About adapters m42, m39, Mamiya 649, Pentakon Six

I think every passionate photographer in his life has tried to shoot with Helios... In fact, this is an interesting optics and should not be abandoned despite being vintage and irrelevant in 20XX. But you can't just put old lenses on modern cameras, you need an adapter. Let's go through the main adapters for old lenses.

Mount m42 and m39

A huge number of Soviet lenses work on these mounts. Therefore, it is worth keeping in stock adapter m42-Canon EOS... Moreover, it costs mere pennies.

This is what the lens looks like Industar 50-2 (50mm f3.5) with m42-EOS adapter:

Soviet lens industar 50-2

This is how the adapter itself looks like:

adapter m42 to canon eos ef

Threaded bayonet Leica m39 differs in a slightly smaller diameter, so you can buy ring М42-М39 and make up for this difference.

For example, for a macro lens Industar I96U 3,5 / 50 H-22:

You can also purchase immediately adapter m39-Canon EF.

Less popular are Pentakon Six mount lenses such as Tair 33V 300mm f4.5.

tair 33v 300mm f4.5

The Canon adapter looks like this:

pentacon six adapter

Recent acquisitions - lens Mamiya Sekor 80mm f2.8 (645)... These are vintage medium format optics. But it can also be adapted to modern cameras. Another thing is that we have very few such lenses on sale, and I have not seen adapters on our websites. But на AliExpress you can buy everything, and there is this adapter.

eos-mamiya645

 

Moreover, adapters can be combined. I was able to fit the Mamiya Sekor 80mm f2.8 lens on the camera Fujifilm X-S10 using a combination of adapters Fringer EF-FX II and the aforementioned Mamiya645-EOS. Focusing, of course, only manual... It looks like this:

mamiya to fujifilm x mount

The same perversion can be arranged for the Industar I96U f3,5 / 50mm lens with m39 thread with m42 adapters and Fringer EF-FX II for Fujifilm X-mount:

Naturally, this is not an exhaustive list of adapters for vintage optics. If you are looking for something that was not in this review, it is for sure the Chinese have.

Since we're talking about adapters, here are links to reviews of autofocus adapters:

Crop or full frame? Compare Nikon Z6 II vs Fujifilm X-S10

Fujifilm is said to be capable of delivering uniquely magically cool JPGs that don't need any processing. It was interesting for me to check this thesis. At the same time, most Fujifilm cameras have APS-C crop sensors. About Fujifilm medium format I wrote separately, here we do not touch on this topic. I was interested in comparing whether JPG photos from Fujifilm really outperform JPG photos from other cameras and even from full-frame cameras.

For this test, I took mine Fujifilm X-S10 and Nikon Z6 II, which they gave me for the test.

I will show you 2 photos, one for crop, the other for full frame:

landscape photography crop or full frame

landscape photography crop or full frame

Try to guess where what was filmed. Both there and there - in-camera JPG without additional processing. In full frame nikon and cropped fuji, I set the settings for maximum dynamic range right from the camera. The answer will be in my video.

The following photos are already the result of processing raw files from both cameras. Try to determine where is the crop and where is the full frame.

crop or full frame for landscape photography

crop or full frame for landscape photography

I deliberately chose a challenging backlit scene. I must admit, in web resolution, I myself do not see any difference after processing. But there is a difference when you process these raw files. It will also make a difference if you want to print these photos in large sizes (from A2).

Considering the difference in price between a good full frame with optics and a crop camera with crop optics, an APS-C camera would be the rational choice. But for those who still want the maximum (which is hardly distinguishable when viewed at incomplete resolution), of course it is worth looking towards cameras with large matrices.

I told you more about my experiment in this video:

Also read: is it worth going to full frame?

Inexpensive RGB light: Luxceo P7RGB and Yongnuo YN360 III PRO

In the current roundup, I'll cover two relatively inexpensive RGB swords. There are even cheaper models, but these are more toys for the beginning Jedi.

Yongnuo YN360 III PRO - decent RGB light with enough power for broad tasks. With two such sources, you can interestingly highlight the background, or you can make the background highlight with one, and put the other on the counter. I do not recommend using lightsabers for painting light. They shine quite hard, and it is inconvenient to use them through a reflector, and the power will already be not enough. By the way, the power of Yongnuo YN360 III PRO is 20W. This is enough for the tasks that are usually posed before such devices.

I personally use light Nicefoto TC288... But Yongnuo YN360 III PRO could also. I consider them equal (and the price is the same). In comparison, the Nicefoto TC288 light has the advantage of having a variety of flashing special effects. Yongnuo YN360 III PRO theoretically has them, but to activate them you need to use the application on your smartphone - I didn't succeed. On the other hand, the choice of colors in Yongnuo YN360 III PRO is implemented more conveniently than in Nicefoto TC288, where the controls are very specific.

yongnuo yn360 iii pro

The Yongnuo light remote control is not ideal, but it is much more convenient than the non-intuitive buttons in the Nicefoto light (review here). The end result is the same, but the setup process is different.

Luxceo P7RGB - a more compact, cheaper and simplified version of the RGB sword compared to the Yongnuo YN360. By the way, Luxceo P7RGB is waterproof and can withstand immersion in water up to 2 meters, which should be taken into account. Such devices will be interesting if you want to start shooting video with splashes or, for example, in the shower. For photography, it has low power.

The advantages of this light are its compactness and built-in rechargeable batteries. The manufacturer positions the Luxceo P7RGB as a powerbank, from which you can also power other devices.

luxceo p7rgb

Cons - low power 8W and lack of connection to an outlet. As a light for a home studio, I would not recommend it, it is more of a model for travel and non-standard aqua photography. But the compactness and weight made me very happy.

About food

By the way, you will need additional batteries for the Yongnuo YN360 III PRO light if you want to shoot anywhere on the road. Most of these devices are powered by Sony NP-F 550/750/950 batteries. Relatives cost a lot, but you can also use non-native ones. newell np f 550

I recommend batteries Newell or Batmax... The same Yongnuo light can be bought immediately complete with batteries, but I do not recommend that. As a rule, the kit includes Chinese fakes of the lowest quality. One such came to me with Nicefoto light and it is enough for 30-40 minutes of work, which is very little. If you buy batteries separately, you can double the battery life.

Links to RGB light in Ukraine:

Links to RGB Light on AliExpress: