Re: What Camera are you using today?
Last week I picked up a mixed bag of goodies, including some M42 glass for my 30D. Today I went out armed with the 4.5/20 Super Takumar, although it was a Pentacon Electric 1.8/50 that eventually saw the light. A pretty hasty snap of my other half (she didn't want to hang around for long with that pile of books), so it's not all it could be, but I'm enjoying having a decent aperture in front.
Apart from a slight unsharp masking (I generally shoot with sharpening off), this is straight from camera. I reckon the eyes have it! Given that it was 1/3 second exposure at around f/2.8-4 (with flash as well), it's amazing anything is sharp.
While I'm at it, I was testing the Rikenon 1.4/55 (it also came with the bag of freebies) last weekend, and managed to snap the Mars Curiosity rover leaving Earth. This was just over 1.5 hours after launch, after a final rocket burn to send it well & truly on its way. 100% crop from the original, 10-sec exposure at f/2.8. The lens is pretty soft wide open, of course, but is passable for stars by 2.8. I didn't complete the tests, as the unexpected sighting of this wee projectile sort of took over the evening - and much of the rest of the week, as I squeezed all the juice out of a set of images.
Curiosity and the plume from its rocket are above right of centre, but by pure chance, the image has recorded a second NASA object streaking past - a rocket launched in 1998, taking a NASA probe towards an asteroid and a comet. 2 for the price of 1!
(Hope it's OK to put these pics here, instead of the gallery.)
Last edited by ozalba (2011-12-05 13:45:41)