another shot with the Minolta MC Rokkor 55mm f/1.7

I took this in the park yesterday afternoon.  I have to say I am really enjoying this lens.

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Below also a quick snapshot of how it looks on the X-E2.  Not bad at all.

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1st try – The Minolta MC Rokkor 55mm f/1.7

I mentioned in a previous post that once an adapter had arrived I would be able to try out my new (old) Minolta MC Rokkor 55mm 1.7.  Well yesterday morning with it firmly in place on my X-E2, I took a quick walk through Wiesbaden to see what I might be able to do with it.

I started out trying to focus with the focus peaking assist.  I had found this to work nicely with the Voigtländer CS but for some reason in combination with the Minolta, I just couldn’t get on with it.  I switched to Digital Split Image assist and this made things much better.  That’s strange because while trying out the CS I had almost written the split image function off as a wannabe rangefinder gimmick.  Seems I was wrong and I don’t know why but with this lens I actually prefer it.  I need to try it out again with the CS attached to see if it’s just me or if the two assist functions do in fact respond differently depending on the lens.

The lens itself sits nicely on the small X-E2 body with a nice balanced feel in the hand.  The lens is all metal with a nice finish.  I like the silver aperture ring as well as the profiled focusing ring.  The silver end to the lens gives it a nice premium look.  Like the CS, I think this lens looks fantastic on the X-E2 (photo to come later).

Using this lens was a breeze, especially with the split image assist function.  In some light conditions a higher contrast in the focus area would have been nice but even so, the more I get used to it the more I can say that manual focus on the X-E2 is actually fun to use.

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oh and Honestly, I did not see that mysterious white hand between the window dressers legs when I took the shot.

Backgammon on cobbled streets

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I’m really starting to like the 2.39:1 crop ratio and I thought this shot from a while back might work well with it. This was taken at Covent Garden early evening. The sun was low and this cast a nice long shadow of the bike.

I guess it’s the cinematic look that I like and with the addition of the “letterbox” one has the feeling of being pulled into the shot.

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