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Wide Angle

In the days that I was shooting with a Contax RTS 35mm film camera, my work always tended towards the telephoto rather than the wide angle. When I made the transition to digital and had the chance to rediscover my passion, I found that while the majority of what I do is still telephoto, I have been exploring more and more the world of wide angle photography. I was excited to purchase a new ultra wide angle lens for the first time, and as soon as it arrived – on a dreary, grey, overcast day – I headed out to my favorite spot to try out new equipment. I tried a number of different shots, some designed to see where the limits of acceptable wide angle distortion might be. Here are some of my first photos with the new Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8 lens.

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/80 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 12 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/80 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 500
Lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
Focal length: 11.5 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred/Matrix Metering
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

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Duck Pond Test

If you have been looking in here from time to time, you know that the duck pond is my favorite spot to test out new equipment. These are the first shots from a new camera.

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 18 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture priority
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 105 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture priority
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 32 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture priority
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 38 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture priority
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 18 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture priority
Nikon D7100
© Mark L. Fendrick

The Duck Pond in Winter

We have seen the duck pond in the spring, the summer and the fall … and now it’s winter …

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/80 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 250 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 26 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 40 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/6
Shutter speed: 1/800 sec
ISO: 200
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Focal length: 185 mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Preferred
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Fall at the Duck Pond

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 26 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/13 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 32 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/9
Shutter speed: 1/40 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 26 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/9
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 30 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/20 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 20 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/20 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 38 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 24 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/25 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 800
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/13 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 26 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/13 sec
Mode: Aperture Preferred
ISO: 200
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 32 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

New Old Equipment and the End of Summer

Back in the 1970’s I was taking photos with a Contax RTS. I had my prime 50mm Zeiss lens and a medium zoom lens (multi-focal length lenses were not common back in those days). My style of photography has always been more about telephoto than wide angle, and I wanted a lens that would truly bring my subjects in close. I fulfilled that need with a Spiratone 500mm f/8 mirror lens.

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Spiratone was (basically) a mail order photography company which developed unique products for the photographer. Their line of lenses were produced to be able to fit any camera then on the market by way of a screw-on flange that you could buy separately which contained the proper mounting for that camera. I naturally bought mine with the flange for the Contax RTS. Spiratone went out of business in 1990.

A mirror lens – with that unique solid circle in the middle – gets its telephoto abilities in a short barrel by bouncing the light off of a series of internal mirrors (like a telescope) to get the necessary travel distance. It has some distinctive characteristics that quickly mark a photo taken with one if the photographer is not careful. The most obvious is in what we today call bokeh. It does not produce a very pleasing out of focus area, and the spot highlights come out as round donut like marks. (You can see the effects here) I usually used it to take pictures at sporting events where it worked like a charm – as long as there was plenty of sunlight so I could use a high shutter speed.

Today I am using a Nikon DSLR and the 500mm lens was sitting gathering dust. It dawned on me that Nikon had been using the F-mount since the days that I originally bought the lens. Since Spiratone is no longer in business, I couldn’t call them to order a new flange for my current camera so I started looking on Ebay for the flange. As expected, none were listed, but soon I found a lens for sale which had the very flange I was looking for. I bought the lens (it was very cheap) and when it arrived, removed the flange (I wasn’t interested in the lens itself) and replaced the Contax RTS flange on my old lens. Lo and behold it worked! I could now take pictures (in Manual mode only) on my digital camera. (The lens does not have any of the automatic features of today’s lenses, and the camera doesn’t even recognize that a lens is attached, which is why I can only use it in Manual mode.)

Yesterday was the first time I actually had a chance to go out and try it in a real life situation. I headed back to the duck pond where I always check out new equipment. Here is one of the first photos taken with this lens in at least 25 years …

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/800 sec
ISO: 400
Lens: Spiratone 500mm mirror
Focal length: 500 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

While it is not a great lens – inexpensive mirror lenses never are – I think the result is quite acceptable. What do you think?

Since I was at the duck pond, I spent some time documenting the end of summer and the lush green look it currently has. In about 2 weeks, Autumn will arrive here in NYC and the Fall colors will start to be seen. The wildlife here also seemed to be quietly taking in the last of the warm days before the cold of the northeast starts to make its presence felt. (The following pictures were taken with a Nikon D3200 and my other lenses, not the 500mm.)

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/30 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 200 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 200 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 200 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
ISO: 400
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 200 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/9
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
ISO: 400
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 18 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

If you look closely, you can see the leaves just starting to turn already.

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/150 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

And now we will take our leave of you until the next time when we will come back to the pond to show the arrival of the Fall foliage.

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Nikon D3200
© Mark L. Fendrick

Spring visit to the Duck Pond

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
ISO: 100
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 70 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

 

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
ISO: 100
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 100 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

 

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/640
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 170 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

 

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/800
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 300 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

 

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/1250
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 150 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

 

Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/1000
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 170 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/1250
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 70 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/1250
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 122 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/400
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 70 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Return to the Duck Pond

I had a new lens to try out, so I went to one of my favorite places to take pictures – one where I could test to see how far I could push the lens and what it could and couldn’t do. Here are some of the results.

Out for a Swim

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 270 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Seabird

Aperture: f/9
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 300 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Curious Duck

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 270 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Side by Side

Aperture: f/9
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 300 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Face to Face

Aperture: f/13
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
ISO: 800
Lens: Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal length: 300 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

If you have been following this blog for a little while, you would have seen the lake change from lush green summer, to brilliant autumn colors, to naked as we approach the end of autumn.

Lake in Summer

Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/640 sec
ISO: 100
Focal length: 16.2 mm
Kodak Easyshare Z1012 IS
© Mark L. Fendrick

Lake in Mid-Autumn

Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
ISO: 100
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 55 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

Lake in Late Autumn

Aperture: f/9
Shutter speed: 1/640 sec
ISO: 800
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR
Focal length: 45 mm
Nikon D3100
© Mark L. Fendrick

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