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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

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

Sensor Plane Podcast #13: Photographing Fall Colors

Photographing fall foliage is one of my favorite things to do.
Photographing fall foliage is one of my favorite things to do.

It’s time again to think about photographing fall foliage! In this episode of The Sensor Plane podcast, I’ll go over some tips and tricks for getting fall colors that really pop. Specifically, I’ll talk about some of the filters I use when photographing fall colors, including the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo.

I pack all my filters into the Mindshift Gear Filter Hive.

Download an audio-only (MP3) version of this episode here

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The Sensor Plane #12: Nikon Crop Modes

This week on The Sensor Plane Photography Podcast, I explore the various crop modes with my Nikon cameras. Ever since Nikon came out with their first 35mm format camera (FX format), the D3, they have implemented ways of cropping the images in the camera.

While the most obvious crop mode is Nikon DX (1.5x) format, which enables the use of DX format lenses on FX format bodies, Nikon also offers 1.2x and 5:4 crops on some of their cameras, including the D800 and D810. These crop modes can be useful in a variety of situations, but have some drawbacks depending on the camera you use.

 Audio only version (mp3 format)

Sensor Plane Podcast #11: Nikon D810

Hands-on with the Nikon D810

I just received a new Nikon D810, which I bought from site sponsor B&H Photo. Although I’ve only had the camera in my hands for a few hours, I like it a lot. On paper, there aren’t that many discriminators between it and the D800/e. The D810 has a new sensor that dispenses with the Optical Low-Pass (OLP) filter entirely for ridiculously sharp images with amazing detail and resolution. In reality, these differences are quite small as compared to my D800e which used some technical trickery to “eliminate” the OLP filter.  In this episode of The Sensor Plane, I discuss my rationale for upgrading and compare the D810 with my other cameras. Stay tuned until the end where I offer some tips for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

Download an audio only version of this podcast (mp3) here

Why did I choose to upgrade? As usual, it’s in the details. While no single feature of the D810 blows me away, it’s the sum of the parts that really makes this a solid upgrade. More importantly, it’s how this camera fits into my kit that sold me on it. Continue reading