Camera and Lens and Accessories Reviews

I just decided to make this portfolio page. Too often, I scour reviews mostly out of curiosity, sometimes to gain insight on gear I own, and when considering a purchase. My reviews will be based on use without being beholden to anyone. Honestly, for cameras and lenses the images do most of the talking. I don’t care about coma or softness in the corners or similar things, and frankly once a review goes down that rabbit hole I hit the escape key.

I’ll post my “version” of camera and lens reviews here. My interest is on how a camera or lens makes pictures, how it feels in the hands, how it will stand the test of time, and its ease of use.

Regarding accessories, I tend to accessorize every system to the point of ridiculousness. Being absent minded, I cannot find most of the small accessories after using them. They get lost in the bottom of one of a bag until I pick the bag up again – meaning I should never have purchased the damned thing in the first place! There are some I try hard not to lose track of and use regularly, and those are ones I’ll discuss here.

Lastly, the endless search for the camera bag that suits me. For a bag to work for me, it must be good looking, durable, functional and most important it must be comfortable to sling on my shoulders.

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Homage to the Leica M3

      I love vintage analogue cameras and admit to a fascination with gathering models considered master works from renowned manufacturers. Examples in my collection are the Nikon F3, Minolta XD 11, Spotmatic F, Hasselblad 503cx, Pentax 67 and the Contax G2. I have two other Leicas, an M6 and an M240, each of

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Ricoh GR III Rolling Review

I will supplement this review over time with imagery and thoughts. I have shot this collection of bottles in the window at Angelina’s Cafe many times with many different cameras. **Ongoing Thoughts +++++ It is a great camera and very fun to use. The image quality is superb from the 28mm (in full frame equivalent)

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Zeiss Lenses

I am a huge fan of Zeiss Lenses. I use them on my Rollei TLR, my Hasselblad, my Leica and Nikon cameras. I’ll post images here using the different lenses. General Thoughts on Superb Lenses I have shot many fine lenses. Pentax Takumar and Leica lenses are absolutely great. I do have a quibble with

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Leica M10 Planar 50
Leica M10, Planar 50
Nikon D850/Zeiss 35/1.4 F 1.4@ISO 6400

FILM SCANNING HOLDERS AND COMPARISON SILVERFAST 9 AND EPSON SCAN SOFTWARE; LOMOGRAPHY VERSUS EPSON FILM HOLDERS

This first set is an incomplete test since the scans in the Epson holder were made with the stock Epson Scan software from my V 800 scanner and those made from the Lomography holder were scanned with Silverfast 9.

I always struggle to get the film flat in the Epson holders. The only way to lay it flat is to wrestle the film under the extrusions on both sides of the plate. But doing so is impossible and risks damaging the negatives (bending), so I just rest the film on top of them. If Epson would only open up the slot between these fingers and the plate flatness would be much easier.

The Lomography holder fits the entire sheet of film easily allowing me to scan the edges with film date, especially handy for the Pentax 645NII film imprints.

The film used here, Kodak TriX, dried very flat. The experience with curled film is still in doubt for the Lomography holder, but one of the variables from the Lomography scans, be it the holder or the software, obviously leads to much better scans – and it is not even close.

Sorry for the inconsistent orientation.

Silverfast automatically performed a few different actions on the negatives including multiple exposure and some sharpening. With Silverfast I was able to designate the film stock and film speed. I suppose I could have added these adjustments in Epson Scan before scanning, but Silverfast was much easier and the results left me with more tonal range to work with in post processing.

The Epson holders have a glass plate in them and the Lomography holder has nothing between the film and the scanner bed.

EPSON SCAN, EPSON HOLDER

Pentax 645@200

SILVERFAST 9 SOFTWARE, LOMOGRAPHY HOLDER. Not a great image by any means, but there is much better tonal range and the sharpness is enhanced.

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EPSON SCAN SOFTWARE, EPSON FIM HOLDER

Pentax 645@200

SILVERFAST 9 SCAN LOMOGRAPHY 120 HOLDER There is better sharpness and more detail in the bulb and the frame bolts and the T electrical connector. There is more to work with in post processing here, and the differences are more apparent.

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