Gear update, lots of it…

The Images in this post is just a few snapshots from a place called Klampenborg not far from home. It was shoot on a very foggy day and there’s really nothing special with the images other then getting a feel for my new gear.

Blue flowers- Joakim Jormelin
Sony a6500 and Voigtlander 35mm Nokton Classic

Since our family grew with the arrival of our second son there hasn’t been much time for photography during 2018 so what better time to start going through all the photo gear that’s collecting dust in the drawers.

Actually I’m planning a new trip to Lofoten and Senja in September 2019 and with the occasions for photography being so few these days I’ll want to make the most of it. So what I did was that I sold of a lot of unused gear, like my older tripods and filters. Then I got my eye’s on the new Sony 24mm f1.4GM which looked really promising, so I sold my trustwourthy Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f4 to get my hands on that one. Then I started to wonder if I would miss the wider part of the 16-35 and also ended up with the Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide Heliar f4.5 III.

But then I started wondering: What if my Sony A7RII break down during my trip to Norway? Would I be confident to shoot the entire trip with the Fuji x100F. Also the AF-performance and reach of the Sony 100-400 is not world class on the A7RII. Then It got my eyes targeted on the Sony a6500, promising great AF, the same lens mount and ASP-C. So I ended up replacing the Fuji with the a6500 because its out of made sense to do so and then I got the Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 Nokton Classic as an everyday/street lens on the a6500.

The 35mm Nokton classic is getting some really bad reviews online and I can sort of see why. However I really like this lens and the output from it. I’ve been using it mostly on the a6500 which gives it a focal length of about 52mm and creates a really small and nice package to “always cary with you”. Now the lens is not a super sharp, ultra detail lens. It’s a lens with character and almost a dreamy look straight out of the camera.

Gravel beach - Joakim Jormelin
Sony A7RII and Sony 24mm FE 1.4GM

The Sony 24mm f1.4GM is from what I can see so far as sharp as all the reviews are promising. This will most likely be glued to my A7RII during the Norway trip. The only exception being when I want something wider which will then make use of the superb Voigtlander 15mm Super wide Heliar III.
The Voigtlander 15mm has a close focusing distance of just 30cm and combined with the super wide angle it can make for some really interesting shots with the foreground element being really close to the lens.

Sony A7RII and Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide Heliar

Sony A7RII and Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide Heliar

As for the Sony a6500, I really like this camera. I’ve probably haven’t got all the settings right yet and the output can’t really compare it self against the full frame A7R but you get really decent quality and AF fast enough to track my kids (which says a lot ).

Sony a6500 with Sony 100-400mm GM

I’ll probably do some individual reviews of the lenses later on when I get the chance to do some more photo work but in the mean time I just wanted to update the page with something new.