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Fun with MF images 2021

MGrayson

Subscriber and Workshop Member
Trying out the competition. 250/5.6 Superachromat. 4 seconds @ f/8. It's funny how quickly equipment improves as you use it. Not as contrasty as the HC 300/4.5, but awful nice when you get it right.

Matt
 
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jng

Well-known member
Trying out the competition. 250/5.6 Superachromat. 4 seconds @ f/8. It's funny how quickly equipment improves as you use it. Not as contrasty as the HC 300/4.5, but awful nice when you get it right.

Matt
Hi Matt - it appears that you have been answering Dante's calls... The 250 SA is a somewhat unforgiving lens in terms of hitting (or missing) focus but when you get things right it can give magical results. My sense is that the old Zeiss lenses may not be as contrasty as the more modern designs but they do render beautifully IMHO. Is the 350 Tele-Superachromat next on your list to try out? :devilish: Remember, there is no virtue without temptation!

John
 

MGrayson

Subscriber and Workshop Member
Hi Matt - it appears that you have been answering Dante's calls... The 250 SA is a somewhat unforgiving lens in terms of hitting (or missing) focus but when you get things right it can give magical results. My sense is that the old Zeiss lenses may not be as contrasty as the more modern designs but they do render beautifully IMHO. Is the 350 Tele-Superachromat next on your list to try out? :devilish: Remember, there is no virtue without temptation!

John
John,
I think the lower contrast helps greatly on this night scene. The colors from each window are more varied than I usually get.
As for gear? The two remaining pieces are the APO teleconverter and the 350. Alas, I wasn’t also budgeting for a laptop this fiscal millennium, so I’m trying to curb my enthusiasm, as it were. I’ll try the 250 for a while and see how it goes. I do like the 300/4.5. It hasn’t had all its character sucked out in the name of perfection.

Matt

Edit: The 300/4.5 is too large, heavy, and close to the 250/5.6 in reach. Out it goes! Fortunately, I have another frequently used lens with a 95mm filter size, so that filter set won't go to waste.
 
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jng

Well-known member
John,
I think the lower contrast helps greatly on this night scene. The colors from each window are more varied than I usually get.
As for gear? The two remaining pieces are the APO teleconverter and the 350. Alas, I wasn’t also budgeting for a laptop this fiscal millennium, so I’m trying to curb my enthusiasm, as it were. I’ll try the 250 for a while and see how it goes. I do like the 300/4.5. It hasn’t had all its character sucked out in the name of perfection.
Matt
Right. I really like my XCD lenses but their rendering is what I'd call "clinical" compared to my old Zeiss glass. You should definitely have fun with both the 250 SA and the 300/4.5!

John

P.S. You may already know this, but the APO 1.4XE teleconverter won't work on the 250 SA (there will be a physical collision if you try to mount one to the other - don't ask me how I know).
 

gurtch

Well-known member
The below explanation and image were posted on our Facebook page (my wife and I share it), so please excuse the elementary statements. It was the first outing with my GFX 100S. The image was taken with the 32-64mm lens at 32mm, f16, 1/210 sec, ISO 200, handheld (thanks to IBIS). I really like the camera. I had an opportunity to use it with the 32-64mm lens (with and without polarizer), 23mm lens, 100-200 lens (I used a monopod with this lens), and the excellent and diminutive 50mm lens. One item I need to change: the front control dial changes ISO. At first I thought how convenient, but over the course of several hours I accidently changed ISO about 5 or 6 times.
Here is the Facebook post:

Today on LBI it was very windy and cool. But the sky was really something else! Because of the stiff wind, it kept changing....from dark blue to dark foreboding grey, to light blue, etc. I took my new camera out and made 152 exposures. It is medium format and heavier than my 35mm rig. I came to grips with several facts: (1) I am 84. (2) Walking in soft sand in the wind is no easy task. (3) Ditto walking up steep dunes. (4) I got down on one knee to make a close up of a sand pattern at grade level, and getting back up is tricky. I sometimes use a monopod for my cameras, today I did not until the end of the day. I learned that a monopod also serves as a walking stick in soft sand.
Here is one of the images. Since I shoot in "RAW" format, each image must be "developed", i.e. processed with software to make it useable, so it will take a while for me to share some with you.
D880 framed.jpg
 

P. Chong

Well-known member
Singapore is not out of the pandemic woods yet. We are currently in what is called the Stabilization Phase, where eating out is only limited to 2 pax, and only for fully vaccinated adults. As a result, our hawker culture, which I have featured before, takes a t hit. Food centers are rather more empty than usual. Here is the normally busy Hawker Center at Commonwealth Crescent. Very quiet at peak dinner time.

Fujifilm GFX 50S II + Hasselblad HCD 4/28 with H Adapter. Handheld, jpeg shot with Acros film simulation in 6524 X-Pan mode.

commonwealth-food-court1.jpg

A few more pics on this link.
 

MGrayson

Subscriber and Workshop Member
I've been learning the Zeiss 250/5.6 Superachromat. My goal has been to extend the Leica S lenses to longer focal lengths. The 250 is an older design with older coatings, and has less contrast, but ... well, here is the same branch of beginning fall foliage with both the 250/5.6 and the S 180/3.5, both at f/8 (yes, I should have adapted the f stop to the focal length, but I forgot.) Both shot from tripod and cropped to same FoV.

Zeiss 250/5.6


Leica 180/3.5



Not a bad match!

Matt
 
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