In the light of the considerations in this previous post about the limitations of the Sony a7 R111 and the point and shoot Olympus XZ-1 I went ahead and ordered the Voigtlander VM/E Close Focus Adapter. As mentioned in the earlier post, this adaptor enables me to use my Leica M lenses on the old Sony NEX 7, thereby giving me with the capability to do macro photography whilst I am on the poodlewalks.
I used a Summicron 35m f.2 lens that was on my old Leica M4, and so I was able to put together a macro camera without outlaying too much money. I had purchased the M4 in Melbourne in the 1970s, but it is badly damaged and not functional.
The rangefinder mechanism on the M4 is broken beyond repair, due to the camera dropping on a concrete floor when the leather strap broke. I have just organised for the M4 to be repaired with an older range finder mechanism ( from an M2). This limits the lenses that I can use (no 135mm) but I only use one lens anyhow.
I took the macro combination-- NEX-7, Voigtlander close focus adaptor and the 35mm lens-- for a quick trial on this afternoons poodlewalk. This was along the cliff top on the Heritage Trail east from Kings Beach Rd, and then amongst the coastal rocks walking ointhe direction to Petrel Cove. I thought that a test run with the macro combination on the bits of quartz amongst the granite rocks in the littoral zone would be enough.
The weather was stormy: a south westerly gale was blowing (60 km), there was a high tide, big waves and squalls sweeping across the landscape from the south west. It was akin to winter. I could barely stand up in the wind when I was walking along the path on the top of the cliffs and there was water everywhere as we made my way amongst granite rocks.
We didn't dilly dally on the walk but I was able to make a number of quick pictures that allowed me to see that the macro combination was working. The combination is working and the pictures look okay at this stage. Though it's all manual focusing, a bit slow making the macro photos and I need good light, I am able to do what I wanted to do but couldn't in the past:
The digital option is an easier combination to use hand held than using a film camera (eg., the M4) with close up rings.
Thankfully, there is no need for to me to outlay $1000 or more on an oversized Zeiss or Sony macro lens. Any future investment will be in a new mirrorless camera when the Sony NEX-7 no longer works. Hopefully that is far away into the future.