David Halgrimson  


Wet lands by David Halgrimson

May 2020 - Wet lands

May 2020 - David Halgrimson

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May 2020 - David Halgrimson

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May 2020 - David Halgrimson

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About the Image(s)

I was searching the internet the other day for anything photography and ran across a small and inexpensive lens. It is called a CCTV lens, CCTV meaning Closed-circuit television which is normally used for security systems.

I found that these lenses, at least some, can be used with still cameras. This is one manufactured by Pixco and available on Amazon. It is 25mm, f/1.4 “ f/8, fully manual aperture and focus. I ordered it for my micro four thirds cameras, and it came with a C mount adapter.

It cost all of $27. I had no idea, looking at the pictures on Amazon that it was so small.

Surprisingly the build is good, all metal body, the aperture and focus rings are smooth but very touchy, little movement, big change.

The affects it creates makes it fun to use. Being non-standard and fully manual though, aperture settings are not recorded by the camera.

I found it a little difficult to focus as the focus and aperture rings are in reverse position, focus ring is next to the camera body. Minimum focusing distance is 21 inches, without using macro rings. Being that far away it was difficult to see small objects like flowers and get sharp focus. Turning on focus peaking on the camera helped.

Notice the swirl on the right and left, this is caused by the lens.

In post for the original I used Lightroom to lower the highlights, raise the shadows and whites and lower the blacks. The ran it through Topaz DeNoise AI. Then back in Lightroom I raised the Highlights, shadows, lowered the whites and blacks and added a little dehaze. In Silver Effects Pro 2 I used number 24 preset.


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8 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
An interesting toy lens. Cheap fun. I am sure you will find some more uses for the new tools. Thanks for showing the size and the attaching ring. Almost like a cheap Lensbaby.

Sure like the B/W over the original.   Posted: 05/02/2020 10:53:34

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Yes, very interesting. It reminds me of images made with the HOLGA cameras, without the light leaks.   Posted: 05/02/2020 13:41:51
David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
That would be true, I have a Holga but have not used it for years, stopped when I could not get the negatives processed at a drug store.   Posted: 05/02/2020 13:50:01

Steve Knight   Steve Knight
This is cool. I've had this fascination with pinhole photography and this reminds me of that. By the way, I just picked up a Holga lens for my Canon EF mount from Amazon. I'm looking forward to trying it out.   Posted: 05/02/2020 22:01:30

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
It is fun to use and inexpensive. Fits some situations and not so much others.   Posted: 05/03/2020 13:05:32

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Dave, that is interesting. I cannot relate to the techy part which is difficult for me. But the image indicates the capability and possibility of interesting imaging. The image has been well 'treated' and the final outcome very nice. The swirls do add an interesting effect and help the viewer concentrate into the middle. I would have preferred some more space on the top for the tree not to bleed out. But I understand the control is not easy and you still presented a nice image.   Posted: 05/10/2020 03:20:45

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
What a neat little toy to have some great fun with, the DOF and focal point are going to produce some amazingly interesting image and is going to be fun to experiment with. Does give the feel of the old days when we used to smear vaseline on the lens to get these effects. I look forward to some more dynamic images.   Posted: 05/17/2020 06:13:41

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
I like the comments. Nice toy, cheap fun, fun to use and inexpensive, ... There are important characteristics for the photographer...
It gives dynamic at the picture. If you look at it too long, you begin to swirl...   Posted: 05/26/2020 01:08:05