Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

I'm looking at getting a new macro lens soon, but decided to play with my camera today.  This movement doesn't come out very much because it is behind a solid case back.  Cal 1072/1:

Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

Just playing with my camera and current macro lens

An inside job that's been caught on camera...
02/22/2015 - 13:04

Dan, I've watched and admired your photographic skills improve over a fair period of time much of which must be acredited to your present camera lensyes ...

What do you hope to achieve with a new (replacement?) Macro lens? 

By the way, your $39.95 USB2 - Macro x 200 brought us some thrilling shots - are there any more in the pipeline?

Best wishes


Thank you Sir!
02/22/2015 - 13:24

Thanks Tony for the kind words.  Yes, the USB microscope is still around, but just not as convenient if I'm not at my desk, sad

I use a Sony camera, with their proprietary E-Mount system and lenses.  This means there is a dearth of available, native, options for lens selection.  My current macro lens is the only one that Sony created a few years ago.  It is a short 30mm (45mm equivalent on my APS-C camera) and a slow F3.5.  For watch pictures, which are often taken under less than ideal lighting conditions (i.e., SIHH, W&W, at the Boutiques, etc.) I am looking at two newly available macro lens options.

One is a Zeiss Touit 50mm (75mm equivalent on APS-C) / F2.8 and the other is a Sony G-series 90mm (135mm equivalent on APS-C) / F2.8.

The optical quality of both these alternatives is much better than my existing macro and I expect them to perform better in lower light environments.

Though, truth be told, I believe the most important factor is the skill of the photographer (where I am truly a novice a learning about photography as I go along...a side hobby that comes from be a watch fan), and not the equipment/hardware itself.

Best Regards, Dan

P.S.  Besides cropping, none of the pictures in the original post were post processed at all (which would probably make them better, but I haven't really gotten to the point of learning how to use Photoshop or other similar software).

02/22/2015 - 20:19

Hi Dan,

IMHO both lenses are good but slightly overpriced... I'd like more Touit with good bokeh, bu its very personal opinion )))

Interesting reviews:





Thank you Serge
02/23/2015 - 04:54

I've been looking over many reviews of both lenses recently and saw the two that you showed me.  I'd like to thank you for giving me your recommendation as well!, it does help.

Yes, I know they are overpriced, but long-term, I prefer to use a good piece of glass instead of tubes or a magnifying lens attachment.

I would use this lens for other purposes as well, not just for macros, as I think the focal lengths and quality would allow it.  Therefore I expect the Phase Detect Auto Focus will be quite useful (vs. choosing a purely manual focus macro lens + adapter at a much lower cost).

I don't really take macro pictures of anything else besides watches, so I don't know if a 50mm or a 90mm focal length has any distinct advantage for my usage application.

WBR, Dan

02/22/2015 - 13:51

Pictures: 7

Movement: 10 cum laude


Jokes apart, congratulations Dan, I wish I could just be able to do half of the job you've done. I'm so bad taking pictures! laugh.

I totally agree with you!
02/22/2015 - 14:05

The movement is a 10 cum laude!  heart

IMHO, it is one of the best movements in VC's history...and that means one of the best movements in Swiss Watchmaking history.  yes


Tasty T-Bird Tantalizes
02/22/2015 - 18:12

nice views of the Gyromax, Dan yes

Thanks Dean, sharp eye - as usual! :-) (nt)
02/23/2015 - 04:55
Surely I cannot be the only one...
02/24/2015 - 01:37

That thought "Tasty T-Bird Tantalizes" was Tony Chance title?  

Canadian Vacheronista learns the art of the headline not from Lady Luck, but from Mr. Chance.

Re: Just playing with my camera and current macro lens
02/23/2015 - 01:30

Great macro shots Dan.

Excellent depth of field too.

Love the balance wheel pics!

Interesting that Lange has adopted that design with the interior weights in their Datograph movement.

Much easire to adjust.


Thanks Joseph!
02/23/2015 - 05:00

This movement is the opposite of thin, and I wanted to give some perspective to how thick it is and a 3-D feel.

I'm always wishing for perfect DOF, though I know that it is impossible to get everything in focus.

The design is the traditional PP Gyromax, so it is interesting that Lange used it for the Datograph.

BR, Dan

you're getting arty :-)
02/24/2015 - 11:09

great shots buddy!

Thanks Pal, I'm trying to see how many new tricks I can still learn :-)
02/26/2015 - 00:50

I also started taking French lessons through SW and online, but my pronunciation and use of the various accents is HORRIBLE! crying

I still don't how to get most of those accents to come up on my computer or iPad...thought I'm quickly learning as the SW keeps telling me to watch my accents.smiley

Re: Thanks Pal, I'm trying to see how many new tricks I can still learn :-)
02/26/2015 - 12:48

I may be wrong because I don't speak (or write) French, but I am not sure that the French accents have the close relationship to pronunciation like the Chinese accents do.  I was shocked to lean that the shape of the accent actually mirrored the pronunciation in Chinese.  I guess the Chinese have had quite a long head start to get these things worked out!  We Americans just took the easy way and got rid of them altogether.  We'll just use emoticons.

Re: Re: Thanks Pal, I'm trying to see how many new tricks I can still learn :-)
02/26/2015 - 15:46

Sorry, but I may have confused you with my sentence.  My weaknesses with learning French are two seperate and independent issues:

1. My pronunciation is bad.

2. My use of accents in writing is bad.  (I'm just now learning that if I press and hold an Ipad/iphone key for a second, different accents will show up.  This is something I never used before.)

In Chinese, there are no accents as part of the written language (both Simplified and Traditional characters).  There are different intonations when speaking that might be considered homonyms in English (?) because they sound so much alike, but the written characters are totally different.   (And if one thinks Mandarin with 4 intonations is difficult, Cantonese uses 6)

In PinYin, which is the phonetic Romanization of written Chinese, there are accents used to indicate the intonation.  I think this may be what you are referring to?  (BTW, when using PinYin to type Chinese on a keyboard, these accents are not needed because as you type out the word...the Chinese characters pop up in a list of options that one then chooses from) smiley

BR, Dan

P.S.  I have a tough time with the intonation of certain words as well and my family loves to laugh at me when I make a mistake :-)

You are right
02/26/2015 - 19:03

I was thinking of PinYin.