What follows are just some random photos I’ve shot over the past two weeks using a few different lenses from my cabinet. As usual, please see the image caption if you’re interested in what lens was used.
Back in July, my father-in-law came across an SR Minolta-mount Sigma 600mm f/8 reflex lens at an estate sale. I received the lens in the mail just a day before I left for Egypt so I didn’t get a chance to try it out. A few weeks ago I finally took it out for a spin. The image below shows an old abandoned house that sits about 1/4 mile away, at the back of a tobacco field. I’ve shot this house before with other lenses but none have ever gotten me as close a view as this. In fact, it brings it all in so close that I can clearly read the house number, 5509. Through one of the windows I can even see into the house to discover that it is horizontally wood-paneled inside. A lens like this has very limited use but from what I can tell so far, it’s not bad for type of work it was intended. I used a tripod and 10 second timer to eliminate any motion that might compromise the lens’s sharpness. Handheld, with image-stabilization set to 600mm, I can get decently sharp images at 1/250th second; by 1/1000th they’re print sharp.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the images. Have a blessed weekend.