Sony FE 28mm F2 vs 21mm F2.8 (using SEL075UWC wide converter)

This is just a quick test/review to see the difference the Sony SEL075UWC wide angle converter makes vs just using the 28mm lens by itself.  As you may know the lens goes from being a 28mm F2 maximum aperture to a 21mm f2.8. Full Specifications and detail can be found at Sony’s site here. I headed over the Golden Gate Bridge and took some photos to make the comparison. I shot with a Sony A7 in RAW and then used Adobe Lightroom to export to JPG (tweaked the white balance some but that is it). Continue reading “Sony FE 28mm F2 vs 21mm F2.8 (using SEL075UWC wide converter)”

Short trip to Honolulu, Hawaii 3/4 to 3/7/17

First time visiting Hawaii! For this trip I wanted to keep things simple and goto Honolulu and be around the touristy Waikīkī Beach area. Not a bad choice really. Having lived in San Francisco the last 10 years has definitely prepared me for lots of people, and of all different types too. ABC Mart there is the equivalent of the many Walgreens in SF, but unlike Walgreens they sell booze which can come in handy when you are going to the beach. Continue reading “Short trip to Honolulu, Hawaii 3/4 to 3/7/17”

Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone Mini Review

Some sample videos and thoughts on the Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone. I tried it out while I was out on a bike ride in San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge up and down Conzelman Road. Without any sort of gimbal or digital stabilization at 4k it can be somewhat shaky. Good detail at 4k though! Not sure if the software (app/drone firmware) was up to the task when I tried it out a few months ago though. It went out of control a couple times right after take off. Continue reading “Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone Mini Review”

Sony FDR-X3000 4K Action Camera mini review

I’ve had this little Sony 4k STABILIZED (Optically!) Action Camera for a few months now. I have gotten a chance to test it riding my bike down Conzelman road after making my way over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, snorkeling  at Hanauma Bay in Hawaii, and making a timelapse video while camping at Steep Ravine on Christmas!  Basically it’s a really nice update over Sony’s older FDR-X1000 and I would recommend what I did. Sell that if you have it and pick up the new model! Continue reading “Sony FDR-X3000 4K Action Camera mini review”

Leica CL with 40mm F2 Summicron-c + Sony NEX C3 Review

Well I decided to send back my Sony RX1 and preorder a Fuji X100s. The RX1 takes beautiful photos but the price different and built in viewfinder + all of the improvements over the original X100 swayed me back to Fuji. Since it might be a while to get the Fuji X100S (I preordered at Amazon HERE) I decided to pick up a camera I have been eyeing for a while. A Leica CL along with the 40mm Summicron-c. PLUS a super cheap 16mp Sony NEX C3 to use that awesome little Leica lens on as well. Continue reading “Leica CL with 40mm F2 Summicron-c + Sony NEX C3 Review”

Sony RX1 vs Fuji X100 – Mini Review with Comparison Photos

When I first saw the Sony RX1, the price and the lack of viewfinder made me think I would never buy one. I purchased a Nikon D600 instead. It has the same awesome 24mp Full Frame sensor and is much more versatile with the ability to change lenses. It’s huge in comparison though. I still had my Fuji X100 for when I wanted to travel light. The problem was with the D600’s superior image quality it made me not want to use my x100 anymore! I needed to get the Sony RX1 as my small and light go everywhere cam. Below are some of my observations and some comparison photos. Also here is an album of more of my RX1 shots: http://www.portraitsf.com/blog/sony-rx1-photo-samples/ Continue reading “Sony RX1 vs Fuji X100 – Mini Review with Comparison Photos”

Fuji X100 – 1.5yrs worth of Photos… well some of them

I recently sold my Fuji X100 after getting the Sony RX1. The Fuji X100 was the longest Camera I had owned since I can remember. We had some good times and some bad times together. Here are some shots to remember it by. If you are thinking of getting one make sure to get the new X100s. It has so many improvments over the original. If my X100 had all those things (lighting quick af, better manual focus, sensor that rivels full frame, 1080p 60fps video, etc) I probably would have kept it another year and a half! I’m really tempted to return my Sony RX1 while I still can and use the savings for a nice vacation! Continue reading “Fuji X100 – 1.5yrs worth of Photos… well some of them”

Leland High School 10yr reunion – Shot with a Nikon D600 + 35mm 1.8 G

On 11-23-12 I was the photographer for Leland High School Class of 2002’s 10 Year Reunion. It was held at 111 Minna which is always a fun spot! I decided to mostly use my Nikon 35mm 1.8 G DX  (APS-C) lens on my FX full frame Nikon D600. I find 50mm too narrow a field of view much of the time. I really wish Nikon had a modern 35mm F2 full frame lens but they don’t. The 35mm F2 D lens is older and has screw drive (noisy, sounds like R2D2 when focusing) and isn’t that sharp wide open. The 35mm 1.8 G vignettes some and the far corners are dark but it is very sharp and pretty quick and quiet to focus. Maybe bad (well most definitely bad) if you want to shoot landscapes with it on Full Frame camera. I like some vignetting to draw you to the center subject so for my purposes this night it worked very well! Plus with 24mp even if you crop it to a 50mm’s field of view you still have plenty of pixels to work with (around 12mp). Continue reading “Leland High School 10yr reunion – Shot with a Nikon D600 + 35mm 1.8 G”