Thursday, July 18, 2013

Elgeet 2 Inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar Sample Photos

I went to the now annual event of Outdoor Photographic Trunk Sale at the Soccer Centre hosted by the Photographic Historical Society of Canada, very briefly.  I was there for less than half of an hour and bought the Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar and the $10 Soligor 500mm f8.8 mirror lens.  The mirror lens turns out to be, well, worth about $10. It forms images, and that's about it. Not even close to be comparable to the Minolta RF 250mm f5.6. The Elgeet, on the other hand, is a lot more interesting.

Initially, I thought this lens was a clone of the Wollensak 2 inch f1.5 Cine Raptar, but I was way off, despite both being c-mount, same focal length, same maximum aperture, and similar build. The Elgeet has a much smaller image circle and vignettes heavily on the NEX, whereas the Wollensak has only slight vignette on the NEX. The Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar is possibly the "swirliest" lens I have used. It's very similar to, but more swirly than the Kodak 50mm f1.6 Cine lens. Of the three cine 50mm f1.5/1.6 lenses, I like the Elgeet the least. It's just too much swirl for me. If I knew it was like this, I would not have bought it. From what I can tell, it probably works best on the Micro 4/3 bodies, or even the Nikon 1. But then again, some people like the swirl. The lens itself is quite sharp, even at full aperture, and it's in such great condition. Well, judge for yourself and see if you like the way it renders pictures.

Tiger Lily - NEX-6 & Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar. Click for larger.

Swirl - NEX-6 & Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar. Click for larger.

Roses - NEX-6 & Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar. Click for larger.

Colours - NEX-6 & Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar. Click for larger.

Rose - NEX-6 & Elgeet 2 inch f1.5 Cine-Navitar. 

6 comments:

  1. That last image with the Elgeet is a cracker, especially if you crop the top to avoid the light in the right corner.

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    1. I have a few variations of this picture. I will check if there is one without the burned out highlight.

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  2. Super swirly. Almost like an effects lens that's only good for a few photos and then put in the cupboard never to be used again. Still, its all part of the process of photo discovery.

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  3. The background looks like a picture of a mirror ball. Like a dedicated macro lens, you have to go out and pick subjects with the lens in mind.

    I'll have to try to remember the trunk sale next year.

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    1. Yup. It's too swirly for me. Interestingly, I don't see too many of this lens around. More common are 1 inch f1.9.

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