Notes From The Top Left Corner

Discussion in 'Competitions, Themes & Blogs' started by Chris Bennett, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    I really like the chives. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get a single thing (as far as I could see) in focus with the f/2 aperture disc in, so realised I had to embrace the fact.
    It broke when I was focussing with the f/8 disc on some close leaves. So I was extending rather that compressing it. The ring that the optic swap assembly is mounted in came off the smaller one that is connected to the corrugated tube. I'm assuming I can repair it with glue but am wary that a repair will fail in the future.

    I need to remove the lens assembly but am unsure how to do it without the tool that comes with the alternative optic swap units, I see three little tabs that the tool must engage with. Pete, do you know how the tool engages with these?

    If I can do a successful repair, I think I might try to find a glass lens insert, as I can see a lot of potential in this strange little thing.
     
  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I see. There are close up lens set for these too so you don't need to extend.

    The special tool is simply the lid of the Optic Swap container and is nothing fancy, just 3 plastic tabs. As I recall you just insert the lid and rotate. I'll check tomorrow which direction.
     
  3. Chris Bennett

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    Thanks that would be great. Is it possible for you to work out whether the tool pushes the tabs outwards, or inwards, please Pete?
     
  4. Pete Askew

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  5. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Brilliant, thanks.
     
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  7. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    That's great thank Pete - I've commented in the thread. I'll keep you posted on progress.

    In the meantime, I also took delivery of another lens during the week. A Minolta Auto-Rokkor PF 58mm f/1,4. My experience with the Hi-Matic and the Autocord have led me to rather fall in love with the look I've been getting from Rokkor lenses and so, when this one popped up at a very good price, I snapped it up.
    There was a little fungus growing in between the two front elements, so I gave it a clean. Always a tense moment when I get my clumsy mitts and failing eyes to work on a lens, but I managed to somehow get away with it again.

    Minolta Auto Rokkor PF 52mm 1.4.JPG

    I went out for a couple of hours this morning with the Rokkor. After some great weather for the last few weeks, today turned out to be not much more than a good day for photographing people with umbrellas.

    Oriental brolly.JPG

    Beans.JPG

    Big brolly.JPG
     
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  8. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Verdict?
    I think I'm going to really like this lens.
     
  9. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Nice. I love the smiling beans and boy with a brolly.
     
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  10. Chris Bennett

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    I took loads of shots of that little fella!
    He was dancing and twirling around that wet, empty market square for ages. I tried so hard to slow the shutter speed down to a point where I could get some swirl and smearing of the brolly, but the paving was so wet and reflective that I couldn't get the effect I wanted.

    Big brolly 2.JPG
     
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  11. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    The movement in that one is very nice though.
     
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  12. Chris Bennett

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    I just couldn't slow the shutter enough, but I do love the reflections on the wet stone paving.
     
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  13. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Must admit, I had to look that lens up, not heard of it. What a strange device, it does give some interesting effects. I do like the second one, looks like she is walking through a painting.
     
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  14. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    That's a really interesting comment, Dave. Thanks, it gives me inspiration to see how far I can take that approach.
     
  15. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    I went to Sunderland Point the other evening. This is on the west side of the Lune Estuary, which feeds into Morecambe Bay, just down the road from Heysham, where there was a tragic domestic gas explosion this weekend. The Point is cut off from civilisation for a few hours every day, due to the high tides but there is a little village there. It's a great place to go if you like wet mud!
    I didn't take this photo with the Lensbaby but I just tried to get a paint-like effect by just waving my camera around a bit. Lots of useless results, but one or two were interesting. I like this one, especially.

    Sunderland Point.JPG
     
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  16. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Smudged and painterly. Love it, Chris.
     
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  19. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    This is very nice.
     
  20. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Yeah Pete I see Julian's excellent ceramics as well as his intriguing abstract paintings on Instagram. You're right,...photography is not his main thing at the moment. I encouraged him to post to RPF again but the timing just isn't right for him. It's a pity because his work is always interesting.
     
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