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by melek
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: CSC - Compact System Cameras
Topic: When a mediocre lens dies
Replies: 3
Views: 803

When a mediocre lens dies

I think most kit lenses are average at best, but when it dies, it still irks me. A few months back, this is what I saw when I turned on my Olympus Pen E-PL1. 14-42_bad_01.jpg In almost all cases, the lens is kaput. Because it's a kit lens, there isn't much reason to repair it. (I tried, and it didn'...
by melek
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: SLRs and Rangefinders
Topic: Daniel Boone Homestead
Replies: 7
Views: 1019

Re: Daniel Boone Homestead

"Washington's Crossing" - I'm about 20 minutes from there. All around this area, places have noted where Washington stopped or slept or set up camp. I'm surprised that they haven't marked a spot where Gen. Washington relieved himself. Anyway, Washington's Crossing is really beautiful in the fall, wh...
by melek
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: SLRs and Rangefinders
Topic: Wide Angles, 10mm or less?
Replies: 14
Views: 3575

Re: Wide Angles, 10mm or less?

I had the Voigtlander 15mm (I think that was the focal length), but apparently I sold it. I haven't seen it in years, so I guess I sold it. I have the Zeiss Ikon Contarex Hologon, which has a no-focus fixed-aperture f/8 15mm Hologon lens. I think depth of field is 18 inches to infinity. It's a prett...
by melek
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Macro lens advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

Re: Macro lens advice

If you don't mind manual focus, you can always look for a lens mount adapter to allow the use of the Rollei QBM lenses. Look for the Carl Zeiss 60mm Makro-Planar. This lens can be used with extension tubes or with bellows. This lens is also available in the Contax/Yashica mount, although I don't kno...
by melek
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone using old lenses?
Replies: 6
Views: 3440

Re: Anyone using old lenses?

I shoot almost entirely with older lenses on digital. If you get a chance, pick up the Meyer-Optik Trioplan. I converted one of these lenses to the Sony E-mount. It's a very cool lens. I did a writeup on it. My next project is a Meyer Domiplan (from a Pemtacon Electra) which has very swirly bokeh. H...
by melek
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: AP ending its relationship with Canon, picks Sony
Replies: 0
Views: 451

AP ending its relationship with Canon, picks Sony

This is rather interesting news. The Associated press announced today that it is moving away from Canon as its supplier of cameras and will outfit all of its staff photographers (and videographers) with Sony products. This is a big development for Sony. http://photographytoday.net/?q=news/associated...
by melek
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: TLRs, SLRs, RFs, non-folders
Topic: Rolleicord Va
Replies: 18
Views: 12106

Re: Rolleicord Va

You never have to make excuses for a Xenar. While the Rolleicord never offered a Tessar or Planar, the Xenar certainly was the equivalent of the Tessar (design and performance). Those photos have plenty of sharpness to them. My first Rolleiflex Automat had a Xenar - great lens. You can replace the R...
by melek
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Rangefinders
Topic: M2 Test Rolls
Replies: 8
Views: 4059

Re: M2 Test Rolls

HP5+ - ugh for me. I've never successfully shot a satisfying roll with this film. The blacks always come out like mud. I've never been able to use the film correctly. I don't know why.

That would be the Nokton, right? I think this was supposed to be very close to the Sonnar - the original design was.
by melek
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: The Digital Darkroom
Topic: Corel Draw Suite - monthly subscription
Replies: 7
Views: 5751

Corel Draw Suite - monthly subscription

I don't do vector illustrations, but Corel is moving its CorelDRAW Graphics Suite to the cloud and making it a monthly subscription. At the moment, this will sell alongside the installed non-cloud version. I don't know if Corel plans to offer both or eventually do away with the standalone version. P...
by melek
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Rangefinders
Topic: M2 Test Rolls
Replies: 8
Views: 4059

Re: M2 Test Rolls

Oh, yeah, these are good. Nice compositions. The colors really pop in those photos. Which lens - Summicron?