Random Photos – September 2016

Howdy folks,

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.

 

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

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.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Sigma 600mm f/8 Reflex
Sony A7RmkII w/ Sigma 600mm f/8 Reflex

 

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the images. Have a blessed weekend.

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4 thoughts on “Random Photos – September 2016

  1. Hi Nino,

    I did some research into that lens. It looks pretty good but I was surprised by the price. If you want a sharp and fast 50mm (assuming you’re adapting to mirrorless) I’d look no further than the Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 or the older Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 50mm f/1.4. Both of those lenses offer outstanding sharpness and wonderful bokeh. You can find either of them for between $45-$60 in great condition. From the image samples I saw on the web, I don’t feel anything is gained with the Konica. Both the Konica and the Minolta are all-metal construction and similar design and coating. If you have a little bit of a budget, I would also highly recommend the Minolta Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.4 or f/1.2. The 58mm f/1.2 remains my all-time favorite lens. Wide-open, it renders the best bokeh of any lens I’ve owned or used. One or two stops down and it becomes one of the sharpest lenses I’ve owned or used. That lens comes with a high price but I assure you it is not inflated from Internet hype. It truly is a one of a kind masterpiece.

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