Cambo Actus and the Fuji X-T1


This afternoon I got to do some preliminary testing with the Cambo Actus fixed to the Fuji X-T1.

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This, I believe, will be a great addition to the landscape photo kit I travel with. I tested the Nikkor 75mm and Schneider 90mm and discovered that the Schneider 47mm would not focus to infinity, but as a macro or even close portrait lens, this lens will work superbly.

There was not much difference between coverage of the 75 and 90mm lenses, and I liked the results with the latter quite a bit better.

The images (on the linked page below) with the proprietary Fuji and Zeiss fixed focus lenses at 12mm, 23mm, and 35mm.

The 90mm Schneider comes close to the coverage area of the 35mm lens. Although not very wide for landscapes, the Cambo Actus will provide for some incredibly sharp images in many instances.

Tomorrow morning I will go to one of the few scenic spots in town and see how it does in the field. This way I can test the system including a Lee polarizer and some graduated filters.

Here is the link to the test images shot.

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My quest for the perfect beef ribs


Few BBQ restaurants serve beef ribs, probably as a result of low yield from the purchased weight.

The best beef ribs I have ever eaten are found in Kansas City’s #Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ. Each time I am in the area, a stop at Jack Stack is a must. I’ve frequently even bought additional meals and taken the extra portions back home to enjoy the following days.

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This image was taken from their website!

 

In Texas, as I drive around the area, I have come across a few places that do beef ribs, and even fewer that do it well.

 A favorite spot with top-notch beef ribs is the #Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth. All the fat is cooked off the meat, and the sauce is a wonderful peach-based glaze.

 On a trip to southern Texas last week I decided to stop at a couple of popular BBQ restaurants to try their (supposedly) top-rated beef ribs.

I stopped in Lockhart, home to the best BBQ according to many food critics. #Black’s BBQ might be rated in the top spots, but in my book it does not rise to the occasion. The meat was extremely fatty – both the brisket and the ribs, and a little less than half of my order found its way to the garbage on my way out.

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Two ribs and a slice of brisket at Black’s

On my way back the next day, I revisited #Cooper’s in Llano. I did not remember them serving prime rib during the week, and had to have some – in addition to the beef ribs. Both were great. A tad too much salt for my taste, but a wonderful smoked taste and extremely tender meat. It would be well worth the ride down for a weekend day lunch – if I want to stand in line!

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The pit at Cooper’s

Closer to home we have Kenny’s. Their ribs were good, but definitely not in Cooper’s or Jack Stack’s league. Far from it! Because of proximity I will likely be a frequent visitor, but it has nothing to do with the quality of the ribs, but more with the distance from door to door! Had Tony Roma’s not shut all of it’s area locations, they would still have my vote!

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The ribs at Kenny’s

RIP Blackberry


Blackberry might have ended its agreement with T-Mobile, but AT&T removed all of Blackberry models from its stores weeks if not months ago.  Is this the real end of Blackberry and its iconic phones with actual QWERTY keyboards?  Too bad, because after using the Android and iPhone for years, I am missing the actual keyboard for easy typing.  RIP #Blackberry

The WorldWide Web allows for domain extension


And the WWW expands to allow a herd of new #domain extensions.

Except for Safari on the #Mac, all other browsers already seem to support these. Some of the fun ones that have been released are:

.art     (as in http://www.digital.art)

.camera

.family

.film

.guru

.photography

.photos

.pro

 

On Apple’s Safari, you will have to type in the http:// part before entering the web address to be directed to the right domain. Surely they will be interested in fixing this!

Other extensions are becoming available throughout the year.  Hundreds of them.

This is the first time since the “.com” craze of the early ‘80s that we are given the chance to choose some short domain names for use in our marketing going forward.

Can it be?


It has been a good 8 months since I last picked up my 8×10 Zone VI film camera, so I sold it and the lenses I had for the camera.

I am sizing down and reducing the weight I carry around on my trips.  The largest film I will continue to work with is 4×5.

At the same time, I have fully invested in the #Fujifilm X format , with 3 bodies including the new#XX-T1 and several lenses.  I am very impressed with the files and CaptureOne’s handling of the color space.  The latest addition to the X series will be a game changer for the big guys like Nikon.  I can see no reason why I need to lug around 60 pounds instead of 12 pounds of camera gear, lenses, filters, meters, and lights.

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Hoodwinked


Why is it that we as consumer cannot accept a given retail price of “X”, yet gladly wait for a huge sale when the price goes from “X multiplied by 2 or 3” down to “X”?

And what if we walk in to a store when it is not on sale?  Oh well, we just buy it anyway.

Have we really been that hoodwinked by flyers and other types of advertising?

Looks like what worked for Apple is definitely not working for JC Penney.

This article made me think of the subject:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/j-c-penney-sues-block-224053750.html?l=1

It appears you can always fall from cult status, but you cannot go from mainstream to cult.