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Macro Shots

Welcome to my first experiment using a mirrorless camera with an inexpensive Canon-FD-Lens-Mount-to-Nikon-Z-Camera-Mount adapter.

I always wanted to try my old lenses, formerly paired with a Canon AE-1, on a new camera. However, with lenses made by different companies, I’d (wrongly) assumed that each would require a unique adapter.

In fact, only the lens mount fitting matters. So, with this series of photographs, I’m using a Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro lens made by Tokina.

I’ve also applied a scaled-back version of my usual post-processing routine to these photographs, shot as RAW files, using Affinity Photo.


Because this is a dumb adapter, both autofocus and changes to aperture are no longer available in-camera and must be made manually.

In order for my camera to retain IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization), information such as lens number, focal length and maximum aperture, had to be assigned in the Set Up Menu as Non-CPU lens data. I also assigned a Function Button to use as a shortcut.

Without autofocus, I’ve found it helpful to use Focus Peaking, which superimposes a selected color to highlight areas in focus. Depending on the primary color present in any given scene, one may assign a contrasting color for improved visibility.


4 responses to “Macro Shots”

  1. Inge David Avatar

    Mooie geslaagde macro opnames met je nieuwe lens!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Heel erg bedankt lieve Inge! Ik ben verheugd dat ik deze lens, die mijn vader in de jaren 1970-1980 gebruikte, weer kan gebruiken. Ik heb hem sinds de jaren 90 in mijn bezit en heb hem al vele, vele jaren niet meer gebruikt. Deze foto’s heb ik gisteren gemaakt, na wat oefenen om te zien hoe dit het beste werkt. Ik ben tevreden en zal moeten leren hoe ik de verlichting efficiënter kan gebruiken. Een fijne nieuwe week, mijn vriend! 🌹

  2. thomasstigwikman Avatar

    Interesting experiment. It came out looking good.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Yes, I think so. And, this lens has been unused for over twenty years, so it’s nice to see it in action once again. Thanks 👍

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