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Just playing with a new lens, well it's not a new lens, it's an old new lens. I got my Pentacon 1.8 50mm today, great inexpensive purchase on Ebay. This should turn out to be a wonderful portrait lens, I will be doing more testing tomorrow.

by the way I did NOT do any diffusion on this image, other than some very minor contrast/brightness this is how it was shot.


Equipment: Canon 350D w/Pentacon 1.8 50mm MF Lens




Happy Valentines Day
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faeorain Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic shot...with that lighting, the way they are so bright and stand out, I can almost taste them :) 
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blackdaisy6 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
ahh such a cool shot. great job =] i really like the focusing you did
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arien Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day! :hug:

Like the DoF, cool lens! I'm itching for some time to play with mine, but I've got a huge commission that is rushed (pays well, though) and I can't afford the time off until I'm done... Still, last night I fell asleep at around 3:00am, reading the Field Guide book for the camera, and after finishing work half an hour earlier. I might not be able to use the camera to my heart's content yet, but at least I can read about it!

Focus, focus! As soon as I'm done with this commission, I can tell I'm going to spend the next week shooting everything in sight and then some, before I need to pick up next job :)
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Not too bad for a $20.00 piece of glass huh, great way to get great glass is to buy old manual focus lenses and use them with adapters on your DSLR.

I am a couple weeks away from paying for my new camera body. I will be about 100.00 short still, but that won't take to long to get together.....I cannot wait! :)
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arien Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Ok, wait, you can use manual lenses just like that? any pointer towards where to find out more would be appreciated :)

In the meantime I'm waiting for the UV and Neutral Density filters for mine, the ND was recommended by a friend who is a fellow texturer, and she commented that they tend to reduce glare and even colours -which is something we need for our work-. I've got a Circular Polariser in my list too... I should have known this would get really expensive REALLY quickly LOL

And btw... you're $80 short. I did promised the $20 donation, and I intend to keep that. Just tell me where to send it to :0
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
A Polarizer will do much better for glare, being as it can be adjusted by turning it to get optimum effectiveness. A ND is still good to have as well, the UV is an always on the lens filter.

As for manual lenses, yes and no. It depends on your DSLR body, the manual lens mount and if there are adapters for that mount. This image shows my Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 lens in action, it is one of my favorites. I used another one for the Sealed For Your Protection series, that is how I got the very shallow DOF. They have a lot of advantages, but you have to make sure you have the right stuff. You can get a lot of good information about that here - [link] - at the Manual Focus Forum site.

What is your model DSLR again?
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arien Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Sony Alpha 350K kit with the 18-70mm lens. I was looking at getting a Minolta Beercan on Ebay but then read reviews that good as it is, right now they're selling for close to equal $$ to similar modern lenses. And I think I do need to learn to use the camera a bit more before splashing $$$. However, I did manage to get a nice pic that I like so far in the very limited time I've had to play with it ( here: [link] ) if only I'd managed to get both ears fully in it, I would have posted it. But I don't think it's that bad for my third shot ever with a DSLR LOL
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
I see nothing wrong with that photo, the tight crop works for me and it even fits the whole rule of thirds thing, with that background cat helping to draw you into the full image.

I am not sure what, if any, adapters you will be able to use. Is that a Sony specific mount?
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arien Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
"A" mount (or could be AF). Any Sony/Minolta AF works. Reading a book right now, apparently I can buy Rokkor lenses with an adapter too but a bunch of stuff like autofocus won't work. Book recommends against it, I think I'll try to learn what I can do with the kit so far and then get going with the trickier stuff. I'm having enough trouble getting my head around the menues, and the relationships between appertures and f/stops, but I'm probably going to try one of the oldest lenses at some point if I can find them just because they should be fun to experiment with once I'm comfy.
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
Manual lenses on a DSLR takes a bit of work anyway, they can be picky. The first thing you should do is replace that kit lens when you can. Your image quality will only be as good as your glass.

f/ - bigger the number, smaller the opening, sharper the image. Smaller the number, bigger the opening, much shorter area of focus (DOF). You can look at it in terms of brush sizes if that helps. You would use a smaller brush for detail work, so an f/11 would be fine and an f/22 would be even finer. The finer the brush, the better the detail, hence the sharper the image will be. Just the opposite with a larger brush and a lager f/, so an f/4 or f/1.8 would be wide open, the opening for the light to come through the lens will act like a sponge brush. Image would be painted faster, but with much less detail.

Shutterspeed - Here the larger the number, the faster the shutter opens and closes. Speeds are measured in seconds, so 1/60 would be .6 seconds and so on. Slow shutterspeeds will result in blurry images, since the shutter will be open for a longer period of time it will pick up on more movement. Think about a hummingbird and how it can hover, move from flower to flower with lighting speed. It can do this because it's wings are moving very very fast and if you translate that into shutterspeed it works the same way. Fast shutterspeeds can freeze time, slower speeds cannot they blur time.

Does that help to understand or did I just make it worse? There are good links for this sort of thing in my shoutbox.

Here is a glossary of terms - [link]
One for Aperture (f/stops) - [link]
One for Shutterspeed - [link]
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FinallyAtPeace2004 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fuck Valentine's Day. I knew my gf could be a royal bitch who is self-absorbed, but I didn't know she had it in her to break up with me the day before Valentine's day. 3 days after I had my knee surgery and complain that the reason she is breaking up with me is because she never gets to see me. Where for over a month and a half, I tried EVERYWAY to see her and she always came up with reasons not to see me. She had plenty of time for her friends (most of the male), but not time for me and she says that since I've had my knee surgery, I won't be able to see her at all and she just wants to break up. What a bitch. But nice picture John.
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yeah that kinda makes the day suck ass huh.
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FinallyAtPeace2004 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea. It does. But in truth, if she didn't break up with me, I was going to break up with her cause she was cheating on me. How have you been my friend? You are never on yahoo anymore and I really haven't been a good friend and find out how you have been doing.
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
I am doing OK, dealing with the cold/warm/cold/warm/fucking freezing/cold we have in the mid-west. I don't get on IM much anymore now a days. How has life been on your end?
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FinallyAtPeace2004 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Just had surgery on my right knee. Didn't have any muscle tissue left so they did micro-fractures too allow the bone marrow blood to come to the surface and regrow tissue. While doing the surgery, the doctor found out that I have arthritis in my knee and will eventually need a knee replacement when I'm older. So for the past week, I have been sitting home bored out of my mind as I am not allowed to put ANY weight on my right leg for 6 weeks. Yea...fun for me.
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
could be worse, just keep telling yourself that and I would recommend you see a sport physical therapist when it is healed. They can get you the correct exercises to keep down on the arthritis. Problem with arthritis is it hurts to move, but if you don't move it gets worse.
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FinallyAtPeace2004 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll have to see about doing that. Right now my real problem is because I'm not putting any pressure on my right leg, when I accidently do, my foot feels like it has an electric current going through it from lack of use and that just sucks.
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ThousandLies Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
I like the different focal points. Did you set a focal point or was this random?

I haven't eaten those in years. But as soon as I saw them, I remember instantly what they tasted like. Then the horrifying trip to the dentist after wards.
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
Those things are my crack, once a year I go through pounds of them :) I eat the Necco SweetHart Tarts ones.


The focal points are due to the angle and the fact I was using an old manual focus lens on my DSLR body. At the wide open end your images have very distinct depth of field and a very small one as well.
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ThousandLies Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
That is interesting. I am a noob when it comes to operating a camera. I catch the gist of it, but thats about it. My brain fights comprehending it..lol. I have a nikon 5400 and I still dont understand half of what it does. I read about adjusting the focal points, but evidently I didnt do it right..lol. So if you dont mind some noob questions every now and then, it would be appreciated :)
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krash Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
not at all, I have some links that will help you setup when you do a full view on my journals.

I can tell you that setting the auto focus on your camera can be a bit confusing to some people.
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ThousandLies Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Thanks, I will check it out.
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borrowedwords Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2006   Photographer
very cute :]
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R-B Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006   Digital Artist
Very cool DOF :)
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
Mmmmm...you're making me hungry AND in awe of your fab new lens!
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lazyleo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
How much waz da camera for?
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krash Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
the lens, under $50
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Raventhird Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
Nice DOF. Seems to be quite sharp.
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krash Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
yes it does, I will find that out today, thanks
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