Monday, July 17, 2017

Voigtlander Color-Skopar 25mm f4 Lens

The Color-Skopar 25mm f4 lens: A discontinued but not disappointing lens from Voigtlander (Cosina). It's small, quite tiny compared to today's modern technology lenses; it's manual focus only and if you can find one it's not very expensive. Oh, and it's only available in M-mount.

Part One: Street life! With the lens mounted on my Sony A7II camera using an M-mount adapter I headed out to the streets of Yokohama.

A jogger sprinting toward the Noge district.

An outdoor coffee shop, not a cafe, they sell the beans here!

Summer casual. Trying to be cool and breezy on a hot summer day.

Sometimes the summer heat can make a guy feel a little cranky.

Jaywalking in Nihon Odori.

This lens is pretty sharp; not sure why it was discontinued.

25mm is (in my opinion) the ideal wide angle lens for everyday use.

The sun shines bright near Kannai station.

The Isezaki-cho shopping street. There are signs everywhere that say no riding bicycles; always ignored.

Come on get happy!

No shortage of lanterns in Hinodecho.

Jean Genie and her iPhone.

Bashamichi and her hat is glowing from the sun's rays.

She's got places to go and things to do.

She gave me a look, that "get your camera out of my face" look.

Wondering outside of the crosswalk. That's what happens in real life.

Part Two: Walking the Nobi - Kurihama coast line.

No better place for a wide angle lens than the beach!

Lying Frying in the sun.

Nobi beach is not for surfers.

I often come here to enjoy walking.

Nice sidewalks, rarely crowded, nice view too!

I seem to have the place to myself.


The land in the distance is the Bosso peninsula.

We have reached the end of the Nobi coast line walk.

In between the Nobi coast and Kurihama beach is the Kurihama power plant.

Kurihama beach!

It's not as exciting as Waikiki or Malibu but drink a few cold beers and it'll be just fine.

A concrete breakwater.

The fishing boats have a low profile so they can pass under the bridge that I'm standing on.

Sometimes a picture is only worth 2 words.

Last shot of the day: Where the river meets the sea, that's where I'll be!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Friday, July 14, 2017

Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm Lens

I spent a couple days walking around with the wide angle 15mm f4.5 lens mounted on my Sony A7II camera basically shooting from the hip and here are the results.

The thing about this lens is that one needs to get really close to the subject or they will appear to be far away. In this case I was standing right in front of the your lady with the camera around her neck.

I was only a couple feet away from the motorcycle but I would have liked to be even closer and shooting from a lower angle.

A well dressed group of people; probably just left a wedding reception.


People on the street.

So close and everything else is so far away.

The closer the better. Wide and tight.

Here comes the bus!

A jogger cooling off near Yokohama stadium.

The stadium fountain.

Baby, it's hot out here today.

Time to make a run through China town.

Follow the man with the flag.

The 15mm lens works well in the restaurant filled side streets.

There are hundreds of restaurants in China town.

Lady in Kimono.

Not only is she using a parasol she's also wearing sun shade covers on her arms.

This is an excellent example of how I like to use the 15mm lens. Close in on the main subject and with plenty of background.

I like the way the lanterns at this temple cast shadows on the ground.

Another up close with lots of background.

Gotta try that 100% beef cheesecake!

I see bell bottoms are making a comeback.

The shopping streets of Motomachi.

Nothing like a free sample.

Yamashita park.

Another guy that read my book "The Art of Retirement".

The Hikawamaru.

To hot out here for me to consider jogging but not for her.

Strangers passing in the heat of the day.

Time for a late lunch at "Jinya"one of my favorite restaurants.

Jinya is in an underground arcade with several stand bars.

A lot of people come here to quench their thirst in between gambling at a off-track horse racing venue on a floor up above.


Back out on the street in the hot afternoon.

Just outside Hinodecho train station.

Last shot of the day: No escaping the heat of the day.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike