More 7-Arting

…this time, in colour.

Strangely, the lens is not coincident at infinity on any of my film bodies, but there doesn’t seem to be a problem, even at f/1.4 (#7 is a bit out, but I chalk it up to motion…) Perhaps I am not shooting it far enough away;

In any case, I have performed zero adjustments from factory spec.  Also–I cannot seem to get it to flare.  It seems to “veil” slightly on occasion, but no fancy rings or patterns.

Compendium 24 – Zooming In

Most of these were taken on my top-secret new-old lens (Summicron 90mm Pre-Asph E55) which I had once but wrongly sold, bought again but then returned (mis-calibrated) and finally managed to find again in good condition at a reasonable deal…just CLA’d by Leica and “Optimized for Digital” nonetheless! (whatever that means…)

So I shot it on film.  😂

HP5+ pushed to ISO 800 and developed in D76.

Compendium 22 – A Galaxy Far Away

Found a half-shot roll from the summer sitting in the F100, and finished it today.

The first 8 are on Kodak Gold, shot on the MP.  The next 17 are on Agfa Vista 200 from the F100 (as an aside, the 50/1.4G is hugely underrated on film) and Agfa Vista 200 just might be my “forever desert island outside film”–too bad it too has been discontinued.

Anyway, if you hadn’t already done the math, the title refers to the galaxies apart that the summer and the winter now seem…

Compendium 20 – Who Doesn’t Like Superia??

This is Superia 800, which, to my knowledge, I have never shot with.  (Though I admit, I could certainly be wrong…) That being said, I definitely be orderin’ me some more of THAT.

This is also that crappy ‘ole Canon LTM lens, with a right-proper Kindai/Rayqual adapter…which was not cheap, but certainly lives up to the price.  I am definitely liking the lens a lot more than I should, considering the age and price…

I mean it only has, like, FULL STOPS! (…like what is that??)

Anyway, a lot of randomness here, but I hope you enjoy.

Maybe old habits should die…

Eventually I found myself without an LTM lens…which meant I couldn’t shoot the Canon IVSb.

There is something very “Little House on the Prairie” about shooting that camera–Even though I never liked the show, I found myself drawn back to the whole experience.  (It seemed a shame to let it sit there without a lens…especially since Youxin had CLA’d it and changed the shutter curtains).

Therefore, after a little bit of research, I found a Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM lens which I ordered from E-bay.  As luck would have it, it arrived at exactly the same time as an off-brand LTM adapter (K&F Concept) that I had also ordered.

Unfortunately, with the crappy adapter, the lens was out at infinity on the M9 and MP.

Undeterred, I threw it on the Canon, and got to shooting.

This is Rollei Retro 400S (which I have never shot before) pushed to ISO 800 (which apparently no one has EVER done, as I had to make up times…) and developed in D76.

The first thing I noticed, was how DIM and finicky the IVSb rangefinder seemed.    (Why do I even LIKE shooting with it??)  The first five photos were taken with that particular setup.  Mid-roll, I just couldn’t take it any more, and loaded the half-finished roll into the MP instead.  Despite the poor quality adapter, results seemed reasonable–even at f/1.4.

Anyway, I kind of like the rendering of the lens, so now I’m sort of torn at what to do (the aperture and focus rings are rather stiff, despite the perfect glass…) Have it CLA’d?  Buy a new adapter?

Regardless, it seems as though the IVSb should probably be left for what it is:  An intriguing historical relic who’s time has probably passed…

Just like my eyesight.