Colpoy’s Bay with a $33 lens

This post is partly a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #10 Photo Challenge and partly a ramble about a lens I picked up before Christmas. A 35mm f/1.6 lens that cost me $33.41 CDN although the shipping from China was $7.99 CDN so it was over $40 in total.

Other than the shipping that’s a similar price to what I paid for the various CCTV lenses I was experimenting with last year. Except this lens came with a native E mount to fit directly on to my Sony mirrorless camera without an adapter. It even came with a rather nice rectangular lens hood.

For the price I wasn’t expecting very good optical quality and although it’s not very sharp wide open it does improve when stopped down. I find the colours are a little muted and the contrast low but nothing that can’t be corrected in editing.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise a couple of days before Christmas.

Water Water Everywhere #10


I thought of this photo as soon as I read the prompt for One Word Sunday: Change.

Taken in early November almost two weeks before the winter solstice we had already had snow for over a week. I thought the photo was an example of the change of season with autumn leaves and winter snow.

Then I realised that there was a second change involved. It’s the tenth photo taken with my Sony a6000, the first Sony I have used. The lens used was my Olympus 35mm from the 1980s.

One Word Sunday: Change

On the Hunt for Joy: Get Outside

This is my contribution to the new On the Hunt for Joy Challenge started by Cee Neuner. The first challenge is Get Outside.

Having been for a walk around the neighborhood yesterday morning when it was hovering around freezing today the temperature has plummeted. The wind is howling and we’re under a snow squall watch so my contribution to the challenge is from yesterday.

On a photographic note, I used my new Sony mirrorless camera with my silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm lens from 1976 adapted to it.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Get Outside


Weekly Prompts: Something New

For 2020 the Weekly Prompts Photo and Word Challenges have been merged into one, the first being Something New.

The something new for me was a different camera last year. As a long time Olympus user I picked up a small, mirrorless Sony to continue my experimentation and testing of various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

I’m rather enjoying the camera to the point that if it wasn’t for the bag full of very good Olympus lenses that won’t adapt I would be using it almost exclusively.

Part of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade with the Meike 25mm lens from my lightweight Olympus kit adapted to fit the Sony.

Six Word Saturday: The Santa Claus Parade Street Walkers


An ice covered bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise with the Neewer 35mm lens adapted to fit the camera.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy


A fisheye view of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise with the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens adapted to fit the camera.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: What Dreams May Come


Some interesting background blur with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit the camera.

Wordless Wednesday: 27th November 2019


The Santa Claus Parade Street Walkers

Normally I restrict my Six Word Saturday posts to one or two six word sentences but this one is going to need an explanation.

Last Saturday evening it was the Wiarton Santa Claus parade on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Just up the street from me someone was doing a commentary using a public address system. When the people with the BDO banners passed the commentator I heard them say “and here’s the LBDO street walkers” at which point there was a brief pause before they added “I probably shouldn’t have phrased it like that” which was what I was thinking.

Six Word Saturday: The Santa Claus Parade Street Walkers

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Ice, Ice Baby, a prompt that I have rather a lot of options for.

I decided to go with two photos, the earliest photo of ice in my archives and the most recent.

Ice on the water in a wheel rut in a field gateway. Taken in the mid 1970s the lines in the ice caught my eye and made me think of contour lines on a map. Photographed a few hundred yards from my childhood home. I suspect that it was taken with the first serious camera I brought, a Russian made Zenit E.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby


An ice sculpture formed by waves splashing on the branches of a bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. Taken a few weeks ago when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Taken with my most recent camera, the small and light Sony a6000 with one of my DSLR lenses adapted to fit it.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby