New equipment testing

Biddulph Gardens & New equipment testing

Shortly after Christmas I traded in all my Canon and Panasonic gear to support the continued use of my Sony A7 III. I already had the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, which is an awesome lens, but I needed more width and more reach. So I added a Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS and a Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS.

So with a dry, but very windy day, I decided to get out and test these new lenses. I visited the Biddulph House and Gardens. While its winter, this estate has a variety of interesting outdoor regions, with good shelter from the wind. The following is the result of a short 2 hour wonder around the grounds.

Includes wellington boots, trees, snowdrops, small waterfall

With some ferns, converted to B&W to show the detail and patterns

Then up to the oriental garden. The light was generally flat, with the occasional burst of light

Then up and around to the tower and vantage point, through the petrified wood area. At this point I used my Godox 350s flash on camera, to highlight more details

Through the Egyption tunnels

and out through the lodge house, around the sweeping path, through another tunnel and back towards the main house

I used all three lens and with the temprature at 5 degrees, with a wind chill, it was time for a warm drink in the National Trust cafe. It might be winter, but there is no excuse, wrap up warm and get out..

Overall, taking images with the Sony is so easy and now with these great lenses, the images are sharp. The only images I let go, were those with poor sky, due to the light, almost everything else was usable.

I look forward to using this gear in the near future on a Jessops flash workshop and up coming Venice trip

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