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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

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

I’ve tried out few vintage lenses now and the results have always been interesting.  Vintage lenses are a fabulous way of experimenting with different focal lengths and trying new ways of shooting so I was as keen as ever to hit the streets to see what sort of images I could create.

The Soligor 28mm 2.8 is well constructed lens.  My copy had a few age related marks but nothing that affected its operation.   The focus ring was smooth to turn with a hint of resistance.  The lens also had two aperture rings one of which was a fluid ring.  Aperture range for the lens is f2.8 to f16.  Focus distance ranged from 0.45m to infinity.  Finally, the Soligor weighed in at 273g.

Partick Bridge Pipe Sto Dreaming

Throughout my test I (generally) set my camera’s ISO to 800 and worked the fluid aperture to suit each shot.  I normally shoot between f5.6 and f11 anyway so I found this set up convenient when trying out vintage lenses

Images rendered nicely with good colour but lacked contrast.  This may have been because I was shooting RAW but when I edited my shots in Lightroom after applying the Fujifilm simulations I was able to get nice results by increasing the contrast or dehaze sliders.

Rover Repair The Gorbals.jpg

The Soligor 28mm is actually quite a nice walk around lens although I have to be honest and say that I was not entirely comfortable using the 28mm focal length.  Ideally, I would prefer to shoot at 23mm and the 5mm difference really impacted how I shot.  However, this is why I enjoy testing out vintage lenses.  I can experiment with a new lens and get out of my comfort zone…  without breaking the bank.  Honestly though, I still felt 28mm was a focal length I could do without for my style of shooting.

Church Door The Gorbals.jpg

If you have used this lens or have any questions regarding it feel free to leave a comment below.

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