aI think its a fair claim to say, that anyone fallen in love with vintage lenses, is also fallen in love with the bobles these lenses can produce. These bobles also called Circle of Confusion, or CoC can produce an artistic and dramatic effect to the picture. Continue reading Dreams are made in Circles of Confusion
I’ve been a Amount shooter for years, and because of that I got a great number of quality Amount lenses which I treasure greatly and wouldn’t part with for the world.
Now I am in the situation where I am about to change my old faithful A99V to either A99II or a new E mount platform.
Choosing to adapt from A->E mount has implications, which I quite late became aware of. Continue reading A-Mount to E-Mount Adapters, LAEA2, 3 or 4
I am 3 days into my ownership of the Meyer Görlitz Orestor. Already now is it clear to me that this is perhaps the most intriguing lens I ever owned. Continue reading Das Objektiv, Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8 135mm (3)
Der Name Meyer-Optik-Görlitz ist mehr als das
Today an adventure started, it arrived on a rainy day (typical). A perfectly restored Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8 135mm. It in such a good condition that it is practically impossible to judge its age, many thanks to Maziar Moarefi for this fine work.
My edition of the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8 135mm is manufactured with the M42/Pentax mount, which makes it perfect for my A-Mount Sony Alpha A99V camera. It is one of the earlier versions with the typical zebra look (black and silver stripes). The lens was produced by the Meyer company in Dresden East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, in the 1960ies. It is the 15 aperture blades iris.
It’s solidly built, with a no-fuss preset aperture and satisfyingly smooth and very long-travel focus action. I like the long focus travel, while it makes for an easy manual focus. The focus seems very accurate compared to the Pentacon. It’s quite compact, and again compared to the Pentacon, about half a centimeter shorter.
I do not buy lenses as an investment, though in this case the glass will continue to increase in value as they are not very simple due limited availability in good condition. It has therefor become a bit of a collectors item and the price of these lenses has gone up significantly in recent years, I forsee this trend to continue.
Why I got it
I was looking for this lens due to its attributes. It is renowned for its amazing bokeh which should spectacularly good at pretty much any aperture, due to that beautiful, perfectly circular 15-blade iris, it carries a hell of a good contrast with soft tonal transitions. These attributes is surely the reason why it earned its nickname “Bokeh Monster” and the “Bokeh King”. The lens highly loved as a portrait lens, but due to its flexibility it has many other appliances as it fit for all types of artistic photography where shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh are key.
A first few shoots
I love my SAL2470z, a gem of a 24-70 f/2.8, but I am by far married to it, to be honest I very seldom use it. The Sony Carl Zeiss is technically speaking an excellent quality lens, with a consistent f/2.8 aperture through the entire focal range.
It is perfect for photographing fast changing, dynamic events with a mix of indoor and outdoor photos at relatively close range. It allows me to quickly compose shots on the fly. I am sure it is worth every dollar of its pricetag of 2K$, it is built to be optically fantastic, and tough enough to take a beating. It really is the world’s sharpest mid-range zoom, and it will withstand the toughest of conditions with its solid metal construction.
The reason why I do not really like the lens isn’t to be found with the lens itself. I simply do not appreciate the concept of the mid-range zoom. I find that the zoom, is good at almost everything within its working parameter, but not really outstanding at anything. I do miss a good shallow depth of field with this lens, Its bokeh, not really good. I find the lens to be very boring, a marvellous compromise, but not really giving me anything on the artistic side, areas where I desire to use it.
Walked into Bologna and felt my heart swell with happiness. Its almost like you can almost feel the city pulsing with life through the camera lens, which by the way was thee Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm (The Jewel). The streets is breathtakingly beautiful, yet rough around the edges. with its well over 37 kilometres of porticos Bologna is a unique city in the world. These porticos make it easy to stroll around the city centre, go shopping or walk from one museum to another under a safe shelter away from the scorching sun. Continue reading A stroll through Bologna la Rossa