Thursday, May 31, 2007


Three abstract shots I took with the 500 mm reflex lens. Please let me know if you like them or not.

Duffel bag

Pen holder



At 12:59 AM, Blogger Ra.Ge said...

err.. forgive my ignorance, but what is a reflex lens? and why does it make all the images so very noisy?

Love the first image in the small size, the shape of the bag makes it look like a coat draped over a shoulder, thats what I thought it was before I saw the title :p. When viewed in full size however, the noise detracts from the subject.

I really don't care much for the second image, sorry.

The third one is just Awesome! the low-key lighting, the back-lighting, the composition, even the noise seems to add texture to the image. Good work!

At 1:16 AM, Blogger Anurag said... A reflex lens increases the focal length of the lens without increasing its physical length by using mirrors to allow light to travel longer distances, and by using fewer lens elements. This keeps the length and the cost of the lens low, but also compromises on the quality of the resulting images. I bought a cheap Vivitar reflex lens for long range and macro shots (all the pics in this post are shot at macro levels).

Now, the noise is due to two factors:

1. The available light was very low, and I was shooting the pics without a tripod, so there is some shake involved. Also, due to lower levels of light, the exposures are longer, leading to some light diffusion, causing the image to have a little noise.

2. Again, due to low levels of light available, I shot the images at ISO 1600, which is a very noisy format on its own.

That said, thanks for your honest feedback. I will try to improve on the points mentioned by you in the future.

At 1:55 AM, Blogger Senthil said...

I love the colours in the first image! Would've liked the zipper to be in sharper relief to offset the soft red tones, though, but the reflex lens is damn tricky. My personal favourite, however, is the third pic. Love the composition and the DOF. Put up more of this stuff! Adding to what Anurag said, the TTL (through-the-lens) light metering is not available when this lens is used, so finding the right exposure becomes reallly difficult, which makes shots like this all the more challenging.

At 2:25 AM, Blogger Anurag said...

Senthil: I agree. I wish the zipper were sharper too. Also, this lens is completely manual focus (some of the reflex lenses do come with auto focus, but they are more expensive) and very prone to shakes (shakes get magnified as well).

At 2:39 AM, Blogger Gina said...

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At 2:41 AM, Blogger Gina said...

Love the third pic. Always thought minimalism was your forte.

At 3:24 AM, Blogger Anurag said...

Gina: Thanks, I like minimalism too. I wanted the first one to be minimalistic too.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Anil P said...

I think sharpness has been lost either because you shot the first picture at the extremity of the focal length or because it shook.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

I really like the first picture. While I cannot make clever-ish comments about the lens etc, I will say that the first picture reminded me about my favorite (and ridiculously expensive) red duffel bag which I lost a little while ago, while moving.


At 11:01 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

anil: Actually,'s comment forced me to compare the resolution of this lens with a Canon 75-300 mm lens that I have, and I realized that the 500 mm reflex is just a very bad lens. I bought it for $100, which is nothing for a lens, and I got what I paid for it.

punkster: I like it too. I just wish it were sharper. Speaking of sharper, check out the next picture I upload. Also, so sorry to hear about your red duffel bag.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dint like any of them. i think the reflex mirror has very bad optics. especially bad bokeh. So i think we should confine our shots mostly to low key as you did here.

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