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Come On Feel the Noise (Flek/Tak on X-E1)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Forum' started by imagesfromobjects, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. imagesfromobjects

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    Shooting film has left me disillusioned with digital files. Even using adapted lenses, things come out with a surreal degree of sharpness. So I'm trying an experiment - Shooting at high ISOs. That X-Trans thing. Turn off noise reduction in post, add sharpening to the existing noise, add grain when it suits.

    I know, I know, "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE???" you may say. Well, screw performance. Did Jimi Hendrix turn down the distortion? Did Jackson Pollack worry about accidentally getting paint on the floor? Heck no, they just went for it. B*lls out. Performance is overrated.

    Anyway, tongue-in-cheek rant aside, I'm enjoying this so far. Here's a few. First 2 are CZJ Flektogon 35/2.4 @ ISO 1250, others are Super Takumar 50/1.4 @ ISO 3200. PP in LR:

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    Reckon you would enjoy the X-Pro2 then with its grain effect setting
     
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    Awesome idea! I agree, the level of sharpness in digital photography is sometimes almost indecent. I guess the modern lenses contribute a great deal to this somewhat clinical style. When I compare my Photos from old legacy lenses to the FX´s I almost always prefer the rendering of old manual lenses, even in base ISO. The idea of embracing high ISO is certainly interesting too.
     
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    Canon FD 24/2.8 @1250:
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    Tak 50/1.4 @800:
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    Whoa, they have that? Kinda awesome!

    But, nah. Still going FF as my next move, so (ugh) Sony it is. Too many good SLR lenses I wanna shoot at native FOV.
     
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    I enjoy the first 2, the Flektogon shots, there is sort of a juicy brilliance to them, I seem not to get with my 35WR. And the noise at ISO 1250 is hardly visibly. The good news is, I shot this very lens, the auto version, on the bay a few days ago, will receive it beginning of July. I´ll probably get a lensturbo for it as well.

    One of my favourite lenses is the Revuenon 55mm 1.2 at the moment:
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    Totally agree with you here. Excessive sharpness hurts my eyes unless it suits the purpose.
     
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    Wow, these are really a departure from typical images. Bravo.
    Over the last few months I have come to a place where sharpness means little, but gradiation of light and tone across an image have become more paramount. I even finally started shooting RAW, though the end result doesn't always look as "clean" as a SOOC Jpeg and that is what I like about it.
     
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    If you want to see some retro noisy images with classic glass just ask.. isp 6400, check..
     
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    Some printable art there. I like 1 and 3 the most.
     
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    I am 100% for doing whatever you need to do to make the pictures you want to make.
    Every effect generates feelings in the viewer. Some favorable, some not favorable.
    Be bold ! Critics be damned !!
     
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    Totally agree! I have gotten so bored with my X-E1 that I went back in history and picked up a refurbished Nikon D2H with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens that used to be my "light" travel setup! I used a pair of D2H bodies for 10 years while a working news photographer for a small Florida weekly. It is supposed to arrive today and I can hardly wait for this 4.1MP beast to arrive. I am already starting to get ready to sell my X-E1 (never really "bonded" with it but I love my X100S)!
     
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    I usually shoot as low an ISO as I can, but then often add grain and soften as needed in Lightroom. I shoot mostly old stuff and a little grain often suits is well. Great results.
     
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    Thanks, guys!
     

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