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    Posted: 01 January 2021 at 19:25
After much thought and no little trepidation my themes will be:

Lens extravaganza A different Minolta AF lens every week (apart from April Foolishness and Oktoberfest when I will conform with the two lens restriction of those challenges). I have counted and find I have 58 different lenses or variants, so I won't even have to use the ones with sticky irises (though I might).

Landscape I am much more comfortable shooting in an urban environment even though I love the countryside My aim is to get my eye in for a good shot without people or buildings.

Try something creative I keep meaning to experiment with new techniques or revisit those I rarely attempt, but almost never get around to it. So a year of going beyond shoot, crop and move a few LR sliders. I may be setting myself up for a total fail here!

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Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza

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1 35-80mm f4-5.6 │ 2 80-200mm f4-5.6 │ 3 100-300 f4.5-5.6 │ 4 70-210 f3.5-4.5 │ 5 35-105 f3.5-4.5 N
6 70-210 f4.5-5.6 II │ 7 28-80 f3.5-5.6 II │ 8 75-300 f4.5-5.6 II │ 9 35-80 f4-5.6 II │ 10 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
11 DT 18-70 f3.5-5.6 D │ 12 DT 18-200 f3.5-6.3 D │ 13 75-300 f4.5-5.6 D │ 14 28-80 f3.5-5.6 D │ 15 35-105 f3.5-4.5
16 28-105 New f3.5-4.5 │ 17 35-70 f4 │ 18 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 New │ 19 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 │ 20
21 │ 22 │ 23 │ 24 │ 25



Theme 2 - Landscapes

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Theme 3 - Try Something Creative

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I love the idea of a lens extravaganza!

Also keen to see what new ideas you come up with.
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, Voigtländer 110/2.5, Sony 24-105/4 G, Sigma 100-400 f5-6.3.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2021 at 23:05
I feel almost obliged to do my 64:27 (21:9-ish) with just one lens now

Do we get to see a photo of the unused 14-ish lenses on 31-Dec next year?
Walk out if it doesn't feel right
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

I feel almost obliged to do my 64:27 (21:9-ish) with just one lens now

Do we get to see a photo of the unused 14-ish lenses on 31-Dec next year?


I did contemplate a product shot instead of the landscape - to show the lens of the week, but I'd probably end up doing 56 shots in week one so as to not have to set up the lighting over and over.

I spent this evening's dog walk pondering on how to select which lens to use each week. I don't want to use up all my favourites before summer arrives. Outside of the April, July & October prime challenges (which, assuming they follow the format of recent years, will use up 8 primes and 12 weeks) I am minded to do a week with a cheap kit lens, one week with a cheap tele-zoom, next a week with a prime, and a week with a better zoom. Minor problem is a slight shortage of primes - perhaps I need to acquire a few more. Or use zoom ends for a couple of weeks in July? And I have to keep a 50 in reserve for Week 50. Decisions, decisions.

I shall start with everyone's favourite - the 35-80 F4-5.6. This is the only Minolta lens to score less than 3 in the Dyxum ratings. Is it really that bad? I see I haven't reviewed it yet, at least I will be able to do that even if I don't get any nice sharp photos. I don't think I'll be using it for the landscape shot - though it might do for an attempt at the Orton effect.
   
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Took the 35-80 out on my dog walk yesterday - it really is impressively bad. Also useless for the Orton effect, I had forgotten it didn't have manual focus.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Took the 35-80 out on my dog walk yesterday - it really is impressively bad. Also useless for the Orton effect, I had forgotten it didn't have manual focus.


I think I got one with a Dynax 5 I bought 2nd hand. And yeah, it was bad. Nothing I could do could get a good image out of it.
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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:


I think I got one with a Dynax 5 I bought 2nd hand. And yeah, it was bad. Nothing I could do could get a good image out of it.


A good image? That is, of course the challenge - but I'll settle for something that isn't embarrassingly bad.

Howard went for Week 0 - who am I to disagree. However Howard covered all three themes in one, I can't do that as my lens a week criteria doesn't work that way. So I have gone to the archive and here is a non-Minolta lens, non-landscape, straightforward PP image that has not been shot in the week - I'm starting by ignoring all my themes.


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Set out as you mean to go on!

I have that much maligned 35-80 lens and got some half-decent results, sometimes. I'll have to dig it out again for one of my vintage digital shots - perhaps pairing it with the A100. It might be pushing it too much to get it to work to the full frame it was 'designed' for.
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Good idea - I might try it with my KM5D, it certainly doesn't complement the A99ii.
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Okay here I go:

Week 1, Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza

Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6

Big Pooch

Konica Minolta 5D + Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6 @ 45mm. ISO 640, f4.5 1/100s

Following Howard's advice I tried an old camera and also decided to set it to Program (surely the mode this lens was designed for). The result is not so bad.

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I'm pleased it worked, though the dog looks like it has seen grander cameras pointed at it before ;-)
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P is for Professional
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2021 at 21:52
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

I'm pleased it worked, though the dog looks like it has seen grander cameras pointed at it before ;-)

It's tough when even dogs look upon the 35-80 in disdain
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

I'm pleased it worked, though the dog looks like it has seen grander cameras pointed at it before ;-)

Indeed, a great many times. The pocket rocket made a fair job of it back in July '19.

Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

P is for Professional

So they say. Given the number of times I've taken a shot with totally inappropriate settings from an earlier shot, I can't help thinking there is something in it.
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