On this page, you can find a summary of all the articles I’ve been writing for this site. As you know, I do often enough announce articles from others, so most posts in the categories “Essays” and “Reviews” are not actually articles by myself. That’s what this page is for — to help you find the articles I wrote myself more easily.
Zeiss Planar 50/2 ZM first impressions
The other lens I got when I decided to switch back to Zeiss glass (I had a 35/2 Biogon when I first go the M8) is the 50mm f/2 Planar, a lens of classical design. Here are my first impressions about it.
Zeiss Biogon 28/2.8 ZM first impressions
I decided to sell my Voigtländer lenses (and other stuff I didn’t need anymore) and go back to Zeiss glass. I stayed with a 28+50 combination, which I find most versatile on the M8. The only 28mm in the ZM line is the 28/2.8 Biogon, about which I wrote down my initial thoughts in this post.
Some first pictures with my new lens
My first thoughts on the Voigtländer Ultron 28/1.9, which I bought as a substitute for the M-Rokkor, which I wasn’t too happy with in low light.
New toy: the Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5
My first impressions with that lens on the M8, and some words on my hassle with rangefinder alignment.
The Minolta M-Rokkor 28/2.8 on the Leica M8
My user review of the Minolta M-Rokkor 28/2.8, the wide-angle M-mount lens that came with the Minolta CLE film rangefinder, used on the Leica M8.
A quick hands-on experience with the new Olympus E-PL1
When the E-PL1 was just released, I had a closer look at one at a local store, to find out how it compares to my E-P1. Is nice – I like!
Cosmicar/Pentax 25/1.4 C-mount TV lens review
My review of the Cosmicar/Pentax 25mm f/1.4 C-mount TV lens, adapted on the Olympus E-P1.
Lumix 20/1.7 vs. Cosmicar/Pentax 25/1.4 comparison
A highly unscientific comparison between those two lenses. How do they compare in terms of speed and image quality?
When my DELL Latitude E5400 laptop broke down, I realised that it makes more sense to invest in repairs for a good laptop instead of buying a new one that’s bad. Impressions of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15 and thoughts about the MacBook Pro.
Sergej Prokudin-Gorskij | Pioneer of colour photography
Born August 30th, 1863, Sergej Prokudin-Gorskij is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of colour photography. In the early 1910s, before the outbreak of World War I, Prokudin-Gorskij travelled across Russia, documenting the country and the life of its many, culturally diverse inhabitants — in full colour.
Building the perfect BUDGET Micro Four Thirds kit
How does the perfect Micro Four Thirds kit look like if you’re on a budget? What are your options in camera bodies and lenses? This is my take.
“Digital Film” — just a fantasy?
Digital Film — a film cartridge containing not analog film, but a digital sensor. This concept has been around since the beginningd of digital photography, but could never be realised. Just recently, it came back into discussion when two new interpretations were made public. Is it still just a fantasy, or could it actually be done?
If I were to buy a DSLR today …
Some quick thoughts on the Pentax K-5, why I would buy it today if I were in the market for a DSLR, and what an ideal K-5 setup would look like (for me).
The Leica M8 and Zeiss Biogon 2/35 does Tyrolia (Guest article at stevehuffphoto.com)
I’ve been using the Zeiss Biogon 2/35 ZM for a couple of months on my Leica M8, and took it along to our traditional summer holidays in Tyrolia, Austria this summer. This article is about my experience with the Biogon on that occasion.
Hand-coding the M-Rokkor 28/2.8
In this article, I write about my attempt to handcode my Minolta M-Rokkor 28/2.8 lens as a v4 pre-ASPH Elmarit 28mm. It worked out in the end, and the automatic correction of cyan colour cast when using a UV/IR filter is a very nice (if not essential) feature especially with shorter focal lengths.
What makes a camera phone?
What defines a “camera phone”, and what seperates it from a “phone camera”? What happens, when the boundaries between classical categories such as “phone”, “camera” etc. begin to dissolve? An attempt at sorting things out.
Photokina 2010: A report in pictures
My report on photokina 2010. Many pictures with some accompanying words. A summary of what I had a look at and what caught my attention. Accompanied by the gallery Photokina 2010: Impressions.
Lightroom 3.2 and the M8′s high-ISO noise
A short report on how the latest increment of Adobe Lightroom handles the high-ISO noise of the Leica M8.
Some thoughts on hybrid system cameras
With the introduction of Sony’s SLT series of translucent-mirror cameras, I wondered what the next step in evolution of hybrid system cameras might be.
Can you take your self-portrait with a rangefinder?
A quick test if that is possible. The result: yes, it is indeed!
How I became a rangefinder aficionado (Guest article at stevehuffphoto.com)
The title says it all. An essay about my first experiences with and thoughts on the Leica M8. Also my first guest article for Steve Huff’s site.
“Why you take picture? I kill you!”
What can happen when you just try to take a picture of an old trailer in the yard of some run-down local garage …
What a difference a UV/IR filter makes!
Two quick test shots with the M8 with and without UV/IR filter under tungsten light — the difference is massive!
M8 worries or Dawn of the Dead Pixels
I found out my M8′s sensor has several pixels that run hot during exposures and cause vertical stripes in resulting pictures. The solution: Pixel Fixer!
E-P1 high-ISO b&w
Granted, the first-generation Micro Four Thirds cameras are only mediocre at higher ISOs. Not bad, but not great either. Yet, with black-and-white pictures, the grain — excuse me, noise — isn’t that obtrusive at all. A quick report.
Quick and dirty Lr 3 β pseudo-HDR comparison
As the title says. Impressive how much more dynamic range you can get from your RAWs with some highlight recovery and fill light!
Sigma news: Customer scamming or evolution?
It took Sigma two years since the first announcement of their SD15 DSLR to finally get it done. The successors to their popular fixed-lens Foveon compacts DP1 and DP2 haven’t got much more to offer than a new firmware and differently coloured labels. Yet, no word of a new, improved sensor, or a camera with improved handling and image quality. Sigma, what’s going on?