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→
I have a daughter who loves attracting birds into our back garden. She has even used her own pocket money to buy bird food for this. Her mum bought her a bird feeder for her birthday this year, and this is kept stocked up with food for the birds. Continue reading Sony A6000 remote control app→
I have tried quite a few filter changing adapters to mount various filters to some of my lenses. With 4 different filters (currently) to use when I shoot flowers, it is important to have a simple and effective method of changing filters. There are also photographers who use circular polarisers or neutral density filters regularly, who will find at least one of these adapters useful. Continue reading Review: Filter changing adapters→
I have always wanted to shoot bird-in-flight, but never been successful, even with the Canon 7D and Sony A77. With the purchase of the Sony A6000, I wondered if this now be possible especially with the Sony FE 70-200/4 which has pretty fast autofocus. Continue reading Sony A6000 AF-C→