Roland Karlsson

Lives in Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Works as a Programmer
Joined on Feb 23, 2002
About me:

Collector of K-mount and M42 stuff. Main camera K-1. Also interested in camera technology, e.g. Foveon. Also interested in computer based image analysis and transforms.

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Petak: I almost enjoy watching hipsters pay crazy money for ridiculous nonsense just to look cool.

Lets say I love the swirly blur and therefore takes hundreds or thousands of images. All with swirls. That does not work so well in Photoshop, even if you can do it. NOTE - you need to separate foreground and unsharp background and then swirl the background depending on distance.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
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Petak: I almost enjoy watching hipsters pay crazy money for ridiculous nonsense just to look cool.

he he ... yeah! Of course.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 20:28 UTC

I do not think you shall be too focused (sic!) at the swirly bokeh. I can hardly imagine that it was the original makers of this lens goal to make swirly bokeh. What you have here is a lens that is sharp in the middle even at F1.5, but with some nice softness. A very nice portrait lens. To get that swirly feeling you need a high contrast background. If you instead put a soft background behind the portrait, then the swirls go away. And ... I assume that was the recommendation by the makers.

Then, this lens becomes a very nice, and sharp, general tele lens if you stop it down a bit. All in all a very nice lens.

Then, of course, if you like swirls, and have the skills to make attractive swirly images, then you can go for it. Not easy, I would imagine.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 20:18 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Petak: I almost enjoy watching hipsters pay crazy money for ridiculous nonsense just to look cool.

:) . you think so ....

You might be skilled ... so maybe you can make something that mimiks the look. But, what shall the rest of this Earth population do? That are not so skilled?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
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wildpig1234: So whats so special about this lens beside the silver color?

It is sharp and soft at the same time and it has a very special bokeh. It can take images that you cannot do with your normal portrait tele.

Most people will not care - but some do.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
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Jozef M: It's a nice design with an inbuild mechanical Photoshop background-swirl effect, great!!!
Problem is that you can't click this effect off, when you don't need/want it ...

Moreover - good luck with making it in Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:47 UTC
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Petak: I almost enjoy watching hipsters pay crazy money for ridiculous nonsense just to look cool.

@Petak - the Biotar is not nonsense. This is no el cheapo Daguerrotype lens. Not some simple achromat. This is a real lens with some character.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:45 UTC
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Mssimo: Fair price should be similar to lensbaby at the most.

The 85/1.5 Biotar is a hefty piece of glass and steel. If you put all that glass in a cylinder, the cylinder will be huge.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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Androole: I look forward to the comparisons with the $299 Samyang 85mm/1.4.

My guess is the Korean lens is better in every way.

There is no comparison. They do not do the same thing.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
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S Yu: Are these guaranteed to be better than Soviet ripoffs?

Soviet ripoffs? Hmmm ... those "ripoffs" are highly regarded. And there are "new" ones with multi coating.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I would like to have this for my Hasselblad shooting black and white film portraits would be cool and different.

OK - fair enough. The Biotar contains lots of glass. It is rather heavy. Scaling it up to a 150 mm Biotar will make it weight 2 kilo or so. And cost a fortune. Impressive it would be though! It will need its own tripod mount. Poor Hasselblad otherwise.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 18:27 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I would like to have this for my Hasselblad shooting black and white film portraits would be cool and different.

@Dante - I am sure it has - and hipster filters! For Instagram.

Just so you know - I live at Södermalm in Stockholm - the Hipster Mecca of Sweden. And not only that - I live at Hornstull on Södermalm. The just now hottest Hipster place :)

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 17:49 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I would like to have this for my Hasselblad shooting black and white film portraits would be cool and different.

@S Yu - you are forgetting that Hasselblad is MUCH thicker. So - it will be macro only. And - I have not seen Biotar macro shots.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 17:46 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I would like to have this for my Hasselblad shooting black and white film portraits would be cool and different.

Film? Lunar?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
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Mssimo: Fair price should be similar to lensbaby at the most.

Actually, if it is really up to the quality of Biotar 85/1.5, it is going to be more expensive than that. Biotar is very nice. And contains lots of glass. Half the price they want, i.e. $500 is OK. But ... they first have to redesign that ugly thing.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
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WastingTime: Let me look out for the comments blaming hipsters for this new metal pipe.

Nah, hipsters have more class. This is plain ugly.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I would like to have this for my Hasselblad shooting black and white film portraits would be cool and different.

It will not work on your Hasselblad.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:18 UTC

An M42 vintage biotar 85/1.5 is around $400 in very good shape. And there still are several on eBay. And there are lots and lots of helioses, actually many of them brand new, for the same price. There is no lack of this kind of lens.

But, of course, for only $700 more you get a mount for your camera :)

If you have a Pentax, you can buy a cheap Chinese adapter ($10) from M42 and mount it permanently on the lens. Then you have a Pentax mount.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 16:18 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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soundknight21: The only reason you chose the PEN-F for this segment is because it's looks appeal to hipsters (AKA a large segment of back packers). The price of this camera really is extraordinary for what you are getting. There are at least 5 other cameras that offer a better amount and quality of features for less price by Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm.

I don't like these 'marketing' articles. This camera does look cool and cute and people will buy it for its looks and good luck to them but this article just feels like advertising.

@NowHearThis - So your Pen takes fantastic images. How nice of it!

Personally I do not care what camera you buy or own - but I do care about this kind of strange arguments. Its the photographer that takes images. You will not take worse images with one of the cheaper alternatives that was mentioned.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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DavidKennard: Personally I don't feel the weight saving of a mirrorless system over a DSLR is particularly important when hiking. The weight of everything else you're carrying is so much more that any weight saving from camera choice is pretty inconsequential. The article even states "it added an additional 2.8 pounds to my total carry (that’s 6%!)", and that's comparing a camera and lens to nothing at all.

Going from a DSLR to mirrorless setup myself, I didn't notice the weight saving. But going from 3l to 1l of water, or tripod to no tripod is a massive difference.

A lighter camera can use a lighter tripod.

BTW - when packing for a hike - everything has to be considered. You get an as light tent or sleeping utils or whatever you can afford. You think the camera is so important that you make an exception. Fine, but maybe not all do.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 13:44 UTC
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