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    Lens Issue: Outdoor Photos Look Like Faux Paintings

    I'm using a Minolta Maxxum 5000 with a 35-80mm 1:4 (22) - 5.6. The camera seems to work fine, but I've noticed a recurring soft focus effect that seems to effect outdoor photos more than anything. It reminds me of the Palette Knife effect in Photoshop.

    I've also noticed some photos will end up with streaks of light or ghost images - some of the background might be visible through the subject in the foreground.

    I just cleaned the lens, but I don't want to waste film. Would a thorough cleaning solve these issues or do I need a new lens?

    I'll try to post some scans later.

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    What brand of lens is it? Without seeing an example my first guess would be a nasty case of lens flare.
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    Ditch the lens. What's it worth, $20? Is it worth the time and effort? Get a lens that you can trust to be excellent, and be happy.
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    Look what a few seconds of googling turned up....

    http://www.photodo.com/product_958_p3.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew West View Post
    I've also noticed some photos will end up with streaks of light or ghost images - some of the background might be visible through the subject in the foreground.
    Now this sounds like a camera issue. Sounda like it is double exposing frames...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew West View Post

    I've also noticed some photos will end up with streaks of light or ghost images - some of the background might be visible through the subject in the foreground.

    erm My first night shots with a Canon T90, set on auto, came out like this, works perfectly in daylight (or dull light) with the same lens....I haven't tried any more night shots to test the camera esp manual setting...but has anyone any idea what caused the problem?




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    Excalibur2,

    Looks like your shutter may be sticking open for the first 1/3 frame or so as the film advances. Or for some reason it starts advancing slightly before the shutter completely closes.
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    I agree with 2F/2F. I think it's a camera (shutter) problem. Try a different lens under the same conditions and see what you get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Excalibur2,

    Looks like your shutter may be sticking open for the first 1/3 frame or so as the film advances. Or for some reason it starts advancing slightly before the shutter completely closes.
    Thanks for replying............but the negative frames are the correct width, one shot was taken after the other.
    I'll have to take some test shots again as I've only had the camera for about a month...what puzzles me is that the exposure time was only about 5-10 secs (camera on auto) and if the camera swung on the tripod during each shot, the post box, trees etc would be completly blurred.....

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    If the shutter was sticking open for a 1/3rd of a frame there would be substantially more streaking and over exposure. It may not be quite closing fully so as the camera winds on you get this streaking in the night shots, in bright light it would just be enough to cause ghosting.

    Ian

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