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    Posted: 09 April 2021 at 00:33
This Dyxum Micro Meet was organised by Phil Wood and myself to give Phil a chance to try out the NEX-7 as an introduction to the E-mount system. It arose from the A6000 thread that Phil started last month. I just happen to have the camera body and a range of compact lenses that fit the brief that Phil had set himself.

We met in Headington, the suburb of Oxford where I live, and walked to the city centre via lanes and parks and Mesopotamia to the Science Area.

I'll let Phil post the group photo - taken by his wife Jane at the end of the walk in front of Blackwells bookshop. Tantalisingly for all, the shop is closed until Monday, but it seems a good beacon for better times ahead.

More from both of us shortly.

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Not the nicest of days for photography, but it was a delight to meet up with Howard for pleasant chat and an opportunity to try out some E-mount gizmos (my first experience with the mount).

I can't say that I had a huge amount of time to play with any lens, but only because Howard came armed with a seemingly endless supply. The Nex 7 & 16-50 OSS was nice to use and I am reassured as to the quality of images available from the tiny lens. However, I came away a little worried that I might find most of his other lenses too tempting to resist. I also got the chance to try a couple of my A-mount lenses via the LA-EA4. All in all I was impressed, but think the A6000's extra features (notably the wifi and mode dial) probably justify the extra cost.

I'll kick off with the obligatory group photo (if two can be considered a group), taken by my wife when we met up with her in central Oxford (I'm the scruffy one on the left):

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Great to see you both, sporting your Covid hairdos....
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Splendid! I'm looking forward to more photos
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.. and I'm the scruffy one on the right!

Next week we both have visits to the barbers scheduled.

So to start this DMM photowalk what better to show in Headington than our world-famous icon, the shark:


The shark | A7 & Samyang AF 35mm F2.8

(I brought the A7 to show how compact the first-generation A7s were.)

And walking down the hill we passed some allotments with a rather cool chill'n'relax space:


Allotments | A7 & Samyang AF 35mm F2.8


We struggle for our art | A7 & Samyang AF 35mm F2.8
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And on in to Headington Hill Park, formerly the grounds to the home of Oxford's brewers, the Morrell family.


Blossom, shrivelled | A7 & Samyang AF 35mm F2.8

Switching to my Vectis Macro 50mm F3.5 lens


Blossom | A7 | LA-VE1 | Vectis 50mm Macro F3.5


Dreaming minarets of Oxford | A7 | LA-VE1 | Vectis 50mm Macro F3.5

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I dread to think how many photos Howard must have taken of Headington's iconic shark - I know I end up taking a few every time I'm there!

My first shot with an E mount camera - Howard's Nex 7

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS

Social zone at the allotments - very Oxford (in Cinemascope).

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS

Frost bitten Magnolia in Headington Park.

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS

While Howard was composing nice shots of blossom and views I was checking out the 16-50's MFD - which was quite impressive. I think I found the borderline.

Bark.

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS

Leaving the park we spotted photographic activity ahead.

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS

Howard investigates.

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS

The source of the interest was a mother duck taking her young family for a walk.

Nex 7 + 16-50 OSS
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Interesting to see some familiar sights - I sometimes do deliveries to the John Radcliffe hospital...
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Really great to see this mini-meet guys. You both seem suitably well wrapped up and ready for your photowalk.

A hallmark of Dyxum meets is matching the photos of one shot being taken of another taking the same photo, as with your allotment shots.

TFS. Any more to come?
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Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Really great to see this mini-meet guys.
I echo Brian's comment, so nice to see people together! Need to get a wider UK dyxum meet into the agenda sometime in the coming months.

And not dreadful weather for photos, it's certainly been worse of late :) Looking forward to seeing more.
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wonderful treat! we want more! looking forward...
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Well, you'd be very welcome for a DM in Oxford the next time that happens, Bob. I know you're jetted around the world for this service, and if ever you take a helicopter to the JR the new temporary helipad is virtually on my doorstep.

Good snap of the ducklings, Phil; mine was a little later and probably needed more cropping and suffered from (manual) focusing a few inches too short.

Thanks for the comments and encouragement, all. Yes more to come including, Brian, some stereo 3D shots with Dyxum approved equipment :-).
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Moving on, down to Mesopotamia (a small stetch of parkland between two branches of the Cherwell river), I saw the duck and ducklings as well:


Duck and ducklings | A7 | LA-VE1 | Vectis 50mm Macro F3.5
My manual focusing was a little challenged here.

At the entrance to Mesopotamia there is a weir. Now, we have a challenge on in a local group to make photos with exposure > 0.5 sec or < 1/1000 sec ... I set the exposure to 0.6 sec and the ISO here to 100, and I found f/32 on the old Vectis lens


Kings Mill Weir /1

Kings Mill Weir /2
Both A7 | LA-VE1 | Vectis 50mm Macro F3.5

But my F32 certainly shows you that I need to get that sensor cleaned!

Next up we saw a manual weir with bright yellow bits for adjusting the flow (apologies for the lack of technical language). Any good Dyxummer would be on to this in a shot


The way we look |A7 | LA-VE1 | Vectis 50mm Macro F3.5

So I'm intrigued to see Phil's results here.
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I believe that we are allowed to meet in groups of up to six, and that the restrictions on non-essential travel are being relaxed next week. So, Bob, if you're delivering to the Radcliffe let us know. Tricky and I are both close to Oxford and Howard lives next door(ish) to the hospital - with hospitality venues able to open for outdoor service all we need is a somewhat warmer day and maybe we can get three or four of us together.
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