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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2022 at 08:32
Excellent, isn’t that Paul Barrére (accent grave, etc.) left and Lowell George of Little Feat? You must have seen them at their peak. (I saw them in 2009, still a fine gig.)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2022 at 11:11
Spot on Howard - Little Feat were pretty special for a while, but I suspect they were just past their peak by '76, but Dixie Chicken and Feats Don't Fail Me Know were only a year or two back. Sadly this was the only time I saw them, and I never enjoyed outdoor gigs that much - but at least they allowed cameras.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2022 at 11:38
I envy you seeing Lowell George. I have a few photos taken on my Sony K800i phone in 2009, https://flic.kr/s/aHsjgiKntD. Includes a setlist too!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2022 at 16:07
Lowell George was Little Feat as far as I am concerned - even though they have many more years without him than with.

Thanks to the internet I can give you the setlist from '76:

Skin It Back
One Love Stand
Rock and Roll Doctor
Oh Atlanta
On Your Way Down (Allen Toussaint cover)
Juliette
Lafayette Railroad
Day or Night
All That You Dream
Cold, Cold, Cold
Dixie Chicken
Tripe Face Boogie

Next week I'll make it a bit harder.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2022 at 16:34
Week 7 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM

My lens is far from what one could call up-to-date and this is my only full-frame motorised lens. I also have the three cheap DT primes (watch out for them in the weeks to come), but this is the only budget full-frame Sony prime.

I bought my copy ex-demo for about half price as the decline of A-mount saw dealers clearing stock. It was my first ever 85mm prime and I loved it. The build quality is a bit suspect (plastic mount, lightweight plastic body and all round flimsy feel), but it hasn't let me down yet. Of course lightweight can be very nice when you're carrying it around all day on the camera or in the bag.

Image quality is very good, so good that I really ought to use it more - the trouble is that I have since acquired a Minolta 85mm f1.4 (1987 variant) which does things that the Sony can't. There is little to choose between them in sharpness, the Sony has the edge in CA and flare, but the Minolta has F1.4 and that creamy bokeh. The Minolta is also three times the weight and four or five times the price.

If you are shooting with A-mount bodies and don't have a short tele prime then this is a good, low-cost option, but you can get the more versatile Minolta 100mm 2.8 macro for much the same cost. If you are using A-mount lenses adapted to E-mount then this one makes more sense - you don't have to be using the latest bodies/adapter to get away from the SLT mirror.

Past Glories


Sony A99ii + Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM
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Week 7 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM

Shopping trolley


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I have this lens too, and also I have not used it as much as I thought I would. It's used to good effect here in the B&W photo. When it comes to the retirement party this lens will be in my roster.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2022 at 20:24
The internet notes the optical formula for the 85/2.8 is the same as the Contax G 90/2.8, if you copy then copy the best LOL. The "Easy Choice" plastic lenses were a great idea, small and super light, and inexpensive.

You used the MFD very well and the BW is well chosen, just enough geometry in the background to see what it is.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2022 at 21:09
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

I have this lens too, and also I have not used it as much as I thought I would. It's used to good effect here in the B&W photo. When it comes to the retirement party this lens will be in my roster.


Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

The internet notes the optical formula for the 85/2.8 is the same as the Contax G 90/2.8, if you copy then copy the best LOL. The "Easy Choice" plastic lenses were a great idea, small and super light, and inexpensive.

You used the MFD very well and the BW is well chosen, just enough geometry in the background to see what it is.


Thanks guys, I have decided to use 1985 designs for the retirement party, the first lenses on the last body. The plastic primes would also be a nice option.

The MFD of the 85mm (600mm) is a little longer than I'd like (I use the 100 macro too often), but it can work nicely and is a lot better than the Min f1.4 or the Sony CZ (both 850mm).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2022 at 23:41
I agree the 85 f2.8 DT is a lovely little lens, and I probably don't use mine often enough either. I do note that it is a nice fit on the LA-EA3, where it is a still shorter and lighter than most other 85mm lenses and doesn't look out of place with LA-EA1 on an APS_C E-mount camera.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2022 at 13:14
Sorry for being a bit tardy commenting, too busy with all kind of other stuff (like helping our daughter renovate a house)

From this week the shopping trolley is nice, very ordinary subject but well captured and processed. The archive concert photo's are nice too, allthough for my taste a tad on the blue/cold side white balance wise.
You can see the April Foolishness 2022 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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Week 8 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Still at the concert in 1976 I find I have shots of five of the six acts, so here's a third.

Another easy to identify act (there weren't many looking like this lot). I have warmed this one up a fair bit - Pieter is, of course, right about the blue tint in the previous shots - but it was the 70s, when denim ruled.

I am pleasantly surprised to find any useable images - 300mm handheld, probably wide open at f5.6, 64ASA (who knew about ISO back then?) so slow shutter speeds and well distant from the action (these are all crops). The ability to do digital PP is much appreciated.

Who 3?


Praktica LLC (probably) + Aico 300mm f5.6 (probably).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2022 at 18:42
I haven’t done any research to check this hunch, and the guy with the white face baffles me. Nevertheless, is this the Sensational Alex Harvey Band? Trade mark striped shirt there?

So, where was the gig? Is this a Reading Festival?
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Well done with the photography, btw. How many of us would try using a 300 mm lens handheld at ISO 64?
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