If photography needs to make sense you are probably not doing it right.
I started uttering this half-jokingly some time ago in response to being drawn to a piece of gear or a photo idea that steps outside the realm of the reasoned. Usually having to do with film somehow. (Brace yourself. This is a long one.)
No difference here. The usual starting place…
So there I was surfing the interwebs researching some random notion that washed over my psyche with no warning and I realized that there existed an Alpha 7 before the Alpha 7. More specifically the Minolta Alpha 7. And it was gorgeous. Was a good camera also I heard.
Never knew this camera existed, but now that I did I must have one.
A while back I wrote an apology
letter review to a lens. That was admittedly odd. This is another one of those.
Differences? The prior had a G badge while this one earned a Zeiss badge. The prior a telephoto zoom and this is a wide to short tele zoom.
- Costs $149 new as I write this.
- Small and light.
- Flexible focal length.
- Not the fastest focuser…
- but neither has any other macro I have used been. Acceptably quick. Unlike any other macro I have used autofocus is actually useful.
- 2.5x. (Woot!)
I wanted the Olympus PEN-F since the moment it came out. Why?
- I started my digital interchangeable lens journey with MFT and some of my favorite images ever were produced with that system. (Co-Op City, The Bronx)
- Have, adore, and wrote a blog post about the original half frame film PEN-FT for KEH.com. I LOVE this film camera and cannot possibly be unbiased about any camera named after and shaped somewhat like it (sample photos taken with it here and one below).
Combine the two bullets above, along with my appreciation for the film Olympus OM10 (on the left below),
…and time, and the camera used, etc. Had this lens before, but kvetched about the focal length a bit before moving on to the Olympus 25mm. Did not appreciate it as I should have. Did not expect to buy it again. What happened? Glad you asked. Simple. I used it with a new perspective. Recently it was the lens I used to test drive a second hand PEN-F that Southeastern Camera had in store. I do not know what I was thinking before, but I now love this lens. Why? Here is a list.
- Let’s get the non-technical bits out of the way first. All metal premium construction. Has nothing to do with the optics, but it matters. Feels like my favorite old film lenses and looks the business on the PEN-F. Even stacks up well aesthetically next to one of my all-time film favorites that also happens to be an Olympus.
As shared in a recent post I have re-entered the MFT system. With that I have started re-acquiring my favorite lenses from my earlier foray and acquiring a few that have become available since. Some are an amazing value and this lens sits on top of the MFT, or any system, bang for buck pile in my opinion. The Olympus M.Zuiko 40‑150mm F/4.0‑5.6 ED.