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Friday, 13 January 2017 15:25

Industar 52mm f2.8

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Industar 52mm f2.8 (Soviet Lens)

Another eBay purchase, when I bid on this lens, I had no idea about it at all!

It's a Leica mount lens, so I needed to find an adapter to make it fit my Lumix, and initially I was a little disappointed with the results.

In hindsight, I'm guessing the focusing is thrown off by using it on the micro four thirds body, but then I discovered it's hidden qualities :D

Now the good news ... the lens (for whatever reason ... I'm guessing a combination of not great build quality, light leaks and the focusing being all out because of the focal distance being incorrect) creates the most wonderful lens flare!

After some initial disappointing results, I just happened to have the lens on my camera when light broke through the canopy in a relatively dark wood, pointed the camera at what I thought would make an averagely pleasant enough shot and ... wow ... through the viewfinder, a fairytale image ...

The effect can be too much sometimes, but in general it looks fantastic ... here are a few of my favourites:

Friday, 13 January 2017 15:23

Generic 25mm CCTV Lens

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Generic (Not Branded) 25mm cctv lens

Spurred on by the fun I had with the Fujian, I bought myself a 25mm cctv lens from eBay ...

This time a generic item from China ... cheap and rather shoddily made ... but oh so brilliant!

The aperture and focus rings on this 25mm lens are reversed to that of the Fujian (which actually means there is very little chance of you unscrewing the lens, which happens a lot with the Fujian).

There is a nice and helpful legend on the focus ring indicating which way to turn it for 'Near' or 'Far' :)

I find the main problem I have with the lens becomes apparent when I'm trying to quickly focus on something ... as it is a small lens I tend to take shots of my fingers as they hover over the end!

As I mentioned, the lens is not very well made ... it 'is' metal, but everything feels a tad 'wobbly' ... there is no nice movement on the focus ring or the aperture ring ... but that all adds to the fun!

Update: I used this lens at a wedding (got some marvellous images) but it basically fell apart on me, I went to unscrew it from the adapter (to use my tv lens ... more on this at another date) and the whole thing broke into a dozen pieces ... I still have the pieces! and I have another lens (from the same supplier ... I must remember to purchase several more).

Video experiments with 25mm cctv lens

Sunday, 17 April 2016 13:01

How about trying an enlarger lens?

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Using enlarger lenses on digital cameras

I read somewhere, that you could use enlarger lenses on your digital camera ... I don't remember where, and I will research this and reference it by the time I get to the end of this post!

Anyway, the upshot of the article was that you can have lots of fun shooting macro images if you add an enlarger lens to your collection ... I'm sure they probably referenced some hard to find (and expensive) glass, which there was no chance I'd be able to afford ...

... so I popped onto eBay and smooched around for a bargain!

Bingo! found something from Lithuania ... ten quid ... including postage :D

***sorry got waylaid ... will finish this entry asap ***


Saturday, 16 May 2015 15:24

Pinhole Camera

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I believe that one of the most rewarding things about photography is experimenting :D

I've started to amass a collection of weird and wonderful (and maybe more importantly ... cheap!) non-standard (legacy) lenses that I like to tinker with (with varying results). Recently I decided to try my hand at making a pinhole camera :D

There are lots of tutuorials on making pinhole cameras, but not having vast amounts of free time, or disposable income, I wanted something quick and cheap.

A good place to start if you want to try your own build is Instructables a brilliant place to at least get some ideas.

Briefly, this is how I put mine together ...

Obviously, the exposure time using a pinhole camera means you will need to mount your camera on a tripod, or sit it on a solid surface (my average exposure was at least 10 seconds in daylight)

You really get to see how dirty your camera sensor is!

My Lumix has a built in cleaning facility, but it did nothing to sort out the big lumps of muck on my sensor, so at some point I must invest in a proper cleaning kit!

This is an ongoing experiment, and I'll post more images as I take them, and also try some different sysytems, if I find something I can do in my spare time.

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:00

Fujian 35mm CCTV Lens

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odd lenses ... cctv lenses

TThis blog entry is from my previous website and has been updated, but will no doubt still have a few errors that will need sorting out!

I do enjoy experimenting with non standard lenses on my micro four thirds camera.

I set myself an upper limit of £25 on eBay and then see what I can afford :D (this has risen slightly lately due to there being a larger number of people realising the fun to be had with 'legacy lenses'

There have been a few failures, but in the majority of cases the effects of using an unusual piece of glass can far outway expectations ... brings a whole new meaning to 'point and click'

Fujian 35mm cctv lens

My first purchase was inspired by a friend and a youtube link he sent me ... Cheap-Ass Bokehlicious Lens ... it's worth a look

Obviously this being the UK, the lens was way more expensive than anywhere else ... if anybody can explain that I would be greatly pleased, but even then it was a worthwile purchase.

Not being designed for being used on a stills camera, the lens has it's weaknesses, but hey, it was cheap ... what do you want?

I'd better point out that having read other reviews of the lens (links further down) I'm using it on a Lumix G2 (micro four thirds) apparently if you try and use this type of CS Mount lens on a full frame DSLR, you are limited to macro and closeup work (still achieve some great shots, but nothing like some of the landscape stuff I enjoy) and you'll get even more vignetting than occurs with the my Lumix at small apertures.

The focus ring is at the front of the lens and mine is rather stiff, so turning the focus ring too far allows you to unscrew the c-mount to m4/3 adapter that came with the lens, though I'm guessing this could be the fault of the not very well crafted adapter!

Focusing also seems to not follow any logic and only about 2/3 of the focus range seems to be usable. I'm not heavily into the mathematics of legacy lenses, but I'm guessing this has something to do with distance of the lens from (and size of) the sensor!

As they say actions speak louder than words ... so here's some example shots and what the lens looks like attached to a Lumix (yes, I know that doesn't make sense ... but it does in my head, and you get the general idea!)

The effects are good for stills and for moving images.

Video using the Fujian 35mm Lens

A Few Links to other reviews

A much more indepth review than mine from Lens Porn with some excellent example shots.

A review of using the lens on a NEX camera by again with a lot of examples and a good explanation of the weird focusing!.

A forum post on the Fujian 35mm 1.7 lens on the brilliant Personal View website ... discussions on loads of lenses, hacks and lots more information and ideas.

A thread on the Digital Photography Review Forum with plenty of images, reviews and ideas for creatively using the Fujian lens (make sure you check out the whole thread!)


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