Monday, September 07, 2015

Vintage Glass:Sample Images

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am experimenting with vintage glass on my Sony a6000. In that post I included an image from my CZ Tessar  50mm F2.8 lens. Here are a couple more:

This first one is almost as it came out  of the camera, with some minor tweaks in Lightroom. These were mainly colour correction (though some magenta/blue remains) and mild sharpening.

This second version is a crop of the one above with more extensive correction in Lightroom and Focus Pro 2, mainly to bring out the face on the left whilst blurring the others so they are less distracting. I have also dealt with the magenta/blue tinge.

Personally, I am happy with the results, especially bearing in mind the following:

  1. The lighting in the room was a mixture of natural daylight and fluorescent tubes;
  2. It was essentially a grab shot;
  3. It was difficult to manually focus in the less than adequate lighting, even with focus peaking activated.
Here is another shot, this time instead of square crop I have included a detail preview (100%):

Same lighting conditions again and once again modest colour correction, sharpening etc.

This is a 100% preview of part of the image. Again, it was a grab shot and no doubt I could have got a sharper image given time. BTW you may have spotted that on the last image there are details of the shutter speed and ISO (1/125 sec and ISO 200) but no F-stop info. That is because with vintage glass attached via an adapter there is no communication between lens and camera as regards aperture. In this case it was F5.6 (if I recall correctly).

Finally, here is a picture of the Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/50 (mine is an earlier version but uses the same lens design):


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