Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Back!

After mailing off my Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1 on November 10, it has returned today repaired and re-focused from DAG Camera.

Apparently it had a loose lens element, which was tightened. Then the focus was re-adjusted.

Exactly a 40-day turnaround and the total cost was $158.

I can't wait to test it out tonight. I'm ecstatic that I'll have it for Christmas and my trip to Illinois next week.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The cheap way to the moon.

While my favorite Leica lens is beign repaired, I've been getting back into my Canon AE-1 gear. Canon FD gear has gotten so cheap that I recently picked up a lot of five 2x teleconverters for under $10 on eBay.

I also found a Canon FD > Nikon converter, which I've mentioned before. I really hoped it would create a cheap way to expand my Nikon kit by allowing me to utilize a bunch of lenses I already own.

On one hand, the 50mm f1.8 and the 28mm f2.8 get usable results, but focusing is a bit tough without a prism in the viewfinder. However, I really wanted it for telephoto work since the Leica tops out at 135mm.

We had a great full moon and a clear sky last week -- a rare combination in Houston. It was also the night of the full eclipse, but unfortunately, it wasn't visible in the gulf coast region.

I went with two 2x converters, one 3x converter, and the Canon 200m f4. After the APS-C sensor crop factor, that gave me the equivalent of a 2100mm lens. Here's the result.

Moon shot

Good magnification, poor detail.

The lens in the Canon > Nikon converter really causes a lot of distortion and loss of detail. It's very disappointing.

Take a look at one of my friend's shots with a 400m f4 and a 1.4x converter.

Moon shot

Yes, he probably had a slight benefit not having to shoot through the pollution of the Houston skies, but you can tell his shot is much sharper than mine.

Now to ponder, would I get better detail and focus with a mirrorless camera that doesn't need glass in the adapter or are Canon FD lenses just not that great?

Maybe I should buy an NEX-7 to find out ...