I mentioned that I took some film away with me on my trip to Singapore but I have yet to share the actual film images, that is until now. Thankfully, Fujifilm ACROS 100 is a wonderful film that scans very well and requires little adjustment, that means I have been able to go from receiving the developed film to posting them online pretty quickly. Unfortunately I have been held back by other commitments and have only just found the time to share these images although they have been waiting to be uploaded for almost a fortnight.
Taken with the wonderful little Olympus Mju II with its sharp little 35mm f/2.8 lens.
In a previous post I mentioned that I spent a bit of time overseas in December 2014 and I did promise pictures. The destination was, as the title of this post suggests, Singapore. This city state is a wonderful melting pot of various cultures and although often written off as a short stop over my partner and I did manage to stay there for 10 days sampling the culinary delights. The reason for our trip was the wedding of a good friend, the long stay was the product of being already out of pocket for the air fares as well as trying to catch up with as many of our friends as possible. I won’t bore you with too many words and let the photos do the talking.
For this trip the Sony A7 did the hard work coupled with:
- Minolta Maxxum AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4
- Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7
- Sony SAL30M28 30mm f/2.8 DT
- Voigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6
As always click through for larger and to explore the entire set.
I realise that I have taken a longer break than the usual few weeks, but it has been well worth it for me. I have had a very busy end to 2014 and a pretty brutal start too 2015 in the office. I have not really updated this blog since my November 2014 review post, with the exception of a few background tweaks and updates. I was away, overseas for half of December (pictures to come) and since returning I have been taking a few pictures here and there as well as more importantly making some tough decisions.
First up, lets start 2015 with some pictures.
Winding up 2014 are some quick snaps of my gift to myself, the pretty cool Swatch Sistem51.
Whilst in the mood I also captured a few images of a watch that has been sitting around for awhile but unworn.
Then I kicked off 2015 with a drive down the south coast of NSW.
Followed by some street shots.
Finally, as a last ditch effort to prepare myself for the return to the office I took the weekend away to indulge in good food and the fresh air of the Blue Mountains.
I know this is dragging onto a long post but I did mention some difficult decisions have been made. This was in the form of my kit and my future directions. For a long time I have been able to add to my arsenal with little trimming and over the last 24 months I have changed from having a very Nikon F focused “total” system to diversifying into different brands and mounts. I added the Nikon CX (Nikon 1), Sony/Minolta A-mount, Micro FourThirds, Leica M-mount, Pentax K-mount, M42 and finally the Sony E-mount. With so many different platforms and a dizzying number of adapters I have found that I need to consolidate so with some regret I have sold off the Micro FourThirds and Pentax K-mount elements of my kit. I have also decided to freeze my Nikon F and Nikon CX kits, as both these kits are well balanced with few holes left. My investment in Sony/Minolta A-mount has grown, but I will most likely avoid adding to this system as I would be duplicating the lenses in my Nikon F kit. I will be concentrating on the Sony E-mount and Leica M-mount, with emphasis on the Leica M-mount as it will provide better utility. With M42 I am not sure if I will sell off the few lenses I have, it is compatible with the E-mount and A-mount and I have adapters for both, but at the same time I am more likely to use my Nikon F-mount lenses on the E-mount A7 and my M42 lenses duplicate focal lengths I already have in Nikon F.
This was a long post, but I assure you that there will be more pictures to come, and hopefully I will be able to post more often.
Another month has flown past and it has been a rather poor one photographically with very little work to share but I did manage to keep the 365 Project running despite struggling to post.
As per usual I will be taking time off at the end of the year. With some planned travel I will be starting my break early with the small possibility of an update late in the month but if not I will be back some time in January.
Finally some pictures to share, as always click through for larger and to explore the rest of the images.
No apologies, life has caught up, but I am back with another entry. This time it is film. Expired, extinct film shot with a classic that should have been continued. We all hate seeing a good camera or a good film being discontinued, but for those who are lucky enough to have access we should always treasure the experience. The Hexar RF is in many ways what the Leica M system could have evolved to, and in my opinion it is probably the 2nd best M-body available (after the M3) and I have used pretty much every M-body available (M3, M4, M6, M7, MP, M8, M9, M240, Bessa and the Ikon). I would very much love to own this camera, but for now I can only enjoy it whilst I have it on loan from a good friend who is lucky enough to own both the Hexar RF and one of those brilliant Hexanon-M 50mm f/2 lenses. I did not shoot this roll of film with the Hexanon but instead I used my Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 (Version 5) and my Voigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6.