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2019

An afternoon walk, 25th June.

Another afternoon walk after physiotherapy in the morning and another opportunity to test an old film camera lens adapted to fit a mirrorless digital camera.

This time it was a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lens I purchased used in the 1970s. The lens has had a hard life, in the late 1980s it spend several springs attached to the back of various nestboxes while I documented the nesting cycles of various bird species. As a result it feels as if it could fall apart each time I use it.

A Bracken frond with the lens wide open at f/1.9. The out of focus dirt and rocks under the frond have an interesting rendering with the wide open lens.

Bracken frond with an adapted lens from the 1970s.

Orange Lichen and green moss on a boulder with the lens wide open again I think. I tried to keep the aperture wide open as much as possible on the walk but as it’s an adapted lens there’s no communication with the camera so no lens settings are recorded.

Green moss and orange Lichen.

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Flower

I have recently been experimenting with adapting various lenses to a mirrorless camera. This isn’t the first time I have tested old film camera lenses on a modern digital camera. Six years ago I tested a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lens that I have owned since the late 1970s. It was used when I got it so I don’t know how old it actually is and it’s now so worn that it feels like it could fall apart each time I use it.

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Flower. An Echinacea (Coneflower) flower photographed with the old Vivitar 35mm lens. I rather like the way the lens renders the out of focus flowers in the background.

Echinacea flower.

For comparison, a Coneflower photographed with a modern 50mm macro lens a couple of years ago.

Echinacea or Coneflower.

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Coneflower.

A Coneflower, also known as Echinacea. A rather attractive flower that I overlooked in the past.

Taken 5 years ago with a (relatively) modern digital camera and a vintage lens. The lens is a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 that I picked up used when I was a photography student in the late 1970s. Eventually I replaced it with a much smaller and lighter f/2.8 model.

The Vivitar 35mm didn’t get retired for a few more years. It was the lens I attached to the nest boxes I used to document the nesting cycle of various species in the mid and late 1980s. It was retired after that although I kept it around for a couple of reasons. Firstly as a backup should anything nasty happen to my f/2.8 model. Secondly, having purchased it used and with the rubber grip on the focusing ring having disappeared it wasn’t worth very much.

Five or six years ago I rounded up all my manual focus lenses from the film era to try them on a digital camera. I rather liked the way the ancient Vivitar renders backgrounds (sometimes, other times the backgrounds can be quite ugly) so it found a place in my manual focus prime lens kit. When I’m feeling particularly retro I leave the modern zoom lenses at home and take a small bag containing three or four manual focus prime lenses. Basically going back to the way I shot film as a student.

Echinacea flower.