#852. ChiKi challenge results: the vibe tribe has spoken.

#852. ChiKi challenge results: the vibe tribe has spoken.

  This is one way to see it: in the book of Genesis, it is written: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. This is as good a

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#846. The Voigtländer 40mm f:1.2 for Sony: the un-Otus.

#846. The Voigtländer 40mm f:1.2 for Sony: the un-Otus.

Lenses of similar specs on paper can turn out to have very different renderings in the flesh. Here’s the Voïgtlander 1.2/40mm, the un-Otus.

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#842. Monday Post (08 April 2019) – The Ch’i-Ki challenge

#842. Monday Post (08 April 2019) – The Ch’i-Ki challenge

The results are in, and the Haiku challenge has turned up amazing shots by DS contributors. Previous challenges, the same. Not wanting to let Pascal have all the fun, I thought I should try my hand at this. So here goes: In China, the concept of ch’i matters. It is

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#839. Monday Post (01 April 2019) – Leica and Zeiss to merge!

#839. Monday Post (01 April 2019) – Leica and Zeiss to merge!

In my last post of 2018, I forecasted that, due to the continuing contraction of the market for cameras, and thus for lenses, there would be mergers between competitors and/or companies exiting the market. Frankly, my suppositions were that, for example, Panasonic and Olympus could/would merge their camera divisions as

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#836. Monday Post (25 March 2019) – Love Vs. Hate, or Leica Vs. Zeiss, or Q2 Vs. ZX1

#836. Monday Post (25 March 2019) – Love Vs. Hate, or Leica Vs. Zeiss, or Q2 Vs. ZX1

7 years ago, Sony introduced a UPhO, or Unidentified Photographic Object, the RX1, and the world went: OMG, what have they done? A diminutive camera which, at first glance, could pass off as one of the then so-many compact cameras. Except for for a very, very un-minor detail. It had

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#827. Monday Post (03 Mar 2019) – Is the photography world going (bokeh) slutty?

#827. Monday Post (03 Mar 2019) – Is the photography world going (bokeh) slutty?

  There is no person more virtuous than a reformed sinner. Such is my case, a self-professed bokeh slut. Here is proof: Why am I such a bokeh slut? As you know, in my Last Post for the year (2018), I proclaimed that the Lens Of The Year 2018 was

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#824. Monday Post (25 Feb. 2019)- From multi-lens platforms to multi-platform lenses (back to the MP roots)

#824. Monday Post (25 Feb. 2019)- From multi-lens platforms to multi-platform lenses (back to the MP roots)

  When the Monday Post was created, the intent was to adress industry news. Things (meaning: writers) later digressed, even sometimes going completely off-topic, as some readers remarked. So it is time to go back to the MP roots: let’s talk news and gear!     News this week have

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#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

These days I have been getting shots from Pascal, comparing the output from his “Bigger is Better” Hasselblad X1-D with the formidable Zeiss Otus 85mm to that from Hassy glass on the same camera body. Also comparing shots from Dallas’ Nikon bodies and 4 lenses to my Sony-with-just-one-lens on our

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#811. Monday Post (21 Jan 2019) – What’s in my bag? The one-and-only lens.

#811. Monday Post (21 Jan 2019) – What’s in my bag? The one-and-only lens.

There are many styles of photography and photographers, so any statement needs to be made in the context of a certain type of shooting and individual Please see: https://www.dearsusan.net/2015/02/03/320-magic-quadrant-personal-photographic-style/ . In my case, stationary objects, cityscapes, landscapes, close-ups, and my style is storytelling.. It is now almost a year that

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#803. Monday Post (31 dec. 2018) Last post! (for the year)

#803. Monday Post (31 dec. 2018) Last post! (for the year)

So, 2018 is soon to be over. What has it changed to our (photographic) worlds over the course of this year? Are MF cameras really better (for some uses)? The answer would seem to be “yes”, as the Master of this House has declared undying love for the Hasselblad X1D.

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