Having posted the photos from our recent Melbourne trip yesterday, it reminded me that I had never actually posted my snaps from the last time I went to Melbourne in 2013 as part of a work trip. It’s quite trippy how reminiscent both sets of images are I think. I only got a couple of hours to walk the streets on my own with my cam to make the most of it. I do not remember all the stories that go with these now, so instead will allow the images to speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
All images were taken on little sony Nex5n with my voigtlander 35mm 1.4, Jupiter 8 50mm f2 or Spiratone 20mm f2.8 manual focus lenses.
I had been an admin as part of the Facebook group Photographers in Perth since it’s earlier days. I had for a long time been in charge of setting the group theme challenges, when one day I was informed by my fellow admin that they had in fact decided that they no longer desired to run the group and had made the decision to leave the group completely. I was informed that I could either take the reigns of the group or shut it down entirely. I straight away decided shutting down the group was not an option so the only other way to proceed was to try to keep the group rolling. We have come a long way since then and our membership has more than doubled to over 300 members. A few months ago I brought in Lisa and my mate Graham to help with administrative duties as it was now growing to be more than I could keep on top of on my own. All good things, we managed to keep our little photography group and even grew under the circumstances. It had dawned upon me however that we had never had a proper group photo walk since I had been bestowed with running the group and also since I had made the minor name change to Photographers in Perth, Western Australia. Which was made as we had a few Scot’s starting to sign up as they though it may have been photographers in Perth, Scotland. haha.
We have been just starting to come into our nice weather season and I wanted to capitalize early for the group photo walk.
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.
While doing my initial tests of the Quataray 70-200 f2.8 I thought I would also try a couple more lenses which I had still been meaning too. One of these lenses is my Vivitar 35-105 f3.5 constant aperture macro zoom. Unfortunately this lens arrived with a problem, it arrived with the lens stuck in macro mode. So I was only able to quickly test it in macro mode, but it does seem to render quite nicely and holds great potential. I have since fixed the lens problem being stuck in macro mode, so I will need to return to testing this more thoroughly in the future but for now here is an initial test shot on Nex5n. The lens could also use a clean from the inside as there is also some haze on the rear element. This lens has a serial number beginning with 37, thus it is a Tokina made zoom.
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Iso100, f3.5, 1/500, converted to b&w using DXO film pack 3
Thank you for viewing this initial test, please do check back for a more thorough test with this lens now fixed in the future. 🙂
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.
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Iso 100, f4, 1/125, 70mm
Through doing some research I have come across many reports stating that Quantaray was the re-branding name used by Ritz camera stores through Europe.
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.