Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

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mattoz22 Regular Member • Posts: 375
Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

Here are my hints and tips on freelensing in the February 22, 2014 issue of the Amateur Photographer Magazine together with example photos using my Nikon D800 and medium format camera lenses

http://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/amateur-photographer-magazine/

I will get more examples and additional information up on the blog in the coming days. Cheers

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low3llSD Regular Member • Posts: 263
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

fantastic!  thanks for sharing!

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Bing Chow Contributing Member • Posts: 917
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

Nice work! I tried freelensing and quickly realized I need a small! light lens to handle it easier. I shouldn't have sold my 50 f1.4 manual lens!

CallMeAlan Contributing Member • Posts: 593
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Interesting. Some ideas to explore there.

(When I saw your subject line I thought, hey, someone doesn't know how to spell freelancing!!)

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PaleRiderBath Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

Hehe. I wasted loads of film doing this in the 80's. Between this and shooting macros by holding a 50/1.8 lens on backwards, I probably kept Boots in business for a couple of years. Got pretty good at it in the end though.

Nice to be reminds about it; I might try it again with digital now.

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InTheMist
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Why'd you give it up?

Beautiful work using this technique.  But why did you give it up?

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It's more important how an image looks as a thumbnail than how it looks at 100%.
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Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

Freelensing is something I've wanted to try. Might give it a shot with my little 50mm 1.8d since it's so compact. Tho my 85mm is so crystal clear it might be easier to focus.

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mattoz22 OP Regular Member • Posts: 375
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

Bing Chow wrote:

Nice work! I tried freelensing and quickly realized I need a small! light lens to handle it easier. I shouldn't have sold my 50 f1.4 manual lens!

If you are using a Nikon body then a Nikkor 50/1.4 is not what you want.  Any Nikon lens with a Nikon body gives very very little tilt ability.  A Nikon lens on a Canon body is better if you don't mind lowering your standards and using a Canon!

The better option is using medium format camea lense where you are able to hold a lens as muc as a few inches in front with ease.

I will explain more on the on a follow up blog post

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mattoz22 OP Regular Member • Posts: 375
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

PaleRiderBath wrote:

Hehe. I wasted loads of film doing this in the 80's. Between this and shooting macros by holding a 50/1.8 lens on backwards, I probably kept Boots in business for a couple of years. Got pretty good at it in the end though.

Nice to be reminds about it; I might try it again with digital now.

I have done some film freelensing with my ARAX-CM (Kiev 88) and Contax 645 but not a huge amount.  It is very easy with digital and costs nothing to practise it, unlike with film!

(I used to do macro before I started to specialise in portraiture.  Reverse mounted lenses onto the body or a 50/1.2 reverse mounted onto say a 200mm via the filter thread.  This was all digital though as I started with digital and then went in reverse and back to film).

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mattoz22 OP Regular Member • Posts: 375
Re: Why'd you give it up? Getting creative other ways

InTheMist wrote:

Beautiful work using this technique. But why did you give it up?

Thanks.. I now use a Leica M9 35mm rangefinder camera as my main camera. You can do freelensing with DSLRs / SLRs and any camera with liveview through the lens focusing but you cannot do this with rangefinder focusing.

I still have my D800 and other cameras so can still do it if get the urge. I tend to go through phases to keep myself interested so always learning something new to keep moving forward.

You can still get creative with a rangefinder to make photos look edited before they leave the camera. Here is an unedited shot from a shoot today.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/12703265484/

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Agreed!

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mattoz22 OP Regular Member • Posts: 375
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

Rservello wrote:

Freelensing is something I've wanted to try. Might give it a shot with my little 50mm 1.8d since it's so compact. Tho my 85mm is so crystal clear it might be easier to focus.

Please read my comments to one of the above posts. the 50/1.8 is not ideal or is the 85

You can also create shallow DOF by tilting so it will make little different whether f1.4 or f4

My follow up blog post will explain more when I get chance..

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Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

mattoz22 wrote:

Rservello wrote:

Freelensing is something I've wanted to try. Might give it a shot with my little 50mm 1.8d since it's so compact. Tho my 85mm is so crystal clear it might be easier to focus.

Please read my comments to one of the above posts. the 50/1.8 is not ideal or is the 85

You can also create shallow DOF by tilting so it will make little different whether f1.4 or f4

My follow up blog post will explain more when I get chance..

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Shot some this morning and was very happy with the results using my 1.8D

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Bing Chow Contributing Member • Posts: 917
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

mattoz22 wrote:

Bing Chow wrote:

Nice work! I tried freelensing and quickly realized I need a small! light lens to handle it easier. I shouldn't have sold my 50 f1.4 manual lens!

If you are using a Nikon body then a Nikkor 50/1.4 is not what you want. Any Nikon lens with a Nikon body gives very very little tilt ability. A Nikon lens on a Canon body is better if you don't mind lowering your standards and using a Canon!

The better option is using medium format camea lense where you are able to hold a lens as muc as a few inches in front with ease.

I will explain more on the on a follow up blog post

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Thanks! Always up for learning something new.

primeshooter Senior Member • Posts: 3,149
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mattoz22 wrote:

Here are my hints and tips on freelensing in the February 22, 2014 issue of the Amateur Photographer Magazine together with example photos using my Nikon D800 and medium format camera lenses

http://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/amateur-photographer-magazine/

I will get more examples and additional information up on the blog in the coming days. Cheers

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You need to explain this a little more You are holding the camera lens off of the body, ie not connected?

mattoz22 OP Regular Member • Posts: 375
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 - Amateur Photographer Magazine

primeshooter wrote:

mattoz22 wrote:

Here are my hints and tips on freelensing in the February 22, 2014 issue of the Amateur Photographer Magazine together with example photos using my Nikon D800 and medium format camera lenses

http://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/amateur-photographer-magazine/

I will get more examples and additional information up on the blog in the coming days. Cheers

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You need to explain this a little more You are holding the camera lens off of the body, ie not connected?

Correct!  Just line them up.  I have jsut posted a follow up blog post.  See next post..

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mattoz22 OP Regular Member • Posts: 375
Freelensing with a Nikon D800 (Amateur Photographer Mag) or..a Lensbaby?

Hi, sorry for the delay. Here is the follow up Freelensing blog post after my current article in the Amateur Photographer magazine. I decided to do a little comparison. Freelensing vs. the Lensbaby Edge 80 optic for creative Nikon photography

http://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/freelensing-or-lensbaby/

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primeshooter Senior Member • Posts: 3,149
Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 (Amateur Photographer Mag) or..a Lensbaby?

mattoz22 wrote:

Hi, sorry for the delay. Here is the follow up Freelensing blog post after my current article in the Amateur Photographer magazine. I decided to do a little comparison. Freelensing vs. the Lensbaby Edge 80 optic for creative Nikon photography

http://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/freelensing-or-lensbaby/

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Hm, that sounds like this could be a magnet for dust to cling to the elector-magnitised sensor (when the picture is taken). Interesting though, I'll have a go.

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Re: Freelensing with a Nikon D800 (Amateur Photographer Mag) or..a Lensbaby?

primeshooter wrote:

mattoz22 wrote:

Hi, sorry for the delay. Here is the follow up Freelensing blog post after my current article in the Amateur Photographer magazine. I decided to do a little comparison. Freelensing vs. the Lensbaby Edge 80 optic for creative Nikon photography

http://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/freelensing-or-lensbaby/

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Hm, that sounds like this could be a magnet for dust to cling to the elector-magnitised sensor (when the picture is taken). Interesting though, I'll have a go.

No more than changing your lens, or using a non-sealed lens.  Just clean it.  I always have a rocket blower in my bag.

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Horshack Veteran Member • Posts: 5,803
Be careful to not bend the body's aperture lever

I've read several accounts of Nikon users who have bent their body's aperture lever by free-lensing. You need to be careful how the lens is held against the body.

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