First Impressions: Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 GM FE (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

With the announcement of the new Sony a9, the new Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE lens was slightly overshadowed by all the new tech in the camera. However, this new lens is also one that is very important for the specific crowd that that camera is targeted to. The Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master is designed for sports shooters, wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need a whole lot of reach. During our testing period with prototype models, we found the 100-400mm lens to be really useful in many situations, but we’re going to need to give it a whole lot more testing to give a final verdict.

Here’s our first impressions thus far though.

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Image Gallery: Fujifilm X100F Samples

Today, I’m really happy to say that we’ve got Fujifilm X100F samples in our first impressions post. I’ve been super busy as of late, but I’m pretty glad to finally have the Fujifilm X100F in for review. On paper at least, the camera has a whole lot going for it. And it’s also fair to say that after a really long time, many users are going to be very happy with the camera and the progression that it’s taken. Indeed, photographers like Rinzi Ruiz are doing some fantastic work with it. Overall, it’s pretty difficult to take a really awful photo with the camera; except in a few situations.

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Mike Ioannidis: From Observer to Analog Film Photo Creator (NSFW)

All images by Mike Ioannidis. Used with permission.

Photographer Mike Ioannidis is a 26 year old mechanical engineer that loves bike riding, climbing and analog photography. He lives in Athens, Greece.  “…photography has played a vital role in my life!” Mike tells us about the last seven years. “Although it doesn’t pay my bills, it serves a greater purpose!” For Mike, photography is a form of self expression. He gets a chance to express emotions, feelings and capture what he sees, in the unique way.

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Picking Specialized Cameras vs Do It All Cameras

There is this epidemic in the photography industry right now where everyone wants every camera to do everything better than every other camera for a lower price. This is why you always see walls of complaint comments when new cameras are announced, it does this well but not that, or lacks in this one feature that so and so really wanted. It’s just the reality of a camera, some will fit better for certain people and certain uses better than others – and let’s remember, virtually no one is making a ‘bad’ camera these days (at least if we are talking about the traditional camera makers). Continue reading…

Bashert Jewelry Gives Your Leica a Sterling Silver Soft Shutter Button

Soft shutter releases have been around for a really long time now, but the Bashert Jewelry Sterling Silver Soft Shutter Release Buttons for the Leica M series of cameras are surely taking the cake. For the uninitiated, soft shutter button releases are a very nice and extremely addicting addition for your camera. They often make pressing the shutter a bit better ergonomically speaking. This is fantastic for a series like the Leica M where you need to sometimes stretch your finger a bit to press the shutter if you’ve got smaller hands.

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