#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

I must be getting rusty. As the time comes to write a review of the Zeiss Loxia 25 that co-author Philippe so kindly lent me for a 2-week trip to Japan, words fail me. The thing is, there isn’t a lot to say about this lens, if you stick to

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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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#773. The more the merrier at Photokina, or, in this case, der weirder, der better!

#773. The more the merrier at Photokina, or, in this case, der weirder, der better!

Once upon a time, there was only one manufacturer of FF mirrorless. Sony. Or rather, there were two, but the other one, Leica, was so different that competition was not that strong between the two.   Sony made great strides at the expense of Canon and Nikon with its FF

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#772 The rise of the extremes and the decline of the middle glass

#772 The rise of the extremes and the decline of the middle glass

  At some point it is good to look at the past to take stock of the present. Let’s go back to when “serious” digital cameras replaced film. Why did that happen? Practicality was the main reason, not IQ. Always-on LiveView and the ability to chimp, the instant availability of

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#771. Saturday Quickie – Spring in the Fynbos

#771. Saturday Quickie – Spring in the Fynbos

Spring’s not quite here down on the Southern Tip, but the fynbos is already showing out and a quick Saturday post seemed like a great idea.           We only got back from our Spanish eat-athon (with the UK-based rest of the family) a couple of days

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#761. Monday Post (27 Aug 2018) – What an e-Z week we’ve had !

#761. Monday Post (27 Aug 2018) – What an e-Z week we’ve had !

What a week for gear, right? Nikon’s announcement of 2 new mirrorless cameras caused quite a stir among DS email list members. After months of slumber, you could hear us typing frantically, exchanging thoughts around the globe. And let’s not forget the other seismic shift of the week. One of

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#743. The X-H1. Has Fuji hit the target?  Three opinions.

#743. The X-H1. Has Fuji hit the target? Three opinions.

Kaiman Wong (Kai W) calls it a beast. An acknowledged street photographer true, but jizzing around in the rain outside a new(ish) building at 1 New Change in the City of London is hardly a decent test.   There are now three X-H1s in the hands of our contributors and

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#730. Is this the best landscape photography location in the World?

#730. Is this the best landscape photography location in the World?

Well the title has I would think certainly grabbed your attention! Let the arguments begin. New Zealand is a photographer’s dream, it has an abundance of craggy snow covered mountains, majestic lakes, streams, rainforest, glaciers, fjords and in the North Island there are the geothermals. On this trip I was

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#729. Bend it like Daido

#729. Bend it like Daido

Are, bure, boke. In English: rough, blurred, out of focus. 3 words to describe the style and philosophy of the Japanese Provoke movement of 50 years ago.       The name’s Moriyama, Daido Moriyama. And his use of stark B&W (and, more recently, colour) to visually communicate the raging

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