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It’s Film!

Posted 2009.08.29 13.31 in Hobbies, Photography

So I’ve been messing around with film the last week or so – 35mm film. I ran two rolls through my old Minolta X-370 manual camera, and one roll through an old-ish Canon EOS-3000 auto-focus that I got for cheap on eeeebay. Using the Minolta was fun, a blast from the past, it brought me back to when I was 14 or so and first received the camera for X-mas.

The Canon EOS body is much more modern, maybe 10 years old or so, and I mainly bought it to take it apart and see how it works. But I figured, before I destroyed the thing, I’d run some film through for fun. And the most fun I had with it was with my Sigma ultra-wide angle lens. This lens is designed specifically for a crop-sensor digital camera, the image it throws is not large enough to cover a full-frame sensor or film, which leads to vignetting. On the other hand — 10mm is so awesomely incredibly wide on a 35mm frame that I just had to mess with it. But enough talk, on with the pictures!

Camera / film specs: The Minolta is an X-370 manual camera, I shoot mostly set to aperture priority (I set the focus and aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed.) The two lenses I used were a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 and a Magnicon 28mm f/2.8 Macro. The Canon is an EOS3000 (aka EOS88) autofocus and I was using it with a Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 DC EX HSM lens. I mostly used the Aperture Priority mode on the Canon, although I did let the autofocus do its thing. In both cameras I have been using Fujicolor Superia ISO 200 film.

I have 3 more rolls of film, but will be trying to choose my shots more carefully in the future, due to the cost of buying & processing the film.


Old Lenses, New Camera

Posted 2009.08.27 9.15 in Photography

This is a neat little gizmo that only cost about $25 on ebay: An adaptor ring that mounts into a Canon EOS body, and allows one to mount a Minolta MD-type lens on the front. It has one adjusting-lens which compensates for the width of the adaptor so that the lens focal-length is unaffected and full focusing remains possible. I’m sure it reduces the aperture by a stop or so, but that is to be expected with any kind of adaptor or extension tubes.

MD/EOS Adaptor Ring

The MD/EOS adaptor does not have any electronics, so there is no communications as far as aperture or anything else. And of course, MD lenses are manual focus.

With this adaptor I can now use my 50mm f/1.7 lens and my 28mm f/2.8 wide/macro lens, along with my 3x Macro Teleconverter. The 50mm lens will make a good portrait lens I think, or a short fast prime telephoto. The 28mm lens is not as useful to me as a prime lens as I already have my 30mm f/1.4 — however, the 28mm lens has a macro function which I do not have otherwise. In addition, using the 3x teleconverter, I can turn either the 50mm or 28mm into a super-macro, with a magnification greater than 1:1. I also have an old telephoto, 80-200mm but it is rather slow and I can do better with a newer lens, I think.

Below is a picture I took using the 28mm f/2.8 lens on the adaptor. The subject is the 50mm f/1.4 lens. This was at f/4 aperture, 1/125 shutter, and with the camera’s onboard flash for illumination.

Adaptor Photo

Biggest. Lens. Ever.

Posted 2009.08.18 14.09 in Photography

I didn’t even know such a beast existed, until I saw the review over at the Wild Nature Photography blog.

Appearantly Canon makes a 1200mm f5.6L telephoto lens. Rumour has it that it’s entirely hand-made, takes a year to build, and costs about $90,000.00 — but hey, if you want to photograph sports without having to go into the stadium, or need to do portraits from the next county over… this is the lens for you! 🙂

Biggest Lens Ever

Ooh – and you can stick a 2x teleconverter on it for a focal length of 2.4 meters, then put it on a crop-sensor body for an overall appearant length of 3840mm… yikes. And at only 38 pounds it’s light enough to be portable…lol.

Seriously though, it’s an impressive lens and the internet review is about as close as I expect to ever get to one of these monsters. I mean, I figured 250mm was a long lens, and on my old Minolta, I thought I was all that with my 200mm lens and a 3x teleconverter: 600mm was the bomb, I reckoned.

Anyhow, go and see the review. It’s pretty neat, and it’s an awesome lens to behold.