Tag Archives: sony
Monday, October 2, 2017
Lens Envy For The Mirrorless Systems
I'm sure you've all heard the term GAS before. It's very common in photographers who think that the next piece of new kit is going to improve their photography. Of course it doesn't but there's no point preaching to them, because they just want new toys to play with. I'm not sure if Gear Acquisition Syndrome is only symptomatic to photographers, but I'm assuming it isn't.
I know all photographers go through this at some ...
Friday, September 1, 2017
Spur of the Moment Purchase - Sony FE 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G OSS
Spur of the moment purchase - Sony FE 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G OSS
Size: 144mm x 84mm
Aperture: f4.5-5.6 - f22-f29
Let me just say out front that this was a spur of the moment purchase. Do I need it? No. I just wanted it and for the following ...
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Sony APS-C Camera Update
I know, I've been threatening to do this for some time as I've mentioned in a couple of posts. I've updated my Sony Nex-5N and Nex-7 cameras to an A6000.
I never seem to sell any cameras and I've still got those two models. So, what model did I buy? It's actually an older model, the A6000. I just couldn't justify an A6300/A6500. Just too expensive for what I do with them.
However, I ...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Less is More
There's a saying "Less is more". And I perceive that as being true in all walks of life but especially where photography is concerned. full
One of my problems when going on a trip is deciding which system to take, Fuji, Sony or m43. I'm lucky being able to afford three system simultaneously but on the other hand it does cause some difficulty when going on trips. The question about which system with which lenses to ...
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Mitakon (ZY Optics) Speedmaster Pro Ver.(M67) “The Dark Knight” 50mm f0.95 for FE Mount
Having a preference for the 50mm lens, it stands to reason I own a lot of lenses in this focal length. A lot of photographers find the focal length boring, preferring the 35mm view. Not me though, I prefer the 50mm.
Before I go on any further, if you are thinking of purchasing this lens, there are two versions. My version, “The Dark Knight” came out only 3 months after the original version.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Update: 135mm Lens - Samyang 135mm f2 for E Mount
One of my first post was about using 135mm legacy lenses on mirrorless systems. Since then I've acquired another 135mm lens but not one that can be adapted to all systems. The original post was about legacy lenses easily adapted to modern digital mirrorless systems via a cheap dumb adapter.full
This new lens has an FE Sony mount as the Sony native lens selection is rather lacking. I have some A mount lenses but ...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Samyang 100 f2.8 Macro for FE-Mount
After the purchase of the Samyang 135mm f2 lens, and being very impressed by the image quality I decided to acquire the Samyang 100mm f2.8 Macro also in the E-mount version (I know I've said it before but I'll say it again anyway, there's no way I'm going to pay Sony the prices they're asking for their newer lenses). I did look at the Zeiss equivalent but I had to pick myself up off the ...full
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Cornwall - The South West of England
I’ve always wanted to go down to Cornwall, but never quite managed it. Don’t ask me why I want to go there but I suppose it’s to do with it’s history and the rugged coastline I’ve been hearing a lot about. The small harbours nestling among the ragged cliffs. Sounds great doesn’t it?full
Well, a few weeks ago I had a chance to do just that and my wife and myself stayed in Cornwall for a ...
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Sony E PZ 18 - 105 f4 G OSS
Just like with all of my other systems I like a single lens that covers most of my shooting focal length needs when out on a walk and I don't know what to expect at my destination. I would have bought an FF lens for my A7x cameras but I couldn't really find one except the 24-240. The problem with that lens is it's heavy may spoil my walk. So I found one of these ...full
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Commlite Update + Canon 40 f2.8 STM
I had the opportunity the other day to go for a little walk and I took along the Sony A7II with the Canon 40 f2.8 STM mounted via the Commlite EF - E mount adapter. I have now set back-button AF on all my Sony Alpha cameras but I just couldn't get this to work using the adapter. It's probably not supported so I used the top button in the usual way. Maybe someone out ...full
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Adapters - Follow-up Post
My last post was regarding adapters for using Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount and M43 systems. Having tested a few lenses I felt I could post again with some more information with a few images to show the results of using those lenses on the Sony E-mount.
Firstly, the Commlite adapter. I've only tested the Canon 40 f2.8 STM lens on a Sony E-mount camera as of this post so I'll probably test ...full
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Adapters for EF to E and m4/3 Mount Cameras
Adapters for EF to E and m4/3 Mount Cameras
(Plus some more ramblings)
The reason for my purchase of the Sony Alpha Axx cameras when they first came out was to have an FF sensor (a very good sensor) in a small and light package. Since my first purchase I must admit that GAS got the better of me and now I have a few of these little marvels. Each has it's own use ...full
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Zeiss Tessar 85mm f4 ZM
Zeiss T* 85 F4 Tessar ZMfull
Sometimes, just sometimes you purchase a new piece of equipment and you just fall in love with it. This is the experience I had after purchasing the Zeiss Tessar 85 f4 lens. It's just a wonderful piece of engineering. It's actually quite compact at 95mm with a diameter of 54mm but I class it as being quite hefty weighing in at 310g. As a matter of fact I wanted ...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
135mm Lenses on the Sony A7r
When I was using my Canon 5D (still have it just not using it much) the 135mm f2 L lens was one of my favourites. The focal length just suited my style of photography and, let's face it, the 135mm f2 lens is one of the sharpest lenses ever made. Those who argue with that last statement must have purchased a "Monday morning lens" or just aquired a bad copy. So when I ...full
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Some 50mm, 75mm and 100mm manual focus lenses on the Sony A7r
Over the years I have accumulated a number of manual focus lenses from Olympus, Nikon, Minolta, Zeiss, Canon among others. All of these lenses have been tested (read used) on APS-C and M4/3 cameras with good results for most of them. Those lenses that didn't pass the test on those cameras have no chance of passing on a full frame camera for the simple reason that the sensor uses the sweet spot of ...full
I'm an enthusiastic photographer who likes to tinker with manual lenses on most camera formats.