Hey! I was looking for something today (which I did eventually find), and I came across my Holga DSLR lens! I’d totally forgotten about it. That’s what happens when you put things away in drawers — and an excellent reason for never tidying up your house. I had fun going around, taking some photos, even though the new Nikon I’ve got requires you to shoot in complete manual mode to use the lens (my D200 worked with the lens on aperture priority, which meant I didn’t have to figure out the shutter speed on my own). It’s almost impossible to see through the viewfinder, although I JUST realized I could have used the live view screen on the back of the camera to frame shots (technology, eh?).
I had been having buyer’s remorse / feeling I’d made a terrible mistake by buying the D5200 because I was so unhappy with the image quality. But then I realized when I was editing that photo of Beany in the box yesterday that the photo didn’t look bad when I opened the RAW file straight from the camera. It didn’t get all noisy and weirdly sharpened until I resized it (for most photos, I just resize for the blog and adjust the levels/curves). And THAT led me to discover that it wasn’t the camera at all — it was PhotoshopCC! I’d had to update my version of Photoshop to open the newer type of RAW files, and its default method of shrinking down an image included some funky sharpening. I switched it — to ‘Bicubic (smooth gradients)’ — and now I’m seeing images much more like I’m used to. Not that you can tell much with the Holga lens, since it has such a soft focus. But whew, anyway.