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Thanks for the comments guys.

Lee: Perhaps I'm a romantic, but I see nothing romantic in attaching a £1 padlock to any random bridge with a pair of initials scribbled on with a permanent marker (or non-permanent it seems on some).

Wetapunga: The cannon is guarding the approach to Tenby Harbour - presumably from the threat of another French invasion (the last invasion force to land in Britain came ashore a few miles away in 1797). The B&W is the roof of the Tenby lifeboat station.

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2022 at 10:32
Nice work Phil, especially the B&W's. And describing your experience with the lenses is appreciated, I never got the 28/2.8 (put off by all the bad reviews) but I do have a 35/2 which I find very good. Yes, there are modern "better" lenses but the way it "pops" around f4.0 isn't rivalled by any other 35 mm lens I own or have tried.
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Week 4 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

When I got my Canon A1 (late 70s) I was particularly intrigued by it's ability to do multi-exposures, something my Prakticas could not do. Here is an early effort with my mate Steve and his guitar.

I used a Cokin Double Mask 'filter' to get the effect.



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Very much of its time!
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Thanks Howard.

Week 4 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Tamron SP 90 macro (72E)

For a change this week’s lens is not a Sony/Minolta, instead I have opted for the much-respected Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro. My copy is the 72E model from 1996, bought out of curiosity when I spotted one going cheaply on ebay. It is not the most highly rated version by Dyxum reviewers, but the overall score of 4.71 is very respectable (3rd out of the seven variants listed). This is the only model I have experience of, so I cannot make any comparisons with the rest (as well as this there are two earlier f2.5s and four later f2.8s).

The best comparison I can make is with the similarly priced Minolta AF 100mm f2.8 (1986 version). For me the Minolta wins hands down, the Tamron is sharp, but the Minolta is sharper, the Minolta is more solidly built and it has the magic name printed on it – but the Tamron does have an interesting superiority. On the Minolta the focus ring, which is often used in macro work, is a thin knurled plastic ring at the front of the lens (out of the way so it doesn’t spoil your grip on the lens as it spins during AF). The Tamron avoids this problem by disconnecting the focus grip from the focusing mechanism during AF – however, this disconnect has to be made by the user – pull the ring back for MF, push it forward for AF. If you forget to push forward you may get a surprise next time you put pressure on the shutter button. The late model Minolta D and Sony versions of the 100/2.8 macro have a far more user-friendly automatic clutch – but you will probably need to spend around 50-100% more for one of these.

The big irritation with the Tamron is that it borrows (steals?) the lens ID of the Minolta lens – not a problem if you only have one of them, not much of an issue if you have both and neither needs AF microadjustment (the EXIF may say they are the same lens, but the focal length is correctly reported so you can easily distinguish between shots taken with them). The problem comes when they need differing AF adjustment, as mine do. My Minolta needs no adjustment, my Tamron needs a slight adjustment of -1 – if I set my A99ii to shoot accurately with the Tamron I have to remember to reset it when I plug on the Minolta. To be fair I have the same problem with multiple copies of Minolta lenses – but that serves me right for overdoing the GAS.

In use the Tamron is fine once you get used to the focus ring issue, which doesn’t take long. I like short teles in the 85 to 100mm region and this would suffice for most of my needs. As a macro it's almost as good as the Minolta- which is very good indeed. Macro aside it performs very well, I like these macros as walk-around lenses.

In comparison with my other non-Minolta macros it is clearly superior to the CA-prone Cosina 100mm f3.5 ‘plastic fantastic’ (which is also limited to 1:2 macro) and certainly no worse than the Sigma 90mm f2.8, another lens I am quite fond of. I can see why it became so popular as a lower cost alternative to the Minolta/Sony 100s, but the price advantage is not really there any more so I'm not sure I can recommend paying much the same for a lens that is just not quite as good.

Crane on crane action at sunset.


Sony A99ii + Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Macro (model 72E)

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Week 4 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

The Globe Inn.


Sony A99ii + Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Macro (model 72E)

Edited by Phil Wood - 28 January 2022 at 00:07
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2022 at 20:25
Some good shots again in that selection Phil. The double-exposure shot to my mind, is the most interesting and the juxtaposition of subjects (face, guitar) works so very well here.

The black and white shot (pic 3) has some strong textures, lines and curves, so I quite like this too.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2022 at 23:26
I like your interesting creative viewpoints, Phil. The double-exposure shot is very effective. I've not managed to get those working myself. Usually they've been the result of accidentally putting a film through the camera twice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2022 at 17:35
Sorry Phil, I have been a bit slow off the mark with my '22 Photo 150 comments. Although I am not doing it myself this year I have much respect for those that are, having tried last year.

So far your frost golf course has been my favourite image, I'd happily have that framed on a wall

I do like the story behind your week 3 night time shot, and without your explanation of your double exposure I would never have guessed your mate Steve was taken in the 70s

Keep up the good work, and thank you for for delving in to your slides and film photos. Always a joy to see images from yesteryear.
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Week 5 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

March 1978, Australian cricket captain, Graham Yallop strode out on to the pitch at Bridgetown, Barbados wearing a motorcycle helmet to protect his head from the fearsome West Indian pace attack – this was the first time that a batsman wore anything more protective than a cloth cap on his head in an international match. Needless to say, Yallop’s actions made headlines in the cricket columns of newspapers the world over.

I was sharing a cottage with two mates, one of them, Steve, was, like me, a keen cricketer and, unlike me, quite competent at the game. He spotted a visitor’s helmet (which was quite like the one used by Yallop) and put it on – and I grabbed a camera. Today helmets are mandatory in many forms of cricket, and it is rare to see a batsman without one in the international game.



Canon A1, probably a Canon FD 50mm f1.8 and Vivitar flash (283 I think).
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Week 5 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 50mm f1.7 New (RS)

My intention this week was to use a Sigma 50mm macro, which has given good results in the past – but not this week. I fear I need to do some AF adjustment before using it on my A99ii (or switch to a camera it has worked with before).


However, despite being away from home, I did have another 50mm with me, the Minolta AF 50mm f1.7 RS. When Minolta launched their AF SLR system in 1985 the camera world was is a state of flux (isn’t it always) as the image quality achievable from zooms was by then good enough to persuade many purchasers that the convenience of a zoom outweighed the additional image quality from a prime. Nevertheless, there were still many who expected their 35mm camera to come with a 50mm standard lens, which is why so many Minolta 7000 bodies you find today have either a 35-70mm zoom or the original version of this 50mm f1.7 prime. The f1.7 was a very marginal selling point vs the f1.8s of the main competition, but this was never intended as the acme of their 50mm offering – there was always the ‘professional’ standard f1.4 at a somewhat less attractive price.

The restyling in 1993 made minor changes to the 1985 design, a somewhat better focus ring grip, a ribbed rubber lens grip to match the new house style and, the only real improvement, a locking system for the built-in lens hood – it would now stay out until you wanted to put it away.

I have a soft spot for this version, it was the first f1.7 that I acquired that didn’t require AF adjustment or an iris clean. It remains the one I am most likely to use, but, when it comes to 50s, the f1.4 RS and f2.8s get a lot more use. It’s not that it’s a bad lens, on the contrary it is considerably better than one might expect from a kit lens, but it’s not quite as sharp as the others and it doesn’t quite have the shallow DOF appeal of the f1.4 or anything approaching the macro of the f2.8.

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Sony A99ii + Minolta AF f1.7 RS
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Week 5 - Theme 3: Week Prime – B&W

Minolta AF 50mm f1.7 New (RS)

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Sony A99ii + Minolta AF f1.7 RS


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One of the puzzles and joys each week is trying to figure out where you are/have been. The funicular is a clue here, and I know it ain’t Lynmouth. V inconsiderate of the advertiser not to say where they are …

Is that your car? If so congrats on parking it and how did you or the driver get out? Maybe that’s the difference between f/1.7 and /1.8 in a nutshell?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2022 at 22:25
Thanks Howard - and Brian, Wetapunga & Miranda F

For this week's shots I was in Bridgnorth, a long way from the sea in English terms. The funicular (well spotted) is fun. I'm afraid the car isn't mine - nor, I suspect, does it belong to the owner of the garage - it's a rather neat trompe l'oeil I spotted while walking the dog in a park on the other side of the river. I had to go back the next day to see it close up - just to be sure it wasn't real.


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