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  1. My thanks to you Photoworks (and everyone else) for helping me to stop panicking and start analysing the problem. Much appreciated
  2. The coracle I use is based on the craft used on the river Teifi (Tie-vee) in Wales. It's perfectly stable as long as you sit still. At this time of year the river Yare (Yeah - as in 'Yeah, yeah, yeah … ') in Norfolk, on which I photograph, is fairly sluggish, but, of course, one does drift gently downstream in the current, and - as there's no keel - the craft also spins round slowly too. With the SL2 I generally use shutter priority and set it at 1/400 (my average ISO is 400). I must say the times when I'm out of focus due to the movement of the boat are relatively rare - when it does happen i
  3. Dear Sjz, I think I've traced the problems to a perhaps loose connection between the lens and the camera body. I have arranged to return the lens to my supplier, and placed an order for another, new, APO f2 50mm Asph for my SL2. Thanks for your concern
  4. Ok albireo_double, hi - I'm really pleased that you experience no problems with AF/Field whatever lens you mount, at whatever aperture you choose, and however distant you are from your chosen subject. This bodes well for me if only I can get my one and only lens working properly! In some of my replies to members' suggestions I've written that I think I've made some progress in diagnosing the problem. Basically I think I've found a connection problem between the camera and the lens. And I think that's what's been throwing the focus off. Courtesy of a local store I've tried a couple of Sigma len
  5. Jim B Hi - thanks for the tips! Actually I do most of my work from a coracle on the local river so a tripod is a definite no-no! Also I think I may have discovered a possible cause for the problems I flagged-up. I think the camera lens is a little loose in the camera mount. I went and tried a couple of Sigma lenses at the local store and they were rock solid - whereas my APO Summicron 50 has just a little play in it. This morning I noticed that I could achieve momentary focus on more distant subjects if I pressed the lens hard back into the mount. I'm wondering if there's a connection problem.
  6. Thanks Photoworks (some terrific pictures BTW - I thought the yellow taxi half in shadow was really full of noir-cinematic atmosphere). Like you I use AFs most of the time, and in good visibility too, so the focus acquisition should be unproblematic. But that isn't what I'm finding. I could be 'holding it wrong', and I hope, sincerely hope, that's right because the remaining option (there's a glitch in the camera/lens) looks much less easy to resolve. One big positive that's already come out of this thread is that there seems to be no earthly reason why I shouldn't be able to photograph
  7. "Never observed any of these issues you have described with Summicron 50SL or any other lens I own. Focus (AF-S) is always spot-on regardless of spot or field which I select based on the nature of the photo I am taking. And I am talking of a couple of thousands of landscape photos I have shot. Sounds either like an issue with the cam or lens itself or, sorry, a user error". Thanks hofo - a user error is not unlikely! If your lockdown Indian Summer gallery's anything to go by I must be doing something seriously wrong! I guess it's possible there's something amiss with the camera &/v le
  8. Is there a way of acquiring a reliably sharp focus on an ‘unheroic’ landscape subject more than (say) 10 metres away with the SL2 + APO Summicron 50mm? Basically, I’ve found that AFs doesn’t work as I think it should when my subject has a complex, broken-up surface - so winter trees, brambles, hedges and bushes, reeds … etc. (I usually photograph across water/fields in the hour or two after sunrise; I might add that I rarely shoot when there is appreciable cloud cover - although I’m not averse to a certain amount of morning mist or haze). On the odd occasion when I do get a gree
  9. S Typ 006 Summarit S 70mm Sitting in my coracle on the river: shadow on the roof of a bridge
  10. S Typ 006 Summarit S 70mm Pigeon shadow
  11. Sunlight and shadow on an alder tree, River Yare. S 006 Summarit S 70mm
  12. Gt Yarmouth to Norwich crossing the River Yare above Eaton Common S 006 Summarit 70mm 1/250 f9.5 ISO400 Norfolk (Earth, air, sun, and water) S 006 Summarit 70mm 1/1500 f9.5 ISO400
  13. Floating Silhouette of me in my coracle (small boat) on the roof of a road bridge S Typ006 70mm
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