A few shots at F/0.75

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Harry S., Jun 12, 2007.

  1. I used my visit to Michael (mcs) to use my Rodenstock TV-Heligon (42mm) a little bit. There was quite a hype about these superfast lenses a while ago - seems to have calmed down now, so I will stir the lust a bit :biggrin:

    Four versions of the same flower (Veronica hederifolia), flowers have a diameter of about 5 mm.

    More Zero-DOF pics at

    No post-processing except increase of contrast and some selective sharpening.





    One from last winter


    And one of my favorites from a while ago


  2. Crazy effect, definitely not for me, But how I wish I had the light gathering ability of an f.75 lens for Clubs and concerts!
  3. Very pretty and "artsy"

    BTW: When you use this lens, you can easily be mistaken for a cyclops :Crunk:
  4. Igor


    May 15, 2005
    Ukraine, Europe
    The last one is really awesome Harry, great work!
  5. Thanks!

    Actually, the first 4 images show pretty well the short-coming of this lens - it has extremely low contrast. Out-of-the-box images look anything else but awesome unless you choose subjects which a priori have strong colors and are well illuminated.

    Believe me, in case you could find a way to focus that lens to infinity (which is virtually impossible on a DSLR because of the exceedingly short registry distance), you would not appreciate the results (very soft images). The Leica Noctilux or the Noct-Nikkor would do a much better job for this purpose. However, both are 20-30 times more expensive :eek:.

    Wait till I have converted my Rayxar - it will cover most of my face. Well, there are people who would surely state that this would improve my appearance :biggrin:.

  6. GoGo


    Apr 20, 2006
    New York
    Thank you

    First a thank you for posting!
    The photos are very dreamlike and beautiful, the last is my favourite.
    Very seldom seen photos at this aperture, I can't help wondering what a human would look like at this aperture in very contrasty lighting?

    Grazie Harry!
  7. Quite unusual!


    If one did not know it was a photographic image, one could imagine that an extraordinarily talented painter had created these...
  8. ...so... any moon shots...??? :biggrin:

    Seriously now, what really impresses me is the actually NO DoF and the hazy glares of light :smile:

    Good work Cyclops :wink:
  9. Thanks for the compliments!

    You are joking, but the De Oude Delft Rayxar 50/0.75 is a much sought after lens for deep sky photography. The downside is that you can only use it with custom made film cameras (registry distance is 0.8 mm!!!) or you modify a DSLR by ripping out the mirror :Shocked:, and then still you have to manage to get the rear element of the lens so close to the sensor that it almost touches it - no idea how that should work :confused:.

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