Other reviews

This page will contain an archive of all of the main articles I’ve written by category and sorted with the most recent first – it seems that there are some fundamental navigational issues with WordPress that I can’t get around other than by manually updating this page with every new article. It’s a work in progress, of course…

Last update 22 September 2014

Medium Format
The Pentax 645Z review, part III: SDM lenses and long exposures (15 Jul 2014)
Review: The Pentax 645Z, part II: compared to the 645D, Nikon D800E and Hasselblad CFV-39 (29 Jun 14)
Review: The Pentax 645Z, part I (27 Jun 2014)
MF digital goes mainstream: early thoughts on the Pentax 645Z (18 April 2014)
Medium format digital in the field (12 Apr 2014)
How I landed up going medium format digital… (7 Sep 2013)
A quick introduction to Hasselblad V-series cameras (26 Jan 2013)
Experience log: the Hasselblad H4D-40 and medium format (25 Nov 2012)

Micro Four Thirds/ CSCs
New Olympus E-M1 firmware (1 Apr 2014)
Review: The Panasonic Lumix GM1 (7 Mar 2014)
Review: The 2013 Sony A7R (8 Jan 2014)
Preview: The 2013 Fujifilm X-E2 (18 Oct 2013)
Quick thoughts on the Sony A7 and A7R (16 Oct 2013)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 review updated with thoughts on RAW quality (18 Oct 2013)
Lens review: The Olympus 12-40/2.8 M.Zuiko PRO (13 Sep 2013)
The 2013 Olympus OM-D E-M1 review, part two: some comparisons (11 Sep 2013)
The 2013 Olympus OM-D E-M1 review, part one: the camera (10 Sep 2013)
Just updated the Olympus E-P5 review… (18 Jun 2013)
Lens review: The Panasonic Lumix Vario PZ 14-42/3.5-5.6 X G (14 Jun 2013)
Working preview: The OIympus PEN E-P5 (10 May 2013)
Photoessay: Chinatown cinematics, and using the Leica 50/1.4 ASPH on the OM-D (16 Apr 2013)
Review: The Panasonic Lumix GH3 (17 Mar 2013)
Project: Creating a multispectral camera (6 Jan 2013)
Lens review: The Olympus ZD 12/2 (27 Dec 2012)
Comparative lens review: The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17/1.8 (17 Nov 2012)
Quick review: The Olympus 15/8 Body Cap Lens (15 Oct 2012)
The Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite review: a mini-OM-D (25 Sep 2012)
Macro shootout on Micro Four Thirds: four lenses, one winner (22 Sep 2012)
Review: The Olympus ZD 60mm f2.8 Macro and FL-600R wireless flash system (21 Sep 2012)
Review: The Panasonic 100-300/4-5.6 Lumix G Vario for Micro Four Thirds (20 Sep 2012)
Review: The Panasonic Leica 45/2.8 Macro-Elmarit for Micro Four Thirds (2 Sep 2012)
Watch photography with the Olympus OM-D, and thoughts on its use as a backup system (31 Aug 2012)
Review: the Voigtlander 25/0.95 Nokton MFT (16 Aug 2012)
Review: The Olympus ZD 75/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds (22 Jul 2012)
Lens review: The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-50/3.5-6.3 EZ for Micro Four Thirds (7 Jul 2012)
Olympus OM-D lockup problems (19 Jun 2012)
Shooting professionally with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (7 Jun 12)
Full review: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 (2 Jun 12)
Lens review: The Olympus ZD 45/1.8 (17 May 2012)
POTD: The man with the microphone, and some OM-D first impressions (9 May 2012)
Mirrorless system lens compatibility recommendations (2 Apr 2012)
Long term review: The Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini (15 Mar 2012)

Compacts/ Large-sensor fixed lens
Review: Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Mark III (25 Jun 2014)
Review: The Sony RX10 (3 Jan 2014)
Review: The Sigma DP3 Merrill (7 Jul 2013)
Decision time (28 May 2013)
Battle of the 28mm compacts: Ricoh GR vs Nikon Coolpix A (7 May 2013)
Review: The 2013 Ricoh GR (digital V) (6 May 2013)
Quick first thoughts – Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji Finepix X20 (7 Apr 2013)
The trouble with compacts (24 Apr 2013)
Review: The Fuji FinePix X20 (19 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on the Apple iPhone 5 camera (31 Mar 2013)
Review: The Leica D-Lux 6/ Panasonic LX7 (25 Mar 2013)
Review: The Fuji FinePix XF1 (13 Nov 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Panasonic LX3 (13 Aug 2012)
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 – a somewhat comparative review (6 Aug 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Ricoh GR Digital III (30 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Canon SD780IS/ IXUS 100 IS (28 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Panasonic TZ3 (15 Jul 2012)
The iPhone as a camera (10 Jun 2012)
Professional photography with compact cameras (12 Apr 2012)

Other cameras and lenses
Thoughts on the Photokina 2014 announcements (19 Sep 2014)
What’s in the bag – USA workshop tour (11 Sep 2014)
Lens review: The Zeiss ZF.2 1.4/85 Otus APO-Planar (9 Sep 2014)
Review: The Schneider PC-TS 2.8/50 Super Angulon and 4.5/90 Makro Symmar (18 Mar 14)
Revisiting the past: the 2003 Olympus E-1 (7 Feb 2014)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part II (18 Dec 2013)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part I (17 Dec 2013)
Xmas 2013 picks (3 Dec 2013)
What am I using now? (4 Nov 2013)
Tilt shift world cup: Korea vs. Japan: Rokinon/Samyang 24/3.5 T-S vs Nikon PCE 24/3.5 (1 Sep 2013)
Ultimate tripod heads, part two: the Arca-Swiss P0 Monoball (20 Aug 13)
Ultimate tripod heads, part one: the Arca-Swiss C1 Cube (18 Aug 2013)
Review: The 2013 Ricoh GR (digital V) (6 May 2013)
A quick post-USA trip gear evaluation (18 Apr 2013)
Announcing the Ricoh GR (Digital V) (17 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on system choices, part two (10 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on system choices, part one (8 Apr 2013)
Quick first thoughts – Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji Finepix X20 (7 Apr 2013)
The recommended gear list (2 Mar 2013)
Great Nikon lens deals (17 Feb 2013)
Review: The Ricoh GR1v (16 Feb 2013)
Review: The Contax T3 (14 Feb 2013)
Project: Creating a multispectral camera (6 Jan 2013)
My end-2012 picks – or a Christmas gift list for photographers (8 Dec 2012)
Lens review: The Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28/2.8 AI-P SLII (7 Dec 2012)
Quick thoughts/ hands on: The Hasselblad Lunar (28 Nov 12)
Photokina 2012 commentary and opinions (23 Sep 2012)
Hands-on-preview: Sony A99, NEX-6, NEX-5R (13 Sep 2012)
Review: The Carl Zeiss ZF.2 2.8/21 Distagon T* (12 Sep 2012)
Revisited and reviewed: The Zeiss ZF.2 2/100 Makro-Planar T* (27 Jul 2012)
Long term review: The Carl Zeiss ZF.2 2/28 Distagon T* (19 Jul 2012)
For the curious, a dissertation of opinions on my current equipment choices (10 Jul 2012)
Some thoughts on digital camera lifespan (22 Jun 2012)
2012 Equipment picks for travel photography (20 Jun 2012)
The ideal camera (8 Apr 2012)
Some of my favourite lenses (17 Mar 2012)
CES 2012: thoughts on the new cameras (12 Feb 2012)

General equipment, books and accessories
Exclusive: an interview with Nick Brandt (9 Dec 2013)
Book review: Across The Ravaged Land, by Nick Brandt (7 Dec 2013)
A very OT review: the 2013 BMW Z4 28i (27 Nov 2013)
Book review: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt (21 Sep 2013)
Ultimate tripod heads, part two: the Arca-Swiss P0 Monoball (20 Aug 13)
Ultimate tripod heads, part one: the Arca-Swiss C1 Cube (18 Aug 2013)
Review: the Wacom Cintiq 13HD tablet (16 Jun 2013)
Quick review: CarrySpeed DS-2 sling strap (5 Feb 2013)
Book review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer (10 Aug 2012)
Stability, tripods, and reviews: The Gitzo GT5562LTS 6x Systematic and GT1542 Traveller (29 Jul 2012)
Book review: Workers, by Sebastiao Salgado (6 Jul 2012)
Book review: Supercell by Kevin Erskine (18 Jun 2012)
Book review: Magnum Contact Sheets (14 Apr 2012)

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Comments

  1. Hi, I have a very specific question for you: I noticed that you are using an Arca-Swiss C1 Cube geared head. Are the bubble levels on the head as accurate as one that you’d put on your camera’s hot shoe i.e. good enough for architectural photography? A friend of mine has the Arca-Swiss d4 geared ball head, which is a great concept, but impossible to find in NYC and the bubble levels are not accurate enough for architectural work. Thanks!

    • They’re accurate enough for me – but most cameras these days have levels built in anyway; I tend to use those simply because they’re easier to read.

  2. Do you have any review on polaroid film camera?

  3. There are many of your photos that quite suit my eye, and I some time ago came to realize that there was an artist who pretty well captured such (often) urban imagery, of lines/angles/light&shadow/muted-colors –viz., photorealist Richard ESTES. One might consider him a photographer who uses paint vice any raw developer + PS for his conversion (with advantage). (-:
    I.p., consider his “Bridal Accessories” (1975)
    http://www.artnet.com/usernet/awc/awc_workdetail.asp?aid=139829&gid=139829&cid=15766&wid=144224&page=48
    & further “Shoe Outlet” (1973)
    http://www.artnet.com/usernet/awc/awc_workdetail.asp?aid=139829&gid=139829&cid=15766&wid =425967381&page=50
    & “4 1/2% Interest” (1978)
    http://www.artnet.com/usernet/awc/awc_workdetail.asp?aid=139829&gid=139829&cid=15766&wid=425968944&page=45

    (This site has 57pp of 6 thumbs per, for Estes. I can be lost there for a long time!)
    Thanks, & cheers,
    –dl*
    ====

  4. Recently purchased a Sigma 60mm f2.8 to use on my OMD. It seems to take extremely sharp images – have you had the opportunity to test one or see any of the results? I plan to get the 12-40 and then use the 60mm as a moderate tele – should be a sweet kit. Cheers

  5. Hi Ming, I have just bought the Olympus Pen EPL 5, am testing the camera and so far have had a problem when taking portraits, or people in street. Have set on P and M and get a strong magenta/red cast on skin tones….whats wrong? All help appreciated:-)

  6. Robyn Pitts says:

    Do you have any opinion of the Canon G15 vs. the Panasonic LX7?

  7. eddy waddel says:

    Any review on the Pentax K5 IIS read some great reviews on it. whats your take on it… Ming

    • Never used one, no interest in reviewing it either. I’ve never shot Pentax and have no experience with the system, so my comments would probably be quite meaningless anyway.

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