The thin film sensor project for my A7R was cut short; a fire at the Schott glass factory led to a lack of inventory for the glass to do the replacement. I received my camera back and was able to take some pictures while spending the weekend in Portland, Oregon after a trip to San Francisco. I traded in my Mamiya 6 rangefinder and its lenses, along with a Zeiss 50mm planar lens and purchased the new Zeiss 35/1.4 Distagon ZM lens. I got a good deal on the 35mm lens at Service Photo in Baltimore. aIt has proved to be a good travel lens, and I enjoyed using it in the Japanese Garden, but when I visited the Columbia River Gorge, it would have been nice to have also brought the 16-35 for pictures of waterfalls.
I am narrowing the number of systems I have and trying to continue
to commit to the Sony A7R. There are rumors that its successor will
be released soon; Leica has announced its new M Monocrhom Typ 246 as
well, which is a CMOS version of its previous monochrome camera. I
sold the Mamiya 6 with some hesitation; I liked the idea of having a
medium format rangefinder but I am finding that my skill at scanning
is not as good as I would like, and time is always lacking. I could
sell much of my current gear and then afford the Typ 246; that further
reduction of the amount of camera gear I have is tempting.