Friday, 31 May 2013

Shots From Today Using A Pentacon 50mm F1.8

Not the sharpest lens wide but does have a unique look. Also some swirly bokeh if done correctly.

Fly 'N' Web It Doesn't Smell Sun Bathing 2Eye bobby Bokeh Golden Flower Having A Rest Library Entrance MG Midget

Monday, 27 May 2013

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Friday, 24 May 2013

Gilbert The Lhasa

Gilbert The Lhasa by Martin Pearman

Lhasa Apso Named Gilbert


Well I've added Pinterest to my list of social sites to keep up to date. I guess its just a couple of clicks on the mouse to add stuff to it, but I've I'm serious about blogging and photography then I guess it's a must.

You can find my Pinterest boards here

A Post here wouldn't be any good if I didn't post my latest images.

zorki in hand i spy birds

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Assorted Edits

watch and wait 



canal loch 

brooding landscape 
Click the Panoramas to take you to the Lightbox version on Flickr
Panorama YSP 2013

Panorama YSP 2013

Lens Comparison

From a Fuji to a Pentacon lens. Below are shots taken from a tripod of the same subject focusing on the stuffed cat with natural lighting. All lenses were shot using their widest aperture and also an aperture of F5.6. the Fuji lens was the 18mm-55mm zoom so I set it to 55mm.

Carl Zeiss Jenna - Tressar 50mm

Lens Test Zeiss F5.6
Lens Test Zeiss F2.8

Super-Takumer 55mm
Lens Test Super-Takumer F5.6
Lens Test Super-Takumer F1.8

Pentax-M SMC 50mm

Lens Test Pentax F5.6
Lens Test Pentax F1.7

Pentacon MC 50mm

Lens Test Pentacon F5.6

Lens Test Pentacon F1.8

Fuji FX 18-55mm

Lens Test Fuji F5.6

Lens Test Fuji F4.0

Auto Chinon 28mm

Lens Test Auto Chinon F5.6

Lens Test Auto Chinon F2.8

Here is a link to the JPEG (in B&W) straight out of the camera the ZIP file is 38.3MB
Here is a link to the RAF (in Colour) straight out of the camera the ZIP file is 245.1MB

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Zorki has landed

My Zorki 4K has arrived. I purchased it and it was posted out. I wasn't in yesterday to receive it so I had to have it picked up for me today. What a lovely thing it is too. I cant wait to start using it.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Super Takumer 55mm F1.8 On A Fuji X-E1 - 1st Impressions

As promised here is a small 1st look at a new lens I acquired today.

The lens is a Asahi Pentax Super Takumer 55mm F1.8, I bought it today from a guy selling a Asahi Pentax ACHO SV. He apparently bought it over in Japan while working in the military. I knew I needed the lens to play on my Fuji.

Its a very attractive lens and has an all metal construction, the focus ring and aperture ring don't have any rubber just cold hard metal. Both rings rotate smoothly and the aperture ring clicks in to place nicely, but I feel that the selection isn't secure and if knocked it could change the F-stop.

The lens has some weight behind it but doesn't feel too out of balance when mounted to the Fuji. The paint on the outer is still much intact and only slight ware. The three small grub screws holding the DOF and aperture markings plate are slightly rusty. If I get the chance I may try and get replacements.

The glass elements of the lens seem to be in pretty good condition despite it's age, but closer inspection of the rear element there are signs of heavy fungus. I wasn't sure what kind of impact this would have on images quality but you will see.

Now I need to add a disclaimer, I'm not a pro photographer and I'm not interested in technical values etc. I just want to enjoy taking images. This is also about a cheap bit of glass, not a £500+ lens.


This images was shot at ISO3200 to see how well the light comes through the lens. I've found that with older lenses and new bodies that can reach crazy ISO's the noise created can be quite high. Sometimes I like it and in this instance its quite interesting.


This shot was done to test slow shutter speeds on how low I can go with the aperture wide open and poor light. Again it was ok but I don't think this will handle people in poor lighting especially if they're moving.


This is more like it, now to the meat and potatoes of the lens. Shot at ISO400, 1/250th and F5.6. The resolution of the lens in the center is cracking and the contrast is lovely.

Holly Bush

The colour on offer is fantastic and even at F5.6 the Bokeh is nice, albeit hexagonal.

Fstop test

This next shot shows the softness of the lens wide open. I guess this is the limit.


I think that I'll have fun using this lens. For those who want to know I'm using a PK-FX adapter I got from Amazon and an adapter ring from PK to M42 screw mount. I actually am going to buy a dedicated adapter for the M42 and M39 possibly.

Hope you enjoyed the read and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.