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03/21/13
Equipment

Equipment

This lens still amazes me. It doesn't matter on which camera I mount it on the images are very good and micro-contrast is also very good. With some of these older lenses the lack of contrast is a real turn-off and you can't really bring that back 100% in post-processing.
I had a chance of comparing this lens against the Leica 75 F/2.5 lens on the Fujifilm X-E1 and you just couldn't tell the difference. The images were identical. Now, if mounted on a Leica body you may notice a difference but since I don't own a Leica (and I don't intend owning one) then the CV 75 f/2.5 will do me fine.
I paid in the region of €350 Euro for the CV lens, the Leica will set you back between €1000 and €1300.
That alone is a great arguement for keeping the CV lens (for me).
 
1248
DMC-G5
Focal Length: 97 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure Time: 1/4 sec
ISO: 160
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• Sony • Nex-7 • CV • Voigtlaender • 75 f/2.5 

03/20/13
Equipment

Equipment

This is the Nex-7 with the CV 35 f/1.7 lens mounted. The lens is not very well known and you won't see it coming onto the market very often, but it is one of the best lenses Voigtländer have ever built.
As you can see it fits the Nex-7 very nicely and is not front heavy at all. Stop down a couple of stops and the lens is very sharp with godd micro-contrast. I've used it mostly on the Nex-5N (which still produces amazing files) but I will have to go out with it on the Nex-7 when time permits.
1300
DMC-G5
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure Time: 1/4 sec
ISO: 160
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 Viewed 1300
• Sony • Nex-5N • CV • Voigtlaender • 35 f/1.7 

03/19/13
Equipment

Equipment

I thought it might be quite useful to some people to see actual lenses mouted on various bodies to see how big or small they are for everyday use. In the image above you can see how small the CV 21 f/4 lens is on the Nex-5N and the Nex-5N can't be clasified as a large camera. If anything, it could be clasified by some people as being too small for use, and I can see their point of view. Since I have small hands it actually feels fine for me, but any smaller and I would have to say no. This is the smallest combination that I will consider. This lens is in the same league as the CV 35 F/2.5 and CV 50 f/2.5 lenses. Really small but delivers very good image quality.

1399
DMC-G5
Focal Length: 89 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure Time: 1/4 sec
ISO: 160
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• Sony • Nex-5N • CV • Skopar • 21 f/4 

03/18/13
Equipment

Equipment

This is the X-E1 with the 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens. Most of my cameras are black but when I saw the X-E1 in silver I went for it. I really wanted an X-Pro1 but as I read the problems (or quirks) with that camera I decided against it, and I still think that was the right decision. The X-E1 is smaller, faster and suits me fine. It has the same sensor as the X-Pro1 so image quality is the same. The EVF is better in the X-E1 and that is also a plus factor in its favour. It just suits my way of photographing better than the X-Pro1. I never use the LCD to photograph, it's just not me.
I am now waiting for the weather to get a little warmer and I'll be out and about with this combination. Right now I plan on expanding my lens arsenal for this system with the anounced XF 55-200 telezoom which seems (on paper at least) to be of high quality.
In the meantime, I'm really enjoying using some manual lenses on the X-E1 as manual focus is very good with the "shimmering" effect when in focus.
1276
DMC-G5
Focal Length: 89 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure Time: 1/4 sec
ISO: 160
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• Fujifilm • X-E1 • 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 

03/17/13
Equipment

Equipment

As you can see I have now purchased a Fujifilm X-E1 camera. I bought it together with the Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens. I won't compare this kit lens with any other because it really is a quality lens with an aperture of f/2.8-4.0. Most kit lenses are in the range of f/3.5-5.6 or there abouts. Build quality is good and image quality is remarkable. I'll be talking more about the images from this lens in due course.
The image above shows the X-E1 with the Pentax SMC 31 f1.8 lens. One of the best lenses ever produced and is very sharp with very good micro-contrast. Being an FA lens and made for full frame Pentax cameras, it sports an aperture ring which is a real plus. Another Pentax lens that I will put on the X-E1 is the Pentax 43 f/1.9 lens. The reason for it being 43mm is because it really relates to the angle of view of the human eye. Most believe it's 50mm because that used to be the standard lens but it is actually 43mm.
1190
DMC-G5
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 1/13 sec
ISO: 200
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• Fujifilm • X-E1 • Pentax • 31 f/1.8 

12/26/12
Dramatic Skies

Dramatic Skies

This was during the same crossing as the previous post. The storm had passed and the wind had dies down again, but the skies were still dark and threatening. The clouds parted behind us and the sun came out illuminating this HUMBLE abode.
I think this is one of my favourite images of the trip taken with the newly released 12-50 mounted on the OM-D. Actualy, although I don't think much of this lens (there are better out there) I was thankful that I had the lens with me on this occasion. It is after all splash proof and it did come in handy mounted on the OM-D.
3174
E-M5
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
ISO: 200
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 Viewed 3174
• dramatic • sky • Garda • lake • Italy • Olympus • mZD 12-50 

12/25/12
Dramatic Skies

Dramatic Skies

Dramatic sky as we crossed Lake Garda. The reason I mentioned in an earlier post that Lake Garda was just like a small ocean to me is because it acts like a small ocean. We took a ferry around the lake, one that stops at different town along the coast. A great way to get around because the traffic is a nightmare. It's the fastest way to get to one town to the next. Now, it just happened that while we were on the ferry a storm blew up and believe me, I thought the ferry wasn't going to make it. Because of their flat bottoms the ferries don't normally run in bad weather but when your in the middle of a crossing, there's not much else you can do.
The image shows the sky as the storm passed. It was amazing how quickly it came, and it passed just as quickly. The spook was over in about 30 minutes, but it wasn't a pleasant 30 minutes.
 
At this spoint I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas
and a happy New Year to you and yours.
All the best for the coming year.
1966
E-M5
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
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 Viewed 1966
• sky • dramatic • Garda • lake • Italy 

12/24/12
Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda, Italy

I was admiring the view of this village with my wife when all of a sudden the sun just broke through and illuminated the whole village front. Not the lake in front or the mountains behind the village, just the village front. The image above shows exactly what it looked like. I was just amazed, and my mind got to thinking had the town planners planned for this? Did they know that at a certain time of year the sun illuminated just that part of Lake Garda and built the village with that in mind? Honestly, if they did plan it, congratulations on a fine job; if they didn't plan it, a lot of luck came into play when someone built this village exactly where it stands today.

2016
E-M5
Focal Length: 25 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/1000 sec
ISO: 200
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 Viewed 2016
• lake • Garda • landscape • Italy 

12/23/12
Minimalist II

Minimalist II

I think I would class this image as a bit of minimalist shot aswell. Not a lot there apart from that crazy looking cloud in the top left being highlighted. I just like these type of images, where less is more.
 
1606
E-M5
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 400
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 Viewed 1606
• minimalist • lake • Garda • Italy 

12/22/12
Minimalist

Minimalist

I got back to my minimalist photography while strolling along the shores of Lake Garda in Italy last September. This lake is so huge you really can't consider it a lake, it's like a small ocean to me. On one day it was quite calm as sunset was approaching and I saw that these two wooden pylons were being lit by the sun. You couldn't see the far shore for haze and there were no vessels out at the time. Perfect minimalist shot. 

1712
E-M5
Focal Length: 100 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
ISO: 200
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• minimalist • Garda • lake • Italy 


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