Leica Summilux-M 50/1.4. A match made in heaven?

#479. Sony A7rII and Leica Summilux-M 50/1.4. A match made in heaven?

During our recent Paris workshop, Joakim was kind enough to lend me his Leica Summilux 50. Since he is much younger than me, I prudently decided not to run away with it, but still managed to get a few shots with the intention of writing a brief review. Work, mice,

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#474. AF comes to überlenses! The Sony FE 85 G Master

#474. AF comes to überlenses! The Sony FE 85 G Master

DearSusan is a free Website. No advertising, no paywall. Hence we don’t play games and tease you with sensational headlines, but hide the meat of the info behind the paywall or after pre-roll ads have played out. So you get it up front, the spanking new Sony FE 85 f:1.4

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