Beverly Hills Community Services gave me a great opportunity to lead a photography tour at the Greystone Mansion City Park. The tour was one of a handful that were done in place of the Beverly Hills Art Show. Unfortunately, the Art Show had to be canceled due to the current status of the world. Keep reading to see how the tour went.
Pentacon 500mm f5.6 Vintage Lens and the Fuji GFX 50s
Over the last year I have shifted to using more and more vintage lenses with my Fuji GFX 50s. Having access to vintage medium format lenses that provide sharp and distinctly different looks compared to modern digital lenses has been a joy. Lenses from Carl Zeiss Jena for the Pentacon 6 lens mount in particular have been great to shoot with. Using vintage lenses on modern digital cameras breathes new life into these amazing tools. Therefore, I felt required to try some of the Pentacon made lenses. The Pentacon 500mm f5.6 lens is the first of these lenses that I am writing a review for. Let’s see how this lens performed in some real world applications.
Photographing a Wedding With The Fuji GFX 50s
Photographing A Wedding With A Medium Format Camera
The thought of using a medium format digital camera on location, in usually less than ideal light, for a wedding with moving subjects, seems like an absolute disaster waiting to happen. Especially given there are no do overs in wedding photography. Alternatively, the high quality photos produced by the Fuji GFX 50s makes this concept extremely appealing. Read More
Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnor 300mm f4 and the Fuji GFX 50s
The possibility of using a modern digital medium format camera like the Fuji GFX 50s with almost any vintage medium format lens ever made is exciting and just makes my creative juices start to flow. One of these vintage lenses is the Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnor 300mm f4. There were so many legacy lenses produced. Therefore, their are many to choose from. There are many pros and cons to using vintage lenses on modern digital cameras which I won’t go into here, but a separate post on that topic is coming.
The Jena DDR 300mm lens I tested has the Pentacon Six mount. It is the most modern version of the lens, therefore it has multi coating. The older versions only had a single layer or no coating. This is the 3rd Carl Zeiss Jena DDR lens I have reviewed. So far, these lenses have all been outstanding optically, well constructed, and super fun to create photographs with.
Photographing an Art Installation With The Fuji GFX 50s
Photographing An Event With A Medium Format Camera
The thought of using a medium format digital camera on location, without strobes, for an event during the day and night, with moving subjects seems like an absolute disaster waiting to happen. Alternatively, the high quality photos produced by the Fuji GFX 50s is extremely appealing. Read More
Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnor 180mm f2.8 and the Fuji GFX 50s
When full frame mirrorless digital cameras started being manufactured a few years ago, it breathed new life into a vast amount of vintage film camera lenses. One of these vintage lenses is the Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnor 180mm f2.8. This was expanded when Fuji released the affordable GFX 50s medium format mirrorless camera. There are many pros and cons to using vintage lenses on modern digital cameras which I won’t go into here, but a separate post on that topic is coming.
The Jena DDR 180mm lens I tested has the Pentacon Six mount. It is the most modern version of the lens, therefore it has multi coating. The older versions only had a single layer or no coating. This lens is considered by many to be the crown jewel of Pentacon 6 Carl Zeiss lenses and an amazing portrait lens.
The Flashpoint R2 eVOLV 200 First Impression
Lets start with the obvious here. The Flashpoint R2 eVOLV 200 is a variance of the Godox ad200 and is sold at Adorama in the US. This system appears to check all the boxes a photographer would want in a flash system. It is small, portable, and at 200 watts of power brighter than a modern speed light at about the same size. There are a stable full of accessories and gadgets that make the flash even more attractive. My Flashpoint eVOLV 200 first impression is that these strobes pack a big punch in a portable package.
Given that this system also has a transmitter for most of the major camera brands adds to the excitement. I shoot medium format and full frame cameras from different manufactures. Being able to use the same lighting system by just changing out the transmitter is a huge plus of not needing to buy portable speed lights for both systems. The eVOLV 200 also has High Speed Sync (HSS) as icing on the cake.
Now that we’ve gotten all excited about the possibilities, let’s see how it performed the first time out.