Spot the Wild Goose...

By HobbitDave
Sunset over Exmoor.

One more taken yesterday evening with a 1970s Helios 58mm f2 manual focus lens (which obediently focuses to infinity on a DSLR - quite a few older lenses won't. For 10 off the big auction site in the sky, these lenses are well worth playing around with. They came as standard with the Russian Zenith (or Zenit) cameras of the 70s and 80s, of which many thousands were made.
Cheap 'n cheerful, but fun.

If you do go down this road and try one of these lenses on a DSLR, be aware that unlike Zeiss Flektogon or Zeiss Sonnar of the same era, the little protruding pin that locks the lens onto manual focus is too wide to be held in by the DSLR adapter, and you'll have to find your own way of keeping it pressed in. My way involved superglue, which sounds drastic, but is very effective using a very small amount, and doesn't damage the lens at all. Do this very carefully though, and remember that you didn't read this method here Wink

Best to all,


Thanks so much to Christina (EPZ CCB) for her generous award. It is really appreciated!

Tags: Sunset Night Exmoor Landscape and travel Wild goose

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Jan 2012 10:57AM
Glorious tones in the sky, Dave, I remember the wonderful sunsets over Exmoor so well. Spotted the goose, too Smile Carol

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14 Jan 2012 10:59AM

Quote:Glorious tones in the sky, Dave, I remember the wonderful sunsets over Exmoor so well. Spotted the goose, too Smile Carol
Your old stomping ground, Carol; this one should be for you I think Wink
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Jan 2012 11:12AM
Fabulous sky colours through that tracery of branches and twigs, and yes, I think I have spotted you know what.
14 Jan 2012 11:31AM
Nice one, Ronnie. Someone here just said 'That's a funny name to call a Wild Goose'. How they think of things like that at this hour of the morning makes you wonder Wink
14 Jan 2012 11:42AM
Great result.


Had a couple of Zeniths (built like a tank) about 40 years ago. Still got one of these lenses, must use it more often.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 11:45AM
great sky and the goose adds a little to the pictureWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Jan 2012 12:54PM
A gorgeous sunset Dave, I've managed to spot the goose and I like that coloured sky
gloccy 7 Scotland
14 Jan 2012 1:00PM
spotted it. great colours

14 Jan 2012 2:41PM
Love the colour Dave.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 5:30PM
I've spotted it Dave, even though there were major distractions like the gorgeous sky colours and the enchanting silhouettes.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
14 Jan 2012 6:41PM
Beautiful silhouettes against that gorgeous sky. Found the goose too Grin. Moira
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
14 Jan 2012 8:19PM
Absolutely beautiful! PattiSmile
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
15 Jan 2012 12:29AM
Wow, Dave! One of your best! Breathtaking color and love the lacy trees and the bird!!!
mars 10 England
15 Jan 2012 6:59PM
Beautiful red sky at night....and what a lovely day followed !


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