User Reports – YOUR views on camera gear!


USER REPORTS! YOUR View on ALL Photo Gear and YOUR Articles on using it!

Welcome to the newest section of the site where YOU the readers can submit your own user  reports and reviews on cameras, lenses, or anything photo related. Even bags, cases, etc. I always said I wanted this site to become a huge resource where passionate photographers can gather, learn, teach, and benefit from not only my reviews, but YOUR thoughts as well! Looks like it is well on its way!


If you are interested in having me post YOUR review or report, just E-Mail me 1st and let me know what you are interested in writing about. I will get back  to you quickly and then once you write the article you simply send it to me via E-Mail as text along with any images you want to include. It will be posted for the world to see and then listed here along with all other user reports so readers can easily find it! If you have a website or social media I will link to it so you get loads of traffic back!

Below are just SOME of the user reports posted on this website/blog. To see the full list of articles posted since the inception of click HERE.



USER REPORT: Iceland with the Leica m 240 by Alexandra Shapiro 

USER REPORT: Let’s get high with the Leica M7 by Nino

USER REPORT: The Nikon Df by Benjamin Schaefer

USER REPORT: Mono with the Fuji X100 by Renan Luna

USER REPORT: Novice with an E_M5 by Jason McCosker

USER REPORT: Reportage in Peru by Daniel Maissan

USER REPORT: 9 Places, 9 Caeras, 9 Photos by Dragan Arrigler

USER REPORT: The Sony A7r vs the Leica M9P by Didier Godme

USER REPORT: Nikon Df for Weddings by Mark Seymour

USER REPORT: Puerto Rico, India, Family with the Leica M 240 by Bob Boyd

USER REPORT: Surf, Beach and Bikinis with a Nikon V1 by Joe Marquez

USER REPORT: Shooting Portraits with a Hasselblad 501cm by Brett Price

USER REPORT: The Sony A7r Companion Review by Ashwin Rao

USER REPORT: The Palouse in Monochrom by Ashwin Rao

USER REPORT: Monochrom Italian Adventure by Ashwin Rao

USER REPORT: Around the world with the Sony NEX-7 and Metabones adapter!

USER REPORT: Light and Shadow in San Francisco! 

USER REPORT: Shooting the Nikon Df old school style by Huss Hardan

USER REPORT: The Leica S2 and Sony RX1R by Eeraj Qaisar

USER REPORT: India with the Leica Monochrom and 50 APO Lens

USER REPORT: Grassfire with the Nikon V1 by Sue Wotton

USER REPORT: The Leica M Monochrom meets the Human Form by Andrew Kaiser

USER REPORT: Shooting Medium Format alongside the Leica M for Travel by Pascal Vossen

USER REPORT: Forgotten Friends, the “Year old Camera” – Fuji X10 by Colin Steel

USER REPORT: The Sony NEX-F3 with SLR Magic 23 1.7 by Vernon Lim

USER REPORT: Onward and Upward with the Leica M Monochrom by Ashwin Rao

USER REPORT: Afghanistan with a Leica MP & Film by Daniel Zvereff

USER REPORT: The Leica Monochrom in New Zealand by Chaiporn Vithessonthi

USER REPORT: Why choose a Leica by Jerry Bei

USER REPORT: Two years with the Fuji X100 by Doug Barry-Martin

USER REPORT: The Olympus OMD and Panasonic 12-35 Lens in Cambodia

USER REPORT: My 1st 8 Months with the Olympus OM-D by Michel Mayerle

USER REPORT: From DSLR to Leica by James Maier

USER REPORT: Vietnam with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 by Anthony Pearson

USER REPORT: Traveling through the land of color with a Leica Monochrom and M9 by Daniel Maissan

USER REPORT: The Fuji X-E1 is Awesome by Brian T. Adams

USER REPORTS: The Sony RX1. Small, Simple, Satisfying by Alwyn Loh

USER REPORT: The Leica M9 Around the World

USER REPORT: The Leica M9 for Fashion

USER REPORT: The Olympus OM-D – One Year On

USER REPORT: Using a Hasselblad for Street Photography

USER REPORT: The Fuji X-E1 Review by Alexander Hessentswey

USER REPORT: Of land and spirit with a Nikon D3 and D800 by Lee Craker

USER REPORT: Street Shooting in Iran with the Fuji X-Pro 1

USER REPORT: The Sony NEX-5 and the Sigma 30 2.8 Lens User Report

USER REPORT: More from the Fuji WCL-X100 by Justin Bolsvert

USER REPORT: My experience with the Sony NEX-5n and Canon 50 1.4 FD lens by William Jusuf

USER REPORT: Concerts & Portraits with a vintage Mamiya and Polaroid Back by Chad Wadsworth

USER REPORT: The Panasonic GF1, revisiting and old friend by Colin Steel

USER REPORT: The Nikon V1 in Venice by Gary Perlmutter

USER REPORT - Goodbye DSLR’s! Traveling light with an M9 by Neil Buchan-Grant

USER REPORT: The Contax G2 by Ibraar Hussain

USER REPORT: The Tasmania Overland Track with the Leica M9 by Louis Stevenson

USER REPORT - The Fuji 645 by Ibraar Hussain

USER REPORT: The Olympus XZ-1 – Constant Travel Companion by Ibraar Hussain

USER REPORT: Landscape Photography with the Leica M9 by Aravind Krishnaswamy

USER REPORT: The Leica M9 for Fashion by Simon Lipman

USER REPORT: A stitch in time with the Leica M9 by Kefyn Moss

USER REPORT: My time with the Leica M9 by Matt Draper

USER REPORTThe Panasonic GX1 by David Babsky

USER REPORTThe Sony NEX-5n with the Voigtlander 35 1.4 by Terence Jones

USER REPORT – The Samsung NX200 Camera Review by Vlad Dodan

USER REPORT – Using the Sony NEX-5n with Contax G lenses by Jae Yoon

USER REPORT – No excuses! The Olympus E-PM1 review by Amy Medina

USER REPORT – The Fuji X100 – Magic in a single frame by David Henderson

USER REPORT – My tips on the Fuji X100 by Kaushal Parikh

USER REPORT – The Leica M9 – 16 Months Later by Scotty Graham

USER REPORT – The San Diego Comic-Con with a Leica M9 and Zeiss 35 Biogon by Michael Potiker

USER REPORT – The Fuji X100 vs The Leica M6 by Frederick Ogez 

USER REPORT – Fuji X100 as a reporter camera by Wijnand Wustrow

USER REPORT: A Photographic Road Trip with the Leica X1 by D.J. De La Vega

USER REPORT: As Ubiquitous as a PEN by Sandy Ramirez

USER REPORT – The Leica X1 Dynamic Range by George Sutton

USER REPORT - An alternative view of the Fuji X100 by David Babsky

USER REPORT - First Impressions of the Fuji X100 from a rangefinder shooter by Pieter Franken

USER REPORT Is the Yashica Electro the best deal in rangefinder photography? by Ricky Opaterny

USER REPORT – A Word of two on the Fuji X100 by a repentant skeptic by Greg Shanta

USER REPORT – A Look at the Leica M9 Titanium by ~6

USER REPORT Guest User Report! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…With an M8!

USER REPORT - Why The Leica M8 May Be Right For You by Robert Chisholm

USER REPORT The Forgotten Leica – The M1 by Konstantinos Besios

USER ESSAY Wedding Work with a Leica M6 and M7 by Stefan Soser

USER REPORT – IR Photography and the Leica M8 by Konstantinos Besios

USER REPORT -  The Mamiya 7 by Garry Taylor

USER REPORT Holga is my Friend by Max Marinucci

USER REPORT – Why The Leica M8 May Be Right For You by Robert Chisholm

USER REPORT The British Royal Wedding with an X1, M9 and 50 Noctilux ASPH by Edmond Terakopian

USER REPORT The Pentax K5 Limited Edition Silver 1st Thoughts by Amy Medina

USER REPORT – Another perspective on the Fuji X100 by Chris Bandera

USER REPORT – My Theatrical Adventure with the Leica M9 by Greg Shanta

USER REPORT – The Leica M9 – Travels Throughout India by Ashwin Rao



USER REPORT: The Lomography Petzval Lens by Craig C. Houdeshell

USER REPORT: The Voigtlander 35 1.2 II Meets the Leica M8 by Elie Bescont

USER REPORT: Review of the Lomography Petzval Lens

USER REPORT: The Noctilux of Hasselblad, The Zeiss 110 f/2 Planar by Jerry Bei

USER REPORT: The Japanese Summilux – The Canon 50 1.4 LTM  by Jason Howe

USER REPORT: Olympus 75 1.8 Filed Test on the E-M5 in Burma by Barnaby Robson

USER REPORT: Documentary Weddings with the Voigtlander 35 1.2 II


USER REPORTVintage glass is fun! The Leica 90 Elmarit mini review by Amy Medina

USER REPORT – Using the Sony NEX-5n with Contax G lenses by Jae Yoon

USER REPORT – The Leica 21 f/3.4 Super Elmar Lens Review by Alwyn Loh

USER REPORT – The Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Lens Review for Micro 4/3 by David Babsky

USER REPORT - Shooting Jupiter Lenses on the Leica M9 by Robert Chisholm

USER REPORT Kicking it Old School with the Leica 75 Summilux by Kurt Kamka

USER REPORT – The Voigtlander 50 Nokton 1.5 Lens Review by James Klotz

USER REPORT – The Leica 135 f/4 Tele Elmar Lens Review by Ashwin Rao



USER REPORTTravel + Your Camera = Living by Scotty Graham

USER REPORT: Nepal Kodachrome Adventure by Andrew Kirby

USER REPORT A Trip To Hong Kong with the Leica M3 by Allen Liu

USER REPORT – The Leica M9 goes to Colombia by James Klotz

USER REPORT – The Leica M8 and Zeiss 35 Biogon does Tyrolia by Felix Esser

USER REPORT – The Leica M9 – Travels Throughout India by Ashwin Rao


USER COMPARISON – The Leica 35 Summilux ASPH – Version I or II? By Ashwin Rao

USER COMPARISON The Olympus E-PL1 vs the Samsung NX10 by Jonathan Wong



USER ESSAY: It’s all about INSPIRATION! By Sebastien Chort

USER ESSAY: Memories from Two Generations of Rollie shooters by Brad Husick

USER ESSAY: A year with my Father’s camera by Antoine-Ringeard-Tordjeman

USER ESSAY: My 1st roll of film in a Nikon FM2 by Huss Hardan

USER ESSAY: 12 months, 12 cameras, 12 lenses

USER ESSAY: How to shoot wide field astro photography by Chris Malikoff

USER ESSAYStreet shooting wide open by Max Marinucci

USER ESSAY - Photographing your family with the best equipment you can afford by Peter | Prosophos

USER ESSAY –  Unloading The Baggage by Eric Carlson (M9 post)

USER ESSAY – Rock N Roll Shooting with 80 Megapixels by Bjarke Ahlstrand

USER ESSAY M in the Mountains – A Beginners Experience by Darell Miller

USER ESSAY – Leica Rangefinder Philosophy by Robert Boyer

USER ESSAY – How I became a Rangefinder Aficionado by Felix Esser

USER ESSAY – Be Inspired! Photograph Your Home Town! By Ashwin Rao

USER ESSAY A Better Camera by Randall Kelley

USER REPORT – From a DSLR to and M8 by Scott Graham

USER REPORT Shooting Fast with A Leica by Robert Boyer

USER REPORT/INSTRUCTION How To: Architectural Primer for the Somewhat Uninitiated by James Klotz

USER ESSAY – What makes a photograph a classic – by ~6


BAGS and MISC User Reports.

USER REVIEWA camera bag for the Businessman by Dave Murphy

USER REVIEW: Barton Leather Straps



USER FILM REPORT: My time with the Pentax K1000 by Khunya Pan

USER FILM REPORT: Afghanistan with a Leica MP & Film by Daniel Zvereff

USER FILM REPORT: Choosing a Black & White Film by Ibraar Hussein

USER FILM REPORT – Kodachrome, the way it was AND STILL IS! By Max Marinucci

USER FILM REPORT Film Types with Examples by Tyson Call

USER FILM REPORT Holga is my Friend by Max Marinucci

USER FILM REPORT - The Fuji 645 by Ibraar Hussain

USER FILM REPORT - How to develop, scan and print with no darkroom required by Max Marinucci

USER FILM REPORT - Low speed film by Max Marinucci

  6 Responses to “User Reports – YOUR views on camera gear!”

  1. Steve, I think it would be nice if this list of user reports is broken into sections, like ‘cameras’, ‘lenses’, ‘Leica’, ‘general photography’, ‘accessories’, ‘special projects’, ‘comparison reviews’, etc. It will be easier to navigate as the list grows in size, which I’m sure it will. What do you think?


  2. Sure thing guys, give me a few days :)

  3. This is my personal report about a Leica X2 which I bought two weeks ago.

    First of all the design is excellent. A piece of art to watch for hours.

    As far as the photographic performance is concerned, the color loyalty to the true situation is excellent, sharpness is wonderful.

    In B&W photography the detail range is wonderful. Out of camera JPEG quality is formidable.

    And then you may ask me than what my problem is ? Here are my problems and my humble recommendations to my fellow photographer friends:

    1) First of all the auto focus is doing a lot of mistakes in the low light, and sometimes it doesn’t even lock into the target no matter what you do.

    2) Although it is said that this camera cannot focus to the distances closer than 30 cm, if you are in the low light this can go further away as long a few meters.

    3) ISO performance is horrible after 800 level. In 1600 level you start seeing real hard grain.
    This is a camera which should be used under ideal or “close to ideal” light conditions only. Otherwise
    you will meet with “muddy” pictures full of heavy grain.

    4) For this kind of performance the price is too high.

    5) Another thing that really got on my nerves is that, the LIVE VIEW is NOT a real live view that we are used from other cameras. What I mean is this: First of all, what you see from the back lcd screen never changes dynamically; the only way to see what your picture is gonna look like is to HALF PRESS the shutter release button but even that shows only for 1 or 2 seconds and even if you keep pressing that button it doesn’t continue to show the real situation to you. So live view is almost useless. So if you will buy this camera just because you fell in love iwth its heart tocuhing artistic design (just like me!) then buy the original Leica EVF too. Otherwise DON’T! If you are going to buy it without an eVF like me, consider it like an old school film camera which you will never see what you got until you bring to the shot to he screen with the PLAY button. Actually that’s how I was using it. But it is not practical of course.

    6) The image stabilization system doesn’t help but may even be causing problems for the image quality. So DON’T USE the image stabilization system. Turn it off please.

    Given all of the above facts, I find this camera’ s price way too high. I am sorry, this is my opinion. And this has been a good lesson for me about one thing: I WILL NEVER BUY A CAMERA AGAIN BASED ON REVIEWS OR BASED ON THE BEAUTY OT ITS DESIGN. One must go to a place where he/she can try it.Fullstop.

  4. What an excellent resource Huffmeister!

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