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Welcome to Michael's blog. Michael Andrew, (aka Michael The Maven) is a freelance producer, photography instructor, tech innovator, and when needed, disaster aid specialist. Disclaimer: Michael is a participant in Bhphoto & Amazon affiliate programs that provides an advertising commission if you purchase through links on this website.


 

02.01.19         instagram  

Thank you to @lensprotogo For loaning me Today’s...


Thank you to @lensprotogo For loaning me Today’s shooting companion : Fuji’s New 200mm F2 - and omg she is incredible. Reminds me of Canons 200 f2 (about the same cost too). It’s very, very sharp, crazy bokeh, crazy image stabilization. I’ll have a full review coming on my channel. #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xt2

01.31.19         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

How Many Lenses is Too Many?| The Maven Nation Podcast #66


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01.29.19         instagram  

This is a nearly 50 year old lens on my A7iii. My...


This is a nearly 50 year old lens on my A7iii. My dad gave me his old Konika & while the camera might not be useable anymore, the lens definitely was. Someone had already made a file for a 3D printed adapter, downloaded it and any hour later I was shooting with it at 55mm 1.8. It’s manual focus, manual aperture control but really great bokeh and sharp once dialed in. samples and Video coming to my channel soon. You can find these lenses on eBay for $20-30 and adapters all day long for this and many other combinations. #konika #sony #a7iii

01.28.19         instagram  

Fuji Comes out with a brand new but overpriced...


Fuji Comes out with a brand new but overpriced lens in late 2018. Michael does a review pointing out why it is overpriced. Critics attack- how dare Michael say $2,000 for an APSC wide angle lens is overpriced?! Name calling ensues. 6 days later the price drops $500. You are welcome Fuji Nation- I am fighting for you! I didn’t choose the thug life, it chose me - it’s probably just a promotion tho so buy it while you can if you were interested - tons of great deals on many fuji lenses lol #fuji #fujifilm

01.28.19         photography  

Fuji Kit Lens Brighter at 2.8?


Michael's training videos:

Fuji X-T2 Crash Course

Fuji X-T3 Crash Course


Fuji X-T3

FUJIFILM XF 16-55mm f/2.8

FUJIFILM XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4

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01.28.19         instagram  

The Clouds Painted tonight & it was spectacular -...


The Clouds Painted tonight & it was spectacular - #maui #sunset #luckywelivehawaii #sun

01.27.19         photography  

How To Ask Strangers For Photos



01.24.19         photography  

Olympus OMD E-M1x Announcement - My Thoughts


$3000 for a MFT camera body? Even a flag ship? It is a little steep. I expect that price to come down in the next year, but paired with the the new lens Olympus announced, the 150-400 F4.5, it would make an incredible, compact combination for sports and wildlife shooters.

It also appears that Olympus is being more aggressive with computational photography in its live ND & HI Res modes, and AI has made its way into the new focusing algorithm.

I should have one in my hands shortly, let me know what you want me to test in the comments!

You can learn more about Olympus's OMD EM1x Here: Olympus OMD EM1x Information

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01.21.19         photography  

Fuji 8-16 f2.8 (Why it's not worth $2000) vs Fuji 10-24 f4


Im not here to tell you to run out and buy the latest and greatest just because. I prefer to "measure and report". Thank you to BH photo for their continued support, links to these lenses can be found below:

TL/DW - The 8-16 f2.8 is an incredibly well built Fuji XF Pro Red Label lens, but with 20 lens elements it has some limitations in both sharpness as well as exposure. You won't see them unless you are shooting side by side with the 10-24 f4 and really pixel peeping, but at $2000 ($1000 more than the 10-24 f4), I don't think its worth it unless you are a professional making money with your photography. IMO the 8-16 2.8 should be priced around $1100.

Michael's training videos:

Fuji X-T2 Crash Course

Fuji X-T3 Crash Course

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* Everything stated here is my opinion, and I sometimes make mistakes. I will never recommend a product I do not either use, truly love or think would be the best fit for the situation (often determined by budget).

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01.19.19         movie reviews  

Glass


There really hasn't been much playing in the last few weeks, but Glass was something I wanted to see since Split.
If you are a fan of Unbreakable you are already going to watch it. It is one of my top 20 favorite movies of all time, though the pacing (editing) is just a touch slow. Felt the same with Glass.

Sometimes I feel like M. Night Shalyman is really good at taking a single incredible idea and spreading it around his dinner plate to make it seem bigger than it is, the opposite of a child who didn't want to eat something would to make it appears as if there is less. The exceptions to this were 6th Sense (his homerun), Unbreakable (also Amazing), and Signs was very, very well written. It was DEEP. Loved that movie.

Im a big fan of him and always will be- he is so talented, but sometimes his arrogance gets the better part of him. This was in full force in The Village, the first time I was actually upset with his writing. I felt betrayed. Too many times it was, the Cry Wolf of movies, "Believe this....no just kidding, believe this instead...no just kidding believe this instead...." It was all downhill after that with the Happening, The Lady in the Water, etc.

Im happy to say, I didn't get that vibe with Glass. One of his best in a long time. It felt very low budget to me, but still very well done.


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