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Jul 27, 2013 22:01 |  #1

Pretty cool looking lens. Not my cup of tea, but I figured someone might be interested.

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Jul 27, 2013 22:09 |  #2

Interesting indeed… Good share..


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Jul 28, 2013 00:23 |  #3

I think I'd rather spend the $500 on literally anything else.


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Jul 28, 2013 02:17 |  #4

You can have swirly bokeh in a fast lens a lot cheaper by picking up a Helios 44 on eBay. My 44M-6 is very sharp in the center and works perfectly as a portrait lens on APS-C (haven't tested it on 35mm yet).

Interesting project though. It's quite entertaining to see so many users buy expensive lenses for their DSLRs and then add imperfections in post just to make it come across as more genuine. :-)




  
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Jul 28, 2013 07:23 |  #5
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The bokeh bothers my eyes. Although it's a great idea, I wouldn't want to see pictures from a lens like that.


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Jul 28, 2013 17:10 as a reply to  @ goldboughtrue's post |  #6

Hmm not so sure about that. Bokeh seems a bit eye jarring, etc.




  
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Jul 28, 2013 23:31 |  #7

hawkan wrote in post #16159937 (external link)
It's quite entertaining to see so many users buy expensive lenses for their DSLRs and then add imperfections in post just to make it come across as more genuine. :-)

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All the more so within the context of thread after thread fighting for the title of what is essentially the cleanest image. But like in fashion, once you've reached any point, you need somewhere else to go. In terms of nostalgia, we've spent near 200 years trying to make the perfect representation, but having done so, each 'look' along the way captures the feeling of what was going on at the time. The evolution of technology, creating an intuitive map of where we have been.

Put another way, the photos of grandpa at the age of 10 are precious because because they are so rare and give us a feeling for a place and a time now impossible to go. A new image with the same look, borrows that same feeling. This lens is part art, part time machine. The question is, how much fun is it to keep going to the same place?


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Jul 29, 2013 06:29 |  #8

As a collector of original wet plate images and a modern case maker for a greatly growing market (the modern wet plate artist) I can appreatate this project. It's a great idea. I agree that we have spent 160 years making image quality better but there us something special about this lens. Not for everyone.


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Oct 13, 2014 19:58 |  #9

I love this lens... here is a photo with my 5D MKIII _ Petzval 85mm @ f/2.2

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I intend on using this lens on my Fuji X-T1 but will periodically be mounted on my Canon 5d MKIII

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Oct 15, 2014 13:34 |  #10

I'd love to see some side-to-side comparisons between it and a conventional 85mm lens.

Do love the project just for the fact that it's still possible to start a small lens manufacturing company and find support. It takes a lot of guts to do this... love it!


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Oct 15, 2014 15:13 |  #11
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Bokeh looks extremely nervous to me. I can do the shaped apertures with an exact-o knife and cereal box. Changing apertures by pulling it completely out of the lens and replacing it? I thought the aperture ring was old-fashioned. Not for me, thanks. Hipsters will buy it. It certainly is different.


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Oct 15, 2014 15:38 as a reply to  @ GeoKras1989's post |  #12

LMAO... hipsters....

I'm far form a hipster and i purchased it... not because i wanted to use it professionally or because i'ma hipster. i got it because i realized i have 1300 bucks in my paypal account that i forgot to withdraw and thought this lens was a cool little toy... so i got it... not to be overly used, but mainly to have fun with it......


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Oct 15, 2014 15:48 |  #13
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dtufino wrote in post #17214699 (external link)
LMAO... hipsters....

I'm far form a hipster and i purchased it... not because i wanted to use it professionally or because i'ma hipster. i got it because i realized i have 1300 bucks in my paypal account that i forgot to withdraw and thought this lens was a cool little toy... so i got it... not to be overly used, but mainly to have fun with it......


photography is FUN!

Understood. That is why I buy all of my stuff. No offense meant by the hipster comment.


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Oct 15, 2014 15:52 |  #14

It's an interesting lens, but a bit of a novelty. Oddly enough when I was on KEH the other day they had quite a few used ones for sale.


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Oct 15, 2014 17:25 |  #15

Scatterbrained wrote in post #17214738 (external link)
It's an interesting lens, but a bit of a novelty. Oddly enough when I was on KEH the other day they had quite a few used ones for sale.

I'll snap some "fun" shots with it this weekend.... i'll mainly be using it on my Fuji XT1 with an adapter but again, will be for fun... since this lens only has center sharpness it is kinda limited... but this guys is having an amazing time with it on his Sony A7

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