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Week 17 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

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Week 17 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 20mm f2.8

A second outing for the original 1986 version of this lens - my original intent to avoid repeats before all had been aired seems to be fading. I did intend to use it in my April Foolishness until it got supplanted by the 300mm f4 - hence it was in the bag when I decided I needed some width.

Neither of this week's pictures have been adjusted to correct distortion - the lines may not be perfectly straight, but this lens has far less distortion than the much admired 35-105 zoom from the same era.

The US airbase at Greenham Common has been repurposed, mainly as common land, but the area which held most of the base infrastructure is being used as a industrial park. Many/most of the US era buildings have been replaced by modern units, but not this one. It has been repainted since I last passed - and how!

Bunker.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 20mm f2.8

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Week 17 - Theme 2: Week Prime - B&W

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Another remnant of the US presence at Greenham Common is this training facility for the base's firefighters.

Fire plane.

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Week 18 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Not so far back this week (yes I have fallen behind with my slide scanning).

Back in 2002 I was using a 3MP Olympus 3020 - my first digital camera. It was a revelation, even with only 3MP I could get nice A4 prints, better than anything I got back from the film processors.

This was the time when I got seriously interested in local history and would often visit local settlements and take pictures. There was no 'art' in these snaps, I just wanted to get to know the area better and record some of the more notable buildings, memorials etc.

So here is the Red Lion in Theale (or 'The Ale' as the local humour has it) home of the last traditional brewery in the district until the mid-1960s. I remember spending an evening in this pub learning to play euchre with a couple of elderly locals (fortunately not for money). Sadly such a visit is no longer possible, the Red Lion closed in 2014.

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Week 18 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 50mm f3.5

The little 50mm f3.5 was Minolta's solution for those who were after macro on the cheap. In its way it was extremely successful and built a strong following. So strong that there are plenty who claim it to be superior to the more expensive f2.8 macro. - in my opinion they are wrong.

What is good is the image quality, this is a great little lens, sharp and virtually distortion free. The inset front element means you don't really need a hood (just as well since Minolta did not make one for it). Where if falls down against the f2.8 is that it is not really a macro lens - it is generally accepted that macro means that the lens is able to capture an image the same size as its sensor (in this case a frame of 35mm film) - the f3.5 cannot, it goes to 1:2. Nor does the f3.5 have the focus limiter so useful for macro or the focus hold button of the RS and D versions of the f2.8. In short: its a very good lens, just not as good as its bigger brother. When it was introduced this did not matter so much - because it was much cheaper ($350 v $210 in one 1996 advertisement). Today there is no price differential, both designs sell for around the same price - so why opt for the less capable lens? I suppose the smaller size and lower weight might be a factor, but the f2.8 isn't that much bigger.

The picture is of Shaw House, a 1580s Tudor mansion in our village, now owned by the local council.

Shaw House

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Week 18 - Theme 2: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 50mm f3.5

Even though I recognise that this lens is not as good value as the f2.8, I still enjoy using it, if I had never experienced the alternative I would be very happy with this lens.

The B&W picture is of a local sculptor's work on display in our local 'Open Studios' extravaganza (wren size in resin for £250 or thereabouts).

Art Deco Wren - Paul Harvey.

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Week 19 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Another 20 year old digital shot, another bit of history. This time it's Jacobean graffiti - Richard Elks defaced this pillar in Enborne Church in 1609.

Graffiti


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Week 19 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 200mm f2.8 APO + Minolta AF 2 APO Ⅱ

The 2x TC is a new purchase so I wanted to try it out. The only fully compatible lens I have is the 200/2.8, so that made this week's choise easy.

The 200 is a very fine lens, but I'm not convinced it's so much better than the 80-200/2.8 HS APO zoom. However, the zoom is not compatible with the TC so the prime has the edge there.

Together I had a 400mm f5.6 prime, which I used handheld on a walk along the canal. TCs are notorious for degrading the image quality and this one is no exception, the crispness of the 200mm is lost to some extent. Nevertheless the combination is pretty good, this is easily the best 2x TCI have used, it's such a shame that Minolta couldn't (wouldn't?) make a TC of this quality that would work with all their AF lenses.

The big question in my mind after testing this pairing is whether my Kenko 1.4x DGC TC coupled with my Min AF 300/4 can match it (420mm f5.6). The Kenko is pretty good - perhaps a combination for a future week in this challenge.

Reflections

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 200mm f2.8 HS APO + Minolta AF 2 APO Ⅱ


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Week 19 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 200mm f2.8 HS APO + Minolta AF 2 APO Ⅱ

Oscar loves a dip

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Week 20 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Still in 2002, the Olympus 3020 point and shoot did a splendid job with this view of the former rectory at Farnborough, Berks - once voted the most beautiful rectory in England. It's best known occupier is not a clergyman but a poet and campaigner - John Betjeman. Betjeman was from nearby Wantage where he ran a shop until fame and fortune came his way and he could afford to live in a grander manner.

The Old Rectory, Farnborough


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Three great shots for week 19 Phil, "Reflections" is a mesmerising abstract, you can almost smell the wet dog in the 2nd one , I just love dog action shots and this is no exception.

The John Betjeman residence is also very nice, the leading lines in the fresh mowed grass lead the eye to this well kept building. I always admire Betjeman's poems and statue while passing through Saint Pancras, never knew where he was from or where he lived, so thanks for sharing.
You can see the April Foolishness 2021 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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Week 20 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Sigma 90mm f2.8 macro

I rather like this lens, though it's not as good as the Minolta 100/2.8 and it doesn't do 1:1 macro topping out at 1:2. However it is built like a 1980s Minolta, it even has the Minolta style focusing ring from the first generation AF lenses. Inside it may have the dreaded nylon gearing, but mine has no problems, everything works well.

A focus limiter is provided (always useful on a macro). Most Sigmas I have (admittedly these are all pretty old) have issues with their hoods - Sigma just didn't seem to get hoods, but this lens shows they could do it right, a ecent, effective bayonet hood that stores neatly reversed on to the lens. Okay, there is one minor issue, the stored hood covers so much of the lens that it is in the way when mounting/dismounting the lens.

The most noticeable feature is its size, short and squat, much shorter than the Minolta 100, Tamron 90 or Sigma's later 105 macros, more akin to a Minolta 85/1.4 or 20/2.8. Nor does it extend that much, even at 1:2.

IQ is good, not spectacular, but more than acceptable in most circumstances.


Delicious

A99ii + Sigma 90mm macro

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Week 20 - Theme 2: Week Prime - B&W

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Fire escape

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Week 21 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Back to 2000 for this shot, typical of my photography in thise days - all about local history.

Enborne Church


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