Travel report: A journey through the Balkans

Travel report: A journey through the Balkans

Last two years I already visited (by airplane) the Balkan countries Montenegro and Albania for a hiking vacation with my girlfriend and a photography trip with my photo buddy Rick. The wild nature of the Balkans attracts me a lot. As the Balkans are not well known yet, and a lot of people from West Europe think its still dangerous there (most area’s are safe nowadays), you can walk around in the mountains without seeing anyone for a whole day.
The Balkan countries also have very nice, often old cities at the Adriatic coast which are touristic, but not nearly as those in e.g. Italy.

Below you can find a few pictures from my trip last year, which convinced me to go back again this year.  Most photo’s of this year can be found in high resolution here. The timelapse video my friend Rick made is also worth checking.

a7s | Samyang 14mm t/3.1 | Montenegro 2018
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a7s | Voigtländer 4.5/15 | Montenegro 2018
a7s | Samyang 14mm t/3.1 | Montenegro 2018

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Review: 7Artisans 75mm 1.25

Introduction

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7Artisans 75mm 1.25 via Metabones adapter on Sony A7rII

The 7Artisans 28mm 1.4 FE+ is a surprisingly well rounded prime for a very reasonable price. Now 7Artisans released an even faster 75mm f/1.25 lens. But is it as good as the 28mm lens? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

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Sony A7rII | 7Artisans 75mm 1.25 | f/1.25
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Sony A7rII | 7Artisans 75mm 1.25 | f/1.25
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Sony A7rII | 7Artisans 75mm 1.25 | f/1.25

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Sony FE List – a new tool

After a significant amount of work I am a little proud to present you the complete Sony FE list. The idea was to create a tool which makes it quick to look up and compare the specifications of every fullframe E-mount lens with CPU. You can reach it quickly at list.philllipreeve.net.

The list isn’t in it’s final form but it felt like it was time let it into the wild. If you have any suggestions on how to improve it or spot a mistake please leave a comment.

As always: Sharing the list is much appreciated :).

Phillip

The best lenses below $499 for the Sony a7 series – updated

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You can easily spend a fortune on lenses for your Sony E-mount camera but you don’t have to. These lenses all cost less than $499 and give you great image quality on your a7/a7II/a7III/a7rII-series camera.

For each lens we have summarized the defining strengths and weaknesses. We hope this will make it easier to decide for yourself, if the lens could fit your needs. Please make sure to check out our in-depth reviews for a much more detailed discussion of each lens.

There are certainly other lenses which would deserve a spot in this list but we only include lenses we have used ourselves, so please don’t take it personal if we haven’t included your favorite lens.

Voigtlander 5.6/12 M39

Compared to the DSLR lenses (like the Samyang 14mm 2.8) this lens is ridiculously small. This is a lens that will always easily fit into your bag, which is great if you not intend to shoot this wide on a regular basis. With the filter adapter it is even possible to use standard 77mm filters.

You should be aware of: The corners never reach excellent levels, huge vignetting, slow, not a good match for A7r.

175g + adapter | ~$450 | full Review | aperture seriessample images

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Review: Voigtlander 75mm F1.5 Nokton VM

The Voigtlander 75mm F1.5 is a very compact yet fast medium tele. In this review I test it’s performance on the Sony a7 series. Users of a Leica M should also gain a few insights from this review but I haven’t used it on a M.

Image Samples

Most images in this review can be found in full resolution in my Voigtlander 1.5/75 flickr set.

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