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City Lights
Stuttgart, Germany
April 2016

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Don't worry, with all the photography happening lately, I'm also still a Logo Designer by heart ;) - the most important thing is that you love what you do & do what you love.

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Minolta 1.7/50 mm in Action

Even though this particular one isn't part of the initial three vintage lenses I wanted to talk about, I might as well show you results of the same on the Sony a7r after shooting +Sara Koellmann​​'s latest blog post with that combination.

First of all, the Minolta is one of my favorite lenses to shoot with, lately. Its bokeh is nice & smooth, providing an appealing background blur and allowing the subject to stand out. With an f-stop of 1.7 you'll achieve just that kind of shallow depth of field by letting as much light as possible travel through the lens. This will enable you to shoot sharp with a fast shutter speed and trust me, this lens is super sharp in focus. Low light conditions are pretty good as well, even though there are other beasts like the 1.4/40mm Voigtländer Nokton and others of course, that even go further.

The Minolta has a strong build and is a pleasure to focus manually. It is compact and easy to carry - even with the extra MD adapter - and easy on the pocket, in terms of $, as well. If you're lucky, you might find a good one for a great price.

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On Time and in StyleHappy Monday everyone! It’s a new week and I am definitely ready for this one, I am feeling motivated and up for good vibes … wishing you all a lovely week. The world is yours -...
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Pentacon Lights
Stuttgart, Germany
April 2016

The second vintage lens I took for a couple shoots lately is the 2.8/29 mm Pentacon which I picked up from a retired photographer's collection a while back. As announced, here are a few of my experiences with this particular piece of glass which was originally manufactured in the former Democratic Republic of Germany.

The build is of quality, quite heavy and durable. That being said, it's still in excellent condition after all these years. The wide angle itself is perfect for capturing landscapes & cityscapes and with Stuttgart providing a lot of vantage points from the surrounding hills, you'll definitely find a chance to put your equipment into use.

I tried to keep the editing in Lightroom to a minimum to share the result in its actual beauty. Vignetting shows minimal distortion & blur, while sharpness is on point throughout the frame with desaturated tones and faded blacks adding a vintage feel to the image itself. All in all this is definitely a lens I'm looking forward to working with more often.

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Vintage Glass

I've been shooting with these three lenses lately and just wanted to share some of my experiences and a couple of shots in the coming days. You might even find that one or two of them have been used for my latest photography already.

You're looking at are three second-hand lenses which I picked up as a bargain at a flea market about two years ago [actually even a year before I had the chance to really put them into action]. We're talking about the 2.2/50mm Domiplan, the 2.8/55mm Ricoh Riconar and the 2.8/29mm Pentacon ... the shot itself was taken with one of my favorites, the 1.7/50mm Minolta.

All of these come with manual focusing of course and a bit of blur and/or vignetting on the edges, but that's something you might get to love as well ... of course you won't find any info on the lens in your EXIF data, so I'd recommend you take note if you want to keep track. Reviving these lenses happens via mount adapter as most of you'll know and there are quite a number on the market. I'm using the K&F Concept adapters on the e-mount of my Sony A7r and really can't complain about the build or functionality.

So without much more talk I'd like to invite you to share your experiences with classic lenses and adapters with me. Feel free to browse through my latest shots and stay tuned for the new ones coming up soon.

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+MARKUS-DESIGNS​ all night!

Last night's layout was all about grids, stats and graphics in the awesome world of Adobe InDesign. This morning is all about coffee ;)

Connect with me on Instagram for more snaps behind the scenes and random coffee shots. But don't worry, all the good stuff will show up here on +Google+​, anyways.

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Voigtländer Nokton Classic in Action

I really enjoyed working with this lens from the day I got it and had lots of fun with +Sara Koellmann on our last photoshoot in front of another one of Stuttgart's landmarks, the Königsbau, using the 1.4/40 mm Voigtländer Nokton Classic on the Sony a7r.

Shooting in the busy city streets of Stuttgart and in particular along the Königstraße is cool when you're working compact & lightweight and by using natural light as much as possible. Pick the right time of the day, the location and of course the right model ;) - then you'll get the results you're hoping for. Manually focusing with a large aperture to achieve the right amount of Bokeh on a shoot with a lot of motion requires a bit of patience and practice.

All in all I'm happy with the outcome, love the sharpness of the lens in focus as well as its characteristic vignette and definitely look forward to our next shoot. View the album on her Fashion & Lifestyle Blog.

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Hat and All Hi everyone! Wishing you a ‘Happy Tuesday’ and hope the rest of the week goes well. Yesterday was a good day, I was out in town and it was a fun-filled day with my hubby. I had to run a...
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Schwabstraße
Stuttgart, Germany
April 2016

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Spring Sale @ store.markus-designs.com

Here's your chance to get two for one on the current promotion of my ASRTEN t-shirt collection. Expand the post to spot the voucher code and ...

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Spring Sale @ store.markus-designs.com

Your favorite t-shirt is back! The ASRTEN Collection has just been restocked with a Special Deal: Buy 1, get 1 FREE! by using "BEATMAKER" as voucher code @ store.markus-designs.com and be on of the first 10 customers to enjoy double trouble with beatmaking gear.

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Reflections
Stuttgart, Germany
April 2016

As mentioned the other day, I've been working with a set of vintage lenses lately - one of them: the 2.2/50mm Domiplan by Meyer-Optik Görlitz. And even though the original RAW went through minor edits including the post-conversion to black and white, I'd still love to share this one with you.

This photograph of fashion blogger and better half +Sara Koellmann was taken with the above mentioned lens attached to the full-frame Sony a7r providing great results with acceptable imperfections towards the edges of the frame, in particular minor distortion and blur - part of which can be corrected in Lightroom. The hexagonal shaped aperture can be recognized in in the Bokeh which added a characteristic background effect to the shot itself.

To be honest, I'm quite happy with the results of this lens, especially with the sharpness in the center of the frame and its compact build. It being quite a bargain anyways, I'd recommend it to those, willing to invest in an M42 mount adapter and who just love working with manual focus.

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Markus Koellmann was born in Zambia and trained in Stuttgart, Germany. He's been an active Designer since 2004 and was lately the Executive Creative Director of Zambia’s leading advertising agency.

His achievements as head of the Creative Department were recognized with the Award for Most Creative Advertising Agency in Zambia for a few years in a row.

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