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Kodak Moment #8, Naneun Keuliseumaseuleul Jibe Galgeoya

or, for our Western audience, Hi Honey, I’ll be home for Christmas…just not this Christmas.

Today’s Kodachrome slide entry was taken in war torn Korea around Christmas of 1952. The subject is a Korean Radio Tech making a call on a Voice Terminal Bay at a Chonan (later spelled Cheonon) repeater station; I actually don’t know what he’s saying here, …

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Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM full size test images

Here are some test image sets from the Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM.  There are five full size images at each marked focal length; 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm; from F/2.8 to F/11.  The test scene is similar to what you see in the image above, at each focal length.  Sony A7R used for review.

I'll make some crops from the centers, mid-sections, and corners and put them side by side as I've done in the past, but that will be included in the review.

So far, sharpness and contrast seem first rate, but there's more to a good lens than resolution, so we'll check the other features and qualities in the full review.

For right now, click the F/number links below for the full size image, and see what you think.  All sets were taken using the same shutter speed for each aperture setting and each focal length.  Images are Jpegs with no adjustments made, in-camera or otherwise...

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Kodak Moment #7 The “RAIDER”

There's fresh snow, so fire up your snowmobile, grab a film camera, and let's hit the trails!  Not in Tucson though, darn it.

I'm still waiting for good sunny weather so I can shoot some test images with the Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM lens.  Hopefully I should have something out in a couple of days. In the mean time, I thought I'd post another Kodak moment picture; this time it's an Ektachrome slide from about 1979/80.

The subject is me, and a 1974 Raider Eagle Snowmobile.  The Raider was unique in that it had twin tracks, a rear mounted engine, and padded cockpit seating; more pictures or Raiders here.  Our Raider had a 440 CCW engine, electric start with a tachometer and speedometer. When the engine was tuned up properly, and on hard packed snow, It would do about 70 MPH (113kph).  Some people worried about what would happen if you rolled it over being seating inside the vehicle and not really able to jump out quickly; I did that one time, and it wasn't actually a bad experience.  A strong neck and the knit cap was good enough as I slid along, upside down and into a snow bank.

The Raider was a fun ride, but it had a lot of problems, mainly due to it being a low production, short run vehicle, and as a result, they never really had the time or resources to get the bugs worked out.  My Grandfather bought this brand new Raider at an auction for almost nothing; they were going out of business; and shortly after that, my Dad talked my grandfather out of it, and we ended up owning it for about 5 years.  I remember my last Raider ride, I think it was early winter in 1981 after a big snow, the first ride of the new season.  I decided to 'drag race' my buddy in his 1970 Pontiac LeMans Sport on the street in front of our house, and as I hit about 6000 RPM on the tach, the chain came apart and flew through the fiberglas body right beside me. We ended up dragging it home behind his car, and putting it in the garage. Unfortunately, that was the last ride for me; Dad ended up fixing it and sold it shortly after.

Interesting side notes; notice the black padded 'seat' on the rear engine cover, you could carry a passenger here, where they would hang on for dear life using the little plastic hand strap just in front of the seat.  Check out my orange Michigan 'safe snowmobiler' patch on my right shoulder, and the 'Coors' beer knit cap which was a typical 'helmet' back then.  There's nothing like beer and snowmobiling when you're 15 years old!  Also notice the hardware store 'photojottings' stickers on the side...

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Next lens up for review, Sony FE 24-70/2.8 GM with comparisons.

Our next review lens is the Sony FE 'G' Master 24-70mm F/2.8.  I'll be doing a 'running' review; which means I'll post sections of the review as I get them done, instead of waiting to finish the entire review before posting it.  First up will be full size sample test images, and then comparisons with other lenses that I have, including the Sony FE Zeiss 24-70/4, Sony FE Zeiss 35/2.8, Sony FE Zeiss 16-35/4 and maybe the Sony Zeiss 55/1.8.

The 24-70mm F/2.8 'G' Master lens is supposed to be the sharpest mid-zoom yet from Sony, so It should be interesting to see how it performs against other lenses at the same focal lengths.

I should be able to get out some test samples within a couple of days, so check back often.

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Sony Zeiss 16-70mm F/4 update

The most asked question for both of my websites is if the Sony 16-70mm (B&H, Amazon, eBay), is a decent lens.  My conclusion was not two thumbs up, and I thought it was a bit pricey for the performance.

At the time of the review, (December 2013), on my old site, I couldn't post full size images, but I can here at photojottings, and I was able to find some of the original test shots with a 'set' at three different focal lengths, 16mm, 23mm and 70mm.

I've also updated the review here on this site.  Remember, all updates to anything originally posted to will only show up here. The old site has not been updated for a long time, and it will not be updated anymore.

For what it's worth, the resolution along the sides are not up to my standards, which are pretty high. However, there's more to life than resolution, and this lens does have other qualities that some folks may find important.

So judge for yourself the image quality from the full size samples below...

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Kodak Moment #6, The Eclipse

My Dad took this Kodachrome slide of Ray Farhner's 1932 Ford Roadster pickup 'Eclipse' probably in 1960 or 1961 in Detroit. I'm not sure what the show was called by it could be either 'NHRA' 1960, or maybe 'National Champion Custom Car Show' in 1961.  Farhner went on to produce more custom cars, including a hotrod 1850s funeral coach called the Boothill Express!

This little pickup won many awards, (Grand Sweepstakes winner in NHRA 1960), and was featured in all the major car magazines of the day, including Hotrod, Car Craft, Custom Rodder and a plethora of others. It's now a legendary custom Rod that has been restored, more info here.

Notice the mirror positioned on a slant under the car showing the undercarriage; the October 1960 Car Craft magazine, (with the car on the cover); the Cadillac 'teeth' on the front grill, and the hood with a body-color spot light just visible at the bottom edge.  I like the pose of the couple on the left, I think it makes the image more interesting.

The photo was taken by my dad with an Aires 35 IIIL rangefinder camera (which I still have), 45mm at F/1.9, maybe 1/15s.  The image is...

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Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 update

Check out the full size samples for full frame and APS-C inside.

I reviewed this 'a' mount lens almost ten years ago when there were no newer Sony equivalents available. However, Sony eventually come up with a Carl Zeiss 24mm /2 wide angle lens; it was very expensive at the time, ($1400) and a pretty good lens; unfortunately, I was not able to give it two thumbs up, see the review here.

Now that I've re-visited the Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8, I can see that it is actually very sharp stopped down to F/5.6-8 using an APS-C camera, and F/8-11 with full frame.  It does suffer from a soft periphery at F/2.8-4, and soft extreme corners at F/5.6.  Fortunately, If you can live at F/5.6  to F/11, this lens is a very good value. Current eBay prices are around $150 for a good copy.

The Minolta AF 24mm is still a good solid choice for interior work, or landscapes at F/8-11 using a full frame camera. For those using APS-C, the focal length would be about 36mm (in 135 film format).

Unfortunately, as we creep into 2018, Sony still has not produced a 24mm focal length 'FE' lens.

If you have an APS-C camera and want excellent optical qualities in this focal length, get the superb Sony CZ 24/1.8.  If you're on a budget, check out the Sony pancake 16mm lens, which has the same coverage as a full frame 24mm lens.

This lens will auto focus with the all Sony mirrorless cameras using the...

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