Category Archives: Canon

Canon A1 + 50mm f1.4 Acros 100 pushed to 400

Some more shots from my film experiment. Pushing this film to 400 was a test, something I’m not going to rush to again because you lose contrast which has to be added again in Lightroom, not as effective though. 

I’m enjoying the experience. Digital is so ubiquitous and once you’ve mastered a few techniques you end up using your camera as a crutch for poor composition and thought.

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High ISO example of Canon 7dii + 70-200 f4 IS lens

See the following examples, many of which you’d rarely use – all taken with Canon 70-200mm F4 IS – no flash. Settings on the pictures. ISO 2500 to ISO 25600. Click for bigger.

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Canon 7dii + 70-200mm f4 and bounce flash for conference shoot

Do you really need a full frame body and f2.8 lens to shoot a conference…..probably not so long as you can use bounce flash. See examples and click for bigger.

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Fuji XT10 with adapted Canon FD 85mm f1.8

I’ve become quite interested in the manual focus vintage lens craze sweeping the mirrorless camera genre. After reading several articles online and visiting some Flickr pages (although they are few and far between for vintage lenses), I decided to see what all the hype was about. After researching the market via eBay for several weeks I decided upon my second purchase…..the Canon 85mm f1.8 lens with an adapter to mount on my XT10. This particular lens was released at the beginning of 1979 comprising of 6 elements in 4 groups, aperture from f1.8 to f22, minimum focus distance of 85cm, made of plastic with metal mount and weighing about 345g.

When the lens arrived it was in immaculate condition, just as the seller had promised – phew. Many old lenses like this one can often have nasty fungus, haze and scratch surprises so you need to shop carefully from people who have good a good seller rating and have experience in selling and rating lenses. Generally sellers from Japan are highly trusted and value their feedback fiercely.

The lens was quite easy to mount onto the camera, and I lucked out on a K&F Concept adapter also on eBay – highly recommend as solid and a snug fit. Its important to remember to switch the camera over to “use without lens” in the menu otherwise it won’t work. There is no auto focus. Scary huh! Well after some practice you can learn to focus quickly thanks to the XT10’s focus peaking. Really it doesn’t take all that long. A word of caution – you will need quite a lot of practice to nail the focus for moving subjects….and for moving subjects I’d still prefer to use Fuji’s excellent AF lens lineup. But I suppose you could set your aperture to say f8 and use a fast shutter speed for capturing fast street shots, just like zone focussing.

So why bother? These older lenses are heavier because I believe there’s lead in the glass….so what? Well lead is a supposedly a great conductor of light and colour to the sensor that you cannot find in modern lenses. This theoretically means you get finer detail and more nostalgic colours – to my eye anyway. Secondly the cost. This lenses was about $380 AUD. Some you’ll find cheaper, you may even luck out at garage sales or pawn brokers and find a bargain. Thirdly they are small and easy to focus. The focus throw is firm without being tight, and easily manipulated between the thumb and index finger for smooth operation.

Without further ado here’s some sample shots. I’m not going to list the EXIF data because the aperture won’t register (no electronic connection) and the picture speaks for itself. All SOOC jpegs, no editing. Click for larger view. Enjoy.

UPDATE – please check images at the bottom that have been processed in Iridient Developer

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The shots below have been edited in Iridient Developer rather than Lightroom and I think they look better. Tried Iridient for Fuji files and its unbelievable how good it is – highly recommend

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34 sample shots with Fuji XT10 with old vintage Canon 28mm f2.8 manual focus + adapter

I’ve become quite interested in the manual focus vintage lens craze sweeping the mirrorless camera genre. After reading several articles online and visiting some Flickr pages (although they are few and far between for vintage lenses), I decided to see what all the hype was about. After researching the market via eBay for several weeks I decided upon my first purchase…..the Canon 28mm f2.8 lens with an adapter to mount on my XT10.This particular lens was released at the beginning of 1975 comprising of 7 elements in 7 groups, aperture from f2.8 to f22, minimum focus distance of 33cm, made of plastic and weighing about 230g.

When the lens arrived it was in immaculate condition, just as the seller had promised – phew. Many old lenses like this one can often have nasty fungus, haze and scratch surprises so you need to shop carefully from people who have good a good seller rating and have experience in selling and rating lenses. Generally sellers from Japan are highly trusted and value their feedback fiercely.

The lens was quite easy to mount onto the camera, and I lucked out on a K&F Concept adapter also on eBay – highly recommend as solid and a snug fit. Its important to remember to switch the camera over to “use without lens” in the menu otherwise it won’t work. There is no auto focus. I repeat – there is no auto focus. This is manual. Scary huh! Well after some practice you can learn to focus quickly thanks to the XT10’s focus peaking. Really it doesn’t take all that long. A word of caution – you will need quite a lot of practice to nail the focus for moving subjects….and for moving subjects I’d still prefer to use Fuji’s excellent AF lens lineup, of which I have 5 to date. But I suppose you could set your aperture to say f8 and use a fast shutter speed for capturing fast street shots, just like zone focussing.

So why bother? These older lenses are heavier because I believe there’s lead in the glass….so what? Well lead is a supposedly a great conductor of light and colour to the sensor that you cannot find in modern lenses. This theoretically means you get finer detail and more nostalgic colours – to my eye anyway. Secondly the cost. These lenses are about $100 AUD each. Some you’ll find cheaper, you may even luck out at garage sales or pawn brokers and find a bargain. Thirdly they are small and easy to focus. The focus throw is firm without being tight, and easily manipulated between the thumb and index finger for smooth operation.

Without further ado here’s some sample shots. I’m not going to list all the EXIF data because the aperture won’t register (no electronic connection) and the pictures speak for themselves. Most of these were raw files processed in Lightroom. Click any of them for larger view. Enjoy.

P.S. I have since acquired 5 more vintage lenses, a combination of Canon, Minolta and Carl Zeiss. Hope to get time to post more reviews and pictures soon.

 

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Canon 7dii + 70-200 f4 IS ideal for portraits

At a soccer game today and my mother arrived with a childhood friend, the perfect excuse to capture a quick portrait. Who needs an expensive full frame camera when todays APSC sensors produce images this good. All shot at f4 1/1250 – settings were set for a soccer game behind me. Click for bigger.

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