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Halinar Halos - Crap Lens Lends Charm

I modded the Halinar Anastigmat lens for use on M39 mount (read here). The lens is super bad in several ways.

1. It focuses from 0,5 meters to 1,7 meters.

2. There is only an open aperture at f/2,8

3. There is only focus within a circle in the middle.

More bad things:

4. The out of focus bits are wild. It's as if the lens glass is full of bubbles (which it is not).

5. There is very swirly bokeh. See below.

All these bad things are good things! They add character to the photographs. One of my favourite photos was made with a lens mounted on a cheap speed booster. There was circling/swirly bokeh in the out of focus background though I used a first class (standard) Nikon lens. That was due to the cheap 'booster' lens. But the photo has great character due in part to the 'circling' shapes.

More Halinar photos:

The first snow on the windscreen.

A child who loves Halloween but not the scary bits.

A craftsman making sheep skin slippers.

The new winter coat.

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