The Roving Photographer


Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

Despite being very attractive, I was on the fence about the Olympus 75mm for several weeks after it first started to become available. From all accounts it was simply excellent, but it was also expensive, and I was looking forward to the forthcoming Panasonic 35-100 as an alternative. Then the weekend of a wedding shoot […]

First shots with the Panasonic Leica 45mm macro

The story of how this came to be is somewhat convoluted, but goes like this: I’m shooting a wedding on Saturday and needed a lens longer than 25mm, hadn’t liked the Olympus 45mm and sold it last month, couldn’t get my hands the new Olympus 75mm in time, and found the Panasonic Leica 45mm used […]

More time on the farm

Spent some time this past weekend back down at Hillside Farms. My mom was in town and, after seeing all the photos I’ve made of the animals and greenhouses, she wanted to see it for herself. So we took backroads down the valley and introduced her to the farm critters. I made more images. Of […]

First shots with MF lenses on m4:3

Ever since I first started learning about the m4:3 system, I’ve been hearing how easy it is to adapt virtually any range of existing DSLR lenses to work on it, via adapter. Now I’ve gone down the MF lens route once before, almost two years ago with my Canon EOS cameras. It seemed like a […]

My thoughts on the Panasonic 12-35mm

A few people have asked me if I’ll be getting one of the newly announced Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lenses for my OM-D. The lens was only announced earlier this week and is already apparently on Amazon’s list of most-ordered lenses, which is no surprise. For all its strengths, the m4:3 system currently suffers from a […]

Simple Clicks – Olympus M. Zuiko ED 45mm f/1.8

This isn’t a review – I’ll one of those at some point in the near(ish) future. What this is is a quick sample of photos and a few preliminary thoughts on this lens, which arrived a little over a week ago. Like the Leica 25mm I mentioned last time, this lens is also hard to […]

Simple Clicks – Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4

This isn’t a review – I’ll one of those at some point in the near(ish) future. What this is is a quick sample of photos and a few preliminary thoughts on this lens, which arrived a week ago. It’s a hard lens to get, as all the major retailers keep running out of stock. I’m […]

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review: General Shooting

This is probably the toughest of the reviews to write, just because I want to cover a number of different points. You can probably think of this one as a catch-all, the place for anything that doesn’t exactly fit with the other, more specific posts that are coming (I’ve been writing them out of sequence). […]

Lens Rentals

This past trip was my first foray into the world of lens rentals. Up until this point, I’d never really considered it, although I’m not sure why. I guess in part because I’ve always felt that, if I had a real need for a lens, I’d be better off just buying it and adding it […]

After Further Reflection

I posted about this once before, some time back, and figured it was time for an update. Anytime I post a gear review, I make sure that it’s for an item that I’ve been using “in the field” for at least several weeks, if not longer. I know (hope?) that people are using my reviews […]

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