#860. Monday Post (20 May 2019) – A tale of two 100s – May challenge – Pixel madness

#860. Monday Post (20 May 2019) – A tale of two 100s – May challenge – Pixel madness

Over the past few weeks, two new 100mm lenses have been announced and alarmingly stretched my zygomaticus : the super duper Zeiss Otus 100 f/1.4 and the intriguing Laowa 100/2.8 Macro Apo. In many ways the two are similar, in many ways they are polar opposites.     The Otus

Read more
#859. Dealing with Tourists in Photographic Composition

#859. Dealing with Tourists in Photographic Composition

I recently traveled to a very touristy destination, Egypt, for a week-long photographic cruise. Not being used to sharing locations with others (un-destinations rule my photo life), I struggled to deal with the constant presence of other visitors that stopped everywhere for selfies, or to read a sign or to

Read more
#858. Hasselblad X1D does F1! And a new challenge.

#858. Hasselblad X1D does F1! And a new challenge.

They said that it could not be done, He said, “Just let me try.” They said, “Other men have tried and failed,” He answered, “But not I.” They said, “It is impossible,” He said, “There’s no such word.” He closed his mind, he closed his heart… To everything he heard.”

Read more
#855. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/120 review – dealing in gentle absolutes!

#855. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/120 review – dealing in gentle absolutes!

Let me spoil you the end right away. This lens is ridiculously good, even by Hasselblad standards. While I will go into details further down this page, just know I couldn’t find fault with this extraordinary design. It’s not all good news, however. Ergonomics unfortunately lag far behind optics. At

Read more
#850. 3 days in Paris with the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 (minimalist review).

#850. 3 days in Paris with the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 (minimalist review).

A 3 day review of the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 in Paris.

Read more
#849. One walk, three togs, 33 pics. And a proposition.

#849. One walk, three togs, 33 pics. And a proposition.

Photography’s like sex. Two’s company, three’s a blast.

Read more
#848. (Easter) Monday Post (22 April 2019) – Thank you! (we don’t say it often enough) & update on the ChiKi challenge

#848. (Easter) Monday Post (22 April 2019) – Thank you! (we don’t say it often enough) & update on the ChiKi challenge

I started DearSusan 8 years ago, before vlogging and becoming a YouTube star was all the rage because a tiny book (On Photography, by Susan – The Susan – Sontag) had given me the shock necessary to lift my photography out of a tourist rut and into a deeply satisfying

Read more
#847. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/45mm review. The best all rounder ?

#847. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/45mm review. The best all rounder ?

The smallest lens in the Hasseblad XCD range may well be the most pleasant to use and the best optical all rounder.

Read more
#844. Monday Post (15 April 2019) – 100Mp mirrorless cameras, at long last …

#844. Monday Post (15 April 2019) – 100Mp mirrorless cameras, at long last …

More pixels don’t mean better pixels. Rant – and counter rant – on.

Read more
#841. The Visual Haiku challenge. Results are in.

#841. The Visual Haiku challenge. Results are in.

12 talented photographers take on the challenge of creating photographs to represent the visual equivalent of Japanese poetry’s haiku.

Read more