Grab Bag Shots and Lenses
Once again slim shooting for February due to weather and me being a bit under the weather. These shots represent six different days of shooting between Feb 21 and Feb 28 using a variety of lenses adapted onto the Sony A7RII and Olympus OMD E-M5II.
Argus 35mm f4.5 Cintagon Lens, made by Steinheil München This lens has sat on one of my collector shelves for a good while now with no ability to mount if onto my Sony E camera. However a week or two back I ran across an adapter for it and today I mounted it up and took a few test shots. Kind of liked this one (above).
Argus 35mm f4.5 Cintagon lens shown below adapted onto the Sony A7RII.
Jupiter-11A, the homeliest lens of all time but one I think is a gem. This lens renders somewhat low contrast and can flare easily but also is one of the rare sharp soft lenses. It gives a buttery smooth bokeh falloff and is one of the best when it comes to that.
Leica MACRO-VARIO-ELMAR-R 35-70mm
Leica color here is beautiful and certainly not neutral color. But of course this is vintage Leica so a modern one I'd expect to be more neutral with coating improvements. Even so I'm a bit surprised by the color casts of this highly touted and rather expensive 80's lens. Even after some work I've done there's a noticeable pink cast. Which works to advantage on the flower shots. And orange really pops out, church and truck shot. I find things look a bit more normal when giving it some 'b' color curve adjustment in PS LAB Color mode. That doesn't make the color neutral, but makes the overall matrix look more realistic. I wonder how much of that color shift was original designed in or matrix shift due to instabilities in the older lens coatings? Also was surprised by the bit of flare it has just from the white of the church and sky.
Lens shown below.
Testing another new old lens with perfect strangers at Little Mulberry Lake. They were most kind in letting me snap a few. Taken with a Rodenstock Rodagon 50mm 2.8 Enlarger Lens. Yes, an enlarger lens adapted onto my Sony A7RII with a spacer and a helicoid adapter for focus ability. Turns out to be a very sharp lense and only $29 on ebay. Lives up to the Rodenstock reputation! Not bad I'd say.
Lens shown below.
Testing a new lens. I think it's going to get passing marks! New lens to me .. it's only about 30+ years old now. This lens cost $2,450 when new around 1985. Today adjusted for inflation, it would be $5,644. I recently paid $299 for this near mint copy on ebay. This full frame zoom lens is also reputed to be one of the best vintage lenses for cine conversion as all focal lengths from 28mm to 85mm are darned close to prime IQ!
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3.3-4.0/28-85mm T* zoom. Image above shot at about 65mm, f8, 1/250th second exposure @ ISO 100. The Vario-Sonnar zoom is the lens on the left below, next to my favorite wide angle lens, the Carl Zeiss Distagon 28mm 2.8 T*
Some bird shots below with the Olympus OMD E-M5II and my favorite bird lens, the highly underrated Panasonic Lumix G Vario 1:4.0-5.6/100-300mm Mega O.I.S., shown below.