Rainy day lens tests

So I bought one of those Chinese adapaters to allow me to use my old Minolta glass on my Fuji DSLR. It’s got a glass element in it to allow infinity focus, which is also it’s weak link, but I decidd to have a play and see what could be achieved.

On the drawing board

If you can control the lighting it’s actually really rather good when coupled with a Rokkor MC 58mm f1.4 PF lens. It gives a really nice soft dreamy focus – but what is really incredible is despite this softness, it actually outresolves Nikon’s own 50mm and 35mm DX f1.8 lenses! Crazy!

I suppose I shouldn’t really be surprised, I’ve long held Minolta lenses in very high esteem and Nikkors, well not so much.

There is of course a downside. It seems that my beloved 45mm f2 does not work well on this adaptor. It was my favourite lens on m4/3, being ultra sharp and having a wonderful 3D endering. Unfortunately when limited by Chinese milk bottle glass it loses all it’s magic.

Neither lens performs exceptionally in strong light with wide aperture, thanks to the colours bleeding quite badly, but sticking to high key type stuff the 58mm should find a few uses – and it’s still infinitely preferable to a Nikkor 50mm!

On the drawing board II

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Suprise Result: 10 year old Ferrania FG200

A while back I discovered some unused Bonusprint and Truprint films in a cupboard. Now this household last usd this sort of company at least 10 years ago, and these films have most likely been in the cupboard for longer than this. This is I should add, a cupboard in the Welsh dresser that sits next to the oil fired stove in my parents’ house. It’s warm. Curious to see just how a film can survive under challenging storage confitions, I loaded it in my OM2 and headed off up Dinorwig over 2 trips, with Fuji 160S and Ektar in the OM4 for comparison.

I may have been giggling to myself somewhat every time I threw the advance lever, but I need not have been so rash. The results came back today and you know what? I actually uite like it!

Why? Because it’s fun! It makes everything look like a still from an 80s movie, it has very strong shades of straw and subtle blues but very muted reds. I like it for some things, and I hope I can find some more For example I’d been watching the film ‘Patagonia’ and was very impressed by the colours used. (Fuji Daylight balanced moton picture stock in 16mm if you need to know). I’d wanted to create something big and open looking – and by chance one of my FG200 shots fits the bill!

Here are some comparisons:

FG200 vs 160S

Y Ceiliog brown Y Ceiliog Gwyrdd
The Welsh Prairie Welsh Prairie II (160S)

FG200 vs Ektar:

Garrett Inclines Garrett Inclines II (Ektar)
Pen Garrett Pen Garrett II (Ektar)

For some things, I can certianly see the benefit in using the tobacco pallette of the FG200.