January 10, 2019

Adapting old lenses

While home in Sweden i stumbled upon a bunch of weird old lenses. Although these lenses are bad in every single regard in comparison to modern primes, their flaws actually contribute to a more interesting image. One thing that i find lacking with modern lenses is the lack of characther. The expensive Sony lenses are virtually perfect, the image comes out clean all throughout and that turns out to be a bit boring. One lens in specific, the Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50 turned out to have a interesting profile to it. I’m not the first person to discover that old lenses take on a new life on modern sensors, realizing there’s an entire community revolvoing around using old lenses.

A shot from earlier this morning in the San Francisco morning fog:

Morning Fog

Look at the distorted edges, weird bokeh and general color rendering. It’s not great but it def has a unique profile to it.

Here it is mounted to the Sony A7 III with a K&F Concept adapter:

Meyer-Optik Görlitz Oreston 1.8 50

Two pictures which highlights the busy bokeh:

Busy Bokeh



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