Apr 182015

Hi Brandon

I have been following this blog for quite a few years and have learnt a lot. Many thanks for that. The reviews published here are the most real ones I have read. I do not shoot professionally but photography is probably the only thing that keeps me sane besides my family ;-) Still am amateur though.

I started shooting back in 2012 and soon upgraded to a Canon DSLR. But on my recent trip to Hong Kong I acquired a Sony A7II with a Canon EF Mount adapter and a M mount adapter. With that I was able to mount the fantastic Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar II and my Canon Lenses. I also took the trouble to drive down to MXCamera to get the Mitakon f0.95 50mm e Mount. I immediately fell in love with this setup.

But what was life changing for me was that I shot the entire trip on manual focus and I have since tried to shoot manual all the way. For me this has been the most profound experiences in photography. I would like to share a few of my shots at Hong Kong with this amazing setup

 Hong Kong from Kowloon Bay (Sony A7II, Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar II, f4.5 ISO 100, 70 Secs)


 Mong Kok market (Sony A7II, Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar II, f4.5 ISO 1250, 1/60 Secs)


 Nathan Road, Kowloon, HK (Sony A7II, Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART, Canon EF Mount, F1.4 ISO 100, 1/1250 Secs)


I had a great time with this setup. Now I gradually plan to sell of my Canon kit barring my Canon 85mm f1.2 which I will use with the EF to E Mount adapter.

Thanks for taking time to look at these. My work can be seen at www.adityaagarwal.me

Aditya Agarwal

Apr 162015

Hi there Huff´s!

I been eyyeing this site sinnce 2009, It have grown to one on my daily routine on the net, so thanks fo that!

Today I wanna share three pics with my X100LE, I’ve been swapping gear a lot the last 7 years, (like most of us do :) But ive settled down with this basic camera from fuji. The weight is right, the fixed lens makes me so free in mind
The files from this bayer sensor is very organic, I love nature photo and I think x100 is made for this with its organic touch to the files. These three shots is from my lunch time at the job. I’m a courier and see a lot of beautiful places, and my x100 is always sitting next to me.




Apr 152015

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I’m Luigi Torreggiani from Italy. I send you three street portraits taken last summer during a trip in Albania, a wonderful land but not so known, full of really interesting people!
All of picture are taken with my Olympus EM1: a great traveling companion!

Meet these people, talk to them and ask them to be photographed was a great way to learn more about this land.

On my Blog “Scrivere e Fotografare” (write and photograph) You can see all of my photos:

Thank You for your great work!





Apr 112015

Steve and Brandon.

Hello again. I wanted to show off the wonderful experience that still is embodied in the Sony RX100 (Mark I). Took it to Vail for a snowboarding trip and it provided everything I needed: quick, small, great lens, reach and could take a beat of a beating.

I can’t think of a better camera for such things unless you’re looking at a GoPro or Olympus E-M5 type. It just gets out of your way, the colors pop and the b/w conversion is a breeze.

Nothing more lovely than the reflecting dish that is snow. Hope you can enjoy these images and your readers can see what YOU have been talking about all these years with regards to this camera.

All the best, Justin




Apr 092015

Hello Steve,

I have been enjoying your site for some time. It was introduced to me by a friend, who is a big fan of the site.

I live in the province of Alberta, Canada about 4 hours drive from the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Alberta offers some beautiful opportunities for photography. I thought I would share some images with your viewers.

Our winters are cold and ruthless but they do present some wonderful vistas. These images were shot on medium format black and white film. The cameras used were Hasselblad 501 and Mamiya 6.

My preference is to shoot film. I still keep a working darkroom and make my prints in trays of developer. For me, this is a magical experience and a beautiful process for creating images. I think of myself equally as a “print maker” as well as a photographer. I hope you enjoy my photography.






Apr 082015

Hi Steve,

I’m writing from Memphis, Tennessee and first want to say thanks for continuing to run an excellent photography site! I found your website about a year ago while looking for gear reviews and enjoy the personal and real world perspective often lacking in many equipment reviews. The user reports are also excellent and I like that there is something new to read everyday.

I’m currently using a Nikon D5100 I purchased two years ago as my first “real” camera and bought it on a whim before a vacation. It’s ended up serving me well and has allowed me to grow as a photography enthusiest but this site is really tempting me to pick up a smaller mirrorless system like the Panasonic GX7 or Fuji X-T1. However, a significant portion of my photographic interest has gravitated towards the action end of the spectrum. I’m not sure if the current crop of mirrorless cameras are up to the task of shooting auto racing or an airshow but and would be interested to hear if your readers have any first hand experience.

All the shots below were taken with my Nikon D5100 and Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens. The first two are from the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park and the second two were taken at the Memphis Air Show in September.







Apr 072015

Back to Film

by Jay

Hi Steve!

First I want to say thank you for all the great work. Your site has been part of my daily inspiration for some time now so I thought it would only be right to make a small photographic contribution. My name is Jay Lynn and I got my start in photography as a junior in high school back in 1985.

My school had a school newspaper and if you were selected to be on the paper’s staff you got out of school three hours early everyday to sell ads to local businesses and follow-up leads on local interest stories. That was too good an opportunity for me to pass up but I had one problem. The paper had plenty of stand out writers and my writing skills were average at best. Just as I was about to resign myself to not making the staff, the faculty coordinator asked me if I had any experience with photography. I did not but I knew that my father had an old Pentax ME Super along with a few lenses that had been sitting in a bag in our basement for years. I had never so much as picked it up but I sure wasn’t about to blow my chance to get out school early.

What followed was a steep learning curve but I got the hang of it and when I got my first good roll of film back from the lab I was hooked. I went on to “upgrade” to a Nikon FG and eventually began developing my own film. My passion continued unabated throughout college until I joined the Marine Corps and became a Marine officer. After the events of 9/11 and the subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, I just could not justify making time for photography amidst the constant training and combat deployments. Of course there were so many moments that I experienced during those deployments that would have been amazing photographs but for obvious reasons I could not even allow myself to think about that. In those environments you have to be 100% focused on the job at hand. Still, the passion never died and every time I had a photojournalist embedded with my unit I did find some time to talk photography and admire their gear and their photos.

Leica M6 with 90mm f/2.8 Elmarit M and Kodak Porta 400


In 2011 I was assigned to the Marine Forces headquarters in the Pacific, which is located in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. For the first time in over 10 years I picked up a camera again. So much had changed with the progression of digital photography since I had last enjoyed photography but so much remained timeless. I bought a Nikon D5100 and a few lenses to get back in the game. Within six months I sold the D5100 and purchased a D7000. Ergonomically the D7000 just worked better for me and I got a lot of mileage out of that camera. Being in Hawaii affords me an opportunity travel throughout Asia and to photograph a lot of amazing landscapes. In 2013 I jumped at the chance to purchase a D600 for use with wide FX lenses and that has been my primary digital body ever since.

I love digital photography and about half of my work is digital. But as much as I enjoy the convenience of digital I really began to miss the tactile aspects of film photography and the deliberate nature associated with the process of shooting a role of film. The other thing that had changed since I took my break from photography was that all the film cameras and older lenses that I had lusted after in high school and college were now readily available for next to nothing on online auction sites or even for free in some instances. So I bought them all! Well, practically all of them. And I do love them but I noticed that I was spending more and more time shooting the old manual cameras like the FM2 or the F2 versus the more modern film cameras like the Nikon F5 or F6. I have a Mamiya 6 rangefinder that I travel with a lot and I really began to appreciate the process of using a manual focus rangefinder over the more automated cameras. You know where this is going, right? Yup, you guessed it.

Leica M4 with Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM and Kodak TriX 400


In October of this past year my wife and I took a three-week backpacking trip through Vietnam. I used that trip and the need to travel lightly to justify buying two Leica film cameras, an M6 that I used primarily for color film and an M4 loaded with Kodak TriX 400. With the addition of the wonderful Zeiss 35 f/2.8 ZM and a Leica 90 f/2.8 Elmarit M, I was set. I knew that I wanted to take portraits, landscapes, and street photography while in Vietnam. I carried only the two Leicas and the Mamiya 6 for the duration of the trip and I have absolutely no regrets. This was a huge step for me because I am usually the guy who brings along the proverbial kitchen sink “just in case”.

Mamiya 6 with G 75mm f/3.5 and Kodak Portra



Traveling with light gear that I could carry in a small, inconspicuous sling bag was such a liberating experience and I am so happy with the results. I really do believe the adage that the unobtrusive nature of the Lecias allows for more candid shots because your subject is not intimidated by a giant camera and lens combo. I also love the all manual approach that the Leica rangefinders require.

It makes me think more about what I am doing and it also makes me feel like I am more involved in the decision-making cycle that occurs before the press of the shutter button. I especially enjoy the M4 which I do not use with a meter. I practiced estimating exposure for weeks before the trip and got comfortable enough determining exposure that I never regretted not having a meter when using the M4. I am attaching just a small sample of the nearly 1000 images I made during the trip. One from each camera. Of note, I have more “keepers” from this trip than I have ever had since I began shooting film again. I have to believe that the process of using all manual film cameras has something to do with this and that this translates to digital photography as well and will ultimately make me a more discerning photographer. Enjoy the photos and keep up the great work.


Apr 062015

Hi Brandon and Steve!

My name’s Luigi and I’m from Messina, a beautiful city in Sicily (check it out!)

These are some shots I took few days ago in occasion of a very rare phenomenon in my city… the snow! In 80 years of life, my grandfather said he had never seen so much snow in Messina, so you know, It was a pretty interesting day for me :) All photos were taken with Nikon D800 and 50mm f1.4 Sigma.


my flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62069871@N02/




Apr 032015

Good morning Steve,

I enjoy your website and gear reviews. I recently switched from a Canon 5D MII to a Fuji outfit (X-T1, X100S) and have loved going the mirrorless route.

I recently went to Florida for a quick trip to get away from the Michigan winter and had a good time. Here are a few snaps of the trip using the X100S. I find it to be the perfect travel camera. Light, small, good IQ, etc.

The three pics are of a sunset at Pine Island Beach on the gulf side, a panorama (6 shots) from a park near Hernando Beach at sunset, and the USS Victory located in Tampa.

You can find more of my work here: www.mattrussellphoto.com

Keep up the good work.





Apr 022015

Hi Brandon,

My name is Jean-Louis Coffre From Paris, France. Fan of your site and your real review, i send you my vision of street photography. Only amateur but so addict !

My current and favorite camera is the Fuji X100s. I find inspiration while walking the streets of Paris as the most prestigious photographers like Doisneau, Cartier Bresson and Depardon did before me.

These photos were taken at the Saint Lazare train station just before leaving for the weekend.







Mar 312015

Hello Brandon & Steve,

It’s been almost a year since I’ve submitted anything, oh how time flies by! These three photos were apart of the same series I did last summer with my partner, Missy. Taken with my trusty Pentax K1000 and Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 with Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

Feel free to visit my website or follow me on Flickr:



Hope all is well!





Mar 282015


Thanks for providing a great site with lots of user content!

I send across 3 snaps of Japanese autumn I hope you can post. Autumn colours here are awesome, adding sunny and warm weather makes a great season for photography. (at least compared to autumns back home in Sweden!)

The first one of the stairs is taken in Nikko, this is a famous spot with thousands of visitors each day. The two other ones are more interesting as I took them at a shrine complex close to where I live in Tokyo. I happen to stumble on it randomly when on a bike ride a few years ago. As it’s not well-known few people ever come here even though the buildings and garden are beautiful. Most temples and shrines in Tokyo are replicas as they were destroyed during the war. However this one wasn’t for some reason.

All photos are taken with a Leica M240 and 50mm summilux aspherical which I got back in October. Since then this hobby of mine has taken almost unhealthy proportions…

Here’s my flickr stream:





Mar 262015

Hi Steve and Brandon,

Thanks for this great opportunity. I’m a beginner in analogic photography and I start with a medium format camera. This set is taken with my Yashica Mat 124G and ILFord HP5+ 400ASA.

You can find me at:

website : http://www.maiemyphoto.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maiemyphoto
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiemy
500px : http://500px.com/maiemy

Emiliano “Maiemyphoto” Maiolo




Mar 242015


I have been a photographer for 20 years and I assure you that photography is my passion and my life.

In my photography work I am consciously seeking the link between sheer esthetics, values and meaningfulness that images can propagate. It’s therefore not accidental that my photography work mainly encompasses images of people in their worldly environment, and preferably far away from here. Actually, photography and travel is the ideal combination for me to express my passion.

My preference goes to contextual portrait photography, reproducing images which are telling a story, and this within the framework of complex tasks in a foreign context. In
doing so, I don’t shirk from any challenge.

These are portraits of all of Ghent (Belgium) Record stores.The 7 record shops in Ghent were part of a book, that tells the story of 50 years of music history. The main challenge was to make in each location in 10 minutes’ time a character picture of passionate shopkeepers. The technical implication is also that I had to manage with a minimal amount of equipment. The commission was an excellent combination of a subject to my liking and photography of people in a worldly context.




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