Friday, September 25, 2015

A Day with the Voigtlander 28mm f2 Ultron Lens

The Voigtlander 28mm f2 Ultron lens is a nice wide angle lens made in Japan. It's an "M" mount lens so I used the Voigtlander close focus "M" mount adapter to attach it to my Sony A7II camera. Now that we've got all that out of the way, here's a set of pictures I took last Saturday while walking around Yokohama.

Yes, it's the Ookagawa river. Boat landing to the left, public restroom to the right.

Passing through a back alley in Bashamichi. I can imagine that this place is quite enchanting at night with the lanterns and fake tree lights on.

The standard Mama-san bicycle. Basket on the front, and a nice looking Mama-san at the helm.

The 28mm lens is perfectly suited for taking landscape type images.

People roaming around a Vietnam food festival at Nippon Odori.

This is the nice thing about Yokohama, there's always an event going on somewhere. The Vietnamese food smelled great.

All roads lead to China Town.

This is high noon in China town.

Steamed pork manju - hot and ready to eat.

The 28mm is pretty good at taking the big picture and being up-close and personal at the same time.

The Chinese had fast food down pat way before McDonald's.

A herd of tourists looking for a place to eat lunch. With so many restaurants to choose from this could be a difficult decision to make.

When people aren't looking for a place to eat they're busy shopping.

A kitchenware shop.

Another good use for the 28mm Ultron - taking pictures of temples!

Not far from China town is the upscale shopping district of Motomachi.

This place is packed with happy shoppers today.

After swiftly passing through Motomachi I paused outside of the Yokohama Doll Museum to take this shot of a bronze doll. The Doll Museum may not sound like a very interesting place, but it is! Well worth a visit if one is in the area.

Even though this is a wide angle lens, it does pretty good for close up work too.

Yamashita park.

The stern of the Hikawa Maru; steamship/floating museum.

This was the highlight of the day. At the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, I was finally able to go inside the theater. This room is usually not available for viewing by the general public.

Just outside the second floor left side entrance to the theater.

And, into the right side entrance.

Opened in 1917 the place is splendid!

Ground floor level.

After WWII this theater was used to show movies to the U.S. Army troops that were occupying Japan. I have been wanting to get a look at this room for a long time.

Back on the prowl we see a man selling Yakisoba to people heading to Yokohama stadium to watch a baseball game.

A crow drinks in Odori koen. So far, I haven't found anything not to like about the 28mm Ultron.

It's amazing how many different events can be going on in a single day in Yokohama. Sometimes it's good to be the boss.

I don't know what this procession is all about, but it's fun to watch.

These two charming ladies were bringing up the rear.

Last shot of the day. I call this "From here to infinity"
All-in-all, I think very highly of this lens!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f4 Test Run

I bought a Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f4 (M-mount) telephoto lens for use on my Sony A7II camera. At f4 this is not a particularly fast lens but I’m finding that a wide aperture like f1.4 isn’t all that essential in getting good pictures; or a least the kind of pictures I like to take.  Anyway, having said all that these are some test shots I took last Sunday.

It's Japan-South Korea Friendship day in Hinodecho today.

My good friend Nicky is always ready to pose for a test shot of a new lens.

She'll even turn the other cheek.

We were having lunch in an Italian restaurant in Bashamichi and this lamp with the brick background look like the kind of thing a person checking out a new lens would take a picture of.

A gas street light in Bashamichi.

Another gas street light in Bashamichi with the copper domed Kanagawa Historical Museum in the background.

Hanging out at the SriLankan tea house.

Crouching dragon adorning a tourist boat.

The love of my life.

What the heck! Who let me in here?

A walk will do him good.

The cruise ship Asuka II; registry Yokohama Japan.

The art of fishing. I guess he didn't see all the no fishing signs posted everywhere.

The little girl with red shoes statue in Yamashita park. Probably one of the most photographed statues in the world.

The Minatomirai sky line.

Yamashita dori. Plenty of gas street lights here too.

China Town! Home of the man with the octopus head.

One of the many shopping streets in China Town.

I can fly!

Hanging out in front of the tasty dumpling shop.

The lady in red, just another pretty face in the crowd.

A flower grows in Yokohama park.

And, many more keep it company.

Putting the street in street photography.

Live performance at the Noge Jazz Festival.

When you're good people will line the streets to watch.

Singing the blues.

A street photographer.

She's putting her heart and soul into this song.

And, the crowd goes wild!

Last shot of the day. I call this "Yellow Lanterns"

Well, the Tele-Tessar is a great lens and I'm glad I bought it.

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