The latest issue of the KAGE collective monthly publication is up today. A little late, and a little lean. We all have a lot of stuff going on with our lives at the moment, so it’s not exactly a walk in the park getting these stories done, less keeping them relevant! – But I managed to put up a story about the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride which took place globally on sep. 24th.
In 2012, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was conceptualised in Australia by Mark Hawwa. Inspired by a single image of Mad Men’s fictional character Don Draper and his classic styled motorcycle, the event sought to gather riders for a good cause, and rid themselves of the stereotype male motorcycle rider image.
It’s a good cause! And I can spend many lines giving thanks to everyone involved in the important piece of prophylactic indirect healthcare work. You can read my deeper thoughts about it over at the KAGE story.
Here, I want to touch down on the more technical photographic aspect of the thing.
I was sick as a dog that day, and had been for some days. But I managed to get going on some over the counter pain medication. So carrying my smallest camera would have been the ideal choice for my disease-ridden body! But I didn’t. I chose the GFX50s. I coupled it with the GF110mm f/2 for portraits and the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM used with the Techart adapter for the more inclusive documentary type shots.
This combination can actually fit in my ONA bowery bag!! Go figure! A digital medium format system in a bag designed for the smallest of cameras. This is still so unbelievably cool to me!
The Techart + 40mm combo is great. It just works! Autofocus is spot on, and it is more than capable of handling events like this. Sharpness is great, and it covers the sensor so very well. And the combo is so small! It’s a pancake setup for your GFX. It’s perfect!
The GF110mm f/2 is just a mind-blowing lens. It doesn’t get any better than this. The contrast, the rendering, the OOF areas, the handling. Everything is just so bloody supreme with this lens. I wrote in my initial review of this lens back in spring, that this was one of those “must haves” for the GFX system. And ever since buying my own, that opinion still stands 110%. It’s just a flawless piece of kit.
Below are my shots from the day. Random order. Random documentary. Not curated like on the KAGE story. These are the shots I took that day. All of them.