Techart Pro Test

 

Browsing Sony Alpha Rumors, a site dedicated to all things Sony Photo, I found an interesting gadget.  This gadget would turn any manual focus Leica lens into an auto focus lens that’s used on a Sony E body.  And, thought this would be interesting with my assortment of manual focus lens collection I’ve built up during the last couple of years.

 

 

So, I linked the page to a friend to share my interest.  And, a few months later, a package arrived in the mail.  Turns out, it’s the same product that I linked to my friend.  It’s supposed to be my birthday gift, but it arrived 3 months late.  Not her fault.  The product was just introduced and just started shipping a few weeks ago.  I got # 869.

 

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Out of all my manual lenses, my Nikkor f1.4 non-AI is hardest to manually focus when the aperture is wide open.  So, I tested the gadget using this lens.  However, a Nikon F to Leica M is required to get the Nikon lens to “talk” to this gadget, so amazon prime to the rescue.  The adapter arrived yesterday, the lens adapter is finally put through the paces.

 

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This combo of one lens, two adapters and camera body actually feels great in hand and not as clunky as its description might suggest.  The feel is very balanced.  And, the skin tone taken with the Nikon f1.4 wide open is simply porcelain.  Without the Techpro adapter, maybe only 1 out of 10 pics is not out of focus.  With the adapter, that ratio increases to about 2 out of 3.  And, speed to focus is much faster as well.   However, focusing when shooting video is horrible.

 

 

Onto the test shots:

 

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Every one of these shots are actuated with lens aperture wide open.  So, depth of field is razor thin.  If I had to focus manually, very few of my shots will have the subject in focus.

 

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I really like using the 50mm 1.4 wide open because it brings out an ethereal quality similar to a “holy Leica glow”.  Almost like the photos are taken at somewhere up in some esoteric mountain like Mach Pichu or Himalayas (not that I’ve been to either places).

 

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Maybe I am exaggerating a bit.  But, the Nikon 50mm really makes a simple test shoot look more like a photo event.

 

1st dunk and 1st shot:

 

 

This hoop was purchased about a year and a half ago, and I’ve elevated it to it’s current height about a month ago.  Ellis didn’t even try to shoot her foam basketball through the hoop during this time because she didn’t think she’s capable of doing it.  Finally, last night, I convinced her to give it a try.  She was ecstatic after she shot it in.  I didn’t film it the first time.  But, she’s almost just as ecstatic the second time she did it (and I filmed it this time).

 

Test: Day 2 @ Northwood Park (Ellis’ de facto new favorite place on earth)

 

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Update: August 2nd 2016
Dropped my camera while at Baltimore. The adapter ceased to function correctly. Shipped it back to Techart, and they shipped me one back in a week. Not sure what they did either repaired or replaced. But, it looks like new.

  • Phonow

    wow! those pictures really are amazing. love the pic with ellis framed in the playground set & the slide pic.

    love the bb video. u go girl!

    psst. next time, email your friend a link to a hasselblad. :)

    • dd

      she already provides me with invaluable assistance… but a hass wouldn’t hurt though a new sony camera is coming out and might kick the hass to the cub…

      but luving my new toy as it is already…

      • Phonow

        btw… ellis tossing the sand reminds me of a project chris wanted to do– model tossing white powder eg. http://petapixel.com/2015/01/16/elegant-photos-acrobatic-dancer-flinging-white-powder/ i knew of a perfect place for the shoot– abandoned military aircraft repair tunnels on oahu. too bad the project never took place.

        this guy caught my eye while browsing photos. http://www.vonwong.com/BTSV time for you to brave some cold cali/fukushima waters.

        • dd

          that’s great. without you and ellis, i’d just be shooting boring ole vacation photos. now i gotta throw her into fukushima water and have her throw sand at sharks while using super slow exposure to capture the motion and detail fully. i woulda loved to be a fly on the wall while chris is doing his photo shoot. he might ask me to leave when this amateur starts giving the expert photo tips.

          • Phonow

            lol. what i love about your pics of ellis– it is not staged– you capture moments. the van wong guy was cool, but after a little bit… my attitude is “okay…. next”. wong’s photos are too overdone for my taste. i don’t remember the term for it– when they edit it — intensify the colors too much, to the point where it looks like a painting rather then real.

            i sent the same link to chris. re: the storm shoot, he said “I know where a couple of them was taken. One is in Kansas and the other is in Oklahoma. I was actually talking to Keith about the storms we have had lately here and wish I didn’t have to work during them. We get some serious storms out here, beautiful.”

            I wrote back & mentioned “etane is playing with a new camera auto focus adapter called Techart Pro Test. took a shot of his daughter throwing sand in the air. reminded me of you wanting to photograph a model flinging talcum powder.”

            i’ll let you know if he responds…

            i remember silently freaking out when chris took pictures. that guy has no fear– billy goat w/camera.

          • dd

            with the techart pro and nikon lens, i am actually trying to go for a bit of that surreal/ethereal look. i know wut u mean about the wong pics. i thought the same thing after looking at 3 pics. of course, i’d love to have his artistic talent. i guess chris will need a way to get in here to see the pics.

          • Phonow

            your surreal/ethereal look is fine. you do not overdo it. And, if you want to, of course… go ahead & stretch the boundaries. photography is fun. van wong obviously appeals to certain viewers, but after a while– cloying.

            it will be hard to get chris back here– esp since your site is closed. he & i hardly interact anymore. his life has changed– and correspondence has slowed considerably. it is only natural. :)

          • dd

            you’re jilted. yesterday’s newspaper. maybe his new love is trump. he is in red state after all. and, he’s from germany… right?

          • Phonow

            lol! it would be unnatural for him to call/write everyday. as it is… we keep in touch. i i guess it would be easier for me to keep current with him if i had facebook. he tried to force me to start facebook once… but nah… i do not need stuff like dat.

            judging by his politics… he would be a sanders supporter. but i have not asked him who he would vote for in a clinton-trump election. hmmmmm

          • dd

            you would vote for clinton right? i might take a chance with the non establishment. what’s the worst that could happen, internment camps?

          • Phonow

            yeah. my vote is for clinton.

            internment camps? never. not in america. lol

          • dd

            your family weren’t afflicted by that?

          • Phonow

            i was being sarcastic.

            no. my dad tried to join the army.. but they rejected him (dad was very short/slight). he was unhappy that they rejected him.

            hawaii japanese were not as affected by internment camps as much because people like John A. Burns (governor, ’62-’74) did his best to ameliorate prejudice against japanese americans during & after WWII. For that, the japanese here loved him and for those old enough to remember him… still do.

            https://books.google.com/books?id=4ti5uYDfQ6IC&pg=PA37&lpg=PA37&dq=john+burns+hawaii+internment&source=bl&ots=_7rN6G0WH0&sig=9Q5ob5JbbpS_Wlb5DD9UtOscXG0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5tfSX_OfMAhUI4oMKHc5tCYgQ6AEIJDAB#v=onepage&q=john%20burns%20hawaii%20internment&f=false

          • dd

            that must’ve been tough to do since there really were japanese spies in hawaii during ww2. how else could they sneak all them destroyers and carriers across the pacific. while the mainland japs were trying to do the hop (trying to assimilate and build their american dream), they get interned. did you see come see the paradise?

          • Phonow

            japanese spies, but not japanese americans. iirc, one of the reasons why they could not coup up JAs is because the sugar industry was so big here. they needed the laborers. always follow the $.

            lol. i remember playing the avalon game for Midway against my bf at the time. if i was leading that battle… japan would have won midway… and well… maybe calif would be speaking japanese right now. :)

          • dd

            did you watch man in the high castle? they really do speak japanese in that tv series on netflix.

            i don’t think i know avalon game… you mean “1942″?

          • Phonow

            i do not have netflix. i only do freebies. squeak.

            avalon hill games sought to recreate real military battles in a board game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon_Hill we would spend hours moving tiny cardboard pieces around a board. haha.

            looked like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=avalon+hill+games+midway&biw=1536&bih=706&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiCi7SBgujMAhUk0oMKHRpOC2kQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=r3Ea_VLdDwfpVM%3A

          • dd

            looks like stratego played on a scrabble board. man you just earned youself some geek cred. i, on the otherhand, saved princess toadstool like 5000 times.

          • Phonow

            my bf always tried to teach me history when we were playing the games. i would gain advantage because he would say stuff like… “the reason why japan lost this battle is because they did not wait a few months for a carrier to be launched.” So… i would wait for my carrier… before i attacked midway. lol

          • dd

            no no no they lost cuz they waited too long to use their manned ‘uav’ bombers.

          • Phonow

            dayum. wait. i need to contact the motherland.

          • dd

            yah with your broke ass japanese. they will attack the wrong island on the wrong date.

          • Phonow

            yesssu. karifornia. yesssu. ross angires.

          • dd

            fukushima poke bomb away.. 50 yrs later.. foh de emplalah!

          • Phonow

            LOL. banzai!

          • dd

            all hail emplalah zurg!

          • Phonow

            haha. my favorite avatar ever.

            do you play those dota games Lin is into? i have never played an interactive online game. i used to carry a chess board w/me to our college watering hole, but never did do online chess.

          • dd

            how do you fit a chessboard in your bag with all dem punch cards that can’t go out of order?

            i played medal of honor on my laptop against the computer… never against live opponent. it was fun for a few days. but i don’t got friends to play with. and, i am glad i don’t. i know people who don’t show up at work cuz they play all night.

          • Phonow

            it was a leathery roll up chessboard– & held the pieces in a crown royal bag. i even had a chess clock. was never good at chess… but always could find someone my level.

            ahh…. night owls like Lin. hmm… playing against the computer might be okay. but it is better to have a human element to it…. you can’t play mind games w/a computer.

            Mind games… like what you are doing to aymen & fatman tonight. haha

            btw… go to sleep. :)

          • dd

            what happened to the crown royal? i got a bottle with the bag. it’s been 1/5th empty since 2000. why bring board with you when you’re not good at chess? that’s like wearing air jordans but can’t even dribble.

            i get enough mind games from people without resorting to video games. i am editing photos… no sleep til brooklin…

          • Phonow

            crack the whip. ttyl

          • dd

            break yo mama’s back

          • Phonow

            never did drink crown. someone must have given me the bag. why not play lower level chess? you still have fun– and it allows you to be social… without really being social.

            chess club met at watering hole every friday. so… lots of games going on. i would pick up games when wannabees would get trounced by the real players.

          • dd

            reminds me of the time when i wore soccer cleats to school. mom said i never wore them after she bought them and that’s wasting money. i told her it’s only for soccer and it’s not soccer season, but she made me wear it anyways. and kids were like “you think you’re a soccer hot shot” then teacher told me never to wear it to school because it’s a safety hazard.

            and, once my mom made me wear my baseball jersey to school because she said i never wear them after she bought them for me. i told my mom people only wear this when playing baseball and it’s not baseball season. she made me wear them anyways. you know the drill…

          • Phonow

            how old were you? was this in cali or taiwan?

          • dd

            like 10ish. llips too busy being jack bean to pop up?

          • Phonow

            your mom was really out of touch w/reality. at that age (especially at that age–>through teen years) it is important to fit in. anything out of the norm (cleats/bb jersey) invites teasing/bullying from classmates.

            must have been so frustrating. your mom did not listen to reason… and you were to young to “argue/fight” back. just wondering… did you Really Rebel during your teen years? & were you sent to taiwan because no one could control you anymore?

            you have to reply to a old post from Llips to draw her back in.

            In fact…. if you want to get Chris back in– reply to an old Chris post– he will be able to converse with you if he replies via email notification. — i am not sure if he has disqus set for email notification… but can’t hurt to try.

          • dd

            yah my mom lived a sheltered life. and, my mom is the rebellious one not i haha.

            not trying to draw her back just making observation that you see less llips and more jack bean.

            well i won’t interupt chris’ life. hope he finds his way back here one day when he’s bored and trying to find something to do.

          • Phonow

            is jeremiah pretending ignorance re your former identity? i am making friends w/him. lol.

            i forgot that you were the adult in the family, not vice versa.

          • dd

            who knows. maybe he posts better on portal. kinda idiot on jl.

          • Phonow

            yeah, he comes on to jl.net to troll sws. on portal, he “contributes” tp the discussion.

            heard from chris. he is looking at jobs in virginia & maryland… has not made up his mind yet.

            haha, get this. after aransas job ends, he will “officially be a sponsored drone racer (part-time).” when he was younger, he was a sponsored stunt bike performer. so, he is made of more metal than bone. aunty pho likes drone racing more than bike stunts or skateboarding.

          • dd

            what’s drone race? like flying one of those uav around an obstacle course?

          • Phonow

            yah. they modify drones to have speeds up to 100 mph. they race in a obstacle course. the also do a “freestyle” competition. they had a little segment in hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/865056#i0,p18,d0

            the show is called xploration earth: drones, season 2, epi 8. it featured a segment on drone racing.

            have to go food shopping lol. hope to catch you later.

          • Phonow

            oh.. and i never did watch “see the paradise.”

          • Phonow

            switching convo to here. lol.

            so you friend had to do a cross over vote? dayum. pretty soon we are going to have Calif version of counting hanging chads.

          • dd

            i never even heard of a cross over vote before, is that like 2/3 vote? at first they asked whether i wanted provision vote.

          • Phonow

            yeah, that’s weird. calif has a semi closed primary. to me, that means that you are not able to cross over– Unless he changed his party before the deadline May 23rd.

            eh… i don’t know.

            looks like the media is declaring clinton the winner.

          • Phonow

            interesting talk radio interview with greg palast re calif suppressing NPP votes. https://www.utalk.us/?s=jvZplwqq18

          • dd

            only listened to a few minutes. doesn’t seem like bernie is fighting for california and instead is going to fight at the convention and he’s having a meeting with obama tomorrow.

          • Phonow

            i am guessing that obama is negotiating a deal. if you drop out of the race… we will make you Secretary of State (kidding). would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting.

          • dd

            well bernie is the one who requested the meeting not obama.

          • Phonow

            really?

            what is your take on it?

          • dd

            that bernie will cave like he did.. jill stein?

          • Phonow

            it is for the greater good. (you can barf now).

            ok.

            to me, the main thing is to defeat trump. hillary will continue supporting corporate interests.. but unlike trump… i do not think she will nuke the world or incarcerate non whites.

            jill stein… only if hilary is clearly winning over trump. then again, her machine clearly knows how to rig the vote.

          • dd

            honestly i don’t think there’s too much difference between trump and clinton except the level of which they are beholden to financial industry interest is not to fixed with trump. he could be as good as sanders or as bad as hitler. and, i honestly think clinton has more guts to use the nuke than trump does. trump barks. not sure he’d bite.

          • Phonow

            hahahha. my turn for honesty. my first thought was thank goodness dd lives in calif, and not a swing state. i fear trump much more than clinton.

            in a sick way, i am grateful for trump. republican establishment is learning that they have alienated middle class/lower middle class white americans to the point where a figure like trump is attractive. the republican establishment was not able to elect their candidate of choice and are now panicking.

            i am hoping that the elite realize that they have to improve the working conditions of the middle class, or else, candidates like sanders or trump will be elected.

            and yes, i believe the elites are grateful for hiillary.

          • dd

            doesn’t seem like what you’re hoping for is in any way realistic.

          • Phonow

            lol! yeah, it is wishful thinking, but have got to keep on hoping, and fighting the good fight.

            btw, i asked chris who he will vote for if clinton vs trump. he made a errrrrrrr sound. lol. i guess he hates them both.

          • dd

            dem’s latest slogan sucks but is realistic “anyone but trump”

            they no longer have a good candidate so let the mud slinging begin

          • Phonow

            do you really think that hillary would use nuclear weapons? i just listened to an interview w/noam chomsky, who thinks that hillary is more militant than obama.

            the thing that really gets me nervous are those new smaller nuclear weapons. it would be tempting to use it.

            reminds me of the neutron bomb– tempting to use since it would have left infrastructure standing. haha. people dead, but hey, great roads.

          • dd

            did you think obama would use drone strikes? hilary is “bring them to heel” in chief

          • Phonow

            no. did not think obama would use killer drones. before obama, i did not know that killer drones even existed. killing is “easier” than capturing; and using drones does not endanger american special forces. rah rah america.

            when will killer drones be used here? police forces inherit military technology. they”ll probably start out with taser-like drones… and escalate.

          • dd
          • Phonow

            yikes. someone put the fear of gawd in her.

          • dd

            pocohontas is part zion

          • Phonow

            which politician is not part zionist?

          • dd

            ironically the jew from nj

          • Phonow

            ??? i have no idea who.

          • dd

            blame the media

          • Phonow

            it is those anti-gay baker’s fault.

          • dd

            baker = false flag?

          • Phonow

            sorry, i wrote that when i was still smarting from takeme2cruz wise arse comment on jl.net re orlando shootings.

            “The media will continue to blame the bakers who refused to bake gay couple wedding cake are evil”

          • dd

            i find that comment extremely callous and unethical. talking point memo from roger ailes and wayne lapierre

          • Phonow

            the horror in florida has me speechless. i can’t believe reagan is so tone deaf and tunnel visioned not to see the horror. repugs are full of fear… and when something threatens them, they run for their guns.

            i wonder if he even owns a gun… or have even shot one.

          • dd

            i imagine when they camed up with the slogan “good guy with a gun” they were thinking no wait it would work…

          • Phonow

            they watch too many movies. they fantacize that they can be the “hero” in a scenario like that. good guy w/a gun would be ducking or running like everybody else.

          • dd

            i blame it on that show 24 with keifer sutherland. his dad does look a lot like popovich tho

          • Phonow

            never watched 24, but read some of the wiki. counter terrorist unit. groan. we need more boston legal. :)

          • dd

            saw the newsroom? finished it last week. 3 seasons worth in a week.

          • Phonow

            gawd. now that is one show i want to see. i saw some cips on youtube. i’ve been too lazy to go to the library to borrow the series. lol. dayum. does that mean i have to learn how to use the tv??

          • dd

            i streamed it on amazon for free with prime. u got prime?

          • Phonow

            free? my second favorite four letter word. :)

            i did not dig too deep, but it seems you have to be a amazon prime member in order to get the free streaming service. prime membership is free at first, then you pay $10.99/mo.

            i realize it is free 30 day. cancel anytime membership… but no… pho don’t do dat. i have used my credit card three times online. once for kuchinich, once for book store, and once for car rental. old ladies do cash or check only.

            you may roll your eyes now.

            edit: forgot: once for itunes. those buggers don’t let you do anything without a credit card.

          • dd

            ill try not to judge but cc is so convenient plus the cash back.

          • Phonow

            that is mighty christian of you.

            yah, cash back sounds like a good deal. but eh…. i don’t really spend that much $ nowadays, mostly for food. that is why advertisers target the younger market. the only people that target my age group are scammers. lol

          • dd

            cc companies that target young people don’t offer cash back haha.. they expect you to be in debt for life.

          • Phonow

            lol. that’s the american way. hook em young, and drag em in.

            heading out to philly tomorrow…. for a couple of weeks… and no, not for the democratic convention.

          • dd

            a couple of weeks? got your hilary button?

          • Phonow

            am looking for a bernie bumper sticker to paste on the surface. would be fun to run into the hawaii delegation there. bernie won big in hawaii. we liberals all know each other lol. hubbie was a presidential elector way back when. his big story was that michael moore came by sat & yakked with him. they sort of look alike. lol.

            will let you know if there is a bernie sighting.

          • dd

            well i am going to find obama tomorrow and ask wutsup with not backing his jewish brutha.

          • Phonow

            lol. tell him aunty pho said howzit.

          • Phonow

            this is what Jerimiah said to aymen:

            To Ayman:

            They’re forced to hide every inch of their skin and
            especially their faces under a black sheet. It’s as if they don’t even
            exist. Nobody want to deal with someone who hides their face. It makes
            them feel strong? Bullcrap. You often post about girls and stuff. You
            want to live in a world where all the women look like black blob ghosts?
            Back to the dark ages? That’s a nightmare scenario. Why do you think
            Trump has so much support?
            ——
            (to donsmacou) No this country needs as many Asians as it can get. Immigrants are great as long as they’re not wearing burqas.
            ——
            Nobody wants to see your friggin burqas in this country. It’s repulsive to every civilized human being.