Saturday, February 25, 2012

A walk in the park

FDn 100 & TC 2x

The chase is on

Life is returning

The world gets colorful again

Anyone know what kind of tree that is?

Kit, Auto-HDR and photomerged
With temperatures of 7-13°, the sense of spring is in the air. Though most of nature is still bleak and leaf-less, color returns to life.
This short walk also showed me that I am more of a wide-angle guy :-). With the FDn 100 (which is effectively a 150mm on the Nex), you can try your luck on the ducks in the pond or get nice low depth-of-field for isolating subjects, but frequently I wish for a wider focal length.

There must have been a reason for the popularity of zoom lenses in the last decades :-)

If Sony puts a 16-50/2.8 on the market, I will probably be one of the first to order it. Currently though, it is rather frustrating to wait for products announced months ago, ordered also months ago, and to receive a notice that delivery is postponed till April or May!

Come on Sony, that flood is now long ago.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lens profiles for Sony Nex 5N used with Canon FD 24/2.8 FD 50/1.4 FD 100/2.8

Since I like the color rendering of my FDn 24/2.8, but not its amount of distortion (spoiled by Sonys kit lens, I assume :-) ) I finally set to tackle Adobes Lens Profile Creator software.

The resulting profiles are split between use for JPG files within Photoshop and use for RAW files within Adobe Camera Raw (denoted by Raw in the profile name. The name describes the lens and the aperture at which is was generated. The profiles for Nex 5N with FD 24/2.8, FD 50/1.4 and FD 100/2.8, but I assume they can also be of benefit to other Nex users with these lenses:

 FD24/2.8 (@2.8, 4, 5.6, 8) FD50/1.4 (@1.4, 2.8), FD100/2.8 (@2.8, 4)

Since I could not find something like this in the web or at Adobe, I post it here for common use as long as the files are not manipulated.

Link to Winzip-File Lens Profiles Nex 5N Canon FD lenses

The files have to be copied to one of these directories:

User profiles location:
  • Mac OSX: /Users/(User Name)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/LensProfiles/1.0
  • Windows 7 or Vista: C:\User\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\(User Name)\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0

Shared profiles location:
  • Mac OSX: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/LensProfiles/1.0
  • Windows 7 or Vista: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0 

Provided as is without any kind of warranty or support. Please note that files with the end "vign" indicate that the Creator SW was not quite satisfied regarding vignetting accuracy with the JPG pictures I provided. The same pictures as Raw version worked just fine.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Still waiting for spring

Canon FD 24/2.8

Still waiting for Spring. A glimmer of hope is the weather forecast, stating that temperatures will rise from -18°C to -4° with the beginning of next week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The moon - revisited

So near, and yet so far.

This long extended period of two digit minus degrees weather just HAS to be good for something.
The first thing is that it kills moskito eggs so the next summer should be relaxed in that regard - assuming that there is such a thing as summer, which I find a little hard to believe lately :-)

The next thing is the clear night sky. In the seconds before you freeze to death, you might be able to take a picture of stars or the moon. I had another go at the moon, this time using tripod and 2 second shutter delay.

The resulting picture, taken with Minolta Af 70-210 @210, about 8, was enlarged by 200%.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

It's NOT a crop!

5N & FDn 100/2.8
Sometimes things happen that make you wonder. When I shot this, it was sunny, but freezing -14°C and a wind blowing. My fingers got cold so fast it bit. Altogether pretty bad chances for making a respectably framed picture, right?

However, when I unloaded my "catch of fishes" unto my hard disk, I was plain surprised: This picture looks just like it was rotated and cropped in photoshop, but it wasn't! Things like that happen rather seldomly.....

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Nature wins.... always!

Nature breaks the mould
Still experimenting with the FD 24/2.8. Handling is quite good, but manual focussing takes some time because of the large DOF at 24mm.