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Trying out a bit of limited dof here with my 40 year old Minolta 58mm f1.2 lens fitted to my Sony Nex 5 via an adaptor. Manual focus only off course and the lens weighs a ''ton'' as it is solid metal and glass,but it is good to get back to the days when you had to set the aperture and focus by turning a nice chunky metal ring !!

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-5
Lens:Minolta Rokkor MC 58mm f/1.2
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jul 2013 - 11:29 PM
Focal Length:58mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.2
Aperture:f/2
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Trying times.
Username:mikbee mikbee
Uploaded:18 Jul 2013 - 9:35 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General
Votes:54

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 1122 forum postsColleenA vcard South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 9:38 AM

OOOOHHH I like this a lot....great dof and excellent composition...tremendous capture....lucky the old lens has not turned to rustGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
18 Jul 2013 - 9:51 AM

Rust at its best - a great image Mick !!

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NDODS
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:52 AM

An interesting title, supported by a very well worked image...

Nathan

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 9:58 AM

Wow !! That was quick Colleen.Thanks very much for your award.
I am quite pleased with the result from my lens and it is straight from the camera apart from a little boost to the contrast.
However,I just know that a camera club judge would tell me I have went over the score with the blurring in Photoshop !!
Mick.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 9:58 AM

Interesting intro re. your method, Mick, and the limited focussing has worked well to concentrate the eye on the near bolt.
Fine colours and textures too.
Ronnie.

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Badgerfred
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:59 AM

Fine rusty capture Mick,
Fred.

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pascalg
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18 Jul 2013 - 10:03 AM

beautiful image!

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barbarahirst
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18 Jul 2013 - 10:17 AM

Whoah!!!!!
Love it....
Keep on experimenting ...

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morpheus1955
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18 Jul 2013 - 10:56 AM

Terrific shot Mick, excellent dof, and great textures and colours, like it a lot

Hugh

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Lillian
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18 Jul 2013 - 10:59 AM

Love the textures Mick, and the 'real' rust tones
but it is your dof used that has the magic look to this
Lillian

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nonur
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18 Jul 2013 - 11:07 AM


Quote: Love the textures Mick, and the 'real' rust tones
but it is your dof used that has the magic look to this
Lillian

I agree with Lillian.

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Joline
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18 Jul 2013 - 11:08 AM

Love those old large aperture lens....you have created a beauty of an image with this.

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wnbeat
wnbeat  829 forum posts Scotland
18 Jul 2013 - 11:10 AM

How many cameras do you own Mick !! Smile Nice old rusty pipe clip

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cats_123
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18 Jul 2013 - 11:16 AM

where metal meets plastic GrinGrinGrin

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 11:53 AM

wonderful dof mick brilliant detail and lots of belting rusty bit a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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woolybill1
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18 Jul 2013 - 12:26 PM

Don't say that you're coming round to my way of thinking about depth of field, Mick? or as I would like to call it, shallowness of field.
A prime example of what a prime lens can do. I would have expected the need for a contrast increase for digital purposes; otherwise this is crisp where it needs to be and progressively softer everywhere else. Lovely tones on this lens too.
Regards
Bill

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leontari
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18 Jul 2013 - 12:30 PM

Excellent composition, detail and dof. Amazing image.
Effrossini

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mrswoolybill
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18 Jul 2013 - 12:46 PM

There's something about solid metal, visually, tactilely if the word exists. Plastic ain't the same.
Moira

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Daisymaye
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18 Jul 2013 - 1:22 PM

This shows how old can still do the job. Great textures and wonderful dof. Very nice Mick........Sandy

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danbrann
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18 Jul 2013 - 1:39 PM

A cracker Mick just a pity you went over the score with the blurring in Photoshop...................................................... Many a good tune in an old fiddle.

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CaroleS
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18 Jul 2013 - 2:27 PM

Even though it is rusty, looks strong enough to hold up one of my Flop-a-docks there Mick.Wink
There really is something special about a prime lens!
Carole

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SlowSong
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18 Jul 2013 - 3:32 PM

Isn't it great handling old lenses. They're so solid. I love them, but the weight!!!
Nice shallow dof on this one.
Smile

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taggart
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18 Jul 2013 - 3:33 PM

SU PERB FOCUS This is a wonderful example of selective focus and limited dof!

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annettep38
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18 Jul 2013 - 4:02 PM

excellent bokeh and I remeber that lens very well, had it myself during my Minolta period. Know what I still got it only the Nikon edition the 58 1.2 nikkor. And I love it!

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WhiteRose1
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18 Jul 2013 - 4:06 PM

I'm sure I've got my old Zenit EM somewhere but I can't see me getting friendly with its chunky bits.

Dave

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fentiger
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18 Jul 2013 - 4:22 PM

Getting a bit arty Mick with creative use of DOF Wink

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canonfan
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18 Jul 2013 - 4:51 PM

I knew this was yours from the thumbnail Mick. Wonderful texture and dof
Jim

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Fefe
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18 Jul 2013 - 4:55 PM

Excellent work Mick....... Hey and I love that blur effect you have mastered in photoshopWinkWink... although you can get the same effect with a few beersGrinGrin
Diane

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TrevBatWCC
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18 Jul 2013 - 5:13 PM

Ah those were the days...think I've forgotten how to twiddle with my chunky bits! A fine bit of rust here - thought I might have found some at the railway museum yesterday, but think they've cleaned it all up....Sad
Trev Smile

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AnnChown
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18 Jul 2013 - 5:32 PM

This is very arty farty Mick - do we see subtle change on the horizon from the mikbee studio? Smile
Ann

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lifesnapper
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18 Jul 2013 - 5:40 PM

Don't think I'd want to be relying on THIS Clip to support me Mick, but makes for a great Rusty image.

John Smile

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NobbytheNobster

Nice job Mick...even with that big old clunky lens lol!

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pluckyfilly
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:00 PM

Another great find Mick

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pamelajean
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:37 PM

I'm surprised that you like a nice chunky metal ring that isn't rusty.

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Irishkate
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:58 PM

An artistic and skillful image Mick.
Good to know you still use old equipement to such good effect.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:37 PM

You and the old lens still got it, Mick.
-=\Walter

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LynneJoyce
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19 Jul 2013 - 12:00 AM

Excellent use of DOF.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 12:23 AM

Nice one Mick!!
Matt

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19 Jul 2013 - 6:46 PM

Wonderfully creamy fore- and background Mick. Did you use the focus peaking?
Rende

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Michaela_Solway
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20 Jul 2013 - 8:07 AM

Excellent DOF from the old piece of kit here Mick.. Tones really well with the rust colour. Nice comp & a bit of shadow too.. Nice work

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Humblebee
Humblebee  1 England
20 Jul 2013 - 10:16 AM

Nice when old and new come together to produce a cracking image, a good bit of rust there Mick, would this be the bottom of your aerial pole by any chance ... Carol Grin

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ChiliMan
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20 Jul 2013 - 10:46 AM

I know the feeling Grin I got a Minolta MD 50mm 1.7 a few weeks back for my E-PL3. I'd forgotten the weight of old lenses! Although I doubt mine is as heavy as yours. But the MD to M4/3 adapter is metal too so that adds some more! It's oh-so-nice using that lens, though.

Well done on your 40 year old lens being in such good condition. You've looked after it well Smile

Lovely sharpness you've got with it wide open, I have to say. Well impressed, Mick.

Glad it's just an old lens and not a rusty old lens Wink

Andrew

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24 Jul 2013 - 4:13 AM

Hi Mick!
This one has plenty of sur-rusterealism in my view! Just great! Grin
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