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Just Touit

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Crisp & Clean, No Caffeine

I was out between raindrops today testing the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 on my Sony a6000. It’s equivalent to a 48mm or standard lens. I won’t waste any time, and immediately tell you that I love this lens, and have since it was first released several years ago! PopFlashPhoto was kind enough to send me the Touit 12mm and 32mm for testing on my Fuji X-Pro 1’s (back when I shot Fuji), and I fell in love with them both. I couldn’t justify the price of the 32mm (it was $900 at release) as I already owned the stupendous Fuji 35mm f/1.4, plus I didn’t need another standard lens. I really liked shooting with the 12mm too (18mm equivalent), but I rarely if ever shoot super wide lenses, so I wasn’t even considering it.

This tiny Zeiss Touit 32mm has been on my mind, or should I say heart, for quite some time

This tiny Zeiss Touit 32mm has been on my mind, or should I say heart, for quite some time, and I wanted to add it to my kit. With the recent price drop from $900 to $499, I finally decided to get one. After my first day of testing, I think it’s definitely a keeper. It’s not just sharp, lots of lenses are sharp, but it’s crisp and it renders fine detail amazingly well. It also has that Zeiss dreaminess (that’s what I call it)—sharp yet it has a certain glow to it (depending on the subject), and of course, the Zeiss 3D pop where subjects actually look three dimensional rather than flat and two dimensional like so many other lenses. Whatever that intangible quality is, this lens has it. This is why I love Zeiss lenses. I don’t know how I went so many decades without using them. I give credit to Steve Huff, who first made me aware of Zeiss and Leica lenses—thanks Steve! Leica lenses are just as lovely, but in a different way. The problem is, Leica lenses don’t autofocus nor do they have a Sony E-Mount.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 on Sony a6000

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Erika Smerika

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Waiting on the Storm

Ricoh GR - Day Three

As Florida waits on Tropical Storm Erika, a couple basks in a shallow pool of water during low tide at Jupiter Inlet.

I'm finding the 28mm lens on the GR a bit wide, and wishing it were a 35mm instead. This has made me hesitate in my decision whether to purchase the camera or not. If I lived in a big city such as Chicago or New York, it wouldn't be a problem at all, as I could easily get closer to people. But here, in the tropics without a building in site, it's a little more difficult to get close. But still, the camera performs nearly flawlessly for what I desire for it to do, and it fits in my pocket! That is a very strong argument in favor of the little camera that can!


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You Had Me at "Hello"

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Fish Hunters

Ricoh GR - Day Two

It didn't take me long to love the Ricoh GR. I've wanted to try it since it's release, but it was never a priority as with gear that I actually make money with, so it kept getting pushed aside. Another factor I wasn't sure about was the 28mm lens--it's a tad wide for me as I prefer 35mm in an all-round prime lens, but very manageable. With this camera, it's all about a huge sensor in a small, thin, pocketable body. I've been carrying it around in my pocket for two days now, and it's hardly noticeable. Not once did I wish I didn't have it with me like so many times before with other larger cameras--even my tiny Sony a6000 was getting in the way as I was out and about just last week. Conclusion: So far, so good!


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No Parking

Hip to Be Square

Testing the Ricoh GR - Day One

Square photos are so fun, and they take me back to the days of shooting film on a TLR (twin lens reflex) camera. Back when I was attending my second photo school, I owned a Yashica Mat G and loved shooting with it. The user experience with the Ricoh GR is nothing like the Yashica though except for the option to shoot square photos. Ironically, the raw files are saved as 1:1 too, not just the jpegs. So, for the next four days I'll be testing out the GR. My conclusion so far: I love it!

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