#534. The Monday Post (5 December 2016)

#534. The Monday Post (5 December 2016)

Presets are for losers. Right? When you’re too lazy or not inspired enough to figure out your own post-processing like a man, you click a magic button and let the machine inject talent into your pathetic work. Probably to share with your pathetic friends on a pathetic social network. When

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#495. Three boats on Loch Farr

#495. Three boats on Loch Farr

There’s a full post on the way which will cover the past week’s wanderings in northern Scotland. Queue jumping it is this short piece, unplanned yesterday and un-thought of until just after 06:00 this morning.   The weather is very much as you see in the header image. At least

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#285. Zeiss Loxia 50/2, Sony FE55/1.8 and Leica Summicron 50/2, the Great Normal Lens Shootout

#285. Zeiss Loxia 50/2, Sony FE55/1.8 and Leica Summicron 50/2, the Great Normal Lens Shootout

So there we are, admiring the city of Paris from above on a cold and wet wet wet autumn morning to give the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 a second look (Philippe’s world first public review is here) and compare it to its natural rivals : the Sony / Zeiss FE

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#282. The New Zeiss Loxia 50. What to expect?

#282. The New Zeiss Loxia 50. What to expect?

The new Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar and 35mm f/2 Biogon are now shipping in multiple countries and my own 50mm sample will arrive a few days. Deciding whether to order this lens was a constant inner struggle and I’m only receiving it because I didn’t back out of the

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#261. Menu envy. Not.

#261. Menu envy. Not.

Many pundits flesh out their reviews with (usually) lengthy and often caustic gripes about interfaces – the way the camera communicates with you and how easy it is to set, or change a specific function. Read any Web review. There’s always a section on the menus and how hard (usually)

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#249. Packing for Perth(shire)

#249. Packing for Perth(shire)

Holiday time looms. We’ll also be attending two weddings while we’re there, so a couple of weeks before leaving for Europe, it’s time to start my usual agonising game about what camera kit to pack. The Nikon option is usually a D800 and 14-24, 24-70 and 80-200 zooms, with either

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#191. Leica Summicron-R 50/2 : the perfect 50 for the Sony A7r ?

#191. Leica Summicron-R 50/2 : the perfect 50 for the Sony A7r ?

It was this lovely article by Tim ashley that brought this lens to my attention. I bought one for my NEX-5n 18 months ago, didn’t love it as much as I had hoped (chiefly because of the resulting 75mm equivalent focal length), sold it to a fellow photographer reader of

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#187. Of Kiwis and time

#187. Of Kiwis and time

“Whatcha photographing mate?” It’s early November and I am standing on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront, close to the Maori-named national museum, Te Papa. The weather is overcast and I’m not sure how to answer this curious local. “Dunno. I’ll know when I get home and see what they look like then.”

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#182. Photo workshops – tired?

#182. Photo workshops – tired?

Photo workshops? Tired or wired?

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#177. Fun test : Leica glass on CCD vs Kit lens on CMOS, anyone ?

#177. Fun test : Leica glass on CCD vs Kit lens on CMOS, anyone ?

Many discontented Leica aficionados argued that the new (M240) couldn’t match the image quality from the M9 and attributed the regression to the CMOS sensor of the newer model being inferior to the older CCD sensor in the M9. Note that the same sort of argument were levelled at the

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