Jun 19 2013

Wide Angle Waterfront

Category: Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 22:43

Some more of the testing with an orange filter on the Zeiss 21mm lens from yesterday. These at the correct ISO (unlike the high ISO shots I posted yesterday). Shot these without the viewfinder on, but did pretty well on framing. Check the moon and jets in some of these. The little Zeiss is a fantastic lens! And I am really enjoying the extra contrast definition in the clouds from the use of the orange filter. The set is POSTED HERE.

Jun 19 2013

Rookie Mistake

Category: Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 07:06

A small batch testing an orange filter that arrived. Forgot I had fired off a few burst in the apartment several days ago at 2500 ISO to test burst capacity of an SD card. So, while me test of how nice fluffy clouds look with this orange filter works, the shots look more like film due to the high ISO digital noise. Still they are a nice set. POSTED HERE.

Jun 03 2013

Daily Shots, Mostly Fisherman’s Terminal

Category: Daily Drivel,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 17:10

A small batch from today. POSTED HERE.

May 30 2013

Look Ma… No Viewfinder!

Category: Daily Drivel,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 16:57

Played with the 21mm lens without putting on the external viewfinder. Just guessed on composition. All are full frame so you can judge for yourself (except one I cropped as I shot it vertical when it was not anywhere near necessary, just out of habit. Results are POSTED HERE.

Was guessing I'd get the tail of the car, just missed.

May 14 2013

Guns Drugs and Sex

Category: Daily Drivel,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 22:45

Walking home I got the camera out to shoot an old brick building with an old painted sign in homage to a nice shot by a friend and coworker. Then I decided to do a few more of those. And then I spotted some nice clouds. So I ended up shooting all the way home. These are all with the Zeiss 35mm Biogon f/2 lens at f/8 and f/11 except a couple in Post alley at f/2.8. I am please to get as good as I did as I forced myself to do this all with no chimping. And some were pretty tricky exposure situation. Some ended up fairly noisy as I raised the exposure as they were underexposed. However, with the kind of window glare I was shooting, it was that or vast tracts of blown out highlights. As the monochrom handles pushing shadows as well as it does, I felt the underexposure was an acceptable risk. Only a few of the shots were under enough to cause levels needing noise reduction, but there was one where it was enough to create some banding in the shadow ares that was beyond correction. Anyway, if you are one of my photo phreak friends they may be interesting for this, and for the amazing sharpness of this lens and the Monochrom combination. For the rest of you, there are some nice fluffy clouds, too. Oh, and the reason for the name of the post is in there, too. The set is POSTED HERE.

Signs. The Alaska Building and the Courtyard Marriott. Plus the edge of the Lyon Building.

Jan 13 2013

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Category: Daily Drivel,Sony Baloney,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 16:55

Tri-Elmar, and Tri-Elmar again.

Went for breakfast to Chinook’s at the Fisherman’s Terminal. Took the cameras and went shooting afterward. Rita with the M9-P and the Medium Angle Tri-Elmar, me with the Monochrom, shooting a few on my 50mm but mostly on the Zeiss 21mm. I also used the Sony RX1 a bit, not really in a color mood, but just to familiarize myself more with it’s handling, as it will be my “color backup” for a while. I’m putting up two galleries, all the color are mixed (thought the VAST majority are Rita’s Leica shots), and the black and white are separated out. Neither gallery is huge, but if you are not a boat fan, I wouldn’t bother.

A few more words on the Tri Elmar, wow, wow, WOW. Am I glad, glad, GLAD this baby didn’t sell. The color from this thing blows me away. I did so little adjustment on these, and honestly, most of them would have been fine straight out of camera. The 50mm and 35mm settings are great. The weakness in the 28mm is real, but it is just for far away landscape type shots. Used on close up objects it is really quite good as well. Makes me really happy to be able to give Rita a bit of her “zoom days” flexibility back, but have it be Leica prime quality. And I can’t overstate the beauty of the color rendering from this thing.

So the galleries are up for those willing to look at boats and boat bits for a while. The color set is POSTED HERE.

And the black and white set, and it’s a dandy, is POSTED HERE. (And did I mention it was cold as @#*$ explicative deleted)???

Jan 12 2013

Tryin’ the Tri Elmar again.

Category: Daily Drivel,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 19:54

Took a walk to Anthony’s for lunch after Rita got off work. I wanted to see if she is “stuck” using the Leica M9-P as her camera for a while, would the Medium Angle Tri Elmar (MATE) be an acceptable lens for her. I recently gave a try at selling this lens, but couldn’t get what I felt was a below what it’s worth price for it. After the test I did with the Sony RX1 resulting in the feeling that it was not going to be a good replacement for her Sony NEX7 (unless later firmware improves it), I was willing to give this lens another chance.

The results are questionable, because we pulled a rookie mistake and all her shots were 800 ISO, and on the M9 800 is grainier than I like. However, as a first test I can make a few observations. First, the 50mm setting if excellent, the 35 is very good, and it is just a few weak areas in the 28mm that keep this lens from being ideal for Rita. At 28mm, this lens behaves like I found the 35mm on the Sony RX1 did. Soft at the distance (when shooting at infinity) at lower apertures. I will have to test more to see if it improves much when stopped down. But as wide is NOT Rita’s thang, I don’t think this is a killer on use of the lens. I’ll wait for more test to decide, but for now, I’m more impressed with the lens than when I tested it the first time.

I think this is a case where when compared directly against one of my other lenses, I favor the other lenses because as a self confessed pixel peeper, it is not as clinically sharp. But I think it is actually not so much “less sharp” as it is “old school rendering” that makes the difference. When I just look at the results from this lens for themselves, as opposed to back to back with one of the other lenses, I really like the feel of the images. It renders colors and depth of field much more akin to a much older lens, even though this is new enough to be an ASPH lens. My guess is that in order to accommodate the changing from one focal length to another, the lens design is a simpler one overall. That’s just a layman’s guess. I do know this was an expensive lens to produce, and that compared to a traditional “zoom” that functioned between 28mm and 50mm it’s amazingly better. The softness at distance at 28mm is no where near how soft objects at infinity appear on a zoom when zoom in. And when this lens is at it’s max (50mm) setting, it is really, really good.

Let’s just say I am glad it did not sell. The results of today’s shots are posted now. Granted they are from 800 ISO so not super, they are still nice. There are two set posted as I like to keep the black and white separate. And I did shoot a few, though only Rita shot on the trip down to Anthony’s as I was calling out for request test shots. Her shots, in color, are POSTED HERE.

And the black and white stuff from the Monochrom (with the Zeiss 35mm f/2, btw) are POSTED HERE.

Jan 05 2013

Japanese Garden Plus

Category: Family & Friends,Sony Baloney,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 16:15

Two more batches in the color vs black and white theme. These are from last weekend in Portland. The color set is from the Sony RX1 and the black and white from my Monochrom. The Color set has extras in front and back. That is, there are some shots from a breakfast with Ruby and Ray Jacoshenk from before we went to the gardens and a few of the grandkids from our breakfast with just them the next morning. Thus the plus in the title. Color POSTED HERE.

And my black and white set is POSTED HERE. (And no the one below is not a double exposure).

Dec 22 2012

Waterfront Walk to Lunch

Category: Daily Drivel,Zeiss CheezeRandall Kelley @ 21:21

Walked with Rita to lunch. Miserable weather, but we did a few shots each, her color on the M9-P and me B&W on the Monochrom. POSTED HERE.

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