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How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

The small, light and responsive Jupiter-8 was a joy to use.  I found it tremendously tactile with smooth and responsive focus and aperture rings.  It may not be the sharpest lens but the colour reproduction was lovely, most notably when applying the Velvia film simulation. Interestingly, Velvia is rarely my film simulation of choice.

More information on the various Jupter-8 lens can be found at Soviet Cams

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.

The walls of Dalmarnock water treatment works are adorned with some great graffiti [XT2 / Velvia]

The walls of Dalmarnock water treatment works are adorned with some great graffiti
[XT2 / Velvia]

Graffiti on the old Dalmarnock railway bridge [XT2 / Velvia]

Graffiti on the old Dalmarnock railway bridge
[XT2 / Velvia]

Dalmarnock Bridge [XT2 / Velvia]

Dalmarnock Bridge
[XT2 / Velvia]

New housing being constructed in Dalmarnock [XT2 / Acros]

New housing being constructed in Dalmarnock
[XT2 / Acros]

Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

The Soligor 135mm 3.5 is an unusual focal length for me. I have been keen to try out this focal length to take architecture and abstract shots when in the city.  Here are a few sample shots I took over a couple of days ambling around in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Looking out over Waverley Station toward the Old Town [XT2 / Provia]

Looking out over Waverley Station toward the Old Town
[XT2 / Provia]

Edinburgh rooftops [XT2 / Acros+R]

Edinburgh rooftops
[XT2 / Acros+R]

Riverboat Casino [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Riverboat Casino
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Love locks [XT"2 / Acros+G]

Love locks
[XT"2 / Acros+G]

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.

You can discover in depth information about the Soligor 135mm 3.5 at PentaxForums.com

Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

The Industar 50mm 2 f3.5 is an unusual looking little lens but with a bit of delectate handling you can create some very interesting shots. There are barrel loads of these for sale on eBay and they can be snapped up very cheaply.

Bridges spanning the river Clyde in central Glasgow [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Bridges spanning the river Clyde in central Glasgow
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Mooring bollard [XT2 / Acros]

Mooring bollard
[XT2 / Acros]

Reflections at Glasgow Transport Museum [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Reflections at Glasgow Transport Museum
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Mooring bollard numer 70 [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Mooring bollard numer 70
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

You can discover in depth information about this lens at PentaxForums.com

Break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness and learn to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

I am starting to really enjoy trying out these vintage lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2.  The ability to easily pick up a lot of vintage lenses very cheaply means I can experiment with various focal lengths without forking out a fortune each time I want a new lens.  I managed to pick up the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8 for about £20, so even if I tried the lens and hated it I could easily sell it on again with minimal loss.  Hopefully.

Abstract photography Science Centre Glasgow.jpg

I actually bought the lens on eBay a few months but just never got round to using it until recently.  It is a pretty decent copy with no obvious marks on the lens elements.  As expected the Chinon is a wee bit heavier than my modern Fujifilm primes but no real issue.  The aperture ring is nice and clicky so it was simple to select whatever aperture I needed.  The focus ring is also very smooth and worked well.

What I love about using vintage lenses is that they free me from the tyranny of perfect sharpness – certainly with cheaper lenses like this I will not achieve that anyway – but I find this means I am more willing to experiment with composition, textures, blur and abstraction.  I have also found myself shooting far more black and white photography (as I am sure you will be able to tell from the sample photos).

Textures on gravestone at Necropolis.jpg

I have only taken this lens out to use on two occasions but what struck me immediately was how awkward it felt using the 35mm focal length.  Most of my photography is taken at 23mm or below so 35mm just felt a bit off.  It took me at least 30 minutes before I felt I was ‘seeing’ properly with the lens.  This another reason I like trying out these lens as I can take myself out of my comfort zone by using focal lengths that I do not normally use.

The Auto Chinon is a nice lens.  For me, it worked especially well as a black and white lens.  The tonal range seemed pretty good to my eyes although it did lack contrast.  It also seemed to work very well in conjunction with Acros film simulations on the X-T2.  Colours were not particularly vibrant, although to be perfectly honest on both occasions the weather was dull and overcast meaning there was a dearth of colour available anyway.  At a price of around £20 the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8 is a lens that is definitely worth seeking out.

Glasgow Science Centre exterior.jpg

If you any questions or comments regarding this lens please comment below.

For more information about the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8 click here.