Minolta 58mm f1.4

Minolta 58mm f1.4 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 58mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: to be confirmed, multicoated.
Diaphragm: to be confirmed
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Minolta 58mm f1.4 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
I purchased this lens to add to part of my Minolta lens collection on it’s reputation for being a great portrait lens without being as big a chunk out of your back pocket as the fabled 58mm f1.2, while I would love the 1.2 I could never afford one so went with this. My initial testing on nex when I first got it wielded what I felt to be unimpressive results, so I shelved it for a good amount of time. I must admit in my initial tests I tested this lens with what I now realize was a rather dirty filter in very low light conditions. While this lens is fast, I do not feel low light is it’s strength but more subject separation, having a smooth bokeh and being pretty acceptably sharp wide open this lens renders in a rather nice 3d way I have found on this latest testing on the a7r which I fell would lend itself rather nicely to portraiture which is what I feel this lens was initially intended back at it’s design phase.

I started out with the usual test subjects near or around the house:
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Minolta 58mm f1.4 on sony a7r
Minolta 58mm f1.4 on sony a7r

As you can see the the bokeh is super smooth and the spherical highlights are rather pleasant from this lens in my opinion. Continue reading

Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens

Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 35mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: 5 elements in 5 groups., multicoated.
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
I acquired this lens about 12 months ago from fellow local photographer John Austin, I have only shot this lens a few times but every time I shoot it I am impressed. This lens covers 35mm full frame and is an old film lens. It displays some vignette when shot wide open as exhibited in test shots bellow along with a small amount of distortion. It is quite acceptably sharp on the Pixel dense 36mp a7r sensor and I find the bokeh quite pleasing for a reasonably wide normal lens. This lens to me displays qualities of that classic Nikon signature rendering I see from work shot with classic nikkor primes. I really must admit I have a soft spot for this lens it always seems to deliver.

Here are some general test shots mounted on my Sony A7r:
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Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r
Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r

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Nikkor 28mm f3.5

Nikkor 28mm f3.5 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 28mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5.
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: 6 elements in 6 groups, multicoated.
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Nikkor 28mm f3.5 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
It is one of my more recent acquisitions so I have yet to take it out for too much testing at this time. This lens covers 35mm full frame and is an old film lens. It displays some vignette when shot wide open as exhibited in test shots bellow along with a small amount of distortion. It is quite acceptably sharp on the Pixel dense 36mp a7r sensor and I find the bokeh quite pleasing for a reasonably wide angle lens though you can see a swirl to the out of focus area in the fifth photo of the flowers. This lens to me displays qualities of that classic Nikon signature rendering I see from work shot with classic nikkor primes. I really must take it out for some more thorough field testing in the future.

Here are some general test shots mounted on my Sony A7r:
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)

Nikkor 28mm f3.5 on Sony A7r
Nikkor 28mm f3.5 on Sony A7r

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Kodak Max 800… for speed, not so much for low light…

Kodak Max 800 (expired ’06?)…for speed, not so much for low-light…

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Since getting back into shooting film a couple of years back, I have had this re-occurring urge to shoot a live band on film. To do so however, I know from experience, that I would need at least 800 iso film at the very minimum. So whilst on another one of my random online film splurges, I purchased a 5 pack of Kodak Max 800 Expired in ’06 (from memory) that was assured to have been cold stored.  Being a great believer in the old adage ‘Know Thy Gear’, Continue reading

A new love affaire with a long expired has been, of yester year!

As many of you will well know, if I am gonna do something… well lets just say I never do them in halves. haha. Thus explaining all my camera gear, music gear, film etc. etc. Well whilst collecting film oddities to try over the last few years, I also managed to squirrel away that desirable of desirables from our film emulsion yesteryear’s, some famed e6 film. In my collection I have some ektachrome, velvia, provia etc. etc. being expensive to have developed I had left it there for a little while and once I started home dev’ing e6 was the last of the things I intended to try.
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Fuji Sensia expired 2001, home dev, crappy canoscan 8400f, Yashica lynx
Fuji Sensia expired 2001, home dev, crappy canoscan 8400f, Yashica lynx

However a few weeks ago curiosity got the better of me, Continue reading

It’s about time I picked things back up…

Wow, looking at my last post about getting my A7r being from November 2013, I feel almost ashamed knowing it is now early/mid October 2014 as I sit down to write this. Saying that, admittedly I was already starting to fall behind last year… I still have many great shots from a trip to Melbourne in October last year and a second lot from our trip to Margaret river last year amongst others from Nick and Kaylene’s wedding which we shot the video for etc. etc.. haha
I will have to get around to doing belated posts for some of these, I intend to make an effort to get back to more regular content on here.
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...old man walking;melbourne trip 2013
…old man walking;Melbourne trip 2013 – Nex5n w/voigtlander 35mm f1.4
Nick and Keylene's wedding nov 2013 - Sony A7r w/spiratone 17mm f3.2
Nick and Keylene’s wedding nov 2013 – Sony A7r w/spiratone 17mm f3.2

Winding out 2013 was a turbulent time I remember thinking as I was going through it. Continue reading

My first play with my dream camera, the Sony A7r!

Ever since I first got into the Sony Nex system cameras early in their inception with the Nex5, I knew there was something special about these little cameras and their 18mm e mount. Packing the power of an apsc dslr sized sensor into a tiny package that can easily be thrown in your girlfriends handbag, it was pretty easy for me to fall in love with it. The only thing that held it back was the lack of lenses. We originally started out with the 16mm 2.8 prime and the 18-55mm kit zoom. The zoom is satisfactory but the surprise of the two was the great little 16mm f2.8 prime lens, which is a great little wide angle.

Wanting something more but disappointed with the lens selection available I turned to third party manufactures after Sony made the prophetic decision to make the e mount spec freely available for third party manufacturers to produce for. Continue reading

Photographers in Perth, first official photowalk… Part 1.

I had been an admin as part of the Facebook group Photographers in Perth since it’s earlier days. I had for a long time been in charge of setting the group theme challenges, when one day I was informed by my fellow admin that they had in fact decided that they no longer desired to run the group and had made the decision to leave the group completely. I was informed that I could either take the reigns of the group or shut it down entirely. I straight away decided shutting down the group was not an option so the only other way to proceed was to try to keep the group rolling. We have come a long way since then and our membership has more than doubled to over 300 members. A few months ago I brought in Lisa and my mate Graham to help with administrative duties as it was now growing to be more than I could keep on top of on my own. All good things, we managed to keep our little photography group and even grew under the circumstances. It had dawned upon me however that we had never had a proper group photo walk since I had been bestowed with running the group and also since I had made the minor name change to Photographers in Perth, Western Australia. Which was made as we had a few Scot’s starting to sign up as they though it may have been photographers in Perth, Scotland. haha.

We have been just starting to come into our nice weather season and I wanted to capitalize early for the group photo walk. Continue reading

Photo walk with boris and my minolta himatic 9. My first home film dev. continued…

As I spoke about in my recent 1 day in 1 roll post, it was my first time home developing my own b&w film. What I didn’t mention however was that my dev tank can fit two rolls to be developed at once. So this is in fact what I did. The Friday night before we went to the royal show and shot our rolls for 1 day in 1 roll I went for a shoot with Boris, a friend from our film users group.

Boris put the call out in the group a couple of weeks ago that he would have the Friday off and was keen to go for a shoot in the city if anyone wanted to join him. Continue reading

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