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Old September 20th, 2005, 02:35 PM   #16
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Well, it would be more appropriate to say, "by mini35 adapters, people are talking about shallow-depth-of-field adapters".


There are mini35-style adapters (oscillating), rotating ones, and static (nonmoving) ones.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 02:55 PM   #17
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I agree. I usually say 35mm adapters.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 09:11 PM   #18
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Yes, I used to say that too, until I saw people making medium-format adapters as well! There's a guy from out here in California that did one, and the folks at kopfrauschen.de did as well. I know there are others.
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Old September 21st, 2005, 02:56 AM   #19
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As a slightly opposing view, older photography how-to books talk about "presence" - giving a two-dimensional image "depth". Naturally, limiting the depth of field was one of the three main factors controlling presence (the other two being perspective and chiaroscuro).

When I show people snaps that I've taken, they generally seem to consider the pictures that have shallower depth-of-field to be "nice", even when the subject matter and composition are fairly bland.

From that perspective, I'd argue that it's only possible to over-use the effect if not everything that ought to be in focus is in focus.
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