There's not exactly that much online coverage on Samyang's 12mm f/2 wideangle lens when it comes to the Micro Four Thirds system. Maybe that's no big surprise as the lens was designed for the larger APS-C circle, where its field of view is really wide – equivalent to a 18mm ultra-wideangle lens on classic 35mm … Continue reading First pictures: Samyang 12/2 MFT on Olympus PEN-F
I switched to an Olympus PEN-F yes. Gone are (for now) the days of glorious Sony A7 II 35mm images with beautiful classic lenses, but why I hear you ask? Well there were two reasons and one of them I already wrote a lot about. The dreaded focus issue that forces Sony A7 series cameras … Continue reading Good bye Sony A7 II, welcome Olympus PEN-F!
Rudolfplatz is one of the most central and most frequented public places in Cologne. As far as "places" go, though, Cologne is a severely under-developed city. They really all happen to look like made in a third-world country. Tramlines and busy streets leave only a minimum of available space and that space then is cluttered … Continue reading A hommage to the old Rudolfplatz in Cologne
So I am spending a lot of time in this city recently ... maybe for two years already. But overall found frustratingly little time to go out with my camera in all that time. Well, "frustratingly" in the sense that there always has been something else to do when I'm over in Tilburg instead of … Continue reading Snapshots in Tilburg.
Just a quick post to show you three of my latest shots ... taken last week when I took a day off due to some bad news regarding a good friend (from heart, all the best to you Mike!) and thus I needed some fresh air ... and took my camera with me. So, first … Continue reading 3 x Cologne vertical
Untilled land just south of Cologne. Gotta love all these colors, eh? :)
Recent followers of my blog might have already noticed that in the last few weeks, I have developed a certain addiction to the Contax G 90/2.8 lens on my Sony A7 II. Now I own the lens for around two years already, but only recently got the A7 II – and in contrast to my … Continue reading A more technical view on the Zeiss Contax G 90/2.8 and Techart AF adapter
A somewhat dull house dating back maybe to the 1960s or 1970s, this got a nice mural some years ago. In fact I can remember how a guy on a crane was working on it for some time, but never got around to take a picture back then. Now I happened to bring my camera … Continue reading Low Bros @ Barbarossaplatz / Cologne
My contribution to all the annual autumn color photos around the world :) These are all taken in Volksgarten, a small city park in Cologne that was formerly a part of the fortification belt around Cologne, dating back to the 19th century. All made with Zeiss Contax G 90/2.8 with Techart AF adapter on Sony … Continue reading Zeiss autumn
Snapped this on my way home from work, on a back road near Gruiten, a village in West Germany. Actually, I first thought these bright yellow fields would be canola ... but it seems it's the wrong time of the year now! In Europe, mustard blooms in late summer and autumn while canola does so … Continue reading Mustard in bloom
We don't have any really significant buildings in Cologne. It looks more like a giant village then a city with a population of 1 million :) The Cologne Cathedral – the Kölner Dom in German – is our biggest landmark and you can see it from 30 miles away. This is a snapshot from the … Continue reading Der Kölner Dom
Normally I am not good in ranting. It's just not my kind of thinking. Especially with camera gear, I am more the laid-back type and can work around a lot of technical shortcomings, still feeling very comfortable and content with my equipment. No machine is perfect and why should I always worry about some stuff … Continue reading Sony A7 series AF behavior – taking you back to 1930s technology
I stumbled upon this old photograph in my archives. Took this 1992, at the age of 17, with my Nikkormat camera and a 300mm lens, waiting for a connection flight at the airport of Newark. Myself I had just arrived at Newark with another old Jumbo Jet – operated by Continental Airlines – from Germany … Continue reading In memoriam to the Twin Towers
Travelling De Biesbosch and De Loonse en Drunense Duinen in the Netherlands a few days ago, I came upon a few subjects where I actually would have loved to carry a black&white camera with me. It is so easy to take color landscape shots and then indulge in the colors but ... well I probably … Continue reading Black&white landscapes – sooow many options to convert a color pic :)