Essays & Reviews

Inspirational series

Alternative approaches in photography—Zhouzhuang, take two

Alternative approaches in photography—Zhouzhuang, take three

Bashang Grassland in winter

Creative approaches in photography—depicting Beijing Hutongs

Disappearance of old Shanghai

Landscape photography and Chinese philosophy—scito te ipsum

Millions of ways

Make great images using basic tools—an example

On photographing in a desert

On image aspect ratios

Photographic art: purposeful creation or pure happenstance?

Photographic wisdom measured in kilograms?

Photography: the act of intangible appropriation

Rambling thoughts in defence of the single image

Random thoughts on photography (I)

Random thoughts on photography (II)

Savouring palladium prints

Steppenwolf Photographer

Sunrise vs. sunset

The Photoshop disservice

Thoughts on straight photography

Why we pursue photography—things to remember


Canon PowerShot S95

First impressions of the Hasselblad H3DII–50 camera system

First impressions of the Leica M9 camera

Fujifilm X100: from curiosity to desperation

Fujifilm X–T10

Hasselblad CFV–39 digital back

Mamiya 7II

Nikon F100

Nikon F6—the last 35mm film Emperor

Nikon D70s: what could be further improved and real–life noise performance

Nikon D700

Olympus EP–3

Panasonic Lumix DMC–LX2

Ricoh GR (2013)

Sony Cyber–Shot DSC–RX100


AF–S DX Zoom–Nikkor 18–70mm f/3.5–4.5G IF–ED

AF–S VR DX Zoom–Nikkor 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G IF–ED

AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D

AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D

AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D vs. Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/28 ZF vs. Leica Elmarit–R 2.8/28—a complete comparison

AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D

AF–S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G

AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D vs. Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/85 ZF—a complete comparison

AF Zoom–Nikkor ED 80–200mm f/2.8D

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18 ZF

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZF.2

Hasselblad Planar CFE 2.8/80—my desert island lens

Hasselblad Tessar CB 4.8/160

Hasselblad Sonnar CFE 4/180

Hasselblad Sonnar CFi 5.6/250

Hasselblad Sonnar CFi 4/150 vs. Sonnar CFE 4/180—making the choice

Hasselblad Tessar CB 4.8/160 vs. Sonnar CFE 4/180—the ultimate shootout

Large format lenses

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens (non–)review and post–optics     NEW

Other equipment, materials and techniques

Camera bags

Epson Perfection 4990 PHOTO scanner

Epson Stylus Pro 4880 printer

Epson SureColor P800 printer     IN PROGRESS

Fixed focal length (prime) vs. zoom lenses

Fujifilm Astia 100F vs. Provia 100F

Fujifilm Fujichrome Velvia 50 (RVP50) vs. Kodak Ektachrome 100VS

Fujifilm Provia 100F vs. Provia 400X

Fujifilm Velvia 50 (RVP50) vs. Velvia 100 (RVP100)

Lens–related concepts

My take on the film vs. digital issue and Film vs. digital—the question of "character"

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)—sophisticated flash lighting for the masses

Nikon Speedlight SB–800

Photo equipment that I currently use

Photographic filters

Photography–related links

Photo tripods (based on the Gitzo G1220 vs. G1227 comparison)

Sekonic Dualmaster L–558 Exposure Meter

Star trails photography tips

Things non–photographic

Oleg′s ten desert island CDs

On drinking beer on the curb

Podcasts with my participation (Russian language): Laowaicast No. 8, 26, 39, 40, 42 and 65 (part 1 and 2)

Random quotes and thoughts

What is the difference between thinking and staring into space?