Fast Wide Cheap and seriously Old School - The Samyang 14mm f/2.8

Fast Wide Cheap and seriously Old School - The Samyang 14mm f/2.8
'I suspect many would think it an ugly lens, but with it's huge front element I have to admit I quite like it's brutalist, old school look. And attached to a DSLR, like the Nikon D750 above it does have a certain charm and of course it handles and operates very well with the excellent Nikon focus confirmation system. And there is no doubt that wide aperture super wide angle lenses do have their own unique look.
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West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q

West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q
'However talking about proper cameras, I have to say how much I enjoy using the Leica Q (Typ 116) It has wonderful image quality and such sharp files that if this is the sensor Leica are using in their new interchangeable lens camera, then get ready for some spectacular images.
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Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - GoPro - Real options for wide angle photography compared

Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 - GoPro - Real options for wide angle photography compared
'Above are three ultra wide angle alternatives. Each very different, but each offering something for creating images. They are:-
  • Nikon D750 + Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Full-Frame Lens 3:2 ratio
  • Panasonic GX8 + Olympus m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Zoom 4:3 ratio
  • GoPro Hero4 Black 15mm (approx. 35mm equivalent) fisheye fixed aperture lens 4:3 ratio'
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Panasonic GX8 and a great wide-angle option

Panasonic GX8 and a great wide-angle option
'So this is another of my articles about why I've chosen m4/3 as my main work orientated interchangeable lens system. And those two lenses, via speed boosters and other adapters give me a nice range of options. In a previous post I wrote about doing some tests with these lenses. However, yesterday I decided that it was about time that I went out with the two Samyangs, the Speed Booster and the GX8 to see what they could achieve in a 'real world' situation. '
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The Olympus Air AO1 - who is it for?

The Olympus Air AO1 - who is it for?
'I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it’s not what I thought it would be. I imagine I’m not alone in thinking that because of the attachment to a smartphone and the size and weight, that it might be perceived as some kind of shoot and run, ‘street photography,’ social media servicing type device with the benefit of a larger sensor and better lenses. But I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not that at all, but something quite different.'
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Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df

Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df
'The Panasonic GX8 is particularly good for using with manual focus lenses. Add in the Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster and there is the possibility to use some high quality lenses with the equivalent of some fast apertures, thanks to the extra stop of light the adapter gives. This also brings to m4/3 the possibility of a 'full-frame' look.'
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Has the apprentice outdone the master? Panasonic GX8 compared to Leica Q (Typ 116) - Leica E.V.I.L rumour

Has the apprentice outdone the master? Panasonic GX8 compared to Leica Q (Typ 116) - Leica E.V.I.L rumour
'And the examples above show that the Leica Q is better for overall image quality, but it's not by that much and my Panasonic GX8 is so versatile and offers me so much that if I had to choose between that and the Q I'd choose the GX8 without hesitation'
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 - First Impressions

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 - First Impressions
'When the GX8 was first announced, I was very interested to get my hands on one since the specs. ticked more boxes for me than any camera I currently own or is on the market.........But would I like the feel of it? Would it work well? Would I 'bond' with it? And could it possibly be 'The One', the holy grail of cameras that I've been looking for for years?'
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GoPro HERO4 Black

GoPro HERO4 Black
'What is the GoPro Hero4? Is it a camcorder? Is it a mirrorless camera? Is it a compact camera? Is it a 4K hybrid camera? Is it a fisheye lens? Well it's all of those. Ususally regarded as the creator of video footage for adventure sports, I was looking for a small, light, cheap camera with a wide-angle lens and I thought I'd try one of these. I'm glad I did.'
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Leica Q (Typ 116) compared to Sigma DP2 Quattro - Am I really bidding on a Leica M8?

Leica Q (Typ 116) compared to Sigma DP2 Quattro - Am I really bidding on a Leica M8?
'Add in the fact that the Leica is MUCH better at high(er) ISO's and a faster camera as well and it's clear to me which is the most useful camera. However, the fact that the Leica costs 4x as much hasn't escaped me.'
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Leica Q (Typ 116) More on the Stabilisation, Digital Zoom and Macro.

Leica Q (Typ 116) More on the Stabilisation, Digital Zoom and Macro.
'So, a gorgeous camera that's great to use and that uses some modern technology, with variable success. Certainly, I won't be rushing to use slow shutter speeds for my stills photography, since the IBIS is not that impressive and I'd rather move closer than rely on the digital zoom with it's loss of pixels. However, for a good deal of my core work, this is a great camera for me.'
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Leica Q (Typ 116) and that 28mm point of view

Leica Q (Typ 116) and that 28mm point of view
'Photography is about having a point of view. It's about making creative, artistic decisions and not purchasing decisions, as the photographic internet is fond of encouraging. And the fixed 28mm lens of the Leica Q dictates that somewhat. So is it restrictive? Well I don't find it so, in fact as with all single fixed lens combinations I go out with to create images, I find it liberating. Why so?.
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