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Meyer-Optik Lydith 3.5/30

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Forum' started by Michael Teresko, May 19, 2017.

  1. Michael Teresko

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    I read good things about this lens and I liked the images I saw online. I'm really pleased with the handful of shots I took today. It's kind of an unusual focal length that I think will work for me.
     
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    I just looked up some pictures of it. How does it handle?
     
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    I have one of these! It used to belong to the dear @denis.lincoln. I believe I still need to send him some $ because I love this lens. I haven't used it much on my Fuji recently, mostly because I'm shooting much more 35mm film than digital, but it's a gem. A tad slow at f/3.5, and my copy is a little stiff to focus, but it renders beautifully - lots of contrast and rich colors and a charming vignetting effect in certain situations. It also does the "swirl" which the Helios is known for, though I have yet to be able to replicate the effect with any regularity.

    I can dig up a couple shots, hang on...

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    Those were on FF, so the perspective is a tad different, but you get the idea. I need to break this lens out more often, I just realized how many of my favorite shots were taken with it!
     
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    It's handling is a little funny too. Aperture adjustment has no detents, and it's forward of the focus ring.
     
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    Yes, it's a bit tricky. The idea is, that if you pull the ring outward it moves freely, then you lock it into whatever aperture you want. That way, you focus wide open, then turn the ring to whatever you've locked it at without having to take your eye from the viewfinder. If it's set to f/22, you effectively have a "stepless" setup for the whole gamut. I usually lock it around f/8ish. Practice with it a bit and you'll be able to estimate which aperture you are at. Definitely awkward at first!!
     
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    AKA a "pre set aperture"
     
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    Ok...I'll bite.
    What exactly is the object in your photograph? It looks like something that would be spinning and smashing careless players to bits in some video game level.
     
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    Thanks! I didn't pick up on that function at all.

    It's art. Here's another one from the same place. There are several large scale sculptures at this site in West Oakland.
    [​IMG]
     
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    denis.lincoln Apartment Smells of Rich Mahogany

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    Ahh I know this spot. Some excellent art both outside and inside the American Steel building. :)

    @imagesfromobjects keep your money! :)
     
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