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    Posted: 01 March 2021 at 18:58
Week 9 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

I've been looking at 'The view from above' for another photo group theme - so I took a few shots while I was up on the castle mound. The view is over the grounds of Donnington Grove (Beau Brummell connection) to the village of Speen beyond.

View from the castle mound.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II @ 50mm. ISO 100, f8 1/500s[/QUOTE]
 



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Week 9 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Monday is becoming Lens Day and, more frequently Landscape Day too (though this obviously depends on the capabilities of the lens in use).

Today it was the Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6 II. I'll admit to being surprised that this was the most highly regarded II lens by DYxumers. However, it's far from bad - though it has plenty of shortcomings.

The cheap plastic construction gives it the advantage of being very light, but few other benefits and mine is silver (definitely not a benefit). Its slow in terms of aperture for the range, but AF is quick and seems accurate. Corners are pretty soft but that's no surprise, the centre is pretty good; on APS-C it would be very decent corner to corner - but the range is not that interesting on a crop sensor.

When I found that I didn't have a black copy I had a look at ebay listings - and realised I didn't think it worth £20 to get one. I'll pick one up for £5 sometime, just for completeness.

I was quite happy using the lens for a few hours and got some perfectly acceptable results but, needless to say, better lens are available.

Old barn reborn.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6 II @ 35mm. ISO 100, f8 1/200s [/QUOTE]
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Week 8 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

I have long coveted a tilt and shift lens - but have never really been able to justify the cost. So this week I tried an alternative solution to the old problem of getting a proper front on perspective shot of a building. Being a bit of a local history buff I take lots of shots of buildings from the street. Some time back I decided to try getting the right angle by elevating the camera - the obvious, simple solution.

The next issue was how? A stepladder would do, but what a pain to cart around. So I opted to raise the camera on a monopod. The camera was operated via my phone (using Imaging Edge) - the phone being attached to the monopod using a clamp-on holder - allowing me to press the trigger while holding the monopod.

All in all it was not a huge success. The weight of the camera meant that there was plenty of sway making it very awkward to use and necessitating a fast shutter. Still I did get the perspective I sought.

Webb's.


Sony A99ii + Minolta 24mm f2.8. ISO 125, f3.5 1/4000s
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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

Wow, daytime long exposures. Yes, something creative for sure!

I recently bought a variable ND filter having found the use of fixed filters a bit of a pain and hence seldom used. I know the variable ones aren't supposed to be so good, but Fred_S posted a couple of shots using one which looked pretty good - it seemed worth £20 to try it out. It doesn't seem to have too much effect on sharpness or colour and it's really convenient to have the ND adjustment. It gives a weird interference pattern with wide apertures, but I guess narrow DOF is a rare requirement for long exposure shots.
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Week 8 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Pine, bracken & birch.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II @ 85mm. ISO 200, f5 1/250s
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Week 8 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Next up from the Mk II zooms is the 75-300, Dyxum rating of 4.08 - so it falls into the range of fair to middling. Like the 28-80 it was a pleasant experience using the lens, but it is a more capable lens.

I've chosen a shot taken at 90mm (the only processing is RAW to scaled down JPG), which shows that it works well in the mid-range. By 200mm it's not quite so sharp, I didn't use it beyond 230mm by which time sharpness has fallen a lot - shooting handheld may be the reason, but I don't think that it's the whole reason.

I was happy enough to use a shot I took with it as my landscape shot for the week.

Tie a red & white ribbon round the old oak tree.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 II @ 90mm. ISO 200, f5 1/30s

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Wow, daytime long exposures. Yes, something creative for sure!
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Week 7 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Back to long exposures. I decided to try out a newly acquired variable ND filter - my first experience of one of these. It was a little disconcerting to see what it looked like with a wide aperture. Still, with the lens stopped down it seems to do what it's supposed to.

However, the result did surprise me in one way- passing folk appear as if they were double exposures rather than the smoother blur I expected (of their torsos at least).

Passing van.


Sony A99ii + Minolta 35mm f2 + K&F ND2-ND400 filter. ISO 100, f22 2s (cropped)

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Week 7 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Puddle & birch.


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Week 7 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

This week it's another of the four lenses Minolta produced with the II nomenclature - indicting a new optical design with the same basic specs (FL and aperture range). This one. the Minolta AF 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 II, is from 1997 - a basic kit lens, cheaply made, but plenty of copies have survived the intervening years, so they weren't that badly built.

Performance is best described as 'okay' - well up to the needs of a basic film camera - it was never intended for the serious amateur, let alone a pro. On an A99ii it produces reasonable images, but there are plenty better lenses to choose from. This lens may be available for £10, but, if you have a full frame A-mount camera it really deserves better. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed using the lens, AF was quick, MFD is good and it's so light.

The view from the bridge.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 II @ 50mm. ISO 500, f7.1 1/200s

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Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:

Very successful blurry background Phil. I like it. I also like "Tree & hedge" image.


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Originally posted by svjetlana svjetlana wrote:

Very successful blurry background Phil. I like it. I also like "Tree & hedge" image.


Thanks Svjetlana - for the comments and the inspiration.
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Very successful blurry background Phil. I like it. I also like "Tree & hedge" image.
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Week 6 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Another attempt at Svjetlana's PP technique. This time a less confusing backgroun, I think it's better, others may disagree!

Blur II.


Sony A99ii + Sony 85mm f2.8. ISO 100, f4.5 1/125s
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