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Old Nov 27, 2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default e-pl1 & $2 flea market lens.

I picked up a canon fd 28mm, f 2.8 lens for a haggled price of $2 at a roadside flea market about a month ago. It was covered ,glass & all, with some sort of sticky film & lots of dust. I thought I would try my hand at bringing it back to life just for fun but didn't expect much. after a thorough cleaning discovered there was not 1 mark on the glass nor was any mold or haze visible in the lens. I already have this lens from my own old fd kit, & had already purchased the fotodiox fd/m43 adapter, so I knew it would be an easy mount to the pl1.
Took it out yesterday afternoon to do some heavy neutral density filter shots, using B+W 10 stop nd filter, & as light dropped Tiffen titanium 4 stop nd filter. Following is some resulting shots from the $2 lens.

And finally a simple Mono coversion.

IMHO not a bad investment for $2 & a little dish soap & water.
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 4:58 PM   #2
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Hi Charles,

I luv stories like this. It doesn't happen often, but when something like that happens to me, I feel like I've just hit the lottery.

By the way, these images are just beautiful. I love the detail and the fact that you slowed the shutter to smooth out the water really works well here.
As effective as black & white images can be, I actually prefer the natural (gray) images here, as the color makes more of an impact.

Good for you.


So you want to be a better photographer? Open your eyes and take a look at what is all around you.
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 6:08 PM   #3
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Good Deal Charles, can't beat that.

What is it with the $2 bargains that you and Gary T are getting? Gary just posted that he got a negative and slide scanner for $2 bucks at the Goodwill store.
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 6:12 PM   #4
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id love to find deals like this
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 11:33 PM   #5
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Yeah it was a good deal, my girlfriend collects old McCoy pottery so the past 5 years or so we have spent a lot of time in antique shops & roadside sales of different sorts, back when we first started doing this I used to see old legacy lenses for ridiculously low prices but was never to interested in them. Then I got the pen,& seen how usable they are for no critical images & to have fun with. But now that I am interested in some of the old glass, technology has brought the internet to the antique shops & roadside bazaars, so the sellers have naturally drove the prices up since the demand for this old glass has went up. Could really kick myself in the butt for not picking up some of the glass I had seen & just wrote off.
Zig, I agree with you on the color, I still prefer color over B&W on most of my images but every once in a while, I just do a simple conversion to see what it looks like.
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What a good story and nice images... !
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