Carnival season is over here in Rethymno and life is back to normal. Luckily for me and for the rest of Rethymno is that the tourist season is now on and people are beginning to visit our little town for the summer. So, things are not dull, but they are not crazy either. They are somewhat in between. This time I am in the streets at mid day, the sun is shining and the weather is hot. Most people are napping or at the beaches swimming so the town is not very busy but it is still active. More and more people will start arriving as the weeks pass and things will get more interesting, but for now the place is perfect for shooting with a Manual Focus Legacy Lens!
This Street Photography video Tutorial a.k.a. Street Hunt is all about shooting with your modern mirroless camera and high quality Legacy Glass using an adapter to connect them both. In the introduction I will talk to you a bit about how to set up your lens, what you need to do so your camera and your lens work properly and then I will hit the streets shooting manual focus with the help of focus peaking technology and zone focusing. You will notice that manual focusing is fairly easy and if done right, it can be much faster than auto focusing.
In the video I use my APS-C Sony NEX-6 with various settings, depending on the situation, a Yashica ML 35mm f2.8 legacy lens, Manual Focusing with zone focusing and / or focus peaking. I have pre-focused using the settings I found on the www.dofmaster.com website, so everything from around 2m to 9m is in focus mostly. I have added annotations in the video to make sure that I communicate to you all what I am trying to convey through my descriptions and actions. Zone focusing works with this focal range but I would have been better off if I had for instance the Yashica ML 21. Larger focal ranges are harder to zone focus.
So, stick around, sit down, relax, grab a piece of pizza or whatever makes you feel comfortable and enjoy this month’s Street Hunt!
Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!
NOTE: If the video doesn’t work in the website directly, please visit the Street Hunters YouTube channel to watch.