I regularly shoot for any old junk, and often come across the fact that ... not everything is bad

For example, I conducted a photo shoot on Canon 7D and the lens "Helios 44M» 1984, installed through an M42-Canon EF adapter. Ancient optics compared to a 2009 camera. Such a bunch, in fact, a 12-year-old camera and a 37-year-old lens. But after all, even more ancient lenses are now finding their owners, and work. As are the cameras.

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The Canon 7D camera in 2022 is still well suited for shooting on manual glasses - it has good working ISO even by modern standards, and there is also a Liveview focusing mode, with an enlarged picture. To simplify my work, on old Canon, from the list of supported cameras, I install additionally Magic Lantern. With it, the camera acquires new functions. When working with manual optics, Focus Peaking and image magnification help a lot. By default, the Canon 7D only has a zoom function, but it is not very convenient, as you have to constantly switch between a normal image for framing and a zoom for precise focusing.

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The lens, on the other hand, is often criticized for being blurry, does not tolerate backlight and side light, losing contrast, and, compared to modern autofocus lenses, is generally inconvenient. I understand these people, because if it is possible to shoot with top-end autofocus optics, then any junk like Helios is not needed. Nevertheless, these lenses are now the most balanced optics in terms of price and quality. Plus, it's the cheapest remake of the original. biotar on the market in the world.

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So, one summer evening, I decided to shoot in the countryside. The weather was just right. At around 20.00 everything was ready, and it was less than 40 minutes before sunset. At this time, the sun is so low above the horizon that its rays create an interesting and indescribable atmosphere, and the light in which portraits are best obtained. This time is called the "golden hour". While they were going, in addition, the sun went down behind a cloud and a huge diffuser turned out.


I didn’t have to choose a particular place, the shooting was not in the city, but outside the city - everything was overgrown. There was a path, and on it, in fact, filmed. Summer, heat, grass. During the golden hour, the magic of the environment lies in the fact that everything that is lit by the sun has warm hues, and everything that is not is getting colder by the minute. The background already has a temperature difference relative to the model's skin, and this creates more emphasis on the portrait. In 20 minutes of shooting, we managed to fool around and shoot plenty.

If I had a more modern and better camera, would it be possible to shoot better? Certainly. First of all, it would be more convenient to think less about focus and focus more on working with the model. Processing frames of a series (30 pieces) took no more than 20 minutes. No photoshop, just coloring. I was satisfied with the result. There was very little marriage. Shooting with old optics, although it requires some skill, is still not worth writing off the old equipment completely.

In fact, the old crop can do everything that it could at the time of release. Nothing has changed for him in this regard. However, progress has not stood still, and modern cameras can already do much more. 4K with stabilization, panorama stitching, more accurate colors and rate of fire, all sorts of wireless chips. If you put a release chamber 10 years ago and a modern one next to each other, then there is an abyss between them.

But it’s not a technician who shoots, but a photographer.

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