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The people laying down in the park are having such good fun!
 



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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

The people laying down in the park are having such good fun!
+1, great atmosphere!

And I like your B&W of the biochemistry building.
You can see the April Foolishness 2022 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
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Week 13 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Just a snapshot this week, another mate (Chris) from the 70s/80s - this one from the mid 70s I'd guess from the hair.

Travelled quit a bit with Chris including one pretty epic trip to Kenya for a wedding and a cycling holiday to Bordeaux. I really should have some slides somewhere.

Chris


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Week 13 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 100mm f2.8 macro RS (1993)

This week it's the excellent 100mm macro, in this case the second version designated 'New' by Minolta, but as 'RS' here on the Dyxum database. I have three versions, I intend to use them all during this challenge. They are all great - but this is not the greatest, it has a focus hold button that was not provided on the original version, which is worth having. However, the third 'D' version remains my favourite for the much improved manual focus control ring, which Minolta were able to make nice and wide by using a clutch mechanism to decouple it during autofocus.

They all take great pictures, superbly sharp, 1:1 macro, Minolta colours etc - read the reviews. This is a joy to use.

Marina


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Week 13 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 100mm f2.8 macro RS (1993)

Esplanade


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Week 14 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Another snapshot, this time from Italy - me on the lip of the Vesuvius volcano crater. Obviously not taken by me, but taken with my camera. This was my first holiday by air, we flew in a De Haviland Comet, which was pretty aged by then (early '70s).

Vesuvius


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Week 14 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 85mm f1.4

Minolta made four versions of this lens, I think this is the only instance of so many variants - showing the high regard this design was held in. I only have the first variant from 1986. It is revered from the narrow depth of field and as a supreme portrait lens. However, it is less flexible than designs like the 100mm macro owing to a susceptibility to chromatic aberrations (CW), the purple or green fringes along high contrast edges. CA goes away when you stop down, but it limits the use of the lens at the wide apertures that make it stand out. I find the cheap and cheerful Sony 85mm f2.8 more useful for general use.

For this week I am riding on the back of my April Foolishness entries.

Spring

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Week 14 - Theme 2: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 85mm f1.4

For this week I am riding on the back of my April Foolishness entries.

Keep Out

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Week 15 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Still at Vesuvius, after posing for photos at the top we descended into the crater past steaming rock - my first trip into a volcano, a strange experience.

Vesuvius


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Week 15 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 85mm f1.4

Still riding on the back of my April Foolishness entries a second week with the classic portrait prime in non-portrait mode.

Secret shoppers

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Week 15 - Theme 2: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 85mm f1.4

A step down.

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Week 16 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

After Vesuvius the logical next step is to the town buried by the volcano's eruption in 79AD. We were offered a coach trip from our hotel but decided to go it alone. As a result we spend most of two days exploring the town, usually well away from the guided tours. However, I had to wait until the guided tours left to get a photo of the forum without another visitor in sight.

The form at Pompeii


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Week 16 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 300mm f4 HS APO

In general Minolta's white primes have been items that I would like to add to my collection but were priced out of what seems reasonable for a lens that I doubt I'll ever use extensively. Then a copy of this lens appeared on ebay at what seemed to me to be a bargain price. I bid the opening price and assumed I wouldn't get it - but I did!

It arrived a couple of days later and I took it to an organised photowalk in Oxford.

My initial reactions are very positive, it is sharper than any other 300mm lens I have ever used - which, to be fair, does not include any lens one would expect to outperform a pro-quality zoom of this age (it was introduced in 1994). It is, however, a pretty big lens and pretty heavy - I find a monopod useful, both as a shooting support and as a carrying handle.

Autofocus is pretty good, it's a screwdrive lens so it cannot match SSM speeds, but it works plenty well enough for my uses. There is some CA, again no worse than one would expect from a lens of this era. All in all a very good lens - if only it was black.

Cyclist.

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Week 16 - Theme 2: Week Prime - B&W

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Beard.

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