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Adrian Wylie
04-01-2019
10:24 PM ET (US)
Rick, did you have a chance to do any "Clarus day/month" shooting?
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Adrian Wylie
04-01-2019
10:24 PM ET (US)
Nice to see our Clarus equipment is going up in value! The $300 for the 101mm lens is $100 more than what I paid for my entire kit in 2008…camera body, all three Raptar lenses and finders. Obviously the winning bidder really wanted that lens, as did the runner-up bidder! With them having that much interest in Clarus cameras it would be great if they join our forum.
2035
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
04-01-2019
04:53 PM ET (US)
If you have excess Clarus equipment you might want to sell it in Russia. Check out this auction for the 101mm Raptar lens.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-LENS-WOLL...t=nc&orig_cvip=true

Scott
2034
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-20-2019
08:47 PM ET (US)
Hi Adrian,

Yes, I stopped down for those shots but I wanted to give sufficient exposure to the shadows. I think I'm just lucky to not have blown out the highlights. Frankly, the results surprised me. Surprisingly, flare was not an issue. For the long exposures it helped that I was using a monopod to steady the camera. I think security would have asked me to leave had I used a tripod. Maybe not, but I didn't want to find out.

I rely on the Photoshop levels layer to strike a balance between highs and lows. If I was printing I would have been dodging/burning. They're straight shots, but assisted by Photoshop.

Scott
2033
Adrian Wylie
03-20-2019
07:50 PM ET (US)
Hi Scott – I’m really impressed with both the detail and tonality in your photos. I would have expected the highlights in both the Union Station Dome shot and the Ceiling Light photo to be blown out given the contrast range you were dealing with, but instead they are beautifully reproduced as are the shadow areas.

You had mentioned about using the Raptar lens for its extra (f/2) speed, but I’m guessing that you stopped down a little for these shots – am I right? My 50mm Raptar creates images with a bit of glow around the really bright spots when shot at f/2. Stopping down to f/2.8 mostly eliminates this and by f/5.6 the lens is able to produce sharp photos from edge to edge.

Adrian
2032
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-20-2019
06:58 PM ET (US)

Union Station Ceiling Light
2031
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-20-2019
06:35 PM ET (US)

La Plaza United Methodist Church doorway, Los Angeles (crop)
2030
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-20-2019
06:01 PM ET (US)

Thinking about the Velostigmat lens, the colors in Bob's photos of their garden reminded me of a shot I took maybe 20 years ago with the Velostigmat. It's a garden shed window detail. This is from a low res scan by the film processor.
2029
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-20-2019
10:46 AM ET (US)
Thank you for the compliment Adrian.

I hadn't considered we all chose Raptars. Interesting. I've taken some wonderful photos with the Velostigmat in the past but for this year's shots I wanted the extra lens speed to accommodate indoor exposures with the 125 ISO film I had on hand. It's an excellent lens.

Scott
2028
Adrian Wylie
03-20-2019
10:38 AM ET (US)
Scott, I’m a big rail fan and I really love both your photos. Again the ol’ Clarus seems to be coming through with flying colors (well black and white in this case)… both the sharpness and exposure look perfect!

It’s interesting that between you, me and Bob, every photo we’ve posted so far has been made with a Raptar lens. I’m guessing that for every Raptar there are probably 20 Velostigmat/Anastigmat lenses, but we have yet to see a shot with one of the more common lenses.

Adrian
2027
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-19-2019
05:50 PM ET (US)
I neglected to mention that these were taken on Ilford FP4+, processed by Berkeley Photolab. I didn't record the exposure but the indoor shots tended to vary between 1/25 and 1/100 sec. I only had my 50mm f/2.0 Raptar lens with me that day.

Scott
2026
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-19-2019
05:44 PM ET (US)

Los Angeles Union Station @ 5:00 PM
2025
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-19-2019
05:42 PM ET (US)

Los Angeles Union Station Dome
2024
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-19-2019
05:41 PM ET (US)
I'll post two of my Clarus Day (month?) photos. I might have a few more that are presentable after I finish scanning. But we'll see...

Scott
2023
Scott BilottaPerson was signed in when posted
03-19-2019
05:00 PM ET (US)
Adrian,

You mentioned that the blurriness might be normal. I agree. Also, the round lens vignettes a bit in the corners of the frame but I don't mind that. I experimented with your suggestion - to compare writing at the same relative size in the viewfinder. There's no way I can read the writing. I see why you asked about the blurriness. I guess I hadn't attempted to view critically when using the finder. At shooting distances I've just been looking for the extent of the scene. It's not unlike using the dinky reflecting finders on folding cameras. I experimented with my naked eye, distance glasses and reading glasses and it's clearest with my reading glasses.

Scott
2022
Bob Kelly
03-19-2019
04:11 PM ET (US)
My 35mm view finder is fuzzy when I look through it. I am only able to use it for the frame, see very little detail.

Bob Kelly
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