A couple of weeks back, we had a lovely weather for the week-end and by complete chance this was the Singapore Kite Festival. NTUC, which is a kind of local “Union”, organized this day out on the Marina Bay, right in front of my office, and their own nice office building.
So a lot of people, kids running around, kites, sun, colors, but also acrobats, jugglers, and much more. A perfect opportunity for a photo walk, and by the number of cameras around I was not the only one to have the idea.
In my current line of thinking that nobody cares if I miss or succeed in an individual shot, let’s try to make things a bit more fun and bring along a manual lens. Namely the very nice, 70-210F3.5 Angenieux zoom lens. This is a very nice piece of kit, made in France and still goes our second hand for a bi of money. I bough it second hand in Belgium back in 93 or 94 for the equivalent of then 500 EURO. It has a constant aperture of 3.5 which is fast enough with the auto-iso option of the D700. Using a manual lens with the D700 is very easy as you can either rely on our eyes or use the internal rangefinder. Using a digital body, if you miss a shot no bid deal, you can try again at no costs.
Just a couple of negative remarks:
– the Angenieux focuses the opposite was to the Nikon lens
– the infinite focusing does not seem to work well
– it looks to me that with manual lenses the D700 has a tendency to underexpose the shots…
Above: The waterdrops stilt walkers
Above: I like very much the colors and the “dark side”, pity the woman on the right is not totally in the frame.
Above: the wind garden, close, wide open
above: one of the pro kite flyers
above: all ages gathering at Marina Bay this day
Above: one of the artists, a mime
Above: there was even a band playing
Above: A very funny juggler, unfortunately I have no outstanding shot of him.
The lens is now mounted on the Nikon F… (to be followed)