Showing posts from April, 2013

Fenced In

Quick test of the Quantaray 70-210mm 1:4.5 M42 mount lens using the Canon T3i neutral setting.

Quick touch up in Light Room 4 (Lr) and exported. I gave it a gritty 1960's feel to it.

More to come!

Buds of Spring (2013)

Took a few snaps of budding greens from my window using a Vivitar 135mm 1:2.8 Telephoto lens w/a  M42 mount. So far the lens offers great bokeh at f /5.6 and cropped you can still the vivid detail lines of green on the leaves and bark of the bush on the side of my house. I can see this lens really opening up a bit during the night time in a busy city with all the flashing lights in a composed photo with great nice round balls of bokehlicious deliciousness. Too bad I am in the wilderness up here in the suburbs.

I think I'm having a bad case of G.A.S (Gear Addiction Syndrome). I have bought three more lenses since I debuted on here the Samigon 35mm lens. I need to catch a grip or my wallet might go on strike.

More testing and reviews are coming up. Stay tuned!

BEWARE of Vintage Lens Fungus

One thing to be aware of when purchasing from flea bay (eBay) and other places is look for any instances of fungus matter inside the lens elements. It can be either in the front or the back. You can't clean fungus easily with these lens since the cost to have them cleaned is not proportionate to how much they cost. The expense is more than the purchase price. Nothing makes you feel worse than a huge spot of fungus or the beginning of fungus growth. So make sure you double check and look over more than twice over pictures by sellers online and in person.

There are remedies out there that say you can destroy it by placing the lens on a windowsill and let the sun take care of it. This can be met with some success but in actuality may cause the lubrication on the aperture blades to run or even leak causing the aperture mechanism to stick and lock up rendering it useless.

So take these words of wisdom and inspect lens merch with care.


Samigon 35mm f2.8 Manual Focus Prime Review

We have here the Samigon 1:2.8 35mm M42 mount lens with a M42 to EOS adapter for the Canon Rebel T3i.

As you can see the lens is all metal construction. The light pro consumer T3i succumbs to the hefty weight of the well made almost indestructible Samignon lens. Made in Japan means quality.

This lens will be in use for my summer photography gunning. Unfortunately, the weather is still a bit windy and cold for me to take my precious DSLR outside to really open the aperture on a bright sunny day like today. I am amassing a nice collection of vintage glass for my camera bag and personal collection. The quest for cheap vintage glass for a modern DSLR is really making my wallet happier but a little bit more slimmer. Shipping is a killer in the final price.

Playing around with the lens today showed me the lens is sharp with enough surrounding light it brings out great detail. It has a bit of softness but overall not to much. I realize some of these lenses will naturally have a soft glow in…