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Old 09-13-2005, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am just curious if any of you out there have tried using adapters and manual lenses. I am shooting with a 300D and recently purchased an adapter for Pentax screw mount lenses to use with my camera. It kinda takes me back to the days of using my K1000 that didn't have ANY auto functions on it. It takes a bit of getting used to, and shooting in stop-down mode can be a bit trying, but I think it is going to be a worthwhile experience. I am also wondering if anyone out there has replaced their focus screen with any of the third party ones that are available. It turns out that manually focusing a lens without any kind of focusing aid is a bitch. So, I ordered one today and am looking forward to getting it in and trying it out. Anyway, I am just looking for other's experiences, positive or negative.
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Old 09-13-2005, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All you need is a transtickular-reguritatorexfoliator..... I would have told you that today if you would have just asked...... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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Old 09-13-2005, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Benson, you're such the funny white guy. Well, half that, at least.
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Old 09-13-2005, 10:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Am I to believe that NO ONE here is using manual focus lenses or has even explored the possibility of using them?
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Until I sold it, I was using my old Sima Soft focus lens. You had to slide a tube back and forth to focus it. You then put different sized rings in the front for the fstop. It was always difficult to focus (especially since it was soft focus) but there is a way to cheat. Even with a manual lens, if you watch the little green focus confirmation light, it will light up when the camera thinks you are in focus (at least my 20D works that way).

If you decide to change out the focus screen, then you need a special tool (super hetrodyned magic oscillating projector) sometimes known as an eggbeater [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]. Wait a minute, I think I'm thinking of an old magic trick, so scratch that last idea.

Here's an old soft focus image for you to look at:



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Old 09-14-2005, 11:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Great photo of a lovely model, thanks.

One thing to consider is that the softfocus lenses were made at that time to provide you with a softened look that can now be done with a tacksharp image and a computer. It's easier to soften something down than to sharpen something up.

I've often thought of getting a soft focus lens but the prices are still too high and it is a single purpose lens.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I tend to agree that nowdays its easier juist to do a soft focus effect in PS. But the old soft focus lens were ultra cheap. The Sima lens was under $50. You can also get a LensBaby and they are quite cheap.
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Old 09-14-2005, 11:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I bought the Lensbaby for the wife (but I get more usage out it then she does). It does do some neat effects. I haven't figured out how to use it with studio strobes...probably makes some interesting nudes/glamour.
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There is no problem with studio strobes. Its got whatever fixed fstop that you choose, so you simply set your camera to manual and set the shutter speed to your sync speed and adjust the lights so that they match the fixed fstop you've chosen for the lensbaby. So for example, if you've put in a 5.6 disk, you would test your flashes power with you flash meter till they read 5.6 and then start shooting.
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Old 09-14-2005, 07:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Mathia,

I am a HUGE fan of M42 lenses, especially my Helios 50mm/f2.0. As I shoot with a Sigma SD9, M42's are about my only cheap option for getting great lenses. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] You're definitely right about the whole focus issue. It's takes a fair bit to really figure them out. I typically take three "frames" for every one "shot", completely spinning the barrel out all the way each time, then refocussing from scratch. Needless to say, I don't use these lenses for any level of action photography! It takes a bit of extra time, but I usually find that at least one or two of the three shots comes out sharp enough to blow away anything that could be done with a typical modern lens!

If you're serious about looking into screw mounts, get to know some of the lesser-know Eastern European manufacturers. They're typically the cheapest lenses you'll find out there, and their glass is usually superb. For instance, most Jupiter-9's are relabelled Zeiss manufactures!

Also look into other conversions, too. For instance, I _think_ Canons can also take Pentax K mounts with a couple of tiny, user-friendly modifications, and the Pentax PK's or 67's should be a cheap converter. Google it and see what you come up with. It's a great path to find!

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