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May 21: With deep sadness I announce that my long-time friend and colleague Michael Reichman 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 and will be
writing a story about him soon. 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. There are now
321 articles available on the new site with the remaining 79 RR stories being available on the old Flash site.
To date, all RR articles published since December 15, 2008 are available to read using the new site viewers.
The older articles (dating back to the start of RR in 2005) will be moved over as well. Notably, the articles
recently moved to the new site include a lot of lens reviews.
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).
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. To date the newest 321 of the 400 articles I've written are available on the new site and more will be added
each week (sometimes each day). The remaining 79 are still available on the Flash site.
The stories on the new site, to date, includes all RR articles published from December 15, 2008 to the present as well
as all of the RR essays since the site began,
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link to whatever viewer the reader has chosen at log-in (there five
viewers and a Flash viewer) as long as those articles have already been ported to the new site. Older articles,
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of the articles listed below, and all of the essays on RR, are
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3 I published a review of the Sony A7S II. I'm still
recovering from a shoulder injury but I'm getting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
- Jim Watts, USA
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
- Bill Marshall, USA
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