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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:
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper.)

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 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

Continue reading Nikkor 28mm f3.5

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!

Short skate vid. “saturday sesh”

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.

Saturday Sesh from Joshua Perera Photography on Vimeo.

Pathway to the Lake – Part 1 – Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 on Nex5n Four image HDR near cockman house

I took this while out on a walk in the parklands near Cockman house in Wanneroo on my Sony nex5n with my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 manual focus lens.  This is a HDR merged with Nik HDR fx pro.
(as per usual click on images to view larger and sharper)


This is four exposures shot freehand with about 1ev stop of difference between each exposure.

Pathway to the Lake – Part 2 – Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 on Nex5n Four image HDR near cockman house

I took this while out on a walk in the parklands near Cockman house in Wanneroo on my Sony nex5n with my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 manual focus lens.  This is a HDR merged with Nik HDR fx pro.
(as per usual click on images to view larger and sharper)


This is four exposures shot freehand with about 1ev stop of difference between each exposure.

It’s time for an update. Protas V1.2 & 3/4

So, I felt it was about time our little sight had an upgrade in appearance…
…What do you guys think?

I’m still ironing out a few bugs so bare with us while I try to iron out said bugs.

I think the new layout is great and has a new spacious feel to it. haha
I think I can get used to this for a while.

I have also added more mobile functionality to the site. It should be much easier to view from Mobile phones now, as well as the all new Desktop site visual upgrade.
Please do let me know your thoughts.

This is just a quick update for now, but I do have a lot of great articles coming up for you.
For the Photography buffs, I have been playing with the all new Pentax K30 and the not so new but equally matched Sony Nex5n since I got these for my birthday just past. Great presents… if not a little quirky. I have also been having a play with a few HDR software packages with varying success.

However this Sony 16mp sensor that is in each is quite a nice performer.
I have been taking plenty of test shots so hope to have a review of each for you soon.
(As usual please click on images to see larger and sharper)

Lisa took this on my Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom lens
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I took this on Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom, this is actually a stitch of 17 images
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I took this on Sony Nex5n using my Meyer Gorlitz 29mm f2.8 manual focus lens
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I took this of my favourite beer shop using my Sony Nex5n using my Carl Zeiss Felktagon macro 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens
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I took this on Nex5n using my Miida 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens
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I have also started a new group here in Perth called: 1 Day in 1 Roll
The idea being that everyone who is interested joins our little Facebook group then goes out and shoots and entire roll of film on a date each month decided upon by the group.
The idea being we get a day in the life of Perth as shot by different photographers, using different gear on different films, whilst also supporting the local film developers.
Tomorrow Saturday the 27th is our first day out, I really look forward to seeing everyones shots.
If you feel you may be interested in this please join our little group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/152975388180408/
…on a side note the leaderville camera markets are on again this Sunday. Any camera buff should check it out.

We also have lots of interviews coming up, namely Perth heavyweight Tusk will be up next. Along with some great reviews of some great new material being released by some great bands.

It’s all looking up here at PROTAS so make sure you keep checking back to see what is going on.
Till next time,
Have a good one my friends.

Ilford XP2 400iso on Minolta X700 using Minolta 50mm f2 – 29-4-12

Since getting back into shooting film more again, and inspired by some of the phenomenal works that some guys have shot around the net. I had the desire to shoot some B&W film for a while now. I have already shot a roll of Kentmere 400, however being traditional B&W I have not been able to get it developed down the local C41 lab. So while that roll chills in the fridge till I can justify driving the 100 odd km’s to the nearest professional processing place, I loaded a roll of XP2 into my Minolta X700 and enjoyed shooting it over the last 2 w/e’s, using my Minolta 50mm F2 lens.

I am quite happy with the results, if not a little bright, but I think this may be down to the store processing. They did manage to scan them the wrong way so I had to go and flip the images in Photoshop, I hope I didn’t miss any. I wanted to present them more as I got them. I will have a go at correcting them a little in Photoshop at a later date.

Here are a few of my shots. I hope you enjoy. Very Happy

(Click on images to see larger and sharper)

In my haste, I accidentally shot these first few at 200iso, so some are a little over exposed.

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