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    "Twin Towers, San Gimignano, Tuscany"

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    Werner or Michiel? Michiel or Werner?

    It's so difficult To tell wich photos i prefer! Thx for sharing those greats shots.

    A photo of my son A7 with 12-40mm

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    | LEICA VARIO-ELMARIT-R 1:2.8-4.5/28-90 ASPH |
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    We are into Highrisers ....

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    Another with the ZM85/2 + A7R

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    Another couple from my holiday last week - using my second favourite lens (after the CV21/1.8) the FE 55/1.8.

    Both captures wide open and processed with a recipe in Color Efex.



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    Charming, Louis. Just charming.
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    a7 with 55 /1.8

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    Coffee and a little something ...

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    Bart; don't get too close by those places, you might get stoned just passing by

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    Wow... I've missed a lot in this threads but there are some really great shots all around. Here's a few assorted shots while visiting Kentucky using the 35FE and 55FE. I also used with both the A7 and A7r.









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    Not shooting a whole lot recently. Hot weather and allergies are a crappy combination. But I have managed to capture some daughter photos from the last week or so. All shots taken with the Minolta MC Rokkor PF 55/1.7 (version II).

    Chloe got tired of daddy taking pictures of her at the park so she summons a deluge to drench daddy and his camera.

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    And here Chloe enjoys what would have been science fiction when I was her age. Wirelessly streaming HD video to a small electronic device from a world wide database of electronic information.

    magic to my younger self
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    This guy made lovely, real sepia photographs, with this camera, on the street.
    Developed right in the box and fixated outside.

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    Haven't posted here in a long time. Mainly, haven't been shooting much at all. Just too much work, plus crappy weather. yeah, I know, excuses...
    A few flowers just to keep the faith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    This guy made lovely, real sepia photographs, with this camera, on the street.
    Developed right in the box and fixated outside.
    Hi Michiel,

    Great guy, great image.
    How do you find the C/Y35/1.4 on the A7R? I'm looking for something that can replace my RX1. So far every 35mm lens I tried with my A7 has fallen short.
    ...and another question; normally I would have expected the left side of the image to be blurred more than the background in the center. Here I see the opposite. Do you recall what aperture you used for this image? If wide open, is that the common result (probably caused by mechanical vignetting and effectively a smaller aperture around the edges of the image)?

    regards,

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    Hi Michiel,

    Great guy, great image.
    How do you find the C/Y35/1.4 on the A7R? I'm looking for something that can replace my RX1. So far every 35mm lens I tried with my A7 has fallen short.
    ...and another question; normally I would have expected the left side of the image to be blurred more than the background in the center. Here I see the opposite. Do you recall what aperture you used for this image? If wide open, is that the common result (probably caused by mechanical vignetting and effectively a smaller aperture around the edges of the image)?

    regards,

    Jonas
    Hi Jonas...I am sure Michiel will answer you shortly...But I suspect the mystery of the non symmetrical plane of focus is probably due to a tilt adapter...see link below....Cheers Barry
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    Hi Jonas...I am sure Michiel will answer you shortly...But I suspect the mystery of the non symmetrical plane of focus is probably due to a tilt adapter...see link below....Cheers Barry
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    Hi Barry,
    Lol. OK. So Michiel uses on of those? Interesting! If this tilt adapter was used here I have to say it was to a good effect as the women to the left are better sharp than blurred in this case. But I'm not used to look at street images taken this way. Thank you Barry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcm View Post
    Another with the ZM85/2 + A7R

    Love the composition and the subject. The treament is just perfect for a nostalgic warm feeling. Would you share your process? My process is usually very agressive and now that Ive started getting some paid gigs Im trying to be more polivalent.

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    How do you find the C/Y35/1.4 on the A7R? I'm looking for something that can replace my RX1. So far every 35mm lens I tried with my A7 has fallen short.
    The CY 35mm Distagon, like almost all Contax Zeiss lenses, is a superb lens. Some of the best glass ever to be made for the 35mm format. You might also want to check out the Y part of the the CY equation, namely Yashica ML lenses. The ML's were made in the same Tomioka factory as the Japanese made Contax Zeiss lenses and by the time the second series of ML lenses came out Yashica had learned a lot from Zeiss and the ML's directly benefited from this.

    For instance, there is an fairly persistent rumor that when Yashica made minor changes to the body of the lenses from series 1 to series 2 it ran the numbers on what it would cost to produce the ML 50/1.7 along side the Zeiss Planar 50/1.7. The bean counters at Yashica discovered it would be cheaper to simply make more of the Zeiss Planar innards then it needed for the Contax lens and then use this glass in the ML 50 as well. It would have been more expensive to have two different manufacturing runs for a similar lens. So there is a very good chance that the second series ML 50/1.7 is a Zeiss Planar in disguise, albeit with the Yashica ML coating instead of the Zeiss T*. The ML coating is, by the way, one of the best of the old coatings and compares very nicely to the Zeiss version.

    A neat caveat to this is that the ML 50/1.7 body is all metal, whereas the Planar 50/1.7 has a plastic barrel. Strange but true. Yashica also did little things to keep the ML line competitive or superior to the Zeiss glass, like giving the ML 50/1.4 an 8 bladed aperture where the Zeiss 50/1.4 has a 6 bladed design. Also, the ML 35/2.8 focuses a bit closer then the Zeiss 35/2.8.

    Which brings me to the whole reason for this post. If you are looking for a nice 35mm lens for the A7 then give the ML 35/2.8 a try. Thing is, for some reason I cannot figure out, the lens is fairly rare. It simply doesnt come up for sale that often. Dont get me wrong, you can find it...but it is a bit elusive. I searched for about a year until the timing was right and I nabbed a series 1 ML 35/2.8 from the auction site. The series 2 is supposed to be a smidge better.

    Here are some examples from my ML 35 on the A7.







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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    (...) You might also want to check out the Y part of the the CY equation, namely Yashica ML lenses. The ML's were made in the same Tomioka factory as the Japanese made Contax Zeiss lenses and by the time (...)
    Thanks a lot for that well written reply. I knew parts only of the interesting Yashica ML story.

    Your images are well rendered. Maybe the last one shows a smidge of disturbing bokeh (and I guess that is at f/2.8).

    Well, I'm looking for something at least as fast as the truly great RX1 Sonnar 35/2.0 lens. As I mentioned I have tried several ones, often side by side. The last comparison I made was between the RX1 and the A7 with the Minolta MD Rokkor 35/1.8 and then the SMC-P Pentax FA31/1.8 Limited. The RX1 had no problem winning the total competition.

    Big discussion, many suggestions, a lot of talk at another forum and Now I'm getting more interested in the C/Y 35/1.4. I one owned a good copy but it wasn't that fun as a normal lens with an APS-C camera so I sold it. I shouldn't have done so.
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    Damn you Barry was thinking of selling the 55mm and you keep coming up with winners. LOL

    Love the one above
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    Damn you Barry was thinking of selling the 55mm and you keep coming up with winners. LOL

    Love the one above
    Hopefully this one Guy will stop you from selling it Cheers Barry

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    Yea going to keep it. I really don't want to sell anything at this point. Im tired of it. LOL

    I just need a 16-50 for the A77II so just need a few dollars more. Hiding this purchase. LOL
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    Yea going to keep it. I really don't want to sell anything at this point. Im tired of it. LOL

    I just need a 16-50 for the A77II so just need a few dollars more. Hiding this purchase. LOL
    Guy, That's great news...I had a sneaky suspicion that you wanted to replace it with that 50mm Art lens.
    I know that you want to keep your choices open with the A system but the 50mm is just too close to the 35mm AoV for my particular liking.

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    Yea why I like the 55 but won't work on the A77II but thats okay. I have it covered
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    Yea why I like the 55 but won't work on the A77II but thats okay. I have it covered
    That's good as you need a lens somewhere between your 35mm Art and your Zeiss 85mm....Had a thought "OTUS"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    Hi Michiel,

    Great guy, great image.
    How do you find the C/Y35/1.4 on the A7R? I'm looking for something that can replace my RX1. So far every 35mm lens I tried with my A7 has fallen short.
    ...and another question; normally I would have expected the left side of the image to be blurred more than the background in the center. Here I see the opposite. Do you recall what aperture you used for this image? If wide open, is that the common result (probably caused by mechanical vignetting and effectively a smaller aperture around the edges of the image)?

    regards,

    Jonas
    I really like that lens. It has lots of character but is by no means small nor cheap. I don't mind it is a bit big. Don't forget to buy an all black adapter on the inside. Novoflex.
    This was shot @ 1.4 or 2. Can't remember exactly. It has a lovely separation wide open.
    As Barry already mentioned I used a tilt adapter, which must have been moved slightly by accident. I was not planning on any tilt in this shot but it turned out well.

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    Three panos with the A7R using Mamiya 55mm f/2.8N on a Rhinocam adapter/stitching plate. Old boathouse in the city park that was once the Wharton Studios silent movie headquarters.


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    Damn you Barry was thinking of selling the 55mm and you keep coming up with winners. LOL

    Love the one above
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    Well, I'm looking for something at least as fast as the truly great RX1 Sonnar 35/2.0 lens. As I mentioned I have tried several ones, often side by side. The last comparison I made was between the RX1 and the A7 with the Minolta MD Rokkor 35/1.8 and then the SMC-P Pentax FA31/1.8 Limited. The RX1 had no problem winning the total competition.
    Ah, I see. The RX1 Sonnar is an amazing lens. With the added benefit of being designed specifically for the sensor. Thats gonna be hard to beat. The Zeiss 35/1.4 is probably your best best. Or maybe a 35mm Summicron. Or, if a slightly tighter focal length would work, the Voigtlander SL 40mm f/2 ASPH (series 1) might work. It was made in CY mount along with the entire SL line back in the day.
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    Hopefully this one Guy will stop you from selling it Cheers Barry

    And now I really wish I had picked up the 55/1.8 back when it was in the budget when I bought my camera.

    Amazing images Barry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Ah, I see. The RX1 Sonnar is an amazing lens. With the added benefit of being designed specifically for the sensor. Thats gonna be hard to beat. The Zeiss 35/1.4 is probably your best best. Or maybe a 35mm Summicron. Or, if a slightly tighter focal length would work, the Voigtlander SL 40mm f/2 ASPH (series 1) might work. It was made in CY mount along with the entire SL line back in the day.
    If want want sharp than nothing is going to beat the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. i have it and its a razor with nice bokeh too. But its big and heavy
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    And a few more flowers, with Leica R Elmarit 60 Macro. I find Leica R + A7R + Capture One to deliver amazing colours.

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    And now I really wish I had picked up the 55/1.8 back when it was in the budget when I bought my camera.

    Amazing images Barry.
    Many thanks most appreciated f/otographer.
    The 55/1.8 is a great lens for sure (my current favourite).
    Because it doesn't have many weaknesses unfortunately means it doesn't have any character of it's own to explore!...(I'm never satisfied )
    Cheers Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    If want want sharp than nothing is going to beat the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. i have it and its a razor with nice bokeh too. But its big and heavy
    Guy...I think a lot of people would love to own that lens for it's optical and build quality alone But the weight and adding a LA-EA4 adapter to get fast AF is holding them back I suspect.
    If Sony/Zeiss could just make a fast AF FE mount version of that lens that wasn't so heavy (and expensive ) they would have a huge hit on their hands...Cheers Barry

    PS. I might just add without stating the obvious, that Sony would probably be shooting themselves in the foot if they did!
    As the RX1/R and LA-EA4 sales would probably be badly damaged by such a lens.
    I'm suprised at Sigma's reluctance though still to make FE mount lenses if only in the ART series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
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    that is a flash back in time. This place already existed in the 80s when I was involved in self inflicted experimentations.
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    Damn you Barry was thinking of selling the 55mm and you keep coming up with winners. LOL

    Love the one above
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    However with all the great FE55 shots I see around the place I'm beginning to think I should trade in my beloved Planar for the 55. It looks like a fantastic lens.
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    Love the composition and the subject. The treament is just perfect for a nostalgic warm feeling. Would you share your process? My process is usually very agressive and now that Ive started getting some paid gigs Im trying to be more polivalent.
    Pretty simple one on this one.



    Bit of cropping, an adjustment to exposure, application of a preset from VSCO Film Pack 1 presets (Kodak Porta 800..ignore the Fuji lines in the history..tried those and didn't like them) and then some removal of grain that the preset adds and some sharpening.

    You can get the same result without the presets pretty easily though, which is the biggest benefit in buying the presets I think. Learning from how they create particular looks.

    In this case the sort of faded look comes through boosting the low end of the RGB curve up to lighten up/wash out the darker areas like the grass in the foreground. The Porta preset also sticks some S-curves into the R, G and B channels. Then the richer colours come from playing with the Hue and Saturation areas in LR. There's also a bit of a light blue tint applied on the highlights in the Split Toning.

    The VSCO "look" isn't for everyone and is probably a bit faddish/instgramish but I have to admit I'm a sucker for it.

    Having said all that the biggest contributor to the colours is shooting it in the golden hour in late afternoon so you have a decent palette to work from in the first place. That's telling someone who shoots photos like you do how to suck eggs though!
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    Hopefully this one Guy will stop you from selling it Cheers Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Damn you Barry was thinking of selling the 55mm and you keep coming up with winners. LOL

    Love the one above
    *If* I had the Sony system, the 55 would be the first lens I'd buy and last I'd sell...

    Me personally, I may try the Sony when somebody makes a good fully automated AF adapter for Nikon lenses.
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    As Barry already mentioned I used a tilt adapter, which must have been moved slightly by accident. I was not planning on any tilt in this shot but it turned out well.
    As to not continue to pollute this thread with all sorts of lens discussions (instead of images) I limit myself to a short Thank you! ...and yes, I used to think the same about size but then I learned to know the RX1 and now...
    Cheers,
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    As to not continue to pollute this thread with all sorts of lens discussions (instead of images) I limit myself to a short Thank you! ...and yes, I used to think the same about size but then I learned to know the RX1 and now...
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    Superb Barry!
    Many thanks Ben most appreciated.

    I probably should have quit while I'm ahead...But I will sneak one more in.


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