It’s my birthday – so I’m giving you all a present

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Sharing is caring. Nikon D800E, Zeiss ZF.2 1.4/85 Planar

Product of the labors of the last few weeks, the observant of you will notice that there’s now a new tab on the second line called CAMERAPEDIA! It’s a 22,000+ word monster that contains a concise opinion on every piece of equipment I’ve ever used (and can remember) – that’s a lot of gear, folks. I figure instead of asking me if X or Y is any good, I might as well put all of the info in one easy to access place. It also links to my detailed reviews, where I have one. It’s a live document, which will be updated as I use more stuff. The best way to use it is use your browser’s built in search function – either command-F or ctrl-F – and type in the name of whatever it is you’re looking for. For lenses, just the focal length should be enough. Everything is in alphanumeric order.

It can be found here, and also accessed via the CAMERAPEDIA! button next to ‘Contact/ Ask a question’.

Enjoy! MT


Quick update – the competition is coming along nicely; we’ve got 20+ great entries so far, but come on folks, I see plenty of great images in the newly-minted Flickr pool that would qualify and do well – but no corresponding entries! Remember, the more people entering, the larger the cash prize. Entry details can be found here.


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  1. Happy Birthday Ming. Consistently great pictures. And incidentally, similar tastes with me: OM-D camera and Sinn watches. Maybe we’re cousins…..

  2. Happy Birthday, Ming! I hope your spirit remain fresh and youthfull.

  3. Xenia Edberg Kledzik says:

    Happy birthday, Ming! Such a lovely motto and a beautiful photo… Thanks for both sharing and caring!

  4. Wayne S. says:

    Happy Birthday Ming! Maybe Leica will give you a free MM for your birthday!! 🙂
    Thanks for all your hard work and effort you have put into this blog and your site.
    Always enjoy seeing the D800E/Zeiss lens rendering like the shot above.
    I am loving my D800E with my ZF 35/2 and the ZF 21/2.8.

  5. Vincent L says:

    Happy birthday Ming. Your blog has made quite an impact on the photographic community this year. I’m sure your readership is ramping up exponentially with all the exposure it’s getting now. Keep up the great work.

    • Thanks Vincent! I’m glad to be able to share the knowledge…and even more glad that there’s a nice, friendly community growing around the site and its extensions (flickr etc)…

  6. Happy Birthday Ming! Have a great day 😉

  7. Donald W. Leitzel says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Thanks for sharing your photos and your thoughts.

  8. Happy Birthday, Ming!
    Thanks for all your valuable work and information!

    Best wishes from Germany

  9. Ming Happy Birthday my friend. In addition to being a bad @ss photographer you are also a word smith. Do something nice for your self andbe a really cool piece of gear that you’ve. Wanted for a while. Like that Ferarri you’ve always wanted.

  10. Señor, Feliz Cumpleaños!

  11. Thorsten says:

    Congratulations and all the best to you and your family! Cheers, T.

  12. Graeme Davidson says:

    A very happy birthday to you! Keep up the good work.

  13. Michael says:

    Happy Birthday. Take a day off!!

  14. Klaus D Pluemer says:

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for that great and relaxed image. Looks like a wonderful part of a landscape in Germany or France.

  15. Happy birthday, Ming. Thanks for the information, examples and inspiration!

  16. Digital Adrian says:

    Happy bday!

  17. Diego Defilippi says:

    Happy birthday dear MT. O wish the best for you. Bye

  18. Matt in Missouri says:

    Happy birthday, Ming! This site is literally the first photography-related web content I check every day, and I regularly check back just to check out the comments. Please keep up the great work, both professionally and here at the blog.

  19. happy birthday and thanks for the present i´ll enjoy it.

  20. Happy Birthday buddy

    • Thanks Mark! You going for the party at the Leica store tonight? (no, it’s not for me haha – coincidentally also the store’s birthday)

  21. William Jusuf says:

    Happy birthday Ming !

    have an abundant life with healthy body


  22. Eddie Marmolejo says:

    Happy Birthday Ming! Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends 🙂

    And thanks again for the wealth of available info.

  23. Love this image! Where was this taken?

  24. Philip Ong says:

    happy birthday bro!

  25. Happy Birthday!! =)
    Thanks for all the information and the time spent answering the questions!

  26. Happy Birthday MT!! hope you have a good one….and thank you for the camerapedia!!

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