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Twigs Test – Take 7

Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Maxxum (Minolta) AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 (Big Beercan). Originally produced by Minolta (1986), and currently produced by Sony, the AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6, is a telephoto zoom photographic lens. The first generation body is made of metal. There is a focus limiter switch to speed up focusing. The lens and the Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 lens are known as the “Big Beercan” and “Beercan” because their lens shape and size closely match the proportions of a typical aluminum beercan.

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Twigs Test – Take 6

Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 (Beercan). The lens is colloquially knows as the “beercan”.

It was introduced in 1985, however, production slowed and then eventually stopped; its successors, the Sony 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 and Sony 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 had none of the qualities of the original and build and image quality decreased.

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Twigs Test – Take 5

Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Sony 55-200mm F/4-5.6 SAM (SAL-55200-2). The lens makes a good companion to the Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 (SAL-1855) “kit” lens offered by Sony. With a 3.6x zoom and focal length equivalent of 82.5-300mm, I can bring subjects up pretty close, though this isn’t the only telephoto lens offered in this price range, I also got the Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6, more on this later (Take 8).

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Twigs Test – Take 4

Day four of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 35-70mm F/4 Macro (Mini Beercan). Nicknamed The Mini Beercan, this lens is originally built for film SLR but due to its great performance … its still accepted as one of the best performing Minolta lens even on a DSLR. This lens works very well on APS-C cameras, but the focal range is not very desirable it has the equivalent in Full Frame terms of 52.5-105mm. I I would rather use the Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm (Take 2) lens because it’s a lot wider.

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Twigs Test – Take 3

Day three of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 28-135mm. This is one of the original Minolta AF lenses from the mid 1980s, and is now over 30 years old. It’s well built, with a minimum of plastic components, which makes it heavy for its size. This lens was also quite expensive when introduced and still goes for $400+ in in excellent condition. Sony has a current lens (Minolta designed) similar in focal length, the 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5, but it doesn’t perform as well overall.

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Our Backyard (Take 2) – Week 6

Still confined to rest, staying home, so today’s set is the a alternate view of my backyard. This set shows the backyard from another angle providing a good indication about the impact of the six focal lengths of the wide-angle Sony DT 16-105mm lens without a distant distracting background.

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Sky before the Storm – Week 6

My movements are still restricted to my home. Part of nature photography are clouds, and I was again lucky that there were some interesting clouds hanging around, just what I needed for today’s set.

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Takeaway from Week Four

There is no question that my photograph is influenced much more by the choice of my lens lens than by my camera. Sharpness, contrast, depth of focus, clarity, and detail are all determined almost exclusively by the lens; it forms the image, while the camera simply captures it.

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Takeaways from Week Three

Week 3 was all about using my Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7 lens, which translates to a focal length of 75mm on my Sony SLT α77 with a APS-C sensor. This FL is not ideal for traditional landscape photography, however larger FL can offer a nice change of pace for contemporary landscape photography providing a narrow field of view.

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Takeaways from Week One

To recap, the purpose of this year’s project 365 is to improve my landscape photography. To do so the first step to to learn more about my lenses, to understand what they see, so that I can select the right lens for the vision I have about a particular scene.

Week one was to only take photos with my 35mm (52mm FF) lens as it is most comparable to what the human eye can see in its field of view. This focal length is perfect to convey scenes in an instantly recognizable way, keeping aspects looking true to life and solely focusing and drawing the viewer’s eye towards the background.

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