Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pentacon F1.8/50mm as a macro lens!


One thing you have to remember when using vintage glass on a modern camera is the effect of sensor size. As the Sony a6000 has an APS-C sensor you have bear in mind that a 50mm lens will act as a 75mm lens.


An interesting thing happened the other day. I had the Pentacon F1.8/50mm lens (M42) attached and was visiting Writtle College in Essex. Having noticed lots of nice flowers in the grounds (understandable as they have courses in conservation and horticulture!). I decided to take some pictures and was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to get quite close to the subject.

Here are some example shots (all at F8):
Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000




Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000
Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000 (100%)

Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000

Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000 (100%)


Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000

Pentacon 1.8/50 (M42) on Sony a6000 (100%)


On the whole I am impressed with this lens. When you bear in mind that none of these images have been retouched in Photoshop etc (not even for exposure or sharpness) I think you'll agree that its a sweet little lens. I am especially with the bokeh and the colour rendition. Not bad for a lens that cost a few pounds!

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