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05-11-2011, 03:36 PM   #76
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So if your lens of the day happens to be the fisheye zoom and someone wants their portrait taken what do you do?

Tell them to come back when its your portrait lenses turn to be lens of the day? Or take a "creative" portrait with the fisheye?

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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
So if your lens of the day happens to be the fisheye zoom and someone wants their portrait taken what do you do?

Tell them to come back when its your portrait lenses turn to be lens of the day? Or take a "creative" portrait with the fisheye?
So I take some creative fishy shots. Then I reach into my carry-bag for the tiny CZJ Tessar 50/2.8 (12 iris blades) or Enna Tele-Sandmar 100/4.5 (10 blades) that are always there, snap away, then re-mount the 10-17 and proceed with the day. I'm no ideologue, no teabagger. If the day's lens is a 28/2 and something bright and distant catches my eye, I whip out the nice little Sakar 500/8 mirror. No problem!

The lens-of-the-day is primary, not necessarily exclusive. And the choice isn't totally arbitrary. I try to pick something appropriate to the day's wanderings. Anyway, the 10-17 is rarely a LOTD; it's a specialty tool, and will be LOTD mostly when I'll be wandering through strange small spaces (mazes, alleys, carnivals, malls, etc).

The LOTD strategy is a vision enhancer, not a straightjacket.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
If the day's lens is a 28/2 and something bright and distant catches my eye, I whip out the nice little Sakar 500/8 mirror.
So the photo does dictate the lens.

The words "nice, little and 500mm" do strike a resonant chord with my LBA tastes at the present, tell me more about this lens.
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ObTopic: OP needs a 31. I need a 31. Everybody needs a 31.

Thanks but I already have one, I bought it while I was putting my self through a university double degree - on a student budget no less.



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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
So the photo does dictate the lens.
Rather, my desire to avoid running half a city block to close on the subject, or to remain somewhat stealthy, dictates the lens.

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The words "nice, little and 500mm" do strike a resonant chord with my LBA tastes at the present, tell me more about this lens.
Many small light cheap mirror lenses around 500/8 exist. Mine is Korean-made and is labeled Sakar, has a T2 mount, weighs 420g, is 7cm wide, and protrudes 8-9.5cm from the camera body. Comparison: my K50/1.2 weighs 400g. Close focus is ~1.7m for ~1:2.5 magnification. Front thread is 72mm.

I got mine on eBay for US$13 (shipped) a couple years ago. Some of these Korean and Japanese made cheapies are lousy, reportedly. Mine is just fine. Some users find that Russian-made mirrors are consistently better made, but those tend to be heavier. For instance, my Rubinar Makpo 1000/10 weighs 1760g and pretty much requires a tripod or other stabilization. Such as sandbags. Ooof.

You probably know that mirrors (catadioptrics) have zero CA but show doughnut bokeh. That's easy to deal with. Just avoid busy OOF areas! Choose a well-lit subject with a dark bland background. Or shoot a circular subject with lots of distant spectral highlights, for a surrealistic bubbles effect. Nude beaches are fun too. This is a pretty good surveillance lens. A little blackmail will pay for a good one in no time at all.
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Sometimes I have to drink a 6 pack before I can use some of my lenses.
Is there a K-mount adapter for beer goggles?
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beer goggles?
that sounds like a product that the guys that made the lensbaby should make. Since beer goggles can lead to babies I think it's rather appropriate.
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Is there a K-mount adapter for beer goggles?
Yes several Pentax versions exist, and they are labeled "soft", they are all 85mm portrait lenses, I have one the SMC 85/2.2 "soft".

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Mine is Korean-made and is labeled Sakar
Found a copy on the bay, but nowhere as cheap as you got it for.
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Found a copy on the bay, but nowhere as cheap as you got it for.
The trick is, don't search for a mirror. Look through myriads of LOTS listings, and find people selling off a camera bag filled with old bodies, lenses, filters, etc. Mine came in a Tamrac Expedition 3 backpack with a manual Tamron 60-300/4-5.6, Rokinon 35/2.8 and 135/2.8, Cambron 2x TC (all PK-M), a Pentax ZX-M body with the crappy A35-80/4-5.6, and various filters, flashes, cables, minipod, etc.

I amortized the total cost over the pack, and lenses, and body, and other stuff combined, so each of the 9 units cost me US$13. I could have juggled the numbers by valuing the flashes and minipod separately, and brought the amortized cost down to under US$10 each. But enough creative accounting is enough, eh?
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Like this one? VINTAGE PENTAX SPOTMATIC ASAHI extra lens & accessory (eBay item 170635204309 end time 08-May-11 21:33:55 AEST) : Cameras
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Yup, like that!

But sometimes the better deals come with Sears, Ricoh, Focal, Chinon, or various M42 bodies -- some of my best included Fujica, Argus-Chinon, Yashica, Praktica, etc. Just watch out for foreign bayonets. And don't hesitate to pick out the best stuff, wait a couple months, and sell the debris for twice as much.

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