jonathan pearlman

jonathan pearlman

FINE ART Photography



My new lens arrived last week -  the Ukrainian MIR-26B 45mm - together with a set of Pentacon 6 Extension Tubes. This is new territory, for me, within the field of medium format film photography. 

Whilst the lens hardly matches the pedigree of its more illustrious cousins (of which, I hasten to add, are far and away out of my purchasing power), it is good enough for me.

At 45mm - equivalent to and 18mm lens on 35mm cameras - it is super wide-angle. 

The extension tubes allow any lens to get up close and very personal to a subject. The photos above cases in point. Simply, the tubes are mounted to the camera firstly (the number and size of each tube used dictates how close one can get to the subject) and the lens is then mounted on the front tube. It rather looks like an odd sort of telephoto set up!

This is a very exacting craft, and one where I have much to learn. The images above required a deal of adjustments to camera, subject and tripod to get exactly the right focus. Being the impatient type, I left my waist-level finder attached to the camera resulting in strained back and aching toes. Of course, the finder is not ideal for focusing in such close proximity and so a lot of what I saw was then subtracted with guess work.

I used 'Rollei Retro' 400, 120 film. My settings left a lot to be desired - but the tubes are a different beast to anything I have ever shot with, so I refuse to embarrass myself here!

As a matter of interest, the shells on display here come from 'our' beach at Marcoola on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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