Took a stroll yesterday at the Chinese Garden, a place of relative tranquility in this citystate country of mine. Scorching weather so I did not stay long. Some snapshots to share though. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I tried the Tokina 17mm F4 on my Sony A700 and was pleasantly surprised that it performed very nicely! It has been lying for many years unused in the cabinet since I stopped using film. Perhaps due to the sweet spot of the A700 1.5X crop factor A700, the images that came out of the camera were sharp for a wide angle lens. The colours and saturation were beautiful and I do wonder if it were to be used on a full frame camera(A900?), will it unleash its full frame wide angle glory!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I remember the days when I used to shoot in film and the times me and my friends were experimenting with black and white film. I chanced upon an old picture taken many years ago, which was my idea but taken with the help of a fellow friend. The Tokina 17mm F3.5 on my Minolta Dynax 7 was used. How I really crave for full frame again! Thank goodness DSLR are coming out with a little bit more affordable full-frame versions now, so its only a matter of time before I go back to full frame glory!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I did some test shots with my old Carl Zeiss Jena 29mm F2.8 lens I have, puchased quite some many years back. I used to use it in my purely mechanical camera days! Being Manual Focus and mounted on my Sony A700 with a M42 adapter, I had to get used to it after relying so much on Auto Focus nowadays! But the colours and contrast are great, with surprisingly good bokeh to boot. Only weakness is a slight softness around the corner edges, but nothing to worry about in normal print size. Sharpness in the centre is excellent though.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I got this gem of a portrait lens at a store at stock clearance price. I took this lens out for a spin recently and it did not disappoint. Sharpness and bokeh are excellent, and it is quite flare resistant for a big aperture lens. Here are some sample pictures on my first try with the lens. I have not tried the "Soft-Focus" function that it is capable of, but perhaps another day when I get more familiar with it. The focal length of 100mm on my 1.5x crop factor Sony DSLR makes it a little bit too telephoto for portraits, but I still could manage. I feel this lens would really shine on a full frame DSLR though, which I believe Sony would be releasing soon, probably as the A900. Cheers!