The New Blog

I used to have a blog where I posted some of my daily photos or cool videos I found online. Most of the time, it was all photography related. I never had a real writing blog since I’m a pretty bad writer and there is not much to tell you about my life. However, I wanted to give it a new try.

A digital diary of new content and the stuff I found online which might be interesting. And to be clear, nobody will read these posts anyway. I know. But it is nice to look back in retrospective and reflect on the things I was interested in in the past.

I release all my photos under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Let the spice content flow.

Photo filters and profiles for Fujifilm cameras

The beauty of the current Fujifilm cameras is not only the retro design and usability (manual aperture, time and ISO dials) but also the very nice JPG and colour quality of the out-of-the-cam JPGs. You can go further and make the real good looking camera presets look more retro (or shitty in my case) with dedicated settings.
https://fujixweekly.com/ offers a variety of settings and examples to give your digital Fuji camera an old film look.

Fuji X100F

I bought this camera a year ago and it is the third Fuji X100(x) camera I own. The first one was bought right after the release in 2010 and the second one a few year later. The X100 was always a camera I really liked for its features, usability and size and of course the retro design. But it could never compete with my Nikon or Sony main cameras during that time. I can not even say what the reason was but they all ended up on ebay.

Now the X100F is currently the only camera I use on a regular basis. The main reasons are simple: size and JPG quality. Yes, I shot JPG at the moment because I have zero time for any post-processing or fancy lightroom presets. All is out of the cam, straight to the web and I really like the results. I couldn’t bother carrying my rather big A7III around. And that camera is already pretty small!

Since the last post, a lot has changed. We live outside the city now and we have plenty of green and animals right around the house.

All shots with the X100F, JPG out of the camera.

The Sony 200-600mm f5.6-6.3 and the x1.4 teleconverter.

I bought both during the corona lock down here in Germany to support my local dealer. The original plan was to buy them in August but now they could use it more, I guess.

The lens is much heavier than the Sigma 150-600C but the quality is something else. And the focusing! Oh my god the focusing. Even with the 1.4 teleconverter! It is amazing and works so well on the a7III.

The following shots are all made around 840mm, handheld with a very bright sun during noon time.

The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN for Sony E Mount

I bought this lens today and tested it during our shopping trip in the city. The camera was my Sony a7III. As you can see in the photos, 14mm can be really extreme and most of these shots could use some heavy dimension correction. I only cropped, rotated and changed some colors here and there. This means, I didn`t fix any dimensions or distortions. Also, most shots were made during walking. No tripod usage today (which is a must, if you want to take some seriouse photos with a lens like this).

The clear advantages are architecture, landscape and anything in tight rooms. You can get really close with the lens but it looks too wild in any kind of macro photo.

Using an old Canon 100mm FD macro lens on a modern Sony a7III

Yes, it works when you use a Canon FD to Sony E adapter which can be bought for a few bucks on Amazon. The lens is a manual focus lens and the adapter will not change that. Since you are about to make some macro photos, you should learn to use the manual mode anyway. It’s the way to get the best results. The Sony supports you with a magnification function which is awesome for any manual and macro lens.

BUT

There is a downside to this. You will face some rather special bokeh. I hope you like hexagons. If not, you can still get the Sony 90mm macro for 7 times the price. Have a look for yourself.

The Yashica Mat-124G

Film photography is still one of my favourite types of art. I own a few SLRs and a small Olympus 35 RC rangefinder camera but I never had the chance to play with medium format. I got a good deal on a Yashica Mat-124G and developed the film myself in my bathroom. Like always.

I was blown away by the quality of the photos. Even with all the dust on my Epson scanner and all the little scratches I made during the development process. It is something different than small film.

In 2019 we spent three month in a hospital and it was there, when I first tried the Yashica.

The lightmeter is broken and I try to meter with my iphone which works surprisingly well. However, it is still a long road to deliver a proper quality image.

Digital Black & White with the Fujifilm Xpro-1

The Olympus 35 RC is one of my favourite cameras but I lag the time to develop analoge film. I wanted something similar in experience but in digital. This means, you can either go with Leica or Fujifilm for much less of the price.

I bought an old Fujifilm Xpro-1 with the common 27mm lens which nearly looks like a pancake lense and started my endeavour. You will never get the classic film look in digital photos but the camera handling is nearly the same. I mean, they are both rangefinder cameras. Just don‘t look at the digital display too much.

The New Life

This is how my new life looks like.

New motivations. New focus. New goals. New responsibilities. And new motives! A kid changes everything. Mostly for the good. Less sleep and a bit more stress but you get a lot in return. A huge boost in creativity for sure. And a new perspective in life.

This is us with an old Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the 27mm in a mirror. Added some heavy grain to it in Lightroom because I like the old Tri-X look.