pentax 110s reborn on GH2

I have friend here in the neighbourhood who’s always hunting for new and unusual glass. He picked up 3 old pentax-110s and we tried them out on his GH2 with a pentax 110 to micro 4/3 adapter http://bit.ly/mQAtxe.

Pentax-110 1:2.8 18mm
Pentax-110 1:2.8 18mm ∞ focus
Pentax-110 1:2.8 50mm

What’s really interesting is none of the lenses have a variable aperture. It’s always 2.8… The 18mm ∞ focus is not seating properly so we can’t get it to focus and the 50mm is also not seating right; it currently focuses from 1 foot to 3 feet. But the 18 is pretty cool. Check out this vid shot with the 18 mm and 50 mm.

TOMS shoes and now eyewear?

They’ve done it again. TOMS is rolling out a new line of glasses! For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give sight to a person in need. Watch as Blake Mycoskie (Founder & CEO) uses video to tell the story of their newest & coolest ‘One for One’ product.

And even more impressive? Product was announced today and video was up minutes later. Learn from the best.

kern paillard 16 mm lenses on the GH1

I got my hands on a sweet set of vintage 16 mm primes and a zoom the other day. First I wanted to find out what kind of vignetting they’d create, hence the scribbled test on my sons drawing easel. Sadly the zoom would not mount to my lumix at all.

primes
kern paillard switzerland – 25mm, f1.5
kern paillard switzerland – 10mm, f1.6
kern paillard switzerland – 16mm, f2.8
kern paillard switzerland yvar – 75mm, f2.8

zoom
kern paillard vario switar 1:2.5 18mm – 86mm

Conclusion? I liked the 25 mm and 75 mm enough to try a quick example with each. The only thing to watch with the 75 mm is its long minimum focus of 6 feet… so I ended up with a pretty similar still life, and pretty similar shots in the test video, see if you can tell which is which.

35mm cctv madness begins

I recently got my hands on a f1.7 35mm cctv prime lens. $30 on ebay http://bit.ly/lvFYSO. I couldn’t be happier with the early results. This is truly amazing glass for the money. It’s wicked sharp in the center with soft, almost tilt-shift edges.

The fun part is when my c-mount to micro 4/3 adapter arrived I had to break out my drill to get to seat properly.