Saturday, November 10, 2012

Minolta RF Rokkor-X 250mm f5.6 Shoots the Cemetery

On my way driving Ryan to his DR. appointment this morning, I saw Mount Hope Catholic cemetery nearby.  Since the appointment was long and I did not need to be there, I decided to shoot some pictures in the cemetery. As it turned out, the cemetery is more than a 100 years old, and is one of the most beautiful I have seen. From Eglington avenue, where I saw it, it looked pretty small, but it's actually huge inside.  It's very deep.

I stayed there for about 90 minutes, and shot a few hundred frames, using only the Minolta RF Rokkor-X 250mm f5.6, and a tripod.  I always have a small, travel tripod in the car, in case I need some support, and today it came in handy.  Unfortunately, the tripod is not strong enough, coupled with strong wind, it was better than nothing, but not as steady as I wanted.  Still, I got a lot more keepers than hand holding this lens.

Still amazed at the small size of this 250mm f5.6 mirror lens.  Too bad it's not the easiest lens to use on the NEX or M4/3 cameras, due to its effective focal length.  Having a tripod really helps and perhaps that's how it's meant to be used.

Under the Tree - NEX-5N & Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. Click for larger.

Angel - NEX-5N & Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. Click for larger.

Angels and the Man himself - NEX-5N & Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. Click for larger.

In Loving Memory - NEX-5N & Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. Click for larger.

Double Cross - Sony NEX-5N & Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. Click for larger.

Under the Tree #2 - Sony NEX-5N & Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. Click for larger.


  1. I live really close to Mt Hope cemetery and I've been there several times to shoot. What amazes me is the rows of graves of the nuns who gave their life in service of the church and others.

    1. James, at time of need, there will always be selfish-less people who will give their lives for others. They are the backbone of the humankind.

  2. Sleeper of a mirror lens! Yulin, have you ever tried the russian MTOs?

    1. fotopete, I have not had a chance to use any Russian mirror lenses, though I have seen some fantastic pictures from the the 300mm f5.6. No doubt is a much bigger lens than the Minolta 250/5.6.