I’ve been playing in my tiny studio this week with a beautiful Peony and some Ranunculus. I was experimenting with lots of different lenses on this set up to see how the lens choice changed the overall photo.
In this collection, I was using the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Oreston 50mm F1.8 Lens M42 Mount – This is a vintage lens I got off eBay for about $70. I went looking for this lens in the vintage version after someone in one of my groups showed me a brand new one based on their old lenses. The brand new one was about $1400! I figured if they were creating the lens again inspired by their original lens – then maybe I’d like the original lens. And boy was I right. I LOVE THIS LENS! Seriously.
This lens is known for its really pretty “soap bubble” bokeh and blur and it does not disappoint! I was reminded of the Lensbaby Velvet in the creaminess of the blur this lens created for me.
This lens also had a bit of a surprise and a funny story in it in how manual it really is. I bought one lens and thought the aperture ring wasn’t working… so I bought another one… and accidentally figured out that you have to push a side button on this lens to close down the aperture blades while you are shooting the picture since the adapter mount doesn’t cover the aperture pin! So now I have 2 of the same lens and they both work wonderfully – LOL! Sometimes you have a little adventure in learning the ins-and-outs of a vintage lens – but you know what – that is part of the fun for me on using these old lenses. It keeps things exciting in my photography.
This lens has an M42 mount – so you would need to get a converter for your modern camera to mount it. I got the M42 to EOS converter for my canon camera off of Amazon for about $12. This is an entirely manual lens – meaning you will be focusing and setting your aperture manually. I know that sounds scary, there is a small learning curve, but the more you practice with a manual lens, the easier it gets.
*These were processed with the Still Stories preset collection.