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Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 - WOW

 
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Aug 02, 2008 08:16 |  #1

Well, after months of wanting one, I got a Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 from KEH yesterday and spent about 2 hours doing the mount conversion from Minolta MC to EOS (which is quite labor intensive.) I still have to do some more sanding of the aluminum shim, as I'm not quite to the point where I can hit infinity focus (I can only focus to about 35 feet right now, but another 20 minutes of work and I'll be at infinity, not that I'll use it there much). Still, this is one amazing lens. Got mine for $275 in EX condition, which is a steal (usually goes for $350-$400 on eBay). Especially considering it really rivals the 50L in image quality, if it's not even a little better. (Of course it doesn't have AF). Haven't had a chance to shoot outside...just a few shots around the house.

This lens is HEAVY. And it has incredible bokeh. Just some quick test snaps:

First, the lens, and the lens on my 30D:

IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rokkor_element.jpg
IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rokkor58.jpg

Bokeh at f/1.2:
IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rokkor_bokeh.jpg

100% Crop at f/1.2 (different shot, but focused better):
IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rokkor_crop12.jpg

Shot at f/2 - bokeh torture test....stopped down with a chandelier in the background - pretty good considering how incredibly busy the background is here:
IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rokkor_f2.jpg

100% crop of above:
IMAGE: http://www.jordansteele.com/forumlinks/rokkor_crop2.jpg

I am pleased with wide open performance, though the DOF is SO thin that hitting focus exactly is going to be a challenge, I can see. At f/2 and beyond, it is VERY sharp, and still has nice, pleasing bokeh, so I can't complain!

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Aug 02, 2008 08:23 |  #2

Looks very good. I think you need to find yourself a body with a decent viewfinder ;-)a Are you using a AF confirm adaptor or not possible?


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Aug 02, 2008 08:37 |  #3

Well, actually, I have a Katz-Eye split prism and a Nikon DK-17M eyepiece magnifier, which makes my 30D's VF almost the exact same size as the 5D's. After using it a bit more this morning, it's actually quite easy to hit focus. Not using AF confirm, and I've been OK hitting focus with my manual lenses. The split prism and magnified viewfinder make it pretty easy to focus.

f/1.2 is a wide aperture, it feels more than a half stop faster than my 50 f/1.4. (shutter speeds seem more than a half stop faster too.)


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Aug 02, 2008 09:38 as a reply to  @ Jman13's post |  #4

It's a sweet lens...not bad for nearly 30 years old. I've had mine for a few weeks now...I'd say that the bokek rivals that of the vaunted 85L. And no, the beer bottle was not superimposed onto the background...the lens gives a nice 3D effect (much like some Zeiss lenses). Shot with a 5D, both at f/2:

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Aug 02, 2008 10:22 |  #5

Yes, great lens. I love mine though I have found that the new SIgma 50/1.4 can give it a good run in some situations. Also try the Rokkor 85/1.7 which is also fairly easy to convert to EF mount. Both of those 2 lenses (85/1.7 and 58/1.2) look and feel the same. They are getting harder to find just as the Rok 58/1.2 is getting harder to find now that the word is out. If anyone is interested, I have 6 extra copies of the Rok 58/1.2 that I just do not have the time to convert right now.


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Aug 02, 2008 11:06 |  #6

I see these type of conversions all the time, but I'm curious as to how one does the conversion... any directions or tips around?

BTW, nice shots and the lens looks great mounted....


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Aug 02, 2008 11:14 |  #7

luisv wrote in post #6032499 (external link)
I see these type of conversions all the time, but I'm curious as to how one does the conversion... any directions or tips around?

BTW, nice shots and the lens looks great mounted....

Try this link:

http://www.cogitech.ca​/Rokkor/index.html (external link)


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Aug 02, 2008 20:54 |  #8

I guess it's safe to say this thing is a bokeh master. What a beautiful rendering. It's very, very nice stopped down too, with very round highlights and no edge...just a flat, even illumination. Those without a disc are blurred nice and smooth.

This is at f/1.2 - The most amazing thing? The green blur on the left side is a 0shrub that is no more than 2 feet behind the subject coneflower. The other flowers are all probably within 6-8 inches of the focus plane:

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Aug 02, 2008 23:09 |  #9

Lookin' good - the conversion looks a bit daunting for the non-super handy types like me!



  
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Aug 03, 2008 01:50 as a reply to  @ Dorman's post |  #10

Very impressive there. Just wish I were the handy-man sort. I've started dabbling with alternate glass recently but have stuck to those that can safely work without any modifications.


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Aug 03, 2008 02:26 as a reply to  @ Dorman's post |  #11

Lovely!




  
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Aug 03, 2008 09:09 |  #12

Dorman wrote in post #6035452 (external link)
Lookin' good - the conversion looks a bit daunting for the non-super handy types like me!

It's really not that difficult, it just takes some time, and a lot of arm rotation (the sanding takes forever).


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Aug 03, 2008 09:22 |  #13

Jman13 wrote in post #6037173 (external link)
It's really not that difficult, it just takes some time, and a lot of arm rotation (the sanding takes forever).

Well when you get one done for me I'll send you my address.



  
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Aug 03, 2008 10:16 |  #14

Impressive! I like its name too


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Aug 03, 2008 13:25 as a reply to  @ farrukh's post |  #15

Awsome lens, even with manual focus. Where do I get one of these???


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