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BigStockPhoto Diary #5: 29mm M42 Pentacon Lens Gets The Thumbs Up

Spinaker Tower I have to admit that I've been a bit of a "Pixel Peeper" lately. That is to say, I've been zooming in to 100% in Photoshop to check the sharpness of the shots with my Canon EOS 350d / Rebel XT, and I've got to say that I haven't been that impressed.

This isn't what photography is all about. Hell, if you zoom right into any famous photo chances are it will be slightly (or a lot!) blurred. Trying to achieve perfect sharpness is a distraction, and worrying about it is even worse. When you print out your photo's they'll look good, and most people look at them on the web quite small, so it really doesn't matter anyway.

However, it didn't matter how much I knew the theory, it still bothered me that my lovely new (second-hand) dSLR wasn't much better than my trusty Fujifilm S5700 / S700, so I went for an independent view and submitted a recent shot of the Spinnaker Tower to stock photography site Bigstockphoto, taken with the 350d using a manual focus m42 Pentacon 29mm lens.

The guys and gals at BigStockPhoto are trying to sell our photo's to professional users, so they check photo's for quality, and I was pleasantly surprised when the above image got accepted.

So I'm going to stop worrying about slightly blurred images, and get on with trying to take great photographs that capture the moment.

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (3)

Hiya Rob,

Funny how things like that can start to be a distracting obsession, much like a long journey when you notice your vehicle is making a noise. Just a little 'tinking' sound, not sure where it's coming from or what it could be. As the journey continues you start analysing the noise, "is it tinking or more of a clanking?", the feeling gets worse as you continue the journey. If you have passengers you start asking them if they can hear it, makes you feel more paranoid than if you were on your own. You have miserable flashes of thought, "What if I break down in the middle of nowhere? What if my mobile isn't working and I can't call for help? Will I make my destination?". The 'tinking' is now definately more of a 'clanking', in fact you can hear other sounds in overtone and it seems to be happening all the time now not just when you're accellerating or turning. By the time you're getting to your destination you've got it pinned down, it's definately something serious and it seems to happen when you turn a corner, accelerate sharply and when braking. Something is definately and seriously wrong and even though your destination is in sight you're unsure if the return journey will be at alll possible! Arrrggh! By the time you make your destination you are a complete nervous wreck as you feel the vehicle will break apart like a spent russian satellite re-entering the earths atmosphere. You finally pull to a stop and just short of making a personal call for that straight jacket and comfy soft walled cell. As you get up the loose change in your pocket falls out and you notice some has already fallen around the vehicle.
"Thank God for that", you say to yourself, that must've have simply been it. But was it? Is it just coincidence or is there actually something wrong with the vehicle? On the return journey you can still hear those noises but no-one else can and you start questioning yourself as to whether it's really there or not.

Much like leaving the house and wondering if you turned the iron off you were just using or turned the gas off when you finished off making lunch. You become so certain you make a journey back home just to find out you didn't. Then you happily leave again and then wonder if you closed the windows?!?

Just like finding an abberation in your lens or a problem with your new camera. Fun isn't it?

All the best,


June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictor


Well done Rob, So is that now 4 that you have on iStock?

Seems that if they are happy to sell it, then the image must be fine. I agree with Victor though, these things can quickly become an obsession.


June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Hi Guys!

Don't worry, I'm not going to become a "pixel peeper"!

@ben, I didn't bother with istockphoto, I uploaded to BigStockPhoto, who's rules are a laxer about logo's, etc.

Cheers, Rob.

Wait a minute, did I lock the car?

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

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