Wednesday, January 8, 2014

'Top Gun' pilot with a tilt lens.

Using a tilt lens for a portrait may give interesting results, as it can isolate the eyes in focus, even if not parallel to the camera.

One problem is that available tilt lenses for 35mm are on the short focal length, up to 85mm from Nikon, and that may not be too kind to a full face shot.

I found a good deal for an old Hasselblad Macro 120mm f/4 Zeiss Makro-Planar, which can be used as a tilt/shift lens with one of these adapters,, and others. The macro lens is terrific, and 120mm allows for a nice perspective in a head shot. A similar optical solution is provided at a much higher cost by, which I understand uses the same lens.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Using the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH with the Sony A7r

On the plus side:
  • I love to be able to frame. The Noctilux blocks a substantial part of the right side of the viewfinder in the Leica rangefinders, and I like to see what I picture.
  • Focusing is now really easy with the magnification of the electronic viewfinder. My rate of keepers has suddenly raised exponentially.
  • The 1/8000 shutter speed, that is one stop more than the 1/4000 that the Leica rangefinders offer.
  • The camera is just the height of the lens, so it nicely lays flat. No more falling to the lens side when you leave it on a table.
On the minus side:
  • The electronic viewfinder does not quite get it in very bright days, but I can live with it.