Patrick Müller writing nonsense since 2022

Oldschool

I've been toying around with one of Kodaks early Brownies recently. Maybe not a "serious" camera for me but still thought I'd share this image.

Because dogs are fun

Just a picture-post today as I was toying around with a new lens, we'll get to that later ;)

The Carl Zeiss Touit 32/1.8 for Fuji: Some impressions

I have tried this lens for a few months and so before having it leave the house I'd like to give a few impressions of it. First of all: the optics of this lens are really nice and so is the built quality, there is really nothing bad I can say here. The only exception maybe that the aperture-ring on mine was a little too smooth for my taste. The images I took with this lens were absolutely sharp, so there are no complaints on that front. Of course my comparison was with some of the more recent Fujifilm lenses and so I was somewhat disappointed by the autofocus on this lens: it's clearly audible and not as fast as say my 50/2 or 23/2. Having said that: this lens is quite a bit older then those and also was part of the first line of Zeiss AF…

Considering Systems

When deciding on a camera (starting from scrath) the thing you should be looking at is not so much the camera itself, rather you should be considering what system you want to get into. After all when switching camera-bodies later the camera will be gone, lenses and other accessories however are likely to stick with you for years to come. When I recently bought a Zeiss Touit 32mm for my Fuji I actually got a really great deal, I paid roughly half-price on a lens in great condition that was almost new. But while that was a great deal, the thing that struck me was that there was maybe a handful of those lenses for my system out on ebay. Now compare this to something like looking for a 50mm lens for your new Nikon system. Their lens-mount has…

Anxieties anyone?

There has been this thing about personal growth in any form of creative pursuit (but also life in general) on my mind lately aber moving out of my comfort zone. For the longest time mine had been to photography nature and landscape only. It was great: I didn't have to talk to people and I could be all by myself all the time. And while I love nature and beeing outside I still cannot help but thinking I did all this for all the wrong reasons. After all maybe I didn't do all this because I loved it so much but rather because of my anxieties towards doing something else? Whenever I did do something else it was great fun and I enyoed it a lot. But that of course really didn't keep me from not trying to do more of it - I might have to get over…

The damn gear. Part II

Continuing to think about this matter (really: why can't I let go? I don't to be focussed on this) I'd like to talk little about what draws me to different systems. Especially what I feel may be really neat about Fuji and Sony. Fuji, my current setup What drew me to Fuji in the first place - and still does - is fairly simple: it's a high quality compact system with a bunch of stunning lenses. Being an APS-sized mirrorless system means that cameras and lenses are lightweight, at the same time the quality of the equipment is really great. I currently own 2 Fuji lenses (XF 23mm f/2 WR and XF 35mm f/2 WR) and both of them are really great lenses. They are well built, robust and have great optical quality. I own a single Zeiss lens for the…

Gear? Damnit ...

It's not a secret that I am quite happy with my Fujifilm gear. Recently I found myself browsing through the assortment of Zeiss Loxia lenses and wondering if Sony may be a better choice. I have to say: all this anxiety about gear is really toxic. Just had to get that off my chest.

Hiatus

So this blog does not look all that dead right now I'll give a bit of an explaination as to why nothing is happening: I'm simply moving. And this will take up quite a bite of time over the next few week(ends) so my posting on here and also on sites like flickr is a bit less.

Photography, not cameras

Let's start this off with a confession: like many people in the photography-world I am a bit of a gearhead. After all: who doesn't like shiny new things, really good industrial design and so forth? But this is not what it is supposed to about: photography is - in my mind - meant to be a creative endeavor rather then a game of technical optimization. Sure there is room for both but all to often the technical side dominates everything, even images posted on interned forums are mainly looked at for aspect such as sharpness, any vignette that might be visible, grain/noise, need I go on? Instead we might all be better off to assume that the technical side is the way it was intended, unless we are asked for feedback on this, and look at/talk…

No excuse, just own it

I'am as guilty of this then anybody: looking for excuses. Not so much before others but before myself. "If I only had this other camera/great piece of software/whatever I could have done this. Of course this way it wasn't even worth trying." Obviously whenever the second part of that reasoning comes out you have already lost, you have kept yourself from even trying, thus failing instantly without learning anything instead of at least failing a little later and learning something - or not failing at all. Just putting this out there.