Gnarled fields

Landscapes and nature, My Gallery
Gnarled fields... Shot on Sony A7r with Minolta 50mm f1.2 md mount manual focus lens.

Gnarled fields… Shot on Sony A7r with Minolta 50mm f1.2 md mount manual focus lens.

I thought I’d probably been posting a little bit too much about my film exploits for some, so thought I should probably post some recent digital work I had been shooting too. 🙂

Lens test – Super Foto 28mm f2.8 on Sony A7r

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Super foto 28mm f2.8 manual focus lens. Shot with Minolta 50mm f1.2 @ f1.2 manual focus lens on Sony A7r.

Super foto 28mm f2.8 manual focus lens. Shot with Minolta 50mm f1.2 @ f1.2 manual focus lens on Sony A7r.

…room to reflect on your view of the world…

My Gallery, Street photography and urbex
...room to reflect on your view of the world...  I took this on a recent day out exploring the Fremantle area with friend and fellow local photographer Shane Taylor.  Taken on Sony a7r with Minolta 50mm f1.2 manual focus lens

…room to reflect on your view of the world… I took this on a recent day out exploring the Fremantle area with friend and fellow local photographer Shane Taylor. Taken on Sony a7r with Minolta 50mm f1.2 manual focus lens

…one way road to no where….

Landscapes and nature, My Gallery
...oneway road to no where...

…one way road to no where… Taken with: Sony A7r using Minolta 50mm f1.2 manual focus lens Recently over the Christmas break, Lisa and I drove down to the beautiful Margaret River to spend some time with the family in the beautiful surrounds. I stop at this spot every time we make the long drive down south. I like to keep shooting certain scenes till achieve just what I am looking for….unfortunately there are never any clouds when I pass this spot, always giving it quite a harsh, spars feel.

Melbourne in December…beautiful!

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I have done rather limited traveling in my adult life. In fact I have never really been on a proper trip in my adult life other than for work. Which was also to Melbourne a few years back. (I still need to post those pics actually. haha) Ever since I was determined to go back and take my girl with me.

You're in the free tram zone...

“You’re in the free tram zone…” Taken on Sony A7r with Minolta 50mm f1.2 manual focus lens; edited on IPhone4s with snapseed.

Minolta 58mm f1.4

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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.

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

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

Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r

Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r

Nikkor 28mm f3.5

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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

It’s about time I picked things back up…

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

...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.