Excitement in Photography doesn't always come from perfect equipment

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PhotoByRichard
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Excitement in Photography doesn't always come from perfect equipment
Jun 10, 2010

I've received my latest parcel from B&H few days ago, inside it is the cheapest lens i've ever bought, the US$89 Pentax 25mm f/1.4 TV Lens

How big is it?
You can get the idea from the following pictures:

Yes pretty damn small...

And mounted on my gf1 (with a C -> m43 converter)

After playing with it for a few days, i found the lens has very bad sharpness around the edges, severe vignetting, the lens has no fancy technology and of course not even autofocus, and even the bokeh looks very funny.

But for some reasons, it gives me the level of excitement in photography which I haven't got for quite a while!!!

All the problems of this lens suddenly makes me love shooting with this lens.

I call this lens "Technically Awful but Artistically Awesome".

Here are some photos i took with it in the last two days... all are just JPG straight from camera. no editing at all..

Most of them were shot in full manual mode: manual focus, manual exposure, manual white balance..etc

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Lovely set up and shots !! (N/T)
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Very nice!
In reply to PhotoByRichard, Jun 10, 2010

Great series, thanks for sharing!

I call this lens "Technically Awful but Artistically Awesome".

I like this sentence. Photography is Art, and you showed it well

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Great post, beautiful examples thanks! /nt
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very nice photos indeed!
thanks for sharing, it really prompts me to try it for myself

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Some call them flaws, some call them character. You've done great with the tiny lens!

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Nice shots!

I see that you're in Auckland - that looks like the Hilton on Princes Wharf?

I've not seen a lens like that before - what're they intended to be used for? Why have they made it so small?

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Thank you guys for your comments, it's a really fun lens. And the compact size makes it a great match to the small micro43 camera.

And this is the link to the flickr slideshow:

http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=pentax25mmf1.4+unedited&w=16969182%40N03&s=int

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In reply to Greggio, Jun 10, 2010

Greggio wrote:

Nice shots!

I see that you're in Auckland - that looks like the Hilton on Princes Wharf?

I've not seen a lens like that before - what're they intended to be used for? Why have they made it so small?

yeap i'm from Auckland and yes that's the Princes Wharf

this is a Pentax C mount lens:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_mount

I maybe wrong but I believe this lens was originally developed for CCTV cameras (which uses a much smaller sensor). And that's why there is severe vignetting (even black circle) and very poor edge picture quality when you use C mount lens on a micro43 camera.

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Your pictures are really amazing! Makes me want to put that little lens on my E-P1 again ...

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Nice Pics!
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Nice pics. Totally agree with you that perfect lenses don't always yield better results.

Love the swirly bokeh that seems to be quite common with these C mount lenses. Might make for some interesting video...

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Excellent - It gives a great effect.

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That little lens has some very nice effects. I like the sun flare.

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Re: Love the look... it's a nice set!
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I'm a fan of artsy looking shots anyway. Sometimes I even monkey with my 20mm f/1.7 shots to make them look like they were taken with a cheaper lens!

These look great, and it's a nice little lens (if not a little funny looking).

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Beautiful shots. This thread is the perfect antidote to all the recent obsessing over technical specs.

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In reply to growers, Jun 10, 2010

Excellent results, regardless of the gear ..it's always the photographer that makes the difference ...and these certainly have artistic merit - well worth the US$89 already !

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Shut up, those are great!

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In reply to FlyPenFly, Jun 10, 2010

Those are absolutely wonderful and great compositions. Thanks for sharing!

I know this thread is about the lens and your great talent but it would be nice if you could share your jpeg-settings, since you wrote those were all out of cam

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That'd just be a buzzkill
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NuFonaut wrote:

Those are absolutely wonderful and great compositions. Thanks for sharing!

I know this thread is about the lens and your great talent but it would be nice if you could share your jpeg-settings, since you wrote those were all out of cam

What would be the point of sharing his settings? Would it make the pictures look any better, or more artistic? Is anyone going to go to the exact places he took the pictures and try to duplicate them? Isn’t part of the fun finding out for yourself what works, and what doesn’t?

I’m on a similar journey with my GH1, a couple of legacy Olympus OM lenses, and a cheap OM-u4/3 adapter from eBay. I get a kick out of twisting the aperture ring from f2.2 to f22 and watching the depth of field change in real time in the EVF.

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In reply to Tom K., Jun 10, 2010

it would help people in understanding to achieve a certain type of look, what settings were used. Not sure why that's so bad.

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