#910. 4 Low-cost Days with an Costly Lens


Plainly holidays and exploring new locations are this season’s will need to have right here at DS…


Adrian not too long ago wrote up his vacation experiences with Sony’s 18-135 zoom (which you’ll learn right here), Paul’s been stalking London like some modern-day Jack the Clicker, Pascal’s been to the much less unkempt areas of outdated London city and I’ve no clue the place Dallas is… however I’d be shocked if he’s at residence 🙂


Me? I by no means take holidays. My life is a vacation! My existence is considered one of tight monetary constraint and colossal private freedom.


Normally I can handle that often irritating oxymoron with little greater than a pause in my ever-so-slightly-too-cocky stride.


However then it occurred… I stupidly checked out the categorised part of a pictures discussion board and I noticed it…


I attempted to not purchase it.


I ignored it, but I stored coming again…


Then it occurred. Somebody was going to purchase it… It was the traditional line that most individuals promoting issues expertise….. I’ll take it mate, however I simply have to receives a commission on the finish of the month ordinarily these phrases are price lower than the pixels they’re typed on… Positive no drawback, let me know – however in fact if within the meantime somebody turns up with a severe supply I’ll should promote it to them.


However this time I wasn’t the vendor, I wasn’t the man ready for pay day.




I used to be the man that turned up with the intense supply. Galvanised like Megatron into Galvatron by the prospect of proudly owning one thing I’d wished for an extended whereas… for a worth I couldn’t fairly imagine.


So it occurred. A money gamble. A bank card buy by way of PayPal, and a determined (and profitable) rush to unload loads of issues to pay for it earlier than the invoice was due.


It occurred and it labored. I now personal a Summilux 50mm ASPH.


Pascal and Paul wished a assessment… I’m not prepared for that… maybe not ever… it’s hardly a lens that nobody’s ever written about… you would argue that the 50 ‘lux is probably probably the most non-un-destination of lens evaluations.


So as an alternative, you’re getting my vacation snaps!


My great girlfriend advised we wanted a vacation in a manner that didn’t make it sound like a suggestion in any respect, and I used to be left sheepishly grinning that maybe we might go someplace low-cost…. like within the (okay her) automotive low-cost.


She knew simply the place. (I informed you she was great).


Portugal’s Alentejo Area, is huge, sizzling (like 40+C / 104+F in early September) and outdated. As can typically be the case, Wikipedia sums it up nicely:


Alentejo is the least populated area within the nation, representing over one third of nationwide territory however solely 7.1% of its inhabitants


A mere 6+ hour (I didn’t actually time it, we stopped off at locations) drive in sweltering warmth later and we have been there. There being no the place.


Mrs Adam and I are metropolis/city folks, since our personal private 12 months dots, and we discovered ourselves staying in a farm, transformed to accommodate friends.


Had it rained (unlikely) we wouldn’t have even obtained the automotive down the ultimate 5 KMs of filth observe to achieve our vacation spot.


For pictures I took one digicam (the Leica M9P) and two lenses (the 35mm Summarit and the 50 Summilux).


It wasn’t finish to finish rural bliss, we stopped off at any metropolis/city or village that appeared attention-grabbing (or had a filling station, or ATM or grocery store for our self-catering rural vacation spot).


I’m an city boy actually… I’m not used to very large empty areas, nights so darkish you possibly can lookup and see the milky-way, days so sizzling that ingesting fountain water is the temperature of tea, and evenings so calm solely the sound of bugs drifts by means of the air.


As a photographer I used to be very a lot on vacation… I like road, I like documentary. I’m not a lot of a panorama individual. I’d arrived with the second quickest fifty that Leica make, but noticed little level to go below F8.


As the vacation went on, and we obtained to discover the encompassing areas (if driving for an hour counts as ‘surrounding’) I began to regulate to this new (to me) paradigm, to cease being awed by the view (and floored by the warmth) and too search for snaps that captured what I used to be seeing.


I even obtained an opportunity to get a little bit of road in there in any case!


Are we there but? 35mm ‘Rit


Drive down right here for lengthy sufficient, and never solely will your fillings fall out….


50mm ‘Lux


…however you’ll find yourself right here.


Don’t you get misplaced on the market, ya hear? (35mm ‘Rit)


Does anybody know the place the pub is? Oh yeah proper…. 50mm ‘Lux


The place we stayed had too many cats to depend (okay about eight) – this was one of many extra pleasant ones (50mm ‘Lux)


35mm ‘Rit


The area includes a colossal synthetic lake with synthetic seashores


The place the place we stayed had a real rustic attraction.


50mm ‘Lux


You went to the grocery store picked up what you fancied to eat, and also you helped your self to no matter utensils you wanted from the kitchen to organize your meals.


50mm ‘Lux (you guessed that proper?)


On the way in which all the way down to the farm we spent an evening at a spot known as Elvas


50mm ‘Lux timed launch and low brick wall “tripod”


50mm ‘Lux and never my most interesting ever rangefinder focusing, I figured the pillory was shut sufficient for satisfactory DOF on the topic distance. I used to be improper.


50mm ‘Lux and Elvas at night time


I might need simply been beginning to get the grasp of the 50mm extensive open!


35mm ‘Rit


We discovered an enthralling outdated ruined fortress, earlier than being ordered out because it was technically closed, unsafe and I shouldn’t be up there… I used to be happy with myself for managing these stone steps in flip-flops..


For the ultimate day, we visited Monsaraz, which was a really charming place – I shot all of it with the 50mm and it was there I began to really feel that I used to be getting the brand new fifty in my life.


I’m undecided what this a monument too…. 50mm ‘Lux


A city with a view 50mm ‘Lux


Purchase a spot seen right here on the correct, get up every day to the view on the left! 50mm ‘Lux


We eat at this restaurant, sadly not at this desk… 50mm ‘Lux


50mm ‘Lux


I used to be in a position to strive a little bit of road with my new 50!


50mm ‘Lux


Evening fell and 1.four grew to become a precious device on a digicam that I don’t take previous ISO640.


50mm ‘Lux


It was nice to check out the Summilux extensive open with vibrant mild sources, it’s not flare free (nonetheless it appears to be extra flare resilient than the 50mm cron), however the transition to OOF areas are noticeably smoother than on my 7Artisans.


I hope you’ve loved this submit, I strongly suspect my private pleasure at being right here with a brand new lens and new sights will far out weigh the job I’ve carried out explaining the sensation of the situation and my documentary of that feeling with the images.


However that is as un-destination as I’ve ever been, the actual fact that there’s nothing there makes the nothing the vacation spot. Positive we took the time to discover, to cease when and the place we might to see and really feel as a lot of the area as potential (nicely to be truthful and with much less inventive licence, Mrs Adam has been there earlier than) however I don’t really feel that any of the locations justify travelling nice distances to see singularly (until you’re already within the space), so the entire area turns into a case of becoming a member of the dots, a case of creating the trouble to get there, then drawing your personal experiences from the locations you encounter.


I’m not attempting to be provocative, it’s a beautiful space of the world, and I dare say they get loads of vacationer commerce (the English language signage in Monsaraz suggests this to be the case) however as particular person places many of those could possibly be satisfactorily explored in lower than a day, or perhaps a few hours for the smaller villages.


However this turns into the enchantment. These aren’t cookie-cutter places, each has its personal charms and sights, like elements in a salad they work collectively as a complete offering much more flavour than they might as standalone parts.


Gear sensible, nicely frankly I might’ve taken an honest fashionable cell phone for many of those photographs (not that I personal one), I ought to’ve have taken my Panasonic LX100, which is a m43 fastened zoom lens compact that has a footprint smaller than most respectable fashionable telephones.


However I didn’t. I went on vacation with a technically historic digital digicam, with no EVF, no AF, no twin card slots, no wi-fi, no climate sealing, horrible ISO and as soon as once more I used to be happy that I used to be in a position to make it work for me in so many conditions.


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