The Peak District with Sony NEX7 and Samyang 14mm

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David Wogan
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The Peak District with Sony NEX7 and Samyang 14mm
Aug 22, 2012

Nearly two years ago, I stopped taking photographs altogether. Other things had come along and I sold my entire Canon kit (5D II, 1Ds and all the lenses). No more standing on windy hilltops at dawn for me.

And so this morning, I found myself standing on a windy hilltop in the Peak District of Derbyshire with the Sony NEX 7 and Samyang 14mm lens that I bought one month ago. I had never intended to resume Landscaping – especially with a mirrorless camera, even if it had 24 million pixels. But that's where I ended up.

Driving back to London today, I considered that if I was to do Landscaping again - I would of course have to re-invest in a suitable Canon kit. No matter how good the NEX 7 was, it could not possibly compete with full frame plus L glass.

And now I've processed the images from this morning. The bottom line is that NEX 7 plus the 200 quid Samyang produces sharper images than my old 5D did with the Canon 14mm L. The dynamic range of the camera is awesome and the LCD screen works well in the dawn light.

In conclusion: I have no plans to spend any money on Canon kit but I do expect to be spending more time on various wind-swept hills in the near future.

Here's a selection from this morning.

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In reply to David Wogan, Aug 22, 2012

Nice set of landscapes! That Nex7 really is impressive but your expertise is not lacking either. Hope to have one some day.

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In reply to tpg77, Aug 22, 2012

Thank you - I'm just relieved that I haven't complelely lost my touch after two years out.

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Nice set of landscapes! That Nex7 really is impressive but your expertise is not lacking either. Hope to have one some day.

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In reply to David Wogan, Aug 22, 2012

You definitely have not lost your touch. Nice set of shots, how did you PP them?

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In reply to David Wogan, Aug 22, 2012

Great views! Nice lighting and composition!
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In reply to Mike Walters, Aug 23, 2012

The absence of a filter on the Samyang 14mm means that I have to do ND gradients in Photoshop. Two exposures: 0 and -2EV form two layers in PS which are blended with the gradient tool or a feathered selection. It's a very basic yet effective technique that I've been using since the 1990's. It also produces a less effected result than HDR processing.

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You definitely have not lost your touch. Nice set of shots, how did you PP them?

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In reply to David Wogan, Aug 23, 2012

One may lose a bit of technical expertise, but the eye for composition comes from a more robust place - so I'm not surprised that your recent shots show pretty much all of the compositional quality of your pre-hiatus gallery.

What you have discovered, however, is that camera sensor technology has moved on a lot from your 5D days. The new 5D is an awesome creature, but the NEX-7 is renown as a superb compact landscape system, particularly with MF 3rd-party lenses mounted on adapter. If you had been shooting sports or shots requiring fast AF tracking you might have been less satisfied.

We all need a complete break from even our most precious pasttimes occasionally to prevent ourselves from becoming bored, stale, or formulaic. And life - particularly your work life as a high-tech manager - can drain all your creative energies. I know, I was there. In this situation, we can only make a promise to ourselves to not forget our abiding passions while we attend to more urgent needs.
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In reply to David Wogan, Aug 23, 2012

We're a market that's hard to glut for windswept hilltops around here. Nice!

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Very nice series. I have to get out with mine again. It is a fun little camera and very capable as your shots demonstrate very well. Dave
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In reply to mosswings, Aug 23, 2012

Thanks for the insightful comments.

The "more urgent need" was my long standing desire to pick up on my guitar playing from where i left it in 1977. Playing the blues is fun and hard work in equal measure, yet nothing quite compares to the nourishment gained from a few hours spent in solitude on a hilltop.

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In this situation, we can only make a promise to ourselves to not forget our abiding passions while we attend to more urgent needs.
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In reply to David Wogan, Sep 4, 2012

Having seen this post and great images I tried out my Alpha mount version of this lens that despite the distortion is a top performer on my a900. Mounting on the LA-EA1 adapter and using with my Nex-7 has proved rather disappointing, I just don't seem to be getting the definition and resolution I can on my a900. Anyone else experienced similar problems?

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In reply to jeep, Sep 4, 2012

There is one consistent flaw in my images above. On the extreme right, about one quarter way down into each frame there is an area of significant OOF. The areas in front and behind and the corresponding area on the left of the images are in focus.

I thought that this could be adapter related and am now more convinced of this having read your comments about the LA-EA1.

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Having seen this post and great images I tried out my Alpha mount version of this lens that despite the distortion is a top performer on my a900. Mounting on the LA-EA1 adapter and using with my Nex-7 has proved rather disappointing, I just don't seem to be getting the definition and resolution I can on my a900. Anyone else experienced similar problems?

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In reply to David Wogan, Sep 5, 2012

Number 3 would have been really cool with a 10 stop ND to move the clouds. The lines that would have created would of played nicely with the lines on the rocks.
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In reply to Alex Yantifovich, Sep 8, 2012

which hill were you on? whats the road below

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