#199. Should we still be collecting lenses ?

Gallery

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Close to the top of the traditional photographer’s 10 commandments was “covet thy not thy camera but keep all your good lenses forever“. On paper, it made perfect sense. Lenses are expensive but lose little value (almost none if you … Continue reading

#196. Familiarity ≠ contempt?

Gallery

This gallery contains 8 photos.

At this time of year, it starts to get light here (Rooi Els, around 70km east of Cape Town) before 5 a.m. Most mornings the light show outside the window is blue skies, a few clouds, the warm, rosy tinges … Continue reading

#191. Leica Summicron-R 50/2 : the perfect 50 for the Sony A7r ?

Gallery

This gallery contains 14 photos.

It was this lovely article by Tim ashley that brought this lens to my attention. I bought one for my NEX-5n 18 months ago, didn’t love it as much as I had hoped (chiefly because of the resulting 75mm equivalent … Continue reading

#190. Leica Apo-Telyt 135/3.4 (on Sony A7r) : the Long Ranger

Gallery

This gallery contains 14 photos.

Long lenses suit the way I see the world better than wide-angles do, so let me begin my reviewing of Leica lenses on the A7r with my most recent acquisition : the Leica-M Apo-Telyt 135mm f/3.4. I purchased this used … Continue reading

#187. Of Kiwis and time

Gallery

This gallery contains 7 photos.

“Whatcha photographing mate?” It’s early November and I am standing on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront, close to the Maori-named national museum, Te Papa. The weather is overcast and I’m not sure how to answer this curious local. “Dunno. I’ll know when … Continue reading

#186. Low-light long exposures with the Sony A7r

Gallery

This gallery contains 9 photos.

[Note : This post is part of the ongoing review of the Sony A7r system] Since my initial review of the  Sony A7r, I have been asked by several readers to perform long exposure tests in low light, with 2 … Continue reading

#185. A spotty flaw in the Zeiss FE 35/2.8 ZA & Sony A7r combo ?

Gallery

This gallery contains 3 photos.

[Note : This post is part of the ongoing review of the Sony A7r system] Shooting at low apertures against the produces sun stars that can add a lot to some pictures. The more open the diaphragm, the more blurry … Continue reading

#184. The Zeiss Sonnar 2,8/35 ZA jewel in the A7r crown

Gallery

This gallery contains 16 photos.

[Note : This post is part of the ongoing review of the Sony A7r system] A few weeks ago, I postulated – from looking at MTF curves for this lens – that it would be a stellar performer. But MTF … Continue reading