Upping the APS-C Mirrorless Ante — Samsung’s New 16-50mm F2-2.8 Premium Lens

Upping the APS-C Mirrorless Ante — Samsung’s New 16-50mm F2-2.8 Premium Lens

Wow. What a great APS-C lens. Quite a beast, screaming “quality” all over, Samsung’s new 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS. It’s Samsung’s first “premium” S series lens, extremely bright and incorporating an “Ultra Precise Stepping Motor.” Make no mistake, Samsung ups the ante with this standard zoom offering greater “precision, high quality materials and value […]

Old Star Rising

Old Star Rising

By BENGT NYMAN It’s easy for the casual camera user to have deeply felt ideas about what a camera should look and perform like. However, the technology behind a well functioning camera is hidden to most and produces a marketable product only when properly combined and perfected. To support my claim I will make examples […]

The Nikon Df Manual Focus Dilemma

The Nikon Df Manual Focus Dilemma

The 1/4,000th of a second fastest shutter speed isn’t much of a problem with the Nikon Df. You get ISO 50, so there you go. The viewfinder? In another league, we hear from reviewers. Other not highest specs? Well wouldn’t that beat the purpose of an all manual, retro Nikon Df? You don’t buy the […]

Hands-On With the Retro Nikon Df (f for Fusion)

Hands-On With the Retro Nikon Df (f for Fusion)

First off: the Nikon Df is a kind of trinity between D4, Leica M and good old film. Right, of the D4 that costs $6k and Leica $7k. And I am the only one excited?! Online commentaries are rather condescending, accusing Nikon of too much and not enough retro for the sake of retro. But […]

Olympus Stylus 1 — Constant F2.8 Superzoom in Premium OM-D Body

Olympus Stylus 1 — Constant F2.8 Superzoom in Premium OM-D Body

Interesting premium superzoom by Olympus offering “serious features for serious photographers” — Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan fixed lens superzoom cameras, this new Olympus of top-notch build quality with more features than you’ll ever need looks like a solid compact travel and backup camera. Sleek and easy to carry, it offers a […]

Tempest in a Teapot? Leica Lenses on Sony’s A7s

Tempest in a Teapot? Leica Lenses on Sony’s A7s

Here’s a short synopsis of Michael Evans’ essay Leica Lenses on Sony’s A7s: The Big Controversy. At first take, writes Evans, the A7(R)s open up a fairyland of opportunity for owners not only of Leica glass but all M mount lenses including those from Zeiss, Voigtländer and others. Tantalizing thought, isn’t it, but the basic […]

Sony A7(R) — Optical Options

Sony A7(R) — Optical Options

By TIM ASHLEY Of all the tempting bones that the News Feed of THEME regularly tosses us, new cameras that offer improved IQ and resolution to users of much loved legacy lenses (and for me that often means Leica M glass) are amongst the most toothsome. Sony has announced just such an item of late […]

Lomography $89 Experimental Lens Kit for Micro Four Thirds

Lomography $89 Experimental Lens Kit for Micro Four Thirds

It’s made by no-frills film revivalist Lomography, all plastic and compatible with Micro Four Thirds cameras: an experimental lens kit including a 160° fisheye lens, a standard 24mm and a 12mm wide angle lens as well as color gel filters. Right, there’s a filter slot behind the lens so you can experiment with different color […]

3 More GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) Enhancing Beauties Freshly Announced: Sony RX10, Panasonic GM1, Nikkor 58mm F1.4G

3 More GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) Enhancing Beauties Freshly Announced: Sony RX10, Panasonic GM1, Nikkor 58mm F1.4G

What a beautifully diversifying industry digital photograph has become. As much as digital cameras seem to be “advancing,” they’re also diversifying. Photographers have access to more options than ever before. We all can enjoy photography with fewer compromises. Whatever your shooting style is, it’s highly unlikely you won’t find a camera that suits your style […]

New “No Compromise” Benchmark Lens — Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4 APO-Distagon Available for Preorder

New “No Compromise” Benchmark Lens — Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4 APO-Distagon Available for Preorder

Zeiss calls its new groundbreaking Otus 55mm F1.4 APO-Distagon the perfect standard lens. And no better lens to shoot with at night, promises Zeiss. Manually focused, rather big and heavy, the first Otus lens stands for the perfection of Zeiss optical design and engineering. Announced a year ago, the Distagon has finally been baptized, slightly […]

The Magic of Tilt-Shift Photography With a Leica

The Magic of Tilt-Shift Photography With a Leica

By DIERK TOPP My topic is sort of special and probably not for many readers, but it may be worth to think about using tilt-shift lenses on your Leica when shooting architecture. We’re not talking the miniaturization tilt-shift, but the serious architectural photography. Now, what are tilt-shift lenses? Wikipedia does a better job explaining it […]

Fujifilm Goes Retro With Polaroid-Esque Instax Mini

Fujifilm Goes Retro With Polaroid-Esque Instax Mini

Fujfilm’s most successful cameras — the X series — are all about retro feel. Now the Japanese camera maker takes the nostalgia to another level with the Instax Mini 90, a neoclassical instant camera that revives the old Polaroid feel. Well the Polaroid we once knew has become The Impossible Project still making the film, […]

In Photography, Think Lens First, Then Which Body You Can Afford

In Photography, Think Lens First, Then Which Body You Can Afford

The story usually goes like this: you buy a new camera, and then you decide on the optics. That doesn’t make a lot of sense, really. Shouldn’t it be the other way round. Aren’t the optics at the heart and soul of an image? Sensor and camera are second priority. Rather decide first which lens(es) […]

Leica M and Which 50mm?

Leica M and Which 50mm?

Interesting little comparison for the eyes that can see, kindly provided by Dr. Ulrich Rohde. Looks like you get what you pay for and the APO Summicron takes the trophy. The more gently rendering Zeiss second, maybe? No surprises about the regular Summicron.

Fujifilm’s Dead Serious: Bright Fast X Series Fujinon and Zeiss Prime Glass Coming and Here’s the X-E1 Photographer’s Handbook

Fujifilm’s Dead Serious: Bright Fast X Series Fujinon and Zeiss Prime Glass Coming and Here’s the X-E1 Photographer’s Handbook

Not only do we have the official announcement of the first X series native telephoto lens: the Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3-5.4 R LM OIS finally gives the X-Pro1 and X-E1 the longer reach that has been missing in the original lineup. This new lens, available in May (preorder from B&H or Adorama), starts off exactly […]

The Dark Side of the Nikon D800(E)

The Dark Side of the Nikon D800(E)

By BENGT NYMAN I have been looking for it, in the blues and jazz clubs of Europe and in churches and holy places as well. The following is the opposite of a scientific ISO comparison of the Nikon D800(E) and its nearest competitor, the Canon 5D Mark III. DxOMark has already done what you could […]

The Leica X3

The Leica X3

Well it’s a concept. An awesome one. By Vincent Säll, a young industrial designer who’s always asking the question, “What if?”. What if Leica combined the features of a smartphone and it’s own high quality cameras with new technology and innovative design? So he created the Leica X3 — again, a concept just to enjoy […]

Always Remember to Take a Roll of Film in a Fast Moving World

Always Remember to Take a Roll of Film in a Fast Moving World

In a fast moving world where everything’s so complex and complicated, couldn’t we all do with more simple things. Aren’t the best things in life simple? In other words, isn’t the immediacy of the LCD the bane of photography’s magic. Doesn’t digital technology somewhat cheapen the value of an image. How about a roll of […]

DxOMark Leica M9 Sensor Verdict Has Leica Aficionados Baffled

DxOMark Leica M9 Sensor Verdict Has Leica Aficionados Baffled

These results have been around for a while, but maybe Leica photographers preferred to look the other way and DxOMark labs, commonly known for reliable sensor and lens tests, did not want to open a can of worms. In essence a repackaged DxOMark report on the Leica M9 sensor says Leica enthusiasts better be exited […]

Myths and Tales About the Nikon D800E

Myths and Tales About the Nikon D800E

By BENGT NYMAN Much has been written and speculated about the high MP Nikon D800E versus the sufficiency of for example the Canon 5D Mark III. This is not another of those reviews. This is simply a Canon shooter who has decided to broaden his outlook and use both. When I shoot seriously I carry […]

Preorder the Coolpix A, Nikon’s First DX Compact Aimed at Professionals

Preorder the Coolpix A, Nikon’s First DX Compact Aimed at Professionals

Nikon announced the Coolpix A, its new compact point-and-shoot flagship that’s aimed at serious enthusiasts and professionals alike. For $1,096 you get something Fujifilm, Canon and Sony have done already. Now Nikon delivers its own premium DX compact, a palm-sized little stunner with a fast fixed 18.5mm F2.8 lens (28mm equivalent) and up to ISO […]