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Friday, 18 February 2022


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I feel ya, Mike. When I got into my mid 20s and had a family and a career my Beseler-based darkroom went in a box and eventually to a school. My Minolta SLRs went in a closet. When they all came out again the world had started going digital and my first thought was to simply use my beloved cameras and have all my negatives scanned as part of the processing. I tried with one roll and got a CD of crummy jpegs. But what really got to me was my absolute need for autofocus, lacking from my Minolta SrT101, XE-7 and xd-11. I bought a digital camera with autofocus (the Konica-Minolta Dimage A1) and have not looked back.

As for contemporary manual focus lenses, Cosina Voigtlander lenses are amazing. The 21 f/1.4 is especially nice on the A6600.

i fully understand this issue, being the other side of 70 these days. i just sold my loxia 24, 35 and 50 for this very reason.

feeling good about this i treated my gas with a sony gm 50 1.2. what a revelation. i never felt as good about a lens as I did when i owned the nikkor 58 1.4G which parted my way when i got into Sony a few years ago. I still feel good about the Sony GM 1.2. A lens a french impressionist would be happy with in the way it paints with light. (also 3 lens out only one in!)

I really never understood the bad press the nikkor received, it had outstanding rendition but not the sharpest tool in the box.

I hear the phrase "sample variation" and I think immediately of my FSU leica mount lenses.

I have a Jupiter 12 35/2.8 lens in Leica m39 mount. It is possibly the second, perhaps third, best 35mm lens I have ever owned. (a Canon 35/2 FD that I owned beat it for sure, and my EDC Voigtlander/Cosina 35/1.7 is even with it. Yeah, it's that good.)

OTOH, one of the usually great FSU lenses, the Jupiter 8 50/2 Sonnar clone? I have one that stinks. The focus is adjusted correctly but it's still fuzzy at best. It annoys me to no end when I look at it. Fortunately for that niche, I have my Nikkor HC 50/2 (also a Sonnar clone) that is an utter delight to shoot with.

As an aside, my Industar 22 (a 50/3.5 hybrid of Tessar and Elmar) is very good as well but you have to be especially, amazingly, incompetent to screw up _that_ design LOL!

"If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all" is the motto of the connoisseur of cheap lenses.

"(Note to Millennials and Gen Z's: stop shooting everything wide open. Just stop. You need to stop.)"

No truer words...

Although using a full-frame 24-25mm lens on your APS-C might not be the easiest way to produce the sort of bokeh that you prefer, the Sony 24/1.4 GM may have the bestest bokeh of any such lens with your Sony camera. (Some Sony enthusiasts think that that lens in crop mode produces the nicest bokeh of any 35mm-e lens this side of the Sony RX1R II.) Unfortunately, there's a size penalty:


My regularly-used lenses are all manual focus (the terrific Voigtlander 35 and 50 mm APO lenses--although you would not appreciate the bokeh of the former--and a Zeiss 85/4 along with the Loxia) 25. I do have one autofocus lens (the Zony 55/1.8) that I pull out at Christmas, but I don't enjoy it as much as the other lenses. I suppose that despite the focusing issues I could be happy using good lenses on a Leica M. (I still miss my Mamiya 7.)

Am absolutely in 'Shangri-La' with three manual lenses from
Voigtlander: 35mm F2.0 Apo-Lanthar, 50mm f2.0 Apo-Lanthar,
& 65mm F2.0 Apo-Lanthar Macro and Sony's A7iv camera body.
Sony's 'focus assist' feature makes manual focusing a pleasure.

Mike, I also dislike sun-stars. Maybe okay if the image is meant to suggest/be associated with a sci-fi theme (as it relates to the 4 point stars [artifact] from large mirror telescopes), but for most images for me, it ruins them.

I often think perhaps I could have lens(es) modified to remove the aperture blades and replace them with a fixed round hole—or if possible maybe waterhouse stops or the addition of a smaller circle/washer than the lens wide open, so opening the aperture blades the added round aperture becomes the limiting area.

Actually I forget that my Pentax Q fish-eye and 35mm equivalent (toy in name only) lenses, and the new to me Holga 120, have simple circular apertures—so I guess I went from my glass half empty to half full!

Do you think you would like manual focus with the Loxia on the Sony if it allowed wide open aperture focus as we have on SLR cameras?

Trying to focus stopped down, even with the focus aids, just doesn't work for me. And I see that most people miss focus with mirrorless most of the time.

I know it would make the difference to me.

Yes I can blame you for being distracted. You didn't have any deadline for the Lecia. And about the weather part, maybe I can blame you about that too. How bad was it? Didn't you just go on about how the mid-single-digits is fine weather? And even if if it was blizzarding, don't you have some still-life subjects you can do the shootout with? You've been living in places with northern-US weather for a long time now.

Also, I don't think 25mm-e is ultrawide anymore. Maybe it was once, but it is just barely wide of normal these days. Normal being the about 26mm-e of modern phone cameras.

Kirk is the GOAT

Note to Millennials and Gen Z's: stop shooting everything wide open. Just stop. You need to stop.

Smile of the day. And thanks for that tidbit about lenses "thrown away".

Odd. You cite aging eyes and complain about the MF Loxia when you have focus peaking and magnified view to assist with MF, but look forward to the viewfinder M10-P?

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