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    Posted: 11 January 2022 at 11:11
Okay, here we go again.

Three pics a week.

1. Blast from the past - I got a box of slides down from the attic over Christmas and took some quick shots of some with a lightbox and macro lens. The results are not as bad as I feared. I may even delve into my print film back catalogue if I can figure out the PP from scanned negs .

2 & 3 Prime of the week. No lens used more than twice. Theme 2 colour, Theme 3 B&W

I won't do thumbnails this year, but I will include an index to the primes used for themes 2 & 3. I will sort the index by Manufacturer, Focal Length, Max Aperture, Date rather than week number.

Index:

12 Minolta AF 20mm f2.8 (1986) & 17
09 Minolta AF 24mm f2.8 (1985)
03 Minolta AF 28mm f2.8 (1985)
02 Minolta AF 35mm f2 (1987)
01 Minolta AF 50mm f1.4 RS (1993)
05 Minolta AF 50mm f1.7 New (RS) (1993)
11 Minolta AF 50mm f2.8 macro (1985)
18 Minolta AF 50mm f3.5 (1995)
14 Minolta AF 85mm f1.4 (1987) also 15
13 Minolta AF 100mm f2.8 macro RS (1993)
10 Minolta AF 135mm f2.8 (1985)
21 Minolta AF 200mm f2.8 APO (1988)
19 Minolta AF 200mm f2.8 APO + Minolta AF 2× APO Ⅱ (1988 & 2003)
16 Minolta AF 300mm f4 HS APO (1994)
06 Sigma 50mm f2.8 AF macro (1990)
08 Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro (2006)
20 Sigma 90mm f2.8 macro (?)
07 Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM (2010)
04 Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 macro 72E (1996)




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Week 1 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

When I was going through my slides I was surprised, but delighted to see this picture of my kit from the '70s. I assume this was taken with my Canon A1 shortly after it arrived, obviously before the Praktica kit was passed on to my sister.



The camera bodies are the Praktica LTL3, my first SLR, and the Praktica LLC (the first to offer open aperture metering). On the LTL3 is my first zoom, a Soligor 45-150, weighed a ton, but I loved it.

The other lenses are all Pentacon - 50mm f2.8 Tessar, 50mm f1.8 Electric, 135mm f2.8 Electric, and 29mm f2.8 Electric. The final items are a pair of Pentacon Electric extension tubes and a strange Sigma teleconverter that offered 2x, 2.5x and 3x conversions; to change magnification you have to add or remove an extension tube and select the appropriate setting on the lens.

Addendum: I looked up the cameras and found that the LLC predates the LT3 by some years and that the LTL3 was not released until well after I remember having a Praktica - so the LLC must have been my first with the cheaper LTL3 added when I felt the need for a second body.




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Week 1 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Week 1 is all happenstance; I wasn't planning for a new Project 150 until Week 2 was already underway. So my Week Prime shots come from a frosty morning walk when I happened to use a prime to take a few shots.

The prime was a Minolta AF 50mm f1.4 New or RS first produced in 1998 as an updated version of the 50/1.4 introduced alongside the 7000 body in 1985.

Many of the restyled lenses are essentially the same lens in new clothing, but not this one. It did not get a makeover in 1993 when most of the RS lenses made their first appearance, it had to wait until 1998 - which makes one wonder if Minolta had anticipated higher sales and hence still had large stocks to clear in 1993?

When the makeover finally came it included a very notable change - the filter thread size increased from 49mm to 55mm, this might not seem hugely significant but it means that there is far less vignetting when this version is used wide open. It also included a move away from the built-in hood of the original 50/1.4 and the original and RS 50/1.7s and came with a conventional bayonet mounted hood. In terms of a fast 50 this is, IMO, the pick of Minolta's offerings; I guess Sony agreed as they kept it in production after updating it with the addition of a D encoder. I use it a lot.


Frosty golf course.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 50mm f1.4 RS
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Week 1 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W


Frosty bridge, part frozen lake.


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Well Phil, it's interesting looking back at that old camera gear. Clearly you have been doing this a long time, longer than the era of the autofocus SLR...

The shot I like from this week the most though is your frosty bridge shot. It has a timeless quality to it, and the reflection of the bridge on the water is a nice touch.
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Week 2 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

My first adult motoring holiday in France and Italy - 1977 or thereabouts. Three of us camping down the Rhone valley and along the Mediterranean coast before returing through the Alps.

Grimaud.



Praktica LLC, probably Pentacon 50/1.8 Oreston

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Love it! 1977, I was born in 1978
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Week 2 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 35mm f2

When this challenge started I was away from home with only two primes, one was a 50mm and I did that FL for Week 1 - which left the 35mm f2 for Week 2.

I really like this lens, my first ever wide lens (1970ish) was a 35 which never seemed wide enough, when I got a 28 I pretty much stopped using the 35. Now I use 35 far more than 28 - times change.

This lens was one of the primes introduced along with the 7000 body back in 1985, it got an update in 1999 during the second phase of restyling (with the nicer ribbed focus ring), but don't have any experience of the later version.

It does come with a decent bayonet mount petal hood - showing that Minolta knew how to make a reasonable hood back then - which makes me wonder why they supplied such naff hoods with the 28 & 35mm zooms.

This is my only 35 prime, so I don't have a direct comparison - is it the FL that appeals or the lens quality? I'm sure there are sharper lenses about these days, crisper and with less CA, but this one is plenty sharp, and so small compared to quality modern lenses. AF is as one expects from a good screwdrive lens.

However, this is not a bargain basement lens, mine cost £200 - I think it's worth the cash, it's just a lens I feel really comfortable with.

Cannon.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 35mm f2
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Week 2 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 35mm f2

Roof


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Week 3 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

An added theme this week is Night Shots.

Here is one from the mid-80s. I had just moved into town from a period in a country cottage and the bright lights made me think of some light trails. However, it wasn't that much of a town (about half the size it is today) and traffic died off during the evening. So not a great result, and I was too short of cash to spend a lot of film practising.

The reason I digitised the image was to post it on a local facebook group for local interest. I put it up with a caption - "Took this a few days back" - and waited to see how long it would be before someone notice the missing supermarket, changed road layout etc. I took about five hours. Which was followed by a post saying it wasn't in the town at all - the long demolished cottages totally throwing them.


Night lights.



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Week 3 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 28mm f2.8

I think this is my least favourite Minolta prime, an opinion that is coloured by the experience of my first copy, which was never sharp. This better copy is not so bad, but it's no match for the f2. It is, however, a lot cheaper. If you want 28mm on a budget a decent copy is not a bad investment (I once got a 50/1.7 & 28/2.8 for £10 on ebay - both had sticky irises, but that's an easy fix).

It is another of the 1985 batch of primes but Minolta never updated it - yet it was one of the lenses Sony opted to revamp when they took over in 2006. Sony dropped the 24/2.8, 28/2 & 35/2 - all IMO better lenses than this.

Parking.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 28mm f2.8
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Minolta AF 28mm f2.8

The fad for attaching padlocks to bridges to plight one's troth is pretty bizarre, especially when done with the cheapest padlocks available from the local discount store. Around here the local council cuts them all off every now and then, this last happened in the summer, so this is one of a fairly small number to have appeared since.

Lovelocks.


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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

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

Minolta AF 28mm f2.8

The fad for attaching padlocks to bridges to plight one's troth is pretty bizarre, especially when done with the cheapest padlocks available from the local discount store. Around here the local council cuts them all off every now and then, this last happened in the summer, so this is one of a fairly small number to have appeared since.


I'm surprised by you, Phil. You strike me as sentimental if not a romantic. All of the usual romantic tropes; spray painting your devotion on an overpass, having your beloveds name tattooed across your chest, carving your love into a tree or park bench; are pretty silly. Love is irrational.
Nice image, BTW    
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Week 2 comments-

Those Minolta f2 primes were really good designs, hard to believe they came from 1985. Agree that they’re (usually) worth the high price they go for.

The image Cannon looks nicely balanced with clear colours . What is the
location and why does in need artillery?
The B&W shot though is the one I like the most from this week. The lines and curves of the image look great as a black-and-white.

Week 3 comments-

Another good set Phil. Love the back story to Night lights and the Facebook stunt you pulled .

The Minolta 28/2.8 shot looks nicely framed but the standout again I think, is your B&W shot . The angled perspective gives it more interest.

You’re doing well to have completed the Week 3 shots already
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