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Just acquired a Lens Turbo II - test shots here :-)

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by markoneswift, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 17, 2012
    Hi all, I've been toying with the idea of the Lens Turbo for a while now after being frustrated at how narrow even my Canon FD 28mm seems. I can't afford actual new lenses, so I thought I would try out the turbo. Here are some tests, using FD 50mm f/1.8 and FD 28mm f/2.8 mounted on a standard FD / NEX adapter followed by the Lens Turbo.

    Canon FD 50mm, standard adapter by markoneswift, on Flickr

    Canon FD 50mm, Lens Turbo II by markoneswift, on Flickr

    Canon FD 28mm, standard adapter by markoneswift, on Flickr

    FD 28mm, Lens Turbo II by markoneswift, on Flickr

    Not very scientific shots and certainly not my best photography, but I think it clearly shows the difference in focal length and the extra stop gained by the Lens Turbo II. I was shooting ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/200 for all these test shots.
     
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  2. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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  3. Lisandra

    Lisandra TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2015
    They look amazing!!! I thought the "knock offs" (non metabones) where supposed to be crap!!! the sharpness is amazing!!!
    You sir, have just made me loose some money...
     
  4. michelb

    michelb TalkEmount Regular

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    Greater Montreal area in Quebec, Canada
    Michel Brien
    If it works for you too, you won't lose money but have more fun and versatility.

    The only issue i occasionally have with these is the purple spot in the middle of the picture with antique lenses but only at very small apertures ( usually f16 and smaller )and in some specific lighting conditions.

    Here are some with this antique set-up on NEX-7 ( Chinese Zhonghi Lens Booster first generation with circa 1960 Minolta bellows lens 135mm F4 ( this was a simple 3 elements lens ) on a 1958-60 Minolta bellows 1) All no PP, direct out of camera jpgs.
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    Results
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    Now with Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HH 35mm F 1,8 (from about 1965 ) @ F 5.6
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    To see a comparison of Zeiss 24 versus this last combination and in much higher res ( The data is in each picture description)
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/55173440@N08/sets/72157636370027475/
     
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  5. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    The Lens Turbo or better yet Lens Turbo 2 are excellent. The latter compares very good against the much more expensive metabones.
    You can see more samples on my Flickr since pretty much everything there is with lens turbos.
    OP, great job! :)
     
  6. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 17, 2012
    Thanks for the comments and contributions guys, much appreciated. I must admit I breathed a sigh of relief when my test shots proved to be perfectly usable, as I had reservations about the 'knock off' adapters too. I'll put up some more samples as and when I get the opportunity. I'm happy to say this booster has rekindled my use of my two main prime lenses :)
     
  7. Lisandra

    Lisandra TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2015
    for 99 bucks these things are a steal.. Im getting one for APS C and 2 for m43s!!
     
  8. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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  9. 986ster

    986ster TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 15, 2013
    Where are you seeing them for $99? They're ~$150 on ebay.
     
  10. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    I purchased direct from Zhong Yi - paid via Paypal. Initially they were on back-order byt once they were in stock delivery was four days from Hong Kong to New Zealand ! Superb service. Cost 200 NZD all up.
     
  11. Lisandra

    Lisandra TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2015
    youre right, it was a one time thing apparently, I bid for one for 99 bucks and got it
     
  12. msullivan

    msullivan TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 11, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    Ok, now it is clear that I have GAS! I just thought about getting one even though I have an A7M2. Nuts. But would there be any point for getting it to use with my A6000? Sorry. Probably a dumb question.