#199. Should we still be collecting lenses ?

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Close to the top of the traditional photographer’s 10 commandments was “covet thy not thy camera but keep all your good lenses forever“. On paper, it made perfect sense. Lenses are expensive but lose little value (almost none if you … Continue reading

#191. Leica Summicron-R 50/2 : the perfect 50 for the Sony A7r ?

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It was this lovely article by Tim ashley that brought this lens to my attention. I bought one for my NEX-5n 18 months ago, didn’t love it as much as I had hoped (chiefly because of the resulting 75mm equivalent … Continue reading

#190. Leica Apo-Telyt 135/3.4 (on Sony A7r) : the Long Ranger

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Long lenses suit the way I see the world better than wide-angles do, so let me begin my reviewing of Leica lenses on the A7r with my most recent acquisition : the Leica-M Apo-Telyt 135mm f/3.4. I purchased this used … Continue reading

#187. Of Kiwis and time

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“Whatcha photographing mate?” It’s early November and I am standing on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront, close to the Maori-named national museum, Te Papa. The weather is overcast and I’m not sure how to answer this curious local. “Dunno. I’ll know when … Continue reading

#177. Fun test : Leica glass on CCD vs Kit lens on CMOS, anyone ?

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Many discontented Leica aficionados argued that the new (M240) couldn’t match the image quality from the M9 and attributed the regression to the CMOS sensor of the newer model being inferior to the older CCD sensor in the M9. Note … Continue reading

#166. Are the new Zeiss / Sony lenses for the A7 camera too expensive ?

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Short answer: NO. They’re a bargain. The end. ============= Disclaimer : Let me state upfront that I am a fanboy, but of Voigtlander and Leica lenses. Not of Zeiss. The first lens to go when I decided to switch from … Continue reading

#164. My next Camera ? Welcome to the Sony A7r !

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Rumor websites are often criticised but here’s my big THANK YOU to Andrea, administrator of SonyAlphaRumors, who has rekindled my love affair with Sony. Readers might recall my steamy love affair with the Sony NEX-5n a couple of years ago … Continue reading

#162. Finding consistency in style (?)

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Consistency of style is an important distinction between amateurs and true artists. An Ansel Adams print is immediately recognisable, as are the works of many other famous names. Whereas amateurs often have no style of their own or have too … Continue reading