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25mm f/1.4

Journal Entry: Tue May 4, 2010, 9:08 AM
As promised, here's a short review of the lens you might have noticed listed under last weeks shots.

First off, some unmanipulated samples so you know what I'm talking about:







I need to tell you, I saw 2 shots someone took with this lens and I was awestruck, amazed and baffled! I don't expect many of you appreciate lenses which have heavy vignetting, curvature of field, circular bokeh, heavy CA and just about every other technical imperfection photography has (successfully) addressed in the past 100 years, but for me, it was love on first sight. I just had to have this lens!
The way it isolated the subject, the way it portrayed the world and the way it could capture that atmospheric surreal feeling every photographer tries to capture was unprecedented in my world.

Luckily for me, it's probably the cheapest lens in the history of world (and it isn't much of an overstatement - it costs about as much as a replacement hood for a decent Canon lens :lmao:) so I made short work of getting my hands on it.

Among it's interesting properties are the facts that:
- Even though it breaks every rule in the book, it's perfectly sharp in the center, as sharp as any lens I've used!
- It literally weights almost nothing. You could carry it around in your pocket and not ever realize it.
- It has continuous aperture adjustment, which means you can select any aperture between f/1.4 and f/infinity, which in turn means you can use it as pinhole camera, adjust aperture on the fly while shooting video, produce interesting effects on long exposures etc.
- It's the funniest lens I've ever seen. Take a look at how it looks on my camera.

 
Another funny fact is that when I first got it, while taking off the lens cap I disassambled it by mistake! Now you don't see that happening too often with your high-end exensive lenses :D
This way I can fix/lube/clean it myself, without paying bunch of $$ to someone who will just get some dust in and forget 2 screws.

 
It's kind of a pure opposite to my FD 55mm f/1.2 AL SSC, a symbol of luxury lens which kickstarted the whole Canon's L-series: big, weights a ton, razor sharp, has no visible distortions and is unsurpassed to this day (even by it's youngest crazily expensive brother EF 50/1.2L). And while I think 3 times before taking out the 55mm in fear of damaging it (or damaging myself carrying it around ;)), the 25/1.4 is literally expendable. One less thing to worry about while shooting.

In short, I'm in love with this lens and since I first put it on my camera, it's never been off it. I can't wait to do more shooting with it!

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:iconmjwright:
MJWRIGHT Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional
so its a TV security camera lens? ANd you put it on the olympus?
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blushark Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
yes (:
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MJWRIGHT Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional
very well done. I need to do some more research on the subject. Iv got a Canon. I must see what can be done.
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Apperhension Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Heavy vignetting on u4/3 I wonder how it would do on APS-C, still that bokeh is amazing. Its specific, close to Helios 40-2 85/1.5.

Need to look for adaptor for my mount this could be fun.
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blushark Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
you're spot on, some old M42 lenses tend to have some of these properties, especially the circular bokeh. the first time i've seen this effect was an old zenit with 58/2 lens.

on APS-C it would have noticably more vignette, i just don't know if it would improve the picture or start getting in the way...
you can put c-mount lenses on mirrorless cameras only, unless you manage to find an adaptor with correctional lens to provide infinity focus.

good luck in your search! :)
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esens Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
ma ček! ja sam tek sad skužila da si ti ovaj smiješni objektiv nakeljio na olympusa!!! i da su ove fotke došle s digitalnog olympusa!!! aaaa!!! now i wanna have it!

joj, genijalno, genijalno :)))
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blushark Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
da da, pa ne bi on na full frameu bas veliku sliku nacrtao :D
al stvarno, objektiv od digitalca napravi film, majkemi! za nepovjerovat! (:
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Denitorious Featured By Owner May 4, 2010   Photographer
AND :lol: @ how the lens look :lmao:
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Denitorious Featured By Owner May 4, 2010   Photographer
looks'
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Denitorious Featured By Owner May 4, 2010   Photographer
Great dof, great everything, superb lens.

But jeez.. you got the 50 1.2
Nice nice.
I got the Carl Zeiss 16-35 and a 70-200 and I still feel DAMN jaleous! :lol:
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blushark Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
hehe, spend another 40$ and get this in that case (;

i didn't get the EF 50/1.2, i don't know what i'd do with it. i have the FD 55/1.2, about 30 years older than the EF version :)
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Denitorious Featured By Owner May 4, 2010   Photographer
Whoops.
Still as good :)

Sta mislis sa "hehe, spend another 40$ and get this in that case (;" ?
Nisam te skonto :lol:
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blushark Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
htio sam reci da objektiv kosta 40$ pa nije problem skupit lovu i kupit ga :)
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Denitorious Featured By Owner May 4, 2010   Photographer
o.O
STA?
:O
I need one for a sony bayonette! :lol:
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senfbeu Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
is it a FD lens? didn't see it before.
and the white on black text created a lot of lines in my eyes now anywhere i look. wicked. :D
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blushark Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
no, it's a C-mount lens. closest FD equivalent 24mm f/1.4L still costs more than $1000 (give or take), is 5 times bigger and 10 times heavier (at least!).

good to hear about your eyes :laughing:
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