Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Domke “Ledger” Shoulder Bag

Most photographers have a dirty little secret: a closet full of camera bags. That’s because no single bag can meet every possible need for carrying your gear. Backpacks are great, but they can be awkward to work out of and don’t fit into tight spaces easily. Roller bags are perfect for airports and carrying lots of gear, but they are cumbersome to use for street photography. Shoulder bags are easy to work out of, but they can get really heavy if you pack a lot of gear. Belt packs are really nice, but you can’t carry everything in them as they quickly get overloaded.

I’ve used just about every style of bag, and most of the time I end up using some combination of backpacks and roller bags, depending on how I’m traveling and what I’m packing. The one style I don’t typically use is the shoulder bag; for me, I usually have too much stuff to comfortably carry one for extended periods of time. However, when Tiffen USA contacted me about testing one of the Next Generation Domke shoulder bags, I thought it might be a nice way to pack a mirrorless kit. Continue reading

Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G: Example Images

The Milky Way stretches over Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. You can see the Andromeda galaxy at center right (click to enlarge).
The Milky Way stretches over Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. You can see the Andromeda galaxy at center right (click to enlarge).

I spent last  weekend leading a photography workshop to one of my favorite places, Carhenge. We specifically set out to shoot star trails and the Milky Way, and I thought it would be a great test for the new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor lens. Here are some example images. After looking at my files, I’m exceptionally pleased with the performance of this lens. And for less than $800, it’s a great value, in my opinion.

More samples after the jump… Continue reading

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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