The “First Stop” Toward Texas

Photographers usually know that the first few shots of any photo endeavor are usually the worst. It takes time to warm up, figure out what settings to use, and try to make sense of the scene in front of them. Tonight, as my friend Kurt Johnson (pictured above in his natural habitat) and I embarked on a journey to Texas, we stopped on the side of the…

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Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 First Shots

No, this isn't a review of the GF110mm f/2 lens for Fujifilm's medium format system. This is just a tribute. I knew it was going to be good when I bought it earlier today, and I put it through some paces at the local botanical gardens and... well... you know the story. It's a REALLY good lens, and when it's paired with Fuji's 100-megapixel sensor... it just…

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Read more about the article Better Than the Price: Viltrox 56mm f/1.7 Initial Review for Fujifilm X-Mount
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Better Than the Price: Viltrox 56mm f/1.7 Initial Review for Fujifilm X-Mount

When viltrox asked me if I wanted to try out the new 56mm f/1.7 lens for Fujifilm X-Mount, I thought… nah. I have a whole bunch of other lenses similar in focal length, from the Fujifilm "Fujicron" 50mm f/2, to the Sigma 56mm 1.4 and all the way to the big 56mm f/1.2 WR from Fujifilm. But then I saw that this lens was only $140, and…

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The Truly Awesome Nebraska Sandhill Cranes – A Day Trip Photo Adventure With Nikon and Fujifilm

Around 20 years ago I headed out west to photograph one of the most stunning scenes you can imagine: the Sandhill Crane migration. For the month of March, these beautiful (but also kinda goofy-looking) birds fatten up in the corn fields along the Platte River before they head on out to their next destination. Photographing them isn't easy, and I remember taking my really crappy 70-300mm consumer…

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I Went to Atlanta… Here are Some Things I Saw Through My Nikon Z8

My man Kurt Johnson and I recently took a quick road trip to Atlanta. This was my first real trip with the Nikon Z8, the camera I bought after having the Nikon Zf for a few months. Initial reactions of the Z8 are very, very positive. Nikon's ergonomics are amazing, and this camera's feel is no different. It seems to stick in the hand with a grip…

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Fujifilm X-T5 Grips: Fuji Official Vs. SmallRig

https://youtu.be/XuWtxs23LJo If you’re like me and you love the look and function of the X-T5, but the camera’s grip hasn’t felt very comfortable for you, then a grip might be a good option for you. Since Fuji opted to skip on giving us a battery grip (which, Fujifilm, WHAT were you thinking?) - we’re left with the official Fujifilm grip, the MHG-XT5, and other aftermarket options. This…

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Night and Snow with the X-H2 and Viltrox 13mm

One of the old challenges with Fujifilm was access to unique lenses like the Viltrox 13mm f/1.4. There's nothing native in the Fujifilm lineup, and while adapting lenses is always something that can be done, it's just nice to stick the lens on the camera and know it will work the way it's intended. I rarely shoot with the 13mm, however. I've had it for a few…

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Chapter Five: Something From the Sky

October 13, 2023 North Hawk, Nebraska A small clump of gravy oozed its way down the stubble of Stephen’s chin, hanging precariously suspended as the man spooned large Swedish meatballs and gravy into his mouth. Reetha watched the spectacle from across the table while sipping on a glass of water. Stephen had always been an eater. At 6’5” and lean-muscled from decades in the field, he ate…

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Affordable and Versatile: The Fujifilm 70-300 f/4-5.6 Review

The Fujifilm XF 70-300 f/4-f/5.6 telephoto lens is an absolute powerhouse at a fantastic price. First, we get an insanely useful telephoto range of 107-457 in full-frame terms. Then, we get 5.5 stops of image stabilization, which helps to shoot landscapes and more in lower light. We also get a linear focus mechanism, allowing for super fast and accurate focusing, and a weather-resistant designation which means it's…

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