Showcase Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 30cm f:4.5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by TonyTurley, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    I took my new Minolta 30cm lens out this evening. This will take some learning . . . I had trouble following butterflies and bees, much less fast moving birds. I tried zone focusing to catch a pic of the tiny swifts that were darting all over the meadows, catching their evening meals. I didn't have a single keeper. One of the things that will take some relearning is that it has a MFD of about 15'. Here are the ones I thought were the best.

    Tony
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Yeah, that MFD takes some getting used to.
     
  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Yet you got some nice keepers here.

    Keep at it.
     
  4. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Thanks Dave.
     
  5. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    2nd day with the Rokkor 30cm

    I've had this lens less than 24 hours, and I am liking it . . . a lot. I figured I needed to learn to use it handheld, so I hung the camera strap around my neck, cupped the lens in my left hand, and guided/shot with my right. Worked like a charm. My percentage of keepers went way up, although admittedly I wasn't trying to snap 2 ounce birds flying at 75 mph. Still, I like this set. The color and contrast on this 40 year old lens are great.

    Tony

    DSC05736_zps90e2e6f9.

    DSC05752_zps14fd0ff7.

    DSC05745_zpsf98cff8a.

    DSC05743_zpscb71ef7b.

    DSC05740_zpsd07d27d9.

    DSC05746_zpsdf42ae08.

    DSC05750_zps0e5926a0.

    DSC05741_zps631dc588.

    DSC05751_zps801f7545.
     
  6. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Rather addictive isn't it? ;)
     
  7. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
  8. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    I never thought of this 1 kg+ lens as something to hand-hold. May have to rethink my strategy seeing your pics. :thumbup:
     
  9. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    I didn't find it nearly as difficult as I expected. I did get a couple of blurry pics, but I'd say my percentage of keepers was about 90%. I'm going to go out again this evening and try to get those darn Swifts. Missiles with wings is what they are.

    Tony
     
  10. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    942
    Jul 3, 2013
    Gosh and I thought I was done with my lens buying...I want it! Great job guys. :)
     
  11. macro

    macro TalkEmount Regular

    152
    Feb 3, 2012
    New Zealand
    Danny Young
    Did someone say Swifts. Oh yeah that's the one to get Tony.

    Fine shots coming from that lens mate and a darn good eye, focus is looking good and and very clean B/G from that lens. You are hooked :) :) great to see.

    Danny.
     
  12. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Thanks Danny. The Swifts did not show up last night, although I was at the same spot for several hours photographing wildflowers, the sunset, and the moon. They certainly didn't eat all the bugs night before last, because the six-legged little demons were trying to feast on me until I got the presence of mind to pull out my bug spray. I can't imagine why no Swifts last night. Too early for migration.

    Tony
     
  13. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Some more attempts at hand-held airport shots, though not quite as successful as yesterday. The A319 is a decent size plane that accelerates rapidly for its size. I knew it wouldn't be as easy as with a 135 mm. I tried following the plane and keeping it centered, but led it too much. Need more practice.

    Tony

    DSC05881a_zps10351efa.

    DSC05883a_zps4bafd279.

    DSC05887a_zpsc2f97a4c.

    DSC05891a_zpsd245d50c.

    DSC05892a_zpsc3182024.

    DSC05913a_zps31a47172.

    DSC05914a_zps973c8711.

    DSC05917a_zps5ba233e1.
     
  14. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    I applaud your ability to hand hold that monster. Some days I can even hold my hand out without it shaking. :)
     
  15. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
  16. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Birds in the fog

    Observed outside our office window. Handheld but with my elbows resting on a desk. I cheated and had a co-worker walk out on the balcony and spook the birds. Even so, they exploded off the lights so fast I barely got off the last pic in time. If the fog ever burns off, I'd like to try this again with a nice blue sky and hills as the background.

    Tony







     
  17. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    ^^That sky screams for some PP work :D
    What aperture were these shot at?
     
  18. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    f/8. There was no sky . . . the fog layer was several hundred feet thick at the time. There was a solid wall of fog behind the birds.