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Our overnighter in Margaret River, part 1. (nex5 with Minolta 21mm 2.8 with Lens Turbo adapter)

As you would know from my last post, just the other week Lisa and I went down to stay in Margaret river for a night for our good friends Jess and Simon’s wedding.
It was good to get away, if even for just one night, and I was determined to make the most of it. I packed my new Sony camera backpack up with a decent selection of lenses along with my original Nex5 and my newer Nex5n, my trusty tools of choice 90% of the time. I the end I only really shot my Minolta 21mm 2.8 rectilinear wide angle on my Nex5 and my very recently arrived Zeiss Pancolar 50mm f1.8 which I recently shared test shots from here.
In this post I am just going to share my shots from my Nex5 with Minolta 21mm f2.8 from the trip. As I have stated in a few recent posts I have been testing the Zongyi/Mitakon Lens Turbo focal reducers, which effectively remove the crop factor from apsc allowing you to use your full frame lenses with the point of view more or less you would get from a full frame camera. The lens turbo also gives you an extra stop of speed, which can be handy for low light situations and really creating good subject separation. The adapters being an optical device is not without drawbacks, it accentuates soft edges if your lens does in fact have soft edges (I have tested whether it is lens dependent and it in fact is, more on this in a later post). It also is more prone to lens flare and thus light refractions resulting in a blue dot in your shots under certain lighting conditions, I affectionately refer to this phenomenon as the ‘blue dot of doom’. But more on this later when I get around to doing a proper review.

About 45minutes into our long drive down to Margaret river we reach the first rest stop after the point were the Kwinana freeway ends. We have stopped here before earlier in the year on our way down to Busselton with the band to play a show, only then I was limited to my Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 on regular adapter M mount adapter, perfectly fine, but not nice and wide for that expansive landscape feel. I was keen to play with re-shooting it with my Minolta 21mm 2.8 on lens turbo, to try to attain that really expansive feel. I had been keen to put this combination to use for landscapes. I do like the really wide feel this shot now achieves, although the softer edges do disappoint me a little. I would like to give this another crack in the future when I get an actual full frame Nex.
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Jess and Simon’s wedding…

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.

As is most often usual I took my two trusty nex’s, my Nex5 and my Nex5n. Continue reading Jess and Simon’s wedding…

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.

An Original Collaboration… A new adventure into video production!

I recently had a mate approach me to help him with a performance project for a Western Australian Performing Arts Academy assessment.
He was to produce the audio and he was to collaborate with a local visual artist of some kind to create the visuals to go with it.
He asked me if I would help him out.
He gave me some basic criteria of what he desired and off I went.

It is a layering of a couple of pieces of video I shot on my Sony Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens and my Pentax KX with my Pentax SMC F 35-135 macro zoom lens. As well as stills shot on my Minolta X700 with my Minolta 50mm F1.4 manual lens and 50mm F2 lens on both Fuji pro 160s and Ilford XP2 400 B&W film along with B&W stills from the Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4. I also incorporated some simple effects I made in after effects and some transitions from my basic director compiling program.

The theme/story I was going for was nature overrunning urban decay and our retrospect from our future technological selves. I was trying to stick to the guidelines given to me…but the audio just kept giving me this alien kind of vibe. So I like to look at this as though you are viewing the decay of mankind and the reclamation of nature through some futuristic alien looking device. But that is just the feelings I got from this fun little project.

I am quite happy with the results as I am mainly a still shooter and only really dabble in playing with making video.

I like to see how other people perceive it too, so please give me your comments. Isn’t that the magic of art, perception?

I hope you enjoy. 😀

A walk around the block with the Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4 on Nex5

I bought this lens off a guy from a lens forum at the start of the year for $50 damaged.

This was the pic he gave me of it:

It was severely damaged on the end of the barrel, so much so that it was almost seized at the infinity end of focus, and thus was almost unusable.
So I took it to my mate Max Delaway, camera extraordinaire to see what he could do about it. He managed to get the barrel bent back perfectly, so it will even accept a filter, plus he got the focusing almost completely worked out. I am extremely happy. It cost me another $60, but well worth it after I took it for it’s first test run on a walk last Sunday around the neighborhood just snapping flowers in the fading evening sunlight. I love the razor thin depth of field this lens has wide open. It renders so differently to my Minolta 50mm F1.4 lens. It does seem to over saturate reds some what, however. I had to do a bit of work to try and save those which is odd. But I still love this lens!! Very Happy

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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. 😀

Lake Mongor with Nex5 and Meyor Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f1.8 in exakta mount

We had been out at a camera swap meet then in to town for breakfast before we stopped at Lake Mongor for a quick walk. I pulled out the Nex5 with my Meyer Gorlitz Oreston 50mm f1.8 and had a bit of a snap at the picturesque scenery.

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Crazy Comparisons: Sony Nex Vs Pentax KX – Wideangle lowlight action battle

I know I’ve been a little slow with articles lately but that is just because I have had so many weekends full of shooting as of late. One such weekend recently was Serial Killer Smile’s debut EP launch on the Friday night and my band From Isolation also had our first all ages show down at HQ in Leederville on the Sunday.

As you know I had only recently acquired a Pentax KX to go alongside my Sony Nex5 and there was a sigma 14mm 2.8 lens that I had been really wanting for it. Luckily I had got the funds together and acquired the lens that afternoon of the SKS show.  So I thought this would be a good comparison between not only the two cameras, being that they both have Sony sensors (the Pentax has the slightly older sensor configuration with only 12.9mp, while the Nex5  has the slightly newer 14.2 mp count), however the Sony Nex5 is mirrorless whereas the Pentax KX has a mirror. It is also a good comparison between the Sony 16mm F2.8 pancake vs the Sigma 14mm F2.8 wide angle lens. Both shows were shot in near total darkness other than the stage lighting, this is a great test of the auto focus as well.

First up just a few shots from the Nex with the 16mm f2.8 lens:
These shots are from the ‘Serial Killer Smile’ EP Launch


This shot is a great comparison between the Nex and Kx my partner and I took almost the same shot at almost the same time. (The Pentax shot is shown further down)

These next shots were taken at a show I played at YMCA HQ all ages venue, these are of course shots of the other bands on the bill with us.

 

And Now the Pentax Kx with the Sigma 14mm f2.8 lens:
These shots are from the ‘Serial Killer Smile’ EP Launch


The Pentax ‘comparison shot’

More shots with the Pentax at the YMCA HQ show

 

I found both to render, rather similarly, lots of colour and quite sharp. There is however a bit of ISO grain but that is more due to my poor setting on the camera than anything else. I found auto focus surprisingly enough to be rather comparable on both systems with comparable hit and miss ratios. I did find the Pentax to be more pleasurable to shoot due to the viewfinder. However when the Nex nailed the focus it is sharp beyond belief and the rendering is sublime. The Sigma 14mm lens however could almost be considered a macro lens with how close focusing it is, it’s quite remarkable. You can almost touch the subject you are trying to shoot and still have them sharp, in view and focused.
I am extremely happy with both rigs and for different reasons, the sharpness and rendering of the Sony with it’s 16mm is sublime, and the super close focusing ability of the Pentax with the Sigma 14mm couple with the viewfinder means I can grab some really nice action rock shots. I will continue to keep testing and reporting my results.

For all the shots from the SKS launch, you can find them here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.382580831767768.106231.312936945398824&type=1

and for all the shots from our HQ all ages show, you can find them here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.384306864928498.106565.312936945398824&type=1

Great pick-up: Photo-market in leaderville!

Last Sunday we were fortunate enough to have been informed of the Camera Swap-meet to be held at Leaderville Town Hall. We got down there nice and early in the hopes of still being able to pick-up a gem. The small hall was packed with many other photographers all searching for their own bargain. I saw some great cameras around some participants necks, even a Leica M9 amongst them! I was amazed at the amount of great lenses, cameras and accessories all out for sale. I personally was on the lookout for some auto lenses for my newly acquired Pentax KX.

After having walked around the hall twice browsing the contents of each table, I was drawn to one stand in particular. There perched in the middle of the table was an old Pentax MZ60 in perfect working order with two Sigma auto zooms the 70-210mm and 24-70mm, with case for $70. While I already owned an MZ60 for my collection, that was not in working condition, while this one was. What was the biggest bonus however, was the fact that by purchasing this little setup, not only did I acquire a great working film camera, but also two auto zooms that would work on my Pentax KX digital SLR. Of course I quickly ponied over the cash and made a swift exit from the markets, keen to go straight to my car and test these newly acquired Sigma auto zoom lenses out.

I was very happy to discover as soon as I mounted them on the KX that they both worked a treat. The only things worth shooting right there in the carpark were actually some beautiful roses. So initial test shots were of those. I was quite impressed right off the bat, but had a hankering for some breakfast and coffee. Into town we went, where I took a few more candid shots with the 70-210mm zoom while we walked to the cafe and whilst we waited for our order.

Heading home after quite a decent breakfast and coffee, we found ourselves passing Lake Monger. Not wanting to pass up the moment for a more thorough test shoot of this Sigma 70-210mm auto zoom lens I had just purchased, we pulled up for a bit more of a play. There are some beautiful birds here:

Shots from the Pentax KX with my newly acquired Sigma 70-210 auto zoom.

 

 

I had also acquired a Meyer-Gerlitz Orestegon 50mm f1.8 recently too. (not at the markets) Having that mounted on the Nex5, I pulled that out too and we had a bit of a test shoot with that too.

Shots from Nex5 with Meyer-Gerlitz Orestegon.

After this initial test shoot with the Sigma 70-210mm auto zoom on the Pentax KX I have to say I am very pleased with these results. As I am with the Meyer-Gerlitz Orestegon. I was told this lens was held in high regard for it’s rendering and after these quick test shots I can see why. I am very happy with my recent purchases!