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Images => Life, the Universe & Everything Else => Topic started by: Jakov Minić on April 12, 2017, 17:27:59

Title: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on April 12, 2017, 17:27:59
I am getting to like this lens more and more.
Thanks to Brent for selling it to me and thanks to Erik for modifying it for me!
Depth of field is practically nonexistent when mounted on an FX camera, but that doesn't mean that images cannot be obtained :)

 

Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Woodley Willie on April 12, 2017, 17:33:58
DOF?  Do we really need to care?
Wonderful images!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Lars Hansen on April 12, 2017, 19:13:35
I am getting to like this lens more and more.


That is understandable - fabulous images!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: gryphon1911 on April 12, 2017, 19:31:54
Beautiful color and abstract-ness.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Bruno Schroder on April 12, 2017, 22:27:08
Really good, Jakov. I, too, like this lens.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Akira on April 12, 2017, 22:29:23
Amazing.  Beautiful gradient color composition.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on April 12, 2017, 22:44:35
You are all too kind, thank you so much, Woodley, Lars, Andrew, Bruno, and Akira :)

You don't think about sharpness, you don't think about auto-focus, you don't think about zooming, basically there is very little that you think about apart from composition. It is so liberating to think only about shapes and lines...
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: armando_m on April 12, 2017, 23:02:06
I can  easily imagine this hanging on the walls of a upscale hotel

wonderful images

Seems to be the antithesis to what Michael Erlewine does, throw away sharpness, keep the fabulous colors and composition
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Akira on April 13, 2017, 00:20:24
You don't think about sharpness, you don't think about auto-focus, you don't think about zooming, basically there is very little that you think about apart from composition. It is so liberating to think only about shapes and lines...

Yes, that's how your intuition starts to work...
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: golunvolo on April 13, 2017, 23:04:40
Wonderful results Jakov. I´ll love to be there one day to see how you produce your magic
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 13, 2017, 23:11:07
great colours - happy easter
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on April 14, 2017, 02:39:35
Thank you Armando for your kind words. I would love to see a photo of mine hanging large in a fancy hotel :)

Akira, as I said, it's liberating in its limitations. You do it too. I remember very well what you did with that funny 50mm of yours :)

Paco, there is nothing I would more like than to catch up with you in Seville! Thanks!

Thomas, thanks, Happy Easter!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Mongo on April 14, 2017, 09:20:26
beaut images ! Particularly like the last one for the way its relative structure melts and merges into the ether.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Akira on April 14, 2017, 15:21:11
Akira, as I said, it's liberating in its limitations. You do it too. I remember very well what you did with that funny 50mm of yours :)

That funny 50mm is in the hands of our source of inspiration.  I still keep the CRT, though.  :)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 10, 2022, 23:47:26
It has been a while.
Lavender.
Balcony.
Into the sun.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: ColinM on June 10, 2022, 23:54:41
It has been a while.
Lavender.
Balcony.
Into the sun.

Ahh, now this is even more special Jakov!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 10, 2022, 23:57:44
Thank you, Colin!
Much appreciated!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Akira on June 11, 2022, 00:54:47
It has been a while.
Lavender.
Balcony.
Into the sun.

Jakov, Jakov, Jakov!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 11, 2022, 12:15:32
Jakov, Jakov, Jakov!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!  8)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Lars Hansen on June 11, 2022, 12:34:57
It has been a while.
Lavender.
Balcony.
Into the sun.

Fascinating shot Jakov - it was worth waiting for!  :)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 11, 2022, 13:20:09
Thank you Lars so much for your comment!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: golunvolo on June 11, 2022, 18:23:16
Very poetic and with those ethereal circles.. Jakov, Jakov, Jakov!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 11, 2022, 19:00:23
thank you so much, Paco!
lavender, take two.
balcony, a red car as background.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: John Geerts on June 11, 2022, 20:24:49
Super shots, Jakov !
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on June 11, 2022, 22:53:50
Lovely stuff indeed :-)

Seems the lens is rather hard to find on the used market at the moment though :(
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Dogman on June 11, 2022, 23:35:10
Really beautiful work!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 12, 2022, 09:54:28
John, super thanks!

Snoogly, thanks to you too. I bought this lens from one of our members, Brent Elliot, for about $40.
Erik, modified the lens to F-mount. (what a guy)
Birna told me it was better suited for C-mount because of the smaller distance between the rear element and the sensor. For the same reason I suspect it is better suited for Z-mount, too.
All I need to do now is buy a Z-fc (and get that guy to modify it again)
As it is now, I can barely get anything sharp. But that doesn't mean that i don't have fun with it.

Thank you, Dogman!

Here is another from the lavender on my balcony series.
Speaking of smoothness.

Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: HCS on June 13, 2022, 15:51:42
You rule in the ethereal realm, dear Jakov !

Sharpness is overrated  8)

This builds up to be a very nice study of lavender.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 13, 2022, 16:11:04
You are so kind Hans, thank you so much for your comments!
Sharpness, what's that?  ???
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: golunvolo on June 14, 2022, 00:40:31
You make that lens sing Jakov, with flavor and diversity.

  Thanks for sharing it!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 14, 2022, 11:33:51
Thank you, Paco!
Here is a take on Alocasia Amazonica.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Bob Foster on June 14, 2022, 14:55:04
A piquant series of images. Thanks for posting these Jakov.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 15, 2022, 22:32:24
Thank you so much, Bob!
The lens is piquant, indeed. :)
Here is another take of the Alocasia Amazonica.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: golunvolo on June 15, 2022, 23:58:40
It is getting even better! Love the sci-fi abstract flavor here
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Lars Hansen on June 16, 2022, 00:05:19
Jakov, the recent two shots are amazing :o
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 16, 2022, 09:47:40
Thank you so much Lars and Paco!
How a millimeter can make a huge difference, take 3. 
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Fons Baerken on June 16, 2022, 12:59:57
Lovely work Jakov very cosmic!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Birna Rørslett on June 16, 2022, 13:47:15
I fondly remember the tendency of the 42mm to create those nice circles "everywhere". That set the lens apart from most other X-ray optics. My Kowa 55mm f/0.8 has a similar tendency, but not to the same extent as the Rodenstock.

Perhaps I should get hold of a new sample for my Z cameras? Sold of my 42 Rodenstock many years ago, but kept the longer focals 50-100mm.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Akira on June 16, 2022, 14:40:36
(Jakov, Jakov, Jakov!)^3!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 17, 2022, 10:41:03
Thank you, Fons. The results are cosmic, indeed.
Birna, I would love to see your images made with this lens. 
Akira, 3x thanks!

4th and last take of Alocasia Amazonica.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Erik Lund on June 21, 2022, 12:29:02
Thank you for sharing these TV pictures  ;D So glad to see you get so great images out of it!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 21, 2022, 22:47:37
It would have been impossible without you, Erik!
Thank you!!!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on June 22, 2022, 11:12:59
I’d love to join the TV club, but all I can find is a new, boxed, one for about 500 euros. It’s an astronomical price, compared to the $100 to $300 of used lenses in the past.

But the supply of cheap used ones seems to have dried up.

Would I be mad to pay that price for a ‘new’ one?
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 22, 2022, 11:33:20
Richard, this is a lens that I use once in a blue moon.
How to justify any expense related to it, beats me  ::)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: golunvolo on June 22, 2022, 12:59:31
It is perfectly and totally justified with any of the images above  ;)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 22, 2022, 13:55:44
Paco is a great salesman! <3
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on June 23, 2022, 09:25:43
I took the plunge!

In fact I had already ordered the bespoke raf camera adapter, while I was still procrastinating, so I suppose buying the lens was inevitable ….

I will write it off as a 62nd birthday treat for myself :)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 23, 2022, 09:43:43
Richard, you fully deserve it! Congrats on your 62nd birhtday!
I can hardly wait to see the results! (and blame Paco for the expense)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Erik Lund on June 23, 2022, 09:48:29
Richard, you fully deserve it! Congrats on your 62nd birhtday!
I can hardly wait to see the results! (and blame Paco for the expense)
Ditto!
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on June 23, 2022, 11:14:59
LOL! Like a bus, one comes, and then another one soon after!

A few hundred $ cheaper than the one I bought, but there for another brave soul to plunder!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/155047956609?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11021.m43.l3160&mkcid=7&ch=osgood&euid=f86666306b3743329f41ec7440202e69&bu=43604583878&ut=RU&osub=-1%7E1&crd=20220623013927&segname=11021

I have no doubt my purchase triggered this one to be listed. :-( :-)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 23, 2022, 12:03:06
Buy this one, too. Such a good price.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Dogman on June 23, 2022, 16:47:33
Buy this one, too. Such a good price.

You are a truly evil enabler, Jakov. :D ;)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Hugh_3170 on June 23, 2022, 17:27:11
With two,  you will then be a two TV Heligon Hooligan!  LOL  ;D ;D ;D

Buy this one, too. Such a good price.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 24, 2022, 00:02:26
 ;D ;D
Dogman and Hugh, we all have various backups/spares: hard disk drives, memory cards, camera bodies, batteries, etc. Why not a Heligon? I have got two  ;)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Hugh_3170 on June 24, 2022, 12:40:11
Yes indeed - me also.  I always buy hard disk drives in multiples of two and keep duplicate copies of data on each.  Ditto for favourite lenses and I always travel with backup bodies and lenses.  An inexpensive outlay when compared to the cost of plane fares and hotel bills.

People seem to be having so much fun with the Heligon, that I could not suppress my smart arsed remark about hooligan behaviours!  ;D

;D ;D
Dogman and Hugh, we all have various backups/spares: hard disk drives, memory cards, camera bodies, batteries, etc. Why not a Heligon? I have got two  ;)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on June 24, 2022, 18:22:30
Hugh, be a Heligon hooligan and buy that lens, then  8)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Hugh_3170 on June 25, 2022, 06:56:36
 ;D

Hugh, be a Heligon hooligan and buy that lens, then  8)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on July 15, 2022, 10:05:02
Well, … after the longest ever DHL delivery from Germany I may have the lens in my hand tonight! I have had the three components for adapting to Z mount for two weeks now, so the final arrival of the lens is much anticipated :-)

But did it suffer any damage during the trip? Did it go moldy? …..

The weather here in Tokyo is ****, making anything outdoors and flowery out of the question, but I have decided to focus on the head and eyes of my darling Budgie for my first ‘TV’ experiments.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on July 15, 2022, 22:39:05
An additional ¥3,000 for import duties was a pain, and unpacking took some time …. Truly epic packaging! The actual lens box is perched on the top.

Quickly mounted to Z via a custom raf camera adapter plus a pair of Borg rings. Sickness and dreadful weather have prevented me from trying it out though :(
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on July 15, 2022, 23:26:11
It's a funny thing ... Two very different images of Saul, taken seconds apart.

The other image is a spider plant baby with an LED grow light behind it.

Quite extreme vignetting (these images are cropped), but I guess that just goes with the territory.
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Snoogly on July 16, 2022, 23:09:23
Enjoying the fun. A new way to see gin and tonic ;-)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Birna Rørslett on July 17, 2022, 16:28:50
Imbibe enough of that stuff and any lens might give the same result :)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Erik Lund on July 18, 2022, 11:54:34
Getting something sharp is usually,,, the best however sometimes the image convey the emotions despite that  ;D 8)
Title: Re: TV Heligon 42mm f/0.75
Post by: Jakov Minić on August 04, 2022, 12:09:07
Glad to see you are having fun, Richard  8)