South-east of the big harbor city of Rotterdam, Nationalpark De Biesbosch is located at the beginning of the Rhine-Maas river delta. The name is pronounced like "Biesbos" and translates to "forest of sedges". It's a network of creeks and little islands, surrounded by the big rivers Waal (the Dutch name of the Rhine) and Maas. … Continue reading Nationalpark De Biesbosch – Dutch waterscape
The Loonse en Drunense Duinen are located in Noord Brabant / NL, not far from the Belgian border and directly north of Tilburg. The closest settlements are the villages Loon op Zand and Drunen which gave this location its name. It's actually the biggest drifting sand landscape of Western Europe. My pictures show only one … Continue reading Western Europe’s biggest drifting sand landscape
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?
Yes I also have Sony's FE 50/1.8. It's been named Captain Slow by photozone.de – read their technical review here :) And yes, they're right! First, I used the FE 50/1.8 on my A7R – and the auto focus really was unbelievably slow in comparison to my other FE lenses. I now have an A7 … Continue reading Hey yo, Captain Slow! – some pics with the Sony FE 50/1.8
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!
I love my cameras but there are those times where I just don't carry any camera with me. So when I saw this scene on my way back home from work in early October, I only had my mobile phone to capture it. With a little post processing in Lightroom (...it also imports JPG files), … Continue reading The Birds. (A mobile phone pic.)
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!