Hello. I got some 16mm Tri-X 7266 footage back from the lab, which I had shot on my K3 with a bunch of primes (Peleng 8mm; Pentax SMC Takumar 50mm/1.4; Carl Zeiss Jennar 135/3.5) and the stock Meteor zoom (17-69mm), and the tests confirmed a hunch from previous footage....it's near impossible to "see" the focus correctly during the shoot using my Peleng 8mm. Almost all the other lenses, especially the stock zoom, seem to be DEAD ON just by zooming in and eye-balling the focus. I make mistakes due to moving the camera sometimes while using fixed primes, which obviously can cause a really unintentional blurring in and out look, but that's operator error.
What I'm asking is...when using the widest angle lenses like Peleng 8mm, why is it so incredibly hard to actually "visualize" the focus? I keep thinking I'm nailing it while shooting (sometimes it just ALL LOOKS THE SAME through the lens), and then footage comes back and its "sort of off". Not horrible, but many shots I'd be unhappy with using in any real project. Kind of bothers me until I get a few tips on how to accurately use the Peleng. Because I need that for my wide shots. But it's just completely making me unconfident when my footage comes back all wonky. Here is a link to the shots. You can obviously tell which ones are the Peleng (not just for the focus issues, but because you can see which ones are wider - the recording studio shots etc). Anyway, this test came out pretty darn bad overall. But I'm learning how to treat Tri-X as a result. Which is nice.
Any suggestions on maintaining a REAL focus using that Peleng? It just all looks the same through the viewfinder on that one. Do I need to break out the measuring tape for all those shots? I guess so. Is this a collimation issue? It's a new lens. Although....I did have a band spit beer on it....like directly on it for a shot during a shoot once. But I cleaned it all off using wipes and learned not to do that one again.
Video uploading to Vimeo....will return when my non-free account has "converted it" in 45 mins!