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It flares. It swirls. But that's why I love it so!

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Mellow, May 14, 2012.

  1. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I love swirly bokeh. The Cooke Kinic looks like a fun and interesting lens!
  3. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    I like that kind if bokeh too.
  4. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Wow that's dizzying!

    But count me in as another swirly fan. I've been getting rid of most of my legacy lenses since I don't like to manual focus, but I think I'll be keeping my Pentax/Cosmicar 25mm for the swirls (although it's not as pronounced as your lens!)
  5. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Need. Some. Dramamine.

    Really works with that subject though I think.
  6. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I think that would be called a special use lens....I love a good swirl, too.
  7. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    +1, it really is a part of the composition, connecting the heads with some sort of dreamy circle.
  8. jff1625

    jff1625 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2012
  9. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    me likey
  10. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Is spiral bokeh directional or static?

    Love these 16mm lenses.

    What a powerful image amplified by the swirl bokeh. Any ideas what caused the diagonal striping on the torso? I view the swirling as clockwise. Attached is an image I shot yesterday to explore bokeh of various lenses. I read the spiral bokeh from the Taylor Hobson 1"/1.9 as counter clockwise. Is there a member who understand the optics? Is spiral bokeh directional or static and if so why?
    I anxiously awaiting the return of my Kodak Cine Ektar 1"/f1.4 from a CLA. Taking a bit longer than expected or perhaps I'm just too eager.

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    Taylor Hobson 1"/1.9
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  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    You're pulling our leg here - that swirl isn't caused by the lens. I've been to that memorial, and that's exactly how it looks for real! Or was it the drugs I was on....? :cool: 
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  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    As a general rule I don't like the swirl bokeh but when used right I do. The example of the women's memorial works is one that does indeed look nice..
  13. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    the "bokeh" is a comatic aberration. These lens were meant for even smaller frames, so the center image would be only recorded leaving the comatic area mostly out of frame. The reason they were used is they bring the area that is in focus sharper than other lens designs, all things are a trade off in photography I suppose. To manipulate the comatic area play with your depth of field, and background lighting. The diagnal stripe is common of a lens with no coating. Wiki optical abberations and you'll find some good sources for more info on coma and other odd lens properties it gets interesting.
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  14. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Jim, thanks for your reply. I did visit and over viewed the plethora of information and an begining to understand the interrelationships of many lens related terms I've known.
  15. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    It's lens flare.

  16. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Thank you. That's amazing, so uniform over such a wide area.
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