#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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#394. Arizona. In a state of ruins

#394. Arizona. In a state of ruins

Apparently, the Americans view the French as a bunch of fat blokes with a beret carrying a baguette under their arm. And of course, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Well, maybe that fat part is … But feel not ashamed, good people on the other side of the

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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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#376. Why DSLRs are deader than a doornail for top-quality photography

#376. Why DSLRs are deader than a doornail for top-quality photography

Fact is, just a few years ago, DSLRs accounted for 100% of top-quality cameras, excluding medium-format and other professional gear. Mirrorless cameras were all compact, with thimble-sized sensors, very limited in terms of performance. There was but one exception, a small market niche for rangefinder cameras, almost exclusively Leica. But,

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#371. The Sony A7rII – Second Thoughts.

#371. The Sony A7rII – Second Thoughts.

This is a guest post by Leonard Norwitz, whom some will know for his ultra-fi expertise and writings, and who shares interesting pre-delivery doubts about the Sony A7rII. Thank you Leonard – [Pascal]. Le roi est mort, vive le roi ! My mouth waters with excitement as I anticipate the

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#366. Theming up (2): flower saucers

#366. Theming up (2): flower saucers

Many times, when a photographer is credited with having “a distinctive style”, that is meant as a compliment. I have never been completely at ease with that, as though it meant, in a way, being a “one trick pony”. I remember my disapointment when reading the third or fourth book

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#364. The A7Rii. Sony Dit It. And it looks amazing !

#364. The A7Rii. Sony Dit It. And it looks amazing !

Sony’s A7r contained the world’s most desirable FF sensor in a remarkable package that had its infuriating sides. Good build, lovely design, great EVF alongside terrible ergonomics, slow wakeup times and noisy shutter. Once the joy of superb image quality started to dissolve into everyday normality, the niggles started to

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#363. Theming up

#363. Theming up

In photography, I’m just a total amateur, a quirky hobbyist. I shoot whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it, and post whatever that yields. Which means that the result is a ragtag collection of haphazard opportunities and inspirations. The “opportunity”, this time, is that the municipal council in

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#361. Farewell my lovely (OTUS 85)

#361. Farewell my lovely (OTUS 85)

“What comes around inevitably goes around.” I bravely tell myself while packing the OTUS 85/1.4 lens that has been my constant companion for the past 4 months. While I’ve never understood the need for unboxing videos, this reboxing ceremony session certainly has a special emotional impact on me. What if

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#360. Travel photography lessons from Vaison la Romaine. 6 hours under a baking sun.

#360. Travel photography lessons from Vaison la Romaine. 6 hours under a baking sun.

Here’s a location most visitors to Provence will want to add to their must-see list. Vaison la Romaine has it all: some of the best ruins in the old Roman empire, a medieval village on a hill, a river, stunning views over the Mont Ventoux and surrounding vineyards (it’s only

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