Location: Scottsdale, AZ
I had a new-to-me lens to test, as well as a(nother) FrankenKamera project to put through its initial paces, so when my friend Lynn sent me an email invitation to join her on an outing to the Scottsdale Waterfront project this past Wednesday evening, I happily accepted.
The camera shakedown was a success -- I have since addressed the three issues I noted while using it, so it's good to go -- and I came home with a half-dozen photos to boot (several of which I'll post here over the coming days.)
As for the lens, things are less clear. It doesn't have an image circle that's large enough to support the range of movements I had hoped, so I need to crop ~10% off each side of the photo (or crop it to a 4:3 format, which is what I did with this photo) which, in turn, lengthens its focal length accordingly, making it potentially less useful than I desired. On the other hand, it's an older design lens and when bought used, as I did, it's a reasonably inexpensive one, so having to compromise on some aspects of its performance was to be expected. For the moment, I expect I'll be keeping it, but I will need to use it quite a bit more before I make a final decision.