Thanks for reading/viewing along on my journal here. I know the last posts have been more of a visual record of my practicing with my various photography combos. Just like getting up early to walk or shoot hoops, practicing with different camera combos to build up the muscle memory is always a good thing. Plus with all the different tech that has come out in the last 20 years, we can always use creativity when not working on serious gigs to figure out combos that wouldn’t necessarily be responsible or practical.
Like this one, a Canon 24mm 1.4L on the Sony A7 via the Sigma MC-11 adapter. This camera model doesn’t have phase detect AF so it’s a manual focus combo only really but it’s very good at both extreme apertures. f/1.4 is of course an artistic blurry bokeh dream up close, and f/16 in good light has a great filmic look too. It happened with old FD lenses, once thrift store bargains, they became crazy expensive in the video world. I think the same thing will happen to these still very excellent EF lenses as everyone is being pushed to RF. Many of the mark 1 versions of the Canon L lenses are very close to the visual signature of the FD lenses, I can think of the 85mm 1.2 and this 24mm for example.
And yes I do know how to shoot at apertures besides wide open. 😉 One reason I like this combo (Canon lenses on Sony bodies) is that it’s finally given me the ability to fully use Canon lenses on a Nikon level sensor. Since Sony makes the sensors in almost every camera out there this is the closest I can get (it’s essentially a D600), as I haven’t bought a Z mirrorless camera yet to adapt other lenses. It’s funny I’ve been such a Nikon supporter/user over the years but have spent lots of time and money buying other brands instead of transitioning (railroaded?) into the Z system. I believe it’s more of me being so used to and content with all the Nikon DSLR’s than the quality of the Z cameras (they are great).
Anyways back to more photos with this combo that I’ll be using more of going forward. I’ve always liked the Canon 24mm on my native Canon bodies, but adapting it on the A7 you really get to see the uncorrected look with character, but with the raw editing power of the 24mp gen sensor that Sony/Nikon shooters have known for a decade+ now.
In fighting games there’s practice/training mode and in the photography world it’s basically get out of the house, enjoy a nice walk and then return to the house with many raw files and hours at the computer to look forward to. 😭