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Updated Fuji GSW690III reveiw

I've updated the Fuji GSW690III 65mm F/5.6 review to reflect more thorough use and additional knowledge, which includes correcting a few minor errors.  I've also added a couple of pictures and made direct links to full size images.  With the right film, this camera will easily out resolve any current Sony camera, or Nikon and Canon for that matter, So if you're looking for a lot of resolution and have a good solid grasp of film use, these Fuji models are the ones to get.

There are two basic models, one with a 65mm F/5.6 lens, the other has a 90mm F/3.5. The 65mm is wide angle in 6x9 format, it covers about the same as a 28mm in 135 format (or 35mm camera), the 90mm is a more 'normal' lens, covering about 41mm in 135 format.

Check out the full review; oddly, it's the most popular page on the site, that's why I've updated it!

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Sony Fisheye converter review

Check out the full review of Sony's 16mm F/3.5 fisheye converter.  This can be a fun lens, or an awful lens, it all depends on your level of creativity.  My level is pretty low at the moment, confirm this by going to the middle of the review and looking at dumb pictures, like inside a washing machine, oven, or the fridge.

The fisheye is actually pretty good, and certainly worth the money if you have 28/2 already.  Buying both is  pricey, and a long and heavy combo, read the review to see if it's right for you.

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Let’s stroll through a camera store…in 1938!

Come on in and check out our folding and box cameras, enlargers, splicers and photographic publications, especially the ones on the top shelf.  While you're here, don't forget that post card Kodak 122 film, or maybe a roll film developing kit?

This wonderful Moulin studio image was taken inside a Camera Craft store in San Francisco, CA on April fools day 4/1, 1938 for Mr E.R. Young.  I bought this 8x10" Defender Safety base negative and scanned it on an Epson flatbed scanner.  Amazing how sharp the image is using 80 year old technology; you'd be hard pressed to get more resolution from a modern day high end digital camera.

As I look at the products for sale back then, I'm reminded that I own quite a few of them now, my collection contains many of the folding cameras you see on the shelves in the back, and the Kodak Rangefinder, extinction meters, filters etc in the display cases below the cameras....

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New Zeiss FE lens

Zeiss officially announces the Zeiss Batis 135mm F/2.8 for the Sony FE system, and will nicely compliment three other Batis lenses, the 18/2.8, 25/2 and 85/1.8.  I'll be reviewing the 25/2 next, along with the Rokinon 24/1.4, look for some full size samples mid-month.

The Zeiss 135/2.8 is rather large for a '2.8' prime, but not too heavy at 613g.  I wonder how it compares to the CZ 135/1.8 I raved about years ago for the 'a' mount.  Of course both of the lenses will work fine on  FE camera bodies, but the CZ 135/1.8 will need a Sony adapter for mounting and focusing, and I would not be surprised to see an 'FE' version coming from Sony soon.

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Sale items ending soon.

Here are a few sale items you might be interested in that are ending soon. Click here for a whole bunch of stuff, not just Sony.

The Sony Trade-In program ends this April fools day (Saturday) so go here for details.

Sony bundled deals here.

Sony A5000 with 16-50mm kit lens, $379.  White.  Silver.  Each with free extra battery.

Sony A6000 with two lens kit, 16-50mm and 55-210mm, $848.

$200 off Sony A7II with kit 28-70mm lens.

Canon G9 X for $399, a nice compact camera.

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