Shooting with Vintage Lenses

Two of the three vintage lenses I’ve ordered have arrived along with two focal reducers to match their mounts. The first lens to arrive was a Pentax 35mm f3.5 with M42 mount. I have a straight M42 to X-mount adapter from Urth that I’ll probably keep on it, making the effective focal length ~52m on my Fujifilm X-T2.

The second lens to arrive was a Canon FD 24mm SSC f2.8. This is one of the lenses I’ve been more excited about getting since I’ve been aching to shoot at that focal length for years, never really satisfied with the 27mm I’ve been shooting at with my Fujinon lens. While I have an Urth FD to X-mount adapter for the FD 24mm, this is a lens I definitely want the full focal length so I’m keeping a Zhongyi FD to X-Mount Speedbooster II on it.

The third lens? Man, I can’t wait for that baby to arrive! And I’ll be using a Zhongyi M42 to X-mount Speedbooster II on that when it arrives. Though I’ll also be happily switching it out with a straight mount adapter.

To give you an idea of the difference the focal reducer/speed booster makes, here are two shots taken with the Pentax 35mm, the first without the focal reducer, the second with it.

Infinity focus with the Zhongyi adapters are crap. And I knew that before I purchased them. But my subject matter is always going to be relatively close; I’m not shooting landscapes so I wasn’t overly concerned with the infinity focus issues. Here’s a sample of what that looks like. And magnified.

And here are a few samples with the Canon FD24mm f2.8 (which I’m already in love with.) The last shot of the wood bee was an exercise in testing how quickly I could manually focus on a fast moving subject. Thankfully, I don’t generally work with subjects that move this quickly. So that’s nice. 🙂

2 comments

Bee shot is very well done… I have one with my 50mm 1.8 nikkor series E. It takes years of practice and skill to get lucky sometimes.

“It takes years of practice and skill to get lucky sometimes.” lol

And thanks! The wood bees might be the easiest to shoot because they’ll hover for a moment in the same spot and stay in the same region for a few seconds. I kept hoping I could get one closer but I just wasn’t patient enough. Maybe a task for tomorrow.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More
Entries

Where to Buy

photos and videos are available for sale at the following locations:

If you are interested in content not yet available at either of these locations, please contact me.