Friday, November 28, 2014

Favorite Black Friday Deal: Fuji X100S for $699

Out of the dozens of cameras and lenses I've owned, the camera I probably miss the most is the Sony RX1 because of the image quality, and the intimacy of the 35mm.  So I have been looking for a 35mm equivalent lens and had been contemplating the Zeiss 24 1.8 for my a6000, one of the sharpest lenses available for the Sony E-mount.  However, the 24 1.8 is quite expensive, even when bought used.  Moreover, the 24 1.8 is huge and I wasn't sure I wanted to stick it so close to my subjects, as I sometimes did when shooting with the RX1.  Meanwhile, just randomly the other day, I picked up my old Fuji S5, which had been one of my favorite cameras, and took a few shots.  I got reminded of the quirky interface, the slow speed, and the outdated high ISO performance, but the unique Fuji colors still appealed to me.

So, I thought that for the price of a used 24 1.8, I could try to look for a Fuji X100 or X100S instead and have an extra body.  The X100 is available for less than $500 on eBay but I really preferred the X100S, which has several improvements over the X100.  However, a used X100S still commands a relatively high price even with the release of the X100T.

Wouldn't you know it, I found a Black Friday deal for the X100S through Abe's of Maine, for $699 with free shipping!  That was less than any used X100S I've seen on eBay.  So I took the leap!

P.S. At the time of this writing, there's an additional 2% discount if you pay by check, wire transfer or money order.  The code is "save2".  Not sure how that works though.

NOTE: I'm not affiliated with Abe's of Maine, and receive no commissions from them. Please note Abe's of Maine charges 15% restocking fee for returns.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Look Before You Leap: the Sony a6000 lens guide

The Sony a6000 is an awesome camera -- it was awarded Gold by DPReview and recently came out on top of the mid-range mirrorless camera roundup.  On top of that, the a6000 is available at a $100 discount for Black Friday.  However, when choosing your first interchangeable lens camera, I find it helpful to consider not just the camera specifications but the system as a whole -- especially the lenses and to some extent its accessories (e.g. flash).  So if you're considering the a6000, you may want to check out its lens selection to see if it has the lenses that you'll need.  The italicized ones are the lenses I have.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Upgrading E-PL5 Grip

And here's another surprise revealed, see that lovely Sigma up there? I finally gave up and pushed the button on the Sigma 60 f/2.8 sharpness micro monster. It is every bit as fantastic as I imagined it'd be, best $209 lens ever for MFT, and I haven't even used it that much. It is cheaper than any lens I have, except for the $100 40-150R. But that's not what I want to discuss today, I'll leave the Sigma for another day when I have more pictures to show to you.

The E-PL5 is a tiny MFT camera, and I can't even imagine how small an E-PM2 or GM1 would feel like. And with small, comes some compromises, like a tiny grip that is not enough to handle a lens as small as the Panaleica 25 1.4. So even before I received the camera, I have ordered a larger grip. Hit the jump to learn more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Water Splashes With Olympus & Yongnuo

I have this post as a draft since the first of July. It is one of the most daunting posts (for no apparent reasons) for me to write. But here we go. Click through for the full post.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Can This Be A Coincidence?


Today's certainly a special day. I took delivery of my new LX100 (which I haven't unboxed yet), Adobe released Lightroom 5.7 with full support for LX100 RAW files, and DPReview posted their full review of the LX100 and it was awarded with the highest rating for a camera in its class.

Oh, and I also recieved my Wasabi replacement battery for the LX100, a cool looking Lowepro case for the LX100, and an updated Olympus grip for my E-PL5 (did you know the E-PL5 had interchangeable grips?)

I am an extremely satisfied duck today, time to go read the DPR review, then unbox that LX100. More to come soon. ;-)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

iPhone 6 Camera Review

This is a user review of the iPhone 6's camera, with an emphasis on its usage for candid photos.  This post will only talk about iPhone 6's photos but not its video, which I will have to discuss another time.  Note: the iPhone 6 Plus has the same camera as the iPhone 6, but adds optical image stabilization. My comments apply to the 6 Plus as well unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Say Hello To My Newest Olympus Family Member


This tiny cute E-PL5 has just joined my Olympus MFT family. I have always wanted a backup MFT with great image quality for those times when I need to use two cameras at the same time, or for when I am in the mood to take just a tiny camera and one sharp prime for a stroll.