another one from beelitz heilstätten.
i made this with the 26mm f1.4 toy lens by slr magic. this very toy lens was the topic of my first post here on .documenting.the.obvious about 550 posts ago. i took the lens with me because i hoped the swirly bokeh could come in handy in such an abandoned setting, and it did. otherwise i haven’t used it very much since that first blog post…
if you do like stairs then be sure to check out fellow blogger stefan rolleck’s ‘treppauf treppab’ series
i took some shots today and yesterday with the slr magic toy lens (26mm, f1.4) and i want to show them here. the baseline is, that if you like vignetting, swirly bokeh and a sweet spot that’s off center you should definitely consider the toy lens (or probably any other cctv lens with that specification).
i think it might be useful for portraits but then on the other hand you might consider a classic om 28mm or 35mm lens instead. surely you would loose on vignetting and swirlyness with these, though.
i’d say the toy lens is not really usable wide open at least outside because of a lot of flare, super low contrast and heavy chromatic aberrations, BUT that all goes away or at least looses impact if you stop down a little. btw. there are no real stops on the lens to stop down but you can smoothly set the aperture to any value you like between wide open and indeed fully closed. you can’t be sure of the exact aperture value but i think i kept it almost always under f2.8.
regarding the low contrast i’ve done some contrast enhancement on some of the pictures with picasa’s auto-contrast feature. i really like the combination of the e-pl1’s grainy film mode with this lens as you might have noticed already.
today the slr magic “toy lens” (26mm f1.4) arrived and i have to say that i am quite happy with it. i haven’t had much opportunity for shooting but it feels quite nice. unfortunately it is plain ugly on the e-pl1 (see below) but i will try to learn to live with that… the build quality is not overwhelming either but i liked the packaging very much and the idea to include those rubberbands that are supposed to give this lens an even more toyish look. i have not used them though…
here are some pics i took today. i just sing: happy vignetting and a swirly bokeeeeeh!
the red thingy
as i said, plain ugly…