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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

Minolta 75mm E Rokkor on Minolta Zealox bellows on Nex 5 – The start of my fun macro kit!

Finally my M39 to Minolta SR mount adapter arrived in the mail…
…this is the final piece in what has been quite a long acquisition period to get this little kit together.

Here is my little rig. Please excuse my el’cheapo tri-pod. 😀

First I acquired my Minolta 75mm f4.5 E.Rokkor lens before Christmas in what I thought was pristine condition, but after close inspection today it is actually quite hazy and will need to be taken in for a clean. I can’t have been very thorough checking that upon arrival all those months ago. For those who do not know, an E.Rokkor lens is an enlarger lens, used in old copier machines for, funnily enough, making enlargements. Of course these enlargements needed to be as perfect as possible, so these lens are renowned for the sharpness corner to corner. The only problem is they have no focusing barrel, just an aperture ring, they never needed to be focused in their designed use, as they were designed for a set focal length. So to be used practically as a macro lens you need a way to focus the lens to some degree, this is where a bellows comes into play.
After much searching I managed to track down this Minolta Zealox bellows for a decent price on the Evil Bay. Great I thought, now I can shoot some great macro work. But alas my E.Rokkor lens was in a screw mount.
I must confess I forgot whether it was m42 or m39 for a while, so after a few different attempts I finally ordered the right adapter and it arrived yesterday afternoon. So of course I strapped it on my Nex5 and ran outside for a quick snap.
It was quite late and the light was fading fast so please excuse the high iso in my shots.

These first few are free hand, quite difficult actually, good challenge.
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I used my stand for these, still quite hit and miss, just due to hand movement, will have to invest in a remote in the future.

I look forward to getting the lens cleaned and getting a bit more practice in with a few more interesting subjects in the future. I think for this to be practical I also need to invest in the remote for my Nex, so I may fire the shutter without actually making contact with the camera. Every minute movement of my hand would change the focus point while shooting these, ideally you would shoot with the camera setup via the remote. I also realise I need more light, so you must work in bright sunlight. These enlarger lenses have quite slow apertures thus they don’t allow in a lot of light, especially on a bellows.

I will continue to play with my new little rig, and report back to you with my results.

Till then, keep well and happy snapping. 😀

When shooting jewellery… you can never have enough light!

So Lisa has been busy setting up her Etsy store for all the awesome jewellery she makes, so of course I offered to help with the taking of the photos.
Now having done this a few times I have learned a thing or two…

  1. Set your self up properly, make yourself a nice little rig for draping the jewelery, where you can aim plenty of lights.
  2. Get yourself a macro lens, you want to get really close to the subject. It is good to use a nice prime to shoot the object in a nice setting, but you want the macro to show the real detail in the product. For this, the nice close up macro shots were taken with my Vivitar 35-75 FOV FFL manual focus macro zoom lens, and the set shots with the flower and candle were taken with my Minolta 55mm 1.9 FOV FFL manual prime lens.
  3. Most importantly, you can never have too much light! Use whatever you can, as you can see I have even brought in a torch just to bring in some extra side light to help diffuse the shadow I was getting on the right side of the pieces.


Here are just a few of the shots I took of her jewelery for her yesterday:






Isn’t her jewellery great!
You can check it out here if you are interested:
Metal Fish Handmade Creations