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.