Gear Nerd

First Impression: Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S

In early 2013 Fujifilm released the X100S, which has gone on to be one of the most widely praised cameras since Canon debuted the 5D MkII in the 4th quarter of 2008. It’s got a great retro design, operates silently, and packs quiet a punch for something that can fit in your jacket pocket. I’ve […]


Review: Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

Lensbaby 80 Edge Optic

Released in early 2012, the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic (along with the Sweet 35) represents a progression in sophistication from the quirky company in Oregon. With internal aperture control, tight build quality and excellent IQ the Edge 80 is arguably the sharpest optic offered for their unique swap system. Ultimately, it’s a fun & flexible […]


Review: Lensbaby Sweet 35

Lensbaby Sweet 35 by Bryan J. Sutter

I’ve enjoyed shooting with the Lensbaby system for over 2 years now.  Rarely do I go out to shoot and leave my Composer at home.  As a music photographer it’s saved my butt in a few situations with tough angles, difficult subject matter, or tricky lighting. I may not always get photos that a major […]


Review: Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic

The Lensbaby Optic Swap System is pretty neat, to say the least. With it, you can have a variety of creative options at your fingertips in just a few quick steps. The core optics (single glass, double glass, plastic, and pinhole) were pretty impressive offerings that made the Lensbaby system very attractive for those looking […]


Review: Lensbaby Composer

Back in April the kind folks at Lensbaby were nice enough to send me a Composer as well as two extra optics for review in my specialized and growing field of live music photography. My original plan was to shoot for a month and then write the review. Shooting almost every night at The Firebird […]


Z.Vex Fuzz Factory

The Fuzz Factory stands as being one of the most popular and influential stomp boxes to come from the boutique effects movement that started in the mid 90s’. The aesthetic, sound, and small footprint of all Z.Vex pedal are unmistakable for anything else. I remember the first time I saw a Z. Vex pedal. It […]