Sony A7 with the Canon FD 35-105mm f3.5 Macro

Testing a collegues Canon FD 35-105mm f3.5 Macro still pleasantly surprises us with what legacy glass can do. The images we took with the Sony A7, exhibit traditional Canon FD "blueish goodness".  This zoom lens has some trouble taking advantage of the sensors' 24 MP full frame, as one might expect.  Hence, the images are little softer than the FD 28mm f2.8 prime we tested earlier. But overall, good sharpness, and a constant aperture. A good walk-around lens. 

You can read more about this lens on FD Review and Flickr.

Below are some samples at a variety of focal lengths

Sony A7 with Canon EF 50mm f1.8 and Metabones IV

No AF, but no problems.  With focus peaking and MF Assist on Sony A7, its still relatively easy to zero in on a razor sharp depth of field.  The Canon EF 50mm F1.8 has admittedly a very indeterminate manual focus.  But, once disengaged from the AF mechanism, it still moves freely. Great way to utilize Canon EF glass.  Primes are still the best way to fully utilize the capacity of this sensor.  Next step, legacy FD glass.  Stay tuned.  

Winter Fruit

Winter Fruit



Sony A7 + Metabones Mark IV

This body is a such a gem paired with the Metabones Mark IV EF to FE mount.  ICPix has been playing with the Sony a7 + EF glass and can report this body paired with this adapter gives really good results with all our EF lenses inclusive of Autofocus. We have tried the Canon 17-40 f4, 70-300 IS f3.5-5.6, 85 f1.8, and Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6.  Its not all rosy because the autofocus can search a while especially in low light. WE also found that the only lens in our stable with no autofocus operation is a dated EF 50 f1.8 (plastic fantastic).  But even this, as with all the lenses listed, can utilize manual focusing and in many cases relatively rapidly.  This is due to the focus peaking function of the Sony A7.  We were also able to use a 430EX Speedlite under manual control.  We look forward to using this lovely combination on coming shoots and will post images as soon as we can. In the meantime check out a couple of reviews from our friends at The Camera Store and samples here:


Ahh,...that's better,..ICPix has new clothes

Well we finally took our retro ICPix 1992 website, which started in 2008, and finally brought it into 2014.  Squarespace lets us focus on the content and we hope to keep the site fresh with new work and more frequently.  If you visit and happen upon this blog, let us know your thoughts.




Lumix GF2 with Canon FD lenses

Experimenting with a Fotodiox FD to Micro 4/3 adapter has been fantastic. I'm thrilled to be able to mount some great old glass to a Panasonic GF2 Lumix.  So far I have tried a Canon 28 f2.8, 70-150mm f4-5.6 and a 200mm f4.  All focal lengths display a 2x factor compared to a 35mm film camera.  Below are some hand held stills from the Canon 200mm f4 that are analogous to a 400mm reach.  ICPix will post more images as we experiment and we may try our hand at some video as well. Let us know your thoughts.

MTA wins two Mayor's Urban Design Awards

Marshall Tittemore Architects has won two Mayors Urban Design Awards MUDA on November 2nd 2011.

One for the University of Calgary Downtown Campus and the other for the SAIT Polytechnic Parkade along with Bing Thom Architects. Both of these projects have been previously photographed by ICPix and featured in this blog.

Congratulations to MTA

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SAIT Parkade ,...Again!

Checkout some wonderful images by photographer Nic Nehoux of the SAIT Parkade. This project just won an AIBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award of merit in Architecture. The Design Architect is of course Bing Thom Architects, and the Architect of Record is Marshall Tittemore Architects.

Check out:

(see the cover and page 32)

(his work is a favourite of ICPix)

University of Calgary Downtown Campus

ICPix shot some photos of a sensual building in downtown Calgary by Marshall Tittemore Architects in early September 2011.

The curved facade is made of zinc "scales" and it wraps the corner. This is a good catalyst for downtown Calgary. The Parkade is being constructed to the west and is part of this complex. If approved it will boast a "kinetic" facade which feature hundreds of "scales" on pivot joints that will ripple with the motion of the wind. Give us your comments on the building or the photography. Enjoy.


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ICPix and Prezi

Hi all. Check out our new ICPix portfolio presentation experiment with Prezi. We find the interface intuitive organic and very friendly. It's quick and interactive and best of all free for an intro du Tory account. Check it out.