Bits & pieces . . .

As yet unable to locate an EF Extender 1.4X III, it occurred to me that the 135mm f/2 lens with a 2X would be just a hair shorter than the 200mm f/2.8 with a 1.4X. So I tried it. For such a sharp lens wide open on its own, it didn’t look so great with the extender. Guess I’ll just stick with the 2X on the 200mm, which is plenty sharp even wide open (though with purple fringing on certain objects).

No chance yet to head into the field with the R7 and RF 100-500mm. But perusing some of the discussion forums tells me I’m not alone in raising my eyebrows at noise with the R7. Trouble is, head to head yesterday, the R10 didn’t really look any better. Worse, attempting to raise shadows in the raw files of either produces disastrous results.

One or the other of those is out the door, and—needing at least neutral relative reach—may get replaced by an EOS R. The R7’s stabilization is useful, so the R10 will likely be the departing option—sad a bit, because I love its weight.

Regarding departures, almost everything Sony got the boot earlier today. A couple of remaining pieces will be relocated shortly. That entire recent dalliance with the brand could be interpreted as lunacy on my part, although some good images came of it. The RF 100-400mm, so capable on the R5 and so hideous on the R7, is also history.

Attracted by the light weight of the 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M for travel, I got very happily sidetracked when a 90mm Summicron pre-asph caught my eye. So now a third Mandler piece has been added to the arsenal, with a 28mm and possibly a 135mm yet to come. Obviously Mandler glass is no longer state of the art; but there’s an undeniable thread of consistency in the images they produce, much to my taste insofar as the ones I can harness to my satisfaction.

So far, so good.

R7/RF 100-400mm