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August 25 2013

8/25/13

Zeiss Touit 12mm F/2.8 review.

Check out the Zeiss 12mm review, it’s done, but I haven’t yet be able to check the flare and ghosting control; I’ll fill that section in soon.  It’s been cloudy and rainy here in sunny Tucson for the past week or so, and that puts me behind schedule. The Zeiss 12mm performs very…

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August 21 2013

8/21/13

Yongnuo YN560-II review.

Here’s a quick review of the Yongnuo YN560-II flash.  Amazingly, the flash has slightly more power output than the expensive Sony flashes I’ve reviewed, like the recent HVL-F60M.  It also has a Screw lock PC port, and a plug for an external battery pack.  The flash really has some potential, but a shut down…

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August 19 2013

8/19/13

Zeiss 50/1.4 SSM conclusion. 

The Sony CZ 50/1.4 review is finished!  I spent a lot of time with the conclusion; going over full sized images from the Sigma and Sony 50/1.4 reviews, and trying to extrapolate the differences with the Zeiss.  In some cases I photographed the same subjects from the reviews, but the light is never quite the…

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August 12 2013

8/12/13

Sony Carl Zeiss 50/1.4 SSM review posted… 

…but it’s not quite finished.   I have the conclusion to do yet, plus I want to take it out one or two more times for some follow-up testing and some possible comps—not sure yet though.  The additional material will not effect the overall review, so feel free to come to your own…

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August 1 2013

8/1/13

New toys to play with.

Recent arrivals for review are the Sony Zeiss 50/1.4 SSM, Zeiss Touit 32mm F/1.8, and Zeiss Touit 12mm F/2.8.

I think I’ll start off with the 50/1.4 as this lens is pretty new; the Touit lenses are already old news in the review world. I hope you folks appreciate what I…

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July 22 2013

7/22/13

A great hiking tripod.

I bought one of these Sirui T-025X carbon fibre tripods for hiking because it comes in a less than 2lbs, (.85kg) with head!  Plus, it’s almost full height, extending to 54.5″ (139cm).  It’s made in China, but the quality is very good.  Nice features include leg warmers, separate pan and tilt head with quick release …

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July 14 2013

7/14/13

Updated pages and review cameras.

A few readers asked if I was going to add the Sigma 35/1.4 DG lens and 60/2.8 NEX to the ‘Best low-light lenses page’ and the answer is yes for the 35/1.4, and no for the 60/2.8 NEX.  The only issue keeping the 60mm off the page is that there is no image stabilization, …

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