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    Does anyone have any experience with the Samyang 85 f1.4 (or Bower, Vivitar, etc.) on the Speed Booster?

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    Sorry Crono, I have no experience with that lens.

    A couple more from the CY speedbooster, this time with the ML 28/2.8. Which unfortunately I need to return to the seller because the focus ring and aperture ring is stiff, along with some edge issues with front element. Shame, seems to be a lovely lens. These were shot with a Minolta close up lens on the front.

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    Thanks for the quick reply. And those shots are very nice! There's a very ethereal quality to them.

    I got my SB last week, and here's two quick snaps taken with a Nikon Series E 50mm 1.8. Very cheap lens but great image quality. So far, the SB performs as advertised, and I'm still stoked at being able to have the full frame look in such a small package compared to the 5D2 that I never took out of the house.

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    Candice & Metabones Speed Booster by DannyLamNYC, on Flickr


    Candice & Metabones Speed Booster by DannyLamNYC, on Flickr
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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post

    A couple more from the CY speedbooster, this time with the ML 28/2.8. Which unfortunately I need to return to the seller because the focus ring and aperture ring is stiff, along with some edge issues with front element. Shame, seems to be a lovely lens. These were shot with a Minolta close up lens on the front.
    Since the field coverage of most of the shots you showed here are nearly the same, I am curious as to why you change the lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Since the field coverage of most of the shots you showed here are nearly the same, I am curious as to why you change the lens?
    Well, mainly I was just trying out my new 28mm. And I will shoot just about any lens in a macro setting. But actually if you notice the 28mm shots do show a bit more of the surrounding area. For instance, the yellow jacket in the last two shots is a decent bit bigger then the bees, so keep that in mind when gauging perspective. Also, the yellow jacket was A LOT bigger then the little caterpillar thing in the other photo. I also dont get as much of a narrow depth of field with the 28. But like I said, its mainly just about experimentation.

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    Just for shits and giggles I went out and shot the same little guy today with the YUS 28/2.8 mounted on the SB. A completely different lens, its seems to render very similar to the ML 28/2.8, although with a lesser coating and different optical formula. The YUS also had the Minolta close up lens on the front.

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    Another with the YUS 28 and close up lens. Straight out of the camera.

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    I got to play with an eos sb. The thing is well built. The 6 and my 7 seems to have a slightly different flange focal distance, different infinity points. It worked with one of my contax chipped adapter. I haven't played with the files yet.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Guys, Iīve ordered my SB EF-NEX last week with shipping via EMS (as Fedex is taxed 65% over the product price here in Brazil). What was your experience getting the SB when ordered via EMS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Just for shits and giggles I went out and shot the same little guy today with the YUS 28/2.8 mounted on the SB. A completely different lens, its seems to render very similar to the ML 28/2.8, although with a lesser coating and different optical formula. The YUS also had the Minolta close up lens on the front.

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    You gotta love that image!! I am really enjoying your macro shots with the SB.

    I received my Speedbooster and Contax Planar 50/1.7 after the easter break and a loong stay in customs facilities... I am soooo excited even when I havenīt been able to shoot anything serious with it yet. The only thing I miss from my 5DMKII was he 50L that was glued to my body. Now I am back in track with plenty of DOF control and very fast lens for low-light shooting. And at half the weight/bulk!!

    Now just out of curiosity I did a quick informal shootout with my Minolta MD 50 1.7 and even when the Zeiss lens has a clear advantage in some aspects, the Rokkor remains a favorite of mine, lovely lens (I am hoping there will be a MD-Nex speedbooster sooner than later, Rokkors are among my faved lenses). Just for those that may be interested:

    -Zeiss is (marginally) sharper wide open though at the cost of quite a bit of purple fringing (absent in the Rokkor lens). By f/4, the Rokkor is pretty much as sharp as the Plannar.

    -Zeiss much (maybe a bit too much to my liking) warmer than the Rokkor. The Rokkor has the typical greenish/blue cast, whereas the Zeiss is much more redish/orange-ish.

    -The Zeiss seems to let a little more light in at identical apertures (identical exposures are consistently brighter for the Zeiss, not much but itīs there).

    -Zeiss seems to hold more detail in shadows and highlights, but gives the impression of having better contrast (micro-contrast?). Better shadow detail in the Zeiss may be due to the (slightly) brighter exposure? At f/2.8 the Zeiss is about as nice a lens can be and by f/4 there is little to fault in the Rokkor.

    -I may like the Rokkor bokeh a little better wide open, but it may be too soon to conclude this.

    Take all of this with a (huge) grain of salt, this are just quick dirty findings...

    So far i am just disliking the strong purple fringing of the Zeiss wide open (and the rather long minimum focusing distance, but that I knew already..). Funny enough, there seems to be less PF when mounted on the SB, but I need to check this a bit more carefully... Still plenty love for my lilīRokkor..

    Getting acquainted with my new Zeiss...
    Sony Nex7, Sigmarit DN 30/2.8 & DN 19/2.8, a couple Rokkors...

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    Ok, first off, your post has only just now become visable to me Crono. The last two days I have been looking at this thread and I havent seen your post or your pictures. Strange. Very lovely photos though. And your right, the E series 50 has some very nice glass in it.

    Nagas, thank you for the compliment. Its very odd that you mention CA with the Zeiss 50/1.7 as I have noticed the exact same thing. I have tested three different ones with in the last few weeks and all three at some point exhibited purple fringing. My ML 50/1.7 exhibits little to no PF in the same circumstance. Very odd. Luckily I have come upon a great copy of the ML so the Planar I ordered is going back. Now I just need to choose which wide and which portrait primes I am going to get to complete my set. Its a shame that Yashica never made an ML 85mm. So I might have to go ML 28mm (or 24) and an 85/2.8 Sonnar. We will see. Cant wait to see your photos.

    And I know what you mean about Rokkors. I am a huge Minolta fan and the only reason I ordered the CY SB is that I was growing impatient waiting for an MD SB. There is something very special about Minolta glass. They were simply some of the best lenses ever made. I am a huge fan of the 50/1.7, my favorite being the MC Rokkor PF version. However, I stopped shooting with it after picking up a MC Rokkor PF 55/1.7, the older version of the MC lens with the silver aperture ring and big all metal knurled focus ring. I highly recommend this lens if you do not already have one. My copy is sharp wide open with wonderful Rokkor colors and bokeh as well as being pretty compact. Simply a great lens.
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    The 85 Sonnar is a great match

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    The 85 Sonnar is a great match
    I agree. To get a real classic design Sonnar, one has to use an Olympus OM 85/2 F. Zuiko Auto. Simply marvelous!

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Customs are already more then a week snuffing at my speed booster !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    Customs are already more then a week snuffing at my speed booster !
    Oh, mine (in case of SB) took only ~10 days. Now, my Leica accs are in lala land for ~20 days with no sign of clearance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Nagas, thank you for the compliment. Its very odd that you mention CA with the Zeiss 50/1.7 as I have noticed the exact same thing. I have tested three different ones with in the last few weeks and all three at some point exhibited purple fringing. My ML 50/1.7 exhibits little to no PF in the same circumstance. Very odd. Luckily I have come upon a great copy of the ML so the Planar I ordered is going back.
    I nearly asked you before about the MLīs behaviour regarding PF. It seems to me that the ML lineup is a real sleeper. Not sure if the price difference with the Contax Zeiss "cousins" is always entirely justified.


    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Now I just need to choose which wide and which portrait primes I am going to get to complete my set. Its a shame that Yashica never made an ML 85mm. So I might have to go ML 28mm (or 24) and an 85/2.8 Sonnar. We will see. Cant wait to see your photos.
    Iīm considering following your advice and skipping the Flektogon altogether, and limiting my lineup to 28/50/ and 85 or 100. I have been looking for Contax and Yashica 28/2.8. The Yashica is obviously cheaper, but after your findings I may as well go for the ML. I am just curious about the Yus (which can hardly be found here in Europe), how different is it? Care to share your thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    And I know what you mean about Rokkors. I am a huge Minolta fan and the only reason I ordered the CY SB is that I was growing impatient waiting for an MD SB. There is something very special about Minolta glass. They were simply some of the best lenses ever made. I am a huge fan of the 50/1.7, my favorite being the MC Rokkor PF version. However, I stopped shooting with it after picking up a MC Rokkor PF 55/1.7, the older version of the MC lens with the silver aperture ring and big all metal knurled focus ring. I highly recommend this lens if you do not already have one. My copy is sharp wide open with wonderful Rokkor colors and bokeh as well as being pretty compact. Simply a great lens.
    Funny how we seem to be on a similar line of thought... I really wanted a MD SpeedBooster, but if it ever comes, I doubt it will be available any time soon, so decided not to wait. I am only interested in legacy lenses, so I skipped the Canon EOS SB (would really like a "dumb" EOS SB) and got the C/Y version since I guessed using the lovely Contax lineup wouldnīt hurt either..

    I can see an MD SB in my future if it ever becomes available...
    Sony Nex7, Sigmarit DN 30/2.8 & DN 19/2.8, a couple Rokkors...

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    I think my posts/pictures didn't show up because I'm newly registered to the forum. I was wondering why my post that had pictures in it hadn't shown up.

    But yes, the speed booster works wonderfully for me. I'm looking for a wider lens to use with this. Maybe something 20mm-24mm or so, and the less expensive and smaller, the better. Would you guys recommend the Nikons and/or OM lenses in that range?

    Also, what would you all recommend as the best 50mm 1.4 with the smoothest bokeh to be? Again, cheap and small is better. The Series E 50mm 1.8 is nice and small, but the bokeh can be rather nervous sometimes.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Quote Originally Posted by CronoDL View Post
    But yes, the speed booster works wonderfully for me. I'm looking for a wider lens to use with this. Maybe something 20mm-24mm or so, and the less expensive and smaller, the better. Would you guys recommend the Nikons and/or OM lenses in that range?

    Also, what would you all recommend as the best 50mm 1.4 with the smoothest bokeh to be? Again, cheap and small is better. The Series E 50mm 1.8 is nice and small, but the bokeh can be rather nervous sometimes.
    Just go through the posts I made above. The ones I posted- the lenses I used for them, I love them all.

    Nikon 20/3.5 AiS, 50/1.8 EOS MkII (beats the 50/1.8 AF Nikkor handily and this is the only EOS prime lens I use and own!), OM 50/1.2 (incredibly sharp even wide open!), Summicron R 50/2. Avoid the OM 50/1.8 as well.

    Best 85 is the OM 85/2.

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    Nagas, the YUS lenses are a bit of an oddity. Although I am sure Yashica had a reason for releasing them I have no idea why. They already had Zeiss as the premier line, ML as a strong second tier and DS-B's as a single coated budget option. YUS stands for Yashica U.S. so that would explain why they are hard to find in Europe, being made for and sold in USA only it seems. There were only 4 YUS items made, a28mm, a 135mm a zoom and a teleconverter.

    Overall the construction of the lenses are solid, if larger and not as refined as the ML line. I know of (and own) two different versions of the 28mm. There is a 55mm filter version and a 58mm filter version. The larger version is pretty damn big for a 28mm lens. The smaller one is a tad larger then my ML 50/1.4 if that tells you anything. Here is a photo of the YUS (big version) next to a Minolta MD Rokkor X 28/2.8, Vivitar 28/2.8 and Mamiya Sekor 50/2. I will let you guess which one is the YUS.



    That is not shot on the SB by the way. And it also shows my Contax 167MT, now sold, in the background.

    Optically I just dont feel like the YUS would be up to the performance of the ML. I mean, you can see from the above photos that it performs very well (and similar) tot he ML 28 but I think the 28 might have a slight edge on sharpness. Also the coating on the YUS is inferior, but to what degree I couldnt say. Supposedly the YUS line had a single coating like the DS-B line but the YUS had a better single coating, whatever that means. I looked at the YUS coating under lights and while it wasnt as nice as the ML it did have several different colors down thru the lens, just not as snazzy or bright as the ML. So I would imagine the ML would win a flare contest.

    But to be honest I didnt shoot to much with the ML 28 and just shipped it back today for a refund. I tell you what though, the build quality on the ML's are just nice. And I must say there is something in having a nice matching set of primes for the SB.

    I tell you what I want and cant find. An ML 35/2.8. Seems to be rarer then hens teeth. Only three or four sold this year so far on the auction site, and only one of those in the later series 2 ML version. They arent expensive when they come up there just doesnt seem to be many of them around.

    By the way, here is a good info link for ML lenses.
    http://www.hi-ho.ne.jp/sbko-hq/YASHICA_ML/Lens.html

    Crono, if you want some nice bokeh in a fast fifty try either the M42 SMC Takumar 50/1.4 or the Yashica ML 50/1.4. Also as Vivek said the Summicron is a stellar lens, if a bit on the pricey side. If you want a cheaper 24mm I recommend the Sigma Super Wide II 24/2.8 in any of those mounts. A very nice lens, can be had for cheapish, and comes with a nice pseudo macro ability as well. Here is a shot from my Sigma 28/2.8 Mini Wide, which is very similar to the 24 Super Wide.

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    Are there any issues with the Sigma mini-wide and super-wide hitting the speed booster glass? And it seems like the smc Takumar 50 1.4 doesn't have issues with the glass. Is that right?

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    Any infinity/stopped down comparos with the speedbooster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    I would check without the SB and a plain adapter. If that behavior continues then there is something wrong. If it was an used lens, check if it has all the elements (not joking) and if it had been opened for a cleaning- in this case whomever did this might have flipped an element the wrong way while putting it back (again, not joking- I have seen such stuff with used Leica lenses in particular). Can you show a picture of the front of this lens?
    Ah, hmm. Interesting. My stuff's mostly packed up at the moment but I did look at the lens quickly. The front element's exterior surface is nearly flat.

    It really does perform quite well, but when I pixel-peep at f/2 it's not as good as say the ZM50/2.

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    Chrono, Im not sure if there would be any issues with using those lenses on the SB. I dont actually have them at the moment. I wouldnt think they would, since the CY SB seems to have a little extra room in it and I cant imagine third party CY lens makers doing something drastic to the lens where it would be much bigger then the actual Yashica lenses. But you never know.

    Vivek, Monze...I forgot to thank you for the shout out on the Sonnar. It is definitely on my list.

    ken, I havent seen any of those type of comparos online. I dont think the existing reviews really cover it.

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    A few more SB examples. These are from the Yashica ML 50/1.7 (series 2) on tubes.

    hoverfly, not in hover mode


    tiny mushroom, with even tinier spider on top


    to take the plunge


    damsel


    thumbing a ride


    ladybug light (the little orange blob is a ladybug with an aperture shaped reflection on her back
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    These are with the older Series 1 Yashica Ml 50/1.7 using a Minolta Close Up lens No.2 and Minolta Auto Pak 8 close up lens.

    home defence (I swear, I gotta get this guy to sign a model release)


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    she checked my bags last night, pre flight
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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    love these bugs, flowers, and that [email protected]!
    how tricky is this hand held?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Inglis View Post
    love these bugs, flowers, and that [email protected]!
    how tricky is this hand held?
    Thanks John, the long and short of it is that it's pretty darn tricky. Not so much the stationary things like plants and fungus, but even then you have the wind moving your subject around. Bugs on the other hand are incredibly challenging. When I am trying to line up a shot I have to deal with the small movements I am making trying to keep the subject in focus, the movement of the wind and the movement of the bug itself, all the while trying to work with the very narrow DOF you have with macro. Now, if the insect is flying....

    Lets just say, expect a very low keeper rate with freestyle moving macro. But the keepers make it all worth while. I hate to admit this, but on this macro run I took about 350 shots. Only 20 made it to the cutting board and of those I only kept and processed 13.

    You also need to develop your stalking technique.How to move thru the grass when tracking a bug a moving bug and such things like that. Sometimes I just walk out to the middle of a field and sit down and wait. And look. There are millions of bugs out there and if you just wait you will start to see them everywhere. There is nothing like sitting in a spot for maybe 15 min or so making small movements and turns to capture what I see and then suddenly Bam, I see this spider in a web that was inches away from me the whole time that I never noticed. Of course, then comes the inevitable creepy thought "Crap, is there a spider on me...?"

    I also stalked a damselfly yesterday for maybe 20 yards, crouched over an moving slowly behind her the whole time. She would flit from one bush to the next, landing only a few time. I had to move slow and bent over trying to get the camera into position. Every time I got just close enough to try for a shot off she would go again. The little tease. I finally gave up and turned around. That was when I noticed the obvious meandering train of destruction I left in the high grass from following her. I laughed, I cried, I had a good time.

    So to answer your question, its tricky. But so worth it. I love macro.
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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    f/otographer, thanks so much for all the detail,
    which should help moderate any effort on my part,
    but keep posting your chosen keepers,
    for motivation!!

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Finally got it after paying the customs another € 52
    It is good they put the value on $ 200 instead of 399 otherwise I would have paid a lot more.

    Very little time but I took a quick run around the house to test two lenses.
    In my exitement I left my ISO @ 800, so it could be better. Just before the rain, so it was getting dark.

    First thing; Infinity is spot on on both lenses!
    Second thing; How wide is 15mm! Never used in on a FF camera. You can get so close!
    You notice immediatly that the lenses are a lot faster, ideal for moving bikes - Vivek must like this - and very quick snapping away.

    Michiel








    BTW Watch that stork in the back! Right in the middle of Amsterdam.
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    Congrats Michiel!

    Lovely bicycle shot!

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    Nice shots Michiel. Glad you finally got your SB in.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    From a walk around the block last night with the huge Russian Helios-40. @ 800 ISO

    So this would be a 60mm f 1.1 lens?
    And the Zeiss Distagon 15/2.8 a 10,65 f 2.8 lens?
    Amazing!

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    One more, just for fun. (For Keith! )

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    Michiel, I believe the SB formula is FL x 0.71 x 1.5= New FL. So the Distagon would be

    15 x 0.71 x 1.5= 15.95

    So it would basically become a 16mm f2 (due to the 1 stop increase as well). And the Helios would be a 90.5 f1.1 on the SB. Which, if I may add, is absolutely insane.

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    Re: Speed booster for NEX

    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Michiel, I believe the SB formula is FL x 0.71 x 1.5= New FL. So the Distagon would be

    15 x 0.71 x 1.5= 15.95

    So it would basically become a 16mm f2 (due to the 1 stop increase as well). And the Helios would be a 90.5 f1.1 on the SB. Which, if I may add, is absolutely insane.
    Thanks f/otographer!

    Are you sure? I don't understand the last x 1.5 in your formular?
    In the white papers it says that a 85mm Nikkor becomes a 60mm lens.

    Isn't basicly only FL x 0.71
    So;
    A 50 becomes a 35mm lens
    A 35 becomes a 24mm lens
    A 28 becomes a 20mm lens
    then 18 becomes a 12.78mm lens.

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    Michiel, You are correct. More than the time wasting calculations (which are a fairly standard/straight forward calculations) is how a lens performs for you. With a near complete set of Contax lenses, you are in a very envious position! Those distagons are just awesome as is, and with the SB, even better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Michiel, You are correct. More than the time wasting calculations (which are a fairly standard/straight forward calculations) is how a lens performs for you. With a near complete set of Contax lenses, you are in a very envious position! Those distagons are just awesome as is, and with the SB, even better!
    Oh thanks Vivek!
    You know I don't waste to much time on calculations and technical stuff, simply because there are a lot of people much better at that in this forum.
    But it is nice to globally know what FL a lens becomes.

    It is a pitty I don't have much time these days to try things out. That 28 Distagon is a dream streetlens, I think, with the speedbooster.

    Here are my C/Y Zeiss lenses to poke up the enviousness a little
    (Recently I added the 45 Tessar, not on photo)

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    Wow!

    Your missing a few distagons!

    I have a Rolleinar 21/4 (not even a real distagon) that appears to be delicious with minimal distortions. One of these days I will buy an adapter to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Wow!

    Your missing a few distagons!
    Yeah, 3 in the 20FL range. Very expensive ....

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    Wow, Michiel...that is simply an incredible collection of Zeiss glass. Impressive and enviable.

    As for the 1.5 in the equation, that is the native crop factor of Sony NEX cameras. The SB is wonderful, but it cant make the crop factor go away. The white paper is correct in how it describes what it does to the lenses, but they leave out what happens when you actually put that on a camera. I thought that was a bit odd.

    So what you end up with is the FL reduction and crop factor almost canceling out. Not 100%, but close enough for me.

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    Nice set! I've had all of those at one time or another, except the 35/1.4, and the 80-200 zoom, and the 18.

    Have you tried the 28/2? One lens I should not have ever sold...

    Also I don't see the 135/2.8, it's VERY good. I prefer it to the 100/3.5 I used to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f/otographer View Post
    Wow, Michiel...that is simply an incredible collection of Zeiss glass. Impressive and enviable.

    As for the 1.5 in the equation, that is the native crop factor of Sony NEX cameras. The SB is wonderful, but it cant make the crop factor go away. The white paper is correct in how it describes what it does to the lenses, but they leave out what happens when you actually put that on a camera. I thought that was a bit odd.

    So what you end up with is the FL reduction and crop factor almost canceling out. Not 100%, but close enough for me.
    Ah, of course, but at least we are getting close to the FL on the lenses

    Hope to do some shooting with it this weekend. No time, but it is raining all day anyway.

    Took me some time to get those Contax lenses. You need patience to get the good deals.

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    Nice set! I've had all of those at one time or another, except the 35/1.4, and the 80-200 zoom, and the 18.

    Have you tried the 28/2? One lens I should not have ever sold...

    Also I don't see the 135/2.8, it's VERY good. I prefer it to the 100/3.5 I used to have.
    I went for the 28/2.8, which I like very much, after I bought the 35/1.4, which was the only lens I paid far to much for. It was already rather expensive, and it came from Suisse. I forgot it is not in the EU, so on top a lot of import duty.

    The 21 and 28 are almost always expensive.

    I never heard/red good storys about the 135/2.8, that's why I never went for it.
    I like the 100/3.5 a lot. For it's size sharpness and funny bokeh.

    Did you have the Tessar 200/4? It seems to be almost the size of the 135.

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    A few from todays outing with the ML 50/1.7 (series 2) on tubes.

    unfinished


    you can find me here


    surveying the damage "Oh man, I shouldnt have had that last enchilada..."


    the color of sway


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    and a couple without the tubes...

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    argus (with close up lens)
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    Camerastores from Canada on Youtube:

    Metabones Speed Booster Hands-On Field Test - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    I went for the 28/2.8, which I like very much, after I bought the 35/1.4, which was the only lens I paid far to much for. It was already rather expensive, and it came from Suisse. I forgot it is not in the EU, so on top a lot of import duty.

    The 21 and 28 are almost always expensive.

    I never heard/red good storys about the 135/2.8, that's why I never went for it.
    I like the 100/3.5 a lot. For it's size sharpness and funny bokeh.

    Did you have the Tessar 200/4? It seems to be almost the size of the 135.

    Michiel
    Haven't tried the 200.

    With regards to the 135, one reason I went for it is because it makes a nice gap to the 85/2.8 (as opposed to the 100/3.5.)

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    Hello -

    Here's a question for Brian Caldwell, if he happens to be reading this. I recently received my C/Y to Sony E mount Speedbooster. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow infinity focus with any of my Contax lenses - and I've tried 6 so far (18mm, 28 2.8, 35 2.8, 50 1.7, 50 1.4, 85 2.8). All of these lenses collimate properly on my Contax film camera, and reach infinity properly on my Nex 5N using a Novoflex adapter.

    Clearly, the Speedbooster is not adjusted correctly. My question is this: will there be any optical compromises if I try to adjust infinity on the SB myself by unlocking the set screw and turning the ring which houses the optics? Is this what would be done if I return the SB to the factory for adjustment, or would they be able to shim the mount to properly adjust the adapter? I'm concerned that by fiddling with rotating the optical housing I might cause it to become slightly off-center or less than perfectly parallel to the sensor, and I'm generally leery of making any back focus adjustments without the proper tools. I'm willing to ship it back to the factory if doing so would mean better optical performance.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam just reopened today after ten years of renovation.
    The queen just opened it and here are the people standing in line for a free admission. It all looks splendid inside and outside!
    Second photo people coming out on the other side.
    Third photo, tourist hanging about.

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    And two streetscenes with the Planar popping.

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    Argh!!!! My SB arrived in Brazil about a week after Iīve bought it but the customs process here is ridiculously slow. Iīve been waiting for 2 weeks already!

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