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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mainwaring Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2017 at 5:42pm
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testing a new and relatively cheap 25mm F 1.8 lens, took a portrait of my old man.
Camera is a Sony A6000, lens Zonlai 25mm, manual focus only.


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Volvo, your portrait captures your dad's merry eyes beautifully.  I love the way it projects his calmness also.  No fear of the camera.  Must trust and love the person behind it...  It makes me think he's taking a picture of you also.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote volvo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Mar 2017 at 9:30am
thanks for the nice words. on top of what you say my dad is very photogenic.
to stay on a more related denimbro topic I should have taken a pic of a pair of plain vanilla 501 stf I've given him 12 months ago. He's a f*****g fades machine!
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Very nice, indeed, Volvo. 

I had looked at the lens online & considered buying it. Looks like it does a good job.
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If you're looking for a wide angle lens with a good aperture this is pretty much the only decent deal available under 200 usd. For circa 300 usd you could buy a Rokinon/Samyang mf wide angle lenses, which should be a bit better. I do mostly portraits (which I shoot mostly with 50 or 85 mm lenses) and very seldom landscape/architecture photography so this seemed like a reasonable buy to try out whether I like or not wideangle lenses. Beware that:
1- it's conceived like old sovietic lenses, with the aperture ring on top and the focus ring on the bottom, and both rings work the opposite direction of standard lenses (eg full aperture is all on the left and F16 is all on the right).
2 - again, just like old sovietic lenses the aperture ring has no stops too!

I am familiar with other old sovietic mf lenses (especially the Jupiter 9 which I love to use) so I had no problems with it but I think it may be troublesome to those not used.


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Thanks for the info, Volvo. 

I have a few of the old Soviet lenses so am accustomed to adjusting by feel rather than expectations of a standard operating procedure.

I don't have the Jupiter 9 yet. I chose to hold off on that one because I already have a Helios 40 & I thought it would be pretty similar.
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What sort of camera do you use?
If you can find an old Jupiter 9 in good conditions, buy it. It's a gorgeous lens! very heavy, very user unfriendly (haha! for the same reasons of the zonlai) but it can make some really great photos, with a dreamy and creamy bokeh. I don't have the Helios 40 for the same reason you don't have the Jupiter 9 though.
Here's a  portrait of my daughter which I took on the Jupi


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Nice. Looks like I'll have to pick up a Jupiter 9. 

I'm using a Fuji XE-1

I'm no expert but it seems the old lenses adapt to it quite well.



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Had a chance to lay in the wildflowers & weeds & snap a few pics of the dog today.
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