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04/20/2011 09:48:29 AM · #76
Vivitar MF Macro 55mm 1:2:8 f/2.8 for Nikon I LOVE this lens....definitely my favorite one
04/21/2011 11:42:50 PM · #77
anyone use old manual primes? Im thinking about buying a takumar prime and using an m42 adaptor I have.
04/21/2011 11:56:52 PM · #78
Originally posted by kawana:

anyone use old manual primes? Im thinking about buying a takumar prime and using an m42 adaptor I have.


Yeah, I really like my E Series 50mm 1.8. Part of why I like it is how it slows you down to do everything, but also because of its look.
I also use a manual lens on my film body, but it isn't a prime.
04/22/2011 12:41:21 AM · #79
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

Originally posted by chazoe:

I just bought an old school E series 50mm f1.8 on eBay for $40. Can't wait till it gets here. It will be my first prime lens


If it's in good condition, it's a really fun lens. I love the look of the photos it turns out. There is a difference in look that I really can't put into words, and I'm really fond of it. I got mine on Craigslist in mint for less than that, so hopefully yours will be in great condition too. I originally just got it for extension tube use/macro, but found that it's really a joy to use outright.


I got my lens in the mail yesterday, it is in excellent condition. It is a blast to use also. I love manual focus and the bokeh is just awesome. I will be using this lens a lot.
04/22/2011 12:45:26 AM · #80
Originally posted by kawana:

anyone use old manual primes? Im thinking about buying a takumar prime and using an m42 adaptor I have.


yes, what spirspat said. although you can always test the exposure on the lcd (I don't have live view), the manual focus is the fun part. somehow it makes me feel that autofocus is a device that separates me from the view. and in fact it does: autofocus is a set of actions, a program, a flowchart, that has to be zipped through before you get there. prolly I am the only one who finds this somewhat disturbing, unsettling and makes me think depressing thoughts about technology despite my lust for it.
04/22/2011 01:09:24 AM · #81
Originally posted by tnun:

Originally posted by kawana:

anyone use old manual primes? Im thinking about buying a takumar prime and using an m42 adaptor I have.


yes, what spirspat said. although you can always test the exposure on the lcd (I don't have live view), the manual focus is the fun part. somehow it makes me feel that autofocus is a device that separates me from the view. and in fact it does: autofocus is a set of actions, a program, a flowchart, that has to be zipped through before you get there. prolly I am the only one who finds this somewhat disturbing, unsettling and makes me think depressing thoughts about technology despite my lust for it.


Nah, I understand what you mean. It strikes me more as a fundamental disconnect, reminiscent of the difference between smart bombs and trench warfare. One is so much more visceral, full of sounds, vibrations, and feelings.
I'm not going to lie though... using that split prism for focusing is still a bit weird, and I'm not all that fast at it yet.
04/22/2011 10:04:08 AM · #82
If you want to slow down and walk through your imaging process, you guys should try using a view camera.
04/22/2011 11:03:16 AM · #83
to contribute to the list of manual focus primes, here are my favs (all lenses for medium format mounts):

Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 Sekor C (for Mamiya 645)
Carl-Zeiss 180mm f/2.8 (for Pentacon Six)
90mm f/3.5 EBC Fujinon on my Fuji GW670 II
04/22/2011 11:20:47 AM · #84
Originally posted by kawana:

anyone use old manual primes? Im thinking about buying a takumar prime and using an m42 adaptor I have.

I had not thought of how I might be able to use manual primes, but I dearly miss my old Nikon AIS lenses. The focus mechanism was so smooth and I loved watching the image come into focus as I twisted the focus ring.
04/22/2011 11:26:14 AM · #85
Originally posted by Spork99:

If you want to slow down and walk through your imaging process, you guys should try using a view camera.


They are fun to use, definitely slows you down. I've debated reentering film by purchasing a 5x7 view camera for quite a while, for art photography, but I usually end up deciding that developing becomes quite costly, for anything more than basic D-76 developing. If I need anything more, such as E-6 developing, or drum scans or custom printing done, costs start piling up quickly.
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