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I'm very lucky. I can hop on my motorcycle and ride to Oregon's only National Park and be back home by dinner.
Crater Lake Pano.jpg by David Wood, on Flickr
Stitched from 4 horizontal Loxia 21mm frames.
Crater Lake-1.jpg by David Wood, on Flickr
Loxia 21mm f/2.8 and the Smooth Refelection app
Crater Lake-5.jpg by David Wood, on Flickr
Crater Lake-4.jpg by David Wood, on Flickr
Crater Lake-3.jpg by David Wood, on Flickr
SEL24240 & Silver Efex Pro
Crater Lake-2.jpg by David Wood, on Flickr
Mt. Thielsen by David Wood, on Flickr
For the fourth of July, I grabbed my A7ii and a couple of lenses (CV 35 f/1.7, Canon FL 55 f/1.2, OM 90 f/2 and OM 24 f/2.8) and headed to my neighborhood car show.
It was a challenge: mid-day lighting, blazing heat, loads of people, and the cars were really packed in tightly too. While I can appreciate that people enjoy looked at the hardware in the engine compartments -- having the hoods open often ruins the lines of the cars IMHO.
Corvettes were well-represented (OM 90).
Family of Falcons
Some cars were almost impossible to photograph without a bunch of people in the way. This car received a lot of attention. I had seen it previously in passing and had incorrectly assumed it was a Lamborghini.
McLaren 650S (CV 35 1.7)
Equally popular was this muscular Shelby Cobra in Gulf livery (FL 55 1.2)
Looking very much the business, the yellow headlights were a nice touch.
Sometimes, I had to go in tight for a detail shot.
Knock-off wire wheel on a Triumph TR4...
I had a chance to review the Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 over the past few weeks, and I immediately fell in love with it. Some samples:
The full review is here, for those interested: Review: Voigtländer 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide Heliar (Sony E-Mount) - Admiring Light
Many of you know me to be a zoom lens guy, mostly for the versatility they give me while traveling. But I've recently acquired a Loxia 21mm f/2.8, and that lens has given me the wide angle component of a pretty versatile prime lens kit: Loxia 21mm f/2.8, Sony/Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, and a Contax G 90 f/2.8 with the Techart autofocus adapter.
They all fit, along with my A7II, in an old Eagle Creek Side Trek bag that I've owned for many years. It even holds an iPad mini and a mini tripod as well, along with extra batteries, SD cards, and a few other small accessories.
This will give you some idea of the overall size of the components:
I store my lenses in padded neoprene pouches, and although the exterior of the bag is padded, the pouches provide an extra layer of protection for them and the camera body.
Ready to go, and it doesn't look too much like a camera bag, does it?
In action. I salvaged the padded strap from another old bag. But the bag itself can also be worn around the waist as a fanny pack.
No doubt some of you are wondering whether the 21-35-90 combo is versatile enough. What about a 28, or a 50, you may well ask. Well, take a look at this image, which I also posted in the Loxia 21 thread:
As you can see, the 35mm slots in right in the middle the the 21-90mm range, and the A7II's resolution easily provides cropping ability from 21mm to 135mm. So the 55mm f/1.8 that I've owned for a couple of years has been rendered superfluous, and is up for sale on eBay as I type this.
I'm a lazy man, and I found that I only swap lenses when there's a significant difference between focal lengths. And the truth is that if I had the 35mm mounted, I almost never swapped it out for the 55mm. So off it goes, and its proceeds will help to make the cost of the...
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