Just playing around: new lens

I got a "new" camera lens yesterday. As you might remember I use a few vintage camera lenses, and this one fits under that same description. My stepson found it and another lens in a dumpster at work, so it was a freebie.


I was eager to see how it works with my camera and compares to my other lenses, so I spent some time just screwing around taking photos of the front garden. Some are through the window and some are after I stepped out onto the porch. Still, there's no real theme to what I photographed so just remember "lazy lens test" as you view them.

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This seems to be a good lens for bright conditions:


The birds were busy at the feeder, so I tried to get some decent photos:


The cardinals are so ugly at this time of year! Molting I presume...



On to more plant photos..

The Hibiscus lasiocarpos goes to seed so quickly!





And just playing around:



The verdict?


It seems to be relatively sharp and has good color, but it's not perfect. There is some visible chromatic aberration and I'm not sure yet how it works in all conditions. There is also a little mechanical problem with it: the focusing ring is quite difficult to move at times. In fact I originally thought that it was frozen in place but I got it to start moving.

I'm eager to do more testing, but I like it -- especially since it cost me nothing!

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Anna K  – (August 17, 2016 at 3:40 PM)  

Oh, what a nice find! Especially love the Colocasia shot!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (August 18, 2016 at 11:43 AM)  

Hey, for what it cost you, it's pretty damn perfect.

And BTW, who throws lenses in a dumpster?

Alan  – (August 18, 2016 at 1:48 PM)  

Gerhard: I accidentally disassembled the lens more than I wanted to (and learned how the aperture works!) and saw that this lens was dropped at one time. No glass issue but the focus ring is bent, which makes it difficult or impossible to turn. THAT is why it's in the dumpster. :)

Peter/Outlaw  – (August 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM)  

Looks like it's working well for you and you can't beat the price!

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