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    Posted: 23 March 2024 at 10:26

April Foolishness
2024
Talk Thread


This is the social thread of the 2024 April Foolishness challenge.
All commenting and chatter should be done here.


Other links
Signup thread with guidelines
Outtakes thread
Thumbnail Thread



Edited by pegelli - 26 March 2024 at 12:35
You can see the April Foolishness 2023 exhibition here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum
 



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And we're off!!
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Ok, not a prize winning day. Most of my free time was spent (a couple of hours) dusting off the RD-175s and making sure that they work fully. I have two copies, but one was broken somewhere and won't acknowledge batteries, and the other will. Otherwise, it is fully functional. Not bad for a digital camera that is 29 years old! I will try to sprinkle in some fun facts as we go.

Going to use the 200mm f4 telemacro and then probably something else TBD. Right now I am thinking the 600mm f4 or 1000mm f8, but probably will only have enough daylight during weekends.

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Just checked - the RD-175 has 2 times crop. That 1000mm becoming a 2000mm.... Respect!

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Missed day 1, but that is why I decided on 7/week
I am behind on my 7x52 challenge, so I have time to consider how I will combine both challenges - same picture? Different picture? (making it 14/week )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ffrolvaag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 02:32
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Just checked - the RD-175 has 2 times crop. That 1000mm becoming a 2000mm.... Respect!


I did pull out the 1000mm f8 to test feasibility. The lens does register and does AF. With a single line AF sensor, I wouldn't say that it is easy to use. Lots of hunting and high contrast needed for AF lock. However the heft of the RD-175 does act as a nice counter-weight on a gimbal mount.

MF is even more challenging with the 2x crop, especially coming from someone who almost exclusively has shot FF and had nice big viewfinders. The only information in the tiny viewfinder is an AF confirm "dot" which goes from o to (o) when focus is achieved. Otherwise, no other information. No AF point, no shutter speed, f-stop, or EV information. Pretty rudimentary. Since the front end of the camera is a 500si, I would be curious to know if the film body has the same lack of information in the view finder. Amazing how far we have come in 29 years.
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A Minolta AF 1000/8? Ah, April Fools' Day
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My comments on a random selection from Day 1:

gregja - subtle shapes and tones to kick off
Harm vb - Brilliant image It took me a while to even see the cat! My pick of the day
Phil Wood - Nicely on topic and framed well Phil
pegelli - Simply charming, and another on topic for Easter
C_N_RED_AGAIN - As an aviator I admire all aircraft but the A10 was an acquired taste . Really looking forward to seeing you collect the various nose graphics this year.
addy landzaat - I had to look up OV fiets to understand the significance of the bike, and now it makes sense
alpha_in_exile - an intricate piece of work is crying out for a lick of paint

A great start to this year's challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing and commenting on lots more
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 13:55
Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

A Minolta AF 1000/8? Ah, April Fools' Day
There is a Sigma 1000mm f/8 APO lens in A-mount.
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Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

addy landzaat - I had to look up OV fiets to understand the significance of the bike, and now it makes sense
There is even a dedicated Wikipedia page in English, wow, didn't know. But yes, it is a backbone of Dutch transportation and you see them everywhere.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 15:13
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

A Minolta AF 1000/8? Ah, April Fools' Day
There is a Sigma 1000mm f/8 APO lens in A-mount.


Ok, but the AF bit is for April Fools then 😁
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ffrolvaag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2024 at 01:38
Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

A Minolta AF 1000/8? Ah, April Fools' Day
There is a Sigma 1000mm f/8 APO lens in A-mount.


Ok, but the AF bit is for April Fools then 😁


I quite assure that it is real and does AF. I totally get the skepticism. The lens is rare and extremely low production volume in Minolta AF mount. It took me over 10 years of searching to find the one I have, so it is far less likely to see one in the wild than a Minolta 600mm f4. There is a lot of confusion on the web about the lens in that there was an early MF only version, and a subsequent AF version and the two get mixed and are all around rare in any mount. Nobody has put up a review here, and I mean to, but just haven't gotten around to it for any of my lenses.

AF is useless on the RD-175, but works well on the a99ii. Here is a photo taken with an a99ii for April Foolishness 2022.

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Originally posted by ffrolvaag ffrolvaag wrote:

Since the front end of the camera is a 500si, I would be curious to know if the film body has the same lack of information in the view finder. Amazing how far we have come in 29 years.


Indeed. There's a Soosie doing the rounds in this thread, https://www.dyxum.com/DFORUM/minolta-500si-traveller-signup-pictures_topic144127.html. It'll be coming to the Netherlands in May and you could have the chance to shoot 5 frames ...

Respect on choosing the RD175 for the challenge; recovering the work flow would be a challenge for me. I was disappointed that Adobe never covered the file format; Google Photos does, IIRC, but gets the aspect ratio wrong.
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Originally posted by ffrolvaag ffrolvaag wrote:



I quite assure that it is real and does AF. I totally get the skepticism. The lens is rare and extremely low production volume in Minolta AF mount. It took me over 10 years of searching to find the one I have, so it is far less likely to see one in the wild than a Minolta 600mm f4. There is a lot of confusion on the web about the lens in that there was an early MF only version, and a subsequent AF version and the two get mixed and are all around rare in any mount. Nobody has put up a review here, and I mean to, but just haven't gotten around to it for any of my lenses.

AF is useless on the RD-175, but works well on the a99ii.


Thanks Franz for the 'explainer'! It's quite a collector's item, then; especially in combination with the RD-175. I hope you will find the time to correct the Dyxum database on this lens. Not many will seek this one out, but perhaps all the more reason to get it right!
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