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Tuesday, 18 February 2020


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I've been shooting a Fuji GFX 50R almost exclusively since July, 2019, but I just got my first Fujifilm lens a week ago -- the lovely GF 63mm f/2.8.

I've been trying out a ragtag gang of medium format lenses, large format lenses, and enlarger lenses. I need the over-sized image circle of these kinds of lenses so that I can have the camera movements I need with my Toyo VX23D "adapter" for my Fuji.

I'm not at all surprised that Jonas is pleased with the quality of those old Rokkors. There are many excellent choices out there in adapted lenses. I've chosen to go with Pentax 645 lenses, and find them to be excellent.

In fact, I tired of hearing how "old" lenses can't possibly be as good as modern Fuji glass, so I did a really thorough comparison of my GF 63/2.8 and the 63mm mark on my SMC Pentax-A 645 45-85mm f/4.5. Let's just say the Pentax can hold its head high. https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4467565

Two mice having a street fight, or two mice dancing? #perspective

Well... there go the prices of the Rokkors!

Two things struck me immediately in this post - the llama pic has "theatre" spelled correctly!... and all the cars on the bridge are right hand drive?

On sub-standard lenses with good camera bodies, look at Sally Mann. 8x10 view camera using lenses with aberrations and mold and misaligned elements bought at rummage sales and flea markets. Used for how they render a subject or scene she uses them to produce some fine images.

Hey...a post just celebrating photography and reminding us to smile and enjoy it? Wha? Huh?

Thanks, Mike, I needed this one today.

Figured it might be something as simple as a negative reversal, or something I just wasn't seeing (especially when at work). The brick road seemed quite "European," and I didn't recognize a lot of the cars (even though before my time)- except for the (I believe they're) Oldsmobiles with the vents on the side. So I really didn't know what to think... Thanks.

I've seen mice in London Underground stations. During the day they live down between the tracks, run for cover when a train approaches, and are a dark sooty grey, hard to spot on the track bed.

Regarding the use of 50 or 60 year old lenses on the latest camera bodies, I was waiting for someone else to remind you of this, no one has so here goes.
With the retention of the Pentax K mount over the life of the Pentax 35mm SLRs and DSLRs all Pentax lenses and many dozens of third party lenses from the 1970s forward can still be used on the most recent Pentax DSLRs without the need for an adaptor.
Just one example anong hundreds of lenses, a tweak or two in the menu and you can use a K55 1.8 available around the $60 mark (designed for the K1000 and the KM and KR) in manual focus mode beautifully stabilised on the K1-II.
An adaptor designed in the early 70s allows the use of the Takumars from the 1950s and 1960s to be used on DSLRs in the same manner.
Tieing in with a later post - a film Pentax and a digital Pentax can be taken on an excursion together and share lenses.
This legacy compatibility is a closely kept secret so don't tell anyone as it may raise the price of old Pentax capable lenses even further.

GFXs with a 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar. Many of the old Takumars have good coverage on the Fuji sensor as well. They don't have the clinical sharpness of the modern Fuji lenses, but they render beautifully.



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