Photography -- I am happy to say that I did take a lot of pictures this year; more than I thought I would, and there were few pictures that I quite like too. The Sony A7 clocked about 18,000 pictures since May of this year; 5D Mark II, less than 700 in 2014 and about 8,000 between 2013 and 2014;
Olympus E-M5, about 6,000 shots in 2014; for NEX-6, it was roughly 3,000 (essentially the first 4 months of 2014); Canon 1D Mark III, about 1,000; Canon 20D IR, 1,500. There were almost 30,000 pictures taken this year with various cameras, averaging 80 pictures a day. Of course, only a very small percentage of them were usable. As it has always been, most of these pictures were taken on my way to work, or coming home, and around my workplace or my neighbourhood.
Surprisingly, I find myself stopped lusting over faster lenses. My focus has shifted to more non-standard lenses. I scouted the camera shows and antique markets for the slower, invariably German made, but much more interesting lenses from folder cameras, non-interchangeable lens cameras, rangefinders, large format lenses, etc. All these lenses require some work to mount them on some sort of focus helicoid, but the effort is worthwhile. I really enjoy the rendering from most of these lenses. There are challenges, of course, in mounting and using some of these lenses.
One of the challenges is the use of very long lenses. For example, the Dallmeyer Dallon is 12 inches (around 300mm). Finding tubes that long to fit the lens has been difficult. I was using lens barrels like that from the Vivitar 200mm 3.5, 135mm f2.8, etc, with glasses removed from the lenses, but the problem is that the openings at the rear is too small and restricts the mount of light going through, therefore the lens would vignette very badly.
I have found a solution by using extension tubes. There are very cheap 3-section extension tubes with NEX-mount for around $8 each. The length of one set is about 50mm. I bought 4 sets of these, but unfortunately the mount is of very low quality. Too much play when mounted. I converted them to use a much better mount and they are now excellent tools, which can be combined and be long enough for lenses up to around 300mm or even longer, when focus helicoid is added to the length of the tubes. I have already used it on the Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 210mm f5.6, Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 210mm f4.5, and even the Dallmeyer Dallon 12 inch (300mm). All seem to have worked well. I look forward to using these lenses when the warmer weathers roll around.
To be continued...
Withrow Park - Sony A7 & Kodak Ektagraphic 76mm f3.5 Projection Lens