Probably the most well-known iconic figure in the Photographer’s Gallery
must be the guy always sitting there, Alan. —– In this occasion, he was
captured by the Toy camera lens, costed less than £2. —– Still,
considering its humble origin, the photo here wasn’t too bad isn’t it.
Or, I would say, the quality and the quite present softness is superb.
(Did you noticed, there was no focased point or deapth of field kind
on the picture = because the lens was omnifocas.)
But, the rest of images here were taken by my Pinhole-machine. 😀
About the info’ of what they are doing now = see their website please.
This is not my jurnalistc report but the shadow, what I saw there
and how I responded.
MMMMMMMMMMM (sometime, I keep my mouth shut)
Image here was made by a Tri-color Pinhole which I could mount on
A7 camera through Nikon to EOS and EOS to E mount adapter.
(What a hustle ! I’ll tell you later.)
During all those hustle, what I found were — (though they may not
necessary useful to you.) 😀
1) You can use Pentax-K lens cap on Nikon lens. (Photo Left)
2) Likewise, the same Pentax-K lens cap will fit to the Sony
E-mount lens. (Photo Middle)
3) Sony E-mount body cap will fit to the Nikon body. (Photo Right)
4) The adapter, EOS to E mount I got from Ebay (about £5 or so) had
a trouble — as their spring was too wide and obstructing the lens
bottom goes into = I needed to file-down the width of those 3 springs
(where I marked in Red on the photo Right = see enlarged)
= If you found the same trouble, you need to do the same — or buy
another, more expensive one. :-D
(Think, why it was cheap = being difective, it became a deadstock and
sold as a scrap. Then, Chinese guy made a Net business to sell away
= how many customer sending back and claim a money back which
would cost even more, and even the address may not exists.) 😀
5) Nikon G to EOS adapter sold on the Net, the rotating lever may be
too long and stack with the lens bottom. So that, if you found the sign
of such symptom, DON’T mount the lens to EOS with such adapter.
You need to file-down the tip of the lever (marked in Red in the
photo above) a bit shorter, and make sure the lever moves free.
So, — after I’ve sorted out those troubles, I could mount my
Tri-color Pinhole (here, Pink, Yellow, Sky) to the A7 body.
( Then after thought, I should make another one for A7, since an
Olympus body cap which is fit to A7 is £0.99 and etc is free, but
the use of those adapter which is costing £5, £10 is silly. :-D )
And, this was the photo of, now rather familiar — by the Zeiss
Distagon 18mm, designed for Nikon mount.
(I got many German-made Zeiss lenses but in Contax mount)
—– The nightmare of those mount adapter IS = once the lens stack
to the body, there is no way else other than to destroy the lens.
(Pull-off the screws, fixed the mount with sheer force or hack-saw
the lens bottom while filling the camera with saw dust.)
Is it funny ?
While having Olympus OM body cap handy, which happen to be a
perfect fit to Sony A7, E-Mount, I could easily make a Pinhole System.
= With or without Fisheye effect and the choice of Single Pinhole or
Double Density Pinhole. (So, I can do it in the industrial scale !)
Other than a strange color hue on the peripheral, the pinhole shot was
well-managed by the camera’s AUTO setting = Automatically chosen
ISO 6,400. Just aim and click. Single Pinhole, Photo above left.
Double Density Pinhole, Photo right.
And a Mob-phone-camera Fisheye adapter was attached with.
(Since, Foster beer can run out, this time the Pinholes were made
on a Danish variety. (Photo Top, Right) :-D
I think, its looks, works pretty good.
* * * * *
Again, to be fair to the paying customers, this is the real staff
Canon Fisheye (Zoom 8~15mm). With a help of just arrived EF
to E-mount adapter. —– See the dimensional difference.
(A7 camera’s Focus-peeking worked very well = able to show
the difference of 10cm on the 15mm image was remarkable !)
= definitely, miles better than my eye-sight !
—– Though, am I going to use the Alpha 7 in this way is quite
questionable. So far, I found the use of the A7 with the Homemade
Toy lens, and the Pinhole machine is very handy and comfortable.
In addition, I might use A7 for Digitizing the Transparency and
make another tilting bellows to take advantage of the
A7 camera’s 18mm flange-back.
(Use 35mm film camera’s lens, it can focus from infinity.)
Picture here is a kind, nobody would be impressed, still nobody
would complain kind. It was made by a lens of rather humble origin,
came from discarded toy camera. —– Considering it’s utterly cheap
existence (two plastic lenses structure) the picture isn’t too bad at all.
On the time, people see the picture on the 5″x3″ chemist print,
this kind of quality was perfectly acceptable.
In fact, I’ve talked about this lens, few post ago.
And now, the lens has been properly (in certain extent 😀 )
re-structured for Alpha 7 camera. (Beautiful isn’t it ?) Ha ha ha.
(So, the lens can take landscape to portrait without refocusing
or change F-aperture kind = anyhow, no controls here at all.)
Only the trouble I found with this combination was = mysterious
blurred image they makes. It was under a blight day light.
The AUTO setting on the camera, A7R chose ISO 1600 and
shutter speed was 1/160.
Why the picture was blurred ? — I set up a tripod (not a heavy weight,
still proper Gizzo tripod) — strangely, still the picture was blurred.
It was nothing but a mystery. (Obviously, I need to test further though,
at moment, this IS a lens (other than Pinhole) I got for this camera.
(I’m waiting to receive lens adapter for this camera.) — Whether this
body got a resonance to 1/160 shutter vibration, or the camera activating
other function to cause adverse effect ? = So, I tested the camera on
manual setting : ISO 3200-1/320, ISO 1600-1/160, ISO 800-1/80,
ISO 400-1/40, ISO 200-1/20. Iso 100-1/10, Iso 50-1/5. All hand-held.
Those photos above were the shot on the test. Non of them
showed heavy blur = it seems, the AUTO and 1/160 combination did
the Blurring business. 😀 — on the AUTO setting, other function
of which I’m not fully understood the implication, meddling in.
(Such as when the A7 thought, the image is too high contrast, the
automatic HDR operation comes in = gives three consecutive
exposures = unexpected hand may not keep still.)
I guess, something adverse effect of AUTO might have had happened.
It’s still a mystery Sir.
* * * * *
To be fair to a Paying Customer, this is the quality if you pay the price.
This photo was taken by Canon EF 40mm F2.8 on 5D Mk-III
— can you see the difference ? (It’s costing £100 more.)
Previous post was about the people, here the landscape. 😀
You might say “Those people in the picture, aren’t they the people ?”
“Are they ?
I thought, they were the well made stones. Just happen to be there.”
Survive well in such heat wave.
Yesterday I went to the Southbank to see my friend and took those
pictures too. Sun was baking hot and the air was steaming.
(You might thought, the lens used was yet another pinhole though,
wrong — it was the Gaudy Lens = as I chase the same fuzzy effect,
the image may look the same kind though, the fuzziness of this image
was created by the aberration of the single grass.
Not only the aberration, the hallation on the untreated lens surface
was very strong. But, that’s what I wanted.
(If you want clear picture use your Phone camera please.)
And for this kind of subjects, was sharp details necessary ?
I don’t think so.
My newly arrived toy, Sony A7R has quite a few advantages to many
other cameras. — Not mention small and light, but it’s remarkablly
thin body and the flexishible control system to accept many kind of
the lenses, gives great opportunity to play with fancy optics =
and have a fun. 😀
On this occasion, I show you how to utilize junk camera lens.
The Camera came from an Odds Ends box of a shop, was it £1 ?
— I don’t remember. The lens was literally gauged out from the
plastic body. (Photo Left) And it was stack to also gauged camera
body cap. (Photo Middle) —– and put onto the A7R. (Photo Right)
I couldn’t figure out who made this camera, nevertheless,
it’s says focus Free ! = The lens stack on the A7R camera produced a
photo like this = far subjects (Right is the enlarged image)
And to the subjects less than 1m distance without any change of focus !
(exposure was given by the camera’s AV setting)
The camera, A7R gives so-called “focus peeking” and showing it
as the Red lines on the View Screen. (It’s mean, the camera thought,
that area has be in focus.)
—– ? ? ? Then, I started to wonder “What they mean FOCUSED”
(From now, I wouldn’t trust what they says. :-D )
And the trouble of the A7R seemed to appear, they ARE very seceptic
to the camera shake. = this picture was 1/160 sec’ shutter speed with
ISO 1600 —–> Still I needed to use a tripod for the photo one above !
(Obviously, a small and light body with
such noisy shutter creates big shock ! = No wonder, why they needed to
redesign new camera with quiet shutter = My one was a defective !)
It’s not funny.
As I promised I made a pinhole to my friend’s A7 camera.
8mm hole was made on a body cap and thin aluminium
panel (beer can) with 0.3mm hole was stuck inside of the hole.
Utterly funny accidental discovery was, a body cap of A7 can
be used on Nikon body, if it was inserted off 180 degree. = so,
the test of this pinhole was done by a D810 body while pulling
the Ai-coupling lever. —– Then, another coincidence, I saw a
good second-hand A7R in a camera shop = what a convenient
timing = I bought it — by trading the Olympus OM-D away
(because the Olympus body seems to be falling apart.)
Therfore, those test shot was made by a SONY A7R, on the
way to see my friend. 😀
Some thing very remarkable was that all of those photos were
made almost automatic = camera has been set to AUTO and
without me changing ISO, Color balance etc, nothing, but just
aim and click. (the best of all, I could click while seeing
the view finder image.) (It seemed, ISO was set 6400,
shutter speed were about 1/15~1/60 though,
I hate the Shutter nois, and the color)
On coincidence, I started to make the Pinhole Photo on this A7R.
— Even funnier discovery I made was, that the Olympus’ old
OM body cap fit to the A7 body if it was inserted 180 degree
off direction = I don’t need to order and wait a month to get it.
(Body cap or thin (and cheap) adapter is the base to make “Things”)
So, first of all, my own pinhole was tested on a OM body cap while
the beer can panel was placed on the bottom of the body cap.
(Body cap penetrating 4mm into the A7R = its mean 18mm
flange back – 4mm = 14mm ! — This pinhole can make 14mm
ultra-wide lens effect ! —– Well, in theory. 😀 )
So, this IS the 14mm wide pinhole image ! —– though,
with the Cosine Rule, light fall off is such significant, image
became round. “Like Pinhole camera” Ha ha ha. 😀
And this is the comparison, Nikon 16mm Fisheye lens’ view.
(Sound a bit patronizing, though, you have to see, what sort of
effort was paid to compensate the light fall off on the lens design.
And, see the pinhole image above to see there is no distortion =
distortion was caused by the light-bending optics = Pinhole is
not bending the light (because they are not a lens) 😀
—– Well, I got a toy. 😀
My friend photographer, Antonio showed me a small camera.
(Along side his big Hasselblad ELM.)
It was a first encounter with SONY alpha camera —– despite
seeing a lots of camera review etc, so the photographic images
were familiar still, the real camera in its fresh was a shock to me.
Almost the same size of the M4/3 camera still, having full frame !
(And the lens attached was a Zeiss, the images were quite crisp.)
So, I tested how SONY a7 camera can handle the Pinhole.
My set of Pinhole was mounted with an adapter (in this photo
the camera was a Olympus) and made a Mono-hole image.
And this one was a Multi-Pinhole image.
Then, this one was a Double-Density Pinhole image.
And those photos were a comparison of the view of my Pinhole
against the Zeiss Planer 35mm lens. (Mind you, my Pinhole is a
wide-angle pinhole with a concave lens attached on front.)
—– the Pinhole view (left) seems wider than 28mm lens.
The most remarkable point of a7 camera IS, despite it is a full frame
camera, yet still as a mirror less, its flange back is only 18mm thin !
—– So, if a panel with a hole was attached on the camera mount, it
will have a 18mm ultra wide-angle lens’ view. And I tested it while
placing the Pinhole panel directly on the camera mount (though,
there were a lot of light leak — still, we can see pretty wide image !)
To compare this image to the photo of 35mm image above,
how it IS wide is clearly visible. (= This is the big advantage.)
I promised to Antonio, I’ll make a Pinhole adapter for his a7
camera. (In practice, I’ll just make a hole on his body cap.) :-)
And I might buy SONY. 😀
Well, Tanbo Art mean Rice field Drawing = the drawing was made
by the different color of the rice crop = it’s mean, each crop was
planted exact position months ago. And each colored crop was
pains takingly developed and the seeds has been kept over the years
by the local farmers — only for this fun. (Still, with this Drawing,
it’s made this utterly non assuming local village “Inaka-date,
Aomori prefecture, famous and attracting thousands of tourists.)
So, for this year, they created Godgilla ! (Photo from Jiji news)
—– This almost like an obsessive dedication and the pains taking
attention is nothing but the Zen Practice (though they, the farmer
themselves may not aware of it at all.) = (Zen Ethos has been so
deeply sublimated in Japan, people does not necessary know why
it has to be done in that way, for what reason. Yet still, as a custom
or tradition, it has been kept and practiced exactly the same way
hundred of the years, it’s forming the collective belief, the Ethos.)
One of the International research found, that the Japanese are the
most “Atheist” like people (doesn’t believe God or Buddha exists)
still, they all believe the fate or the punishment from the heaven.
= it’s mean, the teachings has been such deeply sublimated, hence
the words or the title figure has been completely forgotten still
the mind has been shaped down to the unconscious level.
(You may not aware why you were offered disposal chopstick when
you were invited their party / diner = they feel the chopstick is not
clean once you touched = So that, Japanese doesn’t eat like Chinese
or Korean from the same bowl but take the food to their own small
dish, avoiding a chance of the chopsticks touch others’.
—– The teachings of Right-Wrong / Do-Not Do were
deepen to the unconscious mind / chemical level.)
= So, once they were convinced and started to DO, there couldn’t
be any doubt or hindrance, down to unconscious level —– Do
grow the best rice or make a strongest sword. = Just do it.
And do it without the self conscious, (it’s mean, no Ego or Greed
= mind is free) the result would be the best.
This is the Zen.