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10-21-2009, 08:10 AM   #1561
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I took these a couple of years ago, and did not record the film - probably Kodak ASA400 of some variety.






The candle is with a Tamron Adaptall 52BB 90/2.5 macro, and the shrub with a SMC-A 28/2.8, both on a Program Plus

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Nesster, love the shrub. It's like a frilly Cousin It caterpillar. Two thumbs up!
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QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
The first one looks great! A bit small though.
Frank, i didn't find out how / if I could re-dimmension here a photo embedded from Flickr The original there is 1200x800, while the medium is this 500x333px... and nothing in between. (As a result, I lately started uploading at 900x675, which should be just enough for displaying on any web page without scrolling).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
The candle is with a Tamron Adaptall 52BB 90/2.5 macro, and the shrub with a SMC-A 28/2.8, both on a Program Plus
Nesster, that deep red is fantastic!
Am I right / wrong supposing that there's some sort of "solarization" going on, at the base of the flame?

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seems the flame burnt some pixels... erm grains!
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Bronica RF645 w/ 65mm F4. Fuji provia 100F.






Below: Kinda just a snapshot, but I like the lights and contrast. It was handheld @1/15 -1/30 @ F16 or so. The detail in the slide is remarkable for being handheld at such a slow speed.


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The surfboard one is f*cking brilliant. As is the first.
+1 I LOVE the shot of the kid with the surfboard.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Vertex Ninja Quote
Bronica RF645 w/ 65mm F4. Fuji provia 100F.




Kinda just a snapshot, but I like the lights and contrast. It was handheld @1/15 -1/30 @ F16 or so. The detail in the slide is remarkable for being handheld at such a slow speed.

Vertex Ninja, great stuff! You and Nesster are killing me with the medium format shots. I've mentioned my dad's Rollei in other posts...I think I'm going to have to get down on my knees and beg him for it. Only shot I really have with him is that he's not currently shooting it himself. It was pretty easy to get him to part with the SLRs, but I don't think they had the same place in his heart that the Rollei does. Seeing these kinds of shots makes me understand the attachment.

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Thanks for the comments Kevin. Sadly I sold my Bronica RF645 and picked up a 4x5 camera. I really miss that rangefinder and will probably get another one someday, but likely a Mamiya 7 for the bigger piece of film.

Your dads Rollei loaded with some ektar 100 would be crazy awesome! Maybe you can steal it while he's sleeping? You could make some really big prints with a setup like that, not to mention the joy of shooting it!

Speaking of Rollei, I've always lusted after the Rollei 6008AF... built in meter and waist level finder. Anyone want to help me rob a bank?
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When I'm not here on the Pentax Forums, I spend some time checking out the photography equipment for sale on CraigsList, both locally and in the surrounding areas (and states), looking for the odd bargain. Found a second ME Super with an M50 1.7 earlier this summer for $40 and it whetted my appetite for more.

A fellow from Southbridge, Massachusetts had posted on a previous Monday that he had two Pentax cameras and four lenses for sale, one of which was an M28 f3.5, a 135 f2.8, an 80-200 f4 zoom, and a 50 mm of some variety. Cameras were a K1000 and an ME Super. Everything was listed at $140. By Friday, I guess he was convinced that the gear wouldn't sell at that price, so he reduced it to $100. I figured it was worth an hour's ride to see if there were any gems among the lenses and bodies. A quick phone call on Saturday morning confirmed the availability of the gear, so off I went.

Camera bodies turned out to be in OK condition; K1000 meter seemed to be stuck midway between + and -, and there are some nasty smudges in the viewfinder of the ME Super, but the meter seemed to be working, although the blinking LEDs hinted that some new batteries might be in order. Shutter and film advance OK on both. As for the lenses, 135 f2.8 turns out to be a Hoya (oh, the irony) and the zoom the Tokina that's reviewed here in the data base. The 50 is an M50 f2, and the M28 came through as advertised. The upshot is that I figured, for a hundred bucks it's like paying $25/lens and getting the bodies for free, so I bit the bullet.

The neighborhood was directly across from the old American Optical Building, an early manufacturer of eyeglasses. A block away from the gents house was a street called "Lens Street", and he lived across from the Southbridge Police Station. I figured the deal amounted to fate.

Opened up the battery compartment of the K1000 in my car and discovered the batteries were in upside-down. Swapped them around and meter began to operate as normal. I wonder if the guy ever even shot the camera, or if he did, quit using it when his exposures went "wonky". This K1000 is in remarkable shape; it seems to be of the same vintage as one that I own that we've determined to be circa 1983-1985, only in much better condition. Loaded a roll of Kodak Gold 200, popped the 28 on, and hit the town. The photos that follow were all shot with that camera and lens. Looks like both are in good order.

American Optical Building...



Lens Street



Oak Ridge Cemetery Gate...



Oak Ridge Cemetery Detail...



The gist of the story is that it was a very pleasant way to spend a gray October day. Were it not for film photography, I never would have made a new acquaintance, seen that particular section of Southbridge, or had the use of these lenses. (Still not sure what the rest are like - finishing up a roll I'm working on using the Hoya 135). As I work my way through the gear, I'll post up the results. BTW, if anybody has any experience with that Hoya 135mm, I'd love to hear your comments.

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I may have a photo magazine review of that Hoya... Ah here it is: Hoya HMC Tele-Auto 135mm f/2.8, ser 61####. Average in size, weight, and appearance, but well above average in performance.

We found our sample smooth in operation and easy to handle. ... Hoya has included two of its most recent optical glasses within the fours air-spaced elements, which provide no disappointment in the image.

Typical pattern of slight overcorrected spherical aberration at f/2.8, showing some zonal aberration. A relatively small red flare was also seen. No prominent axial color was seen etc etc... and the image became excellent at f/5.6 for both on and off axis.

Field test: our color transparancies showed a slight softness when the lens was used at f/2.8. The lateral color could not be observed in the film image, as we expected. At f/4 the center and edge image quality were excellent. Cloise in we noted a slight loss of sharpness in the corners, but this improved as we stopped down to f/8 or smaller apertures, as would be expected.

The resolution chart has Excellents and V.Goods all the way down to f/16 - at f/22 the diffraction takes over... the center settles on 52 lines/mm, though it has a peak at f/11 and 62 lpmm... the edge cruises along at 48lpmm for most of the range

Contrast typically for the tests of this era are low, though get to the Medium range between 5.6 and 11. It is in the mid 50's % at 30 lpmm.

this in the Nov 1978 Modern Photography

In context? The measured and slide film performance beats the Pentax SMC-M 135/3.5 (May '77)

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Wow. Thanks for the rapid response, Nesster. It's certainly a heftier lens than I'm used to using on film. One of the reasons I was wondering about it was that there was nothing in the review data base here, so I figured it was not all that common. Something to be said for 24 exposure rolls as one can get through them quicker <g>. Glad to hear that Modern thought it compared favorably to the Pentax. To be honest, I was a little disappointed to find out it was a Hoya when I got up to Southbridge.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to post. The sample photo is the icing on the cake.

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