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A formula from 1971

In 1971, Nikon made a resign of their 105mm manual lens. That same lens formula has been used for the next few decades to create several more lenses with progressively better coating and ergonomics. I recently bought the 105mm 2.5 AIS off of Craigslist on a whim. I've always heard about how amazingly sharp this lens is along with how much historical value it holds though I've never tried one myself. Being a skeptic, I tested the lens in the studio.  To my amazement, it exceeded every expectation I had.

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Use Rosewood to Improve grip

Read this for how I set up my beloved X100T.

I've found a great grip for the X100T. As an alternative to leather half cases and other grips, it retains a small profile. It is unobtrusive, grippy and best of all it is made from a natural material.

For a long time I've used the Gariz Leather case to improve grip, though I've always had some issues with the leather case making the camera too thick.  Enter the Rosewood grip.

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Ricoh GR II - Unabashingly direct

Click here for an update of what's currently in my bag.

If the Fujifilm X100T was the argyle wearing soft spoken scholar, then the Ricoh GR would be his young mingling party going brother. And rightfully so. With the focusing of the Fujifilm X100T not being built for run and gun and the size of it being too big for the pocket, it is the go to camera for when I want excellent image quality without any of the bulk of a big camera.

I use the Ricoh GR II the exact same way as I use the GR I, the upgrades to the GR II doesn't make the GR I obsolete at all.

The first words comes to mind when I describe the Ricoh GR II to anyone is that the camera is "in-your-face". I often turn on the on camera flash and photograph my subjects from a few feet away. The small size and the ordinary look of the camera also helps to disarm my subjects as I approach them and shoot them at a close distance.

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Thoughts on the Nikon 85mm 1.8G

I love using prime lenses. When given the choice, I will always choose carrying a bag of prime lenses than 1 or 2 super zooms. In an article for In-My-Bag.com from a while ago, I wrote about the kit I take with me usually with few prime lenses. My equipment have shifted around a bit, but I still focus on owning less and having them do more.
For portraits and general head shots, I find using the 85mm to be very pleasurable. It gives me no distortion and offers me a good working distance from the subject, not too close and not too far away. The natural thought for us working photographers is to get the fastest version (most expensive) of the lens. For the 85mm, the price and the weight difference was significant. I can buy 3 1.8G for the price of 1 1.4G, and it is much heavier than the 1.8G counterpart.

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