This evening I was training to use my old lens (Tair-11A, [email protected]). And my object was a bunch of gerberas. I found that if you calculate an exposition correctly taking in account depth of field and then use a live view mode of the camera you can use manual focusing not very bad.
This image was done with F5.6 from 2 meters to the object and then postprocessed in PhotoShop.
Long time ago my father and then me used a camera made in USSR, with name of “Zenit”. That camera works with 35mm film and uses replaceable lenses. Now, when I’m using a digital camera we completely forgot about that old camera. Once I tried to use lenses from it with my Canon 400D but then I dropped that idea.. This weekend I was thinking about the wide-angle lenses and making search in Google. My investigation shown me (I knew that beforehand) that wide-angle and tele-lenses are too expensive for me now.. and I recalled that I could use old lenses from USSR.. So, I’ve found my fix lens that is “Tair 11-A”, 135mm, F2.8.
Today we went to a photo market where you can buy many old photo stuffs and I bought an adapter to connect my Tair (M-42 connector) to my Canon 600D. That fitted fine! The only thing is that there is no auto-focus and all settings are manual (but I do my settings manually anyway.. except focusing). I played with this and recalled how I used this lens before :) And I can say that the result is not bad. You can check it yourself.
The following photos made with ISO 800. The first image made from hands, and the second made using a tripod. Then I made a simple post-processing in Photoshop.