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06-21-2019, 12:52 PM   #421
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Les, nice write up on focusing manual focus lenses "using the camera's viewfinder".


Another option that I always use is putting a 3x Zacuto viewfinder over the LCD on the back of my K-1 camera. I precisely set the diopter on the viewfinder ahead of time. I set focus peaking on. Put the subject in the middle of the LCD. Magnify the LCD screen (4x or 8X). Focus. Un-magnify the screen. Recompose and shoot. Also I'm using a tripod and 2-second shutter delay. While this technique may sound long and complicated, with practice, it takes me no more than 10 seconds per photo.

Yesterday I took about 60 photos using this technique at the Green Bay Wi Botanical Garden. 100% of the images were in sharp focus using a Zeiss Milvus 85mm lens wide open at f/1.4.


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You can use the 100% instant magnifying button thanks to the LCD display...
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The Happy Tree Trimmer - 30 foot above the ground! Used my Leica 135/2.8 lens




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Lac des Bouillouses, Pentax K-1 (II) Leica Elmarit-R 28/2.8 E55 f:6.3. 100Iso.











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Lac des Bouillouses, Pentax K-1 (II) Leica Elmarit-R 28/2.8 E55 f:6.3. 100Iso.






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Gorges de Calanša, Pentax K-1 (II) Leica Elmarit-R 28/2.8. Square Format.

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Leica 35-70/4 @ f4 & 50mm:

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Bird on a wire . . . not exactly in focus so not sure why I like it, but I do. Leica 90/2 @ f2:



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The "bird on a wire" picture above was the last shot I took with my Leica 90 f2. That the bird is slightly out of focus is actually why I don't own the lens anymore.

I loved the lens more than just about any lens I've ever owned, but it had a very strange focusing issue. It would focus just fine for a few shots, and then could not achieve focus at any f stop. The focus assist light indicated things were in focus but in reality wasn't even close. I shot literally hundreds of pictures trying to find something that would result in some sort of consistency and never did find it. I sent the lens to Don Goldberg at DAG and it similarly stumped him (he had me send it back for a second try, I even sent a K5 along so he could test it, but no success). I suspected my camera, except I had two K-1 cameras at the time and it behaved the same with both, plus every other lens I had (including Leica lenses) worked with the K-1. I consulted with David Llado at Leitax and he was stumped (and I tried two different adapters). I liked the lens so much I bought a second one, hoping I just had a bad lens. Nope, same exact behavior. If you read this thread from start to finish you will see other users struggling to focus this lens, doubting their camera, etc. Finally, after seeing a Chinese seller of Leica-Pentax adapters on Ebay exclude the R 90/2 I decided the most likely answer was that the R 90/2 only works inconsistently when adapted to K mount.

I had a brainstorm of trying the 90 Elmarit f2.8, but my first reading of its specs told me it had the same element/group arrangement (5/4) as the 90/2; I worried it would have the same problem. But a few weeks later I discovered the later version of the Elmarit has a 4.4 element/group construction so I gave it a try . . . and it works! I'm still testing it but it seems to have the same qualities as the Summicron (albeit a stop slower). Test shot of fern in partial sun after adapting the Elmarit with a Leitax, @ f2.8:


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Taken this afternoon alongside a country road that winds through a forest here in northern Wisconsin USA. I used my Leitax adapted Leica Telyt-R 350mm f/4.8 lens on my K-1. Aperture was wide open.


The dusty car is mine (wife's inside doing Suduko). This lens is so sharp that when viewed at 100% I can see individual grains of dust on the back window.


I'm impressed with the creaminess of the bokeh! I did not do any post processing on the blur, right out of camera.

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