Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-70300 and Minadax

Some years ago I got a Minadax 1.7× teleconverter of the front-mounted persuasion. In my first Hellabrunn zoo gallery you can see it in action on my Sony A7R II with the SEL-70200G f/4 lens, achieving a total effective focal length of nearly 340 mm. That’s good but since then I discovered the SEL-24240 lens … Continue reading “Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-70300 and Minadax”

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”

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”

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”

Aperture & Macro Photography

The constant maximal f/4 aperture of the Sony Alpha 7R’s two standard zoom lenses – SEL-2470Z (24–70 mm) and SEL-70200G (70–200 mm) – allows for a wonderful amount of light and great bokeh. However, one area where it’s not terribly useful is macro photography with screw-on magnification lenses, in my case the Marumi DHG Achromat … Continue reading “Aperture & Macro Photography”

Peacock Butterfly & More

Today I finally caught a beautiful peacock butterfly on camera. While feeding honeybees are extremely placid and easy to shoot, butterflies tend to flutter around… well, like butterflies! The peacock was so big (easily over 5 cm) that most of the pictures I kept were shot without my usual Marumi DHG Achromat +3 macro filter, … Continue reading “Peacock Butterfly & More”

More Marumi Macro Moths

Late summer is here, meaning that flowers are running out of nectar and I’m running out of opportunities to shoot feeding insects oblivious to human observers. So I made another trek with my Sony NEX-7 camera, the SEL-18200 zoom lens, and a Marumi DHG Achromat macro filter. Unlike my previous expedition with the +5 filter, … Continue reading “More Marumi Macro Moths”