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I never have charged one penny for the endless information and reviews on this site, and I never will. It is run from the passion in my heart and soul and has become a pretty special place for me, you and everyone to hang out and talk photography, read the latest real world reviews, share images with daily inspirations and so much more. So how can you help? It’s EASY and you do not have to do ANYTHING that you are not already doing! If you have enjoyed this site over the years or even have just found it and are benefitting from the information here there is a way you can help Use my links when you want to shop ..this will help me dramatically! Almost everyone I know shops at Amazon. If you do, you can help me without even trying 🙂 
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  1. Hi, I owned a Leica SL1 with 3 summicron lenses, and a Hasselblad 500C with portrait lens, I gave them away, since we live in the digital age. Now I work with Zeiss for Canon. My eyes grow old and I need more light to see. But I make still some people happy. I share a hifi hobby too. My dac is the ayre qb-9 twenty, with sotm 200 neo transport, Feliks audio euforia, Meze empyrean for headphones. I have Elipson 1303 speakers an Etalon SL801 amp, and I was thinking of buying a “budget” preamp MP-701 MK2 with some nice tubes. When there is still a budget in Europe. We have stress about politics etc. May music give you happiness. Best wishes Yoram

  2. Steve,
    I do appreciate your site. I am thinking of getting a new camera & would appreciate your thoughts:
    I am an amateur, stills only – mostly landscapes & street shooting. My favorite camera now is my Fuji X-100T but it has some issues/gremlins. I will pass my X-Pro2 to my son – I actually prefer the 100T – smaller, more convenient, simpler. My thoughts at the moment – perhaps X-100F, Leica CL or Sony RX-1Rii? I don’t do massive posters, but like dynamic range. Love simple menu’s and great OOC images

    • For what you are looking for, I’d stay with Fuji. Sony will offer nicer IQ but slower af, and a more clunky interface with deep menus. The Leica CL is nice but IMO will not deliver anything more than your Fuji already does besides allowing you to use different lenses. It does have a simple menu but for me the system seems overpriced for what it is. The Fuji offers style, ease of use, and great color in a small form factor. The CL would be an improvement but I do not feel it is worth $2-$3k more than the Fuji. Still will be an APS-C sensor.

      • Thanks for the response. I get your line of reasoning 100% and the rational side of me agrees. It’s kind of like Rolex watches…..

  3. Years ago I had an inexpensive camera which had a remote shutter release. I could, for example, put the camera on a wall near some children or a group of friends having a drink, and then, unobserved, release the shutter at an interesting or funny moment and usually end up with a fantastic candid shot. So far as I know there is no compact camera available today with this quite magical feature, but I am hoping you will be able to put me wrong on this. I am hoping there is one, also with a viewfinder, as my other bugbear is the majority of compact cameras on which you can only frame your shot via the screen, which in bright sunlight is useless.

  4. Hi Steve I need a little help- I own a Leica Elmarit-M 28mm F2.8 third version VS Voigtlander 28mm F2.0 better and by how much?
    I am looking at Zeiss Biogon 25mm F2.8 ZM, better than Leica Elmarit-M 24mm F2.8 Asph, how much better? The Leica Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 Asph this lens came out in 1994 to the Zeiss Bingon 35mm F 1.4 ZM would you kind enough to help me out on this.
    Thank you for your time.

    • All of these lenses will be good but offer different character. The Leica 24 2.8 is a great lens, bests the Zeiss IMO. The older Leica 35 1.4 which is the Asph but not the current version, the Zeiss bests it IMO. The Zeiss equals or betters the new version as well, IMO. The Voigtlander 28 f/2 is not one of the better Voigtlanders and will be the softest of the bunch.

  5. I’m wanting to save my olympus Pen-F slides to digital. I can’t find a digital copier that will allow me to. I have many single frame theatre35mm film from movie film. (they include the soundtrack.) They are old date strips and drive-in intermission strips also. Do you have any ideas? I also am currently have problems with my AT&T site. I am leaving my home address (Please don’t put it on the internet. Should you write me I would reimburse you for any cost. As soon as my internet problems are solved I will let you know. Thanks Bob (Robert W.) Keith

  6. I have not commented here. But I am so glad you have this page here. My wife asked me order something from Amazon. I can never remember which link I can bookmark so I just come to your page for the link and do my order. Thanks for making it so easy.

  7. Hey Steve- I wish B&H gave a confirm when we use the link you provide- i emailed them to ensure you got credit for my order, and to ask them to provide this… all the best, one of my favorite sites, for sure!

  8. Hi Steve, forgot to click the link before buying my daughter a dslr deal from BH, so I used the paypal donate button. Nothing huge, but maybe more than the BH %age.

    Your site is great, love your enthusiasm and positive attitude.

  9. If I use your link for B&H and I already have stuff in my cart, will those items be credited to you or do Items need to be added after clicking on your link to B&H?
    Their site gives no feedback that would let me know I’ve successfully given you credit.

  10. Hi there Steve, a friend of mine recommended your site to me as a good place to read all about the Sony Alpha 7S. After seeing your review I bought one when I was travelling through Singapore. Firstly, I thank all known and unknown deities for your review because it is quite simply the best camera I have ever touched. It’s transformed the results of my photos and its ability to create light defies the laws of physics. The scientists at CERN should trash the LHC and pick up a A7S because it can easily detect dark matter. Humour aside, in combination with the Distagon 35mm I rarely get the 24-70mm out of the bag any more. I would rather spend the calories getting closer to the subject and get that almighty POP in the portrait. Truly amazing and I thank your honest review for convincing me that it would be money well spent. It certainly was!

    Steve do you have an recommendations or reviews for photo publication web sites? I am looking for something that is not outrageously expensive and has some professional features. Do you have any favourites?

    As an aside for anyone interested in buying an A7S, if you have the opportunity to pass through Singapore then I would recommend Cathay Photo in Marina Square. They sold me the A7S, Ziess 35mm Distagon and 24-70 F4 bundle with a 34% discount off the RRP saving me about £1300 off the UK pricing. I also claimed an additional 7% cash-back with an export duty refund at the airport.

  11. I would like to purchase the Sony RX1R and I will do so through a link on your website . But I have questions and reservations about where these cameras are manufactured . I will only buy from a Sony Authorized Dealer such as Amazon , B&H , Adorama , etc. But I see these others that are not dealers such as Abe’s and 42nd Street who have the RX1R at substantially lower price . I am looking at a bundle from Amazon and it will come from Focus Camera . Can I be assured that this camera is made in Japan at the main Sony Factory instead of one in China for cheaper labor ? Could you explain all this to me and give me some insight because a $3000.00 purchase is , well is quite quite significant for me . Thank you , Douglas Lunsford

    • Stay away from Abe’s, 42nd Street, etc. They usually sell grey market and keep accessories out and charge extra, even for the battery. Stick with BH, Amazon..Amazon is my #1 pick these days due to the speed, amazon prime shipping and ease of returns if needed. BUT only use Amazon PRIME where Amazon sells and ships or at least ships. This way you are 100% protected. B&H Photo is superb as well.

  12. Hey Steve, would be great to link to Amazon India site as well ! Us folks in India love your site and am sure quite a few would use your link.

  13. Pardon if you’ve written this before, but what is the best way to upload 5-10 photos to you for publication in one of the columns in your blog? Would you consider providing a 1-page “how to do it” style-sheet that loyal readers can use that would make our lives and your life easier. Please assume we start with individual Lightroom or Twitter photos. Where do we go from there to group the photos and send them to you?

    • You just click on “Submit User Report” at the top nag bar and follow the instructions for submitting articles. Click on Daily Inspiration to learn how to submit one of those. Thanks!

  14. Steve,
    I recently purchased an Olympus E-M1 based on your recommendation, and so far, I have not been disappointed. As I buy more equipment for this camera, I will go through the links that you provided for both B&H & Amazon. You have a great website, and I hope this helps.


  15. Steve,
    You web site has been very useful to me and was one of the ones I used pior to buying my M9. I was going to sell the M9 and buy the new M but I am now considering buying the A7. I would like to suport the great work that you are doing but prefer to shop locally in Canada. Is there another way I can make a contribution?
    Thanks and regards,

    • Just have the Canada Amazon links..but that is it. I do not do the donation or “buy me a coffee” thing but all is good. As long as you enjoy the reviews I am happy!

  16. Hi there Steve,
    Love your site! Keep up the good work! I know that you probably have enough going on during a day, but i still want to kindly ask if you please could take the time and respond to me by email, cause i have some questions to you regarding both photography and paranormal stuff. I would be forever greatful for this, cause i really need your help getting started on some things, and i know it will be a tuff competition getting trough to you in commentboxes on youtube and such 🙂 No need to rush if you dont got the time, just please get intouch when you see that you can 🙂 Best regards from a big fan in Norway 🙂

  17. Steve,

    I am looking for purchasing a Fujifilm X100s and a Leica M. With all websites I can find, I need to wait for both of them. Do you know where can I get them quickEST? About how long? If you do, please provide the link. I’ll buy them via your website. Thanks.

    Best regards,

  18. Hi – just discovered your site..excellent. I am a stills photographer film, TV, documentaries etc and use a couple of M9’s and M6’s film. Your reviews have help me to decide on the Monochrome.

    But the one area that seems to a problem for a lot of photographers is this controversy over memory cards..
    8,16,32 or 64gb …what brand? what speed? My M9 will not recognize Delkin 64gb cards, have had trouble with some Sandisk.

    So does anybody have any ideas? Has anybody done some up to date tests after the last M9 firmware update.?

    Lots of talk about equipment..what about the Memory Cards, after all in the good old days film choice was
    of supreme importance…

    Will book mark and visit your site more often



  19. I’m not American, nor Canadian nor German nor from UK, I’m Japanese. Would love to “donate” (read: help out) for the site. Please make a “site contribution” (not donation if you won’t accept any :-P) account or something. I’m sure plenty of people would love to help out also.

    Ryan Saito

  20. Hi Steve,
    If you have a Paypal account that I can contribute to then I’d like to. It might not be much, but as you mentioned every little bit helps. That would allow me also to contribute as I can. Many thanks!


    • Thanks you for the thought but I do not accept donations. The support from readers buying through links is enough to keep this site far 🙂 Thank you!

  21. Steve,

    Just discovered your awesome site! I’m a Leica M6 owner (it’s starting to feel like forever ago that that camera came out!) and thanks to your reviews, just ordered an OM-D E-M5 and the 25/1.4 lens. I ordered through your B&H link and am thrilled to get my hands on this camera! I couldn’t decide which lens to order, but I think I am confident I made the right decision! Thanks again for all of the great info!


  22. Thanks Steve for your reviews and comments. Your reviews keep us motivated. My favorite store is B and H and I try to use the link provided above whenever I make purchases, we really want to keep you posting reviews! BTW: Have you ever tried Nippon Photoclinic Inc at 902 Broadway, Suite 705 in NYC? I just dropped off a 28mm Zeiss lens for cleaning, and they told me it would take 4 or 5 days to get it back.
    Karim from Brooklyn, NY.

    • I got my Zeiss Biogon 28mm from Nippon Photoclinic Inc back after only 4 days and paid only US$30.00 (yes, 30) for cleaning. Now the lens is really dust free.

  23. Thanks so much for this review, Steve. I had just bought a used 12-35mm Panny for $980 in perfect condition and was happy to confirm that I have done the right thing! Also I just ordered a Panasonic GH3 from B &H through your link. Yesterday I sold my Nikon D7000 and 2 lenses to pay for all this new stuff. I’m through with DSLRs and a loyal mirrorless user since the G1. My husband has the OMD, so we can swap lenses.

  24. Hi Steve,
    I love your site. I really appreciate you work and passion. I want to support you, but i’m not american, nor english, german,… : i’m a french guy.
    Why don’t you create a supporter club on facebook (25 $ / year for instance) ; i’m sure you will have plenty of supporters !

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