Portraits with the Olympus EPL1 and Zeiss 85/1.4

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by raid, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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    Raid
    I used to love using my old Zeiss 85/1.4 on the EP2, and now I have tried it out on the EPL1. This lens was made in Rollei QBM mount for the Rollei 35mm SLR system (maybe in the 60's or 70's?). I have used this lens on film cameras, and I loved its outcome, but I now like it even more with the digital M 4/3 cameras. The EPL1 has a 7x magnification help for focusing and internal stabilization, and since my lens has a broken aperture mechanism, and it can only be used wide open. I need this help for better focusing. The color rendition of these old Zeiss lenses are (in my opinion) first class. The perspective may be that of a 170mm lens, but I get great looking portraits from across the room.

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    I also have the 35mm/1.4 Distagon (without any flaws), which I also use with M 4/3 cameras. Both lenses are heavy.

    Lina

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    It is my favorite in-the-shade-lens.

    Dana

    I took this photo a few minutes ago.

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    I also have the 50mm/1.4 Planar and the 50mm/1.8 in QBM mount. They make great portrait lenses with the M 4/3. I missed the boat once when Amedeo was going to do a few custom modifications to the 50mm lenses to be in M mount. All images shown in this thread so far are with the 85/1.4.

    Lina

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    Dana


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    There is no better way to get Zeiss lenses at an affordable cost than buying QBM lenses. They have gone up in price though since the introduction of M 4/3 lenses and other cameras with interchangeable mounts. I once read an article on the lenses in Shutterbug magazine, and I went on a hunt (there was no internet then). I found the pair {35/1.4 and 85/1.4} for the sum of $400 for both together. Now, each lens can cost $1000. The same lenses were also made in Contax SLR mount at a higher cost.


    Lina

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    Both girls:

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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Hugs and Pretty Ponies! The shots are all in focus, that 7x really helps.

    Have you looked at getting the aperture repaired?
     
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  3. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    I started with the local camera repairman, and he was unable to find anywhere spare parts for the lens. Then I sent the lens to DAG, and he also could not find spare parts. Then I tried Eddy Smolov as my last resort, but he had then gotten very sick, and he retired, so his replacement camera repairman also tried, but failed to find spare parts. I searched on ebay for a cheap replacement lens, but I never found a Zeiss 85/1.4 below $500 (usually around $850-$1200). The Contax mount 85/1.4 (same lens) cost even more. My lens is now a lens for later afternoons and for indoors. I wonder if I could compensate for the overexposure when shooting in sunlight by asking for underexposure in the camera. Two to three stops may be sufficient in most cases.
     
  4. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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  7. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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    Raid
    I got carried away today!

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    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
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