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Feb 17, 2015
I started this thread yesterday (Saturday) but my internet connection FAILED in the middle of posting it. Didn't realize a 'Draft' had been saved till today. Here it is, a day late and dollar short I'm sure.

So today I got the wild idea of taking 'beauty' shots of some of my lenses. I really should inventory them for other purposes, but thought it'd be a good idea to have pictures of them. So I dug the first one out of the cabinet and set to work.
My first shot didn't really impress me (and I'm almost positive it will impress YOU even less).
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ILCE-7M3       105mm    f/4.0    1/125s    ISO 3200

Doesn't really show much, does it.

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ILCE-7M3       105mm    f/4.0    1/125s    ISO 2500

Next image is closer, but still no cigar, if you know what I mean.
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ILCE-7M3       105mm    f/16.0    5s    ISO 100

Trying a different angle to help keep the reflections in the lens down. Almost there, wait, what's all that schmutz all over everything???
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ILCE-7M3       105mm    f/16.0    2.5s    ISO 100

It's even on the back side too!
Nothing like taking 'closeups' to show how dirty your lenses are.
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ILCE-7M2       28mm    f/4.0    1/60s    ISO 800

After a 'bath' all is well.
ILCE-7M3       105mm    f/16.0    4s    ISO 100

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Sep 10, 2015
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I have been surprised preparing photos of lens to sell just how much junk and little spots show up that you would never notice in person. It greatly increased my respect for product photographers.


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Feb 17, 2015
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Yes, a good lens/camera combo will pick up EVERYTHING if it's there. Amazing and frustrating, at times, as well.
I found cleaning my sensor helped too. :whistling:
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