Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Focus Stack Test with the Leica 60mm Elmarit-R

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8 Images Blended Together.


Here is the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel in full bloom. We wanted to try out focus stacking with the Leica 60mm Macro Elmarit-R. The aperture was set at f/5.6 which we assumed was optimal. The image above at 45˚ was a stack of 8 shots aligned and blended together with Photoshop.

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The Anther Cap of the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 


The image above is a crop of the 90˚ stack which was a 5 shot stack.



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Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 


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Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 


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Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 





Monday, January 23, 2017

Save $1000 on the a7r II with Trade-In Bonus

sony a7r ii trade in bargain coupon

Sony a7r II with $200 Gift Card





Here's our chance to save $1000+ on the Sony a7r II. Here's the math.

  • Sony a7r II = $3198
  • Instant Rebate = -$300
  • Gift Card = -$200
  • Trade in Bonus = -$480
  • Trade in Value = -$?.??
  • Grand Total = $2,218 - TIV

The a7r II's MSRP is $3,198. A trade in of an old interchangeable lens would surely get us to the $1000 savings mark. The trade-in bonus ends on April 1st but the $200 gift card from Adorama will probably go extinct first.





sony trade in program

Receive $480 bonus from Sony if you buy the a7r II above and you trade in a camera or a lens.




I would probably add the 16-35mm f/4 lens which comes with a $100 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $202.50 bonus - a $400 savings off MSRP. The lens will come in at $945 before your trade in value.



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And the 55mm f/1.8 lens which comes with a $50 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $150 bonus - a $300 savings off MSRP. The 55mm Zeiss will cost $698 before your trade in value.



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Olympus Infinity Point and Shoot vs Sony A7



Windham Graves shows us how to create a new lens for your Sony E-mount camera from a film point and shoot. He harvests the lens from an Olympus Infinity camera which has a relatively fast 35mm f/2.8 lens. A Russian m39
lens tube with a helicoid is used to Frankenstein the final lens for the e-mount.






Olympus Infinity 35mm f2.8 Adapted to Sony E-mount