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    Busy times, so it's been quite a while ...


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    quick night shot out of car window; 35fe
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    Just trying some old Leica R lenses with the A7R and Cambo Actus. Movements are limited compared to LF or MF lenses, but enough to get sufficient tilt when needed and shifts for stitching 2-4 images.

    Leica 24mm Elmarit, some rear R/F adjustment for framing. Forgot to put on lens hood and got some flare and ghosting.



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    A7R + TS 24II



    I took many shots, and i took stars shots too but wasn't good at all, and suddenly for one shot when i was checking the settings i saw it was on L[JPEG], so i shocked and felt sad that my beach shots all were with JPEG, but when i checked few minutes ago on my computer.....VIOLA...... all RAW except one of stars shots.
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    Tareq, great symmetry and fantastic pastel colors with that image. Good work dude!

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    Tareq, great symmetry and fantastic pastel colors with that image. Good work dude!
    Thank you very much!

    Waited long time to shoot something, so i did today.
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    Mitakon Speedmaster II 50mm f/0.95 (M67) 1/100 ISO 320 (set to auto) handheld...



    Same lens on tripod - 1/30 ISO 640 set to auto)...



    Both taken with a 7r modified to capture full spectrum using a color correction filter.
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    One more from the evening Munich streets:


    "Ludwig II", Glockenbachviertel


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    C&C always appreciated.
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    'snow on roof' - a7r / FE 24-70

    I woke up to some fresh snow today. Didn't have time to go out and about, so took this shot. The foreground is the top of our garage and the roof beyond is on the west side of our home. I like the play between the various lines/angles, and the contrast between the clapboards on the house with the fresh snow and white sky. The picture has an interesting abstract quality to it (for me, anyway). Sometimes, you just walk out your front door and shoot something.

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    Dagmar Passage, Islington, London - Sony A7r+Summicron 35/2

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    A7R with my all time favourite standard lens - The 55mm f1.8 FE.
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    A7S + Zeiss Sonnar 55/1.8



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    'Portland Head Light, study 3' - a7r / Zeiss Distagon ZE 21

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    Stapled ships, Dieppe.

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    a7 • lens unremembered (maybe mc rokkor pg 50/1.4)

    perilous


    FDn 50/1.4

    god writes in cursive barbed wire...it cuts my eyes to read his word


    the rest with Makinon 500/8 mirror (nikon mount)

    looking back on it now I cant ever remember what it was about


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    Since I pulled the muscles in my back this morning and didn't get out to shoot I am forced to post one from last week. It was also an experiment in split toning.
    A7r - 55 1.8 - 1 Godox 360 strobe
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    A wall in Dieppe.

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    "Great Wall", Michiel!


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    Michiel - I'm always impressed with the look of your images where you use the Contax N 24-85. What are you using as an adaptor for this lens?

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    I am using the Kipon adapter. But it looks they don't sell them anymore. I can't find them anymore on Ebay. Very strange.
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    You can buy this one, although expensive but with autofocus.
    Fringer's Contax N mount E mount (A7/A7r/Nex) full auto adapter-in Lens Adapter from Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

    I don't care much for autofocus at least not for this price. I bought the Kipon for € 194. It is still listed on their site, so may be you can drop them an email.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwood View Post
    'Portland Head Light, study 3' - a7r / Zeiss Distagon ZE 21
    Douglas, can you send me a map with a pointer to that location you posted a shot of? i will never give up until i visit USA Northwest including Oregon, and that lighthouse location is really amazing, would like to visit that spot one day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    You can buy this one, although expensive but with autofocus.
    Fringer's Contax N mount E mount (A7/A7r/Nex) full auto adapter-in Lens Adapter from Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

    I don't care much for autofocus at least not for this price. I bought the Kipon for 194. It is still listed on their site, so may be you can drop them an email.
    Thanks for the link, Michiel. I wouldn't be interested in AF with this lens either. I'll look into the Kipon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professional View Post
    Douglas, can you send me a map with a pointer to that location you posted a shot of? i will never give up until i visit USA Northwest including Oregon, and that lighthouse location is really amazing, would like to visit that spot one day
    Hi Tareq - this is on the east coast of the US...Portland, Maine. This Google map link should do the trick: https:[email protected],-70.208041,15z

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    Sony 16-35mm F4 FE lens turned up late today.
    Just managed to capture the last few rays of sunlight over at Looe.
    As others have said before me, the 35mm FL looks to be the weak end of the zoom after a brief look at some of my other shots.
    This image is taken at 34mm F4 (close enough to 35mm to give you some idea)...In other words this is about as bad as it gets!
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    Congrats Barry, i am sure you will not regret this lens. The 35 end is still perfectly useable for me.
    Looking forward to more posts and impressions from you and comparisons with the WATE.
    Here is one at 20mm:

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.Utsch View Post
    Congrats Barry, i am sure you will not regret this lens. The 35 end is still perfectly useable for me.
    Looking forward to more posts and impressions from you and comparisons with the WATE.
    Many thanks Werner ...Obviously not had the lens long and no serious testing carried out yet in decent lighting conditions that is.
    So I will give you and anybody else who may be interested in just my initial impressions (you obviously know most of this already Werner so please excuse).
    Well the Sony lens is a fair bit larger than the WATE 335g but in terms of the weight itself it's about a draw by the time you add a Voigtlander close-up adapter 125g (to be on par with the Sony lens for focusing close up) and if you like to carry around the Leica filter holder (+ lens cap) circa 35g as an accessory as I do (Total...WATE 495g vs 16-35mm 518g).
    The Leica lens filter is a royal pain in the ar$e IMHO with it's slots and rear lighting internal reflections, it needs to be blacked out to be truly effective on ANY camera IMHO...I have been through all this before so I won't repeat it all over again.
    Both lenses feel reassuringly solid in the hand...I have never been a big fan of the Leica focusing tab as many are. I find it sticks in your hands after prolonged carrying it around all day (I personally prefer the more comfortable smoother nub on Zeiss ZM lenses although probably not as precise in guesstimating pre-focussing).
    I'll cut to the chase regards the IQ of the two lenses optically the WATE is still king between 16-21mm from what I have seen so far to date (I still need to do proper testing in decent lighting to be fair to the Sony). I am more than familiar with the WATE's IQ which is better in the center and the corners in terms of resolution from what I have seen so far to date, it also handles flare better and shows less distortion and CA...although the latter two can be corrected later as we all know....BTW, I haven't got around yet to adding the 16-35mm LR Sony profile.
    Now for the good news with the Sony!...All FL's are perfectly useable as you say Werner, although the sweet spot looks to be around 18-24mm which you mentioned earlier (I'm quite happy to sensor crop and lose some of the soft corners with the 36mp's of the A7R)...I rarely use 16mm on the WATE so that is good news for me (I purchased the WATE as I didn't want to lug around both the 18mm and 21mm Distagons).
    I like the Zeiss colours better than the Leica but that is a personal taste.
    Manual focusing with the Sony is very nice, the ring has a nice feel about it with some decent resistance (not jerky at all).
    I have noticed in the past some colour shift creeping in on the corners at 16mm on the WATE...The Sony looks to be colour shift free in my short time with it.
    My eyes are not getting better with age, so I now find myself relying upon AF more often than I used to....In poor lighting conditions (Night time and churches) I normally still open the WATE up to F4 to focus then stop back down to F8 and then recompose my image...The Sony focuses pretty accurately in the dark going by last night with no messing about, I was pleasantly surprised looking at the pictures later, likewise the OSS is a real boom for me as you know I'm not a big fan of using tripod's when it gets dark.
    I find AF and the tilt screen just great for getting down low and focusing rather than relying on the DoF scales which are not that precise IMHO on the WATE.
    As a walk around lens the "extra" 21-35mm is just great for convenience if you are happy to sacrifice some IQ over the primes...My Contax 28mm Distagon and Voigtlander do a "much" better job in terms of IQ than the Sony but the downside is carrying around all that extra weight!
    Value for money the Sony is an excellent lens compared to the WATE (1/4 of the price). If I was being robbed I would hand over the Sony but probably fight to the death hanging on to the WATE! (Buy a Sony it could save your life )...My intention was to sell one of them but I now find myself wanting to keep both of them!
    The Sony 16-35mm makes a great versatile travel lens and is more fun to use than the WATE ...Personally I wish it had been designed as a 16-28mm with better IQ as I'm going to carry around a fast 35mm lens with me anyway.
    So there you have it...I won't ramble on any longer hope that gives some insight into my thoughts so far...Cheers Barry

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    Cool, thanks!

    I thought it was in Portland of Oregon, but even Maine is another beautiful location in USA, so i will try in the future if i will have a long life to visit USA many times and give East and Mid individual separate visits so i can have long time in each part.
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    Received my a7s last week - I couldn't fight the GAS from this thread....

    I really enjoy using the a7s... such a fun camera to use

    Took my 1yr old to the park yesterday, he really enjoyed the ducks/birds...

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    For those interested I made up today a few Leica WATE and Sony 16-35mm test comparison images at various apertures on a close up planar subject (full size)...You can draw your own conclusions but do bear in mind these are for a 2 dimensional planar subject...Handheld OSS on...You can see the colour shift corners of the Leica WATE and that it vignettes more than the Sony 16-35mm....The vignetting and colour shift can be corrected with a profile...Cheers Barry.
    (Don't shoot the messenger if you don't like what you see)...All SOOC jpgs no PP.

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    An impeccable set of lenses Barry!

    I do have that Contax ring and hood as well, actually I have all of them, but for the 28 I always use a compact Minolta MD hood.

    Thank you for your test shots. I never have the patience for this.
    The Sony looks really good I think, as we have seen from Werner's photographs as well.
    I will have to wait for a while because i am spending all my money on big prints for an upcoming exhibition. No real urgency because I have the 14mm Rokinon, the 18mm Zeiss Distagon and the VC Ultron 21 and enough good 24, 28 and 35mm lenses. I love the C/Y Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 and bring it along on all my travels.
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    Congrats with your new camera onaujee!

    We had to be in Rouen again and I went into the cathedral again for a while. It somehow reminds me of Piranesi.
    This was handheld ISO 2000.

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    Barry - thanks for the report on the Sony vs WATE - very useful for me (not that I was really contemplating a WATE but will still wait (sorry) in the hope that the Sony will drop a little in price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shac View Post
    Barry - thanks for the report on the Sony vs WATE - very useful for me (not that I was really contemplating a WATE but will still wait (sorry) in the hope that the Sony will drop a little in price
    You are most welcome Shac...Glad it was of some help, You are probably right to wait awhile as I think the price might come down a bit
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    An impeccable set of lenses Barry!

    I do have that Contax ring and hood as well, actually I have all of them, but for the 28 I always use a compact Minolta MD hood.

    Thank you for your test shots. I never have the patience for this.
    The Sony looks really good I think, as we have seen from Werner's photographs as well.
    I will have to wait for a while because i am spending all my money on big prints for an upcoming exhibition. No real urgency because I have the 14mm Rokinon, the 18mm Zeiss Distagon and the VC Ultron 21 and enough good 24, 28 and 35mm lenses. I love the C/Y Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 and bring it along on all my travels.
    Many thanks Michiel.
    Those church steps remind me of the steps in the film "The Name of the Rose". Great shot BTW, it has a kind of an optical illusion with the converging columns next to the vertical white borders.

    Contax lenses are rather nicely made and optically superb on the A7R. Well my 28mm is that's for sure!
    I have a confession I don't use the hood as it's a bit OTT and awkward in the camera bag, the Contax rubber hoods are impossible to get in mint condition...Thanks for the tip with the Minolta hood variant.
    The Sony 16-35mm lens is excellent but the WATE is still very slightly better in the corners on 3D subject renderings but it needs a lot more PP'ing to get the very best out of it, if you get my drift.
    I likewise hate doing test shots but I thought it might be useful to some of the folks here...It's the sort of thing that I hope Tim does to save me the bother but he's been a bit quiet of late.
    I have my eye still on the 35mm f1.4 Distagon but as a ZM version, it's pretty lightweight compared to the Contax version (which seems impossible nowadays to get in mint condition), hope to see a review of it attached to an A7R before perhaps getting one.
    When you say large prints, what size are you roughly talking about?...Good luck with your exhibition...Cheers Barry

    PS> I left a message the other day on your profile Re: Contax 24-85mm, not to worry now, I was out bid on ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    I will have to wait for a while because i am spending all my money on big prints for an upcoming exhibition.
    Michiel, can you share some details on when and where this exhibition will be? If it is public and somewhere in the Benelux I'd be very interested to come and see.
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    Many thanks Michiel.
    Those church steps remind me of the steps in the film "The Name of the Rose". Great shot BTW, it has a kind of an optical illusion with the converging columns next to the vertical white borders.

    Contax lenses are rather nicely made and optically superb on the A7R. Well my 28mm is that's for sure!
    I have a confession I don't use the hood as it's a bit OTT and awkward in the camera bag, the Contax rubber hoods are impossible to get in mint condition...Thanks for the tip with the Minolta hood variant.
    The Sony 16-35mm lens is excellent but the WATE is still very slightly better in the corners on 3D subject renderings but it needs a lot more PP'ing to get the very best out of it, if you get my drift.
    I likewise hate doing test shots but I thought it might be useful to some of the folks here...It's the sort of thing that I hope Tim does to save me the bother but he's been a bit quiet of late.
    I have my eye still on the 35mm f1.4 Distagon but as a ZM version, it's pretty lightweight compared to the Contax version (which seems impossible nowadays to get in mint condition), hope to see a review of it attached to an A7R before perhaps getting one.
    When you say large prints, what size are you roughly talking about?...Good luck with your exhibition...Cheers Barry

    PS> I left a message the other day on your profile Re: Contax 24-85mm, not to worry now, I was out bid on ebay
    Did not notice your message, sorry but I send you an answer

    This is for Pegelli as well:

    It will be an exhibition of the Window dressing series and the prints will be 90 x 60 cm glued on aluminium sheet with a matte foil on top.

    There will be an exhibition within of 12 pieces of the same series, because they are all shot in the same street in Amsterdam called the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat which means very suitable The New Mirrorstreet
    These will be a bit smaller 60 x 40 cm with the same treatment.

    It will be in PuntWG - PuntWG in Amsterdam from 8 januari 19 januari 2015
    Opening will be on the 10th's

    Pegelli I will send you an invitation later on and may be provide more info here and on Facebook as well.
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    A7R + TS 17mm

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    Thanks Michiel, seems like an excellent excuse to visit Amsterdam again (the city where I was born 58 years ago )
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    Thanks Michiel, seems like an excellent excuse to visit Amsterdam again (the city where I was born 58 years ago )
    Pieter...There are rather a few of us young 58 year olds here

    Professional...Great shot, lovely reflection!
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    Pieter...There are rather a few of us young 58 year olds here
    I know Barry, we all look so young, don't we. The only old thing in your avatar is the camera
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    Frightening isn't it! At least we are all younger then 85!
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    Michiel...I noticed Werner is being very quiet...He's Avatar has a very slight sepia tint to it.
    When you reach a certain age it's a good idea to change your Avatar into a tap

    Pieter...I hate to admit it but that Avatar of mine was taken about 20 years ago!
    Your Avatar looks like it has a few wrinkly edges...The corners look particularly bad!...Was it taken with a 16-35mm by any chance?

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    Michiel...I noticed Werner is being very quiet...He's Avatar has a very slight sepia tint to it.
    When you reach a certain age it's a good idea to change your Avatar into a tap

    Pieter...I hate to admit it but that Avatar of mine was taken about 20 years ago!
    Your Avatar looks like it has a few wrinkly edges...The corners look particularly bad!...Was it taken with a 16-35mm by any chance?
    I only changed my avatar because people started to recognize me in the streets, asking for signatures etc, so I decided for a little more privacy

    I think that's why Werner keeps his sunglasses on
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    Barry, a good one - forces me to get out of the bed and post!
    The second time this year some virus got me and my wife. She would not say i am quiet but rather i am "suffering"
    That's probably age related, in my case even the 5 is gone (the tint can not really cover!), im now version 6.0 , but the good thing we don't care TOO much about corners....

    Thanks for your comparison shots, lots of and great work!

    I am somehow in the same situation like you: I love (why such an erotic word related to a lens ??) my WA primes The 18,21 Distagons, the 15 Nikkor or the 24 TSE II not speak of Leica glass 35/1.4 R...
    I am sure i will use these lenses in the future (if i can stand up from the bed )

    But just count the weight of the said WA's and their size and take our age into account .....we have to adamit that the 16-35 is a tempting option and an option is that almost on par with great WA prime lenses. For me it is even the best FE lens Sony made so far.

    As Guy would say we are all (me included of course) "gear sluts" with a overdone relationship to photographic equipment. If i sometimes show my prints (yes i still print a lot and big) to people no one cares which lens was used or if the corners are track sharp. They tell me very fast if they like the print or not, only fellow photographers ask what lens, what cam etc...a little compulsive.

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    Forgot Michiel:
    LOVE (sic) your Rennes Cathedral shots! All of them but the the last one even a little more...

    Sunglasses are perfect, aren't they?
    Or you can hide with a cam in front.......

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