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Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 06, 2009 03:59AM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

This morning UPS delivered two lenses, a 50 mm f/1.4 Planar T Zeiss lens and the Composer LB. So I loaded my Canon Rebel 2000 EOS with a brand new roll of film, 36 pictures, and went for a walk to take a few test pictures.

I took about 6 pictures with the Zeiss, same view, different apertures, just to test it.

Then I put on my Composer and before I got home, I shot the entire roll of film. That's just ridiculous! A whole roll? I'm not a millionaire! How could you have made this lens so addictive?!
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by brscrapper November 06, 2009 10:58AM reply | quote
posted by brscrapper

I know - it is addictive isn't it?

Beth
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Bender November 06, 2009 11:21AM reply | quote
posted by Bender

I don't know how I could do this without digital. No way could I afford this hobby...it's just too easy to blow off 50 or 60 shots. That's one good thing about film in that it forces you to think your shots through but bad for experiments unless money is no object.

.................
Peter
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 06, 2009 12:01PM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

Yes, it is quite addictive. I am sticking with film. That way I can run out of film and be free of the addiction until the next time I load my camera with film. :)
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by ranfoto November 07, 2009 03:39PM reply | quote
posted by ranfoto

Have it your way........fun ain't cheap, but it beats being depressed .......hee !

I figure once you are totally addicted to bending......the only fix will be going digi-Bending .

Not that I'm addicted or anything :)))
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 09, 2009 05:52AM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

Well, my film is developed. I'll try to scan it. I said "try" because for about a week my computer has decided to just turn itself off completely at the most inoportune moments (I am suspecting the power supply), then it cannot be turned on for an hour or so. :(

I am typing this on my laptop, but my scanner is connected to the desktop which does this mysterious failure.

I have never seen anything like that! I built it myself about two years ago from topnotch components, so this is very unnerving.
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 09, 2009 12:11PM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

OK, here are a few of the pictures from this roll. What puzzles me, and perhaps someone can explain it, is how moving the lens around affects colors! Some of these pictures are the same scenes shot shortly after each other with just a different sweet spot, yet their colors are drastically different. And this was on the same film.

They were all taken with a Canon Rebel 2000 EOS, using a Composer with f/4, and a Kodak Portra 160VC film.
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by ranfoto November 10, 2009 11:42AM reply | quote
posted by ranfoto

Adam: yet their colors are drastically different.

Having been in the color lab business for many years, I used to ask myself the same question all the time......well the truth is .....sensors used to correct and expose our images are so sensitive that almost any deviation effects them.

Sensor get you close, but it's up to us to figure out how to do the rest.

Custom color printing is a real nightmare, but I'm happy to report digital has made the tasks of imaging must easier, but nothing is ever perfect, until you learn how to make your images perfect.....which it just a state of mind in the first place :)
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 10, 2009 01:14PM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

So you don't think it is caused by bending the lens differently?
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by ranfoto November 11, 2009 11:36AM reply | quote
posted by ranfoto

Of course it was because of the Bending, you Bent the light and the sensor responded......just differently .

Nothing to worry about, work on getting your exposures maybe a tad more saturated and the density darker, then correct the keepers in post production .
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 11, 2009 11:53AM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

I don't believe in postproduction.
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Michael from Lensbaby (Admin) November 13, 2009 03:12AM reply | quote
Adam, are you doing your own processing/printing? If not, and if you're scanning prints then keep in mind that whomever does the printing is almost certainly doing "auto correct" postproduction work (white balancing, exposure adjustment etc) for you.
keep having fun & enjoy your lensbaby
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 13, 2009 05:38AM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

I just take the film to a local lab owned by the grocery store (the only lab in town, unfortunately) and have them develop the film.

Then I scan the film myself on an Epson V750 Pro.
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Hans November 19, 2009 12:37AM reply | quote
posted by Hans

I know the feeling;-)
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by ranfoto November 19, 2009 03:54AM reply | quote
posted by ranfoto

I just take the film to a local lab owned by the grocery store (the only lab in town, unfortunately) and have them develop the film.

Most folks are in the same boat, the big box store labs are the cause of independent labs going by the wayside.....they take the bread and butter processing away from the specialists, they can't make a profit to stay in business and soon, as in "NOW" that's all there is except in a few large metro areas.

Of course the coming of age of the DIY digi rev-Oh!-lution also added to the demise of the local custom lab, but when the grocery stores find there is no profit in developing film , then......film will be deceased .

The tricle down effect will kill the art of using film, as no one will make film or chemistry because the profit motive is long gone .

How do I know this.......?

Ran is not in the Fotolab biz no more .......:(

Ok ok.....NO More Whinning :))
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by Adam Stanislav November 19, 2009 07:55AM reply | quote
posted by Adam Stanislav

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ranfoto
Ran is not in the Fotolab biz no more .......:(

Sorry to hear that, Ran.
Re: Man, this is ridiculous!!! posted by ranfoto November 19, 2009 01:49PM reply | quote
posted by ranfoto

Thanks Adman......my problem is what to do with all the equipment, I hate to send it to the scrap metal recycler, but most of it is obsolete except for those looking to create aRt from film .

Plus very few photographers nowdays have the skill level to operate professional lab equipment, let alone the huge space that it takes to do it in .

I've had several folks come and look at different pieces, but in the end all things come to a conclusion .

On the bright side I've been turning some of the scrap plastic processor rollers into Bendy lens parts.....sort of an up from the ashes story :)

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