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    Posted: 17 November 2022 at 05:34
Sorry for the delay in posting some photos from my summer trip to Paris and Belgium, I skipped Amsterdam due to stomach sickness. There were some discussions before and after the trip in other posts here and there

I will try not to post touristy photos, and I think I will group by places. I will post some phone photos too. I will add some non-processed photos to complete some stories that lead to the final photo.

The Louvre

1. One of the Entrance


2. The Pyramid and pond


3. Obviously I used the wrong aperture, DOF too thin. But I guess you can still guess what picture it is


4. [non processed photo] I tried to take a photo of the whole place and those 2 women walked into my frame and started talking on the phone and decided not going away .....


5. So I got a bit mad and walked to another location and I think I got a better view, I got to thank those 2 women instead


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Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

I tried to take a photo of the whole place and those 2 women walked into my frame and started talking on the phone and decided not going away .....

Actually, this kind of photo's always look more natural with people in it, in this case the two persons in front did not bother at all. Overall a great series to watch, i like the b&w shots too. But, i like the second much more, probably because of the viewpoint and b&w. TFS James   
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Originally posted by MichelvA MichelvA wrote:


Actually, this kind of photo's always look more natural with people in it, in this case the two persons in front did not bother at all. Overall a great series to watch, i like the b&w shots too. But, i like the second much more, probably because of the viewpoint and b&w. TFS James   


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La Tour Eiffel

6. Because of jetlag, we woke up like at 5am or so, and we stayed very close to Eiffel Tower, so we headed out to Trocadero hoping to get some sunrise photos with Eiffel Tower. Too bad the sun did not rise behind the tower and some structure was blocking the pond. I saw some perfect photo of Eiffel Tower in Sunrise, those photographers must have stood inside the lower pond during late autumn/winter time to get it. This photo is straight from camera


7. This is the best I could get from the side


The morning walk to Trocadero, there were so many rats on the road, it was a bit scary. They were of course finding food, the "garbage cans" basically were just plastic bags on a metal rim. I guess that is probably why the movie Ratatouille is set in Paris

8. [Phone photo Huawei P20 Pro] Was on the way to dinner and too lazy to pull out camera from backpack


9. [Phone photo] Another day after dinner, I did not bring the camera. But the night mode of the phone camera is great


10. [Phone photo] I just noticed the SFR sign is getting more attention


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Some Street Photos of Paris

11. The road to the Pantheon


12. [Phone Photo]


13. Statue on Pont Alexandre III


14. Lamp on the bridge


15. Lamarch metro station entrance


16. There is where a scene in the movie Amelie took place after Amelie took a blind man for an audio tour of a busy Montmartre street
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A beautiful city, well captured James
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Always such a pleasure to see Paris.
Early (jet-lagged) starts notwithstanding, it does look eerily devoid of people. Probably not such a bad thing.
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A very nice series.
I especially like #11.
Could you describe your impressions of the equipment? What lenses did you use most often, which ones did you miss?
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Originally posted by mariuszlo mariuszlo wrote:

A very nice series.
I especially like #11.
Could you describe your impressions of the equipment? What lenses did you use most often, which ones did you miss?


Thank you.

Forgot to list the equipment that I had on the trip. I was using an A6500, I had a NEX5n as backup and it was in my suitcase all the time. For lenses, I have the 16-70 F4 Zeiss, Rokinon 12mm F2 MF, Sony E 50mm F1.8 and a Minolta 100-200mm F4.5 on LAEA2. The 16-70 and the 12mm were mostly used, I had to keep switching between them. May be I should have put the 12mm on the NEX5n so I don't need to switch so much.
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Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

   
I was using an A6500, I had a NEX5n as backup and it was in my suitcase all the time. For lenses, I have the 16-70 F4 Zeiss, Rokinon 12mm F2 MF, Sony E 50mm F1.8 and a Minolta 100-200mm F4.5 on LAEA2. The 16-70 and the 12mm were mostly used, I had to keep switching between them. May be I should have put the 12mm on the NEX5n so I don't need to switch so much.


Enjoyed your Summer trip,

I use all the time the gear you chose for your trip. I have the a6500 and a6000. Have that same Rokinon and Zeiss, actually prefer the 16-50 kit over the Zeiss (easier to handle , compact, power zoom OSS) just doesn't carry a lens hood so I wind up more w the Zeiss. Love that compact little Rokinon, super sharp, perfect for landscapes.
For your Minolta 100-200 I have the aps-c Sony G 70-350. Love that lens too
and I do have that Minolta 58mm f1.4 legacy for specialized use. It only fits on my a6000 w adapter

Yes thats what I do, put one of my 3 lenses on one camera and another the other camera, depending on the shooting circumstances, put the 3rd in my bag. It's easy to do they are so compact and light carrying around. My biggest problem w switching was always sensor dust
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For your Minolta 100-200 I have the aps-c Sony G 70-350.

Yes thats what I do, put one of my 3 lenses on one camera and another the other camera, depending on the shooting circumstances, put the 3rd in my bag. It's easy to do they are so compact and light carrying around. My biggest problem w switching was always sensor dust
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I have the A-mount 70-300G, it is quite big, so I only bring it when I know I really need the telephoto and I do not need to carry the backpack all day long (with car). I wonder how big is the E 70-350 ? and of course I don't have the fund to buy it, I was considering the E 55-210, used ones can be had for CAD $200-$250, since the 100-200 could do the job, so I rather not spend that $200.
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Montmartre, quite an interesting area in Paris, a lot of places to see and a lot of iconic places to take photos of for Instagrammers.

17. Sacre-Coeur with Carousal at the base


18. Sacre-Coeur with the classic Citreon 2CV, I recent saw an old advertisement of the Citreon 2CV saying it has as many wheels as a Rolls Royce, More room than a Porsche, for only 2647 British Pound.


19. [Phone photo] Too many people in the afternoon, didn't have mood to bring out the camera


20. Went back early next morning (still jetlagging), no people


21. Reverse angle


22. Afternoon, seems okay


23. Next morning, this one I tried to replace the white sky with some blue sky and cloud



Mont Saint-Michel

24. Captured this one from the bus


25. I was waiting for the bicycler to move on but he stayed there for such a long time, then he moved ahead a bit and stopped again, a group of people behind me finally walked past me, so I had no good clear shot


26. Lucky that I took a few photos while he was there and while he had moved forward a bit, so I combined the 2 photos into this


27. There is only one street in Mont Saint-Michel and it was so crowded, no one was wearing mask except my family. Lucky I did not get Covid from the trip


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Originally posted by coyote1086 coyote1086 wrote:

Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:


For your Minolta 100-200 I have the aps-c Sony G 70-350.

Yes thats what I do, put one of my 3 lenses on one camera and another the other camera, depending on the shooting circumstances, put the 3rd in my bag. It's easy to do they are so compact and light carrying around. My biggest problem w switching was always sensor dust
Joseph (Coast)


I have the A-mount 70-300G, it is quite big, so I only bring it when I know I really need the telephoto and I do not need to carry the backpack all day long (with car). I wonder how big is the E 70-350 ? and of course I don't have the fund to buy it, I was considering the E 55-210, used ones can be had for CAD $200-$250, since the 100-200 could do the job, so I rather not spend that $200.

I bought my 6000 in a bundle in 2015, that means the camera, a 16-50, a 55-210 and a Sony bag to carry it all. I can say, stay as far away from the 55-210 as you can, If there was ever a Sony garbage lens, its it. At least my copy was. Very poor auto focus, very poor color rendering. I always thought Sony should be embarrassed to have their name on it.

If you already have a 70-300, probably wouldn't make sense getting the 70-350 except that it's an aps-c lens on an aps-c camera, which I really like. One doesn't need an adapter and its true reach is 500mm+. I assume it's not as heavy or big as its full frame brothers. Obviously it's bigger and heavier than 55-210 but not by much. When I do take it along I carry it easily in my small backpack that can carry one of the cameras, couple of lens and a bottle of water. Sometimes I just take the lens and a bottle of water.

Sounds like you are set as you are, except for the lens on each camera trick which I do. Its really nice being able to grab a whole other camera setting with these little cameras
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Mont Saint-Michel; I always liked the name if that small island
Nice that you posted an image of the main street too.
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