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Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by fractal, Jul 6, 2014.
Took this lens to Bucknell University for an indoor "long course" swim meet. I used a monopod to provide some stabilization while sitting in the stands and tried to get off shots at a shutterspeed of 1/200 sec to 1/400 sec. This required me to constantly adjust my aperture; sometimes shooting as low as f/2.8 up to f/5.6 and ISO between 800 and 3200 with most at 1600. In addition, I was manually focusing using focus peaking; which means I was full manual everything. My hit rate was about 30-40%. I was really wishing I could get on deck but that was not allowed. Adjusting all the controls on the fly was challenging but also fun. Sometimes I would set up a "zone" in one of the lanes to focus on and then wait for my son ( and/or other swimmers) to hit that zone and fire away ( using speed priority shutter speed ). I also shot in RAW and did PP in Lightroom. I may run some of these shots through DXO Prime noise reduction because I'm not totally satisfied with LR's NR. It just takes forever in DXO.
Most of these ( if not all ) are also cropped 20-50%.
this was not cropped and was able to shoot it at ISO400 - the IQ is pretty good, it's just not a very interesting picture.
Overall, the results came out better than I expected with this lens. I have primarily used the SEL 18-200mm for sports, but at 200mm it's shooting at f/6.5 which isn't great in these tough lighting environments. I did shoot some with the SEL 18-200mm (hand held using OSS) at this meet and I found that I couldn't shoot action much faster than 1/200 sec.
Nothing like shooting sports full manual. It's a challenge but the results can be worth it.
Some water polo shots I took over the weekend. I used the Soligor 200mm and the SEL 18-200mm. The Sony lens was much easier to use with AF and OSS but the results from the Soligor were much nicer ( shooting at ISO 1600 vs. 3200 helps ).
These are all hand held - did not bring my monopod. I was sitting and braced my elbows on my legs. I am now convinced my focal length is longer than 200mm when using the Soligor with adapter. My field of view is tighter with the Soligor than the SEL @ 200mm.
These are taken from the same game shot in RAW and using the same LR preset; what do you think?
Soligor @ f/4 and ISO 1600
SEL 18-200mm @ f/6.3 and ISO 3200
I would love the Minolta Maxxum 200mm 2.8 with the Amount AF adapter but that combo would set me back around $1,000. For about $180 I got the Soligor + MD adapter.