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    a7II, FD 500mm L




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    Lovely owl shots, Doug. Approximately at what distance were those taken?

    Cheers.

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    I couldn't decide, so I'm inflicting all three versions upon you! Taken earlier tonight.
    Tom, I like #10.1 best. It reduces the image to shapes and tones, and the water and rocks mimic the sky. Although the subtle color in the first version (#10) is interesting, it may actually detract from the composition. The lines and tonal range of the second version are really attractive. Just my two cents.

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    Lovely owl shots, Doug. Approximately at what distance were those taken?

    Cheers.
    I'd guess 30'
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    Nearly 400 years ago, 102 passengers and crew set sail from this historic point never to return...They are known today as the Pilgrim Fathers.
    We fly both nations flag in remembrance.
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    I will just make one last image insert edit, as it’s kind of relevant to The Mayflower 1620 image above...I spotted this commemorative paving stone also just a few feet from the Mayflower paving stone.
    I confess I don’t remember anything about the Sea Venture, so I took a quick snap so I could check it out when I got home... An interesting true story taken from wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Venture

    The loss of Sea Venture

    On 2 June 1609, Sea Venture set sail from Plymouth as the flagship of a seven-ship fleet (towing two additional pinnaces) destined for Jamestown, Virginia as part of the Third Supply, carrying 500 to 600 people (it is unclear whether that number includes crew, or only settlers). On 24 July, the fleet ran into a strong storm, likely a hurricane, and the ships were separated. Sea Venture fought the storm for three days. Comparably sized ships had survived such weather, but Sea Venture had a critical flaw in her newness: her timbers had not set. The caulking was forced from between them, and the ship began to leak rapidly. All hands were applied to bailing, but water continued to rise in the hold. The ship's starboard-side guns were reportedly jettisoned (though two from the port-side were salvaged from the wreck in 1612 to arm the first forts) to raise her buoyancy, but this only delayed the inevitable. The Admiral of the Company himself, Sir George Somers, was at the helm through the storm. When he spied land on the morning of 25 July, the water in the hold had risen to 9 feet (2.7 m), and crew and passengers had been driven past the point of exhaustion. Somers deliberately drove the ship onto the reefs of what proved to be Bermuda in order to prevent its foundering. This allowed all 150 people aboard, and one dog, to be landed safely ashore.


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    'outcroppings' - a7rII / Zeiss Milvus 35

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    Nearly 400 years ago, 102 passengers and crew set sail from this historic point never to return...They are known today as the Pilgrim Fathers.
    We fly both nations flag in remembrance.
    Loxia 21mm Handheld 1/5 f4 ISO 100



    Fantastic lighting in the arch; you're making that Loxia 21 shine....
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    Barry;
    Wow, my wife's ancestors boated over in 1630!
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    Barry;
    Wow, my wife's ancestors boated over in 1630!
    John, that's amazing that you can trace the crossing back that far!

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    Edit (Image inserted)...Another image from Plymouth taken earlier today...Sony 35mm Distagon FE WO at f1.4 (Tone Mapped)



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    In winter, the alpine choughs leave the higher slopes and come down to the bottom of the valley in noisy swarms counting more than hundred individuals. They perch on high rooves or on the trees planted along the streets. When they pass by my house using the ascending thermic currents, their swarm is as impressive as in the Hitchcock movies : they measure about 70cm with their wings extended . I would like to take a picture with them circling and hovering around the castles, but the thermic currents or the food always attract them elsewhere.

    A7rII and FE 24-70mm F4 @ 67mm. Out of camera JPEG sent via the iPad.

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    Mitakon follies

    There's a thread called "No love for the Mitakon 50 f0.95?," but it's not very active – so I'll post these here too.

    This week I acquired a Mistaken (which is what SpellChecker calls the Mitakon) to see if I could make some images in an old-fashioned Pictorial style. I'd tried a 1.5 Summarit, a 1.4 Nikkor LTM, and a Sonnar-C, but none had shallow-enough DOF. So this seems to be the best lens for the project.

    It's sharper than I'd expected on center, but not in the foreground corners. And the plane of focus doesn't seem to be flat – it looks like it curves backward. But these peculiarities are sort of endearing, and the DOF is finally as shallow as I wanted.

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    Le Treport with the Funiculaire (elevator)

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    Wilanow Palace and Museum
    Warsaw, Poland
    Built in years 1681–1696
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    And Church


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    Kirk, I think the 50mm Mitakon F0.95 rendering is really well suited to what you are doing ^^^
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    Following Dad's Footstep

    A7RII + Contax Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 100-300mm F4.5-5.6
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    'retreating pond ice' - a7rII / FE 90

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    Further Mitakon follies:

    This is pretty much straight-from-the-camera, except for a bit of burning-in at the right.

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    Great colors!
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    From my window (too rainy to get out) :

    Valère and Tourbillon
    A7r2 and FE 90mm F2.8 macro

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    Another one :

    A7r2 FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS @ 196mm

    Tourbillon on a foggy rainy day - click to enlarge - 20160131_050a7r2i
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    Thinker

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    Further follies

    This one needed more post-processing, with the colors muted because of back-lighting.

    It's a bit like learning to play an unfamiliar musical instrument. (And I couldn't even learn the recorder.)

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    A7r2 + Mitakon 50/0.95
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    I have reacquired a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 for wide work. I have also figured out how to incorporate PTLens into my workflow. I, for one, am happy with the results:


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    Marjorie and vidomnat, in Sion. Those buildings and towers were built in the XIIIth century and first inhabited by the main officers of the bishop, then for four centuries by the bishop of Sion himself (who was also the temporal power). It was destroyed by a fire at the end of the XVIIIth century and later rebuilt by the state and occupied by the military. Since 1947, it is housing the Museum of Art.

    A7r2 and FE55mm F1.8 @ F5.6, 1/800, ISO200

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    Still 'pictorializing,' but this time with an elderly Leica lens.

    Unfortunately I'm concluding that no one lens is consistently better for this sort of look.

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    Sony A7, 16-35mm [email protected] f/4, ISO200, 1/250sec.
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    One view from our backyard of Hurricane Mesa near sunset.
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    A7RII & Sony 16-35

    Sony A7RII | Zeiss Batis 25 F2 | Zeiss Batis 85 F1.8 | Sony FE35 F2.8 | Sony FE55 F1.8 | Sony FE90 F2.8 | Sony FE16-35 F4 | Sony FE24-70 F4 | Sony FE70-200 F4
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    Taken around the back streets of Plymouth the other evening.
    Handheld A7RII + 35mm Distagon FE at ISO 100.




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    Gloomy morning :

    A7r2 plus FE 28mm F2 @ 1/60 F5.6 ISO200


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    This Orchid was given to my Mother a week before she died in 2008 and has just flowered again today 8 years later




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    Another attempt at the same subject.


    Neck Point.





    Neck Point. (dilute ambrotype toning)



    These are initial sketches, really, so be warned: You may see more of this area!
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    From a walk in the old city on a gloomy morning. That decaying house is standing at the foot of the hill on which the castle of Tourbillon is erected. It is facing north And doesn't get much sun, so people aren't rushing to renovate it.

    A7r2 with FE 28mm F2


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    Fish Scales (St Ives)...split toned.
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    Porth Ia (St Ives in Cornish).
    Sony a7rII + Sony 35mm FE Distagon
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    Porthgwidden surfers...Cyanotype
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    Around the house. Sony A7R2 + 40mm Canon



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    Around the house. Sony A7R2 + 40mm Canon
    Thanks for your post - this interests me, because I'm contemplating switching my 5D for an A7II (not the A7RII). I have a couple of EF lenses, and am interested in how they might perform on the A7II, so I have some questions:-


    1. How do you find EF lenses in use on the A7RII? At the posted size, the output looks good - does it hold up at larger sizes, too?

    2. One of the things that I like very much about the EF 40mm f/2.8 is the small size. It seems that the addition of an adapter would (more-or-less) double the physical length of the lens - is that correct, and if so, does that bother you?

    3. Do you have the EF 85mm f/1.8, and if so, how does that perform on the Sony?

    4. Which adapter are you using, and what 'downsides' (if any) have you found, in practice, with the use of adapters?


    Apologies for so many questions, and TIA...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbhv55 View Post
    Thanks for your post - this interests me, because I'm contemplating switching my 5D for an A7II (not the A7RII). I have a couple of EF lenses, and am interested in how they might perform on the A7II, so I have some questions:-
    I was also a Canon shooter (5D Classic and 6D) and now have an A7r and A7r2, so I may be able to answer some of your questions.


    1. How do you find EF lenses in use on the A7RII? At the posted size, the output looks good - does it hold up at larger sizes, too?
    It depends much of the lens IQ : you need a good lens for sensors showing a higher resolution. But Canon lens won't exhibit the same problem as the legacy M lenses at wide angle : due to the space needed for the mirror they have a different design than small and light RF wide angle; this benefits to the IQ.

    things will vary from lens to lens : my 70-200mm F4 L IS USM is better than the Sony FE equivalent. Lenses with good reputation (which I don't own), are the 16-35mm F4L, the 24-70mm F2.8L or F4L and also the 11-24mm recently issued.
    The 50mm F1.4 is crap in the corners. The 24-105mm F4L is OKyish and the 40mm too, but with somewhat weaker corners. The little 28-70mm F2.8 Tamron is a good performer, as well as the 90mm F2.8 macro Tamron (both older version without OIS). All that on the r bodies which are more demanding than the A7II.

    2. One of the things that I like very much about the EF 40mm f/2.8 is the small size. It seems that the addition of an adapter would (more-or-less) double the physical length of the lens - is that correct, and if so, does that bother you?
    This is true : the adapter compensateS for the missing flange distance and after that the lens is no more a pancake. It is approximately the size of the FE 35mm F2.8. The weight of the best smart adapter is also quite important 80-100gr.

    3. Do you have the EF 85mm f/1.8, and if so, how does that perform on the Sony?
    No sorry.

    4. Which adapter are you using, and what 'downsides' (if any) have you found, in practice, with the use of adapters?
    I have Metabones adapters in particular the version IV T : this is the last version; its firmware can be updated and the inside of the adapter has black flocking to prevent unwanted reflections. My Canon lenses are focusing as well as on the 6D. With perhaps the exception of the 70-200mm F4 at the long end when the light is lower.

    Make a search for Bryan Smith adapter Metabones Sony FE to Canon EF : he has a blog with a full page analyzing the AF performances of different adapters with many Canon lenses : whether they work and how fast. The Comlite adapters are cheaper, but globally they don't perform as well. Don't get a Metabones lower than v. IV since they can't be updated. The only difference between the T version and the first IV version is the flocking.

    Look at the main page of this Sony forum, the one where all threads are listed : at the top there is a sticky dealing with adapted Canon lenses.

    A last caveat : don't expect the A7 plus adapter to compete with Canon when it comes to fast action and continuous AF tracking. The Sony hybrid AF is almost there, but nit yet completely there. Sport shooters should remain with their DSLRs. There is also a slight delay in the VF compared to optical finder. You have to take that in account when shooting for the decisive moment.


    Apologies for so many questions, and TIA...

    Edit : here is the link to Bryan Smith's page : Canon EF Smart Adapter Tests for Sony E-Mount Cameras

    Edit 2 : And don't forget to read the update here : Sony a7RII Canon EF Smart Adapter Tests

    Note : it isn't clear for me whether the A7II is as performing for AF as the A7rII when using the Metabones adapter. You need to read Bryan Smith attentively to find that out.
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    Annna, just re-read yours above me^^^...I did chuckle at "The 50mm F1.4 is crap in the corners" that is so untypically you but probably true... amusing none the less many thanks Cheers Barry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annna T View Post
    I was also a Canon shooter (5D Classic and 6D) and now have an A7r and A7r2, so I may be able to answer some of your questions.
    Thanks for your reply Annna T - your post provides great information, and it is extremely helpful.
    My 5D is the "classic" too, and has given great service for many years. However, although still in good condition, when I use it these days, it just feels a little long-in-the-tooth...
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    Thanks for your reply Annna T - your post provides great information, and it is extremely helpful.
    My 5D is the "classic" too, and has given great service for many years. However, although still in good condition, when I use it these days, it just feels a little long-in-the-tooth...
    You will be puzzled when you see how much more DR you are getting with a Sony sensor compared to the Canon. I updated from my 5D to the 6D only a few months before the First A7 were announced. Had I known I would have passed that update. There were already rumors concerning a possible Sony FF mirrorless, but I didn't believe it was serious.. How wrong I was..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbhv55 View Post
    Thanks for your post - this interests me, because I'm contemplating switching my 5D for an A7II (not the A7RII). I have a couple of EF lenses, and am interested in how they might perform on the A7II, so I have some questions:-


    1. How do you find EF lenses in use on the A7RII? At the posted size, the output looks good - does it hold up at larger sizes, too?

    2. One of the things that I like very much about the EF 40mm f/2.8 is the small size. It seems that the addition of an adapter would (more-or-less) double the physical length of the lens - is that correct, and if so, does that bother you?

    3. Do you have the EF 85mm f/1.8, and if so, how does that perform on the Sony?

    4. Which adapter are you using, and what 'downsides' (if any) have you found, in practice, with the use of adapters?


    Apologies for so many questions, and TIA...
    To add to Anna's comment, the 40mm 2.8 is quite good but not marvelous. It's advantages are the small size and light weight which is very good for going around.

    My best lens companion is the Canon 24-70 F4 which is VERY good and well corrected, almost no CA and very little barrel distortion. It is very sharp.

    I'm using this 24-70 for many jobs and actually selling some of my primes.

    My other Very Good lenses are the Nikon G 85mm F1.8 which is marvelous, and the Nikon G 14-24mm both in manual focus with Fotodiox adapter.

    For Canon lenses I'm using the Fotodiox autofocus adapter from which I have no complains about. It is tight, secure and auto focuses fast enough.

    I don't own an A72. I have A7R and A7R2. Adding to all of the modern features of these cameras is the fact that the images are more photorealistic. The colors and details are less digital and closer to what film used to be. I sold the Nikon D800 which served me well for almost 50.000 actuations and many jobs but the details were kind of plastic looking. I used to own a Canon 5DMKII and the colors were very off and dirty.

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