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Cookies!! Quick snap of a prickly pear cactus pad that resembles the cookie monster from Sesame Street!…

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Now more than 90+ lenses available for your Sony FE cameras

Sigma has two new lenses (14/1.8 and 24-70/2.8) with factory supplied adapters for Sony FE cameras; these new additions bring the total factory adapted lenses to 10+, and native FE system lenses to over 80.  We now have over 90 lenses to choose from for our Sony FE cameras; so is that enough? Unfortunately, I don't think so.  Most of the lenses are wide to mid length primes, with very few zoom telephoto options right now, and zero telephoto primes over 135mm.

Sony a9 with free Sandisk 128gb extreme pro UHS-II SDXC here.

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New review lens


The Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC DN will be the first APS-C lens I’ve reviewed in almost three years.  I like the focal length on the smaller sensor, and the coverage is about 45mm in 135 format.

I’ll have some full resolution test shots up in a few days.…

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Today’s blast from the past; Glory Dimples and Lard Whistlers!


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Let’s do a little window shopping today, shall we?  Think we might need a box of Glory Dimples?  Or maybe some Kyanize enamel paint to touch up those worn out balls!!  Other items of interest: Otter Bait Pail, re-purposed as a ball washer perhaps; and in the right lower corner some cone shaped tees …

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New wide angle lenses from Sony

Sony announces two new super wide angle lenses for their 'e' mount with full frame coverage.  Both are zooms; a 16-35/2.8 which is a faster version of this lens, and the other one was a bit unexpected, a 12-24mm F/4.

The 16-35mm F/2.8 'G Master' is a 16 element in 13 group design, which looks to be significantly more complicated than the F/4 Zeiss version with a configuration of 12 elements in 10 groups.

Pluses for this lens; lightweight for a fast zoom, focus hold button, 11 blade circular aperture, (I prefer 6-8 straight blades for more defined sunstars, but that's just me), dual DDSSM focusing, and dust and moisture resistant.

Now on the downside; no OSS, or optical steady shot; huh?  Super expensive at $2200, 82mm front filter also expensive.

I have the Sony FE 16-35mm F/4 OSS, (review here), and like it a lot, so this new faster version will have to be


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Century old snapshot from Marblehead MA

Greetings from the corner of Mugsford and Washington st!  I thought I'd display another sample from my glass plate negative collection, (this one is tiny for back in the day, but considered large by today's standards), it measures exactly 2¼ x 3¼" (6x9).  Our Georgian style Isaac Mansfield designed subject is The Old Town house in Marblehead Massachusetts, built in 1727, more info here.  I'm guessing the image was probably taken in the teens to early 1920s as the car on the left suggests; looks like a

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