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Medium Format Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras

Discussion in 'Other Interchangeable-Lens Systems' started by Lawrence A., Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    After thinking for a long time about getting an adapter for my Hasselblad Zeiss lenses to use with the E-M5, I finally got one for the Fuji X-pro 1. The Fotodiox adapter comes with a nice, built in tripod mount, though the pictures below were all shot handheld, supporting the weight by holding the lens, with the 80mm f2.8 Planar and the 50mm f4 Distagon. I love these lenses and had a feeling that would couple nicely with the X-trans sensor. I'm not disappointed, but IBIS, as in the E-M5 would make focusing them handheld a whole lot easier, at least if you need to magnify things for critical focus.

    Has anyone else experimented with medium format lenses on their mirrorless bodies. Yes, it makes for a big kit, but I have always loved the way these lenses render on my Hasselblad, and I see the same magic in the digital files.

    Clicking on the picture will bring you to a larger version at SmugMug

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    80mm%20f2.8%20Planar%20DSCF0824-L.

    80mm%20Planar%20DSCF0820-L.

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    80mm%20PlanarDSCF0822-L.

    And a detail shot at 100%
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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    The rendering is quite nice.
     
  3. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    any pics of how they look on the bodies? :D
     
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  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I'll get on it!
     
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  5. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    DSCF0811_v2-X2.

    Same as above, but processed in Photo Ninja and Photoshop instead of Lightroom and Photoshop. I generally like the demosaicizing of of the Fuji Xtrans raw files better out of Photo Ninja. Fine detail, especially in areas where there is a lot of it and it is complex, is retained better in PN. Whether it is noticeable at normal web sizes is open to debate, but I usually judge such things by how it looks at 50% in photoshop on my decent but hardly wonderful 24 inch monitor.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'd say it's a lovely pair, but I only see one (sorry for the bad pear pun)

    Maybe you could peel 2 of them and take a photo of a pair of pared pears

    "Thank you and good night!"

    *walks off to imagined applause of thousands of pun fans worldwide*
     
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  7. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    BUT! There is a pair of processed pear pictures. That should count for something.
     
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  8. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    OK, some down and dirty shots of the X-Pro with the Hasselblad 50mm and Fotodiox adapter on it, all still dusty and with sweaty fingerprints from this afternoons outing at the cemetery. The tripod is still in the trunk, or I'd have mounted the kit on it. The tripod mount built into the Fotodiox adapter is nice to have, but it is under-engineered. I keep tightening the tiny screws that hold it in place, but will probably have to drill it out for a more secure anchor.



     
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  9. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    thats not SO huge... my 90/2.8 on my sony cams looks like that. :)
    i could deal with that for a specific purpose, tho i wouldnt want it as my every day carry around lens! hehe
     
  10. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

    399
    Jan 16, 2014
    Nice pics - only a few times I've tried such a combination like this with one lens: a Mamiya 80mm/1.9 on a Sony A7 (with 2 adapters Mamiya->Nikon->Sony E)

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    but the IQ in general was not so satisfying for me, because there were more CA than on film and for MF the resolution doesn't need to be very high in comparison to a FF or ASP-C lens
     
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  11. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I've got no CA from the Zeiss lenses, even at 100%, which surprised me since some of my other manual lenses for 35mm exhibit it strongly, though mostly the longer focal lengths. As for resolution: I'm impressed, at least with the 50, and the 80. I'll have to test the 150 on a tripod to be fair to it, but hand held it was a little soft. I'd be curious to get an adapter for my E-M5 and see if the IBIS helped.
     
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  12. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Very nice shot! I don't know what the lines per mm readings of the Zeiss Hasselbald glass is, but I'd be surprised if it didn't hold up to the general standards of 35mm lenses. In any event, larger formats have to be sharp - whatever standard they apply - over a much bigger area. I know my sharpening procedures using these lenses are less aggressive than many 35mm lenses I've adapted to the cameras I have and not a lot different than what I use for digital lenses. But like I said, I've always had a soft soft for this glass.
     
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  13. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    that is MAGICAL!
     
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  14. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Yes, it's big but not huge. But the 50mm f4 weighs 2 lbs. -- metal housing and big, chunky pieces of glass. Change a few words, and I could be describing a huge piece of steak.
     
  15. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

    399
    Jan 16, 2014
    Perhaps I'll try it on a FF Nikon body again. Maybe the double adapter solution is not a good one.
     
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  16. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

    399
    Jan 16, 2014
    One with Nikon Df and Mamiya 80mm/1.9

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  17. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    I don't know how you did it, but that's a great rendering
     
  18. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

    399
    Jan 16, 2014
    Thank you. For the conversion in black&white I've used DXO Filmpack.

    On a DSLR the Mamiya appears to have a acceptable size in comparison to a mirrorless.
     
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  19. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Yes, very nicely done. I like the soft bw treatment. The statue must have been from a human model; there is a presence in the face that is remarkable.
     
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  20. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

    399
    Jan 16, 2014
    Yes it seems not the usual uniform and unpersonal build. Perhaps that was the point why I choose to make the photo, although the surrounding and high of the statue didn't impress me especially.