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Sep 25, 2011 19:06 |  #1

After reading the write up on canonrumors about the Edmika adapter for the old Canon FL 55mm f1.2 I just had to try it. I was hoping to create a fun little lens but I was not expecting glass of this caliber. Here are some samples while I was learning how to Manual focus:

My model getting bored while I fumble with the manual focus:

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Kitty was much easier:
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Razor thin DOF:
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Here are some shots from the park this morning:

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Sep 25, 2011 19:09 |  #2

These look much sharper on my computer. I guess some IQ is getting lost in the re-sizing.

Here are some more:

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I am really liking this lens so much I just ordered an old Contax Zeiss 28mm lens.

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Sep 25, 2011 21:06 |  #3

You should apply a little bit of sharpening after downsampling the images.


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Sep 25, 2011 21:16 |  #4

So did you get a manual focus screen for your camera, or are you using the focus confirmation? Looks plenty sharp BTW.


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Sep 25, 2011 21:41 |  #5

Very nice! I've had my eye on a 50mm 1.2 MF Nikkor lately, just might have to pull the trigger.


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Sep 25, 2011 23:40 |  #6

Scatterbrained wrote in post #13162265 (external link)
So did you get a manual focus screen for your camera, or are you using the focus confirmation? Looks plenty sharp BTW.

I was thinking of getting a screen but most of my shooting is with zoom lenses and I do not want to give up light in the viewfinder so I probably won't. The lens adapter does have an AF chip but it is not the best. there is a pretty big range in the focus throw that it will beep so you still have to use your judgement though it does get you close. I have only been at this for a couple of days and I already am getting used to focusing and often do not wait for the beep before I shoot.

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Sep 26, 2011 00:16 as a reply to  @ dadgummit's post |  #7

With that lens, you should consider picking up a well loved 1D2 and putting in a focusing screen. :)


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Sep 26, 2011 01:08 |  #8

dadgummit wrote in post #13162900 (external link)
I was thinking of getting a screen but most of my shooting is with zoom lenses and I do not want to give up light in the viewfinder so I probably won't. The lens adapter does have an AF chip but it is not the best. there is a pretty big range in the focus throw that it will beep so you still have to use your judgement though it does get you close. I have only been at this for a couple of days and I already am getting used to focusing and often do not wait for the beep before I shoot.
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I don't know anything about the 7d but if it is anything like the 5dII the focus screen swap is quick and relatively painless. I put an Eg-S screen in mine and it made all the difference. I've even contemplating stepping up to a true split prism that I can throw in when I want to shoot with my fast primes.
I agree about the EdMika adapter, I have one on an FD 600 and the focus confirmation is worthless. At first I thought maybe it was because there was some play in the mount but I have found out that it is just not that reliable; however, the adapter would be worth it even without the chip. :D
Congrats on the lens btw:cool:


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Sep 26, 2011 01:23 |  #9

Scatterbrained wrote in post #13163338 (external link)
I don't know anything about the 7d but if it is anything like the 5dII the focus screen swap is quick and relatively painless. I put an Eg-S screen in mine and it made all the difference. I've even contemplating stepping up to a true split prism that I can throw in when I want to shoot with my fast primes.
I agree about the EdMika adapter, I have one on an FD 600 and the focus confirmation is worthless. At first I thought maybe it was because there was some play in the mount but I have found out that it is just not that reliable; however, the adapter would be worth it even without the chip. :D
Congrats on the lens btw:cool:



Its NOT the same at all. The screen in the 7D is NOT intended for customer modification. It's possible but definitely not intended; also we note there are no official canon screens avaliable.


Which is sad/unfortunate because this camera is HUGELY popular.


I didn't say it before but beautiful colors and background blur in the pics that are up!!!!


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Sep 26, 2011 02:58 |  #10

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Its NOT the same at all. The screen in the 7D is NOT intended for customer modification. It's possible but definitely not intended; also we note there are no official canon screens avaliable.

Which is sad/unfortunate because this camera is HUGELY popular.

I didn't say it before but beautiful colors and background blur in the pics that are up!!!!

7D wouldn't have the active matrix screen that adapts itself, if it had interchangeable screens.


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Sep 26, 2011 04:48 |  #11

dadgummit wrote in post #13162900 (external link)
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:cool: Good lens...
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Sep 26, 2011 17:00 |  #12

Hi Everybody, Ed Mika here. I mainly put the AF-confirm chip in to allow the camera to expose properly and to allow the use of modern Canon extenders because without it the camera will register a fault because it will detect the extender electronics but not the lens. This is obviously more useful with the adapter intended for the super telephoto lenses.

Without the chip one would basically have to shoot in manual mode so I think its still worth it. Its also nice that your EXIF data has a focal length being reported so its easy to tell years later what lens you used (as if the amazing bokeh and flare signatures weren't enough to do so).

I'd be interested to hear if people would rather there not be any chip, its a lot of cost for the part and my labour properly attaching it and programming each one.

Beautiful pictures Dadgummit, the lens may be part of the equation but you have a really good eye.




  
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Sep 26, 2011 19:16 |  #13

I was watching two of these on Ebay a couple weeks back, one went for a ridiculously cheap BIN price whilst I slept on the decision (I still don't know why I didn't just get it, I've made worse impulse buys), and the other went for far too much.

It looks really sharp, but I'm not too keen on the bokeh. It's not terrible, my 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens is "worse" and I like it but it did only cost £30 and for £200+ I'd expect something a bit smoother like I get with my Pentax 50mm f/1.2. That brass mount is gorgeous though, nice work Ed.


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Sep 26, 2011 19:44 |  #14

dadgummit wrote in post #13162900 (external link)
I was thinking of getting a screen but most of my shooting is with zoom lenses and I do not want to give up light in the viewfinder so I probably won't. The lens adapter does have an AF chip but it is not the best. there is a pretty big range in the focus throw that it will beep so you still have to use your judgement though it does get you close. I have only been at this for a couple of days and I already am getting used to focusing and often do not wait for the beep before I shoot.

The stock 7d screen makes the camera a poor choice for manual focus work. The screen will not show you an accurate representation of depth of field. It will appear as if the depth of field is quite a bit greater than it really is when you are focusing/shooting a lens that fast. So in other words, it may look like your subject is in focus through the viewfinder, but when you take the shot you may discover that the focus was off.

Using (magnified) live view whenever possible will get you the best results.




  
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Sep 26, 2011 21:01 |  #15

one of the cheapest ways to get a 55mm f1.2 is to find it with a camera . They came on the Canon FT QL series of cameras. I think it was the top kit lens since most of the FT QL's came with either a 50mm f1.4 or f1.8. I picked up a like new FT QL with a near mint 55mm f1.2 plus a 28mm f3.5 and a 50mm macro with extension all for less than most of the 55mm f1.2's go for by them selves.


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