Some thoughts about adapting legacy lenses (Part 1)

Some thoughts about adapting legacy lenses (Part 1)

Mirrorless system cameras like the G series from Panasonic or the Olympus PEN series save the heavy and bulky mirrors and bring the lens mount closer to the focal place, which not only makes the system lenses smaller than their DSLR counterparts – it also leaves room for adapters for all kinds of classic DSLR lenses. Therefore, there is a huge choice of lenses available on eBay, mostly used and very cheap. Of course these lenses must, when adapted, be focused manually, and also the aperture cannot be adjusted by the camera, but the manual aperture and focus rings feel great to the hands of enthusiast – it is fun and a pleasure to turn them.

These lenses – especially when we talk about primes – are small, often very sharp and fast. Doesn’t this sound great? Couldn’t these lenses fill the gaps of fast primes that are left in the lens line-up of Sony (NEX), Panasonic and Olympus (Micro FourThirds)? Fast, sharp primes for very little money? Sweet!

But…

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Struggling with composition

Struggling with composition

The photo below is certainly interesting because of the gorgeous colors of the wooden shed and the flowers in front of it. We have cyan, magenta and green in the same image. The door, the flower pot and the grill hanging from the wall form a diagonal – not bad for an interesting composition. Nevertheless, I think the image doesn’t quite take off. Something is wrong, something is missing, and something is too much.

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A night and a day on the streets in Bern with the Fuji X100

A night and a day on the streets in Bern with the Fuji X100

This weekend I had the opportunity to take the Fuxi X100 out on a photo safari in Bern. Some of the phots were taken at night (after 11 pm) in the station, some on a very warm and sunny afternoon in Bern. I was positively surprised that a relatively large fraction of the shots were quite usable, at least from the technical point of view (sharpness, noise,…). Speaking of noise: the Fuxi X100 virtually has no visible noise up to ISO 3200. I was again amazed by its low light performance.
 
[ There’s someone behind you, watching ]
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Square or qeer: the 1:1 aspect ratio

Square or qeer: the 1:1 aspect ratio

Michael Freeman, a respected authority for composition in photography, writes in his book

Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos [affiliate]

about the square format that “you need a very good reason to choose THIS format over portait or landscape”. There is a danger that square photos can look boring, unattractive (though harmonic and peaceful).
However, viewing conventions can change and actually DID change recently.

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Street photography with the Fujifilm Finepix X100

Street photography with the Fujifilm Finepix X100

{If you would like to use any of my photos, please consider them as published under the “creative commons” licence (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons for details). In short: you may use any of these photos as long as you do not charge for them, and you have to mention my name as the owner/author in a clearly visible way. In simple words: feel free to use, but give credit and don’t steel.

Time.Captured. (Karsten Seiferlin)}

 

 

// Locarno, Piazza Grande //
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Some Instagram Fun

Some Instagram Fun

 

When Instagram appeared in the Appstore for iOS, I downloaded it, played with it, and deleted it. Later I downloaded it again, kept it, but hardly used it. I simply didn’t get it. Recently I developed more and more affection for it – to a big extent because of social interactions. Instagram was able to suggest me a few possible contacts which, to my surprise, all had a certain style of photography that was similar to mine, or, at least, to my taste. I started following a few contacts, they started following me. I “liked” their photos, they “liked” mine. A lot like with Flickr but faster and on the go.

OK, here are some of my instagrams (you can find all of them when using instagram: look for user timecaptured):

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