A Preview

For the first time in over 5 years, I'm going to visit China.

For this trip, I'm trying something crazy: I'm only taking manual focus lenses with me. While this may seem like a huge compromise, I think that doing so will both challenge my skills as a photographer and allow me to take photos not possible with conventional autofocus lenses.

I'll be taking the following lenses with me, along with my Sony A7:

  • Contax 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar-G
  • Tamron 17mm f/3.5 for Adaptall
  • Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

The last lens is one I'm especially excited about; it's a tiny lens (relative to most DSLR lenses), essentially gives me night vision, and is quite sharp surprisingly.

Here's a preview of those lenses in action from a recent trip to Finn Slough in Richmond:

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

Contax 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar-G

Contax 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar-G

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2

Tamron 17mm f/3.5

Tamron 17mm f/3.5

Tamron 17mm f/3.5

Tamron 17mm f/3.5

I believe a rough list of my planned destinations are Shanghai, Beijing, Yunnan, Huangshan, and Fenghua. I'm quite excited to see how things have changed over the past five years, my only fear being whether my very elementary Chinese will suffice.

In case I'm unable to access Facebook or Instagram, keep checking here for updates. There will be pretty landscapes and food pics, I promise.