Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-24240

Last summer I had posted a bunch of photos from Munich’s Hellabrunn zoo using the Sony SEL-70200G f/4 lens with an additional Minadax 1.7× telephoto converter on my Sony A7R II – see earlier post for gallery and photographic details. As noted there, the long zoom and lack of polarizing filter kept me from taking … Continue reading “Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-24240”

BNM Armor & Weapons

The Bavarian National Museum in Munich (English overview) holds a vast store of Bavarian and European art and other cultural artifacts. One of its rooms displays late medieval and early modern armor and weapons. A few days ago I took pictures of the most interesting items, which is really most of them – it’s a … Continue reading “BNM Armor & Weapons”

Munich Jagdmuseum

Last September I visited Munich’s Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (German Museum for Hunting and Fishing) and took pictures of some unusual exhibits. When I went to the Museum Starnberger See this January, I realized that its excellent model of the huge Bucentaur lake galley was likely the same one depicted in a Jagdmuseum painting, so … Continue reading “Munich Jagdmuseum”

Tierpark Hellabrunn with Minadax Telephoto

Munich’s Hellabrunn zoo was founded in 1911 as the first “geo-zoo” in the world. Animals live spacious enclosures, often without any significant barriers at all, that are organized in geographic clusters. Harmless animals that are used to human contact, from goats to peacocks, are free to roam the visitor walkways. Of course there are also … Continue reading “Tierpark Hellabrunn with Minadax Telephoto”

Compact Camera Caveat

Modern enthusiast-level compact cameras, i.e. those whose image sensor is smaller than “full frame” (24×36 mm or “35 mm”) and which may use fixed rather than interchangeable lenses, tend to be advertised with surprisingly excellent lens parameters. Generous zoom lengths of hundreds of millimeters are combined with very bright f-numbers of f/2 or less. Users … Continue reading “Compact Camera Caveat”

Minadax & Polaroid Telephoto

The longest lens I have for the Sony Alpha 7R II is the Sony SEL-70200G with 200 mm at full zoom. That’s not very long for small objects at a distance, so I looked at the possibility of adding a teleconverter. Sony has announced a proper rear-mounted teleconverter for the successor of my lens (Sony … Continue reading “Minadax & Polaroid Telephoto”

Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

Part of the many exhibitions organized by Deutsches Museum is the Verkehrszentrum (Traffic Center), residing in Munich like its parent though halfway across town. Three great halls hold hundreds of horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles of all ages, locomotives, and train cars, as well as some artifacts of ancient transportation and interactive demos of various … Continue reading “Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum”

Munich Villa Stuck

Nearly forgotten today, Franz von Stuck (1863–1928) was a popular and highly acclaimed artist in his time. Stuck designed his Munich villa (built 1897–98) as a rich homage to European art, from antiquity to contemporary styles. Like most late 19th century attempts to revive historical aesthetics in the industrial era its splendor borders on kitsch, … Continue reading “Munich Villa Stuck”

Sony SEL90M28G Macro Lens

Sony has finally released its new full-frame macro lens, the Sony SEL90M28G (FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) which fits my Sony Alpha 7R camera. Since I like macro photography but made do with the Marumi Achromat screw-on filters, I got this dedicated macro lens despite its hefty price tag. There’s little difference in the … Continue reading “Sony SEL90M28G Macro Lens”