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    Re: Speed booster for NEX


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    A little 3D tree on a graveyard with the Distagon. I used a grey fader here.

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    And some tiny flowers with the Tamron.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    As per a suggestion by Rawfa......






    I usually like B&W better, but in this case, I think I prefer the color version.
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    Rich, I have to say that your gut felling was right. I preffer the color version too. The contrast from the grass and the dark skies is more evident.

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    Some wide open shots at home...go easy on the "model"...Borred at home, just out of the shower after some bad sun burn.







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    Apologies in advance......I have taken many pictures of this flower (Blue Jade; Strongylodon macrobotrys) over the years with many different lenses.
    In essence, it has become a reference standard for me to measure the drawing style and rendering of a lens.

    Here it is with the C/Y 100/2 at f/2.8



    It passes muster......so far the best shots have been with the DP3M and the Tokina 90 macro. This one is pretty close.
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    Mamiya 80mm C 1.9 Canon SB on Nex 5n with #1 extender
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    Rawfa, nice processing on those images.

    Here's a recent one taken with an MEX -6 and an OM 135mm 2.8 on the SB.


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    A portrait of a friend of my son.

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    And my grandson, today.

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    Old Mini.

    I have special memories of this car, because my parents went with it from Amsterdam to Afganistan and back, in 1972. Inspired by my trip to the East in 1970.

    Quiet an accomplishment considering the awfull roads at the time.

    Wide open. I used a fader here otherwise it would be completly overexposed.

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    Michiel, Very impressive! The photo as well.

    You do know how to process the high contrast images projected by the SB combination. Now, that is a post card!
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    3 lenses piled up I don't know how many elements in total








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    Nice work. Love that Sonnar.
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    Rawfa, great set of pics. Absolutely wonderful work as always.

    Michiel, that Mini has a crazy good 3D effect. A stunning photograph. And the swirly bokeh from that Helios is gorgeous.

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    Bull lieing on dike.

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    I'd like to see a speed booster made for use with the Contax G glass...... a CG 45mm and one of those would make images that would be something i'd like to see from a Nex 7. My bet is that will never happen though... just too limited a market niche. But I would buy one of those way faster than one of the autofocus adapters that have been limping into introduction to the marketplace

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    Won't happen due to shorter registration...no room to put the optics in between.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    I'd like to see a speed booster made for use with the Contax G glass...... a CG 45mm and one of those would make images that would be something i'd like to see from a Nex 7. My bet is that will never happen though... just too limited a market niche. But I would buy one of those way faster than one of the autofocus adapters that have been limping into introduction to the marketplace
    The C/Y Zeiss lenses are also very good and balance very well on the NEX 7 with the Speedbooster, exept the 100-300 may be.
    (I added the Gariz case to the NEX-7 to have some more body and a better grip.)

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Zeiss 35/2 ZS



    C/Y 100-300mm


    I know we can get addicted to our devices, but REALLY????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    I know we can can addicted to our devices, but REALLY????
    Reminds me of an old saying. "No matter how fine she is somebody somewhere is sick of her sh*t".

    Great shots BTW Rich.

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    Got a chance to head out to a local nature preserve today. I started shooting with my Minolta glass but ended up with the speedbooster and Yashicas. Here are some of the better shots with the Series 2 Yashica ML 50/1.7. The pseudo macro shots are with the Minolta Close Up lens No.2 as well.

    at work


    a ragged weave


    loosening trestle


    departure (a self portrait)


    leaf me alone


    an adornment


    closed for your inconvenience


    and 1 from the ML 28/2.8
    beside the trail
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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Got a chance to head out to a local nature preserve today. I started shooting with my Minolta glass but ended up with the speedbooster and Yashicas. Here are some of the better shots with the Series 2 Yashica ML 50/1.7. The pseudo macro shots are with the Minolta Close Up lens No.2 as well.

    at work


    loosening trestle


    All great shots......these two are my favs.

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    Untitled by Vivek Iyer, on Flickr
    NEX-6, Speed Booster, Nikon 20/3.5, K1 ring
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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    loosening trestle

    leaf me alone

    and 1 from the ML 28/2.8
    beside the trail
    where have the thumb-up gone?, but anyway....both thumbs up!
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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    More with the Zeiss 35ZS

    OK.....this isn't a sharp as one could get with the Merrills....and I know the NEX 7 sensor can get pretty noisy at times, but between the focus peaking/magnified view and the great feel of this lens/camera combo I am good.


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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Does anyone have any experience using a Nikkor 85mm f2 AI(s) lens with the Speed Booster?

    On the same note, what's everyone's recommendations for an (relatively) small sized 85mm lens that's f2 or faster? I have an EF 85mm 1.8 that needs repair, but it's rather large when mounted on an NEX-6. I have a bunch of smaller manual lenses, so I'd like to keep things that way. The Nikkor 85mm f2 seems like a nice size.

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    There quite a few out there that are including some Russian clones. The Konica Hexanon 85 f1.8, Olympus 85 f2, Nikon H or HC 85 f1.8 (HC is multi coated), Pentax S-M-C Takumar in M42 screw mount. Of course there may be more choices in the future as new versions of the SB are released.

    I have the Takumar and will never part with it. The version I have is very hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbines View Post
    There quite a few out there that are including some Russian clones. The Konica Hexanon 85 f1.8, Olympus 85 f2, Nikon H or HC 85 f1.8 (HC is multi coated), Pentax S-M-C Takumar in M42 screw mount. Of course there may be more choices in the future as new versions of the SB are released.

    I have the Takumar and will never part with it. The version I have is very hard to find.
    I too, can vouch for the Asahi Pentax 85/1.8 SMC Takumar......it's an elegant handling lens and balances well on the SB. Mine didn't like the brightest sun (older coatings, I guess), but I just got in a VERY deep metal tele-hood for it and it made a big difference.

    Prices skyrocketed for these lenses a few years back but the prices are drifting down again.

    The Contax 85/2.8 Sonnar is nicely priced, small and very sharp.

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    Rich, Thorkil, thank you both for the compliments and (invisible) thumbs up. I am very pleased you liked the photos.

    Crono I am not sure what your budget is but you might want to check out the Voigtlander SL Color Heliar 75/2.5. I came across it while researching C/Y mount lenses and it seems to be a nice performer, if on the pricey side. On the speedbooster it would become a 1.8.

    There is always the C/Y mount Zeiss Sonnar 85/2.8 and 85/1.4, the latter being much more expensive.

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    Some favourites left as shot with horizon on an angle with the EF 17-40/4. I find myself using this combo more and more even though my favourite with the speed booster is the Contax Sonnar 85/2.8
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    Great captures of youth at play Slingers.

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    I've been playing with a S-M-C Takumar 50mm 1.4 with the SB, and there's a good bit of vignetting. I haven't used this on full frame before, but I'm guessing it's a combination of the lens' character and the SB. It's a very sharp lens and has great contrast and OOF rendering. The vignetting can be fixed in post, but it's still annoying. It's not as subtle or gradual as some other lenses I've used with the SB. The Series E 50mm 1.8, in comparison, doesn't really have any noticeable vignetting.

    I've been spending so much time Googling up 50mm's and checking them on eBay. I'm going nuts with all the options out there, but at least I've been able to keep the trigger finger in control.

    What's everyone's favorite 50mm to use with the SB? And what are your thought on its properties such as vignetting and OOF rendering?

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    My fav is the 50/1.8 EF II. OOF rendition isn't too smooth but is very sharp and a very fast lens (faster than f/1.3 with the SB!).

    Next the Summicron R 50/2. Near perfect!

    Then the OM 50/1.2. Simply awesome!

    I do not like the OM 50/1.8 at all.

    The 50/1.8 AF Nikkor is unremarkable. It isn't used much.

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    Huh....thats weird. I thought I responded to your question days ago Crono. I was rather sleepy and probably didnt actually hit the post button. Oh well...

    My favorite 50 for the SB is the Yashica ML 50/1.7. It is one of the main reasons I decided to go with the C/Y version instead of the EOS version. Well, that and the price. I had every intention of shooting with a Zeiss Planar 50/1.7 but the three I tried just didnt match up to my ML.

    The ML line was made by Tomioka which Yashica had purchased some years before. Tomioka was previously a third party manufacturer that made all of Yashicas lenses anyway (as well as lenses for many other makes). So it was a good investment at the time for Yashica to take them in house. When Kyocera bought Yashica years later they of course inherited Tomioka as well. It is my understanding that even today the remnants of Tomioka exist in Kyoceras massive holdings.

    The reason I mention all of this is that there is something about the rendering of a Tomioika lens that I have always found to be pleasing and somewhat unique. Dont ask me to explain it because I cant. Bokeh is a very subjective and personal thing and one mans beauty is another man harshness. I have often thought on this very subject and I cant for the life of me find a word to describe it. The only thing I can come up with, and this is so silly it misses the mark entirely, is that Tomioka lenses have a 'cartoony' bokeh. Which completely fails, even as I type this, to convey what I mean.

    Anyway, ML lenses are solidly made, most of them all metal (except some of the later cheapy ones). They have the wonderful Tomioka traits and the match up very well with the NEX. My experiance has been that the 50/1.7 is sharper then the 50/1.4, but that could be just the sample variation I have been exposed to. The 1.4 does have a 8 bladed aperture (while the Zeiss 50/1.4 only has 6) which I always thought was nice. The thing is on the SB the 1.7 becomes a 1.2 which for me is plenty narrow for a DOF. The 1.4 would be even more narrow. And of course somewhere out there in The Land of Rare and Expensive Lenses lives the ML 50/1.2. I have never even seen this lens on ebay or anywhere else for sale.

    Having said that, I just checked ebay for the lens and while there were none available for sale there was a Contax Zeiss 55/1.2 with a Buy it Now for only $13,000.00

    I actually laughed out loud.

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    Havent been able to shoot much recently. Been itching to use the Yashica ML Macro 55/4 some more and while the rain really kept me from getting out and shooting I did a few in house shots and managed to find a snail outside the front door. The snail shots also use the Minolta Close Up lens No.2 and Minolta Close Up lens for Auto Pak 8.

    Snails, by the way, are incredibly hard to shoot since their freaky body shape has bits and parts going all in and out of the DOF.

    the thing wot lived in the garden


    with stately grace


    cant you hear me stalking to you?


    the descent


    cursed with an angry countenance that belies the child inside


    draw the blinds on the coming night

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    Some from the dependence Louvre Museum in Lens, Northern France.





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    Lovely, Michiel!
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    This is the captain's Saint Bernhard on a boattrip today.

    (This lens starts vignetting on the tele side with the booster)

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    You really are on a roll, Michiel!

    Here is a snap of my latest camera and a favorite film.



    NEX-6, Speed Booster, Olympus OM 50/3.5, f/16, avaliable light
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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Vivek,
    Which developer are you using on the TP? What ISO?

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    It has been a while, Paul. I still have some stock of Technidol!

    Normally, I expose it for ISO400, pretty close to the current ISO of my Leica MM.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Thanks Vivek, it is now sort of my regular C/Y adapter.

    I was wondering about the other brands of focal reducers. There is the Zhongui, from Mitakon I believe, but I see another type/brand as well.
    The others are RJ adapters, I red.
    Any knowledge about the differences between those?
    The Zhonguis, are not as good as the Metabone Speedbooster but are the others any better?

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Michiel, The Speed Booster isn't just an adapter because of the optics involved and hence can not be compared (or confused with) the wannabes.

    There are many aspects to the Speed Booster's design which takes care of a host of issues. The others are, at best, focal reducers which do not address several issues while using SLR lenses.

    To add to the confusion surrounding the copy cat things, see here (reply from AndreaF):
    Lens Turbo roadmap released. | sonyalpharumors

    It appears that one thing being sold by RJ, MX, etc with different names or no names or the same!

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Then we might as well wait for the better Metabones Speedboosters for Minolta and Canon FD mount.

    Here is one with the tiny Tessar.

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    Good! Means they take it seriously!

    A "portrait" of a flower to celebrate

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    I have 3 Pentax m42 lenses that I would like to use with my C/Y Speed Booster. All of the lenses screw easily on to any of the m42 Nex and m4/3 adapters I have on hand. All of my Contax and Yashica lenses attach and detach from the SB easily. But when I try to use an m42 - C/Y adapter I encounter the following problem. The adapters all attach and detach from the SB easily if no lens is mounted. The adapters also screw easily and completely on to all of the lenses as long as the adapter is not attached to the SB. When the adapters are installed on the SB the lenses cannot be threaded all the way on and probably lack a 1/4 turn or more from being fully on and infinity focus cannot be achieved. So far I have tried Kipon, Pixco and a generic adapter all with same problem. All appear to be of slightly different manufacture.

    All help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Quote Originally Posted by turbines View Post
    I have 3 Pentax m42 lenses that I would like to use with my C/Y Speed Booster. All of the lenses screw easily on to any of the m42 Nex and m4/3 adapters I have on hand. All of my Contax and Yashica lenses attach and detach from the SB easily. But when I try to use an m42 - C/Y adapter I encounter the following problem. The adapters all attach and detach from the SB easily if no lens is mounted. The adapters also screw easily and completely on to all of the lenses as long as the adapter is not attached to the SB. When the adapters are installed on the SB the lenses cannot be threaded all the way on and probably lack a 1/4 turn or more from being fully on and infinity focus cannot be achieved. So far I have tried Kipon, Pixco and a generic adapter all with same problem. All appear to be of slightly different manufacture.

    All help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Paul
    Yes I know the problem. There is very little room in the register distances.
    But still most of my lenses reach infinity. Sometimes I photograph with the lens screwed completly in the adapter but then the adapter cannot be locked in the Speedbooster. You have to hold the lens. Or the M42 adapter is locked and the lens cannot be completly turned in, but that does not always mean you cannot reach infinity.
    May be I am not so much aware of it because for a lot of shots I don't need infinity.
    But of course this all is nor perfect or ideal

    Michiel

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    [QUOTE=Michiel Schierbeek;518005]Yes I know the problem. There is very little room in the register distances.
    But still most of my lenses reach infinity. Sometimes I photograph with the lens screwed completly in the adapter but then the adapter cannot be locked in the Speedbooster. You have to hold the lens. Or the M42 adapter is locked and the lens cannot be completly turned in, but that does not always mean you cannot reach infinity.
    May be I am not so much aware of it because for a lot of shots I don't need infinity.
    But of course this all is nor perfect or ideal

    Michiel[/QUOTE

    Thanks Michiel. It's good to know that I'm not alone and also good information to get out there for others. I guess it's one of those strange things we will have to adjust to. I also don't have any need to focus at infinity and yes it is probably close enough.

    Paul

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