#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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#802. Monday Post (24 Dec 2018) – Master and masterpiece, piece of gear and peace of gear…

#802. Monday Post (24 Dec 2018) – Master and masterpiece, piece of gear and peace of gear…

I often discuss photo topics with Pascal, and when he says “great subject for a post, but I don’t know that I could write it. You, on the other hand…”, I know I should proceed with great care. But vanity and pride being what they are, I usually disregard his

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#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

For all those of you familiar with  Faust and similar myths, whereby a man loses/sells his soul to the Devil, you know how hard it is to get it back, and it usually involves the love of a fair maiden. Like that is going to happen to a man of

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#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

#779. Monday Post (22 October 2018) In defence of succumbing to GAS

Defending giving in to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) might seem strange coming from a guy who has spent all of this year with a 20+year old lens (Leica Elmarit R 28mm f:2.8) mounted on a 7-year old camera (Sony NEX 7), both more-or-less-loved leftovers from past times.     When

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#512b. The perfect gentleman

#512b. The perfect gentleman

Ah, what is so rare as a perfect gentleman ? He is always appropriately dressed, but never calls attention upon himself, the way a dandy would. He always fits in, yet maintains a distinctive identity. He never puts a foot wrong, whatever the circumstances. And, as and when matters require it,

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#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

Meet George. Small, unassuming, George is (our codename for) the newly introduced Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens. It was sent to me in July, shortly before my departure for Western Australia, with the usual instructions of telling it like I feel it. Well, at the time, I admit to thinking the

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#458. The Zeiss Loxia 35 in colour

#458. The Zeiss Loxia 35 in colour

Quick update. A few days ago, using the Zess Loxia 35 in bright winter sunlight in black & white, I was impressed by resolution but somewhat miffed at the hardly manageable contrast. Inside, things took a definite turn for the better, leading me to think that this lens is better

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#451. A high-contrast hillwalk with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2

#451. A high-contrast hillwalk with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2

With a major shootout between the Milvus 85/1.4 and the Otus 85/1.4 in preparation at casa DS, a Zeiss Loxia 35/2 turned up a couple of days ago to throw a lovely spanner in the works. Now, I have to find competitors to compare to the Loxia. My Distagon 1.4/35

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#443. A 21mm for the 21st century: Zeiss Loxia 21mm

#443. A 21mm for the 21st century: Zeiss Loxia 21mm

When Zeiss first announced the Touit line of lenses, people thought “OMG, what sort of name is that?” For, after decades of hallowed technical names like “Distagon”, “Biogon”, “Sonnar” and “Planar”, Zeiss had decided that the best names for their lenses were bird families. Not only that, but they forsook

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#424. Salon de la Photo, OTUS 28 and Apo-Sonnar 135

#424. Salon de la Photo, OTUS 28 and Apo-Sonnar 135

How can you tell you’re fully satisfied with your photo gear ? You enter the doors of Le Salon de la photo, in Paris, and have no interest in anything else than meeting friends and taking a few fun photographs. Either that or I’m getting too old to care. Ouch.

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