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Fujifilm 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Hands-on Review

Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak captured with the Fuji 18-135mm OIS lens.
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak captured with the Fuji 18-135mm OIS lens.

After spending a lot of time using my Fuji X-T1 body this past spring and summer, I decided to purchase the recently released 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Fujinon lens. This lens is the first offering from Fujifilm to include weather-sealing, in the form of a gasket around the lens mount. In this post, I’ll attempt to answer the most common questions you might have regarding this lens, especially as it relates to the existing 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS kit lens. Scroll to the bottom for my video review of these two lenses.

Basics

The 18-135mm Fujinon is a solidly constructed zoom lens that is larger and heavier than the 18-55mm. It weighs just over one pound (490g) and is just slightly smaller than the 55-200mm Fujinon. Its focal length range is equivalent to using a 27-206mm lens on a 35mm format camera.  It uses a 67mm front filter thread and includes a petal-shaped bayonet lens hood. The lens is weather-sealed via a rubber gasket on the lens mount. Continue reading

Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor: Chromatic Aberration

After yesterday’s post, I got some requests about how well the new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor lens handles chromatic aberration (CA). For the record, when I test a lens, I try not to obsess about lab benchmarks and instead focus on just using the lens. I haven’t been able to go out to use this new lens in a real situation yet, but so far I’ve seen nothing to suggest that this lens isn’t an excellent addition to the Nikkor line.

So, a quick CA test for all the pixel-peepers after the jump. Continue reading

Unboxing the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor lens

My UPS driver just dropped off the latest Nikon lens, the 20mm f/1.8 AFG G Nikkor. I thought I’d share the unboxing joy with you all in the video above. I purchased this lens myself from B&H Photo. I’ve posted the specifications and my first impressions after the jump.

Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor mounted on a Nikon D810 DSLR.
Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor mounted on a Nikon D810 DSLR.

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New Photo Editing Tools in iOS8

Last week, Apple rolled out iOS8, the latest version of their mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads. Of all the new features mentioned, somehow the photo editing tools managed to escape notice. Check out my video above, and read on to learn about these new features.

In previous versions of iOS, you only had three editing options:

  • Crop
  • Auto Enhance
  • Filter effects

Personally, I really only used the crop/rotate tool and occasionally used the filter effects. I found the Auto Enhance option to be mostly useless. But with iOS8, users gain a full range of image editing tools. To access these tools, click the “Edit” button from any photo. Then click the “knob” icon located at the bottom of the screen. Continue reading