You’ve probably already gathered that I’m drawn to antique and vintage shops, I love a good mooch around for “new” props for my still life photography. A few weeks ago an unplanned antique shop visit saw me buying two lovely old blue bottles plus a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan 50mm f2.8 lens.
Now I knew nothing about the lens and had no internet connection on my phone so wasn’t able to do any research. The only thing I did know was that it fitted my adaptor ring and at £15 I was prepared to take a chance.
A quick search online when I got home and learned that the chances of the lens being good weren’t so great! I soon discovered that the aperture was stuck at f2.8, the lens is soft, difficult to focus and prone to a sort of glowing effect.
Undeterred a few days later I took it for a walk.
The kindest thing I can say is the images certainly look like they were taken with something vintage! Not one of them was focussed. In fact I had to swap to the Helios to reassure myself that there wasn’t something wrong with my eyes!
And just look at the difference…..
I should be disappointed and consigning the lens to the bin.
BUT I’m very drawn to soft, out of focus and blurry images and I have a feeling there’s a great image to be had from that lens. Admittedly probably only ever one great image. Perhaps it’s connected to my last post about the thing that’s missing but I have a feeling that one day I’ll be really glad I bought this lens.
At the moment I’m much more excited about another vintage lens discovery but I’ll save that for another post.