Just before I headed to Europe at the beginning of the summer, I bought the Sony 28mm f/2 wide angle lens. It’s only $450, cheap for the Sony lenses that go with the A7-series full-frame mirrorless cameras. I also picked up a used Sony A7 II, so I had a camera to shoot in low light at high ISOs where my regular Olympus micro four-thirds kit doesn’t deliver the image quality I want.
The Sony A7R II that I rented for the past 10 days, brand new in the box from the rental company, needs to be shipped back today. Ten days, in between dropping off our son at college, isn’t enough to really test a camera this complex. But it’s enough to judge the key elements and to get a feel for it.
And to be ambivalent about it as I pack it up to return it. Ambivalence seems to be my thing with Sony cameras, I have learned.
Lots of doubt had surrounded my taking the new Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro to Barcelona with me. For one, it’s a pretty heavy lens. For two, it’s a pretty large lens.
As such these aren’t problems, but large and heavy is just not part of the Micro Four-Thirds ‘gestalt’ and certainly wasn’t my idea of having a fun time shooting in a hot and humid city.
I had even bought the much smaller and lighter Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens to take along with me, so I could leave the 7-14mm behind and take to the streets with a lighter wide angle zoom.
Now, after four days in Barcelona, I find once again that life is full of ironies: I haven’t used the 9-18mm at all. It’s been sitting in the bag, untouched. And I haven’t used the 7-14mm wide open in the cathedral I most wanted it for, instead stopping it down for more sharpness.
Ok, moving on.
Just when I have the most time for and interest in photography is when I’m most limited with the gear I can take. That’s the quandary facing me now that I’m about to leave for five weeks in Europe.
Part of the trip will be spent with my family in my hometown. The other part will be a road trip from Holland via France to Barcelona, Spain, and back. I’m spending about a week driving, with stops for photography, and a week in Barcelona.
So, it’s a great time to try new gear that doesn’t get much use at home.
Excitement quickly replaced disappointment a few days ago as I tested the eagerly anticipated Kipon EOS to Micro Four Thirds adapter that promised us fast autofocus performance with Canon lenses on MFT cameras.
I had ordered my copy from China on eBay and got it in the mail Saturday morning. A little later, I mounted my Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II via the adapter on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and headed out to the Hudson to give it a shot. Since the MFT system has plenty of good short glass, what I really want is to be able to use Canon’s long lenses on my MFT cameras.
At first, things looked okay. Focus wasn’t stellar, but it was acceptable at 400mm with the camera set at single AF and the large or small center point used.
But quickly weird things started happening: