How I use the monopod for macro photography

Usually when the words monopod and macro appear in the same sentence, it's snowing in Sahara. Hand-holding the camera is much less hassle, and the stability gained from putting the camera on the monopod does not offer much improvement over simply bracing against a solid object or a stick. This is why, after a few short trials, my monopod was left to collect dust for a few months... until a month ago.

Crop factor - what it is and what it is not

Fujifilm X-T3 with exposed APS-C sensor

Crop factor is not something that was introduced with the digital cameras. It has existed for decades, since the inception of photography in fact. One would think that crop factor would be a well-understood topic by now, but it does not seem to be that way. In fact, even though I've shot film (35mm), I found myself constantly confused by the discussions about the crop-factor. Of course, digital also added a few of its authentic factors to the discussion, leading to even more confusion. In this post, I will try to summarize my views, and attempt to contribute some clarity on the topic.