So Who Am I?

 

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About Me

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My name is Steve Huff and I have been a photographer for about 15 years and photography has been a lifelong passion of mine since I first entered this world. It has been said I came out of my mothers tummy with one eye squinting like I was looking through a viewfinder ;)


My hard drive is filled with tens of thousands of images. They are images of all kinds including pictures of family, strangers, events, street life, weddings, studio portraits, concert images and friends. These are just my “keepers” and over the years I have used about 40 different cameras to take these shots!


See, I am a “photo enthusiast” as well as a passionate photographer. I love what I do so much that over the years I realized I was trying out a TON of camera gear searching for the holy grail. With all of my experience using this gear, in February of 2009 I decided to put up a site where I can write about it all, and this is the result! With this site I want to show YOU how this gear performs in the real world. I will also share with you my processing tips, photography tips, where I buy this gear, my photo projects and jobs that I get along the way. Oh yea, and a rant here and there when I get a little irritated with something in my daily life.


Basically this is a site for digital photo nuts made by a digital photo nut (and you must admit, we are pretty much all crazy)! I know that when I am thinking of buying a new camera I always search online to read as much as possible about it as I can before committing to the purchase. I know that there are many out there just like me, so I am hoping to provide a useful FREE service to all of you fellow digital camera nuts! Yea, there are a load of camera sites out there but most are too technical, boring, and their sample images (if they have any) kind of stink. I wanted to bring an enthusiastic, fun, and creative site to all of you who are like me and try to have a cool place for camera nuts to come hang out for a while and read up on some of the coolest new cameras.


This site is not meant to compete with the “mega technical” camera review sites, but rather be something totally different. I will show you REAL WORLD results from the gear, not overly geekish babble. After all, it is the image that matters most is it not? This site will ALWAYS be FREE. While I understand those who want to charge for their lens and camera reviews, I will not do that as I want to share this info with as many of you as possible and charging for the reviews is not the way to do that, and honestly I am as humble as they come so I do not feel I should charge for anything. What I have to say is for all to read and enjoy (or hate).

Plus I wanted to create a site where we can all participate, have fun and learn along the way. THAT is what it is ALL ABOUT! Not just me, but YOU as well, the reader!


The bottom line is that I’m just a guy who will tell it like it is. I always have been. I’m not going to be overly technical, if at all. Just real world use and samples all written out in layman’s terms. I am hoping to make this an enjoyable and easy to read site that will hopefully help some people out in their decisions on camera gear. Also, I am not a writer and kind of slacked off in English class so you will see a few grammar mistakes here and there :)  Also, I hope to improve the site over time so every now and then you will see some changes for the better like adding images to comments, etc. 

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So yea, I am a guy who is just like YOU! Part photographer and part gear head!

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The New Version 2 of STEVEHUFFPHOTO.COM (this site here) came to life in November 2009

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The new version of this site went live on November 12th 2009 and it has MANY improvements from the first version. My website has even created a couple of new site copycats as well as a couple of old timers to change their ways. Too funny. I now am seeing so many “real world” review sites, but I am happy to see this approach take hold though I WAS THE 1st!

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On January 5th 2010 the site had its first “crash” due to a traffic overload when posting my Leica X1 review. This told me that my site was finally achieving what I dreamed of. Success! But that comes at a price. I had to upgrade to a super fast dedicated server at a cost of almost $700 per month. With all of my photos online, and thousands of people downloading them every day it costs me quite a bit of cash! Luckily I get help when you guys visit my sponsors and buy gear, but it’s tough!

UPDATE 2013: My dedicated server costs now are up to $1,000 per month just to keep this site running smoothly.

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One popular feature of the site is my “Daily Inspiration” posts where I will feature YOUR photos so we can all be inspired to get out and shoot day in and day out. The site is not all about me! I want it to be about everyone who visits and enjoys it. I want to be inspired every day and see what everyone else is up to so be sure and submit you pics using the “Daily Inspiration” tab above.

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Like I said, this site does cost me quite a bit of money, time, and energy to keep up so if you enjoy it and would like to help me continue with this adventure click here to read how you can do it! Just to host this site now costs me $1000 every month (as of March 2013) as I had to move servers three times (in 10 months) to keep up with the traffic and bandwidth usage. This means I have to at least bring in this amount every month just to keep this site live. I also spend 60-70 hours each week on this site right now so it costs much more than that with my time, so I need all the help I can get! But hey, I am having a blast and hope that you enjoy these real world reviews! As long as it pays for itself, it will keep going so I appreciate the help!

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UPDATE: The site keeps on gaining steam! July 2012

 

This site keeps on rocking and rolling! It has been 3 years since I updated this “About Me’ section and a lot has happened since then! Many of you know I have went through some crazy times with a divorce years ago and I am happy to say that I am now engaged to a beautiful woman who I actually went to grade school with! How amazing is that?

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Here we are in kindergarten

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and in 2013

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I have to say that in all my life I have never met or known a woman as sweet, caring and giving as Debby. We will be married in 2014 and of course the photos will be posted on the site :) Why would I do that? Because I consider my readers to be like family. This site has had regular readers since the beginning and I appreciate ALL OF YOU! Without the readers, the submissions, the passion and the overall vibe of this community the site would not have survived, let alone thrived.

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The site now enjoys 100-200K page views daily, which amazes me when I look back at the beginnings when I started this site ONLY as a hobby and for fun. Now it is my 100% passion. My baby, and a huge part of my life.

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I am the happiest I have ever been in my life and it took me 44 years of being on this earth to achieve this but it was all worth it!

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I plan on keeping this site going until I can no longer type or see! So I hope you continue to enjoy it with me! Just be sure to read the rules below! Oh, and you can also read a recent interview with me over at the website of Alex Coghe!

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Rules and Disclaimers

The Rules…

Since this site has been growing there have been quite a few comments on many of the articles. When you leave a comment anywhere on this site you must follow three simple rules:

  1. Keep it clean. Not only in language but with SPAM. No foul language, no SPAM, no links to commercial sites. If you want to advertise, e-mail me.
  2. Keep it relevant to the post. If a post is about a Leica lens, do not write a comment about a Canon camera or  my various grammar mistakes :)
  3. Be civil. No fighting, no name calling. I hate it when people start posting garbage and calling others names or putting someone down or arguing about equipment. Let’s keep it civil and professional. Personal attacks will NOT be tolerated.

Easy enough. Anyone breaking those rules will have their post deleted. A second time and you will be banned from the site. To date I have had to ban 13 people. Not bad for over four years online. When you make a comment your IP gets logged and I can ban any IP from the site. I do not want to do that but here is a comment that got one idiot banned as this was his 2nd comment like this in two days:

“seriously huff, stop putting up these really stupid boring photographs and go out meet people not just your lonely mammy. Feel sorry for you old man. Me and my dudes are like 18 years old and take much better photographs with our canon than yours, you stupid old man. Bald and ugly..can’t understand what your wife see in you? Loser with no jobb and acting like child with serious toys…get a life.”

Lol..

After he posted this 2nd comment I grabbed his IP and blacklisted it. He can no longer see the site from where he was accessing it before. Stuff like this is pure nonsense and has no place on this site. If you have nothing relevant to say, then do not say it. Sadly though, the internet is full of idiots like this guy and that is what the “ban” button is for :) Besides, these kind of posts do not bother me personally. I am confident in what I do and with my life and know the type of people who write garbage like that are not, which is part of their problem. I feel sorry for them, I truly do.

My Disclaimer…

I have to say that while I get lenses and cameras sent to me for review (that get sent back) by a couple of camera companies, none of them EVER EVER pay me.  I write exactly what I feel about any lens of camera and if a manufacturer doesn’t like it, then oh well. I have been on “Media Events” paid for by the camera companies as a chance to review and check out their latest gear.

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Most of the big sites attend these events like DP Review, Imaging Resource and many many others. This is a perk, getting to see the new stuff before it is released to the public as well as network and meet other site owners. This is part of the business and it rocks and I would be pretty stupid to pass up the opportunity to test new gear before it is released. It helps me and it helps YOU the readers :)

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As long as I have the chance to attend these events I WILL and yes, they are paid for by the camera companies. I did get a free hip bag and some fruit at the last one :)


You can help me! An I need it! 

The only way I can fund this site is through my sponsor ads. B&H Photo and Amazon are this sites sponsors. They do not pay me to advertise but rather they pay me a tiny commission when someone follows a link on my site and makes a purchase with them. For example, lets say you are reading my site and use my Amazon search box at the upper right of any page. You buy a CD, a DVD and some film. I would make about $1.50. Over a period of a month my goal is to get that # to at least $1000 to pay the web host. Anything after that goes to gas for my photo testing trips, postage for sending lenses and cameras back and if I am lucky I can grab a burger or two for myself.


I get to keep waking up every day at 6am and start writing and then I get to hit the road to shoot with whatever camera I have with me that day. But I can only keep this site going with your support, and with that support this site will not only keep going, it will keep growing with new features and more updates.


Help Wanted

In January of 2010 I started publishing guest writers on the site. A couple of guys I knew of for a while in some photo forums approached me about writing an article so I tried it, and decided to keep going with it. If you are someone who would like to write an article for this website e-mail me using the contact link at the top of any page. The article would need to be photo related and can be anything from a product/accessory review to a how-to article or even a photo essay. If you have an idea let me know. But at this time I do not offer any pay for these articles as I simply do not make enough to do that yet. In exchange for your article I will publish a link to your website or portfolio and you will get quite a bit of exposure. As of March 2013 this site receives up to 120,000 views a day. It fluctuates but it has been growing daily.

Writing a guest article can provide you with great exposure and the cool thing is that your linked article will remain in the archives forever! So be sure to contact me if you are interested!


Camera companies, small businesses, accessory makers… want your Products Reviewed here?

If you are a camera company, lens company or a small company that makes accessories like straps, cases or gadgets and would like me to review your product here then feel free to contact me using the contact tab at the top of any page :) With about 2.8 million page view monthly your product will be showcased to readers who are very passionate about their photography wether they are newbies, hobbyists or seasoned pros. My site is indexed in google with thousands of posts and many many reviews are at the top of the google list. A review here will get your product seen so feel free to contact me! I us usually take 2-4 weeks to evaluate a product before review.


Advertising

I am now accepting advertisers who have a photo related web site, product or seminar. Basically ANYTHING photo related. I can offer 200X200 ad sizes in the right sidebar. The prices range from $500 to $1500 per month depending on placement and if you would like text link mentions as well. This site currently brings in (up to) approx. 2.8 million views every single month and that number is still going up every month! Daily, there are approx. 80-120,000 page views and all ads are shown on EVERY page. This means that your ad will be shown up to 120,000 times each and every day. This is a great value for this amount of targeted traffic and my readers are passionate about photography and LOVE to buy gear! Email me HERE if interested in advertising.

The only space I have right now (and through mid 2014) is the premium top banner spot that is the most clicked on and seen on the site. One year commitment required to take it. E-Mail if interested. 



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  70 Responses to “So Who Am I?”

  1. Steve great work you have, very well said on your bio. I appreciate talented individuals like yourself because in the end we as photographers can never stop learning new things. I am also passionate of my work and really enjoy it alot. Please let me know if I can add a link to your page on my site I think its a great site for friends to view. Should there be any question please do feel free to reach out to me thank you very much and may you continue to have much success.

    Jose Angel

  2. I like the opportunity to write a review for your site. I sent you a message via your contact page. Do let me know what you think.

    Derek

  3. Steve, thanks for all your work, inspiration and guidance.

    One thing you need to seriously sort though, not least because you have an international audience… As a Brit your ad links are US co’s and whilst your top banner provides local content, you don’t give me a way to say thank you directly… Ken Rockwell has a donation button linked to Paypal. I have thanked him! Your recent article on whether the m8 is still a good choice helped sell mine ( to help fund an m9p ), so I would like to thank you too…

    David

    • Sorry for my English.
      Excellent articles. Great experience … I am deeply impressed

      Przepraszam za mój angielski.
      Wspaniała artykuły. Wielki doświadczenie … jestem pod głębokim wrażeniem

  4. Hi Steve, been following your site for +-3months looking for a replacement for my old mavica. Interested in MILC as it is easy to carry around and not intrusive to people. All things being equal, would really appreciate your thought on which one/s that can most likely give ooc stills in movie-look (color, sharpness, contrast, grain etc) with great bokeh/subject isolation? Please give me one or two options along with which lens.
    Regards,

  5. Steve, you are my role model. I’ve wanted to be a photographer all my life and seeing your photos has really inspired me to go out and follow my dreams.. I own a small $200 Canon but it’s no match to your Black M9, but I don’t have $7,000 to get it. Thank you so much for posting all your cool and interesting pictures, I hope one day I could meet you, I went to school with your son, Ha, he was a good friend. But anyways, thank you so much..

  6. Hello Steve,
    I’ve been viewing your site for a couple of months now. I actually came on it when I was looking for some reviews of the Sony NEX-5N and saw you in your monster mask!
    I’m an enthusiastic amateur and that’s one of the reasons I really appreciate your site. You obviously have some great gear and are a professional, but you write really interesting articles which don’t talk down to people like me, but have enough real-world information to help in making an informed choice.
    I have a mid-level DSLR (Nikon D90 with a reasonable election of lenses) and was looking for something more portable with interchangeable lenses to complement my ‘travel’ camera (a Nikon P7100). I was considering the Fujifilm X10, Olympus EP3, Pentax Q, Nikon V1 and Sony NEX-5N but have eventually gone for the NEX5N after reading your reviews, because I like the low light performance and great IQ and am prepared to compromise on ice and portability a bit to get these.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for an enjoyable and informative site.
    Bob

  7. its cool its fresh its true as u put it ‘s not about u witch tells us u on the true

  8. `hi Steve!

    my name is Remy and I am from Holland, Amsterdam. I like your website, you are doing a great job. After reading your review of the nex 7, i have decided to buy this camera. Unfortunainly it is not yet to buy in Amsterdam, so i have to wait (but i can’t…;) )

    if i have one of my own, i let you know!

    greatz,

    Remy, Amsterdam

  9. Hey Steve,

    Since discovering your website I have been delighted to find reviews about many camera’s of interest. I’m also quite impressed with the tone of your reviews. When looking at reviews on CNET or even DP Review, it seems as if the reviewer is spending so much time over examining the A’s and B’s of the camera that they not really enjoying the photography aspect of the whole thing. So reading your reviews is quite refreshing and never dull.

    Now, I myself am a budding enthusiast. I am currently looking to purchase a camera that will allow me to grow as an enthusiast of photography. Your review on the EP-3 really changed my opinion of the camera. I was a bit skeptical about it being that it has a smaller 12.3 MP sensor. But you helped change my view of it altogether. However, I’m a little tempted to see what kind of grade the new Panasonic Lumix GX1 gets. Are you planning on doing a review for that camera?

    -Donald

  10. Steve , your reviews are great very simple but real life related and more practical than anything else I ‘ve seen else where.

    Thanks for sharing all your great experience and photographic world.

    One question : what is the best fast lens for NEX5n or 7? I cannnot afford a real Leica so I am shooting NEX and Alpha 900 and if you can recommend me some good fast MF or AF mid to wide primes , it ‘d be great.
    Does the VM35f1.2 ,which you just reviewed here work well on a NEX7?

    By the way, I am also waiting the Zeiss 24f1.8.

  11. Hi Steve !

    today I got my nex 7, and it is really A, A, AWESOME ! (triple A-status)
    I love it already and just spent a couple of minutes with it.

    When do you visit Amsterdam for some street shooting?!?

    greetz,

    Remy

  12. Hi Steve, I’ve been following you for about six months, just have to say great reviews & insights.

    Love what you are doing, more Leica reviews though please!

    Cheers,

    John

  13. Hi Steve, been stuck in Germany over the Xmas/New Year for work, German tv sucks, so the net has been my friend.
    Congrats for providing an excellent forum for photography, I even tried to get a factory tour in the Leica factory in Solms but the dude was still on holidays :( I couldn’t even buy a camera or lens from the factory shop as there is a 3 months backlog. Never mind , you win some and lose some.
    Keep up the good work.
    Can’t wait to to get some warmer weather back down under.

    A Big Gidday from Dazza

  14. Great web site Steve and fantastic pics, you are very talented. I just picked up a Pentax k-5. I can’t recall if I read your review before buying, but I really enjoyed your review since buying my K-5.
    I have to admit, when I got the camera, I was actually afraid of it, and considered taking it back. It just seemed too much, too intimidating for an amateur like me. My wife said to just jump in and take some pics, which I did. Now I am looking forward to becoming a better photographer, not because of the camera, but in partnership with it. Although I’ve only had the K-5 for a few weeks it already feels like an old and trusted friend. Again, great web site. I’ll be looking in often

  15. I’m sure all 20,000+ visitors per day can agree that this is hands down the best photography website this side of east jesus!! Your passion is an inspiration to us all, and your hard work is very appreciated! There is no better place to visit for photography than stevehuffphoto.com.

  16. Hi Steve,

    I am not a photo head and never will be, but I do read product reviews for learning what I will expect from a purchase.

    Anyhow, since you have international audience ( must be, example me ) you best place a donation link using paypal or similar. I personally always donate to website or forum I find useful. I can’t shop at B&H or Amazon as I am in Indonesia. I also believe in supporting local brick & mortar shop in my own city/country, whenever I can. Margin on big names cameras are pathetic, so enough of buyers with “buy where it is cheapest mind set” already.

    Your review will save newbies lots of $$ for them to jump in into purchases without much experimental mistake or whatever.

    If say US$2 per person out of say 5% of your readers will donate, it is decent to keep the website running without readers needing to buy stuff from Amazon or B&H. The worth of the wisdom and work you put up is priceless. TWO THUMBS UP.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.
    SP

  17. Hi Steve

    I’ve only recently come across your blog/webpage, but have already become addicted. The ‘no-fuss-real-life’ experience you provide of the gear you test is just plain fantastic and very good to go by.

    Keep it up, I will be sure to follow from now on.

    Best reards
    Henning

  18. Dear Steve, I’ve just joined in so let me say my thanks to you for the boost in My Photography.

    Stay-A-Shooter,

    sandrixx

  19. Dear Steve,
    I stumbled across your website last year and have really enjoyed it. Each review gets to the point.
    Currently, I own a Canon 50d and wanted to change it has I found I really was not enjoying it.
    I was interested in the Fuji X-100, read your review, but when I went to look at it I just did not like the feel and decided something better may come along. I then contemplated on getting the OM-D, but would have waited for your review.
    However on working out the cost of the camera and the price of the price of the 12mm F/2. I decided I should save up a bit and maybe own a Leica.
    That dream for me came yesterday, living in London, I managed to find a couple of shops specialising in second hand Leicas and there was an M8 in excellent condition and it was the same price as a Fuji X-100 pro body.
    You can imagine my joy, yes it has its quirks your reviews had told me this, however there was also a near mint M7, slightly a bit more but still reasonable. I have to mention that this shop was buzzing with Leica users of all ages and backgrounds and the majority of them were shooting with film, yes film is not dead and this lovely shop will also print your images.
    After asking each one of them which one to purchase they all pointed to the M7 not because of the problems of the M8, but more to do with the joy.
    Yes, digital is convenient, you can see what you have shot and if you do not like it then just delete it but in my mind I wanted to take a step back and enjoy the whole process again, sadly the 50D, was slowly taking away that enjoyment and I was deleting more photos than I was printing.
    I am now a proud owner of a M7 and in my heart I knew I had made the right choice for me and knowing that this shop will print out my images swayed me to purchase this. I am going to relish every
    moment.
    Thanks Steve and keep up the good work.

  20. Hi Steve,

    A shout out for the excellent work you are doing ! ! Am new to photography and a proud OM-D owner. This website has been a guide and almost a bible of sorts ! You also given a excellent glimpse into the world of Leica.

    Your photos are an inspiration and what I hope to develop into one day in my capacity as an amateur photographer.

    Finally, I hope to become sufficiently proficient to fully exploit a Leica rangefinder one day !

    Thank you and WIDE Open !!

  21. I have been reading your site for years, and you have been my ‘best resource’ for photo information, especially -hands on- information: I appreciate your ‘real life photo’s’ with your camera evaluations, and your TRUTH in sharing what you THINK about the camera’s you test. Your Leica bias is well founded; but I -
    like you – have a soft spot for Olympus color & tone; and after reading your OMD EM5 review – W O W !
    The X100 is a real break through too – esp. the hybrid view finder, color and tone, and in BLACK !
    I will buy any new camera products through your site, and PLEASE give all of us a link to contribute $ to directly to your site. We all want you to continue what you love and do best !
    If you ever do evaluations on medium format film cameras, new or used; please post the film scans; more importantly, please share your impressions of WHAT EACH FILM DOES BEST, with examples.
    Thank you again,
    Mike

  22. You have more fun than any other photography nut on the web. I’m so glad you share it with us. And that rude guy was so wrong. Bald guys are sexy. And your heads bounce light so beautifully.

  23. Great blog Steve. I will drop by again. Cheers Steve

    • Hi, Steve, I discovered your website a few days ago, I recently purchased a used Leica M8, and a used Summilux 50/1.4 , I just love using this camera….Love this website..

  24. Steve, great site and source of imformation – thank you.

    I have been a passionate amature all my life (I did weddings professionally for a while), and have owned more different camera gear than I can remember. I have alway been a Leica lover but never owned any of the high end gear. I am presently selling most of my DSLRs to ‘justfy/finance’ the move to an M9. I am doing a lot of research and the camera/lenses but also on how photographers made the change over to rangefinders and thier initial experiences. I am sure the change will be somewhat daunting and likely a steep learing curve as I have become used to the fast and faster auto focus over the last decade as the technology as changed. That said, I look forward to what I am hoping will be a more ‘pure’ photographic experience.

  25. Hi Steve, first of all let me congratulate you for the great work you post on this blog and which you share with us, and another thing I like about you, do not lose your simplicity despite being very good photographer. I found by chance when looking for more information about the system Nex, after waiting a long time nex7 and floods in Indonesia slowed all my plans so I decided to grab the nex5n and saw the reviews on your blog about this little camera, great sensor, hight performance in low light and IQ.

    another reason that I love is that it is very easy to use legacy lenses, using the focus peaking does the job very easy.
    thanks again Steve

    cheers Freddytto Robles

  26. Hi Steve!
    Nice to get to know you !!
    …I only found your site yesterday after following a link for the new Sony RX100.. what a great and interesting, not to mention insanely thorough review of it you did!!..
    I only wish I had found you sooner to help with all my other photo related purchases..specially the DSLR!..
    I guess when I type in reviews here in England I mostly get UK sites up so that is probably why I have not come across you before..but you are now bookmarked!

    Thanks for the review …I am saving hard for the Sony to replace the xz-1 I dropped in the canal a couple of months ago..I was not totally sure but once I read your review I knew it had to be that camera for me!

    Gillie

    PS..Congrats on finding Debby she sounds like 1 in a million!!

  27. Hi Steve,
    great blog, full of interesting information! I’ve found it while I was looking for info about the Leica M9, which at that time I had the temptation to buy. Reading your blog I got convinced, now I am a happy owner of that camera, so I feel I have to thank you! After many years of different cameras now I have found the right one for me (it is my first Leica ever…), so thanks again: taking photos has become a real pleasure now. Which is the right place to post technical questions and comments on your blog?
    Serena

  28. Hey Steve! Im new to shooting pics other than on my iphone and Im looking into purchasing a DSLR but not sure to go mirrorless or bulky full body. My 3 top cameras that Ive found online from peoples reviews are the Sony NEZ-5N, Sony a65 or Canon t4i. Im not sure what direction would be best cause I like to take pics on the go but also want top notch. What do you think would be good for me with such little knowledge about photography?

    • Krazi311, thanks to Steve, I just purchased a Fuji X Pro 1, needless to say, it is hard to take a picture that is NOT in focus. The secret to this is the fact that you can zoom in on your subject, then focus and shoot. To get great pictures e sure to shoot on a tripod and set the timer for 2 seconds. I’ve had the camera for one full day and already taking pictures with great detail. Forget about reading from the manual, you can read it as a PDF file, with your iPhone.

      I own a Canon SD850IS that I love to pieces. I bought it used on EBAY for less than $150.00. The picture quality is great and it takes fantastic Macro pictures. It is my work horse camera that I throw in my back pocket w en I am working down at the bar or out in the pasture. You ask, why do I need three cameras? Well, as I always tell my wife, “No one camera is right for taking everywhere or taking pictures of everything”

      I also have the Nikon D700, but am planning on upgrading to the Nikon D800. Be sure to read the on line reviews before you decide on a camera. Just remember, it is your decision and whatever camera you decide to get will be Great!

      Steve, you are a real inspiration to me, not only about cameras and taking pictures, but your extremely positive out-look on life. Thank you for being you!

      • Sorry about the typo’s above, thought I had it right.

        ……get great pictures BE sure
        ……back pocket WHEN I am working down at the BARN

        Got to review these before I hit (Done).

  29. Well, thanks to you, and a friend of mine, I have just sold up the very last piece of pro Canon gear that I had and went for the LE version of the X100. Your site not only encouraged me in this, but made me research the camera in fine detail before going the distance with it. Also thanks to your website I made some real decisions on how I would pimp the camera and carry it: A Billingham Hadley, which gives me space for camera and personal stuff like specs, wallet etc when not wearing a jacket. As I have some arthritis in both thumbs I have ordered the LensMate thumbrest in black (a cracking piece of kit). As for the soft release, I found a post on another thread that suggested using one of those self-adhesive cupboard bumper stops which fit a treat and work perfectly. For just a few pence and not a ridiculous £20 I have saved myself a ton of money on this important aspect of pimping. I have the clear one, but would like to find them in black.

    Anyway, I can’t offer you a donation towards your website costs, but I can say your website is great! And I will increase your costs and your hits by passing it on to others. Hope your wedding goes well in 2013 and yes, looks like you are a lucky man indeed. Best regards…Keith

  30. Hey Steve,
    I have a gear question for you. I’ve seen you video review of the Domke F-803 and I was wondering about the insert you have in there. It look exactly like what I’ve been searching for. It is a three compartment with moveable walls. All the ones I find have sew in dividers. Where can i find one like that? Thanks, Justin

  31. Hey Steve
    Greetings from Indonesia.
    I really love reading your posts, you have a really wonderful website and honestly the more I read your posts…the more I want a Leica for myself. Unfortunately, I still haven’t had the courage to move on LOL

    Anyway, keep up the great work!

    Cheers
    -Alvin-

  32. Steve, I was very impressed by your comments about your girl friend – very sweet – and congrats on finding such a sweet girl.
    Thanks again for awesome good reviews and super images – very classy

    Regards
    JH

  33. Steve, Just received the http://gariz.com/?doc=cart/item.php&it_id=1290017705 Gariz bag, may borrow it for your review (I’m in Chicago) before I started using and abusing it :)

  34. Great stuff Steve. This site is more addictive than facebook. Truly an endless resource.

  35. Wow, and WOW, what a great site you got Sire.

    I just got a Nikon 35mm/1.8 lens and just wanted to find some pic’s / info, about it and you popped up, I am glad you did. Can’t wait to read more here, thanks again for having this site.

    Frank

  36. Many, many thanks for your useful considerations about D800 and M9 _
    Many compliments because your amazing family_
    rRegards Orazio

  37. I am just curious what you think about my pic’s Steve, comments are always welcome,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49151541@N07/?saved=1

  38. Steve

    Love this site and info. Now I find myself visiting everyday…..if not, the day is not complete!! :-). Keep up the awesome work

    Regards Kevin Cobello

  39. Wanted to say Thank You Steve for this site. I am a new reader. Very informative and helped me feel so much better about a HUGE decision I made recently to move from DSLR to a Micro 4/3 system. I sold all of the Nikon gear my wife & I had acquired over the last 9 years (since we’ve been married), and thanks to your fabulous in-depth reviews we are now the proud owners of the Olympus OMD EM-5 system. We are at a point where we needed to “lighten the load” and we weren’t shooting as much as we wanted to because the gear we had was so heavy to haul around… Moving to the OMD (along with some Panasonic glass as per your recommendations) was a no-brainer after reading your site.
    So, thank you very much. I am now an avid follower. (:
    Tim – Airdrie, Alberta Canada

  40. Great response to an anonymous dick I just read some moments ago.
    Carry on.

  41. Good eveneing Steve,

    I have found your site by concidence, looking for information about the fuji x-e1 which I wanted to buy. And which I bought last friday.
    For two months now i am a regular visitor and I appreciate it very much.
    Have a nice evening. One day maybe I will send you pictures to post on your site. If they are worth of it.
    Kind regards
    Eric

  42. Hi Steve, Just wanted to tell you that I was looking for an unbiased opinion of D600 and finally I found one on your site. I have just ordered mine from B&H and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Your opinions are most welcome to amateur photographers like myself. Nobody wants to read about comparisons between this camera and that camera, they just want an honest opinion of what the camera is like and you nailed it… Thank You, I will be checking back regularly for your comments and posts and to view your photos… Keep up the good work.. Congrats

  43. Hi Steve.
    Well done on your site. I can’t believe I only just found it! Keep up the good work and thanks for the info and time you put into it!
    Cheers,.
    Ash

  44. Dear Steve,
    all the best with your love, this was the highlight of the evening, reading about a lens (2.8/28 I will buy soon…), asking myself who is this guy and then finding the picture of a happy man.
    I like to see how you write about cameras and lenses, thats how it is. Forget pixel counting, it is about real life. Like it or not, feel it or not. For me it was the moment seeing my little girl first time on the M9-LCD made with the Zeiss Planar (based on your advice).
    Keep going! Regards from Brussels Philipp

  45. +111
    Steve is the Mahn!

    Greetings from Germany :-)

  46. Just got on here today, Steve. Great stuff. I know I’ll be taking the ipad to bed!

  47. I reckon all of us nikon v1 owners owe ken rockwell a beer as I believe he single handedly ruined nikons chances of them selling any due to his original scathing review, which pushed the prices down to rock bottom and we all owe you a beer as you convinced us all it’s actually a great photography tool and such a bargain. Im currently studying photography and have been involved in photography for most of my life and this is by far my favourite site and thats because you come across as humble and sincere. I love reading and viewing the readers own reviews as well as yours which helps with the constant changing and style’s of photography on this site, It does indeed come across as relaxed and open, Great work Steve

  48. hi Steve,

    I love your site and come back to it on a regular basis. Keep up the great work. I think it is great that you allow guest posts (daily inspiration) – it adds variety and different perspectives. I like reading about gear and seeing different work – one never stops learning.

  49. love you site, your reviews and your posts on fb…..keep up the great work Steve.
    Tony

  50. So do you have a wedding photographer?

    • Nope, and do not need one. Wedding will be small, personal and with only a couple of others with us. Small and quick. I am not a fan of large weddings because they are, well, I will keep my opinions to myself :) Thanks :)

  51. Hey, Steve. Just a brief comment – to thank you for the enthusiastic and unbridled intelligence and energy you bring to your site – and what you write. There are soooo many intelligent but boring photo geeks or gearheads – and it’s a serious pleasure to read someone who expresses themself as honestly – elquently – passionately – and often insanely humorously – as you do.

    Also a brief quote for you – which you can feel free to use in one of your ‘Daily Inspirations’ – in the event that you haven’t done so, already. It’s from one of the original old-school masters of photography and one of my revered idols when I first started learning how to take photographs, 50 odd years ago, on my father’s ancient Leica IIIc. The photographer in question is, of course, Ansel Adams -

    And here is his quote -

    “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

  52. Ran in to your blog/web site after doing a search on V1 lenses. While I am more of a novice even though I have dabbled both film for 15 and digital photography for the last 7 years, the digital world ever changing. You can never learn enough! Like your site and look forward to reading more on it.

  53. Hi Steve,

    I love your blog, i use x pro1, and it inspired me alot to go out and have time for myself shooting instead of giving all my energy to work and studies.

    love it and i will keep checking it out regularly.

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