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Hey guys, I've been taking a little break from all of the internet stuff and have just been concentrating on shooting. Here is one of the summer hosta in the backyard. Oly EPL-1 and the cheap 50mm CCTV f/1.4 lens.

While the lens is a little long for general use for me, I've come to appreciate it a lot after using it on a few outings. You almost have to have the optional viewfinder to focus this thing at close distances, but the images are very rewarding and it has an aesthetic that no amount of Photoshop can rival.

Hope all of you are having a great weekend. I'll chime in with some comments on past posts either later or tomorrow.
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Haven't you had a long enough break? :)
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Hey Everyone! I've made +roberto cimador a group moderator here. Robert's commitment is much appreciated along with his technical expertise and willingness to try new things. I hope all continue to support his efforts.

I hope you are all having a great summer, in the northern hemisphere at least. Sometimes I forget that it isn't summer everywhere.

I've had several irons in the fore on some new projects here, and while I have a C mount on one of the cameras all the time, days have been long recently and there isn't always a lot of time to post or comment. I am sure the load will lighten when the weather turns foul here ;-) In the meantime, let's keep the conversation going!
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thnx
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I did get a chance today to get out with the 50mm f/1.4 cheap cctv lens and the Raynox 250 macro adapter. Yes, I just held the macro optic in front of the lens. This combination has an aesthetic with high appeal, at least to me. The hard part was working with a slight breeze. But I ran about a half dozen shots and got this. Slight crop for composition and downsized to 2000 pixels. Nothing is tack sharp at all, yet the image works for me. Camera Oly EPL-1.
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Thanks +arnaud Denielou Sometimes it's just a matter of finding a nice subject with the right light to work with. I di have to say handholding the macro optic wasn't a lot of fun, but it was definitely worth doing at least once..
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A very useful post from the EOSHD website which is a great resource for shooting video. With the imminent arrival of the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, some out there are looking for C Mounts to be adapted to the BMPCC native 4/3 mount. Andrew has put together a list at the end of his post with info about frame coverage and if modification is needed to mount these vintage C Mounts on m4/3.

http://www.eoshd.com/content/10683/how-to-get-bargain-16mm-cine-lenses-for-the-upcoming-blackmagic-pocket-cinema-camera-and-digital-bolex
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+Frank Yuwono have a look = 12mm Cosmicar
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We did an ice cream run today and here was the line - it went around the building. Things moved fast though. Panasonic G10, Hoya R72, channel swap and basic adjustments.
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Yeah I like this a lot too. Love those shadows.
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I finally buckled down and did some IR video. JUst a short one. I think I might be doing some more of this.
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+Joel Formacion Thanks Joel!
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Went to the cemetery yesterday to make sure the deceased veteran family members had flags. Full spectrum Panasonic G10 and Hoya R72 filter. Almost straight from raw with a few minor contrast adjustments.
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Just in case you'd like to do a little promo for the C Mount group, here's a little badge for your blog if you have one. It's 260x299 pixels.

To me, the C mounts, especially the cheapie CCTV lenses, are still one of the best bargains in photography that can add a special flavor to your work. And it's a great alternative for people who have grown tired of "sterile" digital and all the pixel peeping.
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50mm 1.4 CCTV lens with one 5mm extension ring and crop for composition. The DOF when working this way is extremely shallow, and it was only by dumb luck that the petals at left were in focus. Some vintage color and a vignette added along with a touch of grain.

I've come to like this lens a lot even with its somewhat long minimum focusing distance without the extender.
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Ths is one of the hong kong cheapies

Here are some full size samples

http://ohnostudio.com/2012/12/details-and-quirks-with-the-50mm-cctv-lens/

and here is what the lens looks like

http://ohnostudio.com/2012/12/the-50mm-f1-4-cctv-lens/

It's what I call the "funnel" version. It's branded under 2 names I think. I wanted it because of the lens design - I figured there would be that wide expanse of cheap glass on the front. And I was right - it's cheap! It actually rattles in the mount if you shake it so I'm a bit careful with this one. Althought it has survived trips in my jacket pocket. You just need to take care in handling because the glass looks and sounds awfully thin to me.
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+Ananda Sim Ananda, I haven't watched this yet because I'm on a conference call, but here you go, a Nikon G Speedbooster test

https://vimeo.com/66460037
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+Ananda Sim I just watched the clips and a few comments...

If Philip Bloom thinks it's even worth testing, then I think it's worthy of consideration. He's not in anyone's pocket.

So now the main consideration between the metabones version and the cheap version would be taking a chance on the grade of glass used for the optic on the cheaper version. I would still wait for some more actual user tests on cheap version. On the plus side of things, the Chinese knockoffs overall have gotten pretty darned good especially over the last year or so.
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I have been busy here with jobs and the weather has not been great for shooting infrared, so I dragged out the 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens and threw a macro ring on. This is a crop from the full frame, but still my full size resulting image was 2800 or so on the long side, so not too bad. Processed in Topaz Clarity and a very slight vignette added in post to enrich the color at the frame edges a bit.
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+Edward Conde Yeah we need to up the activity level here a bit ;-) We re supposed to have a weather pattern change by Thurs, so I plan to put the 35mm on the infrared camera. I tried it back at the end of winter, but it was just way too cold for me to operate at any semblance of a comfort level.
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A small short honoring veterans on #memorialday Shot in infrared.
 
I finally buckled down and did some IR video. JUst a short one. I think I might be doing some more of this.
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+Doug Gephardt  Thanks Doug! For the little bit of time investment it turned out ok. For a first time with IR video, I'm pretty happy with it. I did about 5 driving sequences. The main one you see is the one I liked and one of the reasons was that little bit of flair.
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