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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 Minolta 58mm f1.4

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

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

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

Continue reading Nikkor 28mm f3.5

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 It’s about time I picked things back up…

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

Initial test shots from Nikon 35-105 f3.5-4.5 macro zoom on nex5n

While doing my testing of my Quantaray 70-200 f2.8 I thought I may as well test a couple of other lenses I had been meaning too. One of these lenses was my Nikon 35-105 f3.5-4.5 macro zoom lens. This lens is in tip top shape and like all the Nikon glass feels very nice in the hand and operates smoothly and precisely. I only had time to do two quick initial test shots as the light was fading, but I must admit I quite like this lens, it has that typical buttery smooth Nikon rendering.
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Iso 100, f3.5, 1/250, I two toned this image to give it that golden dry grass feel.


Next I wanted to test the macro mode on this lens, Continue reading Initial test shots from Nikon 35-105 f3.5-4.5 macro zoom on nex5n

Initial test shot from my Vivitar 35-105 f3.5 (constant) macro zoom on Nex5n.

While doing my initial tests of the Quataray 70-200 f2.8 I thought I would also try a couple more lenses which I had still been meaning too. One of these lenses is my Vivitar 35-105 f3.5 constant aperture macro zoom. Unfortunately this lens arrived with a problem, it arrived with the lens stuck in macro mode. So I was only able to quickly test it in macro mode, but it does seem to render quite nicely and holds great potential. I have since fixed the lens problem being stuck in macro mode, so I will need to return to testing this more thoroughly in the future but for now here is an initial test shot on Nex5n. The lens could also use a clean from the inside as there is also some haze on the rear element. This lens has a serial number beginning with 37, thus it is a Tokina made zoom.
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Iso100, f3.5, 1/500, converted to b&w using DXO film pack 3

Thank you for viewing this initial test, please do check back for a more thorough test with this lens now fixed in the future. 🙂

Initial tests of my Quantaray (sigma) 70-200 f2.8-3.5

So I usually do not really go for zooms. I most definitely consider myself a prime man. However in the not too distant future I have some jobs coming up where I have to shoot some wedding videos for friends. I occurred to me that maybe some zooms may be good for this, so I have gone about collecting a few different types to try. I have collected some fast ones like this f2.8 to see if the speed is desirable and some constant aperture ones to see if that is more desirable. Over the coming weeks I will be testing these lenses and putting them through their paces. My first initial test is of my recently acquired Quantaray 70-200 f2.8-3.5 manual focus push pull zoom.
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Iso 100, f4, 1/125, 70mm

Through doing some research I have come across many reports stating that Quantaray was the re-branding name used by Ritz camera stores through Europe. Continue reading Initial tests of my Quantaray (sigma) 70-200 f2.8-3.5