Saturday, May 23, 2015

Quicker lens change


I glued two lens caps back-to-back to make it easier to switch lenses.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Which lens for a vacation?


One of the frequently asked questions I hear is, "What lens(es) should I bring with me on my vacation?"  In this post, I would like to suggest how you can narrow down your choices.  I am also going to discuss the cameras and lenses that I will bring for my upcoming vacation to Italy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Move to Mirrorless? Mirrorless vs. DSLR; mirrorless systems comparison




Sony recently launched an ad campaign called Move to Mirrorless.  Should you?  Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular, so much so that DigitalRev recently parodied the enthusiasm about mirrorless.  In this post, I'll post my reasons for shooting with mirrorless, and also discuss situations when I would prefer a normal DSLR.

Monday, May 11, 2015

One Flash Portrait with Linco Boom Arm


Over the weekend, I took a quick portrait of my son to commemorate his First Communion.  In this post, I will discuss my lighting setup.
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sony a6000 with TWO lenses for $649 at Costco.com!


Costco.com is selling a Sony a6000 bundle with two lenses (18-55 and 55-210) plus a bag and 32GB SD card for the amazing price of $649 with free shipping!

Please note this is the older 18-55 kit lens, not the more compact 16-50 PZ.  Although it's larger than the 16-50 PZ, it is optically much better according to Photozone.de (18-55 reviewed here; 16-50 PZ reviewed here).

As with any other item from Costco or Costco.com, you have to be a member to buy it.  (Membership costs as little as $55 annually and they usually have the best price for gas.)

Recommended settings for Samsung NX500


Did you get a Samsung NX500 (reviewed here)?  Here are the settings and menu options that I use on the NX500 for people photos:

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Matchup You've Been Waiting For: Sony a6000 vs. Samsung NX500


So the champ is finally meeting a worthy contender.  The champ has a style that is not terribly exciting but it can't be denied that he's an excellent all-around fighter, with no major weaknesses.  In the other corner is the challenger, a talented fighter with an unorthodox style.  He's got a much smaller but growing group of fans who love how he throws caution to the wind.  Everyone is wondering who is going to emerge the winner in this battle.
We're talking of course about the Sony a6000 and the Samsung NX500.  I have been using the Sony a6000 for about a year, and the Samsung NX500 for about a month.  A lot of people looking for a mid-level mirrorless camera have asked which one is better.  For me, there is no clear winner between them.  It depends on your priorities.  In this post, we'll examine their similarities and differences.

Note: the Sony a6000 shots here use a custom color profile.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How about 170mm f/1.4 or 400mm f/2.8 lenses for MFT?


Consider this a teaser. I cannot wait to start playing with the 200L and the 85 f/1.4 lenses on my Olympus E-M1. Should be fun. Oh, and please don't start talking about equivalency and DOF and all that. I know. At the end, I have 170mm f/1.4 and 400mm f/2.8 STABILIZED lenses. Wohoo.

Samsung NX500 back at $699 (with kit lens); NX1 at $1299


The Samsung NX500 (reviewed here) went on sale at $699 a couple of weeks ago, then went back up to its MSRP of $799.  Now it's back to $699.  The NX1 is likewise back down from $1499 to $1299 body only.  Given the relatively large price fluctuations, it seems Samsung is still trying to figure out the elasticity of demand for the NX1 and NX500.

Monday, April 27, 2015

An Eye-Opening Experience & The Power Of Olympus


Ever since I got the Sony A7II, I have been using it almost exclusively, apart from my trip to UAE where it made sense to pack a MFT kit due to its small size, versatility and auto-focus (Will be covered in a different post. The pictures are ready). To be honest, I was having too much fun playing with the A7II and both the Zeiss and the legacy lenses while ignoring my Olympus kit, to the extent that I decided one day to sell all of my MFT kit and only keep the Sony with the single autofocus lens that I own. And indeed I put my MFT kit for sale, only to decline the first few offers I received. I just didn't have the courage to do it. But I kept using the Sony.