1 month in Western USA

MaxBerlin

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I took 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, all 1.4 and Vario 28-85 and 80-200.

I used the 35mm most (which acts like a 52mm on my NEX) Can't wait for full size sensor etc.

The 35 takes good close ups and great panoramas.

I was frustrated with the 28-85 - just never seemed really super focused.

The 80-200 performed well - especially with wildlife.

I would probably leave the 28-85 at home next time and take my 1.2 lenses.

This is a non manipulated photo. I'll post a few more later.

IMHO - I often get good photos with my camera and lens - I get GREAT photos when I use a tripod.

 

MaxBerlin

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I wasn't even expecting a sunset - we we're eating smores when my wife saw the sunset starting to take shape - I think I got the best of it.

Here's another one I liked - 35mm on English Bay in Vancouver. Tripod again makes all the difference.

 

Old_Contax_User

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Another really great shot.

Hi Max,

This is another really great shot. A longish exposure at dusk I assume. I like the way the ships and the land masses show up against the blue of the water and the sky. This shot could not have been made at any other time. You have relly good eye for the photographic possibilities.

Yes a tripod is a great aid. One really needs a very fast shutter speed (I like 1/500th or faster) or a tripod to get the detail from the very sharp Carl Zeiss Contax lenses.

Bill
 

MaxBerlin

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The actual scene wasn't nearly that spectacular.

I took advantage of the calm water and reflections by using the tripod and a long shutter speed. 35 @ f1.4 5 secs @ ISO 100.

The 'snapshot' I would have taken 2 years ago just would have been some dots of light in a dark background.

Again - the tripod was indispensable - without it - no shot - no matter how fast or expensive the lens.
 

Old_Contax_User

Active Member
Hi Max,

You had a very productive trip out west. Congratulations.

Both of the last 2 photos are very good.

The stream in the woods is a very difficult exposure problem with the extremes of the white water and the dark trees. You have a very pleasant balance between the highlights and the dark areas.

The starlit sky just couldn't be a better likeness of what you saw.

Thanks again for sharing them.

Bill
 
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