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!
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
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
Regarding the gear that we use, my previous blog post was about concentration. You only need a few lenses and they all don't have to be extreme in terms of focal length to make you happy: 35, 50, 90. Isn't that all you need? After that, I decided that I should once go for the … Continue reading Going extreme: Night photography with a 500mm mirror lens
Some weeks ago, a friend of me went on a relaxed trip to France, visiting some small villages and cities. He took his Fuji X-T1 with him and some lenses. While he came back with beautiful images, he said he'd sometimes preferred his Leica M8 because that camera would be just "more fun". A valid … Continue reading 35, 50, 90. Isn’t that all you need?
I love this lens. On the A7 II even more versatile than ever thanks to the stabilizer that is built in the camera. Just be sure to set it manually to 135 mm as the lens of course does not come with any electronic communication. :) Because of that, I find it particularly easy to … Continue reading Beautiful Westerwald with the Zeiss Contarex 135/2.8 Sonnar
Well, this time the title of the blog entry already says it all ... I was walking around my town with my camera and the three native fixed lenses I have. At this old bridge I saw a situation I wanted to take a picture of, but which lens to use? In my bag – … Continue reading Sony A7R – one scenery, three lenses
Once in a while you are hit by some GAS – Gear Acquistion Syndrome – end up buying a new camera or lens, and only some weeks later you realise there is a really cool side benefit to your newest purchase that you were not aware of before. In my case, I swapped my beloved … Continue reading Much more fun than expected – the Contax G 90/2.8 on the A7 II
The Sony FE 28/2 is the current hot lens for Sony FE-mount. It's a fast and affordable wide-angle prime lens. Reviews show that it's sharp (yes it is ... even though clearly less sharp than my Zeiss-branded 35/2.8 under real-world conditions), also it has a really high contrast, and of course its f/2 aperture is … Continue reading Sony FE 28/2: Use distortion to your advantage, yes!
Looking into my website statistics, I realise that quite a lot of people are still reading this blog entry. I wrote it in late 2011 when the then-amazing new Sony NEX-7 and the Zeiss 24/1.8 lenses were announced. Just out of fun, I decided to create a follow-up of that article and to outline a … Continue reading Building the perfect Sony APS-C kit for €2500 – 2014 recap
Here's a simple photomontage that I created of an A7R body and a picture of the upcoming FE 90/2.8 G macro lens that I took at Photokina 2014. The size of the new macro lens will be approx. 130 mm x 78 mm. For comparison, the current Nikkor 105/2.8 VR macro is shorter but wider … Continue reading How will the Sony FE 90/2.8G macro look on an A7 body?
Having used only the Sony FE 70-200/4 or the OM Zuiko 135/2.8 recently, I figured it's about time to take out the Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 135/2.8 again for a spin. These shots are from a walk around the Rhine in Cologne on this nice first October weekend. Mounted on the Sony A7R, the old Zeiss … Continue reading A relaxed Saturday with the Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 135/2.8
... with the camera and FE 35/2.8, a gorillapod, that's all to it.
September 15, 2014: Sony finally announced some new FE lenses for their A7 camera lineup. One of them is a mighty Zeiss FE 35/1.4 lens to accompany the superb, ultra-compact FE 35/2.8 that was available right from the start of the system in very late 2013. The other one that personally interests me is the … Continue reading The new Sony FE lenses for 2015 – including the (for me) long awaited 90mm f/2.8 macro!