Author: Cris

New Lens

New Lens

Holly (I added the vignetting)

So I finally got the lens I ordered ages ago (it’s super popular for good reason and has been backordered forever) and got to put it through it’s paces at out annual Rye England Sunday services this morning.

This is not one of my Russian, vintage lenses, it’s the first “native” lens (that just means designed and built specifically for this camera type only) for Sony full-frame cameras made by a third party manufacturer, a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD. It gets amazing reviews, and now I have it I can see why! And for the price it blows some of the Sony lenses more than twice as expensive out of the water.

I am still super happy with my Canon glass on my Sony A7iii with my Metabones adapter and will continue to use it, but to unleash the true capabilities of this camera you really need native glass- while the Canon glass focuses beautifully in most modes this lens is sooo much faster in the pinch, and this one will work in all modes and in all situations πŸ™‚

And boy is it sharp! It’s tack sharp even wide open and in the lousy lighting in the church- here is a shot from this morning (f/2.8 1/80″, ISO 1250, handheld) full size and then cropped in-

You can see a bunch of the pictures from this morning on the church Facebook page here.

I will still use all my vintage Russian and Japanese lenses when I’m being creative, and my Canon glass (like my beloved f/2.8 70-200mm), but for running and gunning and taking pictures around the church like this morning this is ideal; I think I’m gonna have fun with it over the next few weeks πŸ˜‰

Emo Christmas bauble

Emo Christmas bauble

I need to get some more colorful filament for my printer πŸ˜‰

However I think I’ve got the settings pretty well dialed in- I printed this little (well, about 3 inches across) Christmas bauble today and it came out great!

It took about 9 hours, but it’s 5 curved sections that all printed one inside the other as in this picture, then when you break it off the printer bed they stay inside each other and you can move them around to make it look however you want it to (and yes, I’m using a little “elf village” I had previously printed on printer #1 as a stand to show it off)…

Walking with Athena

Walking with Athena

Holly and I had company in the woods this afternoon…
Mary (from work) is down with a lousy headcold so we took her dog Athena with us so she could have a bit of a run πŸ™‚

There was a bit of initial territorial growling over the back seat, but once I put Athena in the front they got on fine πŸ˜‰

New 3D printer (no. 2)

New 3D printer (no. 2)

The new 3D printer I bought in the Cyber Monday sales arrived yesterday (I know, it’s a sickness). This one is a Creality CR-10 Mini which I got from TinyMachines in Texas. Although it’s called a “Mini” this one has almost 3 times the build volume of the other one (the other one could only print things that would fit in a 10cm cube, this one will print things up to 30cm in 2 directions and 22cm in the other). It’s from a Chinese company, but I bought it from TinyMachines as they import them and then open the boxes and test them, update the firmware (the software inside them that makes them work) and make sure there are no missing pieces, and they are then available on the phone for support- well worth the extra few dollars!

I will not be getting rid of the other one, I will keep it for printing smaller, quick things, but this one is in a different class- not only is it bigger, but it has a heated bed (which means you can print with different materials like ABS) but you can vary the printing temps during the print, have the fan change speeds and much, much more! I spent yesterday evening putting it together and have been in and out today doing test prints and trying to dial in the settings. Like anything when you move from the simpler version up to the more “pro” level the learning curve is appreciably steeper, but that’s part of the fun πŸ™‚ Once I get a handle on it I will be able to print much more useful things out of much stronger materials.

Right now it’s printing a few upgrades for itself- I’ve made a filament guide that keeps the incoming filament away from the greasy bar that moves the printhead up and down, a couple of clips to hold the filament tube in place better, and currently it’s printing a holder that will allow me to mount an SD card adapter so I can use full size cards rather than the fiddly mini ones it uses out of the box. Once those are out of the way we’ll try something fun like a bigger TARDIS or something πŸ™‚

New albums

New albums

I just realized that I never posted the pictures from Thanksgiving weekend (including Jackie’s 50th birthday), so I’ve just put up a couple of new galleries. These have lots of pictures of people’s kids, so you’ll need the usual password πŸ˜‰

Happy Birthday haircut :)

Happy Birthday haircut :)

As a kind of birthday surprise for Jackie I took Crisp to the Lemon Tree in Mamaroneck today for a fairly radical haircut πŸ™‚

Crisp (who has reached what they call a “happy androgyny”, hence the beard,  and whose preferred pronouns are now them/they, though “whatever comes out of your mouth is fine”) was originally just going to have a trim, but in the car on the way there decided to go a little further.

Jackie was totally surprised and thrilled πŸ™‚

Super-Takumar!

Super-Takumar!

For Cris’ final project for the B&W Photography class they’re taking they need to submit 10 pictures, carefully taken, developed and printed (on special, very expensive photo paper!) and all on a single theme. Cris wants to take mostly architectural pictures, so the 50mm lens that’s on my old Pratica MTL3 is not ideal, something wider angle would be better… so off to ebay I went to try and find something suitable- it turns out that the Practica uses the same M42 lens mount as all the old Russian lenses I’ve been buying, so I can kill two birds with one stone and get a lens for Cris to use that I can then use with my Sony A7iii as I already have an adapter- how convenient! πŸ˜‰

We’ve not gone to Russia this time, but Japan. After much research the sweet spot for 28mm ( a really nice focal length for architecture) seems to be the Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5, and I found a really nice one of the Mk.2 1966-1971 vintage for a very reasonable price.

It arrived yesterday, and of course I had to make sure it works OK before giving it to Crisp, so it came with me and Holly to the woods today. It’s not a super fast lens (f/3.5 max. aperture), but it’s super sharp all the way to the corners, has a very nice field of view and very little vignetting (there is a little in a couple of the following pictures, but I added that in post), and produces some lovely tones, especially in B&W πŸ™‚