Ledesma Photography

street. portraiture. documentary

Posts from the “Gear Talk” Category

Ricoh GR and DSPTCH Wrist and Sling Strap Review

Posted on October 13, 2013

I love my Ricoh GR and so I want to treat with some nice accessories but they most always enhance the user experience of this great little compact. Straps as you know there are a dime in a dozen as I searched and searched I stumbled upon a manufacturer that seemed to be on point with the style and usability factor that I was searching for. So with that said in comes DSPTCH the makers of this wrist and sling strap that take your Ricoh GR to the next level. First off, I love the braided wrist strap, its very easy to use in the field with a great feeling your camera strap won’t break off as its handled on the field especially through…

The Billingham Hadley Small Review

Posted on September 24, 2013

Today, I have the great pleasure to review a legendary bag. A bag that will bring back similar memories from the days you use to wear, or perhaps still do, an old favorite pair of jeans. That classic look, you know the type, the type that just matches with everything, it creases on the right spot, and just gets better with time. Its almost magical the way it just wraps around your body and simply does it job. Its job is simple ― protect your precious gear with decorum and of course great usability. Folks, please welcome the Billingham Hadley Small, in my opinion, one of the best camera bags in this size division. When I first opened the box my eyes simply could…

The Ultimate half case for the Ricoh GR by Gariz

Posted on August 24, 2013

When it comes to caring for your loved one, in this case the Ricoh GR, the choices are plentiful but only one truly stands out for their level of workmanship and attention to detail in this range of compact cameras ― the Gariz Ricoh GR half case. When it arrived, I immediately ripped the box open as the anticipation was flat out killing me. Everything about this brand and case just exudes quality.  As I first glanced over the half case I was completely awe stricken, its was absolutely beautiful and match my custom red ring GR to perfection. The quality of the leather and stitching is quite obvious its very high quality. It feels soft to touch like a nice pair of Ferragamo and something…

The Best Street (Casual) Photography Bag

Posted on July 26, 2013

When it comes to street (casual) photography one thing is often over looked ― what bag do you have and use? There are a multitude of bags which I suppose are small and fit just about any cameras but I’m not here to talk about the normal bags, I’m here to talk about the “best street photography bag” in my humble opinion. I’ve tried quite a few bags, too many to name, but let me tell that the Thinktank Photo Retrospective 5 has stolen my heart and the hearts of my two primary photographic tools ― the Ricoh GR and the Pentax K5 IIs. Its like this: you know how you fall in love with a certain comforter and that’s what you like to…

This is how I roll

Posted on January 4, 2013

Nikon D90, Nikon 35mm 1.8, nikkor 35mm 1.8, photography High-res version


I still remember the days I use to find dslrs huge. I was all about Micro Four thirds and that size really suited my needs at that time. I became quick on the draw and really captured a lot images. A year later and voila, I ended my relationship with M43, sold all my gear, and embarked onto new adventures with a dslr. I didn’t really know what to expect but something about the grip really got to me. All of a sudden, the grip became comfortable, and I was really working the camera, it felt good, so I’m sticking with it. This new transformation also coincided with my love of strobes(flash photography) and really trying to learn light. So fast forward to 2013 and here we are embarking on new journey and rekindling some old ones.


I’ve been thinking of acquiring a true 50mm 1.8 (eFOV for Nikon DX) for some time now. I did the usual due diligence and read the appropriate reviews and what not, but nothing beats shooting with the actual lens in my humble opinion. So with that said, I got the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX which brings me back to the old days of the Canon F1 and the 50mm 1.8 which started this whole journey circa 1994. This lens is Nikon’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s birth. So being a little superstitious and having first learned of HCB and totally awe of his photographic genius back ’94 this acquisition made perfect sense. Let’s see what light this little jewel sees in 2013. Don’t be surprised to see most of my images this year with this sole lens. Anything goes from: portraits, street, ministract, and documentary.

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Pentax K-01

Posted on February 2, 2012

Quick thoughts on the Pentax K-01 As the market for mirrorless cameras increases by the day, it is no suprise to see more manufacturers(Pentax and others) adopt this system. Tough economics is certainly a factor and without a doubt the price of a system is certainly one of the primary attractors or distractors to entry. Beginnings First, it was the wonderful Panasonic Lumix G1(et al.) which started this phenomenon. I was once a proud owner myself and can attest to the fact that it was a great little camera indeed as was the still marvelous Panasonic GF1. Then as well know came the others like Olympus with their Digital Pen series EP-1 et al, Sony NEX(APS-C), Samsung NX(APS-C), Nikon 1, Canon G1X(APS-C like), Ricoh…