While not the widest of apertures it produces the most beautiful colors, bokeh and incredible sharpness of any lens I have used. That’s it. Happy shooting. -ELW
March 26, 2013
The day I fell down the digital interchangeable lens camera rabbit hole. Day one I only had access to the E-PL5 and kit lens, but it did not take long before I started accessorizing. The day before chaperoning for my daughter on a school trip to D.C. Olympus served me well even moving on to a different body (E-P5), but I moved on. Prime motivator initially? It was fun acquiring and learning different systems.
I love a good deal. Even more I love a good deal that keeps it’s promises and performs better than I could have ever expected for the price paid.
<In the voice of Morpheus> What if I told you that there was an adapter that would make a vintage 35mm lens perform in all of it’s full frame glory while adding nearly a stop of light on your humble APS-C sensor camera?
Wait. Don’t click away. I’m serious. I have pictures.
How am I confident in making such claims? Glad you asked. I have used an M42 to K mount adapter on film 35mm Pentax cameras as well as the full frame Pentax K-1.
Lenses in question as previously shot on the full frame Pentax K-1:
- Helio 44-2 58mm f/2
- Takumar 50mm f/1.4
Firstly I come in peace.
Many go grape nuts arguing about things that do not matter much. This is both generally true, but true with photography specifically also. Not always of course. Most people I meet from beginner snapper to pro photographer are typically wonderful. But comment sections are a badlands where ne’er do wells do dwell. What are the issues? Everything evidently. Canon vs. Nikon and on and on. Natural vs. Strobe. Mirrorless vs. DSLR. Sensor size. I could go on, but I am here mainly about the last 2.
But let me get a couple of things out of the way.
- Though I may be swayed by emotion at times I am mostly brand agnostic. How so? I sit here struggling to think of a brand I have not owned between film and digital. Canon. Nikon. Olympus. Panasonic. Hasselblad. Mamiya. Pentax. Fujica and Fujifilm. Polaroid. Holga… And on. Ok. Got it. Leica. And that is only because they are adamant about not depreciating. One day.
- I have used quite a few sensor sizes organic and digital. Mobile phone. Point and shoot. 1″. Micro 4/3. APS-C. Full frame. 6×4.5, 6×6. 6×7. 6×9. I have gone no larger in digital due again to cost. I have gone no larger with film due to sloth. Had an opportunity to pick up a vintage large format film camera, but once I got my head around what it would take to simply load the film I decided now was not the time. One day.
And we’re back.