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Old Jul 30, 2011, 1:00 PM   #1
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Default Minolta 58mm 1.4 + Nex

Sample shot wide open 58 1.4
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Evening shot, 58 1.4
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The third, which I left as an attached image (origially the first shot) probably shows some drawbacks. Slight focus errors, especially when close to subject, show up easy.
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 2:13 PM   #2
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Cute kid. Good composition. Great DOF. But, the child seems a little bit out of focus... So, maybe don't have it completely wide open..?
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Correct about that. These first 2 images would be better around f1.7. However, mainly posting to show what the "old glass" can do. I do like the background at wide open especially second image (girl), which may have been "lost" by f2.0. Lens cost me under $15, and needed some cleaning. One reason for getting the NEX was: The "lack of mirror" leaves room for 100s of lenses to be adapted with full focal range. These 35mm lenses have no "dark or distorted corner" of any kind, as only the center of glass is being used. I think they are worth the extra weight.

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Old Jul 30, 2011, 2:46 PM   #4
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Ah, I see! Well, thank you for the examples! I really do like BOTH backgrounds. The DOF is great.

You certainly can't beat the price and flexibility!

Thanks for the info!
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 5:21 PM   #5
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These next shots show lens performace at different f stops
Note f 1.4 is too bright in todays sunshine even at 1/4000, and would need a filter to stop down the light, which I did not attach.

Flower at F1.4. Washed out even at 1/4000.
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Flower at f2. Note increasing sharpness of leaf top right, and slight loss of background defocus, but stll not bad.
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Flower at F8. Pretty much an ordinary lens by now.
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Flower at f16.
Note this lens still has some depth of field and cannot stop down any more.
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Perhaps to conclude this post, the portraits in the first post were in low light (under cover of trees, and at an evening event). Due to the high sensitivity of NEX (will not go below ISO 200), oddly this lens is a bit of a challenge in daylight.
Good thing: almost never needs flash, so no red eye!

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Old Jul 30, 2011, 6:33 PM   #6
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This additional shot shows what can be done in a dim restaurant, no flash.
I believe set at f1.4 again.
Ideally many photos taken with this lens should be from further away, but the location does not always allow.
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Some notes about my experience with this, also applying to other manual lenses.
First of all. It's a lot of fun to have that extra versitility.
But:
No "steady shot". No "Auto Focus". No "Auto aperture". Phew!
Also: some newer glass may be "sharper", and defininately lighter.
At least the camera can detect light level, and set shutter for you.
Need to practice, otherwise it takes longer than you think to compose a shot.
Some issues: using a wide open (such as this 1.4): If you use the "manual zoom focus assist", then you could be fooled. The nose may be in focus, but not the shirt.
Unless it is a building you are taking, you don't have to time to move the "zoom focus" area around, so:
Need to "stop down 1" to be sure of focus sometimes. Need to set a faster shot, because it is "old school hand held".
I don't think I've mastered it all yet, but you just can get these shots with any E mount lens.
I'd say: go for the adapters and lenses (cheap, old) and have fun.
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