• # 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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#362. A brutal end to the summer, and a new lens!

#362. A brutal end to the summer, and a new lens!

This week-end was hot in Provence. Hotter than is usual for spring, even in June. Everywhere around my house, echoed the sound of kids splashing in pool. That’s when we could hear them over the noise made by my daughter’s own party of 12. 12 teens in a pool, the

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#321. High-end 35mm lens shootout: Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM vs Leica Summicron 35/2 vs Sony/Zeiss FE 35/2.8

#321. High-end 35mm lens shootout: Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM vs Leica Summicron 35/2 vs Sony/Zeiss FE 35/2.8

Note: This is part two fo the ZM 35/1.4 review. Part 1, the full review, is here. Dilemma. Having worked hard to establish what a formidable image-making machine the Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM is (see also here), I hesitate to feed it to a pixel-peeping community with shots made

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#319. I want to ride my icicle (more Zeiss 35/1.4 ZM)

#319. I want to ride my icicle (more Zeiss 35/1.4 ZM)

Tomorrow morning, my loaner Zeiss 35/1.4 ZM has to go back to its rightful owners. This is a little heartbraking as it has been a glorious companion for my little Sony. Small, discrete, beautiful. And oh so utterly brilliant at making pictures. So, yesterday, seizing one of the last opportunities

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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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#287. The Susans’ day out.

#287. The Susans’ day out.

It’s just past seven on a dark, wet and chilly morning and I’ve dragged my less than svelte being up what seemed like several thousand steps to the entrance of Sacre Coeur, where I am due to meet co-DS-blogger Pascal. I find him on the steps of this huge church,

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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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# 142 Lofoten Un-shtunk!

# 142 Lofoten Un-shtunk!

What is not to love about the Lofoten? That is, if you have (unlikely) great weather, a (hard to find) photo friend, and (easy enough) time without interference from other photographers… Well, the Lofoten are a mix of civilised country with good infrastructure, and very sparse support points. On the

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#111 The world’s best small camera system?

It is a question that so many gear freaks among us ask themselves. Can I get a small camera that really stands up to the big boys? I have already partly answered that to my satisfaction. Since purchasing my first Sony NEX (a NEX5, then a 5N, then a 7),

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