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Taking requests for test shots

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by AK47J, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I have a collection of Konica, Minolta and a few other random legacy lenses. Most of them are just gathering dust and I would like to do something about that.

    So, if you are thinking about purchasing a legacy lens, but you would like to see some test photos first, I would be happy to do that for you.
    Give as many or as little specifics as you wish. Settings? Lighting? Subject? Indoor or outdoor? Close up? Etc. Whatever you need.

    (To be clear, none of these lenses are for sale.)

    *Konica Hexanon (no Hexar) AR mount
    28mm f/3.5
    40mm f/1.8
    50mm f/1.4
    50mm f/1.8
    57mm f/1.4
    135mm f/3.2
    200mm f/3.5

    *Konica AR mount (other brands)
    80-200mm f/3.5 Sigma
    80-200mm f/4.5 Sakar
    80-210mm f/3.8 Tamron
    Vivitar 2X teleconverter
    Sigma 2x teleconverter/macro extension

    *Minolta Rokkor MD mount
    28mm f/2.8 MD W.Rokkor-X
    35mm f/2.8 MC W.Rokkor-HG
    35mm f/2.8 MC Minolta Celtic
    50mm f/1.2 MD
    50mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PG
    50mm f/1.7 MC Rokkor-X PF
    58mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PF
    135mm f/2.8 MC Tele Rokkor-PF
    135mm f/2.8 MD Tele Rokkor-X
    200mm f/3.5 Auto Tele Rokkor-QF
    300mm f/4.5 MC Tele Rokkor-HF

    *Minolta MD mount (other brands)
    24mm f/2.8 RMC Tokina
    75-200mm f/4.5 CPC Phase 2
    Vivitar 2X macro focusing teleconverter

    *Zong Yi Lens Turbo 2 for MD mount

    *T mount
    500mm f/8 Vivitar (mirror lens)
    300mm f/5.6 Rokunar (mirror lens)

    *Pentax K mount
    35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Consina
    50mm f/1.7 SMC Pentax M
    50mm f/2 SMC Pentax M
    50mm f/2 Rikenon
    135mm f/2.8 Auto Sears Macro focusing
    70-210mm f/2.8-4 Vivitar Series 1
    70-210mm f/4 Sears Macro focusing

    *M42 screw mount
    37mm f/2.8 MIR-1B
    58mm f/2 Helios 44-2
    55mm f/1.8 Petri CC Auto
    135mm f/2.8 Carenar

    *Nikon F mount
    28mm f/2.5 Vivitar (Kiron)
    50mm f/1.4 Nikkor AI
    70-210mm f/3.5 Vivitar Series 1

    *Olympus OM mount
    50mm f/1.8 Olympus Zuiko Auto-S

    *C/Y mount
    28mm f/2.8 Yashica YUS Auto

    *Canon FD
    28-85mmf/2.8-3.8 Vivitar (Kiron) Macro focusing
    50mm f/1.2 Canon
    50mm f/1.8 Canon
    135mm f/2.8 Lentar
    70-210mm f/4/5.6 Samyang MC
     
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  2. Dan Euritt

    Dan Euritt TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 11, 2014
    what camera are you using?
     
  3. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I will use my A6000. But I can use my old Nex5.
     
  4. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Added 3 Rokkor lenses, 2 mirror lenses, and a Lens Turbo 2 to the list.
     
  5. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
    I have been considering getting a 58mm F1.4 Rokkor. I do already have a 50mm MD F1.4, but the Bokeh on it can be a little distracting.

    I personally would like to see your 50's and 58mm up against each other.

    And if you can get a relatively close subject and maybe trees or grass in the background that would be good, for a difficult Bokeh test.
     
  6. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Few requested test shots, all taken at f/2, ISO 100

    Minolta 58mm f/1.4
    Minolta58mmf14.

    Minolta 50mm f/1.2
    Minolta50mmf12.

    Konica 50mm f/1.4
    Konica50mmf14.
     
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  7. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
    Now I am even more jealous of your MD 50mm F1.2.

    That is impressively sharp at F2, and I think wins in terms of Bokeh.

    The 58mm F1.4 looks like it is softer, but the softness is quite pleasant looking. Also nice

    Thanks!
     
  8. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
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    The 58 does look a tad soft, but this was the very first time I have used it (had it for weeks now and never tried it). The focus ring requires a fair amount of effort (probably needs some lube) , and I may not have got the focus perfect.
    I can take more test shots if you would like? Tree branches and leaves maybe? Or lights/shiny things in the background, that always makes for an interesting bokeh.

    The 50/1.2 is by far my favorite legacy lens. It knocked my Hexanon 50/1.4 off it's pedestal. At f/1.2 it is on the soft side, but it sharpens up pretty quick.

     
  9. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
    I took a few of my lenses out over lunch, to do some very quick comparisons.

    I shot both shots at F2 for comparison, but unfortunately I forgot I had set contrast and sharpness to +1 on the "Standard" creative style, so the jpegs are a little more punchy than they otherwise would be.

    As you can see, the bokeh on the MD 50mm F1.4 can at times look quite busy:

    15243718912_4e5f4ff0ff_b. 15221029516_13c41a20bd_o by forumphotos1, on Flickr

    I also decided to try my 85mm F2. I think this has the best bokeh out of any lens I own, and impressively sharp wide open:

    15241039851_62715bcafc_b. 15221053086_26c578b9c5_o by forumphotos1, on Flickr

    Not exactly scientific! But oh well.
     
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  10. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    The bokeh on the 50/1.4 does look a tad harsh.

    I would love to have a 85/2 !
     
  11. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
    That is a particularly bad example of a shot with the 50mm F1.4. I still really like it though, it is quite sharp at F2.8 and onwards.

    With the 85mm F2, I find its a bit too long with a dumb adapter on APSC. At a 35mm equivalent focal length of 127.5mm, you need to stand a long way back and camera shake is starting to make things tricky. I always use it with a speed booster, which brings it back to a field of view similar to what you are getting with the 50mm F1.2. I think that is a bit of a sweet spot.

    So, I think its a great lens to get if you have an A7, or speed booster.
     
  12. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Rick
    If you're up for it, and when the evenings right, I'd love to see some un-cropped shots of the moon with the mirror lenses.

    I've been trying to get my son to let me hook up to his Celestron, but he hasn't found the time for me yet. So I've been thinking about a legacy mirror lens to hold me over.
     
  13. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    You call that a small collection? LOL :p
     
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  14. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Vivitar 500mm mirror lens. I did use my speedbooster on this shot. Infinity stop is not calibrated and I had a little trouble getting the focus perfect, but it turned out ok. I seem to get better results from my Hexanon 200mm coupled with a teleconverter. That may be because the mirror lens is a fixed aperture, so you can't stop it down to improve the sharpness. I can take more shots of the moon with the mirror lenses, with or without the speed booster.


    Same shot, just cropped a little and sharpened. Looks decent
    500mm.
     
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  15. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Rick
    Decent indeed ... especially after the PP. Thank you!
     
  16. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Hey everyone. Been a while. Just a quick update, I added a bunch more lenses to the list, so have a look.
     
  17. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    I added a few more lenses to the list. Russian stuff, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax... Check it out and let me know.
     
  18. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

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    Could i get a test pic of the nikkor 50 1.4 and canon fd 1.4 wide open focused a little longer away in bright daylight? I wanna see if yours have the same ghosting as mine have. Thanks in advance!
     
  19. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    I can do the Nikkor , but I don't have any vintage Canon lenses, yet.
    So, focused at infinity or just shy of infinity? Busy subject like trees, or more simple like a building or car?
     
  20. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 6, 2015
    Yeah like kinda landscape