Monday, February 17, 2020

Fuji XM-FL vs XF 23mm: The most fun you can have with your lenses...

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Last year Fuji brought out a bit of an oddity, a body cap lens. The XM-FL is only available in Japan as at time of writing. In order to get hold of mine I had to resort to eBay and part with seventy-five quid and get it shipped halfway around the world. Two weeks after pressing the button it arrived; possibly the lightest lens-containing parcel I have ever received.

Review: Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH

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First look at the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 by Jonathan Slack

Leica X Vario: Unloved but superb camera makes sense on used market

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A friend bought a Leica X Vario off eBay from a local seller in Sydney last weekend. The camera was just under a year old, barely used, and came complete with all the packaging and accessories, three spare batteries and a genuine Leica lenshood and handgrip. He paid A$1211 for it (US$924-£634)—a serious bargain. However a glimpse down the eBay listings shows that, while this camera was an outlier, the prices for used and even new X Varios are very weak.

Billingham’s Thomas: A briefcase for all occasions

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Photographers tend to think of Billingham as a manufacturer of camera bags. But the range of general luggage is also worth a look. The handy Thomas briefcase/messenger bag is all rounder than can even accommodate your camera.

Suffering from Bag Shoulder? Try a Tom Bihn Absolute Shoulder Strap for size

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If that heavy camera bag is getting you down, why not try the comfortable, springy Absolute Shoulder Strap from Tom Bihn in Seattle. For me, it's worth its weight in gold.

Leica M10 Monochrom: Rangefinder resolution at its mostest

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A first review of Leica's now M10 Monochrom. Jonathan has been allowed to test a pre-production version of the 41MP black-and-white camera as these are his conclusions.

Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lens for L-Mount: First impressions

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Sigma's relatively inexpensive 45mm f/2.8 Contemporary lens is a fine addition to any Leica SL or Panasonic S1/R camera. It comes closer to Leica quality than the modest price tag would suggest.

First impressions: Voigtländer Nokton 75mm f/1.5

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The new Voigtländer Nokton 75mm is an interesting lens, offering competition for the Leica Summilux or, even, the extremely expensive f/1.25 Noctilux....

Review: Leica X Vario, a misunderstood gem

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Leica's X Vario has been misunderstood. Overhyped and launched in a confusion of conflicting rumours, it got off to a rocky...

Leica’s New Milestone: My first experiences with the SL2

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Another brilliant review of the new Leica SL2 by Thomas Berger. Thomas had the opportunity to use the camera before release and, as a professional photography, took a hard look at it in comparison with the first SL and the Hasselblad X1D medium-format camera.