*A Pana-Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 review – I never should have doubted you.

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH OIS Lens Panasonic

Now, readers may remember a mere 6 months or so ago, I purchased the Voigtländer 42.5mm f/0.95 lens (see that review on a new page HERE) for my micro 4/3 system setup.  I’ve loved that lens, but since its announcement I’ve been curious about the Leica branded Nocticron, largely because I do really enjoy shooting two of the other Leica branded lenses for the system in the Summicron 15mm and 25mm models.  The asking price for this portrait lens was always high for my taste, which was why I opted for the Voigt to begin with (which isn’t cheap in its own right, but 2/3 the retail price of the Nocti).  Well, as luck would have it, an open box/like new Nocticron came up for sale at near the same price as the Voigtländer and my curiosity couldn’t be held back, and now I’m tasked with figuring out which one to hold onto.

Here are my initial impressions on this beautiful lens.

Continue reading

*Topaz Simplify, on sale through May 31st!

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 11.17.08 AM

Hey guys.  Topaz is back with their monthly sale, and this month, it’s Simplify, a plugin that puts a painterly spin on your photos. You can download a free trial, or purchase from Topazlabs HERE, and if you do purchase, use code “MAYSIMP” to get 30% off through May 31st for a sale price of $27.99 (normally $39.99).

If you’ve not yet tried Simplify, download a free trial via the link above, come on in for some more info and insight into this cool plugin and follow along.

Continue reading

*Still going crazy after all these years w/ @BUMtheBand

 

BUM live at the High Line in Seattle

Having spent my formative years, growing up in the 90’s, I’ve always felt my generation was somewhat skipped over when it came to culturally defining moments.  Sure we witnessed many notable, global events, but when it came to a statement or generationally demarcating movement, we seemed to fall short.  We existed between the calamities of the Bush presidencies, and lived through a decade of relative peace and economic stability.  Capitalist commercialism seemed to be figuring out how to reach every corner of the alternative culture, and we struggled against that tide.

We were also a generation that had to navigate through some pretty horrendous fads, and quite possibly the shallowest pool of pop music talent that has yet existed during a decade length span.  Along came the grunge revolution which at the time for those of us too young to understand the influences, seemed cool, different perhaps, but the voices that spoke loudest to me and my group of friends weren’t coming through the radio, or television and we liked it that way.

 

Continue reading

*The Mighty Might, Panasonic GM1 on super sale

iPhone 5s vs Panasonic Lumix GM1

Adorama has the Panasonic, micro 4/3 GM1 camera with 12-32mm pancake zoom for $598 which comes with a $200 Adorama Gift Card, dropping the price for the camera and lens to an effective $398!  The lens itself retails for $348, and while that may be a little steep for the lens itself, it is a true 24mm e-fov wide angle lens that is sharper than many of the comparable prime lenses for the system at like aperture, across this zoom lens’ range.  While the asking price for the lens itself might be debatable, the quality and sheer minuscule footprint cannot be.  Sure that $200 gift card is only valid at Adorama, but if you’re like me, you’ll find a way to eventually spend two hundred bucks on something there.

That’s a pretty sweet deal for this little powerhouse of a camera and lens that I feel is the best kit lens I’ve used for the system.  

You can see the deal, currently running at Adorama via my affiliate links below:

GM1 (Blue) with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver) + $200 Adorama Gift Card HERE 

GM1 (Orange) with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver) + $200 Adorama Gift Card HERE

If you’d like, you can read my thoughts on the GM1 HERE and the 12-32mm Kit Lens HERE.

I bought my GM1 as soon as it was available, and it has been with me every day since, literally.  With the right lenses, this camera is pocketable and is small enough to go anywhere.  It has the same sensor as the GX7, which is rumored to also be included in the soon to be announced G7, which is a great performing sensor, especially for RAW file capture, and in my test/review, out performed the Sony sensor in the Olympus OMD EM5 in most every way.  The GM5 is essentially the same exact camera with a hot shoe and an EVF.  Both great additions, but for this price, I think it would be hard to find a better overall value of size, performance and build quality offered with the GM1.  It’s a great little machine, and by little, I mean tiny.

You can stay posted on reviews, tutorials and deals by finding me on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram or if you prefer to receive email alerts when articles are posted, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  

Happy shooting.

Tyson

*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge – May 2015; “TEXTURES” with @Mirrorlessons

unnamed

Welcome to our new flickr photo blog challenge for the month of May.  Our theme, as chosen by last month’s winner Tara Tanaka (Visit and see more from Tara HERE) is “Textures

Rules for these challenges are simple.  Chose an image, or images that you’ve taken, that you feel fits the theme.  Doesn’t matter what gear you use, and the themes can be interpreted however you feel as long as they abide by our Flickr group, and the greater Flickr guidelines for content.  Submit a single, or multiple images to our Flickr group threads and at the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I choose the three that we feel are the most compelling examples of this theme.  The three chosen, are showcased on my blog here, and at Mirrorlessons with an open vote that lasts for 5 days.  The winner after votes are tallied on both sites gets submitted into our semi-annual giveaway vote, and gets to choose the theme for the next month.

Find the submission threads on Flickr below:

TRP Flickr Group HERE

Mirrorlessons Flickr Group Thread HERE

Thank you to Tara, and to Heather and Mat for yet another month of collaborative, photo community fun!

Stay posted via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay up on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

*Congratulations to Tara Tanaka, our winner for “Silhouette” with @Mirrorlessons

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 10.20.01 AM

Congratulations to Tara Tanaka, our 15th monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Winner!  Visit Tara, and see more of her awesome digiscope work HERE.  A truly beautiful image and wonderful example of telling a story in silhouette.

Thank you to everyone who came by the site here, and on Mirrorlessons to vote.  Thanks as always to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, and to all those who submitted last month.  Keep your eyes peeled for this month’s theme as chosen by Tara!

Stay tuned for your chance to submit to this month’s theme via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our fifteenth monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; “Silhouette.” With @MirrorLessons

Happy May Day!  Anyone else feeling like time is evaporating?  Another month is in the books, and we have had an amazing grouping of submissions for this month’s theme, “Silhouette” as chosen by last month’s winner, Giovanni Tabbò Visit Giovanni HERE.

Please vote for your favorite image below, and make sure to visit Mirrorlessons to vote there too!  The vote will run through the 5th of the month, and at that point, we’ll tally the totals and announce our 15th Flickr Photo Blog Challenge Winner who will get to choose the theme for May, and will be entered into our semi-annual giveaway vote where the 6 monthly winners vie for your votes to see who takes home free gear, software and title of our semi-annual Champion!

Along with Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, we’ve chosen our three favorites from this month’s submissions, and you can vote below.

"Sandhill Cranes" by Tara Tanaka

“Sandhill Cranes” by Tara Tanaka Visit Tara HERE


"The Night She Walked Away"

“The night she walked away” by Chazzz (three z’s) Visit Chazzz HERE


"Smile" by blackandwhitexe1

“Smile” by blackandwhitexe1 Visit Black and White XE1 HERE


 

Please vote for your favorite, and feel free to share:

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite over at Mirrorlessons HERE as well!

Thanks to all of you who have submitted, and for another wonderful month.  We’ve really enjoyed interacting with so many of you, and love to see the community growing and continuing to inspire all of us to get out and shoot.  Stay tuned for your chance to submit to this month’s theme via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and to stay posted on new articles, feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here.  You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.

Thanks for the read and happy shooting,

Tyson