Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Tele Auto on Sony Nex

The Soligor lens which is the subject for this post is quite an easy lens to pick up in a variety of different camera mounts at a low price – the example I have cost me £3.20 + £6.00 for post. Lens Description and use on the Sony Nex 6 At f/3.5 maximum aperture this is quite a fast lens for a 200mm focal length which increases it’s usefulness by allowing you to reduce the shutter speed if handheld or […]

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The reality of mirrorless photography.

I bought my Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera about a year ago now and it’s given me some great service in that time having been my main camera on trips out and holidays, as well as providing a great platform for testing vintage manual focus lenses. Because it is so adaptable I’ve been able to throw just about any lens on it and get some great results. However, in that time I’ve also discovered a few flaws which I didn’t […]

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Favourite pictures – my Daughter Emma

This is a picture of my daughter Emma which I took during a recent trip to York Minster. I had been taking some pictures of the rail that she is posing next to using a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens fitted on my Camdiox focal reducer and Sony Nex 6 when she jokingly tried to get into the picture by jumping up into shot. I asked her to stay there for a minute and took the picture to the left which […]

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Favourite pictures – The wall

While we were at Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire recently I had the 16-50mm standard lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6 and I tried taking a few pictures with the iAuto camera setting just to see how it performed. The result is the picture below which I think is really rather nice. I had to apply the lens corrections in Lightroom because the Sony E 16-50mm has some serious distortion at 16mm which this picture was taken at, but with […]

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A day trip to Bennington Lordship

Today we decided to take a trip to Bennington Lordship to see the Snowdrops. It wasn’t a planned trip – we just looked on the website to see when it was open and discovered that today was one of the days when it was open so we decided to go over and see what the snowdrops were like. It’s only about 3 miles away from our house and only takes about 10 minutes to get there, so once we knew […]

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Some samples from a Rikenon 50mm f/2 prime lens

This post is a short description and a few samples from another manual focus vintage lens – the XR Rikenon 50mm f/2.0 S lens sold with several Ricoh SLR cameras during the 1970’s and 1980’s. There were apparently several versions of this lens made with different letters following the lens name i.e. ‘S’ in this case, ‘L’ and ‘P’ and also a model without the XR. I actually have two copies of this lens – both were supplied with Ricoh […]

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Sony Nex 6 high ISO noise performance

I while ago I wrote a post about the low noise performance of the Pentax K-5 when used an high ISO and I thought it would be interesting to also look at the performance of my Sony Nex 6 when used in high ISO. It’s particularly interesting at the moment since this is the time of year when most days are murky and it’s quite common to be taking pictures using the high ISO setting on the camera. All the […]

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Autumnal St Nicholas Church

I went over to St Nicholas church in Stevenage today to take some pictures with one of my Miranda 35mm film cameras, the Miranda Fv, and I also took along my Sony Nex to take some control pictures. Because the film I used in the Miranda was black & white, I’ve converted a number of these pictures to black & white as well to get a better comparison of the pictures which I develop from the film. All these pictures […]

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm f3.5 on Sony Nex

This a a short review of the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 30mm manual focus lens on a sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. I bought this lens from Ebay for £25 which I consider to be a bit of a bargain. I have seen these lenses for up to £60 so I was amazed to find this one for only £25 in a ‘buy it now’ sale and snapped it up at once. In fact a few months ago I almost bought […]

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Butterflies and other insects

It’s been a hot day here today and I’ve been out with my macro lens trying to get some interesting insect pictures. Although it is hot, almost as soon as I got to Priors wood (where I usually go to get insect pictures) the sun went in and the light levels dropped quite a lot. Although that didn’t make it in anyway impossible to take pictures, it meant about 3 stops less light, so most of these were taken at […]

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Takumar 55mm f/1.8 macros

This is a short post showing the macro performance of a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 m42 lens when a 16mm extension tube is mounted behind the m42 to nex adapter. With this combination I was able to focus down to about 4 inches away from the objects shown in the pictures which I found around the house and garden. The majority of these shots were taken at F/1.8 to emphasise the shallow depth of field and I carried out my normal […]

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Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle m42 mount lens

This is a post about this classic lens which I bought this week for use on my Pentax and Sony cameras. As I hinted in my last post I bought this lens on eBay last Sunday evening for £34 plus £4 postage. I was amazed that I won the auction for only £34 because I’ve seen these lenses on ebay ‘buy it now’ offers for up to £70. Admittedly this example didn’t come with a lens case or hood so that […]

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