Analogue Adventures – Part 2: First Roll of Film

Introduction

Leica M6 | Voigtländer VM 35mm 1.2 III | f/1.2 | Ektar 100 expired | color corrected

In one of my drawers I found two rolls of Ektar 100 from the times a roll was only 8€. Expired 2015. Not exactly properly stored. So a good opportunity to see if the exposure meter works and where I stand with the rangefinder calibration of this camera.

What lenses to use?

Leica M6 | Voigtländer VM 75mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | Ektar 100 expired | BW conversion

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A Few More Team Lenses for Sale

Many of us here at the Phillipreeve team acquire too many lenses. We never get given lenses, but we buy a lot because we are lensaholics. Some of us more than others. From time to time we have too many.

David

I always seem to have too many. What happens is I buy something that is supposed to replace a previous piece of kit, but I come up with a stupid excuse for a special niche use case which justifies keeping the thing that was supposed to be be replaced.

New year’s resolution: goodbye to niche use cases. If I have two equally good lenses (or lenses with slightly different benefits and costs but doing the same basic job) toss a coin and sell one!

So I thought I’d give you guys a chance to buy them. You get the benefit that you know who we are, I get the benefit of, well, free advertising I guess.

So what I will do is list three lenses that I have taken photos of ready for sale, and then list a few more that I am happy to sell, but won’t take photos or research what would be price fair to buyer and seller unless you send me a message and ask me to do that. Of course if I take photos etc of those extra lenses, you aren’t obligated to buy: but please don’t ask unless you are at least genuinely interested!

Extra lenses I’m prepared to sell include: HD Pentax 35mm f2.8 macro, Sigma 2.8/150mm macro (second model), Loxia 50mm, CV Heliar 40mm f2.8 with a beautiful Yeenon helicoid that makes it quite nice to focus, Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8, Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8.

I live in AUSTRALIA so they will be priced in AUD; I include a USD equivalent just for your info, but if you buy it’s the AUD price that counts!  Postage is 20AUD to anywhere in Australia. I am prepared to post to most countries at whatever the post office courier service will change. It’s probably about USD50.  If I send it to another country, the service is quite reliable, but your country may have duties, taxes, and some hassle picking it up – this varies from none to quite a lot so you need to know what YOUR country does. You will be responsible for all taxes import duty or hassle.

Condition of all is optically mint; cosmetics I’d grade excellent (genuinely excellent, not Japanese eBay excellent!) to mint, but judge by photos.

Send me a message if you are interested in these three, or any of the others listed above!

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar ZF.2 135mm f2.0

Price: $1240 AUD (about USD 890 or 790 euro)

Original box, documents, hood and both caps.

If you want a Novoflex adapter to Sony E as part of the package, it’s an extra $60AUD.

Perhaps the best built lens I have every used. Lovely bokeh and a sharp as a tack from wide open. Selling because I bought the GM to have autofocus.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8

SOLD

I have loved this gorgeous featherweight. It’s a great lens, and very light, just fits in your travel bag and this copy is very sharp. Selling because I got the 14GM. Temptd to keep the Batis because it’s lighter, and quite a difference in FL. But it’s too much cash invested in UW, and I can always crop the GM if I really want this FL (or use my 21mm)

Canon L 200mm f2.8

I reviewed this lens here, and like it a lot. 200mm f2.8 lenses are very rare now, because the assumption is everyone wants a 70-200 f2.8 zoom. But a prime is smaller, lighter and this one is very even from edge to edge.  I’m selling because I need to raise the cash to pay off my GM135 and I figure I can crop that to get a tighter look when needed. Again, must resist niche case arguments to keep a lens!

price is 600 AUD (about 430 USD)

No box, but does include original caps and hood.

Thanks for reading if you have got this far, and a reminder of what else I am prepared to sell:

HD Pentax 35mm f2.8 macro, Sigma 2.8/150mm macro (second model), Loxia 50mm, CV Heliar 40mm f2.8 with a beautiful Yeenon helicoid that makes it quite nice to focus, Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8, Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8. Maybe more soon!

Bastian

I decided to join the spring cleaning with a few lenses that see too little use.

I will ship to all european countries and all prices are without shipping. If you live in Germany you can add 6€ for shipping, within EU should be around 16€.
Payment is possible via Paypal or Bank Transfer.

I will only ship insured with DHL. If you want to come to Stuttgart you can also check out the lens you are interested in in person and have a little chat.

If you are interested leave a comment with your Email address and I will get back to you.

Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0L USM

SOLD

If you already have an AF adapter this is a real bargain telephoto. This is a late production model (code is visible, so you can check if you want) in “as new” condition. It comes with the original lens hood, an iShoot Arca compatible tripod collar and the original box (which unfortunately has a big dent).
Many of these 70-200mm lenses have centering issues. I shimmed this one to give a very even across frame performance at all focal lengths.
This is not the Canon EF 70-200mm 4.0L USM I have reviewed here, this is a later and better sample.

Canon EF 1.4x Extender II

SOLD

This Canon extender also comes in “as new” condition with original caps and box. No signs of usage visible.

TTArtisan 11mm 2.8 fisheye M-mount

Price: 249€

I bought the review copy after I was finished with the review and I haven’t used it since. Comes in “as new” condition as well, no signs of usage visible. Comes with caps and box, but without the 11mm finder, keep that in mind when you plan on using it on an M-mount camera without Liveview/EVF.
This is the same lens I reviewed here.

Canon EF 200mm 2.0L IS USM

Price: 4499€

canon ef 200mm 2.0 l is usm sony 42mp high res review 1.8 comparison sharpness bokeh resolution brenizer

If you are desperately searching for one of these in absolute mint condition I may also part with it, but this is pick up in Stuttgart only.
Comes with both polarizer and ND filter holder.
Same lens as in my review.

Review: TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 M

Introduction

ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 on Leica M10

When people hear TTArtisan many may connect that name to very fast lenses like the 50mm 0.95 or the 90mm 1.25, but today we are looking at something very different: a compact 28mm 5.6 for M-mount.
A maximum aperture of f/5.6 doesn’t sound that exciting, but then tiny lenses are always welcome here, so let’s have a closer look!
The lens is being tested on 24mp Leica M10 and 42mp Sony A7rII.

Sample Images

ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6
ttartisan 28mm 5.6 m m-mount pancake review smallest leica contrast sharpness resolution
Sony A7III | TTArtisan 28mm 5.6 | f/5.6

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Analogue Adventures – Part 1: Choosing a Camera

Introduction

Agfa Isolette – roughly worth its weight in strawberries

I shot analogue with two cameras in the past, a Nikon F80 and a Nikon FE2.

The F80 is actually a very modern camera which supports AF, VR, matrix metering and a few other things, but the rubber got sticky and I got rid of most of my Nikon lenses quite some time ago, so I have little incentive to use it these days.

The FE2 was better at giving the “analogue” feeling, but some parts of the mechanics are broken as the film advance doesn’t work properly. So on my first and only roll of film with this camera I ended up with a bunch of useless quadruple exposures.

The adventure of analogue photography ended for me here.

Until the day I was strolling through Stuttgart and discovered a camera store displaying a Nikon FM2, FM3a and F3 – all in mint condition and all – at least to my eyes – beautiful cameras. I got the idea of getting one of those, because: why not shoot some film for a change?

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Review: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art

Introduction

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art is one of many fast 85mm lenses for the system. Is this lens the cheaper and lighter alternative to the Sony GM 85mm f/1.4 we were hoping for?

Sample Images

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art | f/1.4

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