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Fuji X Pro 1 with Minolta 50mm F1.2

About 2 years ago I went looking for a 50 mm f1.2 lens to use on my Canon 7d.. While poking around on Ebay one day I stumbled upon a used minolta in a buy it now auction for around 325 Dollars.. After doing a little research on Cinema5D, I discovered that the Minolta 58mm f1.2 was a hot commodity at the time (everyone wanting to shoot video with Bokeh.. hard..), and there was one person in California who could machine that lens down and retrofit a canon EOS mounting ring. The main issue with the 58mm is that it requires CUTTING (yes cutting) the Mirror on the 5D to achieve infinity focus. I bought the lens and sent it out to california for modification at a reasonable price of 100.00.. Upon reciept, I got a call and was excitedly informed that there was no cutting of the mirror required with this lens, and that the vignetting on the 5D was better than with the 58mm!

The lens is almost impossible to focus through the 7D viewfinder.. In order to get best focus on the lens, I use the Zacuto Z Finder and focus through the back LCD which allows me to zoom into an area to focus.. Still not an easy thing to do. Usually I have to set the focus point to where I want to place the eye in the image, hit the zoom button twice focus and hope that everything is in the frame…

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Canon 7D, Zacuto Z Finder, Minolta 50mm f1.2

Here is a picture shot around a dim campfire, this shows that the lens picks up light!! Although it is a little on the soft side.:

I dont have a decent picture that shows the Bokeh yet, Ill try to take a decent one….

While doing research on the Fuji X Pro 1, I found the Kippon adapter that would allow me to mount this lens on the x pro:

 

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Fuji X Pro 1, Kippon EOS adapter, Minolta 50 mm f1.2 Modified with EOS mount

 

By using the viewfinder set to display image mode, in manual focus and zooming in I should be able to set the focus point and focus in….. Ill post an image if I get a decent one…..

 

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Black and White vs Color.. ??

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Color vs Black and white….. Hard to figure out what should be color and what should be BW sometimes…
What do you think? After posting this, I like it in color better…!
Shot with Fuji X Pro 1, 35 mm f4.0, 125 ISO 400

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Street photography day 1..

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After watching Zack Arias’s street shooting tutorial on Scott Kelby Training (take a look!! <a title=”Zack Arias Street Shooting Tutorial http://kelbytraining.com/course/zarias_street/,

I decided to go out and give it a try..

What I learned about street photography the first time out (most after the fact….):

1. Keep shooting, despite your brain saying “this is shit your getting nothing”……

2. Dont get to tight, you can always crop, and most likely there is stuff going on that you want in the frame, and wont notice until you get home… (the guy looking over his shoulder!) Shot with a Fuji X Pro 1 using the 18mm f2.0 lens..

3. Talk to people, thats how I got this shot….. did not know anyone at the event!

4. Find the action (seems obvious now..) In this case Beer, Dunk Tank, Bikini…… and wait it out..

5. Dont take the camera from your eye, stuff happens fast…..

Also check this out:<a title=”Digital Rev Cheap Camera Challenge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh6zr3wKRV0 Thanks Zack and DigitalRev for putting that together!

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