This week-end was hot in Provence. Hotter than is usual for spring, even in June. Everywhere around my house, echoed the sound of kids splashing in pool. That’s when we could hear them over the noise made by my daughter’s own party of 12. 12 teens in a pool, the perfect recipe for meditative silence.
But the point is, it was 40°C + hot.
Then, this happened.
Mercifully, it didn’t last and most of the fruit on trees survived, as did the roofs of our cars and the fragile cane lattice providing shadow on the terrace.
Today, 2 things happened:
Within minutes, the still recovering pale-blue sky was covered by this huge cloud, right over my head.
It did. Hey, presto, a fisheye lens for free.
Then it was time for the C-Sonnar’s maiden images on my ony A7r, which are not processed, other than a 2 frame stitch, below and a high clarity boost, just after that.
Images seem to exhibit medium contrast but do not break up when I crank clarity and contrast up several notches, as above. This “baby mammatus” started forming rapidly and almost had me running for cover. But nothing came of it other than this photograph. Nervous, me ?
The photograph does tell me this is not a lens for wide open distant shots. Corners are typical Sony A7r with these lenses optimised for a different filter stack. (Note that the canes are completely out of focus, not unsharp !!! But they do appear smudgy.)
At f/5.6, above and below, everything tightens up and the lens appears slightly muted and delicate rather than high contrast and bold like the Distagon 2/25 ZF2 it is paired to today. This leads to a very different type of photograph than what I’m used to. Good.
So here’s the deal. Just like lenses before it, it will go through a series of tests that I will report as thoroughly as my anti-lab patience permits. But most of all, I will try to describe the sort of photographs it shines at and how I like using it best. More from this ZM very soon !
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