21mm, the Zuikos and Other Lenses From the Past on the Sony α7RII

21mm, the Zuikos and Other Lenses From the Past on the Sony α7RII

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN Sony has inched closer to making it possible for us to realize even modest large format photographic quality from a camera body we can hold in the palm of our hand. Medium format quality is already within reach of its new 42MP sensor, and Hasselblad will have to come up with […]

10 Movies Every Photographer Should See

10 Movies Every Photographer Should See

Don’t know about you, but what’s nicer than chilling out to a good movie after a hard day’s work. The Internet turns our computers into phenomenal movie libraries with access to every movie imaginable, such as Amazon’s Instant Video. Well you know the name of the game… While everyone has his or her favorite genre, […]

“The Lisbon Portfolio” — A Photographer Thriller by Kirk Tuck

“The Lisbon Portfolio” — A Photographer Thriller by Kirk Tuck

(Here’s a great post by a photographer I highly admire for his mastery and versatility, Kirk Tuck, writing a photography suspense novel! I myself won two literary awards, but boy don’t let me talk about my earlier days as an aspiring writer… Kirk’s (Leica rangefinder!) thriller sounds like a great book for anyone interested in […]

Shortest Ever Fujifilm X-T1 Review

Shortest Ever Fujifilm X-T1 Review

It’s been quite a ride for the Fujifilm X series so far. Launched in March two years ago with the groundbreaking X-Pro1, the family of X cameras seems to grow faster than any of the competitors’ — despite sales being not that strong. The choice is yours, there’s the X-E2, X-A1, X-M1 and the series’ […]

The One-for-Everything Sony RX10 — Big Muscle, Little Brain?

The One-for-Everything Sony RX10 — Big Muscle, Little Brain?

Don’t want to sound contrarian for the sake of it. Everyone’s praising it. The Sony RX10, a pumped up P&S on steroids, is a marvel of an all-rounder camera. Not too small, fronted by a beautifully bright, fast, fixed Zeiss zoom with a 35mm equivalent of 24-200mm, this RX10 can shine as a street, travel […]

Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-On With High-Res Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 Model Shots

Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-On With High-Res Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 Model Shots

Beautiful finish, nice tactile feel and responsive controls — Fujifilm’s latest X-T1 mirrorless X series camera is certainly an as impressive as elegant photographic tool the Japanese camera maker can be proud of. Bear in mind, the X series is only two years old. Within no time the retro-styled cameras have grown into a respected […]

F-Stops, Fads, Monstrous Lenses and Composition (Plus Sony A7R with Zeiss Otus Comparisons…)

F-Stops, Fads, Monstrous Lenses and Composition (Plus Sony A7R with Zeiss Otus Comparisons…)

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN You must have noticed that as popular cameras became smaller, to almost everyone’s delight, the lenses became bigger. Greater portability of one is offset by more weight of the other; unnecessarily heavy normal focal length lenses, some of them pretty monstrous. Could this involve some heretofore unknown law of nature, deserving […]

Nikon Df Hands-On — The Closest SLR to a Leica, Minus Rangefinder

Nikon Df Hands-On — The Closest SLR to a Leica, Minus Rangefinder

By BRIAN SWEENEY The Nikon Df brings to SLR’s what the Leica M-E and M Monochrom bring to rangefinders: a 21st century incarnation of classic camera controls into a full-frame digital camera. The Leica allows use of manual focus lenses going back over 80 years, rangefinder-coupled and in the 24x36mm format that they were designed. […]

Sony A7R and a Ton of Legacy Lenses — Full-Resolution Sample Images

Sony A7R and a Ton of Legacy Lenses — Full-Resolution Sample Images

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN Unlike what happened in some other Asian cities, Japanese photographers did not rush out en masse to get hold of that full-format camera (digital’s new medium format) miraculously squeezed into a palm-sized mirrorless body when it went on sale in Tokyo on November 15. There was no one else besides me […]

Can Olympus Keep Up? — Ronn Aldaman Works the OM-D E-M1

Can Olympus Keep Up? — Ronn Aldaman Works the OM-D E-M1

By RONN ALDAMAN This is an article for normal people, not technicians. The title is somewhat misleading. Some ask if the company can keep up with the competition. But the fact is, at the moment the real question to ask is: can Olympus keep up with with the demand for the new OM-D EM-1, currently […]

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Resolution JPEG and RAW Sample Images

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Resolution JPEG and RAW Sample Images

Here some quick first impressions after I played bit with the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Talk evolution rather than revolution. While the body is slightly larger than that of the original OM-D, the E-M5, it doesn’t feel that much bigger. With the battery grip and 12-40mm F2.8 attached it’s a comfortable package. Less stylish than it’s […]

Hands-On Photography Psychology With Ken Rockwell — “The More Expensive Camera Only Costs More and Weighs You Down More”

Hands-On Photography Psychology With Ken Rockwell — “The More Expensive Camera Only Costs More and Weighs You Down More”

Divine post by Ken Rockwell that’s more about psychology than photography. Even if you would test the Canon 1D X ($6,799) against the cheapo Canon SL1 ($599), world’s most compact DSLR, if you make the images the same size for a valid comparison = the complete, uncroppped images look completely identical, says Rockwell. Quite a […]

Lesson in History: The Magic of the “Value for Money” Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm F1.5

Lesson in History: The Magic of the “Value for Money” Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm F1.5

By BRIAN SWEENEY I’ve put together another article, this time on the C-Sonnar. “Once upon a time” optical engineers wrote books aimed at photographers wanting to understand more about the instruments that they use. They actually explained things like “focus shift” and “spherical aberration.” I’ve tried to apply lessons learned from Carroll Bernard Neblette (Photographic […]

Hello DxO, Stop Trying to Please Everyone

Hello DxO, Stop Trying to Please Everyone

By BENGT NYMAN I am a great fan of DxOMark test results, produced under uncompromising rigor and objectivity. I chose my last camera and lenses based on DxO Labs’ test results and I am very pleased with the results. The DxOMark test results for the Nikon D800(E) initially drew criticism from a die hard crowd […]

Unique Blend of Compactness, Super Speed and Perfect Imperfections: 1930s Sonnar Lenses on the Leica M9 and M Monochrom

Unique Blend of Compactness, Super Speed and Perfect Imperfections: 1930s Sonnar Lenses on the Leica M9 and M Monochrom

By BRIAN SWEENEY The revival of rangefinder photography in the 21st century has been guaranteed by the availability of the new generation of Leica digital cameras. The Epson RD-1 and Leica M8 opened the digital world to rangefinder enthusiasts. The M9 allowed use of 80 years of rangefinder lenses in the mode that they were […]

The Nikon V, an Ideal Paparazzo a.k.a. Photojournalism Workhorse

The Nikon V, an Ideal Paparazzo a.k.a. Photojournalism Workhorse

This is a rather short review of the second incarnation of the Nikon 1 system’s fancier V lineup, currently headed by the Nikon V2. You’re not buying this camera for its ergonomics or external beauty. The aesthetics are — pardon my French — boxy, clumsy, an ugly duckling. The predecessor’s look was more refined. However […]

That “Leica Look” — Tim Ashley Reviews Leica’s New Baby: Those Cherished M Lenses Look Even Better on the M Typ 240

That “Leica Look” — Tim Ashley Reviews Leica’s New Baby: Those Cherished M Lenses Look Even Better on the M Typ 240

Tim Ashley does it again. I’m pleased that one of the best camera gear hands-on reviewers (who’s a multi-system user!) reviews Leica’s latest digital M baby — and kindly allows THEME to republish it. If you know Tim, you know that you’re about to read some of the most balanced, thought-out, objective gear review written […]