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: (as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)
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.
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. (as usual click on images to see full size.)
This past weekend I got the opportunity to travel down to Margaret River for the wedding of two close friends of ours, Jess and Simon. The ceremony and the reception were held at the beautiful Vasse Felix estate at this perfect time of year.
I cannot believe I had not posted this yet. I shot this a few weeks back now, it must have totally slipped my mind some how.
Anyway, my brother Liam and I caught up for a few beers on a Saturday afternoon about a month ago now. Liam is a keen skater and is in fact currently training to compete in Canada in 8 months. Well, Liam decided to have a bit of a skate in the park, practice a little bit of his freestyle, and I thought I would practice my video skills with some manual lenses. I shot this on my Nex5n with my Minolta 16mm f2.8 fish eye and my Nex5 using my Asahi 35mm f2 Takumar. I edited it in Power Director 9. I am quite happy with how it came out in the end. The Asahi 35mm f2 was great to shoot with, my copy is very smooth focusing which made tracking easy. The Minolta 16mm f2.8 also again is great, but I have found this lens to be nothing but fantastic when pairing with the Nex5n ever since I first put the combo together. I have not done much video, but am definitely enjoying learning, I find the nex platform great for this, the focus peaking is fantastic. The audio track is Ontology by The Advaita Concept.
This Saturday just passed, I had arranged a rare opportunity for myself. Two close friends of Lisa and I, two sisters in fact, had both given birth recently. I took it upon myself after they were home and settled to offer my services to provide them with a newborn shoot, so as to give them some images they could remember their little fellas at this stage for the rest of their lives.
We met at one of the girls places and I quickly went about setting up my two Yongnuo 560II’s and triggers, and my two Yongnuo 380 LED video lights. Once we had decided on the place to shoot and setup a table the two mums got their young fellas and I went about snapping. I shot on my Nex5n with my Minolta 85 f2, asahi super multicoated 50 f1.4 takumar and my asahi 105 f2.8 takumar. I am very happy with the results, and was very happy with how my portable lighting setup performed as I had to do very little post processing.
Here are just a few of my favorite shots from the day. There are many more, but I just thought I would share a few. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
(I should have taken better notes as I have lost track of which lenses I used on which shots, I apologize) As per usual please click on images to view larger and sharper.
I know this shot was taken with my Minolta 85 f2, ISO 100, shutter 1/200
This shot was taken on my recently acquired Minolta 28mm f2 lens. I bought this lens as fast wide to mainly shoot live bands in lowlight but have just been starting to test it. It seems to be a reasonable performer, but what I like most about this shot is the fact that it shows both river shores on either side of me. This is a 21 image stitch shot in a grid. (As always please click on images to see larger)
This first shot is a 7 image stitch taken with my recently acquired Minolta 21mm f2.8 manual focus lens on Nex5n. I love that I managed to get the walkers in this stitch. I really like this lens, it gives you a very wide feel yet still maintains straight lines. This shot was taken earlier in the morning around 9.30am. (As always please click on images to see larger)
While on my recent little photo walk around the Cockman House building I recently posted about Here, I took the time near the end of my walk to switch from my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 to my Minolta 21mm f2.8 on my Nex5n. Here is a nice little HDR I took of the nearby lake to the buildings. I want to return to this spot.
(as per usual please click on images to see as intended) This is four images shot freehand taken about 1ev stop apart then merged into a hdr image later using NIK hdr efex.