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On September 28 I replaced all of the illustrations in the Leica 50/1.4 Summilux SL report with new
conversions done in Lightroom 6.5.  I also added a new section discussing some of the other upcoming
SL lenses (including pictures showing their relative sizes).

On September 24 I published a "First Impressions" report on the Leica 50/1.4 Summilux SL after
working with a pre-production lens at Photokina. This article includes sample pictures made inside the
show with this newest of  the SL lenses.

On September 7 I published an extensive field review of the new Sigma SD Quattro. This is Sigma's
first all-new interchangeable lens camera since their SD1 was announced in the fall of 2010.

On August 10 I published a field review of the new M-mount Cosina Voigtlander 35/1.7 Ultron.

On July 26 I published a large set of field pictures, of firemen's water polo, made using the Leica X-U.

On July 21 I published a review of the Leica X-U (Typ 113) tested on land, in water and underwater. It's a
very versatile camera. The article includes 60 field illustrations.

On July 13 I published an article based on field testing and side by side studio testing of the Leica SL and
Leica M-240 using the Leitz Wetzlar 60/2.8 Macro-Elmarit R and Leitz Canada 90/2.0 Summicron R.
This article includes more than 80 illustrations.

On June 20 I published an article based on full studio tests of the Fuji XF 35/2.0 as compared to the
Fuji XF 35/1.4.

On June 16 I published an article based on field-testing the Fuji X-Pro 2 as a body for fast manually
pre-focused work using two compact and affordable wide-angle rangefinder lenses: the Cosina
Voigtlander 21/4.0 Skopar and 25/4.0 Skopar. This article includes about one hundred illustrations.

On May 31 I finished moving all of the Reid Reviews articles to the new site. Everything I've written is
now available in Html 5 and so is viewable on many kinds of computers and mobile devices including
various iOS phones and tablets.

May 21: With deep sadness I announce that my long-time friend and colleague Michael Reichmann died on
May 18 after a long battle with cancer. Michael and I collaborated many times and he is partly responsible
for the existence of this site. I offer my deep condolences to Michael's family and friends.
Godspeed Michael...

On May 19 I published a detailed article based on side by side controlled studio tests of two compact
"28 mm" (EFOV) cameras, the Fuji X70 and Ricoh GR II.

On May 13 I published a full review of the new Leica 28/2.8 Elmarit M ASPH (2016 version). It includes
side by side studio tests of both the new lens and its predecessor on the Leica M-240 and Leica SL. For
reasons that will become clear in the article, it also includes side by side resolution tests of the older
28/2.8 Elmarit Aspherical and the new 28/2.0 Summicron Aspherical when both are used on the M-240.
The field samples in the article were made with the Leica M-262.

On May 3 I published an article that is based on doing  side by side studio tests of three window finder
cameras: the Fuji X-Pro 1, Fuji X-Pro 2 and Leica M (Typ 240).

On April 28 I published a short article about the new Leica M-D which, with some variations that I
discuss in the story, is a blend of the Leica M-262, which I reviewed earlier this year, and the Leica
"M Edition 60" which I reviewed in late 2014.  I have not yet worked with the M-D but have a good sense
of it from the time I've spent with the M-60 and M-262.

On April 27
I published a full review of the new Leica 28/2.0 Summicron M ASPH (2016 version). It includes
side by side studio tests of both the new lens and its predecessor on the Leica M-240 and Leica SL.
Field samples in the article were made with the Leica M-262.

On April 20 I finished converting 191 more articles from the old site format to the new one.

On April 7 I published a very extensive field report based on using the Fuji X-Pro 2 and five different XF lenses
to photograph Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. This article includes 150 illustrations.

On March 29 I published an article based on studio tests of two Leica M9 series cameras, one with the older
style of sensor glass cover and one with the new style being used in cameras that are repaired after developing
sensor cover glass corrosion. This may be an interesting article for anyone using a Leica CCD full-frame DRF.

On March 22 I published a new article called The Indecisive Moment which looks at using WiFi remote control
for photography at Daytona Bike Week. Many other articles are also now in progress and will be published as
they are completed.

On February 29 I published an extensive review of the Fuji X-Pro 2. In the future, I will also be doing my
standard "fruit and vegetable" studio tests comparing the file quality of the X-Pro 2, X-Pro 1 and Leica M-240
at various ISO levels. I will also be doing a great deal more field testing of the X-Pro 2 as it is one of three
cameras that I will be bringing down to Florida to photograph Daytona Bike Week.

On February 26 I published an extensive review of the Fuji X70 (including many functional comparisons with
the Ricoh GR II). In the future, I will also be doing my standard "fruit and vegetable" studio tests comparing the
file quality of the X70 and GR II at various ISO levels. I will also be doing a great deal more field testing of the
X70 as it is one of three cameras that I will soon be bringing down to Florida to photograph Daytona Bike Week.

On February 23 I published a review of the new Leica M (Typ 262).

On February 19 we introduced a major re-design of the Reid Reviews web site which is based on Html 5. It can be
read on computers and many mobile devices (including the Apple iPad). The visual design is all new, the site
is much faster, a search function is now available and larger images are sent to Retina and other high-resolution
devices.

On February 3 I published a review of the Sony A7S II. I'm still recovering from a shoulder injury but I'm getting
better slowly.

On January 27 I published a very extensive review of the Sony A7R II based on field testing and studio tests
done side by side with the Sony A7S II and Leica SL. An injury to my shoulder significantly slowed my working
pace this month and I thank readers for their patience. Things are gradually coming back up to speed.

On December 23 I significantly updated my test of the CV Super Wide Heliar 15/4.5 Aspherical II and
CV 21/4.0 Color Skopar P (on the Leica M and SL) after processing CV 15 II files using Adobe's "Flat Field"
plug-in for Lightroom.

On December 22 I published an article based on side by side testing of the Leica SL and Leica M-240 using two
ultra-wide rangefinder lenses: the CV Super Wide Heliar 15/4.5 Aspherical II and CV 21/4.0 Color Skopar P.

On December 17 I published a set of field pictures made using the Leitz Wetzlar 50/1.4 Summilux R and
Leitz Canada 50/2.0 Summicron R on the Leica SL.

On December 16 I published an article based on side by side testing of the Leica SL and Leica M-240 using two
50 mm Leica R mount  lenses: the Leitz Wetzlar 50/1.4 Summilux R and Leitz Canada 50/2.0 Summicron R.

On December 1 I published a set of field pictures made using the Leica M and Cosina Voigtlander 50/2.5 Skopar.

On November 25 I published an article based on side by side testing of the Leica SL and Leica M-240 using two
50 mm rangefinder lenses: the CV 50/2.5 Skopar and the CV 50/1.5 Nokton.

On November 16 I published an article based on side by side studio testing of the Leica SL and Leica M-240 using
two Leica SLR lenses, the Leica 35/1.4 Summilux R and the Leitz Wetzlar 28/2.8 Elmarit R. As a sister piece, I also
published an article showing three sets of field pictures made with these lenses.

On November 5 I published an article based on side by side studio testing of the Leica SL and Leica M-240 using
two compact 28 mm rangefinder lenses -- the Leica 28/2.8 Elmarit Aspherical and the Cosina Voigtlander 28/2.8
Color Skopar — as well as one larger fast 28 mm RF lens: the Leica 28/1.4 Summilux ASPH.

On October 26 I published an article based on side by side testing of the Leica SL and Leica M-240 using two
fairly compact 35 mm rangefinder lenses: the Leica 35/2.0 M Summicron ASPH and the CV 35/2.5 Skopar.

On October 20 I published a very detailed review of the new Leica SL with over 100 illustration. I have been
testing the camera since August and this review includes field tests as well as detailed studio tests comparing
the SL to the Leica M-246.

On October 20 I published an introductory article that looks at using M and R lenses on the Leica SL and M-240.


"I wanted to send a groggy note of thanks for your incredible website—examining your reviews has become my late night guilty pleasure. I’d been researching new cameras (unsuccessfully) for months until I found you. Love at first site. Thanks, Sean."

Katy Grannan
Photographer & Filmmaker


"I have to say that I am in awe of your thoughtfulness and intelligence as they're reflected in what you've done. I'm sorry I hadn't come across your work before."

- Tod  Papageorge
Photographer
Former Director Of Graduate Studies In Photography
Yale University School Of Art


"You are an exceptional writer and photographer but what is most important is that I have never found any bias in anything you have written about. That says a lot in this day and age."

- Elliot Stern
Photographer
Founder and Director
Blue Ridge Workshops


"In the din of the Internet's noise, Sean Reid is one of a handful of voices worth listening to."

- Kent Phelan
Photographer

"The best and most detailed account (of the Leica M8) I've yet read from a photographer's point of view is on the Reid Reviews site."

- Peter Marshall
Photography Guide, About.com


"Reviewing photographic equipment isn't as easy as it looks. Not only does it take writing skill, and a critical sensibility, but for the review to carry weight and have value its author must have significant experience with similar and previous equipment.  Sean Reid has written equipment reviews for The Luminous Landscape for the past two years, and unfailingly they have been well-researched and comprehensive.  Sean writes with both style and insight, and bases his opinions on his years as a photographer, and not simply from the perspective of a technologist, as is too frequently found on the Net.  His site is free of advertising, and well worth your support. I was particularly taken by his article "On Small Sensor Cameras". It is a unique perspective on how different digital formats are redrawing the face of photography."

- Michael Reichmann, Publisher
The Luminous Landscape


Welcome to ReidReviews.com, an on-line magazine of reviews and essays by photographer and writer Sean Reid.  Each year, there will be at least twelve new articles about the tools and practice of photography added to this site. As of early 2016 there are over four hundred articles on this site - most of them very extensive. There are no press releases, news summaries or the like but only reviews, essays and other writing about photography.

Every writer naturally brings his or her own experience and perspective to the articles he or she writes.  My writing is heavily influenced by my experience working as a professional photographer for more than thirty years.  I'm primarily interested in cameras and lenses as tools for drawing, as I believe that photography really is a branch of drawing.  As the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once said in an interview, "My photography is just an instant drawing...I never quit drawing. The camera is a way of drawing."

I'm also guided by the photographer Andre Kertesz's observation, "I see the thing, I feel the thing, I make the thing".  So when I review a camera or a lens, I look primarily at how it presents the world to the photographer (via the finder), how it works as a tool in the hands, and how it draws the kind of picture we call a photograph.

 


 

There are at least two kinds of review content on this web site.  There are reviews of cameras and lenses that are receiving wide attention from many photographers (and reviewers) as well as reviews of equipment that is of great interest to more specialized groups of photographers.  I have written quite a bit about rangefinder cameras and lenses and that equipment will continue to be an important focus of this site.  I also give a lot of attention to compact cameras that are designed for serious photography. There are also essays and other types of articles to be found here that are not necessarily about equipment per se.

I did my first professional photography work in 1984. While I am primarily a "fine art photographer" (a strange and clumsy term that suggests one makes pictures of paintings, sculptures and the like) I also do professional architectural and documentary wedding photography.  So I sometimes look at the performance of cameras and lenses in those contexts.  I obviously can't write about every piece of photographic equipment and so my focus is really on tools that, I think, deserve some attention from serious photographers, professional or amateur.  Sometimes they are fairly new to the market, other times they might be quite old and found only as used equipment.  In either case, if I decide to write about a lens or camera, it's because I believe it's worth reading about. I was a film photographer for two decades (and a B&W exhibition printer for a few years) but I now work entirely with digital capture. As such, almost all of my camera reviews are of digital models. The individual reviews obviously discuss specific cameras and/or lenses but all of the reviews also look at more general aspects of photography that can be relevant no matter what camera and/or lens a photographer uses.

My own photography frequently illustrates the articles on Reid Reviews and  the site sometimes features articles about my own photographic projects. I am primarily a black and white photographer (except for a few projects and certain work that I do for clients) and so many of the general (as opposed to technical) illustrations on this site are in BW.

My bio:

Sean Reid has been a commercial and fine art photographer for more than thirty years. He studied photography at Bard College under Stephen Shore and Ben Lifson. In the late 1980s he worked as an exhibition printer for Wendy Ewald and other fine art photographers. In 1989, he was the first American photographer to receive an artist-in-residence grant from the Irish Arts Council in Dublin, Ireland and his work is held in their collection. That same year he gave a guest lecture at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art in Dublin. In the early 1990s Sean met occasionally with Helen Levitt to discuss and edit pictures he was making in the subways of Budapest and New York City. These were exhibited in New York in conjunction with performances by Jens Nygaard's Jupiter Symphony.

Sean's work for clients is often of weddings and architecture. His editorial work has appeared in magazines such as Motorcyclist, Rider and The Robb Report. His personal work is primarily of people in public places -- especially in rural New England where he resides.

In 2004, Sean began reviewing cameras and lenses for Luminous Landscape. The following year he began Reid Reviews,  a site that accepts no advertising and is paid for entirely by subscribers. Sean also serves as an unpaid consultant, advisor and sometimes beta tester for several camera and lens manufacturers.

 

"Quite simply, I think your sections on 'drawing' and and on 'sunny day lenses' are the best writing about photographic lenses that I have read - whether in magazines, journals, books or the various sources online. Few professional writers about photography ever attempt such a full consideration of the range of lens performance characteristics and the different ways in which they are photographically significant. Some discussions in photographic communities online circle around the subject, but don't achieve the focus, rigour and articulacy that you have managed here. Your article is what all writing about photographic lenses ought to be like, yet it's astonishing that next to none of it is. Interesting though Irwin Puts Leica lens book is, it would have been so much more interesting, and so much more appropriate to its subject matter, if it had been written as you have written here...I found the article incredibly useful and interesting. A great help in clarifying and firming up what I have experienced and half-understood about how different lenses work."

- Simon Pulman-Jones, England

"We all owe you a vote of thanks for such a massive and thorough piece of work. What a concept-- a "lens test" that is really about the pictorial effect of how lenses draw their images. Lines per millimeter and MTF graphs have their place, but your article really gets to the heart of the matter in the way that photographers can relate to instantly."

- Peter Klein, USA


"This is a really excellent in depth review. I particularly like how you guide the reader not to look for winners, but to use it as a reference for their own needs. I think it may turn out to be a reference classic for working photographers seeking how to judge lenses in real world use.. I for one will be returning to it."

- Jim Watts, USA



"I read your substantial paper with great interest. I am an amateur enthusiast in photography and optics.
Your concept first surprised me, because I have had an impression that few photographers in North America and possibly in Europe like to discuss lens characters as expression tools. Among Japanese photographers, amateurs and professionals alike, there is a long tradition of interest or even addiction in appreciating various image characters of optics. For instance, Shoji Ohtake, one of the most influential photographers in Japan writes a regular column titled Lens Physiognomy for a major camera journal. He says that for each of his representation he selects the right lens from his huge collection.  I was impressed by your pragmatic and well-organised approach in reviewing the lenses. Your observation is keen and relevant to essential aspects of photographic imagery. Your rhetoric is straight, logical, and free from jargon. These are rarely met in review papers on similar tests, which tend to be too technical or too subjective. I should also tell you that I myself have evaluated lenses mostly in B&W for the same reason as in your reviews. Few people have understood me. All in all, it is a marvelous paper. My applause."

- Mikiro Mori, Japan

"...a very informative, even enlightening, work. It not only provides visual evidence of comparative lenses' performance, it also gets right to the most important factor of lens evaluation - how the image looks to the photographer. Long ago I stopped reading test charts of lenses since none of my clients ever published any. It is always the look of the finished image that counts."

- Richard Weisgrau, USA

"I hope your tests become a benchmark for other reviewers to pay more attention to the real needs of photographers..."

- Phil Fogle, USA


"I think that your approach is what photographers have been asking for. Your article was spectacularly successful. I didn't think a review could be any better than yours on wide angles for the R-D1, but you topped it with this one. Thank you for all the hard work that went into it!"

- Bill Marshall, USA

 

 



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For a humorous, but also very perceptive, take on where the line between journalism and advertising seems to be heading, for some publications at least, see this John Oliver video. I highly recommend watching it.



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