Sony does have an interesting lineup of lenses. Some of these lenses have special abilities with no equivalent amongst the other manufacturer’s lens lineup. One of these is the Sony 500mm F8 mirror autofocus lens. This is the most compact and lightweight 500mm autofocus lens available.
Previously, I had posted about my collection of 35mm F3.5 lenses. But the Soligor 35mm F3.5 lenses I’ve bought and tested (serial number: 9#####), have some endearing qualities worth mentioning. Continue reading Soligor 35mm F3.5 lens
I really like these 35mm F3.5 enlarger lens. They are compact, fairly sharp wide open and it is a fairly well corrected design with no colour fringing in the out of focus areas and also minimal focus shift from UV to visible light. Hence ideal for adapting for imaging. Continue reading 35mm F3.5 enlarger lens for photography
Have you wanted a full-spectrum camera? Have you wanted to try shooting in infrared or ultraviolet (UV) or astrophotography with better sensitivity to the H-alpha range but did not want to spend that much (modding a camera typically costs over US$200)? Continue reading Olympus E-PM1
The Coastal Optics 60mm F4 Apo Macro lens is a truly amazing optical engineering feat. It is apochromatic from ultraviolet, visible light, through to infrared. This means that the light from all three spectral range will be focused at the same point, so the image remains nice and sharply focused; bear in mind it is supposed to let through a significant amount of the UV, unlike other apochromatic lenses.
It is the only such lens I know of which is still in production with such an apochromatic capability – even the UV Nikkor 105mm F4.5 has no focus shift for UV and visible light (but not infrared). The Coastal Optics is also said to be very sharp from wide open. But it does have its weakness (the hotspot issue), although that can be overcome through various ways – I will talk about this later Continue reading Review: Sony A7R and Coastal Optics 60mm F4 APO Macro
I was in the park today shooting the flowers in UV and Insect-D-sight, but had also brought along my Sony A6000 and FE 70-200/4 OSS lens.
Hence I decided to try a few of the picture effects available through the Picture Effect+ App, which is free to download via the Playmemories App. There are a total of 13 effects: Partial colour, HC B+W, Soft focus, HDR Painting, Rich B+W, Miniature+, Watercolor, Illustration, Toy camera+, Pop colour, Posterization, Retro photo and Soft High-Key+.
The Sony 85mm F1.4 Zeiss is a large and fairly heavy lens, with a large lens hood. It has 72mm filter threads. It has an extremely shallow depth of field, and when stopped down to F2 to 2.8, it does get very sharp indeed. Continue reading Sony A7R + 85mm F1.4 Zeiss + LA-EA4
I like this lens. Particularly with the Phigment Tech Leica M-E-mount adapter, as it makes the adjustment of manual focus so much easier. This lens is also very sharp wide open, with much less chromatic aberration than other F1.4 lenses I have used (Contax Zeiss 50/1.4, Sony 85/1.4 Zeiss). Continue reading Sony A7R + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH
There are times when shooting macro where you will need that extra bit of extension – for me that would be when doing extreme close-up UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF).
Hence I have been building a kit to use with my Olympus EM-5 and the Coastal Optics 60mm F4 APO in Nikon F-mount, when my focusing helicoid will not get me close enough. Continue reading BPM Bellows
I did a test of 10 of my UV-capable 35mm F3.5 lenses today. Continue reading Review: 35mm F3.5 lenses UV shootout