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post #3721 of 4186
Nice. Did you also do the opposite focus, AY? (The girl in the back sharp.)
post #3722 of 4186
Bill Smith, how are you digitalizing? Scanning the negatives, digitally photographing the negatives, scanning the prints, ...?

I like the great contrast and tonality in your pictures. I go about photographing the negatives with my DSLR + macro lens but I have to massively up the contrast in post to make it look attractive.
I'd like to bring my medium format camera to my next vacation but I'm not really convinced about digitalizing the results.
post #3723 of 4186
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Nice. Did you also do the opposite focus, AY? (The girl in the back sharp.)

Thanks. I wish, but getting correct focus on the front girl was hard enough to get that moment. I had to throw away dozens of photos because of missed focus.

I think focus peaking is overrated. It can get you in the right ballpark, but I always have to turn on magnified liveview to get correct focus. Focus peaking is also really only effective for high-contrast subjects, and seems to be affected by the camera profile settings too. I had the camera set on an especially low-contrast setting because I was also shooting some BTS video (low-contrast, flat video is easier to grade and color-correct without artifacts). For photos, while RAW isn't affected by the profile settings, the liveview is, and diminished contrast really hurts focus peaking. That lens is also relatively low contrast, and contrast drops like a rock if it's even pointed anywhere near a direct light.

It's not that I hate that lens, but you do have to be very deliberate when using it. Its optical weaknesses (basically flares and internal reflections) are also very interesting and characterful for video. I had my whole kit of lenses with me, but kept going back to the Helios throughout the shoot, too.
post #3724 of 4186
Thanks for the explanation. Didn't know what focus peaking was shog[1].gif.
post #3725 of 4186
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Bill Smith, how are you digitalizing? Scanning the negatives, digitally photographing the negatives, scanning the prints, ...?

I like the great contrast and tonality in your pictures. I go about photographing the negatives with my DSLR + macro lens but I have to massively up the contrast in post to make it look attractive.
I'd like to bring my medium format camera to my next vacation but I'm not really convinced about digitalizing the results.


I use an Epson V500 negative scanner with Hammrick's Vuescan software and I get amazing results every time and it's reasonably fast too if I put the batch function on.
post #3726 of 4186
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

A behind-the-scenes photo from a video shoot this weekend. Sony NEX-5N + Helios 44-2.


Love this. Interesting choice of lens.
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

Thanks for the explanation. Didn't know what focus peaking was shog[1].gif.

Haha, I didn't mean to rant on about focus peaking.
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Love this. Interesting choice of lens.

Thanks. The lens certainly has personality. It's much better for video work because of its long focus throw and stepless aperture adjustment. An interesting feature of the aperture adjustment is a limiter on which you can preset a minimum aperture you can close down to. I've used it to make sure I'm at the aperture I think I'm at by presetting it to the desired aperture and then turning the aperture ring until it can't turn anymore.
post #3728 of 4186
Sugarbutch, I've seen that video before it's insane....the images are so detailed.

Bill, I really like your shots esp. the ones of the trees. There is just something about film...

A Y I love the tones on that photo. It really has a story to tell. I also noticed focus peaking can be useful on some lenses (my canon 50 1.4 fd) and no as much on others (vivitar 28mm 2.8) i think it does help at times but hurts at others. It's a feature I like to have though. However, I do find my focus sometimes wrong even though it says it's peaking in focus.

Here is one I was able to get with focus peaking that actually worked, but it was my third shot the other two were misfocused even though it said it was focused

post #3729 of 4186
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A Y I love the tones on that photo. It really has a story to tell. I also noticed focus peaking can be useful on some lenses (my canon 50 1.4 fd) and no as much on others (vivitar 28mm 2.8) i think it does help at times but hurts at others. It's a feature I like to have though. However, I do find my focus sometimes wrong even though it says it's peaking in focus.

Thanks. That's surprising about your focus peaking experience as I'd expect the 50's shallower depth of field to make it trickier, but perhaps it has more contrast than the Vivitar.

The cat looks surprised that you got it in focus! smile.gif

BTW, in case anyone has $$$ burning holes in their pockets, Ming Thein just posted a fairly comprehensive, and I believe the first, review of the Leica M240. He's probably my favorite reviewer (and blog site to read in general) because he is first and foremost a good photographer:

http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/02/22/2013-leica-m-typ-240-review/

The black and white pictures look amazing for a CMOS camera:

post #3730 of 4186
Hahah A Y we call him totoro he's a hard one to catch

The 50 has very nice contrast whereas the vivitar is rather flat.

About the new Leica , my pockets don't burn that deep haha it's like 7300 bucks right? I'm not really sold on the whole Leica thing. I appreciate it but its not for me. Keep in min these images are edited by someone who knows very much how to do so.
post #3731 of 4186
Must have that Leica. I yearn for it.

Quick snap with the iPhone whilst walking the dog, this goat had that crazy look in his eyes.

post #3732 of 4186
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

Hahah A Y we call him totoro he's a hard one to catch

The 50 has very nice contrast whereas the vivitar is rather flat.

About the new Leica , my pockets don't burn that deep haha it's like 7300 bucks right? I'm not really sold on the whole Leica thing. I appreciate it but its not for me. Keep in min these images are edited by someone who knows very much how to do so.

I own two film Leicas ( my dad's M3 dual stroke and the Canadian made M4-2), I get it. I agree the price is in the nosebleed section, but have you seen prices for Leica M-mount lenses of late? If you want a similar experience without handing over the keys to your car, check out the Fuji X1-Pro, you can buy the body, all the lenses and accessories for the price of a brand new 50 f1.4 Summilux lens.
post #3733 of 4186
Leica prices are crazy (like goat eyes crazy!), and I kind of admire them from afar like I admire Ferraris. I'll never own one, but I'm glad someone's making it. The 50/2 AA lens Ming's using is about the same price as the M240. I am looking forward to the Fuji X100S --- using PDAF sensors to simulate a split prism focusing aid sounds really cool.
post #3734 of 4186
Yeah the prices of Leica glass is why I don't own an M3. Just monkeying around with composite images...


Do What... by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
post #3735 of 4186
nice ^^ I don't think i'd want to skydive on a day like that haha

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