Weekly #251 Focus and rejuvenation Discussion


johnriley

Link Posted 30/04/2012 - 23:54
I'm uncertain why the stipulation for manual focus lenses only? It does seem to eliminate a large section of the possible entrants?
Best regards, John

davidstorm

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 00:23
Hi John

I'm interested to see images taken with older lenses. One of the joys of owning Pentax equipment is to be able to tap into the massive range of manual glass available at reasonable prices. Some of the older lenses are fantastic performers and I'm sure that most of the users on this site will have some of these lenses, or at least some images shot with them.

I hope that the subject and the stipulation that shots must be with a munual focus only (hence older) lens will interest PU members and that hopefully I have not excluded too many.

Also, the problem with allowing autofocus lenses is that I could not be certain that the shot is manually focussed and this is one of the themes of the competition.

Hope this makes sense.

Regards
David
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gartmore

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 07:59
An interesting topic but I, too, think many people will not have a manual focus lens. I, myself, have only two left (discounting all the M42 stuff): a 500mm Tamron mirror lens and the 85mm f1.4 Opteka.

Given the trouble some folk seem to have with front or back focusing then using an AF lens is probably more of a challenge.
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

Hyram

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 08:33
I would think that most members would not have a manual focus lens and if they do have one, most likely they will have to specifically take the shot in the next 5 (wet in the UK) days.

So that counts me out

Likely to be a record low entry
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

johnriley

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 08:39
The irony for me is that the only manual focus lens I have is my newest one - the fish-eye lens for the Q.

However, if we have ever used manual focus lenses maybe we can look to our archives as there is no time limit on when the images were shot.
Best regards, John

Hyram

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 08:54
johnriley wrote:
............However, if we have ever used manual focus lenses maybe we can look to our archives as there is no time limit on when the images were shot.

That is true - perhaps it is time to get the scanner out again.

Unfortunately the competition also excludes the use of all compact and bridge cameras, since by definition, they are autofocus
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

darkskies

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 09:47
I like the theme, although it may stop some people entering.

There are some subjects which have not been suitable for me in the past but it was a competition or two.

It may encourage people to search out some of these older lenses, as has Dr O's Holy Moly thread. My newly acquired Takumar 55 is here awaiting the M42 apaptor which should arrive tomorrow!
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TOZZA27

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 13:54
I`ve got a couple of dozen if anyone wants to borrow one

Tony
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !

Hyram

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 14:12
TOZZA27 wrote:
I`ve got a couple of dozen if anyone wants to borrow one

Tony

How much for a one week loan
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

TOZZA27

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 14:17
No charge to a friend................either pop in for a coffee or pay the postage - seriously !

Tony
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !

TOZZA27

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 14:30
SMC 1:4 300
SMC 1:4.4 85-210
SMC 1:6.3 TELE TAK 300
SMC 1:2 55
SMC 1:1.7 M
SMC 1:1.2 50
SMC MACRO TAK 1:4 100
TAKUMAR 1:5.6 200
SMC 1:1.7 50 M
SMC 1:2 50 A
SMC TAK 1:3.5 135
SUPER TAK 1:1.4 50
PRINZFLEX 1:2.8 135
SUPER PARAGON 1:2.8 28
MIRAGE AUTO 1:3.5 200
PRAOTOR II 1:8 500
CENTON 1:8 500 MIRROR

OK 17 I can lay my hands on now !!


K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !

davidstorm

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 22:18
Hi everyone, I seem to have created some controversy and division with this competition theme! I may have over-estimated the number of people who still own manual focus lenses, but surely there must be loads of you who have these and use them regularly?

Hyram wrote:
I would think that most members would not have a manual focus lens......Likely to be a record low entry

I really hope this is not true! What about all the Pentax 50mm F1.4's, F1.7's and F2's out there? What about all the classic Takumars in various focal lengths? What about all the Chinons that sold in their millions at Dixons? Also, there are a lot of users on this site who shoot macro photography and a high proportion of these shots are taken with manual focus lenses.

Come on guys and girls, get your old lenses out and shoot some pics with them!

There are already 6 entries after only one day, so I think we will get a fair number of pictures entered this week.

Thanks in advance!

Best wishes
David
My Website http://imagesbydavidstorm.foliopic.com

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johnriley

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 22:27
All the people you are envisaging there are the older photographers who have used manual focus lenses. Newer photographers won't even think of it, not unless prompted by forums like this, and then only a small percentage are likely to take it up.

However, we will see.
Best regards, John

davidstorm

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 23:11
johnriley wrote:
All the people you are envisaging there are the older photographers who have used manual focus lenses. Newer photographers won't even think of it, not unless prompted by forums like this, and then only a small percentage are likely to take it up.

However, we will see.

Hi John, I'm sure you're right in general, but also there are a lot of younger photographers with DSLR's that were maybe bought second-hand and who cannot afford expensive autofocus lenses. Take my son Daniel for example, he's 17 and shoots mostly with manual focus. AndrewA has just bought a camera for his daughter and is looking for a manual focus lens to get her started. Most of the older photographers will have sons and daughters who probably have access to their lenses?

I know that the theme restricts entries somewhat, but I don't think we could be sure that the picture has been focussed manually if not taken with a manual focus lens?

Sorry to everyone who can't enter, but the theme is manual focussing, so I don't think it would be right to relax the rules.

Regards
David
My Website http://imagesbydavidstorm.foliopic.com

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bforbes

Link Posted 01/05/2012 - 23:15
But what difference is manual focus meant to make to the image. If it's in focus it's in focus
Barrie
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Pentax K1 K5-IIS K-01 K20D A50/2 A50/1.7 DA10-17 DA18-250 DA18-135 DA18-55 DA300 DA40 DA50-135 DA50-200 DA55-300 DA70 F35-70 DFA150-450 FA20-35 FA100 FA135 FA35 FA28 FA43 FA50 FA77 K55/1.8 M135/3.5 M200/4 M28/3.5 M28/2.8 M40/2.8 Q 01 02 MX-1 I-10 Sigma 15 24 105 180 8-16 10-20 17-35 17-50/2.8 24-70 400/5.6MF Tamron 70-200/2.8 17/3.5MF 24/2.5MF 28/2.5MF 90/2.5MF


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