I guess it's nice to be missed. Since my last post (that's probably about two years ago) I have been spending a lot of time on my studies, which has left very little time for posting here. Fortunately, it's paying off. If all goes according to plan, I'll have my Masters degree in 5 months time :)
I did travel quite a lot these last two years (I think I visited about 16 different countries, and can soon add 4 more to that list) and there are many shots I could post here. I'm going on vacation tomorrow to Croatia, but when I'm back I'll start a new thread with some of my latest travel photos.
To get back to topic, that 28-90 macro lens looks quite interesting. How close does it focus? Is it real macro (as in 1:1) or more like 1:2 (like many of the Sigma macro zooms)?
I still have 3 AI/AI-s lenses. I don't use them as much as I used to anymore. Most of my pictures now are taken while on vacation and more often than not I do not carry all my lenses with me anymore. Below are some thoughts about the lenses I have:
- 135 f/2.8 series E: I still use that one from time to time. It's double the focal length of my standard zoom, but it's very light so I can take that one with me wherever I go. It's quite sharp (especially from f/4 onwards) and the bokeh is rather nice. Most of the Series E primes are quite cheap, so they may be a nice bargain.
- Kiron 105 f/2.8: I got it for less than 100 euro at the time, so I guess I was lucky (the store that sold it for that price is now out of business). It's a great lens, no doubt about it, but $300+ dollar is a bit steep IMO for a lens that can neither autofocus nor meter. The lack of metering gets quite annoying if you're trying to fire the flash remotely or if the conditions change a lot. I don't know what brand new macro lenses cost in the US these days, but I bet 300 dollar will get you a long way towards such a lens.
- Sigma 500 AI-s mirror lens: I picked this one up quite cheaply. I always wanted to try such a lens to see if it's really as bad as people say. I was pleasantly surprised by the sharpness of the lens (I expected much worse), but the contrast is rather poor (although that can partly be fixed in post processing). Also, I can only get sharp images from a tripod. It's effectively f/11, so it's quite hard to get a shutterspeed that allows for sharp handheld shots.
I'm going on vacation in a couple of hours. I'll post again when I'm back in about 3 weeks.
Way to go on that Masters! Not a great excuse, but we'll let it slide. (JK). Just glad to see that you are Prospero-ing... and looking forward to some of your travel pics. You might consider starting a "Prosperos Travels" thread for that purpose.
The 28-90 will focus down to about 2.5 inches (from the lens) at 28mm. This image was shot at 28mm, f/4, 1/60sec. (flash). According to the manual (yes I got a manual with it) the macro is 1:3.3.
As you can see it's close enough to cast a flash shadow (no hood).
Nice to see you back, have a great holiday and I look forward to seeing the photos.
Yep $300 on a macro would go a long way to a Tammy 90 which will both meter and AF on the D7000.
Walking around after a night of heavy fog and... Using the Vivitar Series 1 28-90 (about 3" from the lens) 28mm, at f/4, ISO800. No processing.
I'm back from vacation and started the thread with travel pictures like you suggested.
Nice shot! You seem to be getting very sharp shots from the Vivitar.
Thanks..The 28-90 is working out very nicely.
You have a pretty ideal home location to hit some really amazing cities (and countrysides) on weekends. The closest I've been to your area (as an adult) is Eindhoven (when I worked for Philips) several years ago and Bruges more recently.
My home location is indeed close to many great cities. Delft, the Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht are all very easy to reach. Bruges is a bit further away, about two hours by car, but is also a very nice city. I visited that city about a year ago and will add the pictures to the travel thread soon.
As for the countryside; perhaps living here my whole live makes it all seem a bit dull. I much prefer the landscape elsewhere in Europe.
I always think of the countryside, in your area, as more pastoral. I suppose that the mountains and river valleys, to the East, would be more interesting in that case. Here we have the Pacific coastline, coastal mountains, central valley, and then the Sierra Nevada mountains, all within a 4 hour drive, so it's pretty diverse. What we don't have are the unique towns, cities, castles, and waterways, built in the past 700 years.
My time in most of these towns, like Bruges, was very brief (overnight), as they were business trips, and my travel photo-gear was pretty limited, as going through security in some areas (i.e. Heathrow) limited carry-on's to (absolutely) one item, so photo gear had to fit in my main bag. A train excursion is on my bucket list (from Turkey to Denmark)... good luck to me. :rolleyes:
Just a quick snap using the Vivtar Series 1 28-90 f/2.8-3.5. I plan on doing a shoot using this and the 75-205 in the near future.
50mm at f/4 ISO 400. Even the fence at the bottom right turned out pretty sharp.
The countryside here, what's left of it anyway, is indeed more pastoral. In four hours of driving there are some more intersting landscapes to be found, but its not nearly as diverse as your area.
Originally Posted by D70FAN
That train excursion sound great. There are lots of interesting places you can visit on that trip. A similar trip (but then from the Netherlands to Istanbul) is also on my list.