Frank Petronio photographer


We’ve had a windstorm knock down several large trees, then a flooded basement after two sump pumps failed, followed by two weeks of rain and mud. It’s all a bit overwhelming and grey. This used to be my airgun range, it’s mostly a muddy mess right now. 

Air rifle is a Weihrauch HW30s tuned by John Thomas, it shoots smooth and true and is light and easy to cock. A huge step up from the usual Walmart airguns. The blurry sight picture is sort of what I see now that I use reading glasses, I’m not yet that bad but getting there. 


My wife and daughter are really into Harry Potter so last week we were going around Universal Studios/Orlando where we did a little side jaunt through the Dr. Suess section (my favorite). Couldn’t help but think that these blossoms were rather Suessian themselves. 

These were made with the Zeiss 50/1.4 Milvus lens on the Nikon D810. I really like this combination, I find it easier to focus the longer manual focus lenses (it’s hard to tell when a 21mm is in focus by simply looking through the finder). For super critical work I will switch to Live View and tripod mount but for most things I can follow along with traditional focusing. 


Five frame panorama from Nikon D810 with Zeiss 50/1.4 Milvus lens. It’s hard to display really wide pans (this is 6:1) but if you go full screen on a large monitor (like an iMac 5K) it looks fantastic. 

Sigma 135/1.8 ART Lens Samples

So I took this lens to Universal Orlando and these are simple grab shots. It is very sharp, has pleasing bokeh, excellent build quality – and this is key – fast, accurate auto-focus thanks to a more powerful ring motor. It burns my ass that a $1600 pro Nikon f/1.4G lenses have pokey mediocre auto-focusing. I tried the Zeiss 135/2 ZF2 shortly beforehand, that is also a superior lens but it is manual focus only.

Still I’m not in love with the 135mm focal length so I’m selling it along with the Sigma USB dock (which is very useful! I wish other companies had similar products). 

Harry Potter and amusement parks… meh, my familial duty and it put joy in the hearts of the women but I feel for the working class stiffs obligated to take their kids to these overpriced amusement parks in the same way they save up for outrageous college tuitions. Both are huge rip-offs. 

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