Manual lens nirvana

Manual lens nirvana

Still fooling around and getting to grips with my new camera, but one of the things that I have found that is an absolute pleasure is how easy it makes shooting with a vintage, manual focus lens!

Here is is with my Ukrainian 58mm Helios 44-2 (using a very clever adapter that doubles as an extension tube, so with a twist it can take some awesome macro shots too), and due to the fact that the stabilization is in the body (rather than in the lens, as it was with my Canon) it gives this antique lens a totally new life 🙂 Add to that the fact that I can zoom right in in the viewfinder at the touch of a button to confirm focus, and that you can also turn on “focus peaking” that puts a colored highlight around the edges when you are dead on focus, and it’s just awesome.

The three pictures below are all handheld, taken in natural (low) light, and pretty much right out of the camera, no tweaking or noise reduction or anything in Lightroom- nothing more than converted from RAW:

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