First test shots… by atchoo

First test shots…

… using my new vintage Tair-11… I already love this lens… it has a two ring aperture system - or a preset aperture system - which can be a bit tricky at first.

I found the following description quite helpful:
"What is this preset aperture system?
On a fully manual SLR, you'll want to focus with the lens wide-open so that the point of focus is most clearly visible - because the depth of field is at its narrowest and the viewfinder image is at its brightest. But for taking the actual shot you might need to stop down to f/5.6 or f/11 or whatever and this would be difficult without taking the camera from your eye and looking at the lens aperture ring; you could count the click stops if the lens has them, but that gets tedious pretty quickly, too.

One of the solutions is preset aperture. The most common version of this system (at least on Soviet SLR lenses) works with two aperture rings and can be confusing if you are not familiar with it. One of the rings (usually the one closest to the front of the lens) has click stops and sets the aperture you want to shoot at - in both of the pictures below it is set to f/8. But this ring does not actually close down the aperture to that setting - this is done by the second ring below it. The second ring does not have click stops and rotates smoothly, changing the actual lens aperture between wide open and the value you set on the first ring. So when you shoot, you set the shooting aperture with the first ring and then move between wide open (for focusing) and your selected aperture (for shooting) by rotating the second ring from one end of its travel to the other - no need to take your eye away from the viewfinder."

Gear used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 + M42 to micro 4/3 Adapter + Tair-11 f2.8/133mm.
Beautiful! It sounds like a complicated system, but you get great results
December 30th, 2017  
I like it. Works well.
December 31st, 2017  
Lovely shot.
December 31st, 2017  
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