Freelensing

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  1. minicoop1985

    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Has anyone ever done this with much success? I believe I've found a new method that makes it MUCH easier to accomplish. With a standard lens for a 35mm or APS-C based camera, you'll find that there's virtually no distance to play with. Knowing that the flange distance on a medium format camera is much longer than that of a standard DSLR, I thought it would be fun to try a Mamiya 645AF lens on a Canon 5D3. Much to my surprise, it works, and it works very well. I'll post up a result once the bossman gets off his ass and sends it to me (forgot to snag the card). I would highly recommend trying this-it's fun and free if you have some MF lenses laying around (or cheap if you don't-M645 manual lenses are dirt cheap).


     
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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Freelensing?
    I do that sometimes...
    I thought it was called "going commando" though...
    ah, kids and their newfangled phrases.
     
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    petrochemist TPF junkie!

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    SLR lenses on a mirrorless camera should work equally well, but so far I've only given it a brief play using an enlarger lens on my DSLR
    IIRC this was with my 75mm:
    [​IMG]freelensing portrait by Mike Kanssen, on Flickr
    The 50mm was rather more restrictive in tilt.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Since my boss is being a pain by not responding, I'll go take another with my wife's Sony and my 80mm 2.8 Mamiya.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Dangit, I tried it with the wife's camera, but couldn't get it to work out. Too much light getting in behind the lens.
     
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    dennybeall No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Interesting challenge but what is the result you're trying to achieve?
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Altering the plane of the optics and/or image surface in relationship to the subject(s) is a common way to change the depth of field in the resulting image without changing aperture.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I know what I'm trying to do, but describing it is nigh impossible. :lol:
     
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    paigew Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have tried it but it really scares me b/c I don't want to get dust + dirt in my sensor. That is why I decided to buy a lensbaby. Same result, no risk :p
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    If you use a DSLR, you will get dust on your sensor. No lens you use will prevent that. Cameras and lenses are not assembled in a clean room at the factory nor are they hermetically sealed.
     
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    Nor are they CHANGED in a clean room.

    I can clean my sensor and then have dust on it again in a week. I'm headed for Arizona next month, pretty much guaranteed I'll have to clean it again when I get back.
     
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    yeah but freelensing is shooting with your lens completely off your camera. Way higher chance of crap getting in there. No thank you :)
     

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