Review: Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release Buttons

Fujifilm and Leica camera owners may really appreciate the Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons.

Though they may seem like just jewelry, the Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons have a fair amount of functionality to them as well as customization. You should know first and foremost that they’re made of Sterling Silver. That may sound a bit too bourgeois for some folks, but if you’re into customizations and a bit of the tactile experience, then you’ll understand how these can be really nice. For the uninitiated, soft shutter release buttons make the experience of pushing your camera shutter easier with less effort but without making them more sensitive. That doesn’t sound like such a big task until you actually experience it in person. I’d liken the experience to using an actual keyboard vs the one that you’ve got on the touchscreen device that many of you are using to read this blog post. There surely is a difference. I’d hate to write a long, essay format email on my iPhone 8 Plus but on my iMac’s Keyboard that would be significantly simpler to do. Synonymously, hammering a camera shutter over and over again can put some wear and tear on your fingers and hands in combination with typing on your phone, typing on a computer, etc.

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Review: Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR is the third lens addition to the f2 weather sealed compact prime offerings from Fujifilm–and in many ways it’s an excellent portrait lens. But it’s also great for much more than that. You see, Fujifilm developed the Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR lens to be pretty versatile. It can focus fairly close and it has weather sealing built into the design. Combine this with naturally sharp optics, fast autofocus performance, and the not too large size and you’ve got yourself a pretty powerful, compact longer focal length.

Most photographers picking this lens up may opt for shooting portraits. In all honesty, there are better options for portraiture in the Fujifilm X series system, and also a few fantastic third party options. But if you’re the type of photographer who shoots candids on the streets and like to do street portraits, you may want to give this lens a try. Yes, the street photographer and the street portrait photographer are the ones who will want to go for this lens.

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A Love Letter to the Fujifilm X Pro 1

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In January 2012, Fujifilm announced a camera that helped kickstart the retro ergonomic design trend that we see so often today. It officially started with the Fujifilm X100, but the X Pro 1 was the first super successful retro-style camera with interchangeable lenses to hit the market. Years later, it’s one of my personal well loved cameras and has held up incredibly well–something that is really tough for most digital cameras to do.

The Fujifilm X Pro 1 is a camera that has been with me for years now. I purchased it a while back while still working at B&H Photo and like the Canon 5D Mk II before it, it’s a camera that I cherish because it reacquainted me with a part of my photography past that had previously been lost. You see, I trained myself on an old Leica CL; then had to sell it in college for money. The Fujifilm X Pro 1 appeals to the rangefinder crowd because of the ergonomic structure, design and layout. It’s not a Leica M, or a Voigtlander Bess, or a Zeiss Ikon–but it’s still a beautiful rangefinder inspired camera. For those of us who genuinely don’t like the SLR-style layout, then this camera makes a heck of a lot more sense.

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Michael Kunde’s Myanmar Photo Series Takes Us to an Exotic, Beautiful Land

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All images by Michael Kunde. Used with permission.

Last winter Michael Kunde was traveling all over South East Asia from Thailand, Laos, to Cambodia. Little did Michael know that his favorite time abroad would be in Myanmar. Late into his tour around Asia, Myanmar was only meant to be a six day stay. However, after just spending a day in the city he fell in love with the people and the culture and pushed back the flight back home by two weeks.

“My trip to Myanmar was one of the most unexpected and delightful surprises I have ever had,” says Michael, a professional advertising and travel photographer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Michael says his style of travel photography often tows the line between candid documentary style photography mixed in with his commercial shooting background. The result is a rich mix of very intimate photographs of the locals and gorgeous vistas.

“I love eating where the locals eat and hanging out in the non-touristy areas of the towns and countryside,” Michael expounds. “Trying to see and experience the country through the eyes of a local plays a big part of my photography while traveling.”

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First Impressions: Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 (Fujifilm X)

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The world is full of dreary lenses. Most of the new ones, today, are refreshes of the old. So when Zeiss invited us to try something new, my interest was piqued. We, the Phoblographer members in attendance, were introduced to the New Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8 and the 12mm f2.8, both rather clever lenses. However these lenses are for Sony NEX 7 and Fujifilm X Pro cameras, which I don’t own. Luckily Zeiss brought LensRentals along to loan me a Fujifilm XPro. While I am not a fan of the X Pro 1 personally, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 was rather nice.

Let’s see why.
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Review: Figosa Mirrorless and Vintage Camera Leather Strap

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Black Vintage strap (4 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Figosa is an extremely new company in the camera strap world. Based in Italy, and manufacturing their products from genuine Italian Leather, they are initially targeting users of film cameras and mirrorless digital cameras. Italian leather has always been known for its excellent quality and it is often always worked with by hand. This leather lends its qualities to their first strap designed for vintage cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens cams as well. It can come in different colors, but we went for the conservative black look. The overall quality and look earned the strap a special mention in our recent camera strap roundup.

But should it be the next strap on your camera?

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Round 2: Informal Test of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Sony NEX 6 (Shooting Landscapes and Seascapes)

We previously put the Fujifilm X Pro 1 against the Sony NEX 6. As a clarification once again, the reason why we use the same exposure for each camera vs a, “Balanced” exposure is for you to get a feeling of the metering of the cameras in manual mode: which is something many users will do in order to acquire better images. In these exposures, you are also able to gauge just how the individual sensors perform.

In my tests and in my personal analysis with one of Sony’s reps, we both concluded that at the same exposures the X Pro 1 will retain more detail in the highlights but the NEX 6 will retain more information in the shadows. The histograms were about accurate but let’s be honest: if we made the histograms perfectly and totally alike, then there will be no differences between the images.

These images are an informal comparison of metering and image quality between the two cameras: In each set of images, each camera was set to the same exposure value in order to see how each camera will perform. The cameras photographed landscapes, and exposures in a situation like this are critical. No post production was done to these files besides sizing down to 72 DPI.

Editor’s Note: for the record, this test was done with the Sony 35mm f1.8 and the Fuji 35mm f1.4. We don’t know where any other information came from saying we did so otherwise.

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First Impressions: Sony NEX 7 vs Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Olympus EM5 OMD

Which one? The Fuji X Pro 1, the Olympus OMD EM5, or the Sony NEX 7? These three cameras seem to be the current flagship of their respective camera systems. We’ve had hands on time with each camera already and feel that there is a sufficient lack of major information out there on the internet. Sure, everyone is comparing the high ISOs and looking at charts on image quality; but there is much more to a camera than that. What about the viewfinders? Or the ergonomics? Or the practicality of the lens selection?

Let’s take a look.

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