First time portraits with an adapted lens

Started Jul 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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wolfie Veteran Member • Posts: 3,729
First time portraits with an adapted lens

A few years back I was given my uncles Pentax Spotmatic which had a nice looking 55mm f1.8 Super Takumar lens. Today I got an M42-> M43 adapter and took some portrait shots around the house on my E-P3.

Definitely going to have to work on the focusing work flow of getting the basic composition then getting the magnified view to get the eyes in focus, then back to full view, recheck the shutter speed, press shutter ...

But at 1/10th the price of buying an Oly 45mm f1.8, it's an inconvenience I can tolerate for a while - and besides, portraits shouldn't really be undertaken at grand prix speeds.

Bottom line is when I get the focus right and a decent shutter speed, it produces nicely resolved images with good bokeh.

A couple of examples with 1:1 crops
Full image (of my wife's childhood teddy ...)

1:1 crop

1:1 crop with unsharp mask 2 applied

full image


Nice that a 40 year old lens can turn in very usable results.

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