30 September, 2016

Another beach picture

Sony 70-200mm - at the top of Kirra Hill, Coolangatta, Queensland

While on vacation at the beach we went up onto Kirra Hill as it affords a pleasant outlook over the beaches and the ocean. On that day, however, the view was uninspiring. But there were others at the top and they provided my subject matter for the evening.

23 September, 2016

Happy (belated) birthday to the blog

Sony/Zeiss 55mm, f/1.8 - Colour in the backyard [Click image to enlarge]

The blog turned six last Tuesday. 

Just a note about the photo above: I'm not a gardener. So, when there's colour in the backyard it's nothing to do with me.

Photokina is on, and everyone else is talking about it. So, although I'm not there, I'll mention two announcements that caught my attention. The first is about the Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art, and the other is the Zeiss Loxia 85mm.

Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art: I'm a big fan of the Sigma 24mm, f/1.4 Art when used with Sigma's MC-11 adaptor. So I know that Sigma has the expertise to make lenses of outstanding quality. The new 85mm Art looks like an inexpensive alternative to both the Zeiss 85mm, f/1.8 Batis and Sony's 85mm, f/1.4 GM lens — without a significant loss of quality. If the quality of the new Sigma is in line with it's predecessors, it's going to be a serious contender in the price/quality stakes.

Zeiss Loxia 85mm, f/2.4 Loxia: This is the logical lens to complete the Loxia lineup (21, 35, 50, 85mm). If I was into video, I'd be looking very carefully at this line. I love the Loxia 50mm. It's my everyday lens. But, I already have an 85mm Batis, so I'm not in the market for another 85. 

(I'm watching out for a 135mm autofocus. Zeiss, Sony, Sigma; are you listening?)

18 September, 2016

Back from vacation

Sony 70-200mm - Kirra Hill [Click image to enlarge]

Sorry for the gap, but I've been on vacation at the beach.

For those of you unfamiliar with the geography of Brisbane City and the State of Queensland: While Brisbane (in the southeast corner of Queensland) is semi-tropical, for beaches you need to head north to the "Sunshine Coast" or south to the "Gold Coast."

From Brisbane we went 100 kilometers south to the southernmost part of the Gold Coast — Coolangatta. Coolangatta is just at the border of New South Wales.

Australian Spring is the time of the whale migration back to the Arctic and we could often see them from the beach. (And, no, the 70-200mm was not long enough to provide useful shots.)