Ultra wide angle options for every system, tend to be expensive and/or compromised. It can be difficult to optically correct and transfer light onto these digital sensors which are far less forgiving than film ever was, especially outside of the center frame. Add to that, with various “crop” formats, the physical focal length needed to achieve these angles of view has to be remarkably short which provides other engineering challenges. Panasonic saw the need for an ultra wide angle zoom lens from the very early stages of the Micro 4/3 format, and has offered a very solid 7-14mm f/4 lens for years, but many system shooters wanted both a faster option, along with one that was environmentally sealed for outdoor work. Olympus answered that call with the m.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens. A substantial, weather sealed, tank like 14-28mm f/2.8 equivalent lens (in light gathering you FF fanatic naysayers, you) that costs a pretty penny, especially considering the Panasonic Lumix option at close to half the price, it’s not necessarily one for the budget minded shooter. It is however, a pretty damn stellar performer. I have had this lens for the better part of the year, and I’ve just returned from a trip to Portugal and Holland where I used this lens on the GX8 for my travel documentation needs. I have some other shots sprinkled in, but I want to give a bit of perspective when using this lens as a travel companion. C’mon in for some shots and thoughts…
Happy Tuesday from an extremely cold, wet day in the Pacific Northwest. Here in Portland, we’ve had more snow on the ground for a longer period of time than I can ever remember seeing in my years. This has led to mass school cancellations resulting in a Lord of the Flies type atmosphere around here with our kids and the others in the neighborhood. They’ve literally had one day of school since they had nearly 3 weeks of winter break. Shit has gotten serious. By serious, I mean seriously mental. This may explain why I’m feeling the need to move some straps as I’ve also been home, working and staring at these things on the shelf.
Normally $42, all Speed Sling Straps are available for 40% off when using code “SPEED40” at checkout which drops it down to $25.20 with free shipping in the US or a flat $10 international rate. (go to Nautistraps.com HERE) Good while the stock I have lasts, and currently, I’ve got every color stocked up – solid black, black/white, blue/white, red/dk gray, yellow/dk gray and orange/dk gray.
The Speed Sling is a lightweight, comfortable shoulder sling style strap with one connecting point, worn across body and attaching to the camera via a 170lb test split ring and steel spring quick release clasp. A great strap for compacts and mirrorless system cameras. I use these with my Sony a7II and Panasonic GX8 all the time. When wanting to switch it to a handheld, I wrap the strap a couple times around my wrist and it works wonderfully. Find the Speed Sling, and all my other designs at Nautistraps.com
Use code “SPEED40” to get 40% off the Speed Sling straps while I’ve got them in stock.
Find Nauti Straps on Instagram HERE, and tag me #ishootnauti to share with the NS fam.
Thanks and happy shooting,
Hi All! I’ve been hard at work on the Nauti Straps, designing and prototyping designs over the last few months. Two of which are now ready to ship! Enter, the new Tommy Wrist strap, and the Genoa Shoulder strap.
The Tommy Wrist strap (find it HERE) is a brand new design, using a hand spliced, closed loop in what I’m calling Bavarian Check patterned Red/Black and Blue/Black (will be available very soon!) with a third option of solid Black with a reflective tracer (available now!).
The Tommy is the first wrist strap to employ the stainless steel, quick release spring clasp which enables a fast switch between a wrist or shoulder strap. This is how I tend to use my straps now, wanting to use wrist straps at times, and shoulder straps others, so adding a QR clasp on these fit the bill.
The new Genoa Shoulder strap (find it HERE) uses a 3/4″ flat strap (the Speed and Vector straps use a 1/2″ wide material), fitted with two stainless steel quick release spring clasps, hand spliced into the material with a fixed, finished length of 46″. Able to be utilized as a traditional neck strap, or cross body sling strap, the Genoa is a strong, comfortable and light weight option for any style of photographer.
The rounded construction provides much softer edges than a standard flat shoulder strap. The rounded design allows more weight to lay more comfortably on your neck without cutting into you. Available now in mottled Blue/Black, Red/Black or solid Black with a reflective tracer for better visibility when roaming or riding the streets in the darker hours, the Genoa is ready to go.
The Tommy weighs in at a mere 1 ounce and comes with a 170lb test stainless steel split ring, and rubber O ring to fit to the camera. It will run you $35 with free shipping in the US.
The Genoa weighs 2.7 ounces, and is supplied with two 170lb test stainless steel split rings and two rubber O rings. It comes in at $45, also with free shipping in the US.
All shipping within the US is free, and we offer a flat $10 rate for shipping to anywhere else in the world (no matter the amount of straps purchased). If you have any photographer friends or family, we’re well stocked and ship straps as soon as we get orders, so let us know! (the USPS says we have until December 19th to insure that deliveries (within the US) arrive in time for Christmas. International shipping via the USPS normally takes anywhere from 7-21 days, depending on the destination.
Visit us at NautiStraps.com, and don’t forget to sign up to receive our Nauti blog posts with announcements and sales HERE. I’m currently working on a couple new designs, which I’m just awaiting a couple more components for, so stay tuned!
Find Nauti Straps on Instagram HERE and help us spread the word. #ishootnauti
Thanks all. Happy holidays, and happy shooting!
Tyson (and Rachael)
If you have been looking to pick up a Topaz plugin or two, Topaz Labs is running a promotion where each day they offer one of their plugins at a 40% discount with a new plugin each day, running for three days. You can read more about some of my favorite Topaz plugins that I’ve reviewed HERE. I’ll add each day of the sale and the showcased plugins as they’re released, so stay tuned and come back to see what shows up!
Day 1 – 12/12
is Topaz Detail use code DETAIL12 (running through Thursday the 15th) Find Detail for 40% off HERE.
Day 2 – 12/13 is
Topaz DeNoise (best NR I’ve used!) use code DENOISE12 (running through Friday the 16th) Find DeNoise for 40% off HERE.
Day 3 – 12/14 is
Topaz Simplify use code SIMPLIFY12 (running through Saturday the 17th) Find Simplify for 40% off HERE.
Day 4 – 12/15 is
Topaz Impression use code IMPRESSION12 (running through Sunday the 18th) Find Impression for 40% off HERE. Day 5 – 12/16 is Topaz ReMask (I love this one!) use code REMASK12 (running through Monday the 19th) Find ReMask for 40% off HERE. Day 6 – 12/17 is Topaz Adjust use code ADJUST12 (running through Tuesday the 20th) Find Adjust for 40% off HERE. Day 7 – 12/18 is Star Effects use code STARFX12 (running through Wednesday the 21st) Find Star Effects for 40% off HERE. Day 8 – 12/19 is Topaz Glow use code GLOW12 (running through Thursday the 22nd) Find Glow for 40% off HERE. Day 9 – 12/20 is Lens Effects use code LENSFX12 (running through Friday the 23rd) Find Lens Effects for 40% off HERE. Day 10 – 12/21 is Topaz Texture Effects use code TEXTUREFX12 (running through Saturday the 24th) Find Texture Effects for 40% off HERE. Day 11 – 12/22 is Topaz ReStyle use code RESTYLE12 (running through Sunday the 25th) Find ReStyle for 40% off HERE. Day 12 – 12/23 and finally, Topaz Clarity (one of my absolute faves) use code CLARITY12 (running through Monday the 26th) Find Clarity for 40% off HERE.
Happy, Merry everyone. I hope all is well, and here’s to finally getting 2016 in the rearview!
The gears of time continue to grind, and we’re at that most opportunistic time of year for photographers. Personally, you couldn’t pay me to wake up the morning after our Thanksgiving holiday to wait in line for a $0.99 DVD player at Walmart. It’s a silly tradition built on a consumer culture’s need to find a deal at any cost. Luckily for us, the marketing world has found opportunity in offering online deals for almost anything available, and for those of us that can hold off until this time of year, many killer deals can be found.
As is often the case, Topaz has brought their half off deal to the black Friday party yet again, and it is an amazing deal. You get all 17 Topaz plugins for $250, which is 50% off the already halved price of the Complete Collection, so in reality, it’s more like a 75% off sale if you were to individually buy these programs one or two at a time. For those who already own one or many Topaz plugins, don’t fret! They offer a “Collection Upgrade” where if you sign in on the website, it will automatically deduct the pricing for the plugins you’ve bought and registered, and offer you the remaining plugins at an even further decreased price. This only works if upgrading to the Complete Collection though, as singular plugins will stay at full price. The sale runs from Friday November 25th, through Wednesday November 30th. You can always download full free trials of any or all Topaz plugins, but I’d try them soon if you want to go this route as it will be another year at least before getting a crack at all 17 of the plugins for the price of a few of them. Click the link below to go directly to the Topaz sale site.
I’ve written about and reviewed many of the Topaz plugins over the years here on the blog. I thoroughly enjoy, and constantly use a solid handful of them. Here are links to my reviews for a few of my favorites:
I could go on, but rather than add to a list of links, just let me know if you have any particular questions on any of the plugins and I’d be happy to give you my personal opinion or any insight that I can.
Happy holiday season and thanks for stopping by.
I hope you and yours are well, and happy shooting.
Well hi there! Been a while. Yes, I’ve been focused largely on launching the Nauti Straps stuff (utterly shameless plug, of which it will not be the last, surely) which has been going smashingly thus far, so thank you to everyone who’s supported me in that venture. That said and done, I’ve been long wanting to compare these two premier portrait focal length prime lenses for the two formats I shoot in concert in the Sony FE and micro 4/3 systems.
Enter the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar FE mount lens for Sony E mount cameras, and the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 DG Nocticron lens for micro 4/3 system shooters.
C’mon in for comparisons, pixel peeping galore and my thoughts as someone who has been shooting these two lenses for the better part of the last year.
Remember that really cool feeling of camping out in the dark room, focusing and projecting your image onto photo sensitive paper? Watching your creation materialize before your eyes in the developer as you lightly rocked the chemicals back and forth, only to see your final image come to life for the first time? I do. It’s what sparked my love affair with photography, and if you never got to experience that, I think you should try to find a local community college or community space that still has enlargers, and give it a try. Now, fast forward… Do you remember me telling you about Digital Silver Imaging and their unique, digital silver gelatin printing process? To quickly summarize, DSI (find them here) has a process that takes your digital files, and exposes them like a negative, onto photo sensitive paper, and develops them in photo chemistry producing a beautiful, museum quality, archival print. The beauty and depth of a digital file, with the organic analog feeling of a silver gelatin print, is a very cool, very harmonious and nostalgic thing. Well, I’ve been back in contact with those fine folks, and after some delightful conversation surrounding the next step in actual mounting of said beautiful prints, this is what came back to me…