JJC Auto lens cap for Sony PZ 16-50

2016-07-05
I recently bought the JJC auto lens cap for the kit zoom, it makes my kit zoom so much easier to use in grab, go and shoot. A worthy investment for around $15.

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by Hin Man, on Flickr

Link to JJC cap in Amazon

And I use the original kit zoom cap on my Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 E-mount prime, a perfect use of the kit zoom cap, nothing is wasted.

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by Hin Man, on Flickr

Sunset with Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 and Sony A6000

2016-07-03
Trying out some landscape shots with Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 and Sony A6000.

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by Hin Man, on Flickr
f/16 and Sony A6000, see some star burst, flare seems alright in some of the shots

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by Hin Man, on Flickr
likely in f/5.6 and smaller

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by Hin Man, on Flickr
in f/16, want to show the flare

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by Hin Man, on Flickr
in f/1.8, uncorrected, want to show the troubling vignette in wide open shots



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by Hin Man, on Flickr

The last on 'Almond Joy Latte" is perhaps not a great picture to share but I love the lighting transition and off focus rendering. And I do occasionally find this prime with 3D pop when using wider apertures. It is a struggle to use it wide open as vignette in corners are beyond help with correction in Lightroom and my limited editing skills



Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 after 1 week

2016-07-01
It is true that vignette is heavier and sometime difficult to correct. I have used this lens for over a week and there are many positives and negatives. One of the biggest issue is on the heavier vignette than usual. But if one is into moody type of pictures and casual shooting, this one can be considered a bargain. It is subjective and depend on what one is looking.  Wrong expectations will set you on the wrong path.
zonlai 25mm f/1.8 after 1 week

Few initial impressions:
Positives
  • really compact in size, smaller than 16-50 kit zoom
  • well built for its price all in metal
  • a rare find in 25mm and fast speed in f/1.8 and low cost below $130
  • E-mount and without the need of adapter
  • click-less and stop-less on aperture ring in front, good candidate for quiet operation
  • sharpness is good in center
  • decent and handy for close up shots
  • low saturation with a unique film look, moody type of pictures
Negatives
  • heavy vignette on corners
  • aperture ring is close to focusing ring that can change aperture inadvertently. This issue is greatly corrected with a Sugru do it yourself focusing tab
  • color is muted and low contrast in some shooting
  • poor corners and not likely suited for landscape and architecture type of shooting that demand sharpness across the frame

Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 after 1 week

Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 after 1 week







Zonlai 25mm f/1.8 after 1 week

Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots

2016-06-28
Did some test shots of the Tamron (20A) while visiting Home Depot with Sony A7. The close up at 150mm goest to 1:3, quite handy for flowers. 


Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots
20160605-DSC01581 by Hin Man, on Flickr
Tamron 20A and Sony A7, likely in f/5.6 in 105 to 150mm range

Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots
20160605-DSC01588 by Hin Man, on Flickr
Tamron 20A and Sony A7, likely in f/5.6 in 150mm

Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots
20160605-DSC01556 by Hin Man
on Flickr
Tamron 20A and Sony A7, in f/5.6

Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots
20160605-DSC01568 by Hin Man
on Flickr
Tamron 20A and Sony A7, in f/5.6, likely in 150mm

Tamron adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) Test Shots
20160605-DSC01548 by Hin Man
on Flickr

The one-touch zoom design in this lens makes it quick to zoom and focus. I hope my test pictures help you a bit with potential buyers. Few things that I like about this zoom lens:
  • one-touch zoom design quick to reaction
  • small and compact, not like any 70-210mm MF zoom, filter size is 49mm
  • great close up down to 1:3, it can get to 1:1.5 if one gets the adaptall-2 2x tele converter
  • comes with a built-in lens hood
  • very reasonable in sharpness, ideal for Pentax use with SR, I find it more challenging to use on Sony A7 without SR
  • a cheapo alternative to DA* 50-135. It can't compete in quality to DA*, but I will prefer the smaller size in hiking and less bulk in street shooting
  • color and contrast surprisingly good
  • bokeh is decent for a zoom



 

 

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