Found the original Trioplan 100mm 2.8... and more!

Went on a little road trip to Wales today to have a look at some super rare vintage lenses that I found on Facebook Marketplace. You might call me crazy for going on a 4 hour round trip to buy some boring dusty lenses but it was all worth it in the end! A very friendly retired farmer had a vintage Exakta VX1000 for sale with 4 lenses, one of which I was looking for, the Meyer Optik Trioplan 100mm f2.8. I only found out about this lens yesterday after coming across a post on Facebook about photographers who adapt old glass to modern cameras. This particular lens (first manufactured in 1916) has a remarkable 'Bokeh' effect that resembles bubbles. Bokeh is a Japanese term that means 'blur quality', these are the beautiful circles that appear when light is out of focus. The company who manufactures this lens has resumed the production after a crowd-funding campaign raised a massive amount of money due to the high demand. Looking forward to experiment more soon with both photo and video using these vintage lenses.

Camera: Sony A6500

Lenses: Trioplan 100mm 2.8, Meyer 200mm f4, Meyer Lydith 30mm f3.5, Meyer 50mm 2.8

 

Race4Men 2016 Fun Run - Cancer Research UK

Ok, so I came across this post on Facebook:

 

What is Race4Men? - Well here's a hint... It's ... a race?.... for.. men?? Ok.. in all seriousness, basically it's a fun-run around Plock Court in Gloucester, sort of like a mini marathon. They are working with Cancer Research UK, and this year will be the 8th time they are doing it, and so far they have raised an incredible £100.000. More details here: http://www.race4menglos.co.uk - Make sure you register and do it next year!!

Since it was for charity I thought I'd lend a hand! I initially went to take photographs only and maybe a few small video clips, but I decided to mainly take video clips as no one else was doing it! I was under the impression that there weren't any other 'proper' photographers there, but then I spotted 1 or 2 big lenses in the crowd!

Anyway... it was a great day, loads of people turned up and there were some inspirational moments... such as one specific gentleman who was giving a speech. He only has 1 lung due to cancer complications, but he was still running in the race (and he's been invited to run the New York marathon), very impressive..

PS. Shout out to the runner who agreed to wear my GoPro chest harness, the shots were awesome!!

Here is the montage:

Free Outdoor Photoshoot Giveaway! Results!!

The free photoshoot competition on my Facebook page was a success and had a super positive response! The winner was Bryony and she chose to get portraits done together with her mum and her two dogs. They were very photogenic and super kind! They even helped me carry some of my tripods back to my car.

Anyway here is the behind the scenes video and some of the final results!

What Kit Do I Use For Videography And Photography?

Lenses (left to right) Auto Revuenon 35mm f/2.8 Manual + Helios 58mm f/2 manual (top two) Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM + Canon 50mm f/1.8 + Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Manual Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-6.3 IS Kit lens + Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 USM Lighting Yongnuo YN-565 EX II Speedlight + Lambency Flash Diffuser + Vivitar Flashgun (very old - but good) Polaroid LED Ring Light + LED Panel Audio RØDE Videomic + Boya Shotgun Mic with deadcat External Recording Atomos Ninja Star HDMI ProRes Recorder + Atomos Ninja Blade HDMI ProRes Recorder (not in picture) Cameras Canon EOS 70D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Samsung HMX HD Camcorder + Nikon Coolpix Compact + GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition Other  Manfrotto Tripod with Fluid Head + Flycam + Gorilla Pod + LOADS of SD cards, micro SD Cards and CF cards, and a Cfast card for the Ninja Star And there is a lot more that didn't fit on the wide screen including: camera sliders, 2 shoot through umbrellas, 2 softboxes, shoulder rig + rod system and the list goes on! I think the next thing I need to add to the collection will be a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, a Sony A6300, a handheld DSLR Gimbal - So much gear so little money!            

Lenses (left to right)

Auto Revuenon 35mm f/2.8 Manual + Helios 58mm f/2 manual (top two)

Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM + Canon 50mm f/1.8 + Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Manual

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-6.3 IS Kit lens + Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 USM

Lighting

Yongnuo YN-565 EX II Speedlight + Lambency Flash Diffuser + Vivitar Flashgun (very old - but good)

Polaroid LED Ring Light + LED Panel

Audio

RØDE Videomic + Boya Shotgun Mic with deadcat

External Recording

Atomos Ninja Star HDMI ProRes Recorder + Atomos Ninja Blade HDMI ProRes Recorder (not in picture)

Cameras

Canon EOS 70D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Samsung HMX HD Camcorder + Nikon Coolpix Compact + GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

Other

 Manfrotto Tripod with Fluid Head + Flycam + Gorilla Pod + LOADS of SD cards, micro SD Cards and CF cards, and a Cfast card for the Ninja Star

And there is a lot more that didn't fit on the wide screen including: camera sliders, 2 shoot through umbrellas, 2 softboxes, shoulder rig + rod system and the list goes on!

I think the next thing I need to add to the collection will be a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, a Sony A6300, a handheld DSLR Gimbal - So much gear so little money!