This Month Through Your Adapted Lenses -- October 2019 -- Part 2

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Alan WF
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The Center of the Galaxy
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The center of the Galaxy seen from the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir in Baja California. The Sierra is one of the darkest professional astronomical sites in the world; when there is no moon, the sky is light and the Earth is dark.

This is a stack of 16 images each of 15 second at f/4 aligned and combined with Starry Landscape Stacker. So, effectively, it's a 15 second exposure at f/1. Pretty cool that a $40 program can turn your slow kit lens into an f/1 lens.

This is my first attempt with this program. Next time, I'd probably shoot 64 images each of 8 seconds at f/5.6; that would maintain the overall exposure but reduce trailing and coma.

Regards,

Alan

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fferreres Veteran Member • Posts: 3,748
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I took out my recent Topcor 1.4/58 for a ride. Here's one. For more samples and the full series of these, head to the People forum post.

Topcor 1.4/58 @ f1.7 / A7II Crop

backsidewalkaround Regular Member • Posts: 116
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Beautiful kids, very nice shots, awesome lens.
I try to shoot my kids with manual glass too, but I've somewhat given up, because they hate to be photographed by me, so whenever I try to shoot like you did in your series, they'll take off to play somewhere else. There's no time for me to settle in nearby and start focussing on the spots they'll circle every once in a while - which in my experience is the only mode in which shooting manually at open (or near open) aperture will be successful. They're a little bit older than your girls, though (10 and 13), I think. 
Concerning the Topcor lenses: I love them. The 1.4/58 has some magic, the 1.8/58 is sharp as a tack, the 3.5/58 Macro is very contrasty with nice bokeh, the 2.8/100 is near perfect in terms of sharpness and bokeh and the 3.5/135 is a great bargain for what it can do. They all produce nice colors, especially blue.

Here are some examples (without proof for their blue tonalities):

1.4/58 (at f/5.6)

3.5/58 Macro (open)

2.8/100 (at f/3.5)

3.5/135 (don't remember, my guess would be: at f/5.6).

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fferreres Veteran Member • Posts: 3,748
Re: This Month Through Your Adapted Lenses -- October 2019 -- Part 2

backsidewalkaround wrote:

Beautiful kids, very nice shots, awesome lens.
I try to shoot my kids with manual glass too, but I've somewhat given up, because they hate to be photographed by me, so whenever I try to shoot like you did in your series, they'll take off to play somewhere else. There's no time for me to settle in nearby and start focussing on the spots they'll circle every once in a while - which in my experience is the only mode in which shooting manually at open (or near open) aperture will be successful. They're a little bit older than your girls, though (10 and 13), I think.
Concerning the Topcor lenses: I love them. The 1.4/58 has some magic, the 1.8/58 is sharp as a tack, the 3.5/58 Macro is very contrasty with nice bokeh, the 2.8/100 is near perfect in terms of sharpness and bokeh and the 3.5/135 is a great bargain for what it can do. They all produce nice colors, especially blue.

Here are some examples (without proof for their blue tonalities):

1.4/58 (at f/5.6)

3.5/58 Macro (open)

2.8/100 (at f/3.5)

3.5/135 (don't remember, my guess would be: at f/5.6).

What beautiful pictures!

Your kids have so much space to play. In here, especially in the US near any place that is more populated, you must be 24/7 looking at your children. They call it "Helicopter parenting". There is almost no choice as nothing is designed to give them more freedom.

One of the reasons why Minecraft is so popular is that the only place they can go out, and seek what would have been basic exploration and adventure, right now, is swiping in a screen.

Topcor has made me look photography in a bit of a different light. I will be selling a host of lenses or gifting them. Maybe part of GAS is more "Gear exploration" itself. I am starting to realize the lenses, rendering, mechanics, and may move more to actually get more familiar with some.

With regards to using manual focus with "moving subjects". I have the same "frustrations". But since I do have to watch and can't read a book or do anything else, I am stuck with it. And given the amount of light, AF doesn't work either, but I think AI tracking will change that soon.

What I noticed is that after I practice, I develop instant reaction to Peaking clues, and I get to know exactly the distance shift in familiar apertures with certain twist of the focusing barrel. That is, I start to be able to track subjects if I practice enough with a lens, that I no longer have to think about it.

But that only can be done with a few lenses and in certain apertures.

Sjak
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Communist architecture at night.
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Hungary; shot with a 1952 Jupiter-3.

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CZJ Black Biotar 2/58 M42 with helicoid adapter @f2.8, Sony A7 II

CZJ Black Biotar 2/58 M42 with helicoid adapter @f8, multiple photo stitch, Sony A7 II

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fferreres wrote:

I took out my recent Topcor 1.4/58 for a ride. Here's one. For more samples and the full series of these, head to the People forum post.

Topcor 1.4/58 @ f1.7 / A7II Crop

Outstanding action shot with a mf lens.

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fferreres Veteran Member • Posts: 3,748
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Microprism wrote:

fferreres wrote:

I took out my recent Topcor 1.4/58 for a ride. Here's one. For more samples and the full series of these, head to the People forum post.

Topcor 1.4/58 @ f1.7 / A7II Crop

Outstanding action shot with a mf lens.

Pure luck and lots of trying! Thanks. I hadn’t noticed but I think the little one is in the air

moedius
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Morning fog, route to work.
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There have been so many stunning mornings lately , I've taken to bringing my camera with me on the way to work, keeping it out on the passenger seat.  Wide or wide-ish lens, set it to hyperfocal and shoot fast and frequently through a rolled down window.  I probably deserve a scolding for driving and taking photos at the same time but I'm very cautious.  If I can pull over I do, but most are taken from a moving car (as slow as I can) so composition is often lacking but there are usually at least a few that turn out well, with a little cropping and post.

These were taken yesterday with the Voightlander 35/3.4 at between f5.6 and f11 on the a7ii.  It was challenging to try to bring out some of the atmosphere and elements that were present in person but didn't show up in the shots.  Would be nice if there was more visual consistency to the series, but I couldn't make up my mind while processing and every shot seemed to beg for a different approach.

spooky.  pushed in post more than i would like, but i felt the noise didn't harm the overall atmosphere.

This is the only one where the car was stopped at a stop sign.

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Swallow Falls, MD.

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backsidewalkaround Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: This Month Through Your Adapted Lenses -- October 2019 -- Part 2

fferreres wrote:

What beautiful pictures!

Thanks a lot :-).

Your kids have so much space to play. In here, especially in the US near any place that is more populated, you must be 24/7 looking at your children. They call it "Helicopter parenting". There is almost no choice as nothing is designed to give them more freedom.

It's not so easy to let them play outside either. Sure Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, but in the cities there's so much traffic, I hardly let my kids out to explore the neighborhood themselves either.

One of the reasons why Minecraft is so popular is that the only place they can go out, and seek what would have been basic exploration and adventure, right now, is swiping in a screen.

My son loves to play minecraft too, if we would let him he'd play 24/7.

Topcor has made me look photography in a bit of a different light. I will be selling a host of lenses or gifting them. Maybe part of GAS is more "Gear exploration" itself. I am starting to realize the lenses, rendering, mechanics, and may move more to actually get more familiar with some.

I'm also trying to reduce the amount of lenses I have to settle for some or buy new, more expensive ones. On the other hand, they`re all handpicked and I find it hard to let them go at all. Still I'm trying to, but it's not easy to find people buying them for the prices I bought them for. I'm trying to get my money back, which works if you take your time and consider the average (with some you gain a little, with others you loose a little).

With regards to using manual focus with "moving subjects". I have the same "frustrations". But since I do have to watch and can't read a book or do anything else, I am stuck with it. And given the amount of light, AF doesn't work either, but I think AI tracking will change that soon.

AF on the A7R III works quite well, altough I've already had my difficulties photographing sports.

What I noticed is that after I practice, I develop instant reaction to Peaking clues, and I get to know exactly the distance shift in familiar apertures with certain twist of the focusing barrel. That is, I start to be able to track subjects if I practice enough with a lens, that I no longer have to think about it. But that only can be done with a few lenses and in certain apertures.

I can do that (using the peaking funcion in a quick manner), if I have a little time to settle in (find my spot from which I'm going to shoot). But if I need to run after my children and take a snap within the second, it doesn't work and more importantly I'm concentrated only on the focussing and not the situation, facial expression or even composition. It just doesn't work for several reasons some of which won't work with AF either, but it's easier and quicker. In some situations I might be able to take some pictures before the kids realize that they're being photographed.

I didn't really get if you like the Topcors so much that you're going to settle for them or if they were just a short episode in your quest for the lenses that need to be explored more in-depth.

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I really liked #1,2 and 5. Nice colors and composition.

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Morning light with Yashica ML 55mm f/2.8 macro

SOOC jpg except slightly cropped. The images from this lens make me smile every time I use it.

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fferreres Veteran Member • Posts: 3,748
Re: This Month Through Your Adapted Lenses -- October 2019 -- Part 2

backsidewalkaround wrote:

fferreres wrote:

What beautiful pictures!

Thanks a lot :-).

Your kids have so much space to play. In here, especially in the US near any place that is more populated, you must be 24/7 looking at your children. They call it "Helicopter parenting". There is almost no choice as nothing is designed to give them more freedom.

It's not so easy to let them play outside either. Sure Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, but in the cities there's so much traffic, I hardly let my kids out to explore the neighborhood themselves either.

Much better than in the US. The "helicopter parenting" article was published in the USA, and mention as contrast...Germany. It compared for example, summer camps and other activities children can do since early age without the parents being there. I also have friends from Spain, it's the same thing. They are allowed to not be supervised 24/7 in the same way here.

One of the reasons why Minecraft is so popular is that the only place they can go out, and seek what would have been basic exploration and adventure, right now, is swiping in a screen.

My son loves to play minecraft too, if we would let him he'd play 24/7.

YOurs and mine could play all day and night then. I have to set strict limits

Topcor has made me look photography in a bit of a different light. I will be selling a host of lenses or gifting them. Maybe part of GAS is more "Gear exploration" itself. I am starting to realize the lenses, rendering, mechanics, and may move more to actually get more familiar with some.

I'm also trying to reduce the amount of lenses I have to settle for some or buy new, more expensive ones. On the other hand, they`re all handpicked and I find it hard to let them go at all. Still I'm trying to, but it's not easy to find people buying them for the prices I bought them for. I'm trying to get my money back, which works if you take your time and consider the average (with some you gain a little, with others you loose a little).

I have to let many free too. As I get more lenses, those not used seem a bit of a mental burden. The other thing is selling each takes a lot of time, is time consuming. And some have very low demand.

With regards to using manual focus with "moving subjects". I have the same "frustrations". But since I do have to watch and can't read a book or do anything else, I am stuck with it. And given the amount of light, AF doesn't work either, but I think AI tracking will change that soon.

AF on the A7R III works quite well, altough I've already had my difficulties photographing sports.

What I noticed is that after I practice, I develop instant reaction to Peaking clues, and I get to know exactly the distance shift in familiar apertures with certain twist of the focusing barrel. That is, I start to be able to track subjects if I practice enough with a lens, that I no longer have to think about it. But that only can be done with a few lenses and in certain apertures.

I can do that (using the peaking funcion in a quick manner), if I have a little time to settle in (find my spot from which I'm going to shoot). But if I need to run after my children and take a snap within the second, it doesn't work and more importantly I'm concentrated only on the focussing and not the situation, facial expression or even composition. It just doesn't work for several reasons some of which won't work with AF either, but it's easier and quicker. In some situations I might be able to take some pictures before the kids realize that they're being photographed.

Yes, it's more akin to bird shooting than portrait sessions!

I didn't really get if you like the Topcors so much that you're going to settle for them or if they were just a short episode in your quest for the lenses that need to be explored more in-depth.

I love them. So far, I only tried 58mm FL, both f1.8 and f1.4. I think the f1.4 is now my favorite 58MM lens. It has the best handling, focusing, it has good vintage character in it but at the same time it renders in such a modern, clear way. I have a 25mm and a 100mm coming, and may add a 35mm later (I want the Preset semi-auto version).

The Nikkon S-mount 2.5/105 (a solo Sonnar lens in rangefinder mount, in a FL that I don't think has any equivalent Contax lens) is the only Japanese vintage that I will keep. I will need to decide on Minolta though. I really don't like the detail at 24MP, so I think I will like that even less when I move to higher res.

Actually, my thoughts are to be able to test the lenses with a 48 or 61MP camera. Some will benefit, some will how their limit was already reached. I won't expect all to be better, but the ones that really show no improvement may need to go.

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Made with a 1959 Jupiter-12 + orange-filter, in the famous town of Hajdúszoboszló

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Sony A7II & Canon LTM 3.5/100.

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Re: Morning fog, route to work.

Beautiful photos especially the last one!

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Re: Ducks!

Lovely! Looks like a great lens has beautiful rendition!

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Fall
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This is my first photo developed and processed in ON1 Photo RAW 2020  I like it more than LR.

Rollei HFT Distagon 2.8/35 QBM @ f2.8, Sony A7 II

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TimHar wrote:

This is my first photo developed and processed in ON1 Photo RAW 2020 I like it more than LR.

Nice one!

Also thanks for mentioning ON1. I tried LR mobile for some quick raw-work on my last trip but find it a really dumbed down editor, clunky and also near-useless for low-light images. Noticed ON1 also has a mobile version, I will check if it supports my main cameras.

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