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Mark_48
05-07-2008, 12:46 PM
Had been giving some thought to aquiring a Canon 135mm soft focus prime lately and thought I'd try mounting an old Pentax Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5 on the 5D just to see what it was capable of. This was shot at 1/400sec @ f/5.6 ISO 200. The first is the FF image and then a 100% outcrop. No corrections other than a minimal amount of sharpening.

Mark.....

nism
05-07-2008, 04:07 PM
i've always wondered: what's with the soft focus?

cdifoto
05-07-2008, 04:13 PM
Nice. Pentax glass is some of the better stuff available...especially at its price! :D

Mark_48
05-07-2008, 04:25 PM
Nice. Pentax glass is some of the better stuff available...especially at its price! :D
I got this lens in Okinawa back in the late '60's along with a Spotmatic (still works) with the 50mm f/1.4 and a Takumar 200mm f/4. Wish I could remember what I paid back then. I sometimes have a hard time just remembering last week.

I like using these old lenses, but the downside is manually focusing. The old Pentax has a microprism screen that made it fairly easy. I've thought about swapping the 5D's screen out, but I've read that any lens beyond f/2.8 is kinda dark in the veiwfinder.

Mark_48
05-07-2008, 04:39 PM
i've always wondered: what's with the soft focus?

It's effect that Photoshop can do. The lens supposedly has a reputation for being sharp is why I was considering it.

See the examples at the bottom of this page...
http://www.microglobe.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?pName=canon-ef-135mm-f28-soft-focus-lens

Good reviews here...
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=35&sort=7&cat=2&page=1
Hmm, a name there looks familiar....

michaelb
05-07-2008, 05:36 PM
It's effect that Photoshop can do. The lens supposedly has a reputation for being sharp is why I was considering it.
....

True, but they say that you can't quite get the same effect in PP. We should ask Peter. ;)

michaelb
05-07-2008, 05:42 PM
I got this lens in Okinawa back in the late '60's along with a Spotmatic (still works) with the 50mm f/1.4 and a Takumar 200mm f/4. Wish I could remember what I paid back then. I sometimes have a hard time just remembering last week.

I like using these old lenses, but the downside is manually focusing. The old Pentax has a microprism screen that made it fairly easy. I've thought about swapping the 5D's screen out, but I've read that any lens beyond f/2.8 is kinda dark in the veiwfinder.

I peruse the "alternative gear" forum on FM from time to time and sometimes I get the urge to pick up some old Pentax or Zeiss manual lenses to experiment with, but I haven't gone to this extreme yet.

Tonight I was doing some macro shots with the 5D outdoors in pretty crappy lighting, all MF, hand-held, and I was surprised at how well I could MF with it. The big VF definitely helps. My 5D came with the grid screen (which I really like) but it doesn't help with MF, just composition.

24Peter
05-07-2008, 05:42 PM
It's effect that Photoshop can do. The lens supposedly has a reputation for being sharp is why I was considering it.
Mark - I don't think Photoshop can do it the same way the lens does it. It's a pretty unique (yet familar) effect when done in lens. But like I said in my FM review, I never use it (though you don't have to use it a full "strength" - you can set it between 0-1 and between 1-2.)


Good reviews here...
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=35&sort=7&cat=2&page=1
Hmm, a name there looks familiar....

:D I've always liked this lens - esp. for the price. More full size samples here: http://imageevent.com/24peter/stephanieb - pics 1, 3-8 taken with 135 SF

cdifoto
05-08-2008, 09:47 AM
I got this lens in Okinawa back in the late '60's along with a Spotmatic (still works) with the 50mm f/1.4 and a Takumar 200mm f/4. Wish I could remember what I paid back then. I sometimes have a hard time just remembering last week.

I like using these old lenses, but the downside is manually focusing. The old Pentax has a microprism screen that made it fairly easy. I've thought about swapping the 5D's screen out, but I've read that any lens beyond f/2.8 is kinda dark in the veiwfinder.
I paid $100 for a Spotmatic with fresh shutter & light seals that included a 50mm f/1.4 Super-Takumar. That's the only Pentax branded screwmount lens I have, but a 135mm f/2.8 by Meyer-Optik/Pentacon "bokeh monster" is on my 1D II right now. Sadly I never seem to get around to using it in serious situations to provide true quality samples...ie interesting subject matter. I'm taking it with me to Mexico though. Hopefully I'll get a chance to use it there.

Here are a couple boring pics from yesterday.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/cdifoto/2008-05-07-0013.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/cdifoto/2008-05-07-0019.jpg