Where have l been?

August 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Yes, l have been neglecting you. I've been attending to other things but l have not been ignoring the photography. Recently, l have been dealing and exchanging some of my gear in an effort to reduce my options. It's a common problem with photographers that we accumulate lenses and camera bodies over the years. It is always nice to have choices but, often, those choices restrict what we do. Many times l have thought, " I think l'd better take these extra lenses with me, just in case l need some extra "reach" or l come across a macro opportunity. Of course, a general purpose zoom might cover all bases. For me, that was ok until l caught the Prime bug. I feel that prime lenses give me that extra bit of quality l seek in a photograph.

So, in order to restrict the pressures on my back caused by an overladen bag, I needed to streamline things. I have traded in three Sony camera bodies and some longer, larger lenses in favour of a Sony A7 mk 2 and a Zeiss Loxia 50/2 (manual focus only). So far, so good. I learnt my skills in an age of manual focus and am getting back into that method of working. I haven't abandoned auto-focus and will use that where appropriate. (I've not abandoned Fujifilm either)

For the record, the Zeiss Loxia is a wonderful lens. It is sharp with a natural feel to its images and has that typical Zeiss "pop". It has been designed exclusively in E-mount for the Sony A7 series. There is a 25/2 version as well but l may not need that as l already have the gorgeous Minolta 28mm f2. Yes, l want it but l don't need it. I must be disciplined here!

In a few days, l will start posting new photos to this site. I am back.


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