Back Yard Photography

I spent Saturday doing some yard work, mowing, hoeing the small vegetable garden my wife and I plant, and fertilizing a couple of apple trees we have in the back yard.  After the chores were done, it was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 70’s, so I decided to have a beer, kick back on the deck, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  Soon I remembered I had a new lens that needed test shooting.  It’s a Pentax 55mm  1.8 made in 1976, and reported to be one of, if not the sharpest lens Pentax ever produced.  I spent the next 30 minutes shooting and here are some of the pics.  Let me know what you think.

Granny Smith Apples.

Gerbera Daisy, and Cuban Oregano.

Kentucky Wonder Green Beans climbing a cane pole.

Tokina 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.3 Part 2

I got a chance to take this little lens into the field today and was impressed with it’s handling and sharpness.

I think this little fellow is a Carolina Wren.  I was lucky enough to catch him when he was distracted and sat still for a moment.

The usable focal length and the exceptional close focusing make this one of my favorite street lens.  Here’s some additional examples of close focus.

As always comments are welcome, and thanks for stopping by.

Tokina 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.3

A couple of close up test shots with a manual Tokina lens.

Let me know what you think.  I will post more from this lens at a later date.  It should be interesting to see if it’s as sharp at 105mm as these close focus shots are.  Thanks for looking, and have a great week.

A Walk in the Park

I received my Sigma 70-205MM lens last week and took a few minutes to take the dog for a walk and to try it out.  I’m pleased with the results considering it’s 40 years old.  Let me know what you think.

Sigma 70-205MM 3.8

@190MM 500th Sec.

5.6  100% crop

Sigma 70-205MM 3.8

@200mm 320th Sec.

7.1 100% crop

P.S.  I hope that poor rabbit sheds the rest of it’s hair and finds some sweet clover to fatten up on.  I found myself wishing I had some vegetables with me to throw in it’s direction.

It’s Been A While….

First let me apologize for my long absence.  I have been dealing with an eye issue that has not allowed me to get behind a camera for the last three months.  Thanks to a new Doctor and some remarkable medicines it appears I’m getting better and thankfully can begin to settle back into my old routine.

Second, many thanks for the well wishes during my absence

Although I was unable to shoot I did manage to pick up a new lens or two.  The above photo is one of the first test shots with a Vivitar 70-150mm 3.8 zoom.  It’s a M42 mount and according to the serial number was made by Kino Precision, for Vivitar, in 1970.  It reproduces colors beautifully, and meters on my Pentax Kx perfectly.  A little soft wide open but tack sharp at 5.6 and above.  If you enjoy shooting with old glass in manual mode you should pick one of these up and give it a try, they are going for little of nothing, and IMHO a good little lens for a day in the woods.

Did I mention it also has a close focus setting?  As always comments are welcome, and thanks for stopping by.

P.S Please click on the photos for the full size shot.  This little lens is impressive in the detail it renders and the thumbnails just don’t do it justice.